Category Archives: News & Events

  • Library celebrates namesake, friends group

    Shannon Staub Public Library has ribbon-cutting for bookstore NORTH PORT — Even with the library open, Friends of the Shannon Staub Public Library had one more celebration. The friends group, which was attached to the library long before its opening day this past fall, celebrated the official opening of its...
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  • The Vending Machine That Spits Out Short Stories

    Stories are shared many ways. They are recounted in books and magazines. They are read aloud around the campfire at night. They are randomly dispensed from stand-alone kiosks, doled out on strips of paper like grocery store receipts. Wait, what was that last one? Leave it to the French, with...
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  • Luncheon with James Patterson, story in Venice Gondolier Sun

    Thank you to Kim Cool for a great story about the Library Foundation’s luncheon with James Patterson in today’ Venice Gondolier Sun: venicegondolier.fl.newsmemory.com/publink.php?shareid=2362f6752...
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  • In Sarasota, author James Patterson says he tries to save lives with books

    Best-selling author speaks to the Library Foundation for Sarasota County annual luncheon. Before Little Brown took a chance in 1976 on his first book, “The Thomas Berryman Number,” James Patterson was turned down by 31 publishers. It went on to win an Edgar Award for best first novel and launch...
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  • 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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