Category Archives: News & Events

  • 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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  • Sing for Your Life: A Story of Race, Music and Family

    Please come to hear author Daniel Bergner at 10:30 am on January 26 in the Conference Center at the new Suncoast Technical College in North Port (next to the new Shannon Staub Library) or at 7:00 pm the same day at the Sarasota Opera House.  Tickets are free but must...
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  • The “Take a Look—Buy a Book—Donate” Campaign

    by Ryan G. Van Cleave When Sheila Birnbaum sees a need, she feels an obligation to do something about it. That’s surely thanks to her long career up in the Northeast as a patient advocate, which means she spent decades helping others. Birnbaum’s first initiative was The Pajama Game. She...
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  • Six Men and Women Who Are Making Venice Even Greater

    They don’t wear capes or perform gravity-defying feats of daring. But to the lives they touch and the causes they support, they’re superheroes. From a high school senior to an 80-year-old real estate broker, these caring citizens are making our world a better place. Caroline Kincaid Caroline Kincaid is a...
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