Timeline 2015
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2015: Broward County Library’s Year in Review

2015 was another year of innovation, creativity and community engagement for Broward County Library with a continued mission to provide above-and-beyond service to customers.


robert runcieThe year got off to a great start, as the Florida Center for the Book presented The Big Read project, a community-wide reading project that invites all members of the community to join in reading and celebrating great works of literature. 

book -to kill a mockingbird

The  title for 2015 was Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The Big Read, a month-long series of events and programs for all ages, kicked off with “Chalk It Up for Art,” a free event where a professional chalk artist created a large drawing related to To Kill a Mockingbird. Families created their own drawings and free copies of the book were given out. 


louder than a libraryBroward County Library presented its first "Louder than a Library" Spoken Word Explosion Workshops for teens and adults. Participants learned the art of writing and performing poetry at these free workshops, and then competed in a system-wide poetry slam held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center.

destination fridays -jamaicaFollowing a successful first year of Destination Friday events, Broward County Library once again provided a cultural playground for adults over 21 during Destination Fridays. 2015’s first Destination Fridays event celebrated Bob Marley’s Bob Marley's 70th birthday with a salute to Jamaica.


hoopla This month, the big news was the launch of Hoopla, a free online service that gives Broward County Library customers the ability to enjoy thousands of free streaming movies, television shows, albums and eAudiobooks online every month. From Hollywood blockbusters to best-selling artists and authors, Hoopla now provides BCL customers with the freedom to experience, explore and enjoy what you want, when you want, and where you want.

kate dicamilloAlso in March: Broward County Library hosted a special two-day visit from bestselling author Kate DiCamillo, author of the award-winning Because of Winn-Dixie and other favorites. Camillo, the 2015 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, was honored with a reception at Main Library that was presented by the Florida Center for the Book the first day and then a free book talk/signing and Q&A session at Northwest Regional Library that attracted more than 250 book lovers.


children's book festnickki grimesThe annual The Children's BookFest was held at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center. The free festival featured New York Times bestselling author/poet Nikki Grimes, award-winning "artistrator" E.B. Lewis along with children’s shows, storytellers, arts and crafts and a free book giveaway.

unlimited possibiliesIn celebration of National Library Week, BCL launched a grassroots “Unlimited Possibilities at @ your library” campaign that enlisted the help of the community in spreading the word about the almost limitless resources and services the library provides. Customers were encouraged to download and print a free “Unlimited Possibilities” poster from the library’s website and post them anywhere and everywhere to raise awareness of all of the free, unlimited possibilities available at Broward County Library!


library of the year awardBroward County Library received three prestigious awards from the Florida Library Association (FLA), including Florida's 2015 Library of the Year. BCL also won the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for Teen Programming for its "Show Us Your Bookface" contest/exhibition and FLA's Libraries Mean Business Award for its "Broward County Libraries Mean Business!" campaign. In celebration of the Library of the Year award, Broward County Library issued a special, limited edition library card commemorating the honor. 


urban libraries councilMore accolades for Broward County Library poured in, as five Broward County Libraries Division programs/events were named as 2015 "Innovations Initiatives" by the Urban Library Council (ULC). ULC's annual Innovations Initiative showcases new ways of thinking and working that high-performing libraries implement to benefit people and communities. BCL’s five “Innovation Initiatives” were Destination Fridays "Show Us Your Bookface" Contest & Exhibit (Civic and Community Engagement); Broward County Library Creation Station (Customer Experience); Broward County Libraries Mean Business! Campaign (Economic and Workforce Development) and African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) Animatronic Exhibit featuring AARLCC Founder Samuel Morrison (Positioning the Library).
creation station logo

Broward County Libraries Division'sCreation Station also received a 2015 Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which recognizes innovation in county government programs.

Also in June:  The annual Summer R.E.A.D.ing (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program began with three great themes: Children: Every Hero Has a Story; Teens:  Unmask!; and Adults: Escape the Ordinary. All ages were invited to read for fun prizes and to participate in great, free events held at library locations countywide. As part of the Summer R.E.A.D.ing (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program, BCL launched the “Read Down Your Fines” program. This let children and teens ages 0-17 read down their fines with "BCL WoW Bucks" earned by reading at the library. Each BCL WoW Buck could be used to pay overdue fines for books and young people could get credit for reading by themselves, reading to/with younger children or by being read to by a parent/caregiver.

