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Weekly WoW | 2015 Florida Library of the Year 
June 24, 2015
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2015 Florida Library of the Year

Broward County Library 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/exhibit and FLA’s Libraries Mean Business Award for its “Broward County Libraries Mean Business!” campaign. 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.
“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.” 
Two school boys dressed in red shirt look through the glass of the Creation Station in amazementIn celebration of the Library of the Year award, Broward County Library has issued a special, limited edition library card commemorating the honor. The library card is free for new cardholders and $1.50 for existing BCL cardholders. The Creation Station is just one of the innovations that helped BCL earn “Library of the Year.”
Black Broward County Library 2015 Library of the Year CardLibrary of the Year was awarded to Broward County Library as a result of its innovation and dedication to providing excellent first-class service that addresses 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.
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 book covers to create a merged image of themselves with their favorite book. Hundreds of teens then submitted pictures of themselves to the library to enter the contest and the photos were then used to create an oversized banner that was unveiled at the grand re-opening ceremony of Main Library in December 2014.
Boost you Career or Small Business postcardBCL’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.”

Skye Writing...
 Artist rendering of Skye Patrick, Broward County Libraries Division Director
I’m proud to announce that Broward County Library has been named “Library of the Year” by the Florida Library Association. We’re honored to be recognized for our efforts to provide the very best to our customers and community. Broward County Library is continuing our journey on the path to excellence, and I invite all of you to join us on our travels.

Our vision is that “Broward County Libraries Division will be the model of the 21st Century Library: Innovative, Creative, Flexible, Inspiring, and Resource Full.” That statement is more than just words on paper – it’s the philosophy that drives BCL to provide more of what our customers want and need.

Our 2015 Summer (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program brings information, education and recreation to all citizens of Broward County. We encourage everyone in our community – children, teens and adults – to be a part of the library’s summer fun.

Young people are provided with prizes and incentives to read and learn all summer long, a great way for parents and caregivers to minimize summer “brain drain” in students. Adults can also register to read and win prizes (and we have some great ones this year). On top of that, the Summer Program features free events, classes, arts-and crafts, movies and more to spark the imagination and escape the ordinary. The Summer Program grows each year, with 2015 shaping up to be our best yet. Visit to learn more.

Broward County Library is also launching “I’m a BCL WoW Kid,” an Early Learning initiative designed to help parents and caregivers be their child’s first teacher. With grant funding, BCL will be able to offer more programs and resources to help every child become reading ready. Broward County Library’s Early Learning initiative is funded in part under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

In honor of the Summer Reading Program’s comic book theme, I am coming to you in avatar form this month! I hope you have a SUPER summer and take advantage of all Broward County Libraries has to offer during this sizzling season.

Children and Teens –
Read Down Your Fines with BCL WoW Bucks!

BCLWoW BucksNow through August 15, kids ages 0-17 can read in the library and earn BCL WoW Bucks to pay overdue book fines on their library card. Read to yourself, to a younger child or have your parents read to you. 30 minutes of reading earns you one BCL WoW Buck.
Register now at your Broward County Library Youth Services desk.

American Heritage Month Events
Statue of Liberty
July 1
- Independence Day Celebration! $1 Hot Dogs, Apple Pie and a Superhero Movie: Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 11AM to 2PM, Miramar Branch Library & Education Center
July 11 - Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices. Award-winning documentary on the contributions of African-Americans in World War II, 12 to 1PM, Southwest Regional Library
July 14 - Page Turner’s Book Club: Forty Acres by Dwayne Smith. A young black attorney confronts issues of race and power as he uncovers secret society dedicated to the preservation of the institution of slavery, 2 to 3PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
July 15 - Wednesday Cinema Classics: Camille (1921 Silent Film), 1 to 3PM, Main Library
July 15 - Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voices. Award-winning documentary on the contributions of African-Americans in World War II, 12:30 to 1:30PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
July 22 - The HeArt of America, presented by Museum Of Art/Fort Lauderdale Speakers Bureau, 2 to 4PM, West Regional Library

Broward County Library: Your Home for Early Learning
Find all you need to learn and read!
I'm a BCL WoW Kid!Because you are your child’s first and best teacher, what you do at home – even before your child goes to school – is what will help him or her learn to read and succeed.

Broward County Library is here to help you get your child ready to read!

Broward County Library is hosting a series of 8 free “Hot Food Hot Topics/Fresh Food Fresh Ideas” events in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools Office of Parent Engagement and the United Way during July and August. At each event, parents and caregivers will learn effective reading strategies, discover the secrets to creating healthy meals on a budget and find out about community resources to help you become your child’s first teacher. The events will also feature door prizes, fun activities, healthy food samplings and a free book for each participating family!

