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Miami Springs Branch Library and Self-Help Credit Union Establish Neighborhood Bookshelf

Jun 13, 2023

MIAMI SPRINGS (June 12, 2023) -- The Miami-Dade Public Library System’s Miami Springs Branch is expanding its reach. The branch recently rolled out a new Neighborhood Bookshelf located inside the Self-Help Credit Union office on the Circle (101 Curtiss Parkway).

“Miami Springs Branch Library Manager Rita Mayer and the library team were on-hand at Self-Help’s recent grand opening events,” said Sam Chesser, Regional VP at Self-Help Credit Union. “When they approached us about the Neighborhood Bookshelf idea for our office, we enthusiastically said yes. Our Credit Union is all about strengthening communities, and we love the idea of residents visiting to browse or check out books.”

There are about 20 Neighborhood Bookshelves in Miami-Dade County. The Neighborhood Bookshelf at the Self-Help Credit Union is the only one in Miami Springs, and while its selection may change over time, it currently offers about 30 books for children and adults.

The Neighborhood Bookshelf is available during Self-Help Credit Union’s open hours -- Weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm (10 am to 5 pm on Wednesdays). Location: 101 Curtiss Parkway Miami Springs, FL 33166. Individuals may checkout items if they have a valid library card. If you don’t have an MDPLS library card, you can apply for one online at or by visiting the Miami Springs Branch Library at 401 Westward Drive where you can access a wide selection of books, enjoy programs and events, and take advantage of many other educational resources.

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, 102 National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Awards over the past seven years, and four Florida Library Association (FLA) Awards for Excellence and Innovation from 2018 – 2020. Learn more at

About Self Help Credit Union:

Self-Help Credit Union was chartered in 1983 to partner with working families and communities often underserved by the financial marketplace. It is part of the Self-Help family of nonprofit organizations whose collective mission is to create and protect ownership and economic opportunity for all. Self-Help Credit Union is one of the fastest-growing community development financial institutions in the country. Self-Help and its affiliates have provided billions in financing to help hundreds of thousands of borrowers buy homes, start and grow businesses, and strengthen community resources. Learn more at