Broward County Library Receives Three Prestigious Awards from the Florida Library Association Including "Library of the Year"
Broward County Library (BCL) has 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
Award recipients were selected from a large number of applicants for the
quality of their service to their local communities and to the library
profession. Awards were presented during FLA's annual conference, held May
13-15, 2015 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando,
"It is an honor for Broward County Library to be recognized by the Florida
Library Association and to be named the 2015 Library of the Year," says Skye
Patrick, Director of Broward County Libraries Division. "The three awards
are a demonstration of Broward County Library's dedication to innovative
customer service and programming for our communities in Broward County."
In celebration of the Library of the Year award, Broward County Library will
issue a special, limited edition library card commemorating the honor. The
library card will be available to customers by June 1, 2015. The cards are
free to new BCL cardholders and $1.50 for those wishing to replace their old
BCL card with the new, commemorative one.
Library of the Year: Library of the Year was awarded to Broward County
Library as a result of its innovation and its dedication to providing
excellent first-class service to library customers of all ages. With
programs, events and service launches designed specifically for today's
library customer, BCL has engaged the community with S.T.E.M.
(science/technology/engineering/math) literacy programs and an emphasis on
the Maker's Movement and Do It Yourself (DIY) programs. BCL also provides
library customers, including children and teens, with top-notch services
that address the changing needs of a tech-savvy society, including the
launch of the Creation Station, the first free community makerspace/gadget
lab in Broward County.
Show Us Your Bookface:
The Show Us Your Bookface exhibit on display at Main Library.
The recipient of the Betty Davis Miller Youth
Services Award for Teen Programming, "Show Us Your Bookface," is an
innovative program in which teens had the opportunity to get creative by
using a book cover to augment or obscure any part of their body with a book
cover. Teens created the illusion that they "merged" themselves with their
favorite book. Teens then submitted pictures of themselves to the library to
enter the contest. The photographs were then used to create an oversized
banner that was unveiled at the grand re-opening ceremony of Main Library in
December 2014 as part of the Broward 100 celebration
. Multiple banners have also been created for display at the
following library locations:
The "Broward County Libraries Mean Business!" campaign helped small businesses in the community.
The "Broward County Libraries Mean Business!" campaign helped small
businesses in the community.
Broward County Libraries Mean Business!
BCL's system-wide campaign, "Broward
County Libraries Mean Business!" created programming to assist small
business and entrepreneurial enterprises as well as raise awareness of the
many business-related resources, assistance and support the library has
available. It was launched in conjunction with former Broward County
Mayor Barbara Sharief's 2014 leadership theme, "Broward Means Business." As libraries move into the 21st century, BCL is positioning itself as a
valued "commodity" for small businesses, job seekers, employers and
Northwest Branch Library’s Juneteenth Celebration: Blues and Sweet Potato
Pie Festival Coming Saturday June 13 – Free Fun for All Ages!
Kick off Broward County Library’s Summer R.E.A.D.ing Program and celebrate
Juneteenth with the Northwest Branch Library's annual Blues and Sweet Potato
Pie Festival, to be held 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 13, at
Apollo Park, located at 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which is
adjacent to the
Northwest Branch Library
Joey Gilmore, “The Blues Man,” will perform live at the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival.
From children's fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie
Festival offers a good time for all ages. Enjoy Joey Gilmore, “the Blues
Man,” with the Blues Band as well as the Black History Mobile Museum,
comedian Natasha Calloway, drama, poetry, dance, contests, face painting,
vendors, relay races and a raffle for a 42-inch flat screen television.
Held in honor of Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day,
the annual Juneteenth Celebration Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival is
free, all ages event presented by the Friends of Northwest Branch Library.
For more information, please call 954-357-6599.
This year’s Juneteenth Celebration Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival will
feature the following:
- 2nd Infantry Regiment
United States Colored Troops Living Museum (Tallahassee, Florida)
- Black History Mobile
Museum facilitated by Shekina Dellmar Donaldson
- Joey Gilmore “The Blues
Man” with the Blues Band
- Blues Singer Maxine York
- Kamili Nilata (Seated Foot
- Derrick the DJ
- Comedian Natasha Calloway
- Poet Brian Poem
- Essay Contest Winners
- Vintage Exhibits
- Raffle for 42-inch Flat
- Relay Races
- Apple on a String
- Watermelon Eatin’ Contest
- Free Face Painting
- Trackless Train
- Mime, Kings School of the
- Dramatization by New
- Dance Performance from All
God’s Children Academy