Because of your generous donations, the Broward Public Library Foundation is able to financially support Broward County Library literacy programs and services that enrich the entire community, including:
Books ‘n’ Bears at the Holidays
2,000+ disadvantaged preschool children receive a new book and a cuddly teddy bear at holiday parties held at 30 library branches. For many of these children, it’s their first introduction to the library and the array of services they can experience here. To learn more about Books ‘n’ Bears at the Holidays, click here.
A county-wide, week-long celebration of children’s literature culminates with a major festival each spring 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.
Creation Station Business Coworking Hub
The Creation Station Business Coworking Hub at the Main Library offers free conference and work spaces as well as computers and other business-related equipment. The Library Foundation is funding 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. Take see the different events at the Creation Station, click here.
The Academy is a college admissions readiness program and serves local juniors/seniors in their quest to matriculate into college/job training. The program is based on Harvard research that college-intending students melt away as they encounter admissions barriers. This program helps Broward County high school students in targeted low-income, high-minority areas overcome the many barriers that stop their successful transition into college and/or career programs.
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.
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.
The StoryBook Festival is designed to get children, and their families, hooked on reading by bringing books to life for young minds. Festival activities include the interactive Fantasy Forest; nationally recognized storytellers and performance groups on four stages, arts & crafts table, free book give-away to the first 1,000 children and so much more fun to see and do.
**November 2018 at Southwest Regional Library in Pembroke Pines
Summer Learning Program
An estimated 100,000 children, teens and adults participate in annual Summer Learning 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. To learn more about Summer Learning Program, click here.
If you're interested in sponsoring one of the above programs, click here for more information.