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Press Release Index 2021

December


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Oscar Musibay
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COVID-19 take home rapid test kits available at eight Miami-Dade Public Library System locations on Friday, December 31 beginning at 7:30 a.m., while supplies last
Test kits will help close the COVID-19 testing gap from the recent surge in testing demand

MIAMI (December 30, 2021) — As we continue to work to meet the surge in demand for COVID-19 testing and keep our community safe through the holidays, Miami-Dade County is again offering free take home rapid test kits at select Miami-Dade Public Library System locations. Residents can pick up test kits at eight library locations on Friday, December 31 beginning at 7:30 a.m., while supplies last. There is a limit of up to two tests per household.

“Our team is working around the clock to meet the enormous increase in demand and keep residents safe by making tests as accessible as possible, including by distributing hundreds of thousands of take home rapid test kits and opening new testing sites this week,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We’re grateful to all those across Miami-Dade taking the simple precautions that we know work to keep us safe.”

Miami-Dade County has already completed distribution of approximately 152,000 take home rapid test kits through a collaboration between Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center.

This week the County opened three additional testing sites and expanded Zoo Miami hours to 24/7 as part of our continued effort to meet the increased demand for COVID testing. Find more information about all 30+ free County-run testing sites available across Miami-Dade: miamidade.gov/covid.

The following are the eight library locations where residents can pick up the take home tests on Friday, December 31:

  • Kendale Lakes Branch Library
    15205 SW 88 Street
    Miami, FL 33196

  • Naranja Branch Library
    14850 SW 280 Street
    Miami, FL 33032

  • North Dade Regional Library
    2455 NW 183 Street
    Miami Gardens, FL 33056

  • Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch
    2930 Aventura Boulevard
    Aventura, FL 33180

  • Main Library
    101 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL 33130

  • Miami Beach Regional Library
    227 22nd Street
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

  • Miami Lakes Branch Library
    6699 Windmill Gate Road
    Miami Lakes, FL 33014

  • Westchester Regional Library
    9445 Coral Way
    Miami, FL 33165

Instructions to utilize a take home test will be provided at each location and are available at the following link, along with the list of participating library locations: www.mdpls.org/covid-test-kits. If you need more information about the free test kits, please email customercare@mdpls.org for assistance.

All sites will accommodate those arriving by transit or without a car. Please note that facial coverings are required at County facilities.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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Miami-Dade County completes distribution of approximately 152,000 COVID-19 take home rapid test kits to help meet the recent surge in demand for testing
Test kits help keep our community safe through the holidays

MIAMI (December 27, 2021) — In response to the growing demand for COVID-19 testing and to help residents who gathered for the holidays stay safe, Miami-Dade County completed distribution of approximately 152,000 take home rapid test kits at Miami-Dade Public Libraries during a two-day effort – a collaboration between Miami-Dade Public Library System, Miami-Dade Police Department, and the Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center.

The distribution began on Friday, December 24 with five library locations, continuing on Monday, December 27, at 27 library locations. All available test kits have been distributed at this time.

"I’m extremely proud of our County team’s efforts distributing 152,000 tests at our libraries in two days to meet the surge in demand for COVID-19 testing and keep our community safe," said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. "This week we’ll continue stepping up to serve residents by expanding hours and adding testing sites across the County."

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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COVID-19 Take Home Rapid Test Kits Available at twenty-seven (27) Miami-Dade Public Library Locations beginning Monday, December 27 at 9:30 a.m. until supplies last
Test kits will help meet the recent surge in demand for COVID-19 testing

MIAMI (December 26, 2021) — In the continued effort to meet the rapid rise in demand for COVID testing and keep our community safe through the holidays, Miami Dade County will expand its offering of free take home rapid test kits at Miami-Dade County Public Libraries to 27 library locations on Monday, December 27. Residents can pick up a take home rapid test beginning at 9:30 a.m. while supplies last. There is a limit of up to three tests per household.

“As we tackle the spread of Omicron and the recent surge in demand for COVID testing, Miami-Dade County is doing everything we can to make testing as accessible as possible across our community – including by distributing free take home rapid test kits to residents,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “We’re proud that we distributed over 12,000 tests at our libraries on Christmas Eve and that we’re expanding the available supply and opening more locations this week. By taking the simple precautions that we all know work, we can get through this holiday season safely together.”

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus. For a list of participating library locations and test instructions, visit www.mdpls.org/covid-test-kits. If you need more information, please email customercare@mdpls.org for assistance.

The following are the twenty-seven (27) library locations where residents can pick up the take home tests on Monday, December 27:

  • Allapattah Branch
    1799 NW 35 Street
    Miami, FL 33142

  • Arcola Lakes Branch
    8240 NW 7 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33150

  • California Club Branch
    700 Ives Dairy Road
    Miami, FL 33179

  • Coconut Grove Branch
    2875 McFarlane Road
    Miami, FL 33133

  • Concord Branch
    3882 SW 112 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33165

  • Coral Reef Branch
    9211 SW 152 Street
    Miami, FL 33157

  • Country Walk Branch
    15433 SW 137 Avenue
    Miami, FL 33177

  • Edison Center Branch
    531 NW 62 Street
    Miami, FL 33150

  • Fairlawn Branch
    6376 SW 8 Street
    West Miami, FL 33144

  • Golden Glades Branch
    100 NE 166 Street
    Miami, FL 33162

  • Hialeah Gardens Branch
    13451 NW 107 Ave
    Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018

  • Hispanic Branch Library
    1398 SW 1 Street
    Miami, FL 33135

  • International Mall Branch
    10315 NW 12 Street
    Doral, FL 33172

  • Kendale Lakes Branch
    15205 SW 88 Street
    Miami, FL 33196

  • Main Library
    101 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL 33130

