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The Palm Beach County Library System will stop charging overdue fines October 1st.

Now, instead of being dimed each day you fail to return your latest page-turner (no, really – the fee per item per day is $0.10), fees will be assessed only when the book is out seven days past its due date – when  the library marks it lost and charges you to replace it.

If the book is returned after the one-week mark, the library will waive that replacement charge. If it really is lost or damaged, though, the patron is responsible for paying the replacement cost.

Monroe County

It's been decades since Monroe County opened a new library branch. And even longer since the county built a library. That is about to change.

Construction began on a new library in Marathon last month.

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The second floor of the Miami-Dade County Library in downtown Miami buzzes with conversation. It's a space where talking is encouraged.

Eight people seated around a table are discussing the day’s news. Min Shaheen, a librarian, brings up the Trump administration’s plans to end a deal between Major League Baseball and Cuba.

“What’s the take of the potential players?” Shaheen asks Carlos Fernandez, who moved to South Florida from Cuba three years ago.

Nadege Green / WLRN

This week is National Library Week and WLRN reporter Nadege Green talked to her childhood librarian.

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A new film written and directed by Emilio Estevez explores the complicated relationship between libraries and the homeless community. "The Public" centers around the Cincinnati Public Library as the city experiences a bitter arctic chill. 

Delray Beach Public Library Computer Class
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Computer classes for people over the age of 65 are growing, especially in South Florida public libraries. The Delray Beach Public Library is trying to keep up with demand by starting a  longer basic knowledge course offering through the Older Adults Tech Academy, or OATA. 

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Courtesy photo Little Free Libraries

Next time you see a newspaper box in Palm Beach County, look closer. It may be a “Little Free Library.”

Palm Beach County is adding some “fun-sized” libraries, as part of a worldwide initiative to encourage more kids to pick up a book and read.

 These colorful boxes are designed to encourage children between 4 to 16 years of age. The books were provided by Children's Services Council of Palm Beach County. 

Monroe County Public Library

  The Monroe County Public Library system has five branches that are spread across 100 miles, from Key Largo to Key West.

But the library's collection has traveled much much farther. It can go anywhere with an internet connection.

  In 2007, the library started posting images from its history collection online, on the photo-sharing site Flickr. Recently, that site surpassed 16 million views.

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By setting a few soliloquies from Hamlet to a beat, Oscar Fuentes - also know as the Biscayne Poet - showed that the poetry in rap songs is not all that different from Shakespeare.

It was part of the Hip Hop Shakespeare workshop at the Arcola Lakes branch library in Liberty City. 

“Shakespeare has always been like a highbrow of literature and the language,” Fuentes says, “and today you have amazing writers, amazing hip-hop writers that are not given the credit they deserve as intellectuals.”

Some Libraries In Miami-Dade May Open Every Day

Aug 20, 2014
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Several of the biggest libraries in Miami-Dade may stay open seven days a week in October.

The interim director of the libraries has released a tentative library schedule based on what county budget commissioners tentatively passed in June. It gives the libraries almost 53 million, more than last year.

The extra money will allow the five largest branches to add Sunday service, meaning they’ll be open every day of the week.

Douglas Hanks / Miami Herald

Fewer police officers, higher public transportation fares and cuts to organizations that provide social services. That's what would happen under Miami-Dade's proposed budget for next year.

Mayor Carlos Gimenez unveiled the plans for the 2015 county budget on Tuesday.

The proposal attempts to close a $64 million budget gap without raising property taxes. To do so, hundreds of jobs will be eliminated across the county government.

The police will receive the biggest cut, with a projected loss of at least 300 jobs. 

How Will Libraries Fare In Gimenez's Budget?

Jul 8, 2014
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Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez 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.

John Quick, president of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Libraries, has fought cuts in library hours and personnel as the county is forced to dip into reserves to keep them afloat.

 

For Quick, $64 million is the magic number.

 

Miami-Dade Library Funding Is In Jeopardy

Jun 25, 2014
Patrick Farrell / Miami Herald

Last summer, the budget for Miami-Dade County libraries was in jeopardy until the county commission decided at last minute to tap into a reserve fund.

This year, funding for the libraries is in danger again. 

Library operations supervisor Sue Cvejanovich and Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library president John Quick appeared on WLRN's Topical Currents on Tuesday.

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