Miami-Dade Public Library System http://wlrn.org en How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist http://wlrn.org/post/how-library-program-helping-miami-gardens-teen-become-neuroscientist <p><span style="font-size:8.5pt;font-family:Arial;background-image:initial;background-repeat:initial">Over the past few months, we've been covering the efforts of Miami-Dade library supporters to keep libraries fully funded. Advocates say libraries are more than just books -- they're major learning centers. One popular library program is <strong><a href="https://www.facebook.com/youmediamiami" target="_blank">YouMedia Miami </a></strong>where teenagers learn about technologies like coding, graphic design and music production.</span></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 22:44:35 +0000 Marva Hinton 35728 at http://wlrn.org How A Library Program Is Helping A Miami Gardens Teen Become A Neuroscientist How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget? http://wlrn.org/post/how-will-libraries-fare-gimenezs-budget <p><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;">Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos </span>Gimenez<span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.15; background-color: transparent;"> is slated to reveal his proposal for next year’s budget tomorrow and lots of eyes are on how much he will allocate for county libraries.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:16:29 +0000 Wilson Sayre 35152 at http://wlrn.org How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget? Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month http://wlrn.org/post/teens-can-find-time-rhyme-during-national-poetry-month <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was the Everglades that brought out the poet in Coral Gables High School student James </span>Lachterman<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And in under 20 lines of rhyme, the then 15-year-old was able to capture a prize in the Miami-Dade Public Library System’s contest for teen poets.</span></p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:21:36 +0000 Kelley Mitchell 30188 at http://wlrn.org Teens Can Find Time To Rhyme During National Poetry Month Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers http://wlrn.org/post/literary-youth-collection-highlights-work-teenage-writers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dylan Etienne was in Publix with his mom when a random woman came up and asked if he likes to write. "</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Yeahhhh</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">," he said, in a tone that indicated he really, really does. You gotta listen to the audio to hear him in his own words.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The woman in the store handed him a flyer for the <a href="http://www.mdpls.org/">Miami-Dade Public Library</a>'s young adult writers-in-residence program.&nbsp;</span></p> Thu, 19 Dec 2013 23:27:03 +0000 Alicia Zuckerman 25004 at http://wlrn.org Literary Youth: Collection Highlights The Work Of Teenage Writers Book Sale To Benefit Miami-Dade Libraries Starts Wednesday http://wlrn.org/post/book-sale-benefit-miami-dade-libraries-starts-wednesday <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library will host a book sale Dec. 11 through Dec. 14 at the <a href="http://www.mdpls.org/info/locations/mn.asp" target="_blank">Main Library</a> branch at&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Garamond, 'Hoefler Text', 'Times New Roman', Times, serif; font-size: medium; line-height: normal; text-align: center;">101 West Flagler St</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Thousands of donated books, CDs and DVDs will be for sale. Guests are invited to "go green" and bring reusable bags to carry their books.</p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 20:18:02 +0000 Julia Duba 24893 at http://wlrn.org Book Sale To Benefit Miami-Dade Libraries Starts Wednesday Who's Saving Miami-Dade Libraries? These Guys http://wlrn.org/post/whos-saving-miami-dade-libraries-these-guys <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A special task force charged with figuring out how to fund and run Miami-Dade County’s libraries officially started work Oct. 30.</span></p><p>Even though a grassroots campaign to save county libraries from massive funding cuts prevailed this September, county commissioners exhausted their reserve fund in the process.</p><p>That means the county’s library budget faces a projected $21-million short fall next year.</p> Wed, 30 Oct 2013 21:05:01 +0000 Arianna Prothero 22918 at http://wlrn.org Who's Saving Miami-Dade Libraries? These Guys Is Florida Back To Work Yet? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-back-work-yet <p></p><p>Touting his job-creation record, Governor Rick Scott says it’s time to cut taxes. But with questions about both the state's unemployment rate and education spending being lower than before the Great Recession, Democrats say the Governor’s priorities are off.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 13 Sep 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 20538 at http://wlrn.org Is Florida Back To Work Yet? How Miami-Dade Commission Plans To Fund Libraries Without Raising Taxes http://wlrn.org/post/how-miami-dade-commission-plans-fund-libraries-without-raising-taxes <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After an 8 1/2-hour public hearing, Miami-Dade County commissioners found a way to keep its library system essentially intact early Wednesday morning while also not raising taxes.