Miami-Dade Public Library System
Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Miami-Dade Public Library System and Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida launch Girl Scouts Library Patch Program
MIAMI (May 5, 2023) — The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS) and Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida (GSTF) officially launched the Girl Scouts Library Patch Program. The new patch was unveiled during a special ceremony at the South Miami Branch Library on Saturday, April 29, 2023.
"Being a Girl Scout was such an important part of my childhood, and I am thrilled to see the Girl Scouts continuing to offer new opportunities for girls to learn, grow and be engaged in their community," said Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava. “The Library Patch Program is a wonderful way for girls to develop a love of reading and learn more about the important role libraries play in our community. I encourage all local Girl Scouts to participate and earn their Library patch.”
Girl Scouts of all levels can now earn a special patch called "Your Library: A Portal to Paradise” by completing the required number of library-related activities for their grade level, including reading, conducting research, creating art, signing up for a library card and more by visiting any MDPLS location in-person and the online library at www.mdpls.org. The patch and the activities list were created by a team from the Miami-Dade Public Library System in collaboration with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida.
"We are proud to partner with Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida on the Library Patch Program,” said Library Director Ray Baker. “It’s a great opportunity for girls to explore their local library, develop new skills and interests and gain a better understanding of the Library as an important resource in their lives. It’s only fitting that the program was announced during National Library Week, an annual celebration highlighting the valuable role libraries and library workers play in helping our communities thrive.”
“The Library Patch Program is a fantastic way for girls to discover and explore all the amazing resources available to them at their local library,” said Lori Ross, Chief Mission Delivery Officer at Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida. “As we celebrate our 100th anniversary this year, this program exemplifies our long tradition of working with community partners to invest in today’s girls and tomorrow’s leaders.”
“Your Library: A Portal to Paradise” patches will be available at all Miami-Dade Public Library System regional libraries: Miami Beach, North Dade, South Dade, Westchester and West Kendall, and the Coral Gables and Northeast Dade – Aventura Branch Libraries, for Girl Scouts to obtain once they complete their required number of activities and present their activity sheet to the library.
The Library Patch Program is made possible with the generous support of Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library.
For more information about the program and to download an activity sheet, visit www.girlscoutsfl.org (search “patch”) or www.mdpls.org/girl-scouts-patch.
Editor’s Note: Image of the patch and 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 was named a finalist for the prestigious IMLS National Medal for Museum and Library Service in 2022 and 2023 and has been honored with several awards, including an Urban Libraries Council 2020 Innovation Award, 87 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past six years, and four Florida Library Association (FLA) Awards for Excellence and Innovation from 2018 – 2020. Learn more at www.mdpls.org.
About Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida
Serving Miami and the Florida Keys, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida builds girls of courage, confidence and character. Founded in 1923 by the first troop in Coconut Grove, today, Girl Scouts of Tropical Florida is the leading organization for girl development serving nearly 3,000 girls across every zip code in Miami and the Keys. Learn more at www.girlscoutsfl.org.
About Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library
Friends of the Miami-Dade Public Library (“Friends”) was established in 1974 in order to create public interest in the Miami-Dade Public Library System and its branches, to promote increased knowledge and understanding of its services and needs and to foster public support for its development. Friends was established by a number of historically significant South Floridians, including Frank Brogan, Mae Knight Clark, Helen Dorsett, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Margaret Ewell, Douglas Fairbairn, Pamela Johnson, Helen Muir, William Muir and Ralph Renick. Today, Friends is focused on promoting the Library through three main avenues: awareness, advocacy and fundraising. Learn more at www.friendsofmdpl.org.
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