  • Miami Beach Regional Library
    227 22nd Street
    Miami Beach, FL 33139

  • Miami Lakes Branch
    6699 Windmill Gate Road
    Miami Lakes, FL 33014

  • Naranja Branch
    14850 SW 280 Street
    Miami, FL 33032

  • North Dade Regional Library
    2455 NW 183 Street
    Miami Gardens, FL 33056

  • North Shore Branch
    7501 Collins Avenue
    Miami Beach, FL 33141

  • Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch
    2930 Aventura Boulevard
    Aventura, FL 33180

  • Palm Springs North Branch
    17601 NW 78 Avenue
    Hialeah, FL 33015

  • South Dade Regional
    10750 SW 211 Street
    Cutler Bay, FL 33189

  • South Miami Branch
    6000 Sunset Drive
    Miami, FL 33143

  • Westchester Regional Library
    9445 Coral Way
    Miami, FL 33165

  • West Flagler Branch
    5050 West Flagler Street
    Miami, FL 33134

  • West Kendall Regional Library
    10201 Hammocks Boulevard
    Miami, FL 33196

Please note that facial coverings are required at County facilities. Additionally, take home tests may not be administered inside the library. Instructions to utilize a take home test will be provided at each location, and are available at the following link: www.mdpls.org/covid-test-kits.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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COVID-19 Take Home Rapid Test Kits Available at five (5) Miami-Dade Public Library Locations on Friday, December 24 from 9 am – 3 pm (while supplies last)
Test kits will help meet the recent surge in demand for COVID-19 testing

MIAMI (December 23, 2021) — In an effort to meet the rapid rise in demand for COVID testing and keep our community safe through the holidays, Miami Dade County is now offering free take home rapid test kits at Miami-Dade County Public Libraries. Residents can pick up a take home rapid test kit at five (5) library locations on Friday, December 24, from 9 am – 3 pm, while supplies last.

“As we tackle the spread of Omicron and the recent surge in demand for COVID testing, Miami-Dade County is doing everything we can to make testing as accessible as possible across our community – including by distributing free take home rapid test kits to residents,” said Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Special thanks to Dr. Yesenia Villalta, Administrator/Health Officer for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County, for providing the supply of test kits to help keep our community safe. By taking the simple precautions that we all know work, we can get through this holiday season safely together.”

Starting Monday, December 27, kits will be available at twenty-seven (27) library locations during regular operating hours. There is a limit of up to three tests per household while supplies last.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus. If you need more information, please contact the participating library location or email customercare@mdpls.org for assistance.

The following are the five library locations where residents can pick up the take home tests on Friday, December 24:

  • North Dade Regional Library
    2455 NW 183 Street
    Miami Gardens, FL 33056

  • Kendale Lakes Branch Library
    15205 SW 88 Street
    Miami, FL 33196

  • Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch
    2930 Aventura Boulevard
    Aventura, FL 33180

  • South Dade Regional Library
    10750 SW 211 Street
    Cutler Bay, FL 33189

  • Westchester Regional Library
    9445 Coral Way
    Miami, FL 33165

Please note that facial coverings are required to enter County facilities to pick up a take home test. Additionally, take home tests may not be administered inside the library.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities. MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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November


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Leila Khalil
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Miami-Dade Public Library System awarded nearly $2 million in grant funding to expand digital access for Miami-Dade County residents
Grants will help narrow the digital divide

MIAMI (November 19, 2021) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System has applied for and received funding for three significant grants totaling nearly $2 million that will expand access to technology for residents and provide vital resources to help families recover from the impacts of COVID-19, including job searches, resume writing, mental health and self-care.

“Access to the internet and digital inclusion for all our residents are among my administration’s top priorities,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Internet access is crucial to applying for jobs, learning new skills, staying connected and succeeding in school and beyond. Our Miami-Dade Public Libraries provide free access to the internet, computers and technology. These grants will help to further narrow the digital divide and give our residents more equitable access to technology so they can learn, compete and succeed.”

The grants awarded are as follows:

Emergency Connectivity Fund (ECF) - $1,593,071
The Federal Communications Commission’s ECF provides funding to help libraries provide off-site broadband internet service and connected devices to patrons who would otherwise not have access during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Miami-Dade Public Libraries will use the grant funds to purchase 2,000 Chromebook computers with cellular service and 500 mobile hotspots for internet connectivity and for the installation of Wi-Fi on our Bookmobiles, all for use by the public.  Funds will also be used to cover the cost of cellular service for the Library’s Tablet Lending Program, which enables patrons to check out and take home a tablet with built-in wireless internet and Wi-Fi capability free with their library card.

State Division of Library & Information Services (DLIS) Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) - $275,051
The DLIS Florida ARPA Grant Program supports libraries in helping communities respond directly and immediately to the pandemic, as well as to related economic and community needs through equitable approaches to digital inclusion and library services.

Miami-Dade Public Libraries will use the grant funds to expand its existing Drive-up Wi-Fi service from 23 to 35 library locations and increase the broadcast signal.  Drive-up Wi-Fi enables anyone to connect to free Wi-Fi from the comfort of their vehicle by simply parking in any of the marked spaces at any participating library location. The expansion will increase the number of parking spaces with Wi-Fi accessibility from 240 to 829.

Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) - $50,000

The IMLS ARPA Grants Program supports museum and library services in addressing community needs created or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and in assisting with recovery.

During the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Library saw a substantial increase in the demand for and check out of e-content.  Miami-Dade Public Libraries will use the grant funds to purchase additional eBook and eAudiobook titles that address pandemic-related topics, such as career readiness, job searching, self-care and managing stress, to increase access to these important resources and reduce wait times for high-demand items.