July 6 - 5:30PM, North Lauderdale Saraniero Library
July 15 - 6PM, Southwest Regional Library
July 16 - 6PM, Lauderdale Lakes Library
July 22 - 10:30AM, North Regional/Broward College Library
July 25 - 2PM, Riverland Library
July 29 - 6PM, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
August 4 - 6PM, South Regional/Broward College Library
August 10 - 6PM, West Regional Library

Mother and baby enjoying picture book togetherAWE Early Literacy Stations
Early Literacy Stations are touch screen computers designed specifically for early learners from children ages two to those in third grade. Each station comes preloaded with more than 60 games that span multiple curriculum areas – from reading to graphic arts to STEM subjects to music. Visit AF, CC, LL, NL, NO, NR, NW, RV, SR, SW or WR to see how this new technology supports school readiness, encourages children to explore and learn independently, and cultivates a love of learning. Broward County Library’s Early Learning initiative is funded in part under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, administered by the Florida Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

Visit your local library or access for early learning resources.

Broward 100 - Celebrating the Art of Community
Broward 100
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July 8 - Broward Moments Lecture Series: Banishing Jim Crow: The Civil Rights Movement in Broward County and Florida,
6 to 7:30PM, African-American Research Library and Cultural Center
July 13 - The Art of Recycled/Repurposed/ Upcycled! Create a work of art with artist Rosa Naday Garmendia using repurposed trash, pre-registration required, 4 to 5:30PM, Southwest Regional Library
July 14 - Heroic Women at the Banquet, dramatic presentation by Sandra Walker about the lives of notable women, 10:30AM to 12PM, Tyrone Bryant Library
July 15 - Starving Artist 2015 Opening Reception, 5 to 7:30PM, Main Library
July 25 - Throwback Saturday: Stories, Toys, Games and Treats from the 1980s. For school-age children to adults, 2:30 to 3:30PM, Stirling Road Library

August 4 - Reception for Hispanic Artists from the Collection of NAEMI, 5 to 7PM, Main Library
August 11 - Broward Moments Lecture Series: Broward’s Early Residents: Native American - How They Lived in the Glades, 6 to 7:30PM, Stirling Road Library
August 29 - Throwback Saturday: Stories, Toys, Games and Treats from the 1990s. Recommended for school-age children to adults, 2:30 to 3:30PM, Stirling Road Library
Broward 100 Exhibit/Displays
Starving Artist 2015, Woman’s Equality Day Display and Hispanic Artists from the Collection of NAEMI, Main Library; The Baskets of Paul Catano: A Display of Handmade Baskets of Every Size and Shape, North Regional/Broward College Library; Titanic: The Legacy Remains, Northwest Regional LibraryMale breakdancing

National Dance Day
July 25 - Adult Dance Class, 2:30 to 3:30PM, Davie/Cooper City Library
July 25 - It’s National Dance Day! Take a Lesson with the Dancers of A360, 11AM to 12PM, Main Library
South Florida Book Festival
Friday, July 17 & Saturday, July 18, 2015

South Florida Book Festival logoEnjoy a ticketed event, “Evening with the Stars,” on Friday, a free day of author activities on Saturday from 10AM to 6PM and a ticketed cook-off featuring renowned chefs on Saturday evening. Hosted by the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center (AARLCC) and sponsored by the Friends of AARLCC, the Festival will include author Tavis Smiley, Mary A. Spio, CEO of Next Galaxy Media and author of It’s Not Rocket Science as well as author/journalist Nick Chiles and attorney Robbin Shipp, who will discuss Justice While Black. For more information, call AARLCC at 954-357-6282.

Summer for Everyone

Summer for EveryoneIf you haven’t registered for Broward County Library’s free 2015 Summer (Reading, Exploration, Art, Discovery) Program, it’s not too late! Register online at or visit your local library for a chance to win prizes for reading and learning challenges.

The Summer Program is more than just prizes - it also includes a summer full of free events, learning activities, story times, computer classes, family fun nights, entertaining shows and performances. The Summer Program runs through August 1, but you can continue reading from August 1-15 for a chance to win the “August Pledge Grand Prize!”

Adults can “Escape the Ordinary” during Broward County Library’s Adult Summer Program. Read books, win prizes and enjoy a summer’s worth of fun to escape the ordinary, including free events such as concerts, book discussions, films, workshops, computer classes and more. Complete reading goals and activities to win special online program prizes. Additional library branches may offer special in-house events, so check at your branch for availability, programs and prizes.