*** Please join us for SWFLN's Summer General Meeting on July 28, 2015! Click here to register! ***

Photos from our Annual Meeting are now posted on our Facebook page!

Big thanks to all our members, special guests and to the Fort Myers Beach Library staff.

Read our current and past newsletters right here!!

The monthly SWFLN Continuing Education Newsletter is also emailed to member institutions and to personal affiliates.

Helping Libraries Provide Better, Faster Service

The Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) is one of the five regional consortia of multitype libraries in the State of Florida. SWFLN serves the counties of Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Hendry, Lee, and Monroe.

SWFLN Recognizes Support

We honor a member of the community who has demonstrated exceptional passion in the promotion of libraries (Library Advocate); we commend an elected or appointed official for demonstrating remarkable support for libraries (Library Champion).

SWFLN Map of Florida Multitype Library Cooperatives

Florida MLC's present cost efficient, ongoing technology and training for all types of libraries: public, academic, school, private, and special; and provide even the smallest libraries with immense resource opportunities.

WISH Upon a Shell Program

Do you have an idea for future training? Do you, or a co-worker, need to learn about a specific subject? Contact us to submit your ideas, we can’t wait to hear from you!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU!!!!!

Thanks go out from the Southwest Florida Library Network (SWFLN) to Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott, for fully funding the Florida Multitype Library Cooperatives for the 2015/2016 year!

We appreciate your validation, Governor Scott, of the importance of the support Florida’s Multitype Library Cooperatives provide to Florida’s libraries and, in turn, to the citizens of this great state!

We also thank Secretary of State Ken Detzner, SWFLN’s 2013 Library Champion, for his untiring encouragement of our efforts and the support of his office.

Special appreciation goes out to SWFLN’s Library Champion for years 2011 and 2012, Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto, for her determined backing of our efforts to improve the lives of Southwest Florida’s populace.

We also thank SWFLN’s Library Champion for 2014, Representative Matt Hudson, for recognizing the needs of the Multitype Library Cooperatives that serve and enhance the services of the libraries in his District.

We thank the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget for taking the time to understand why we are important and how we add value to the services enjoyed by Floridians.

Please click here to find the Governor's contact information.  SWFLN encourages you take a few minutes of your time and write him a personal letter to thank him for his support.  Tell him why you appreciate his funding the Multitype Library Cooperatives, especially SWFLN!  All other links provided in this email will guide you in sending thanks, as well, to all individuals that participated in this cooperative effort!  Please take the opportunity now to thank them for their acknowledgment of the great service we help you provide.  Remember:  For every dollar the State of Florida spends on Libraries, there is a $10.18 return on investment.

THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU . . . . THANK YOU!!!!!


Luly Castro

Friday, June 19, 2015

SWFLN Summer General Meeting - - - - PLEASE JOIN US!!!!!


Please share widely with your friends, colleagues, and family.  All are welcome.

Good afternoon, SWFLN members and friends!

We are going to have a wonderful time celebrating SWFLN and your membership on July 28, 2015!  Our Summer General Membership Meeting will be held in Hendry County!  Thanks to Ava Barrett, SWFLN Board Secretary and Library Director of the Hendry County Library Cooperative, for graciously inviting us over for a wonderful visit that includes networking with your colleagues.

          July 28, 2015
          1:30 PM
          Clewiston, Florida
          John Boy Auditorium
          1200 South WC Owens Avenue / Clewiston, FL  33440
          (863) 983-6204

The Summer General Meeting will include a brief “SWFLN Business Meeting”, a tour of the US Sugar facilities, a tour of the Clewiston Public Library, and a tour of the Harlem Library.  Ava Barrett has been able to arrange for the Sugarland Tour Bus from the Chamber of Commerce to drive everyone throughout the interesting route currently being planned!

Come and hear what great things we have planned for YOUR SWFLN in this upcoming year, where we have been fortunate to receive FULL FUNDING for YOUR LSTA Grant.  We’ll be looking for requests for training throughout the year and making adjustments, as necessary, to bring you the training you’ve asked for in the past and what you want in the future.

You may register by clicking here.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact me.

Come one, and come all!  We hope to see you and spend time together on July 28, 2015!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Congratulations to SWFLN's own Aaron Blumberg and Jeffrey St. Firmin

We are glad to congratulate SWFLN's very own Aaron Blumberg and Jeffrey St Firmin on their receipt of scholarships for their respective programs from the Southwest Florida Community Foundation!

SWFLN is very proud of these two, fine, young men who are dedicated to SWFLN . . . and we appreciate it!

Way to go, Aaron and Jeffrey . . . . 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

SWFLN Member Receives Latino Americans’ History Grant

Library Receives Latino Americans’ History Grant

Southwest Florida, June 15, 2015— The Lee County Library System has been selected to receive a competitive Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the American Library Association (ALA).

As one of 203 grant recipients selected from across the country, Lee County Library System will receive a cash grant of $3,000 to hold public programs this fall. The programs will include public film screenings, discussion groups, oral history initiatives, culinary instruction and local history exhibitions about Latino history and culture.

The Lee County Library System will also receive the six-part, NEH-supported documentary film “Latino Americans,” created for Public Broadcasting Service in 2013 by the WETA public television station. The award-winning series chronicles the history of Latinos in the United States from the 16th century to present day. (Learn more about the series at www.pbs.org/latino-americans/en/.)

“The 2013 Census shows that Latino Americans make up nearly 20% of the Lee County population. They have a rich and varied history and culture in our community that we should celebrate,” said Sheldon Kaye, Library System Director. “I’m happy that we will have the opportunity to highlight this topic in our community.”

The Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grantees represent 42 states and the District of Columbia, and include 78 public libraries, 68 college/university libraries and organizations, 19 community college libraries, 10 state humanities councils, 12 museums and a range of other nonprofit organizations. View a full list of the recipients here: http://www.neh.gov/commongood/latinoamericans/grant-recipient-listLatino Americans: 500 Years of History is part of an NEH initiative, The Common Good: The Humanities in the Public Square.