The Library Partnership will celebrate 10 years of serving east Gainesville with a community block party 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13 at 912 NE 16 Ave.
Library Partnership is a collaboration between the Alachua County Library District and Partnership for Strong Families (PSF) that houses a full-service library branch and a Resource Center under one roof. Since partnering together in 2009, the library branch and Resource Center have served thousands of local residents and earned numerous awards, including the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, Casey Family Programs’ Communities of Hope site designation, and Harvard University’s Bright Idea Program honor.
“Library Partnership’s success shows what communities can achieve through creative collaboration,” said Library District Director Shaney T. Livingston. “As we enter our second decade, we are committed to remaining innovative and agile to serve the east Gainesville community together.”
In the last decade, the partnership expanded to include the Cone Park Branch and Resource Center in 2013, and PSF has opened two additional Resource Centers to strengthen families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Since opening the Library Partnership Resource Center, data has shown a 75 percent decrease in rates of verified child maltreatment in the surrounding community.
The Sept. 13 gathering will celebrate the decade-long partnership between the Library District and Partnership for Strong Families and the community’s support. The celebration will include music, balloon animals, food, and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office ice cream truck stocked with treats thanks to a generous donation from Publix. Bread of the Mighty Food Bank is also partnering with the agencies to provide hotdogs for the event.
”Ten years ago, I don’t think any of us ever dreamed of the impact our collaborations would soon make,” stated Pebbles Edelman, PSF Senior Vice President of Clinical and Community Services. “Amazing things happen when professionals boldly work outside of their comfort zones to put their community first.”
For more information, contact Rachel Cook at 352-334-3909 or Patricia Carroll at 352-359-8169.
About Partnership for Strong Families
Partnership for Strong Families is the lead community-based care agency for Florida Judicial Circuits Three and Eight, including Alachua County. PSF is contracted by the Florida Department of Children and Families to deliver comprehensive child welfare services to children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Partnership for Strong Families also works with at-risk families to prevent child abuse and to decrease the risk of children entering the foster care system. PSF serves more than 5,000 children in 13 counties annually.
About Alachua County Library District
Alachua County Library District is an independent special district and the sole provider of public library services to approximately 250,000 citizens in Alachua County, with 12 branch locations, two bookmobiles, and multiple deposit collections. Its goal is to provide all community members with free, open and equal access to education, information, and entertainment.
If a person with a disability needs an accommodation in order to participate in this event he or she is entitled, at no cost to him or her, to the provision of certain assistance. Please contact the Alachua County Library District at 352-334-3910 at least three (3) days prior to the event. TTY users, please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).