Category Archives: News & Events

  • Want to defend democracy? Start with your public library.

    In “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the character Ron — channeling his friend Hermione — says to Harry Potter: “When in doubt, go to the library.” In the United States today, there is plenty to doubt. Complex arguments are being whittled down to 280 characters. And of course,...
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  • To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

    Is the public library obsolete? A lot of powerful forces in society seem to think so. In recent years, declines in the circulation of bound books in some parts of the country have led prominent critics to argue that libraries are no longer serving their historical function. Countless elected officials insist...
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  • Newest librarian sees growth in programs

    It’s been a little over a year since I first met Stacey Ogea — pronounced “Oh, gee” — and I thought it was time to check-in with her again. We first met in June 2017. She had started as library manager of the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Public Library in...
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  • Take my library card? Not a chance

    I’ll confess. I bothered librarians for many years. My mom worked across from the Venice library. I spent many afternoons there, sweaty after running loose after school, waiting for a ride home, reading anything but homework. There’s no way the librarians would remember me fondly. Back then, I didn’t care....
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  • Parkland students stop in Sarasota during “Road to Change” tour

    Local Sarasota student activists joined students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to discuss an end to gun violence during a town hall on June 27 at Selby Library. On Wednesday, June 27, students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School made a visit to Sarasota during the “March For Our...
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