“We know that for many in our community, the Library is their only source of access to the internet, computers, technology and other important resources,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “I want to thank the Library team, including our Information Technology team, for their work on these grant applications.  We’re proud to have been awarded funding that will enable us to continue to innovate and augment our role in providing these vital services and creating engaged and informed communities.”

The grant projects are expected to be implemented during fiscal year 2021-2022.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in any Miami-Dade Public Library System sponsored program or meeting, please call Monica Martinez at 305-375-5094 or email programs@mdpls.org five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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Miami-Dade Public Library System Commemorates 50 Years of Service to the Community with Yearlong Celebration Beginning November 1

MIAMI (November 1, 2021) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is marking a major milestone – 50 years of serving the community.  The yearlong golden anniversary celebration begins November 1, 2021, 50 years to the day the MDPLS was established.

“For 50 years, the Miami-Dade Public Library System has enriched and inspired our diverse community,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Our public libraries play an integral role in the growth and wellbeing of our community, helping families and residents thrive by providing equitable access to information and resources for everyone. Our community truly has a library system that makes us all proud. I salute the Libraries team for 50 wonderful years and look forward to the next 50!"

Public libraries have a long, rich history in our community.  What began as a small reading room in Lemon City in 1894, soon followed by the Cocoanut Grove Reading Room in 1895, evolved into library branches such as Allapattah, Edison Center, Lemon City, Coconut Grove and Little River, that were eventually brought together to form the City of Miami Public Library System in 1942.  On November 1, 1971, the Miami-Dade Public Library System was established as a Department of Miami-Dade County, merging with the City of Miami Public Libraries to create a network of public libraries throughout a growing Miami-Dade County and its municipalities.

“Libraries in Miami-Dade County have continued to evolve through the decades due to the support of our residents and partner organizations, the customer service and ingenuity of our employees and elected officials who continue to understand the value of libraries in our community,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “We look forward to celebrating this milestone with everyone.”

The MDPLS’s yearlong 50th anniversary celebration will include special programs, author events, activities and exhibitions, such as the Libraries are Timeless exhibit at Main Library in downtown Miami showcasing the Library’s history, and a commemorative gold library card available to the public.

The public is also invited to follow the MDPLS on social media and share their library stories using the hashtag #MDPLS50.  They can also share their stories online at www.mdpls.org/library-story.

For more information about the MDPLS’s 50th anniversary, visit www.mdpls.org/50years.

Editor’s Note:  Historical photos available upon request.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability. If you need an accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or material in an alternate format, contact the Branch Manager at least seven business days in advance. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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October


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Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Hialeah Gardens Branch Library Recognized as Design-Build Project of the Year by the Design-Build Institute of America Florida Region Award

MIAMI (October 22, 2021) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is proud to announce that the Hialeah Gardens Branch Library has won the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) Florida Region 2021 Project of the Year award in the Federal/State/County/Municipal category.  The award recognizes project excellence, innovation and interdisciplinary teamwork and was presented to the design-build team of State Contracting & Engineering Corp., Silva Architects and MDPLS.

“This award is a well-deserved recognition of the innovation and sustainable design that went into building the Hialeah Gardens Branch Library,” said Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “The library is state-of-the-art, providing residents with access to the latest technology and creating a dynamic, welcoming, creative community space that is helping our families thrive.”

The new Hialeah Gardens Branch Library officially opened to the public on February 11, 2021.  The 13,500-square foot library, located at 13451 NW 107 Avenue inside the Westland Gardens Park complex, replaced an existing 1,300-square foot storefront location and features many amenities, including a YOUmedia Miami studio for audio and video content creation and learning, hi-speed Wi-Fi connectivity inside and outside the branch, the latest computers and laptops, an auditorium, collaboration areas and meeting spaces.

“The Hialeah Gardens Branch Library is a great example of our commitment to improving and modernizing our Miami-Dade Public Libraries and addressing the changing needs of our community,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “The new library allows us to provide a broader range of services, programs and events to the growing Hialeah Gardens community and patrons of the entire Miami-Dade Public Library System.  We’re proud to be a part of the design-build team recognized with the DBIA award.”

The design-build team incorporated many sustainable features in the LEED Silver certified building to maximize operational efficiency, including a daylight harvesting system, which uses natural light to offset the amount of electrical lighting needed resulting in reduced energy consumption, and touchless water bottle filling stations to minimize the use of disposable plastic bottles.

“Collaboration, service and sustainability were project goals shared by the design-build team,” said Paul Carty, President of State Contracting & Engineering Corp. “The result is a benchmark project for all stakeholders involved and a modern and welcoming public library building for a growing vibrant community.”

Editor’s Note:  Photos available upon request.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018.  Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade County provides equal access and equal opportunity in employment and services and does not discriminate on the basis of a disability. If you need an accommodation such as a sign language interpreter or material in an alternate format, contact the Branch Manager at least seven business days in advance. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

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September


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Miami-Dade Public Library System recognized as Autism Friendly Partner by University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
Partnership is part of a Countywide Autism and Neurodiverse Inclusion Program

MIAMI (September 1, 2021) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is proud to have been designated an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD).  The partnership was formalized during a ceremony at the Pinecrest Branch Library on Monday, August 23 and is part of a Countywide Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Neurodiverse Inclusion Program in collaboration with UM-NSU CARD.  Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado, who sponsored the resolution for the County to enter into an agreement with UM-NSU CARD to develop the program, participated in the ceremony along with Library Director Ray Baker and UM-NSU CARD Executive Director Dr. Michael Alessandri.

“Making Miami-Dade a more equitable, inclusive place where all residents and families feel welcome is a key priority for my administration," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. "Our public libraries have always been a place of inclusion and I’m proud that they are at the forefront of implementing this important Countywide effort to continue expanding and enhancing our programming and services for people of all abilities."

