DATE: October 15, 2012
Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library.
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
Broward County Libraries Division and the City of Hallandale Beach have partnered to open a new "Micro-Library" that is incorporated into the 9,661-square-foot Foster Park Community Center, located at 609 N.W. Sixth Ave. in Hallandale Beach (954-455-0310). The new Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library officially opened on Saturday, September 29, 2012 with a public ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house.
Broward County Commissioner Barbara Sharief allocated $5,000 to provide books for the micro-library and Broward County Libraries Division provided a collection of 565 culturally diverse books focusing on materials by Caribbean and African-American authors as well as materials focusing on Caribbean and African-American heritage. Broward County Library also provided a catalog computer and a self check-out station. The 1,700 square-foot micro-library includes a bright, cheerful children's section with comfortable seating and a colorful mural. Nine public-use computers, provided by the City of Hallandale Beach, offer free Internet service. The micro-library is staffed by community volunteers who were trained by Broward County Library staff.
In addition to the micro-library, the Community Center will also have room for meeting space, a gym, kitchen, storage space and restrooms. The Foster Park Community Center is the City of Hallandale Beach’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified building.
"This is another excellent example of a cooperative venture between a city and Broward County for the good of the public,” says Broward County Libraries Division Director Robert E. Cannon. “It demonstrates the interest in and power of library service within the community. This micro-library, along with our Little Green Library, a partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Housing Authority centered upon community eco-initiatives in Fort Lauderdale, shows how these cooperative project benefit their community and Broward County at large.”
The Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library is treated as a facility and outlet of Broward County Libraries Division. The library has limited services and limited materials, including no DVDs or video games. Books can be checked out using self check-out only, no fines can be collected at the location and no bus passes are for sale there. Additionally, materials cannot be returned to the library and holds cannot be picked up.
The Foster Park Community Center Micro-Library's hours are:
- Monday and Tuesday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Wednesday and Thursday: 5 to 8 p.m.
- Friday: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.
- Saturday: Closed
- Sunday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.