director's message

kelvin watson, director of broward county library
It is a great feeling to have good news to share, and it is even better when there’s more of it!

Originally, I planned to use this letter to share a very exciting announcement – beginning this week, seven of our libraries are open for Walk-up/Drive-up Service.
Customers can now pick up reserved library materials at Main Library, the African American Research Library and Cultural Center and our five regional locations. Please visit our Library Announcements webpage for details.
We are happy to be physically open again, albeit in a limited capacity, but we will keep you updated as our reopening process continues.
As reopening progresses, I hope you continue to access our many online resources. In the last couple of months, we have seen a substantial increase in eBook checkouts and use of our streaming/downloadable content services and I want to personally thank you for that. Knowing that we are providing you with impactful library services makes a difference. Serving you means success for us, and there would be no Broward County Library without you.
That leads me to my second piece of good news. In recognition for outstanding service to its community, Broward County Library has been named the 2020 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association (FLA)! The award’s criteria includes expanding library services to all areas of the community and offering creative, innovation programming such as our “Library Services on Air, Land and Sea" initiative, which brought library service points to unusual and unexpected places in the community, including buses, parks, businesses and the FLLibrary at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

We also received FLA’s Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations Award for the branding/public awareness campaign for the FLLibrary, a satellite library location in the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport. This is the second year in a row that our library system has received this honor from FLA for Marketing. FLA also recognized Broward County Library this year with the Library Innovation Award for Project Welcome, an initiative that supports English-language learners/newcomers to Broward County with targeted library services. Makiba Foster, African American Research Library and Cultural Center's Regional Manager, received FLA's Outstanding Scholarly Contributions Award for her article, Navigating Library Collections, Black Culture, and Current Events.

While it is not our first time as FLA’s Library of the Year – we received this recognition in 2015 – it is our first time winning four FLA awards in a single year. I am honored to be leading Broward County Libraries, additionally that our professional peers have recognized our service improvements and community initiatives. I look forward to continuing our upward trajectory with more of the library resources and services you want and need.

Stay tuned for more good news, including updates on our Virtual Summer at the Library 2020 program, library reopenings and more.
Kelvin Watson

Professor Mark Neal LIVE: Stevie Wonder & the Power of Music

Register Now: Thursday, May 21, 12:30-1:30PM

dr. mark nealThere’s still time to register for this free, live discussion of American musical icon Stevie Wonder, led by Duke University professor Dr. Mark Neal. Meet virtually with other fans to talk about this musical legend – who celebrated his 70th birthday – and the cultural significance of his extensive musical catalog.
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