“The goal of this Countywide Autism Spectrum Disorder and Neurodiverse Inclusion Program is to build a more welcoming community for people of all abilities,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Raquel Regalado. “UM-NSU CARD is a great partner to help develop the program and I’m very happy that Miami-Dade Public Libraries is the first County department to be designated an Autism Friendly Partner.”

The program includes opportunities for training for County staff, the development of autism-friendly spaces, the expansion of age-specific programming for individuals with ASD and the development of social narratives for County spaces, including libraries, parks and transit.

To date, nearly all MDPLS employees have completed ASD and Strategies for Inclusivity training provided by UM-NSU CARD and more trainings for neurodiverse storytelling and programming are being offered.  MDPLS has also created custom social narratives for each of its 49 branches with input from UM-NSU CARD.  The narratives help individuals with ASD and neurodiverse persons better understand what to expect when visiting a library and can be downloaded from the branch pages on the Library’s website at www.mdpls.org/branch-a-z.  MDPLS is also working in collaboration with UM-NSU CARD on expanding its sensory-friendly program offerings to include more autism friendly experiences and neurodiverse programs and continuing to develop autism and sensory-friendly spaces in its libraries.

“I am so appreciative of the work and dedication of our Miami-Dade Public Library employees in this achievement that will make a difference in the lives of neurodiverse individuals and those with autism spectrum disorder,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “We’re honored to have been designated an Autism Friendly Partner and look forward to our continued collaboration with UM-NSU CARD.”

“Our mission is to optimize the potential of people living with autism and related disabilities and we are eager to help create places and spaces in our community where our clients and families feel a true sense of belonging,” said UM-NSU CARD Executive Director Dr. Michael Alessandri.  “The Miami-Dade Public Library System is a wonderful example of an organization that is providing a welcoming, compassionate and inclusive environment for individuals with ASD and related disabilities. We’re proud to call them our partner.”

Editor’s Note:  High resolution photos available upon request.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS is recognized as an Autism Friendly Partner by the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.  MDPLS has been honored with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award as Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also received the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

About the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities
The mission of the University of Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (UM-NSU CARD) is to optimize the potential for people living with autism and related disabilities.  UM-NSU CARD currently serves Miami-Dade, Broward and Monroe Counties. Learn more at www.card.miami.edu.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System launches @ Your Door Home Delivery Service allowing residents to receive library materials directly at their homes


MIAMI (July 16, 2021) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is pleased to announce the official launch of Miami-Dade Public Libraries @ Your Door Home Delivery Service, which provides residents the option of receiving library materials directly at their homes.

“Miami-Dade Public Libraries @ Your Door is another great example of Miami-Dade County’s focus on making our rich array of public services more accessible and convenient for residents through innovation and great customer service options,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava.

Patrons can use their MDPLS library card to request materials be sent to their home by signing into their library account on www.mdpls.org then searching the online catalog and selecting “Please mail this item to me at no charge” for each item requested. Once a patron is ready to return their items, the materials can be dropped off at any library location or book drop, or, if they prefer, they can pay the return postage and mail them back.

“Miami-Dade Public Libraries @ Your Door Home Delivery Service is another of the many time- and money-saving options available for our residents to enjoy our libraries,” said Miami-Dade Public Library System Director Ray Baker.

More information about Miami-Dade Public Libraries @ Your Door Home Delivery Service is available online at www.mdpls.org/homedelivery.

Residents who do not have a library card can sign up for one by registering for an eCard (electronic card) online at eCard.mdpls.org to have one emailed to them or by visiting any library location.

For questions and assistance, patrons may email customercare@mdpls.org or call 305-375-2665.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award, being named Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category, and awarded 59 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past five years. MDPLS has also been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Climate of Art Program in 2021 and Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System launches Tablet Lending Program to help bridge the digital divide in our community
Computer tablets with built-in wireless internet can now be checked out for home use from your local public library

MIAMI (May 14, 2021) — This week, Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) launched the new Tablet Lending Program – an important step forward to bridge the digital divide in Miami-Dade County and expand access to technology and the internet across our community.

Library cardholders can now check out an eight-inch Samsung Android tablet with free built-in wireless internet access and Wi-Fi capability to use for work, school and personal browsing and to access helpful resources.  Tablets are loaned for 30 days and come complete with a keyboard case, power adapter and Micro USB cables.  Each tablet is also preloaded with several popular apps, including social media and meeting apps, and Library apps for online learning, eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more.

According to U.S. Census 2015-2019 estimates, more than 23 percent of Miami-Dade County households do not have a broadband internet subscription and more than 10 percent do not have a computer.

“We know that families who don’t have access to the internet and computers or mobile devices are at a disadvantage at work, school and accessing basic services, especially during COVID-19,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “The Tablet Lending Program at our Miami-Dade public libraries is an investment in technology that gives residents a better opportunity to tap important resources that will help them thrive and bring us closer to bridging the digital divide in our community.”

“We’ve always known how important it is for everyone in our community to be able to connect digitally, especially during this past year when we’ve all had to find ways to come together through technology,” said Miami-Dade Public Library System Director Ray Baker.  “Now, in addition to using public computers and accessing the internet and Wi-Fi at their local public library, the Tablet Lending Program gives residents the ability to connect to the internet from home, or just about anywhere, at any time.  All they need is a library card.”

Patrons can check the availability of tablets at their nearest branch by searching “Samsung tablet” in the library catalog online at www.mdpls.org or calling any library location. MDPLS cardholders may check out one tablet each in person at any branch library.

Residents who do not have a library card can sign up for one by visiting at any library location or registering for an eCard (electronic card) online at eCard.mdpls.org.  eCard holders will be asked to verify their address at the branch prior to checking out a tablet.

More information about the Tablet Lending Program is available online at www.mdpls.org/tablet-lending or through the Library’s free mobile app available for Apple and Android devices.

