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Another Amazing Year at Broward County Library!


2016 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. We launched new initiatives, expanded service hours and days at many library locations and opened three new Creation Stations.

Here’s a look back at your Broward County Library’s year:

rosetta stoneThe year started off with the addition of Rosetta Stone® Library Solution to BCL’s online resources, which provides library customers with free access to this popular language-learning software. Available online or through a free mobile app, Rosetta Stone® Library Solution includes 30 languages with lessons to build reading, writing, speaking and listening skills.

earthseaThe Big Read, BCL’s community-wide reading project, explored the classic coming-of age novel, A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin. From January 21 through February 29, 2016, our community celebrated A Wizard of Earthsea with a full calendar of free events including book and film discussions, lectures, storytelling events, Tai Chi demonstrations, writing and visual arts workshops, and other fun, family-friendly programs. 

destination fridays -jamaicaThis month, BCL learned that we had won two awards from the Florida Library Association – one for Library Web Presence and one for Innovation for our Creation Station.

Jamaica and the birthday of legendary musician Bob Marley were the themes for the first Destination Fridays event of 2016, which was held on February 5th at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC). Guests were invited to come dressed in Bob Marley t-shirts and reggae colors to dance to the beat of reggae music, enjoy rum punch and Jamaican food and explore the culture of Jamaica.

Moonlight Tales: An Adult Song and Story Cabaret, with national storytellers Tom Lee and Kaye Byrnes and musician/performer Nicole Yarling, brought lovers of culture to the Main Library in downtown Fort Lauderdale for an evening of free entertainment under the stars. moonlight tales

EMUThis month, the big news was the launch of EMU (Educate, Motivate, YOU) College Club, a free program designed to help high school seniors and their parents build a roadmap to college with support from trained counselors. Located at six Broward County Library locations, EMU College Club featured biweekly club meetings and counseling sessions that covered a variety of college-related topics.

BCL also won a Gold Award in the 2016 AVA Digital Awards, an international competition for digital media, for our website,

April brought the new Broward County Libraries Division Career Online High School, a program that awarded scholarships for Broward residents looking to earn private high school diplomas and advance their careers. Each student was paired with an academic coach who offered ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluated performance and connected the learner with educational resources they needed to succeed and graduate.

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Author/illustrator Charles R. Smith Jr. at the 29th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 14th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series.
On April 29th, AARLCC hosted the 29th Annual Conference on Children's Literature and 14th Annual Ashley Bryan Art Series, a free, day-long professional development opportunity where librarians, teachers, writers, illustrators, storytellers, and parents gather to receive training and gain exposure to current trends in literature for youth and teens. The next day, El día de los niños/El día de los libros/Day of the Child/Day of the Book was celebrated at North Lauderdale Saraniero Library with a host of multicultural activities and performances for children and families.

Also in April: Save Future Florida after-school camps were held in select library locations to ask Broward youth to help explore creative solutions for climate change and sea-level rise in Florida.

The Children's BookFest, held in celebration of Children's Book Week (May 2-8), returned to Main Library on May 7th. This day-long, free festival gave children the chance to meet local authors, hear professional storytellers and see top-notch children's shows. Children also the opportunity to be creative at the arts and crafts tables, do a science experiment, learn the artistic dance of India, fold origami, get their face painted and be the first to sign up for the Summer Learning Program.

Broward County Libraries Division received two 2016 Hermes Creative Awards for marketing and design – a Platinum Award for their Broward County Library Welcome Brochure and a Gold Award for the original logo created for the Creation Station, Broward County Library's community makerspace/gadget lab. The Hermes Creative Awards is an international competition for creative professionals involved in the concept, writing and design of traditional and emerging media.

Our new Service Model, which lets us open libraries for longer hours and more days without increasing our budget rolls out. Beginning June 19th, seven Broward County Libraries locations expanded their service hours (Century Plaza/Leon Slatin, Deerfield Beach Percy White, Fort Lauderdale Reading Center, Imperial Point, Lauderhill Towne Centre, Pompano Beach, Riverland and Sunrise Dan Pearl branch libraries). More expansion is planned for the rest of 2016.

the big winJune also marked the start of the 2016 Summer Learning Program (SLP). This year’s theme was “The Big Win,” and readers of all ages joined in the fun and reached reading goals. The 2016 SLP offered programs, interactive games, prize drawings and more. Participants could also register to win prizes and rewards for reading, attending events and participating in learning activities.

