Broward County Libraries Division Publishes New eBook: "Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library"

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DATE: December 17, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

Lushly illustrated and packed with fascinating details, Broward County Libraries Division’s new eBook, Top 100 Artifacts: The Special Collections of Broward County Library, is now available for free in the Library’s Digital Collections. The book showcases the unique items held in the Broward County Library's three Special Collections: Bienes Museum of the Modern Book, the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center and the Broward County Historical Commission.

The Special Collections staff of Broward County Library’s three collection areas created a list of BCL’s top 100 artifacts that are notable for their historic and global scope. Take a behind-the-scenes peek at these 100 rare and wonderful items from each of the three Special Collection areas. See treasures from the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center such as a signed first edition book by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the 1978 Emmy Award of actress Esther Rolle (Maude, Good Times) and ceremonial items from Africa. Highlights from the Broward County Historical Commission include an 11,000-year-old mammoth tooth, gold and silver from the famed shipwreck the Nuestra Señora de Atocha and other amazing artifacts and items. Vintage pop-up books as well as collectible figurines and books created for the Works Progress Administration (WPA) are featured items from the Bienes Museum of the Modern Book.

Take a trip through the fantastic past and around the world with this amazing new eBook, which is available free in the following downloadable formats: EPUB eBook (iPad, smart phone, NOOK, Sony Reader); Kindle Book. You can also view EPUB eBooks on your computer with Adobe Digital Editions.

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,, 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.

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