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Stars in the Sunshine State

Florida’s libraries do amazing things. Take a look at some of their special projects, achievements, and awards.

Changing lives at the DLC

In 1998, the Safety Harbor Public Library conceived of the Deaf Literacy Center to better serve the 20-30 deaf patrons who visited each day. 

Read about how they did it, and what the Center is like 20 years later.

Assessing library instruction

The Alvin Sherman Library created a pilot program to better collect data.


Community and library partnerships

Hendry County Library Cooperative used community/library partnerships to improve the unfavorable educational ratings in their county. 

Read more. 

Teen space redesign

Hobe Sound Library in Martin County redesigned their teen space to be more fun, functional and welcoming. 

Read more. 

Collecting library stories

Palm Beach County Library System studied how to best collect their patrons' stories in order to help demonstrate the library's value. 

Read more.

Diving into digitization

Lee County Library System received a large donation of local newspapers and saw the perfect opportunity for a digitization pilot program.

Read more. 

Professional development for YA librarians

Sarasota County Libraries created a training program for their young adult librarians. 

Read more.

Nursing test prep

Slide from Marisha Kelly's presentation: The Collaboration, Building and Sustaining Relationships Learning Objectives

Palm Beach State College's Library Learning Resource Center helps pre-nursing students prepare for their entrance exams at its Belle Glade campus. 

Read more.

Books to go

Books to Go kiosk

Northwest Regional Library System distributes Books To Go with the help of community partners. 

Read more.

Music to their ears

Two women play drums and guitar at the Palm Harbor Library

At Palm Harbor Library patrons can check out an instrument from the David Meltzer Musical Instrument Collection

Read more.

Mapping community demographics

Segment of map; demographics show likelihood of children in households

Palm Beach County Library System has been using mapping to see who their patrons are and which patrons their 17 locations may not be reaching.

Read more.

CU @ the lib

 Photo of teens and kids doing a craft.

Manatee County Public Library has started texting event notices to patrons. This helps them send out information more quickly and also to reach younger patrons. 

Read more.

Teen tech lab

Light up clay creature attached to battery

Volusia County Public Library developed a tech lab for teens to experiment and learn new skills, boosting teen attendance at the library in the process. 

Read more. 

Washington WiFi

WiFi kit

Renae Rountree, Director of Washington County Public Library, created a pilot project in 2015 designed to allow library patrons to check out Internet service.

Read more. 

Top innovators

Staff members with their Top Innovators awards

Congratulations to the Palm Beach County Library System and the Jacksonville Public Library for being named Top Innovators (PDF) this year by the Urban Libraries Council.

Read more. 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.