For questions and assistance, patrons may email customercare@mdpls.org or call 305-375-2665.

The Tablet Lending Program was funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida CARES Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s DLIS Florida CARES Act program is administered by the Department of State’s Division of Library and Information Services.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award, being named Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category, and awarded 33 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past four years.  MDPLS has also been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System now offers free digital access to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports, plus expanded access to ABCmouse online learning program for kids


MIAMI (April 20, 2021) —The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) has added free unlimited access to The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports online to its extensive collection of online digital resources. Additionally, ABCmouse, a popular digital education program with thousands of learning activities for children ages 2–8, is now accessible from home through ABCmouse Home Checkout. All these products are available for free with a MDPLS library card.

“Our Miami-Dade Public Libraries offer invaluable services and resources that are available to all,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “The addition of these new resources will help ensure that everyone in our community has access to tools to help them learn, grow and thrive without having to incur the cost of personal subscriptions.”

“We continue to focus on providing a wide range of print and digital content options for our residents to enjoy from home, work or at any of our 49 locations using the power of their library card,” said Miami-Dade Public Library System Director Ray Baker.

Patrons can stay informed with access to top-notch news, business, health and lifestyle reporting and more from around the nation and the world with The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal online and become smarter consumers and save money with access to unbiased product reviews, ratings and buying guides for everything from cars and baby gear to appliances and electronics with Consumer Reports online.

Parents and teachers can help young children achieve academic success with remote access to ABCmouse Home Checkout. The digital education program offers more than 10,000 lessons and fun learning activities covering preschool through second grade level reading, math, art, music and more through its website and app.

To access these digital resources, and the Library’s entire online collection of learning and training resources, visit www.mdpls.org/learning and click on the corresponding link, or use the Library’s free mobile app available for Apple and Android devices. Patrons will need to enter their MDPLS library card number and PIN and create a free account for each of the new resources. For questions and assistance, including PIN resets, patrons may email customercare@mdpls.org or call 305-375-2665. Those without a library card can apply for an eCard at ecard.mdpls.org to get immediate access to the MDPLS online library.


About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award, being named Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category, and awarded 33 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past four years. MDPLS has also been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System honored with Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award

“Climate of Art: Reimagine the Environment” program named Top Innovator in Civic and Community Engagement

MIAMI (December 16, 2020) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) has been recognized with an Urban Libraries Council (ULC) 2020 Innovation Award, being named Top Innovator in the Civic and Community Engagement category. The annual awards program recognizes and raises the visibility of cutting-edge programs, strategies, tools, techniques and ideas from ULC’s member library systems across the United States and Canada.

MDPLS’s Climate of Art: Reimagine the Environment program was selected by a panel of expert judges from 260 submissions in ten categories that showcase creative thinking and imaginative applications of library resources. Award winners are recognized for their level of ingenuity, outcomes achieved and the ability for other libraries to adapt and implement their work.

Climate of Art: Reimagine the Environment is a wonderful example of the innovative and original programs offered by our public libraries to engage and educate residents in creative ways,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “Our library system is committed to providing exceptional programs and services and I congratulate them on this well-deserved honor.”

The Climate of Art: Reimagine the Environment program was designed by a Library team to inspire patrons to create artwork using recycled materials reflecting the impact humans have on the earth and raise awareness about the environment. Patrons also attended workshops and exhibited their artwork highlighting the importance of nature, sustainability, preserving our climate and the need for community responsiveness.

“In the 10th year of our Innovations Initiative, we received the most dynamic and cutting-edge submissions to date,” said Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton. “We celebrate the Miami-Dade Public Library System for creating an initiative that will positively impact their community and serve as a model to public libraries throughout North America.”

Learn more about the MDPLS Climate of Art: Reimagine the Environment program or visit urbanlibraries.org.

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 33 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past four years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Homework Help and Tutoring Program in 2020, FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

About Urban Libraries Council
The Urban Libraries Council is an innovation and impact tank of North America’s leading public library systems. ULC drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships to elevate the power of libraries as essential, transformative institutions for the 21st-century. More than 150 urban member libraries in the U.S. and Canada rely on ULC to identify significant challenges facing today’s communities and provide new tools and techniques to help libraries achieve stronger outcomes in education, digital equity, workforce and economic development, and race and social equity.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System honored with 10 national and state awards for excellence and achievement

– Awards recognize MDPLS's innovative community programs and services –

(Miami, FL – June 17, 2020) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is pleased to announce that it has once again been recognized with prestigious national and state awards for delivering innovative library programs and services to the residents of Miami‑Dade County. MDPLS has won nine 2020 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards and has also won the 2020 Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Exemplary Instructional Programs or Services for its Homework Help & Tutoring Program, which was previously recognized with a NACo Award in 2019.

The FLA Award honors excellence in Florida libraries. The MDPLS Homework Help & Tutoring Program promotes literacy and learning by providing students grades K‑12 with free tutoring in reading, math and science from certified teachers every Saturday. The popular in‑library program was adapted to an online program to continue to provide this valuable service in the wake of COVID‑19. The program, which has also been awarded grant funding from The Children's Trust to help expand its services, inspires and supports student achievement. More information is available at www.mdpls.org/tutor.

This is the third consecutive year that MDPLS has been recognized with an FLA Award, having won the FLA Library Innovation Award for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018.

