Broward County Libraries Division Celebrates Juneteenth with Northwest Library's Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival
DATE: June 6, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
PHONE: 954-357-7402

Kick off the summer and celebrate Juneteenth with the Northwest Library’s annual Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, to be held Saturday, June 15, 2013, at Apollo Park, located at 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060, which is adjacent to the Northwest Library.

The Festival, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., is free and open to the public. From children's fun to great music and food, the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival offers a good time for all ages.

The Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival will feature the following entertainment:

• Driving Force, Rhythm & Blues Funk Band
• Derrick the DJ
• Sister Josephine Watkins, Comedienne
• Gary D. Wright, Entertainer/Radio Personality
• Windell Campbell, Storyteller
• Games and Prizes
• Step Dancing
• Face Painting
• Exhibits
• Three-on-Three Basketball
• Sweet Potato Pie Bake-off

Juneteenth, celebrated annually on June 19, is a holiday that marks the official end of slavery when Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas to announce the Civil War was over and all who were enslaved were now free. 

During the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, Northwest Branch Library will also begin registering children, teens and adults for the Summer Reading Program. Read books, earn rewards and get the chance to win great prizes! For information on Children and Teens Summer Reading Program, including a list of events, visit the live calendar or download the 2013 Summer Reading Program booklet. Adults can visit the Adult Summer Reading Program live calendar or download the Adult Summer Reading Program booklet.

For more information about the Blues and Sweet Potato Pie Festival, which is sponsored by the Friends of Northwest  Library, please call Northwest Library at 954-357-6599. Northwest Library is located at 1580 N.W. 3 Ave., Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

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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