Category Archives: News & Events

  • 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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  • Today’s Libraries Feed Families, Teach Children How to Make Robots, Help with Taxes—and Much More

    Once upon a time, a trip to the library was almost a sacred affair: the hushed voices, the endless stacks, solemn librarians as gatekeepers of knowledge. But a trip to one of our public libraries today is likely to show bright open spaces filled with librarians circulating among patrons, banks...
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  • 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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