NACo Awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents. Over the past four years, MDPLS is proud to have been honored with 33 NACo Awards, including this year's awards for programs ranging from social services and community outreach to family festivals, art and author fairs as follows:

  • MDPLS Author Series and Local Author Fair
  • May the Fourth Be with You: A Star Wars Day Celebration – Entertaining and Informational Family Festival
  • Year-Round Book Sales at the Library
  • Cookbook Bookclub – Exploring New Cuisines and Connecting through Food
  • Climate of Art – Environmental Art Workshops and Exhibition
  • Teen Curatorial: Empowering Young Artists at the Library
  • Coffee and Conversations with a Librarian – Connecting with those Experiencing Homelessness
  • Social Services in Libraries Program – Addressing Needs of At‑Risk Populations
  • Miami VA Healthcare System Community Living Center Outreach to Veterans

"Miami‑Dade County's Public Libraries have extraordinarily dedicated and talented professionals who are continuously creating innovative programs and services focused on the needs of the residents they interact with every day," said Library Director Ray Baker. "It's an honor to again have our library team recognized for the hard work and caring involved in providing essential programs and services for our patrons."

About the Miami-Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

About the National Association of Counties
The National Association of Counties (NACo) unites America's 3,069 county governments. Founded in 1935, NACo brings county officials together to advocate with a collective voice on national policy, exchange ideas and build new leadership skills, pursue transformational county solutions, enrich the public's understanding of county government and exercise exemplary leadership in public service. Learn more at www.naco.org.

About the Florida Library Association
The Florida Library Association (FLA) is a statewide organization that promotes excellence in Florida libraries by advocating strongly for libraries and providing high quality professional and leadership development for a diverse community of library staff, volunteers, and supporters. Learn more at www.flalib.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System to reopen to the public on June 8

– Coronavirus (COVID‑19) safety measures, including mask use and social distancing, will be enforced to ensure public health –

(Miami, FL – June 5, 2020) The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will reopen to the public on an expanded schedule beginning Monday, June 8, 2020, with coronavirus (COVID-19) safety measures, including mandatory wearing of face masks or face coverings to enter and while in the library, social distancing and personal protective equipment for library patrons and staff at all MDPLS locations. The expanded schedule of operating hours is available on the Library's website: www.mdpls.org.

During the initial reopening, all library locations will operate with occupancy limits in keeping with state and Miami-Dade County guidelines to ensure social distancing and gatherings of 10 people or less. In addition to the strict occupancy limits, patrons will be required to wear face masks or face coverings to enter and while inside the library, sanitize or wash their hands upon entry and practice social distancing.

To maintain social distancing, a reduced number of seating areas and computers will be available and time limits will be placed on computer sessions to ensure access for others. Floor decals have also been placed throughout all libraries to remind people where they should stand.

Other safety measures include the installation of plexiglass shields at service desks, face shields for library staff, hand sanitizer dispensers throughout library facilities and disinfecting wipes available for staff and patrons to wipe down computer areas and printers/copy machines. In addition to enhanced janitorial services, Library staff will also be cleaning and disinfecting service desks, tables and other high touch point areas throughout the day after each use.

Patrons are encouraged to continue using the MDPLS online library and digital resources and to pre‑order items such as books and DVDs using the Library's online catalog or mobile app or by calling their nearest branch for express pickup at their preferred library location to limit in‑person interactions and allow for more people to use in‑library services in keeping with occupancy limits.

While no in-library programs or events will be taking place until further notice, patrons may enjoy the Library's virtual programs and storytimes available on the MDPLS Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and YouTube channel.
Throughout this pandemic, the Miami‑Dade Public Library System has continued to serve the public through availability of digital content (e.g., eBooks, audiobooks, movies, learning resources and virtual programs), walk‑up service for patrons to pick up pre-ordered library materials, and by distributing over 115,000 paper state Reemployment Assistance applications and over 21,000 Department of Children and Families Food (SNAP), Medical (Medicaid) and Temporary Cash (TANF) Assistance applications to residents in need of obtaining economic assistance during this time. With the reopening of our libraries, residents will now also be able to use library computers and Wi‑Fi to access these and other assistance programs, conduct job searches, complete the 2020 Census online, pick up Vote‑by‑Mail Ballot Request Forms and copies of the County's 2020 Hurricane Guide, and more.

For more information about the Library's reopening plan, visit www.mdpls.org or www.miamidade.gov/newnormal.

All protocols and guidelines in the reopening plan were developed in consultation with Miami‑Dade County's medical experts at the Florida Department of Health, Jackson Health System, U‑Health and the medical schools at Florida International University and the University of Miami.

For questions or assistance, residents may email customercare@mdpls.org or contact any library location. A complete list of locations, addresses and phone numbers is available at the branch directory.

For the latest COVID‑19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami­-Dade Public Library System to begin outdoor walk­up service for pre­ordered library materials beginning Monday, May 4

– Patrons may pick up pre‑ordered books, DVDs and other library materials outside all MDPLS locations –

(Miami, FL – May 1, 2020) Miami‑Dade County residents who have been missing the opportunity to borrow books, DVDs and other materials during the library's closure will be able to pick up pre‑ordered library materials outside all 50 Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) locations beginning Monday, May 4th. MDPLS will provide walk‑up service to library patrons for materials that have been reserved through the Library's online catalog, mobile app, by email to Customer Care or by calling the branch. Additionally, all MDPLS locations will continue to distribute state Reemployment Assistance applications and Florida Department of Children and Families applications for food, medical and temporary cash assistance.

Please note: Effective immediately, the new operating schedule, which now includes all 50 MDPLS library locations, is Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m. Although outdoor walk‑up service will not be available on Sundays, residents may still pick up applications at the library entrances.

Here's how the outdoor walk‑up service for pre-ordered library materials will work:

Step One: Pre‑order and reserve library materials

Library patrons may pre‑order books, DVDs and other library materials by reserving items and selecting their preferred library location using the MDPLS online catalog or MDPLS mobile app. Residents may also email customercare@mdpls.org or call their nearest library branch.

A MDPLS library card is needed to request and check out materials. Residents who don't have a library card can apply for an eCard (electronic card) online and begin using it immediately. Patrons who need help with their accounts or library card activation, including PIN resets, may call their nearest branch or contact Customer Care via email at customercare@mdpls.org for assistance.

