Miami-Dade Public Library System “Lucky Day Collection” & new Assistant Director, Raymond Baker


Miami-Dade Public Library System launches new “Lucky Day Collection”

Visit a participating branch for new items that are readily available for your choosing! Starting late April, the Miami-Dade Public Library will begin offering a new special collection of bestsellers and DVDs that can be instantly borrowed on a first-come, first-serve basis. This collection will be located at a designated space in certain branches.

Titles in this collection cannot be placed on hold or renewed and can only be checked out by the next lucky person who finds them. Lucky Day titles present the idea of a browsing collection, like in a book-store, to the patrons who visit their local library.

To keep materials readily available for browsing, titles will go out for shortened loan periods: books will check out for 7 days and DVDs will check out for 3 days. Patrons can have only 2 Lucky Day items checked out at a time per library card.

The library will continuously update this collection with newer in-demand titles on a regular basis, so come stop by one of our locations and see if it is your lucky day!

Lucky Day Items will be available at the following branches:

  1. Civic Center Kiosk: 1501 NW 12 Ave., Miami, FL 33136, Metrorail Civic Center Station 305-324-0291

  2. Concord Branch Library: 3882 SW 112 Ave., Miami, FL 33165 305-207-1344

  3. Doral Branch Library: 10785 NW 58 St., Doral, FL 33178 305-716-9598

  4. Golden Glades Branch Library: 100 NE 166 St., Miami, FL 33162 305-787-1544

  5. Shenandoah Branch Library: 2111 SW 19 St., Miami, FL 33145 305-250-4688

Miami-Dade Public Library appoints Raymond Baker as the new Assistant Director for the Library Department

The Miami-Dade Public Library System has appointed Raymond Baker as the new Assistant Director for the Library Department.

Mr. Baker has been with Miami-Dade County for 22 years and has a wide range of experience and knowledge of Miami-Dade County government operations.  Previously, he served as Chief of Policy, Legislation and Business Services for the Internal Services Department Director’s Office where he managed all of ISD’s Board of County Commissioner’s legislative items, Fleet Management and other Business Services areas such as countywide Printing and Graphics, Business Supplies, Capital Inventory Management and the County’s Surplus Auction process.  Mr. Baker has also served the County in the County’s Executive Offices and the Office of Management and Budget.

The Director for the Miami-Dade Library System, Gia Arbogast indicates that, “We are excited about the addition of Ray to the Library team.  He will be assuming oversight of the department’s Fiscal Operations, including the Operating and Capital Budget, Human Resources, Information Technology, and Support Services.”


About the MiamiDade Public Library System

The Miami-Dade Public Library System (MDPLS), a recipient of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, serves as a community center and learning place where the Miami-Dade community meets to exchange ideas, learn, share, and create.  The Library strives to ensure that all residents, regardless of socioeconomics, will be enriched through access to materials, technology, art and culture and programs so that they may develop the skills they need to create and produce innovations for the 21st century. Through its 48 locations, bookmobiles, special services, website ( and MDPLS iLibrary app, the library proudly serves more than 7 million annual visitors. In the more than 40 years of serving the community, the MDPLS continues to experience tremendous change and growth, evolving with the technological needs and requirements of its diverse community.

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