The “Connecting with the Community” series, created and coordinated by the Friends of the Daytona Beach Library, has won the Florida Library Association’s 2015 Friends, Foundations and Boards Award for Outstanding Program.
The series of social and cultural presentations, which began in November 2013 and culminated with a tribute to Dr. Jimmy Huger on April 11, highlighted the important role African-Americans have played in Volusia County’s history. In 2014, programs focused on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This year’s programs addressed contemporary issues and continuing traditions.
After receiving an $8,000 grant from the Florida Humanities Council, the library volunteers developed an ambitious schedule of lectures, community forums, book reviews and musical presentations that attracted more than 1,400 attendees.
Friends’ representatives and library staff accepted the award at the Florida Library Association’s Friends Day Luncheon in Orlando May 14.
The Friends group was founded in 1968 to raise funds, stimulate use of the library’s resources, and support staff in developing programs and services. For information on becoming a member, contact Deborah Shafer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 386-257-6036, ext. 16264