Books — and So Much More

Helen McBean

Helen McBean

Summer vacations are over and our Sarasota County libraries are busier than ever.  Children stream in for homework help.  Entrepreneurs seek resources to start their businesses.  Retirees look for health and investment information.  New residents come to learn about their community. And, everyone finds what they need, with the help of a friendly librarian.

Our County Library system was named  Florida Library of the Year for 2012 – and no wonder!  Our libraries have a wonderful selection of books for all ages and interests, but they have so much more!

Did you know you can download e-books for free at  You can even join an Online Book Club.

Are you aware that you can access government services right from the Library’s web site?  Whether you need tax information, are looking for a job, or need Medicare help.

Do you want to learn a foreign language?  From home, you can use our Mango Languages database to learn conversational Spanish, French, Mandarin Chinese and others.

Have a health question?  Check out Medline.  Need information on your investments?  We’ve got Morningstar Investment Research Center.

Are you a teenager late in getting that homework done?  Just click on Planet Teen and then Ask a Librarian via online chat.

All these resources are available to our community for free – with just a Library card.  It’s just another reason that Sarasota County is a great place to live!

Helen McBean
Member, Board of Directors
Library Foundation for Sarasota County

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