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Broward County Libraries Named 'Library of the Year' by Florida Association

Everyone knows that libraries are for books, but in some communities they serve a much greater purpose — and our system just got honored for it.

Broward County Libraries was presented with the Library of the Year Award from the Florida Library Association this past week. The library’s many programs, including the Do It Yourself programs, as well as its S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) literacy programs, helped the system earn the distinction.

Broward County Libraries also won two other awards, including the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services Award for Teen Programming for the “Show Us Your Bookface” contest and exhibition, as well as the Libraries Mean Business Award for the “Broward County Libraries Mean Business!” campaign.

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The “Show Us Your Bookface” contest and exhibition asked teens to alter a part of their bodies with a book cover and submit pictures of themselves to Broward County Libraries. The photographs that were entered in the contest were compiled into a banner that was revealed in December 2014 at Main Library and displayed at multiple Broward County Library locations.

"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," Skye Patrick, Director of Broward County Libraries Division, said in a news release. "The three awards are a demonstration of Broward County Library's dedication to innovative customer service and programming for our communities in Broward County."