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Palm Beach County Library System Named 2014 Florida Library of the Year and Best Florida Public Library Website

At its annual convention in May, the Florida Library Association (FLA) named Palm Beach County Library System (PBCLS) the Florida Library of the Year. PBCLS was recognized for the wide array of programs and classes offered at its 17 locations and through its outreach services which included:

  • 102 programs in conjunction with the statewide initiative, Viva Florida 500, which commemorated Ponce de Leon’s arrival in the Americas;
  • Hosting best-selling authors like Tim Dorsey and Mary Jane Clark during the Writers LIVE! series;
  • Hispanic Heritage Month festivities kicked off with a Food Truck Fiesta and mariachi music;
  • Training of pre-school teachers who taught 400,000 preschoolers last year

PBCLS enrolled 10,000 Palm Beach County residents in the Summer Reading Program and taught 1,700 computer classes. Richard Mott, FLA Awards Committee Chair, said, "Innovative, responsive, diverse, inclusive – PBCLS truly has something for everyone."

PBCLS also received the FLA Public Library Website Award for its new website and web catalog launched in April 2013. Mott said the website was selected because, "The user experience was enhanced in many ways, including limiting library jargon, offering easy search options for both the website and catalog, and the clean, modern look that is uncluttered, aesthetically appealing and easy to use."