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Special Events for Children & Teens
Children's BookFest - Stories and Books Come to Life
Free fun for the family at the 2018 Children's BookFest! Watch top-notch
shows and performances, grab a free book, get hands-on with a
make-it-and-take-it craft and more. This year's BookFest will be held Saturday,
May 19th from 10AM-3:30PM at
Northwest Regional Library in Coral Springs. The festival is free and open
to the public.
This year the Children's BookFest will be in celebration of World Day for
Cultural Diversity, held annually on May 21, a United Nations–sanctioned
international holiday that promotes diversity issues and dialogue. It's also the
system-wide kick-off event for the library's 2018 Summer Learning Program so
festivalgoers can find out how they can read, learn and win prizes all summer long!
Events at the Children's BookFest include:
Children's BookFest is presented by and funded through the Broward Public
Library Foundation with Jo DiMaggio Children's Hospital as a presenting sponsor.
The Children’s BookFest is supported by Broward Family Life Magazine. For more
information, please call 954-357-7336.
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Libraries Director Kelvin Watson Elected to Public Library Association’s Board of Directors
Broward County Libraries Division Director Kelvin Watson has been elected as one
of two new directors-at-large of the Public Libraries Association (PLA). His
three-year term will begin immediately after the American Library Association’s
2018 Annual Conference, which takes place in New Orleans from June 21-26, 2018.
“It is an honor to have been selected by my peers to serve as one of the PLA’s
directors-at-large,” says Watson. “I’m looking forward to working within the PLA
to further explore ways to expand the reach of libraries in the communities they
serve and to broaden access to the vast educational, technological and
recreational resources and services public libraries provide.”
Watson was named Director of Broward County Libraries Division in February 2017.
Since then he has led ambitious and innovative initiatives that have made the
Library a force in bridging the community’s digital divide and strengthened the
Library’s connection to the communities it serves.
Throughout his career he has remained active and involved in professional
associations and, in addition to recent election to the PLA Board of Directors,
is currently the immediate past President of the Black Caucus of the American
Library Association. Watson is a frequent speaker and panelist at conferences
and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 DEMCO/ALA Black Caucus
Award for Excellence in Librarianship. He has worked tirelessly to evolve the
library’s role in the community as “the inviter of the uninvited.”
Watson is one of six PLA directors-at-large serving on the PLA Board of
Directors, and the first director-at-large from Broward County.
The PLA, which is headquartered in Chicago, is the largest association dedicated
to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals.
Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and
small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing
presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential
institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public
Meet Your Community
photo to enlarge/view names)“I’m passionate about the power of libraries and all that they offer the
community,” says Roslyn Dean, the Libraries’ new Community Engagement (CE)
Manager. “Libraries are not only a source of information, but they can be a
place of first experiences and adventures through books. A place of innovation
through broad access to technology. A place of entertainment through programs
and events. A place of social engagement and connections through conversations
over coffee. A place of educational growth and professional enhancement through
access to multiple online resources.”
To find out more about Roslyn (Roz) and her Community Engagement Team, read
on. And be sure to introduce yourself when you see them at an event – they’d
love to meet you!
Roslyn Dean • As the Community Engagement Manager, I’m responsible for
managing the division-wide programming, outreach and volunteer operations, which
include Learning Services, Volunteers, Youth Services Administration, Adult
Services Administration, Advantage Marketing and Community Liaison sections. I’m
enthusiastic about the limitless possibilities of the library and the greatness
that it exposes us to.
Jenna Smith • As the Community Engagement Liaison, you can find me out
promoting BCL everywhere. I worked for 24 years in HR and Communication and I am
also a Group Fitness Instructor and Personal Trainer. I love that BCL is
continually offering new services, resources, events, and programs, such as GoChip, Instant eCard, Born in Broward, and the
first Chalk Lit Fest, to name a few.
Alexis Sanabria • For me, as the CE Secretary, the best part of CE is seeing
the impact on a community one person at a time. Seeing one of our programs help
a young Cuban boy who was struggling to understand the school system here
touched my heart as a child of immigrant parents. While I have not yet lived
outside the US, I did reside in the remote desert town of Twentynine Palms,
California, and enjoyed exploring the old and abandoned part of Route 66.
Michael Bryant • What I enjoy about being Adult Services Coordinator is
bringing free, high-quality programs to customers that make a positive impact on
their lives. A great example of that are the veterans programs that I manage,
like the Veterans Connect Hot Spot program. I also help to coordinate the
technology classes for adult services. When I’m away from work, you can find me
Susan Middleton • I am a Librarian, Senior and manage the summer meal program
Break Spot, the summer Foster Grandparent program, TutorMate and City of Sunrise
Afterschool@YourLibrary programs. What motivates me is watching BCL help
people achieve their dreams and life goals. A personal goal for me is to travel
to Europe again and spend another two months backpacking.
Vonda Ward Bryant • As the Learning Services Coordinator, I am responsible for
all BCL literacy programs and services. I have the best job in the world because
every day I get the opportunity to help someone reach his or her learning
goals. I still get chill bumps when I hear about a student reaching their
literacy goal and cry at every Career Online High School graduation ceremony. I
am a native of Broward County and the old Pompano Beach branch was my
Nancy Murray • As Youth Services Special Events Coordinator, my team and I
coordinate The Conference on Children’s Literature, the Children’s BookFest, the
Summer Learning Program, the StoryBook Festival, Discovering Your Way, and much
more. Diversity and a global perspective come naturally to me since my father
was career Air Force, my mother is from Okinawa, I was born in the Philippines, lived in Taiwan and all around the United States. At
the age of 20, I moved to
Japan for six months and climbed Mount Fuji.
Andra Mentore • As the Library Services Coordinator, I manage the Libraries Volunteer program, Advantage Marketing program and serve as Libraries liaison for the 35 Friends of the Broward County Library Chapter groups. I know we are doing a great job when I see CE deepening the Library’s connection in our diverse communities. An example of this is the upcoming Afro Caribbean Weekend Fest, an event that I am involved with. On a personal note, I enjoy driving fast cars.
Kimberly White • As the Youth Services Coordinator, I oversee the many
programs and events for children and families that BCL does, as well as outside
partnerships that work on behalf of school children, such as the Your ID Is Your
Key, to use a student ID as a BCL access card. I am most passionate about
providing quality programs that are vital to a community. Every community is
unique: many years ago, I found myself living and working near the Grand Canyon,
which I walked from rim to rim.
• As Youth Services Assistant Special Events
Coordinator, I love creating large, system-wide events and programs such as
Discovering Your Way and SAT/ACT classes. I previously worked as a chemist for
13 years, which did not afford the pleasure of directly seeing my work touch
others. Nothing is as gratifying as the expression on a child’s face when handed
a book to own or meeting their favorite character in the Fantasy Forest at
For more information about Community Engagement, email: email@example.com
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