Category Archives: News & Events

  • Ten Reasons Libraries Are Still Better Than the Internet

    “Thanks to the internet, we no longer need libraries or librarians.” You most likely hear some variation on that theme pretty regularly. Sixteen years ago, American Libraries published Mark Y. Herring’s essay “Ten Reasons Why the Internet Is No Substitute for a Library” (April 2001). Technology has improved exponentially since...
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  • Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family

    Please come to hear author Daniel Bergner at 10:30 am on January 26 in the Conference Center at the new Suncoast Technical College in North Port (next to the new Shannon Staub Library) or at 7:00 pm the same day at the Sarasota Opera House.  Tickets are free but must...
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  • The “Take a Look—Buy a Book—Donate” Campaign

    by Ryan G. Van Cleave When Sheila Birnbaum sees a need, she feels an obligation to do something about it. That’s surely thanks to her long career up in the Northeast as a patient advocate, which means she spent decades helping others. Birnbaum’s first initiative was The Pajama Game. She...
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  • Six Men and Women Who Are Making Venice Even Greater

    They don’t wear capes or perform gravity-defying feats of daring. But to the lives they touch and the causes they support, they’re superheroes. From a high school senior to an 80-year-old real estate broker, these caring citizens are making our world a better place. Caroline Kincaid Caroline Kincaid is a...
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  • Libraries get creative to help kids read more

    Though you’re more likely to catch today’s kids with their faces buried in a smartphone as opposed to a book, libraries in the Los Angeles area are doing their part to give kids every opportunity to fall in love with reading. As the Los Angeles Times reports, Los Angeles County...
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