National Volunteer Week: Broward County Library Needs You!

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DATE: April 12, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

National Volunteer Week is approaching (April 21-27), the perfect time to consider giving back and becoming a library volunteer. Broward County Library relies on volunteers to deliver an array of programs and services, from teaching computer classes to shelving books.

How can you give back? Teens and adults are invited to donate their time and become a
LVP (Library Volunteer Person). Whether you want the chance to make a difference in someone’s life, make friends and have fun, or earn valuable community service hours and professional experience, the library is a place where you can share your special skills and better your world. Broward County Library relies heavily on volunteers to deliver an array of programs and services from, computer technology, shelving books, tutoring a student or leading a library tour. Whatever your special skill or interest area, we can find a place for you, with flexible hours that fit your schedule. For more information, please email

Broward Public Library Foundation is another great way to get involved in the library, as the Foundation enhances the collections, programs and services of the Broward County Library system that are beyond the means of public funding. The Broward Public Library Foundation hosts the annual Literary Feast and funds numerous special programs including Books 'n' Bears, the Children's Bookfest, StoryBook Festival and the Summer Reading Program with the Miami Dolphins. For more information, call 954-357-8086 or email

 Become a
Friend of the Library and help support your library at the grassroots level; currently there are 32 local Friends of the Broward County Libraries, Inc. chapters located at libraries countywide. Friends' groups help raise funds for the library through used book sales, bake sales and other events, and are a great way to meet new friends and use your skills to help the library and the community. For those who are looking for more targeted volunteer opportunities, Prime Time is seeking senior volunteers to read to pre-schoolers at low-income daycare centers. To participate, call 954-357-7336 or e-mail

Teens: Looking for great volunteer opportunities? Check out the Annual Teen Volunteer Expo at Southwest Regional Library, 16835 Sheridan St., Pembroke Pines, FL  33331 (954-357-6580). on Saturday, May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. Explore library and volunteer opportunities for your school community service requirements.

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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