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Suzanne_FLA_AwardFlorida Library Association Honors OnLine Book Clubs

Suzanne Beecher was honored by the Florida Library Association, at its annual convention in Tampa, Florida. Suzanne was recognized for her dedication to libraries and reading through her Library OnLine Book Clubs.

The first Library OnLine Book Club was launched with the Sarasota County Libraries in Sarasota, Florida, January 26, 2000. Currently, over 3,000 libraries, including libraries in Canada, offer the online book clubs.

2001 Best Practices Award for OnLine Book Club

The Windsor Public Library in Canada has won a LibraryNet 2001 Best Practices award for innovative use of information and communications technologies to enhance services to the public. The award is for WPL's innovative Online Book Club.

The WPL Online Book Club e-mail messages include a brief introduction and an excerpt from popular books that take about five minutes to read. The Online Book Club is made up of several specialty "clubs," including the general interest Original Book Club and the Teen Book Club. WPL is now expanding service to include a Fiction Book Club, Good News Book Club, and Business Book Club. Customers interested in borrowing a particular book can find it at their local library.

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