Category Archives: News & Events

  • Sarabeth Kalajian reflects on 35 years with the Sarasota County library system

    Sarabeth Kalajian
    County library director fell into a career she loved almost by accident While she avoids counting down the days until she retires next month as director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources, Sarabeth Kalajian is busy racing to meetings, helping ease the transition to her successor and humbly accepting...
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  • Where Libraries are the Tourist Attractions

    Libraries are having a moment. In the past few years dozens have opened across the world, resembling nothing like the book-depot versions from the past. About a decade ago libraries across the world faced a dilemma. Their vital functions — to supply books and access to information for the public...
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  • opening of two libraries on sunday afternoons as pilot program wins initial county commission support

    Board members also hear updates on projects planned over the next ve years, including new Central Energy Plant and realignment of Cattlemen Road/Palmer Boulevard/Packinghouse Road ‘triangle’ With its typically more intense budget workshops just weeks away — starting on June 18 — the Sarasota County Commission already has provided staff...
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  • County identifies several funding priorities at budget workshop

    The workshop primarily involved budget updates and reports from various Sarasota County departmental leaders. County administrators, commissioners and department heads alike on Friday discussed what Capital Improvement Program projects they would like to explore and prioritize in the 2020 fiscal year. The county’s most recent budget workshop addressed a wide...
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  • Literacy in the Laundromat

    The PBS Newshour featured a piece on Literacy in the Laundromat. Definitely worth the seven minutes to watch and listen. We have participated in occasional events at laundromats, but this series in NYC is partnered with a research study. Some interesting observations already about the big difference when librarians are...
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