Step Two: Wait for notification that items are ready for pick up

Library patrons will be notified by email, phone or text when their requested items are ready for pick up.

Step Three: Pick up items

After receiving notification that items are ready for pick up, patrons can walk up to the entrance of their designated library location to pick up their materials while remaining outside.

Library patrons should have either their physical library card or digital library card available to be scanned with the Library's barcode scanner for check‑out.
Social distancing will be strictly enforced. Patrons must remain six feet apart from each other and library staff. There will be social distancing markers on the ground. Patrons must wear face coverings in order to receive service.

Library staff will be wearing face coverings and sanitize their hands for each check-out transaction and will adhere to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) safety guidelines.

Walk-up library patrons should come alone if possible but will be required to maintain social distancing if visiting with more than one person unless they are family members.
Library patrons wishing to return library materials may do so. Book drops have been unlocked, but please note that you may continue to hold on to your items until further notice. All returned library materials will be quarantined for 48 hours before being checked-in or reshelved following CDC best practices.

Miami‑Dade Public Library System buildings remain temporarily closed to the public. Lobbies, restrooms and computers will not be accessible.

For a complete list of library locations, addresses and phone numbers, please visit www.mdpls.org/branches.

For more information, questions or assistance, please email customercare@mdpls.org or call 305‑375‑2665 from 9 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System to expand assistance to residents at 26 library locations effective Friday, April 17

– Printed applications for State of Florida food, medical and temporary cash assistance, a collection point for pet food and supplies, and continued provision of printed unemployment benefits applications, will be available from 9 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m. seven days a week –

(Miami, FL – April 16, 2020) The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) is expanding its assistance to residents in need, especially those with no access to computers or printers at home. Beginning Friday, April 17, residents will be able to pick up printed ACCESS Florida applications for the following Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) programs at the 26 library locations currently distributing printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications:

  • Food Assistance (SNAP)
  • Medical Assistance (Medicaid)
  • Temporary Cash Assistance (TANF)

All applications are available in English, Spanish and Creole.

The state's Food Assistance Program (SNAP – Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) helps low-income people buy healthy food. The Medical Assistance Program provides medical coverage through Medicaid to qualified low-income individuals and families. The Temporary Cash Assistance Program (TANF) provides cash assistance to families with children under the age of 18, or under age 19 if a full-time high school student, that meet eligibility requirements.

The DCF applications can be returned by mail, by fax, dropped off at DCF drop box location or returned to a staff member at any of the 26 participating library locations and MDPLS will securely transport them to one of the DCF drop box locations. Instructions and more information can be found on the top page of the application.

Additionally, MDPLS continues to distribute and collect printed Reemployment Assistance Applications for residents at the 26 participating library locations. Residents can pick up an unemployment application and envelope, take it home to fill out and then return it in the sealed envelope by dropping it off in the library location's book drop or at any CareerSource South Florida location, or mail it to the address on the form. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO's website and return it to any participating library's book drop. Security measures are in place to protect residents' personal information. Completed applications are picked up from the book drops by Miami-Dade County police officers every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing.

CareerSource South Florida is available to provide assistance with completing the unemployment benefits application by calling 305‑929‑1547.

MDPLS has also teamed up with the Miami-Dade Animal Services Department (ASD) to collect unopened pet food and unused supplies for pet owners who are having a hard time obtaining the resources they need for their pets. Beginning April 17, residents can drop off donations in collection bins available at the 26 library locations. These donations will be distributed to pet owners in need in our community by ASD.

Social distancing is being enforced. Residents should stay six feet away from one another. Wearing face masks is encouraged.

Please note: Effective Friday, April 17, the new service hours will be 9 a.m. ‑ 6 p.m. seven days a week.

For a list of the 26 participating library locations and more information, visit www.mdpls.org/reemployment-assistance. Residents may also call 305-375-2665 to find the nearest library location providing the printed applications.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System distributes more than 46,000 printed Reemployment Assistance Applications to residents during first two days of effort to help those applying for state unemployment benefits

– Applications in English, Spanish and Creole are available at 26 library locations countywide –

(Miami, FL – April 10, 2020) Thousands of Miami‑Dade County residents with no access to computers or printers at home or who have been unable to access the state's unemployment website have picked up printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) locations since the distribution began on Wednesday, April 8. As of Thursday, April 9, a total of 46,413 applications have been distributed and 7,918 applications returned to MDPLS book drops.

Unemployment applications in English, Spanish and Creole and envelopes to return them in are available for pickup outside the library entrances from 8 a.m. ‑ 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Please note: Application pick up and drop off service will not be available on Sunday, April 12 in observance of Easter. Service will resume on Monday, April 13 at 8 a.m.

Residents can take the application home to fill out and then return it in the sealed envelope by dropping it off in the library location's book drop or at any CareerSource South Florida location, or mail it to the address on the form. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO's website and return it to any participating library's book drop. Security measures are in place to protect residents' personal information. Applications are picked up from the book drops by Miami-Dade County police officers every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing.

Social distancing is being enforced. Residents should stay six feet away from one another.

For a list of participating library locations, links to download and print the applications, and more information, visit www.mdpls.org/reemployment‑assistance.

Residents may also call 305‑375‑2665 to find the nearest library location providing the printed applications. CareerSource South Florida is available to provide assistance with completing the application by calling 305‑929‑1547.

For the latest COVID‑19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-Dade Public Library System to provide Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 library locations

– Printed copies will be available in English, Spanish and Creole –

(Miami, FL – April 7, 2020) In an effort to help Miami‑Dade County residents applying for state unemployment benefits, especially those who do not have computers at home, the Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will be providing printed copies of Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) Reemployment Assistance Applications at 26 library locations beginning Wednesday, April 8.