Additionally we received two 2016 NACo (National Association of Counties) Achievement Awards for our Broward County Libraries Mean Business public awareness campaign/event series and for the Creation Station’s Helping Hands Project and four 2016 NACIO (National Association of County Information Officers) Awards for marketing and promotional projects.

authorsThe South Florida Book Festival and Literary Conference
was held July 22 and 23 at AARLCC. This free event featured an array of New York Times bestselling authors, nationally renowned speakers, business entrepreneurs, book industry professionals as well as upcoming literary stars and will include book talks, panel discussions, book readings, autograph sessions, writing and publishing workshops and a Kid Zone for families. This year, satellite events were also held at other library locations countywide.

The 2016 Summer Learning Program (SLP) wrapped up and the final numbers were outstanding! This year’s SLP featured over 4,500 events that were attended by more than 116,000 people. A total of 99,938 books were read over the summer by participating preschoolers, children, teens and adults. urban libraries council

We also learned that six of BCL initiatives/programs had been named “ULC Innovations” by the Urban Library Council.

displayMain Library hosted the grand opening of the newly expanded Creation Station and a Space Day celebration on September 24th with a day of fun activities and programs for all ages. The event was part of the system-wide Maker’s Month event series, which offered free events at libraries countywide that focused on crafting, creating, innovating and inventing as well as a live demo of 3D printing in Broward County’s Governmental Center.

Creation Station portals were opened at Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library and Northwest Regional Library. At Jan Moran Collier City Learning Center’s Creation Station portal, the emphasis is on music with recording and sound production equipment that’s available for the community to use. Northwest Regional’s portal is equipped for hands-on making, with large work tables and specialized tools and instruments.

WPLG Channel 10 anchor/reporter Kristi Krueger visited the Creation Station to interview Bob Anstett, BCL’s Coordinator of Digital Initiatives, and film a news segment on how the Creation Station staff used 3D printers to create a joystick attachment that gave one of our disabled customers, Jake Frank, the ability to play video games.

Creation Station Business, Broward County Library's new co-working space with expert assistance for creating and growing your business, opened on October 19th with a community celebration in the new space at Main Library. Open to the community’s entrepreneurs and small businesses, Creation Station Business offers free work and conference areas that can be reserved by the public as well as common areas where business-related workshops, seminars and other events are held.

More good news: received a 2016 MarCom International Gold Award for Marketing and Communication Professionals Gold Award in the category of Government Website.

fast lane displayNOVEMBER
Fast Lane, a new quick and easy way to check out items, was introduced at select library locations. Instead of waiting in line to pick up holds and get materials checked out, books, DVDs and CDs can be picked up at new customer-holds shelves and then taken to any of the new Fast Lane checkout stations. Fast Lane also allows library staff to provide more one-on-one assistance in addition to making more materials and resources readily available to customers. storybook fest

The 15th Annual StoryBook Festival was held November 19th at Southwest Regional Library., This year's event, with the theme "Into the Forest" expanded the borders of the Festival’s beloved Fantasy Forest, and provided a fun, free day of entertainment and activities.

BCL finished off the year with two events that signified new beginnings for members of our community. Our Broward County Library Career Online High School held its inaugural commencement ceremony on December 15th at North Regional/Broward College Library for the 21 students who have successfully completed the program.

The final count is in! Since June, we’ve expanded hours in 19 Broward County Library locations and are planning to expand in more locations in 2017!

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BCL Interim Director Laura Connors, City of Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan and Broward County Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness at the grand opening of Lauderhill Central Park Library.
We also celebrated the grand opening of the new Lauderhill Central Park Library on December 16th. The event included remarks from Broward County Commissioner Dale V. C. Holness and City of Lauderhill Mayor Richard J. Kaplan, an official ribbon-cutting ceremony, a musical performance by the World Music Ensemble from Parkway Middle School, a presentation by the Lauderhill 6-12 National Middle School Cadet Corp. and an "Introduction to Virtual and Augmented Reality" event with the Creation Station staff. There were also children’s activities, refreshments and a free hip-hop dance workshop. lauderhill library

The 10,000 square-foot library features 25 public access computers, a tutoring room and a multipurpose room. It is part of a new facility that includes both the Broward County-operated library and a performing arts and cultural center, with a 1,200-seat theater, operated by the City of Lauderhill. The new Lauderhill Central Park Library is part of the $139.9 million bond issue that was approved by Broward County voters in March 1999.

trading timeTrading Time @ Broward County Library

Get your trade on this month at Broward County Library’s exchange events. Swap everything from children’s clothes to coupons to great ideas. All events are free and open to the public.