</span></p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 11:52:12 +0000 Rick Stone 20419 at http://wlrn.org How Miami-Dade Commission Plans To Fund Libraries Without Raising Taxes Miami-Dade School District May Ease Impact Of Library Closings http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-school-district-may-ease-impact-library-closings <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Hoping to soften the blow of expected library closings due to county budget cuts, the Miami-Dade School Board may open some of the district’s facilities after hours to fill at least part of the coming void.</span></p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 17:34:30 +0000 David Smiley 18729 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade School District May Ease Impact Of Library Closings Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Saves Three Ambulances Slated For Elimination http://wlrn.org/post/miami-dade-fire-rescue-saves-three-ambulances-slated-elimination <p><span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos </span>Gimenez<span style="color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: 19px; text-align: left; ">, who on Tuesday will hold the first in a series of town hall meetings about next year’s budget, says three county fire-rescue ambulances that were slated to be eliminated for cost savings have been saved.</span></p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:47:27 +0000 Charles Rabin 18573 at http://wlrn.org Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Saves Three Ambulances Slated For Elimination Can This Social Media Campaign Save More Miami-Dade Public Libraries? http://wlrn.org/post/can-social-media-campaign-save-more-miami-dade-public-libraries <p><a href="http://wlrn.org/post/why-closing-half-miami-dades-libraries-dumb" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Just over two weeks ago, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, along with a majority of county commissioners, tentatively agreed to a proposed budget that would slash major public services</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 02 Aug 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Arielle Castillo 18335 at http://wlrn.org Can This Social Media Campaign Save More Miami-Dade Public Libraries? Six Of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block http://wlrn.org/post/six-22-miami-dade-libraries-could-be-saved-chopping-block <p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">An updated plan for cuts to the Miami-Dade County budget would keep open six of 22 public libraries initially slated for closure.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 12px; padding: 0px; line-height: 19px; color: rgb(26, 39, 50); font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;">The tentative change would save the Culmer, Lakes of the Meadows, Lemon City, Little River, Opa-locka and Shenandoah branch libraries, bringing the total number of library closures to 16.</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:02:45 +0000 Patricia Mazzei 18305 at http://wlrn.org Six Of 22 Miami-Dade Libraries Could Be Saved From Chopping Block Here's A Look At The Libraries That Miami-Dade County Could Close http://wlrn.org/post/heres-look-libraries-miami-dade-county-could-close <p></p><p>Sorry, bookworms.</p><p>In the minutes of last Tuesday’s meeting of the Miami-Dade Commission, it reads, “In libraries, these adjustments will result in the reduction of hours of service and closure of 10 storefronts and up to 12 other libraries.” Meaning, to avoid increases in property taxes, the commission proposes to eliminate 22 of its 49 public library branches.</p> Wed, 24 Jul 2013 12:40:47 +0000 Gabriella Watts 17788 at http://wlrn.org Here's A Look At The Libraries That Miami-Dade County Could Close Why Libraries Are More Important Than Your Hard Drive http://wlrn.org/post/why-libraries-are-more-important-your-hard-drive <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal;">What happens when you delete or block a web page?</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: arial; font-size: small; line-height: normal; ">It gets deleted. Or blocked.</span></p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:44:04 +0000 Daniel Rivero 17566 at http://wlrn.org Why Libraries Are More Important Than Your Hard Drive Contemplating The End Of Books (As We Know Them) http://wlrn.org/post/contemplating-end-books-we-know-them <p>With budget cuts impacting public libraries all over the country, this summer is not only your traditional reading season – it’s also a time for thinking about reading.</p><p><a href="http://spinelloprojects.com/project/solo-project-by-antonia-wright-ruben-millares/"><em>The State of the Book</em></a> at <a href="http://spinelloprojects.com">Spinello Projects</a> will exhibit physical books as precious, engaging objects – works of art you can touch – and will encourage people to sit, read and ruminate on the future of printed matter.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:30:00 +0000 Rob Goyanes 17271 at http://wlrn.org Contemplating The End Of Books (As We Know Them)