early learners programThe Library’s new Early Learning program also started in June, with a series of 10 free "Hot Food Hot Topics/Fresh Food Fresh Ideas" events hosted by Broward County Library in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools Office of Parent Engagement and the United Way's Reading Pals. At each event, parents and caregivers learned effective reading strategies, discovered the secrets to creating healthy meals on a budget, and learned about community resources to help them become their child's first teacher. The events also featured door prizes, fun activities, healthy food samplings and a free book for each participating family.
bcl wow kid

The Early Learning program was launched in conjunction with a new “I’m a BCL WoW Kid” campaign designed to raise awareness of the many free resources and series designed to help parents and caregivers get their child involved in early literacy efforts.


nacio awardBroward County Libraries Division receives eight national Awards of Excellence from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) for information projects that exhibited expertise in communications. The winners were The Big Read - To Kill a Mockingbird brochure; the Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program logo;  an photo of the Ethnotricity Dancers performing at AARLCC; the 2014 Adult Summer R.E.A.D.ing Guide; a poster for the teen event/contest “Bookface”; the WoW Update newsletter; the Connections newsletter; and the Youth Services web page.  

south florida book festival south florida book festival authorsIn mid-July, AARLCC hosted their South Florida Book Festival. This year’s event featured an all-star collection of New York Times bestselling authors, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, an Oprah Winfrey Book Club Selection author and others, including award-winning journalist and talk show host Tavis Smiley.


leonardo vBCL receives a heart-warming letter from Leonardo V., a young boy in Bolivia. Leonardo was the recipient of a prosthetic hand that was created by the Creation Station in partnership with Nova Southeastern University’s Occupational Therapy Department and the e-NABLE Project. His hand was one of five made at Broward County Library’s Creation Station that were created using a free, open-source template provided by the e-NABLE Project. The usable plastic hands were created for less than $4 and were assembled by students from Nova Southeastern University’s Occupational Therapy Department.


kioskTwo new freestanding kiosks that allow library customers to download titles from BCL's digital collection are located at the Broward County Judicial Complex and the Broward County Governmental Center in downtown Fort Lauderdale. Using the kiosk’s Media Console, customers could now browse the top 100 most popular library eBook and eAudiobook titles, eBook titles recently added to BCL's collection, titles for children and teens, and collections of titles by subject or language and then download them to their tablet, phone or other reading device.

In September, BCL also hosted its first "Broward Reads to Succeed: Early Literacy Conference" on September 17th from 8:30AM to 1PM at Lauderdale Lakes Library/Educational Center. The conference focused on ensuring that children are ready to learn to read before kindergarten and was open to the public.

BCL also celebrated Maker’s Month in September with free, fun events for the whole family. Crafters, creators, innovators and inventors were invited to visit Broward County Library to attend a range of DIY and maker’s events. The highlight of Maker’s Month was a free, all-day S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, electronics, arts and mathematics) Festival held on Saturday, September 26 at the Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The Festival featured libraries from all over South Florida as well as a host of fun, free activities for all ages including science, technology, electronics, arts and mathematics programs, a robot demonstration by the Broward County Sheriff’s Office and art and design workshops.


bcl websiteBCL unveils its new, redesigned website, Broward.org/Library. The revised site now offers more features and a new responsive design that makes it fully functional on any device including desktop computers, tablets or smart phones.

Also in October: North Regional/Broward College Library receives a competitive grant from the American Library Association (ALA) to host the “Great Stories Club,” a reading and discussion program designed for at-risk teens.

mystery manIn celebration of the spooky spirit of Halloween, Main Library hosted its first interactive “Mystery at Main: The Case of the Prosperous Patron,” a crime-solving adventure that challenged the approximately 50 participants to explore Main Library collecting clues, narrow down suspects and ultimately cracking the case.​


skye patrick marcom logoBroward County Libraries (BCL) received two honors from the 2015 MarCom International Awards for Marketing and Communications Professionals. Libraries won a Gold Award for the branding campaign of the Creation Station and received an Honorable Mention for the Broward County Libraries Mean Business campaign. The MarCom Awards is a creative competition for any individual or company involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. Entries come from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, public relations firms, design shops, production companies and freelancers.


main library delivery truckIt’s a wrap: BCL ended the year on-the-go by wrapping existing library delivery trucks with colorful designs that promoted Creation Station, free library downloads and more. 

delivery truck​Broward County Libraries then finished up great year with a great party! Held at Main Library, the Holiday Celebration and grand finale of the re-launch year of the Broward County Main Library featured food, entertainment, arts and crafts and events for all ages.

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