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"Life, Liberty + Libraries" Grant Funds Civic-Themed Events for Youth
-Teen digital workshop and bilingual storytime scheduled for October -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL - As part of a $2,500 Life, Liberty + Libraries grant from Florida Humanities and PBS Books, Broward County Library will host two upcoming youth events in support of civic involvement and democracy. The grant is also being used to purchase similarly themed books for circulation and to offer complementary and engaging public humanities programming using these new resources. 

In support of Life, Liberty + Libraries, Broward County Library is hosting two free, public online events in October, 2020:

  • Stand Up, Speak Out - Teen Digital Art Workshop: Why My Vote is Important! 
    Teens ages 13-18 will create a collaborative digital artwork by selecting images that reflect the question, "Why is voting important to me?" This project will run on Adobe Photoshop Express Editor. First 30 registrants will receive a free copy of "The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation" written by Jonathan Hennessey and illustrated by Aaron McConnell.
    Wednesday, October 7th, 3:30-4:30PM, Register
  • Sunsational Storytime: Say Something!/¡Di algo! 

    Join Broward County Library staff for a bilingual storytime reading of Peter H. Reynolds’ Say Something!/ ¡Di Algo!, an empowering story encouraging children to find their voices and make the world a better place.
    Event goes live on YouTube on Thursday, October 15th 

Life, Liberty + Libraries emerged from a unique partnership with the intention of providing libraries with vital funds to purchase democracy and civic-themed books for circulation, and to offer complementary and engaging public humanities programming using these new resources.

 “We are honored  to host these exciting "Life, Liberty + Libraries" grant-funded events and to have the opportunity to enrich our public collection with these additional materials," said Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson.   

“This partnership with Florida Humanities is an important step in connecting with local communities across the state and bringing them into a vital conversation about democracy and civic engagement,” said Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public TV (which manages PBS Books). “Libraries are a perfect place for such discussions to take place, and PBS Books is pleased to help launch this project.”

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

About Broward County Libraries Division
Broward County Libraries Divisionnamed 2020 and 2015 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association, was founded in 1974 and is the largest library system in Florida by square footage and one of the busiest, with more than 7.5 million walk-in customers visiting its 38 locations annually. Broward County Libraries Division provides convenient access to a full range of innovative and cost-effective services that satisfy the changing needs of the people of Broward County for information, education and recreation. Visit our website,, or follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter.

DATE: September 23, 2020
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division