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BCL Receives Prestigious Awards
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WOW Update 
May 26, 2015

Broward County Library Receives Three Prestigious Awards from the Florida Library Association Including "Library of the Year"

BCL WoW 2015 Library of the Year Library CardsBroward 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 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. Awards were presented during FLA's annual conference, held May 13-15, 2015 at the Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

"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.
Creation Station, Broward County Main LibraryLibrary 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.  

The “Show Us Your Bookface” contest/exhibit
The Show Us Your Bookface exhibit on display at Main Library.
Show Us Your Bookface: 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:

Boost Your Career or Small Business (Business man flying in office chair)
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 entrepreneurs.

Northwest Branch Library’s Juneteenth Celebration: Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival Coming Saturday June 13 – Free Fun for All Ages!

Jazz musician playing the trumpetKick off Broward County Library’s Summer 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,” performing
Joey Gilmore, “The Blues Man,” will perform live at the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival.
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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 Rhythms)
  • Derrick the DJ
  • Comedian Natasha Calloway
  • Poet Brian Poem
  • Essay Contest Winners
  • Vintage Exhibits
  • Raffle for 42-inch Flat Screen TV
  • Relay Races
  • Apple on a String
  • Watermelon Eatin’ Contest
  • Free Face Painting
  • Trackless Train
  • Mime, Kings School of the Arts
  • Dramatization by New Directions Ministry
  • Dance Performance from All God’s Children Academy
  • Vendors

Movies and Audiobooks for Juneteenth from Hoopla and Broward County Library
(Use your BCL card to access)

American Slavery, American Freedom (Audiobook)
12 Years a Slave (Audiobook)
Emancipation Road (Video series)
Roots by Alex Haley (Audiobook) 
Under the Freedom Tree (Video)
Up From Slavery (Video series)
Great Titles for Juneteenth at Broward County Library

Come Juneteenth by Rinaldi, Ann (Young Adult/eBook also available)
I Freed Myself: African American Self-Emancipation in the Civil War Era by David Williams
Juneteenth: A Day to Celebrate Freedom from Slavery by Angela Leeper (Children/Tweens)
Juneteenth: A Novel by Ralph Ellison (eBook also available)
Juneteenth! Celebrating Freedom in Texas by Anna Pearl Barrett (Children/Tweens)
Lincoln's Gamble: The Tumultuous Six Months That Gave America the Emancipation Proclamation and Changed the Course of the Civil War by Todd Brewster