DATE: July 13, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
The Century Plaza Branch Library, located at 1856 A W. Hillsboro Blvd., Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 (954-360-1330) has been renamed the “Century Plaza/Leon Slatin Branch Library” in honor and recognition of Leon Slatin, who has volunteered four to five days a week at Century Plaza Branch Library for the past 21 years. A reception held on Saturday, June 30 in Mr. Slatin’s honor included the announcement of the renaming of the library, a brief program with comments by Libraries Director Robert E. Cannon, Broward Public Library Foundation Executive Director Dorothy Klein and former Century Plaza Branch Manager Liz Lambert as well as the presentation of a commemorative plaque to Mr. Slatin.
Dedicated and reliable, he processed over 380,000 customer holds and for years personally called library customers to tell them their holds were ready. Mr. Slatin also advocated for and succeeded in obtaining more public-use computers for the library as well as expanding library services for youth and increasing the amount of popular titles. Mr. Slatin was also a strong proponent of remodeling and expanding the Century Plaza Branch Library.
In addition to his hands-on volunteering, Mr. Slatin also served almost 17 years on the Library Advisory Board, originally appointed on June 22, 1993 and reappointed by Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs, District 2, for three additional terms.
Photos of Leon Slatin and the reception available by request.
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