Ahhhh, summer in Florida. That wonderful time of year when the pace of life slows down, the kids are out of school and there is time to try new things. What a perfect time to explore your award-winning County Library!
The Sarasota County Library system was named the 2012 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association. If you haven’t been to one of our nine libraries recently, you are in for a treat. You will still find shelves of books, CDs and DVDs — and a willing librarian to help you.
You’ll also find hundreds of e-books to download to your e-reader. The e-book is yours for several weeks and then magically it’s gone. You don’t even have to worry about returning it!
Adults can find many resources at our libraries. Are you challenged by a new smartphone or tablet? The Venice Library has classes to help you get started or learn more. Are you struggling with your plants? Master Gardener classes are offered at the Elsie Quirk, Jacaranda and other libraries. The North Sarasota Library offers career help in partnership with Goodwill Industries. There are book clubs at most locations, including a Spanish book club at the Selby Library. A Downton Abbey support group is forming at the Northport Library for fans of the PBS Series. And, what could be better than rocking and reading on the Osprey Library back porch?
The library is also a great place for your kids this summer. How many times have you heard, “There’s nothing to do …?” Your County Library has the answer to that. There are dozens of activities for toddlers and teens, and everyone in between. Your teenager can enjoy the Teen Program at the Fruitville Library. There are Anime/Manga clubs and Lego building groups at Gulf Gate and other libraries. There’s even Wii Fun at Jacaranda and X-Box gaming nights for tweens at the Venice Library.
For families, there are movie nights, board games and family crafts.
For every child from birth-18, there’s the Summer Reading Program to keep reading skills sharp over the summer. Sign up began June 1. Research shows that many students lose 1-3 months of learning during summer vacation. By encouraging reading achievement, the this program can help your child retain skills and read to explore personal interests.
Literally, there is something for everyone at your County Library this summer. And best of all, these resources and activities are all FREE to you as library cardholders.
The library system is funded by your tax dollars – and by the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations that complement tax dollars with gifts to the Library Foundation for Sarasota County. Just one year old, the Library Foundation has contributed more than $50,000 to library programs since its inception and created an endowment to secure the future of the Sarasota County Library system.
Check us out at www.sclibs.net. Take the time to learn and enjoy something new this summer – visit your Sarasota County Library!
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Library Foundation for Sarasota County