Stars in the Sunshine State
Florida’s libraries do amazing things. Take a look at some of their special projects, achievements, and awards.
Changing lives at the DLC
In 1998, the Safety Harbor Public Library conceived of the Deaf Literacy Center to better serve the 20-30 deaf patrons who visited each day.
Read about how they did it, and what the Center is like 20 years later.
Assessing library instruction
The Alvin Sherman Library created a pilot program to better collect data.
Community and library partnerships
Hendry County Library Cooperative used community/library partnerships to improve the unfavorable educational ratings in their county.
Teen space redesign
Hobe Sound Library in Martin County redesigned their teen space to be more fun, functional and welcoming.
Collecting library stories
Palm Beach County Library System studied how to best collect their patrons' stories in order to help demonstrate the library's value.
Diving into digitization
Lee County Library System received a large donation of local newspapers and saw the perfect opportunity for a digitization pilot program.
Professional development for YA librarians
Sarasota County Libraries created a training program for their young adult librarians.
Nursing test prep
Palm Beach State College's Library Learning Resource Center helps pre-nursing students prepare for their entrance exams at its Belle Glade campus.
Books to go
Northwest Regional Library System distributes Books To Go with the help of community partners.
Music to their ears
Mapping community demographics
Palm Beach County Library System has been using mapping to see who their patrons are and which patrons their 17 locations may not be reaching.
CU @ the lib
Manatee County Public Library has started texting event notices to patrons. This helps them send out information more quickly and also to reach younger patrons.
Teen tech lab
Volusia County Public Library developed a tech lab for teens to experiment and learn new skills, boosting teen attendance at the library in the process.
Renae Rountree, Director of Washington County Public Library, created a pilot project in 2015 designed to allow library patrons to check out Internet service.