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  • Sarasota County libraries find new ways to serve families

    Sarasota County youth librarians adapt their storytime programs to online to stay in touch with kids. In a typical summer, all 10 Sarasota County Library branches would be bustling with weekly family storytime events. But this year, eager young visitors haven’t been playing with monkey puppets, reading to dogs or...
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  • Need to use a computer? Sarasota-Manatee public libraries are back to help

    Daily computer use is limited for each guest, but library cards and reservations are not required. Harry Reynolds writes books about automobile racing — and he does it without internet access at home. When Sarasota County public libraries closed in March as the coronavirus pandemic set in, Reynolds, 83, would...
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  • Library Foundation Hires New Executive Director — Alisa Mitchell has two decades of experience with Sarasota nonprofits

    Alisa Mitchell
    SARASOTA, Florida – The Library Foundation of Sarasota County today announced that it has hired Alisa Mitchell as its new executive director. Mitchell, an early literacy specialist and development professional, has worked with Sarasota nonprofits since 2001. She takes over at the Library Foundation from Sue Seiter, who retires this...
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  • Sarasota libraries expand online alternatives

    During library closures due to COVID-19, the library is offering a digital library card and online programming. On a typical day, Sarasota County librarians can be found conducting programs or helping residents find the perfect book. Lately, however, they’ve been providing technical help for those trying to use computer programs...
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  • Coronavirus Florida: Sarasota libraries adapting to changing needs

    Patrons call to hear a friendly voice or get technical support for computer programs Even with local library doors closed, Sarasota County librarians have been staying busy offering book and music suggestions, passing on technical help for people trying to use computer programs for the first time, making face masks...
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