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Kelvin Watson Receives Broward County Proclamation
-February 9, 2021, proclaimed "Kelvin Watson Day" in Broward County -

BROWARD COUNTY, FL – Broward County Library Director Kelvin Watson was honored with an official Broward County Proclamation commemorating his service to Broward County and pronouncing Tuesday, February 9, 2021, as “Kelvin Watson Day” in Broward County.

The proclamation, which was issued by Broward County Mayor Steve Geller at a recent Broward County Commission meeting, recognizes Watson's contributions and outlines his many accomplishments in his four years as Broward County Library Director.

Under his leadership, the Library launched numerous innovative initiatives that expanded library services throughout Broward County, including satellite service points at the Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport, local parks and commuter transit buses, as well as targeted programs for underserved populations such as veterans, people experiencing homelessness, and children and families living below the poverty line.

“As Broward County’s Library Director, it is has been a pleasure to serve the Broward community and all those who live, work and play here,” says Watson. “With soul and spirit, I’ve taken traditional librarianship and reshaped what we do, focusing on inclusivity for all of the community.”   

“Under the innovative, inclusive and inspiring management of Mr. Watson, Broward County Libraries have achieved new heights, garnering local, national and international recognition,” Mayor Geller stated.

Broward County Library was named 2020 “Library of the Year” by the Florida Library Association and 2020 Library of the Future by the American Library Association, while Watson was named the Librarian of the Year in 2019 by the Florida Library Association and one of the “50 Most Influential Black Professionals” in 2020 by Legacy South Florida Magazine.

Watson, who took the helm as library director in February 2017, is leaving Broward this month to take the position of Executive Director of Las Vegas-Clark County Library District.

”I am proud of the Broward County Libraries staff, our accomplishments, and the work we’ve done to expand access, discovery and delivery of library resource, programs and services,” adds Watson. “I wish all of you well and I thank you for this honor.”

About Broward County Libraries Division
Broward County Libraries Division, named 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: February 9, 2021
Catherine McElrath
Libraries Division