Because of your generous donations, the Broward Public Library Foundation is able to financially support more than 20 different programs each year, including:
Computer Instruction Classes
More than 10,000 adults sign up for classes at various libraries throughout Broward County each year. The basic computer skills they gain helps them prepare resumes, complete job applications and become more competitive in today’s employment market. Click here to learn about upcoming computer classes.
SAT/ACT Workshops for College-Bound Students
Free SAT/ACT preparation classes are offered throughout the year at regional libraries for up to 450 high school sophomores and juniors. In addition, workshops on financial aid and college application essay writing are also offered, helping to better prepare college-bound students and their families for the college application and acceptance process. For a listing of classes, click here.
Summer Learning Program
An estimated 95,000 children, teens and adults participate in annual Summer Reading Programs, completing reading logs for incentive prizes and attending educational programs. Students who participate are less likely to experience the “summer slide” in reading and are better prepared to start school again each fall. For more information about the Broward County Library's Summer Learning Program, click here. To donate to Summer Learning, click here.
Creation Station Business
The soon-to-open Creation Station Business at the Main Library will offer free conference and work spaces as well as computers and other business-related equipment. The Library Foundation will fund a series of lectures of interest to entrepreneurs and small business owners. To learn more about existing Creation Stations and view a class schedule, click here.
A county-wide, week-long celebration of children’s literature culminates with a major festival each April for more than 3,500 children and parents. This festival features free book giveaways, storybook characters, arts and crafts and storytellers all designed to encourage a love of reading in children and their families.
Books ‘n’ Bears at the Holidays
1,000+ disadvantaged preschool children receive a new book and a cuddly teddy bear at holiday parties held at library branches located in economically challenged neighborhoods. For many of these children, it’s their first introduction to the library and the array of services they can experience here. To make a child smile, click here.
Through the generosity of the late Susan Black (wife of the late Apollo 7 astronaut Donn F. Eisele), NASA provided a moon rock sample to the Main Library in 2007. Since then, the Library Foundation has supported special exhibits, speakers and takeaway mementoes that bring the space program alive for visitors of all ages. Click here to learn more about this out-of-this-world exhibit.
Programs are held annually to award librarians who have exhibited excellent customer service and to thank the many volunteers who help keep the Broward County Library system running smoothly.