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Advocate, Celebrate and Appreciate Your Library During National Library Week 

During this year’s National Library Week, celebrated from April 14-20, the role of libraries in the community is the theme: “Community Matters @ Your Library” brings attention to the library as a place where its customers read, learn, play and become inspired.

Libraries today play many roles in our community: gathering place, classroom, computer center, a place where anyone and everyone is welcome. Children enjoying a playful story time, seniors taking a free Facebook class, teens discussing great reads at a book club, meetings, music and more – this is the face of today’s library.

National Library Week Events

April 4, 11, 18, 25 – Overdrive Clinic: How to Download Titles to an eReader, 4 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
April 4 – Book signing and presentation with author Victoria Jolson, 2 to 3 p.m., Main Library
April 6, 20 – Creative Writing Club, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m., Northwest Regional Library 
April 13 – Culture in the Pines Author Showcase, 2 to 4 p.m., South Regional/Broward College Library
April 14 – National Library Week Essay/Poetry Competition, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
April 16 – Let’s Talk About Books: The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Southwest Regional Library
April 16 – Writer’s Critique Group, 5:30 to 7:45 p.m., West Regional Library
April 17 – Sharkey’s Storytime: National Library Week! Ages 3-5, with caregiver, Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
April 17 – Learning Services Open House: Learn about free literacy help and other library resources, 12 noon to 6 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
April 17 – Your Ideal Bookshelf, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Tamarac Library
April 20 – South Florida Author’s Showcase: Meet the authors and enjoy book talks every half hour, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
April 20 – Children’s Day-Book Day/El dia de los niños-El dia de los libros Featuring Venezuelan poet Enrique Hidalgo, 12:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hollywood Library
April 20 – LIVE at the Sherman Library! Artz Out Loud presents Beowulf: A Tale of Courage and Honor, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center
April 24 – Reading Round Table Book Talk, 2 to 3:30 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
Aprils 26 – West Regional Book Club: The Maytrees by Annie Dillard, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., West Regional Library

Library Snapshot Day at Broward County Libraries!

Toddler enjoying arts and crafts at Tamarac Library on Library Snapshot Day"Library Snapshot Day: A Day in the Life of Florida Libraries," was celebrated at all 40 Broward County Library locations on January 30, 2013. The event, which is sponsored by the Florida Library Association, invites all type of libraries statewide to snap library photos and gather library statistics and stories that illustrate the importance and value of libraries to the community. Members of the community and library customers showed their support by participating.

Broward County Libraries touch lives in so many ways. With free access to books, music, movies, public-access computers, events, classes and more, Broward County Library is constantly and consistently providing vital services to all.

For example, on January 30, 2013, in just one "Day in the Life" of Broward County Libraries:

  • Man using a free public computer at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center35,327 items were checked out
  • 37,258 people visited the library
  • 8,104 individuals used a computer
  • 1,318 were taught computer skills
  • 4,794 got answers to reference and other questions
  • 768 students were given assistance
  • 303 job seekers received help
  • 322 got assistance accessing government web sites
  • 962 children attended a program

Author Talia Carner discusses her book via Skype on Library Snapshot Day at North Regional/Broward College LibraryAuthor Takes Questions Via Skype During Library Snapshot Day

One of the most unique events held during Library Snapshot Day was at North Regional/Broward College Library. Attendees at the Ruth E. Cohan Jewish Book Review Series program on January 30 participated in a special Florida Library Snapshot Day literary event. Talia Carner, author of the program's featured book, Jerusalem Maiden, held a question-and-answer session with the audience via Skype. Speaking from her home in California, Carner discussed her book and answered questions from the audience.

National Volunteer Week: Broward County Library Needs You!

National Volunteer Week is approaching (April 21-27), the perfect time to consider giving back and becoming a library volunteer. While Library Snapshot Day is held annually, there are many ways to support Broward County Library year ‘round through advocacy and volunteering.

Broward County Library relies on volunteers to deliver an array of programs and services, from teaching computer classes to shelving books. Teens and adults are invited to donate their time and become an LVP (Library Volunteer Person). The Broward Public Library Foundation is another great way to get involved in the library, as the Foundation enhances the collections, programs and services of the Broward County Library system that are beyond the means of public funding. Become a Friend of the Library and help support your library at the grassroots level; currently there are 32 local Friends of the Broward County Libraries, Inc. chapters located at libraries countywide.

Teens: Looking for great volunteer opportunities? Check out the Annual Teen Volunteer Expo at Southwest Regional Library on Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore library and volunteer opportunities for your school community service requirements.

Make Family Reading a Priority on National D.E.A.R. Day

On Friday, April 12, take the time to celebrate Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R) Day, a special reading celebration that reminds and encourages families to make reading a daily priority. Led by the National Education Association, Parent Teacher Association, the Association for Library Service to Children, HarperCollins Children’s Books and others, D.E.A.R. Day is celebrated each year by schools, libraries, bookstores and other organizations with fun programs for children and families.

D.E.A.R. logoThe April 12 date was selected in conjunction with the birthday of famed children’s author Beverly Cleary, whose beloved character Ramona Quimby is the official spokesperson of D.E.A.R. Day. Cleary became a proponent of D.E.A.R. Day after receiving letters from young fans sharing their D.E.A.R. experiences. She was so impressed by them that she wrote about Ramona enjoying D.E.A.R. time with the rest of her class in Cleary’s book Ramona Quimby, Age 8.

Celebrate National D.E.A.R. day on April 11 at Imperial Point Library as they host "Wags n’ Tales D.E.A.R. Day." Read books to Koda, a pet therapy dog to celebrate D.E.A.R. Day; attendees receive a free book! 5 to 6 p.m., Imperial Point Library. For children; preregistration required, please call 954-367-6530.

 Library Books About… Libraries! Available at Broward County Library:

Book Jacket for: This book is overdue! : how librarians and cybrarians can save us all This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson
Book Jacket for: Library : an unquiet history Library: An Unquiet History, by Matthew Battles
Book Jacket for: The library : an illustrated history The Library: An Illustrated History, by Stuart A.P. Murry
Book Jacket for: Library : the drama within Library: The Drama Within, photographs by Diane Asseo Griliches/essay by Daniel J. Boorstin

For Children:

Book Jacket for: The library The Library, by Sarah Stewart
Book Jacket for: Biblioburro : a true story from Colombia Biblioburro: A True Story from Colombia, by Jeanette Winter
Book Jacket for: Librarian on the roof! : a true story Librarian on the Roof! A True Story, by M.G. King
Book Jacket for: That's our librarian! That’s Our Librarian! By Ann Morris