Trades, Swaps and Exchanges

Sharing Knowledge and Ideas

  • January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Family Story Time, all ages, 5 to 5:45PM, Stirling Road Library
  • January 6 - Tree Climbers Welcome! Monthly genealogy information and discussion session, 3 to 4PM, Southwest Regional Library
  • January 7 - Guided Tour of Native Wetlands: With discussion provided by South Florida Audubon Society/wildlife sightings possible. Meet at gated entrance on east side of library parking lot, 9 to 10AM, Southwest Regional Library
  • January 7 - South Florida Audubon Society Dedication of Nancy Boyle Memorial Tree: Public invited to discuss wildlife and ecology of native Florida, 10 to 10:30AM, Southwest Regional Library
  • January 11, 18, 25 - Genealogy 101: Introduction to researching your family tree, six-part class, 2 to 3PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
  • January 12 - Children’s Poetry Slam Party, 4 to 5PM, Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
  • January 13, 20, 27 - How to Play Bridge with John Pino, 1 to 2:30PM, Main Library
  • January 13 - Craft Club: New project every month, 3 to 4PM, Southwest Regional Library
  • January 17 - Vietnam: America's Forgotten Patriots: Film and discussion with Fred Singer, 1 to 3PM, Main Library
  • January 17 - Poetry in My Soul: Share poems, discuss poets past and present and annual poetry contest, 6 to 8PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
  • January 19 - Meet the Narrators of Talking Books, 10:30AM to 2PM, Main Library
  • January 27 - Teacher Appreciation Gift Baskets by Kids, 2 to 3PM, Stirling Road Library
  • January 28 - South Florida Poetry Journal presents poetry reading with Elisa Albo, author of Passage to America, 4 to 5:30PM, Main Library
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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 1963 March on Washington.

Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

All Broward County Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 16, 2017, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Use Your Broward County Library Card to Access These Titles & Resources on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.

  • And Still I Rise Black America Since MLK by Henry L. Gate. Illustrated chronology detailing the most salient events of the last half century in African-American history, from the climactic moments of the civil rights movement to the once unimaginable two-term presidency of Barack H. Obama. (2015/eBook)
  • Dare Not Walk Alone: An emotional documentary using rarely seen news footage from 1964 and current testimony to reveal the truth behind the first Civil Rights Act. (2008/Streaming Video)
  • Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year by Tavis Smiley. A revealing and dramatic chronicle of the twelve months leading up to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. (2015/Book)
  • King: A Filmed Record: Constructed from archival footage, this documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. from 1955 to 1968, in his rise from regional activist to world-renowned leader of the Civil Rights movement. (1970/Streaming Video
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis. By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear.  25-year-old J Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown in Selma, Alabama. (2016/Nonfiction/Young Adult Book)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. by Emma E. Haldy (2016/Biography/Children’s Book)
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.: Great Civil Rights Leader by Jennifer Fandel (2000/Graphic Biography/eBook)
  • The Anthology 1957-1968 by Martin Luther King Jr. (2012/Downloadable Album/Spoken Word)
  • The Best of The Speeches by Martin Luther King Jr. (2007/Downloadable Album/Spoken Word)
  • The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King, Jr. This timeless volume, authorized by the estate of Martin Luther King, includes highlights from the legendary civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings selected by his wife Coretta Scott King, who contributes an impressive introduction on Dr. King's life and legacy. The stirring book contains approximately 120 quotations, focusing on seven areas of concern: The Community of Man, Racism, Civil Rights, Justice and Freedom, Faith and Religion, Nonviolence, and Peace. Also included is a detailed chronology of Dr. King's life and its involvement in the civil rights movement in our time. (1984/eBook)

Changing America

To learn more about the Civil Rights Movement, visit Changing America: The Emancipation Proclamation, 1863, and the March on Washington, 1963, a traveling exhibition on display at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) until January 13th.

This exhibit examines the events leading up to the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, and the March on Washington in 1963. Both of these events grew out of decades of bold actions, resistance, organization, and vision.

Supplemental material from the AARLCC Special Collections and archives will also be on display and there will be weekly showings of the following films. Please call 954-357-6227 for dates and times.

  • The Loving Story
  • The Abolitionists
  • Freedom Riders
  • Crossing in Saint Augustine
  • Slavery by Another Name