Unemployment applications in English, Spanish and Creole and envelopes to return them in will be available for pickup at tables outside the library entrances from 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. seven days a week until further notice. Residents can take the application home to fill out and then return it in the sealed envelope by dropping it off in the library location's book drop or at any CareerSource South Florida location. Applications will be picked up from the book drops every day and delivered to CareerSource South Florida where trained staff will send them securely overnight to DEO in Tallahassee for processing. Residents can also download and print a copy of the application from DEO's website and return it to any participating library's book drop.

MDPLS will be practicing social distancing at the library sites, with informational signage and markings on the ground spaced six feet apart.

The following are the 26 library locations where residents can pick up an application:

Allapattah Branch
1799 NW 35 Street
Miami, FL 33142

Arcola Lakes Branch
8240 NW 7 Avenue
Miami, FL 33150
California Club Branch
700 Ives Dairy Road
Miami, FL 33179
Coconut Grove Branch
2875 McFarlane Road
Miami, FL 33133
Concord Branch
3882 SW 112 Avenue
Miami, FL 33165
Coral Reef Branch
9211 SW 152 Street
Miami, FL 33157
Country Walk Branch
15433 SW 137 Avenue
Miami, FL 33177
Edison Center Branch
531 NW 62 Street
Miami, FL 33150
Fairlawn Branch
6376 SW 8 Street
West Miami, FL 33144
Golden Glades Branch
100 NE 166 Street
Miami, FL 33162
Hialeah Gardens Branch
11300 NW 87 Court
Hialeah Gardens, FL 33018
Hispanic Branch Library
1398 SW 1 Street
Miami, FL 33135
Homestead Branch
700 N. Homestead Boulevard
Homestead, FL 33030
International Mall Branch
10315 NW 12 Street
Doral, FL 33172
Kendale Lakes Branch
15205 SW 88 Street
Miami, FL 33196
Miami Beach Regional Library
227 22nd Street
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Miami Lakes Branch
6699 Windmill Gate Road
Miami Lakes, FL 33014
Naranja Branch
14850 SW 280 Street
Miami, FL 33032
North Dade Regional Library
2455 NW 183 Street
Miami Gardens, FL 33056
North Shore Branch
7501 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Northeast Dade - Aventura Branch
2930 Aventura Boulevard
Aventura, FL 33180
Palm Springs North Branch
17601 NW 78 Avenue
Hialeah, FL 33015
South Miami Branch
6000 Sunset Drive
Miami, FL 33143
West Dade Regional Library
9445 Coral Way
Miami, FL 33165
West Flagler Branch
5050 West Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33134
West Kendall Regional Library
10201 Hammocks Boulevard
Miami, FL 33196
 

Residents may also call 305-375-2665 to find their nearest library location providing the printed applications. CareerSource South Florida is available to provide assistance with completing the application by calling 305-929-1547.

For the latest COVID-19 updates, information and resources, visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami-­Dade Public Library System to close all branches to the public effective Wednesday, March 18

(Miami, FL – March 18, 2020) In response to coronavirus (COVID‑19), the Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) will close all its library locations to the public effective Wednesday, March 18 until further notice.

MDPLS wants to remind its customers that although its physical locations will be closed, its online library is always open and accessible from anywhere through www.mdpls.org. A wealth of digital options are available to patrons for free with their library card, including eBooks, eAudiobooks, digital magazines, movies, music, online learning and tutoring and more.

Those who don't have a library card can apply for an eCard online at ecard.mdpls.org. This electronic card will give them immediate access to the MDPLS online library and other services.

The MDPLS mobile app, available for free on iOS and Android, is also a great tool to access the online library.

MDPLS has also extended due dates for all materials until regular operations resume so patrons do not have to worry at this time about returning any items they have checked out. Additionally, as a fine‑free library, there is no charge for overdue materials. Pickup dates for requested materials on hold have also been extended.

For assistance with library cards, library accounts and any questions, residents may contact the MDPLS Customer Care team seven days a week at customercare@mdpls.org or call their nearest library branch.

MDPLS will continue to monitor COVID‑19 and follow the direction and guidelines provided by Miami‑Dade County officials, the Florida Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

For the latest COVID‑19 updates, information and resources, residents are encouraged to visit www.miamidade.gov/coronavirus.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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Miami­-Dade Public Library System takes preventive measures against coronavirus

(Miami, FL – March 4, 2020) The Miami‑Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) continues to monitor the coronavirus and to follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses. While no cases have been reported in Miami‑Dade County as of March 4, we are taking additional measures beyond our regular daily cleaning activities at all 50 of our library locations.

In addition to our regular janitorial cleanings at our locations, we are placing additional emphasis on cleaning tables, computer areas and equipment, bathrooms, seating areas, door handles and other frequently touched surfaces. We are also deploying hand sanitizing stations for placement at library entrances and other high‑traffic locations within our libraries to supplement the cleaning and sanitizing sprays, wipes, disinfectants, soap, and other products that are already available at our libraries. Further, staff throughout our library branches is assisting with additional cleaning throughout each workday to help prevent the spread of germs.

In addition to our enhanced cleaning efforts, MDPLS is also here to serve as a source of information for the public and will have posters in English and Spanish provided by the CDC with steps to stop the spread of germs, including washing your hands, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue and staying home when you are sick, displayed in all our library locations and will be on our library website at www.mdpls.org.

About the Miami‑Dade Public Library System
The mission of the Miami-Dade Public Library System is to provide extraordinary services, spaces and experiences that promote literacy and learning, personal growth and limitless opportunities. MDPLS has been recognized with 20 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past two years and has been honored with the Florida Library Association (FLA) Award for Library Innovation for its Technobus in 2019 and the FLA Award for Excellence in Marketing and Public Relations in 2018. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.

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