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Friends of the Selby Public Library’s MISSION is to partner with the Selby Public Library in developing services, providing free programs, raising funds and advocating for library resources all in coordination with community interests. The Friends achieves this goal by raising funds via the Friends Bookstore, and by presenting such fundraisers as the Annual CRYSTAL BALL.

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The Friends of the Selby Public Library thanks its generous Members and Board Members who have helped enrich many lives by spreading the word about Selby Public Library and the value, pleasures and rewards of literacy.

Sarasota County Library System has recently been named the "2012 Library of the Year" by the Florida Library Association! 

"This award is truly a recognition of the library staff, volunteers and community partners who, day after day, dedicate themselves to delivering extraordinary customer service," said Sarabeth Kalajian, General Manager, Sarasota County Library System.

DURING THE PAST FISCAL YEAR Selby Friends has given to the Library:

  • Over $90,000 in support of more than 500 free youth programs and events
  • Over $12,000 for the presentation of more than 300 free special events and programs for adults
  • Over $5,000 for the support of Selby Library Volunteers

Selby Friends has given the Library and the community, OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS:

  • Over a million dollars in support of Selby Library’s mission and programs
  • Over16,000 free Library presentations/events for youth, teen and adult programs
  • Thousands of dollars in book donations and support to literary-related community charities
  • Friends Bookstore, which perpetually enables the public to purchase donated, quality books at low prices in all genres from a selection of thousands of titles to entertain, educate, inspire, and encourage literacy

FRIENDS of the SELBY LIBRARY BOOKSTORE is located inside Selby Library.  Browse among thousands of books to suit every interest or need--out-of-print titles, rare books, and unique titles can be found. And our GIFT AREA features donated items such as ceramics, vintage and new jewelry, art, antiques and accessories…all treasures, outstanding offerings and one-of-a-kind finds.  WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SHOP OR DONATE!

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Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore
presents for 2 days only…

Friday, June 17 &
Saturday, June 18

$1 .50 .25

BOOK SALE plus other select bargains including ½ off

Friends of the Selby Public Library Members receive an additional 10% Discount

Celebrate the joy of the written word at Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore 1331 First Street, inside Selby Library, Sarasota

Hours 10:00 am-4:30 pm, Mon.- Sat.
Information: 941-861-1140


The annual meeting of

Friends of the Selby Public Library will be held

on Monday, May 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm

at Selby Public Library’s Geldbart Auditorium

1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236


GUEST SPEAKER: Lori WhiteSuperintendent

of the Sarasota County School District

Topic: The accomplishments of the Sarasota County School System


Open to all members and the public. The slate of officers will be presented and the last fiscal year reviewed.

Learn about upcoming Library events and programs on the horizon for adults and children.

Light refreshments will be available.  Information: 861-1140

Friends of the Selby Public Library has joined forces with the Sarasota County Library System to pay tribute to Sarasota's famed author John D. MacDonald, in commemoration of his 100th birthday. It will begin with the One Book One Community announcing that the 2016 One Book selection is the entire work of this master storyteller.

The kickoff for this tribute will be on Friday, January 22, at 6:00 pm inside the Selby Library Auditorium with award-winning authors John Jakes, Don Bruns and James R. Hall who will honor John D. MacDonald. With these local authors, and power point presentations with JDM Archivist Calvin Branche, learn about the fictional lives and characters MacDonald so deftly created in his works. This program, open to the public, will have other surprises to keep you intrigued.

Friday, January 26, at 2:30 pm, Author Tim Dorsey will be the seventh recipient of the John D. MacDonald writing award at this free open-to-the-public program at Selby Library's Geldbart Auditorium. The presenter will be Calvin Branche, President of Green Flash Salvage, a Florida non-profit with the aim to further Florida fiction, especially in the mystery/crime/detective genre. Following the presentation, Happy Hour with complimentary bites will be held at 4:00 pm at Libby's Cafe & Bar, 1917 Osprey Avenue, Sarasota.

Dorsey, born in Indiana, moved to Florida at the age of 1. With a background as a police and courts reporter, he joined The Tampa Tribune as a general assignment reporter and worked as the Tribune's night metro editor. He left the paper in August 1999 to write full time. Dorsey has since published eighteen novels in several languages: Florida Roadkill, Hammerhead Ranch Motel, Orange Crush, Triggerfish Twist, The Stingray Shuffle, Cadillac Beach, Torpedo Juice, The Big Bamboo, Hurricane Punch, Atomic Lobster, Nuclear Jellyfish, Gator A-Go-Go, Electric Barracuda, When Elves Attack, Pineapple Grenade, The Riptide Ultra-Glide, Tiger Shrimp Tango and Shark Skin Suite. Dorsey constantly travels throughout Florida visiting historical sites. His works are filled with descriptions of these sites which are often related to the plot.

Throughout the seven month period leading up to the dedication of MacDonald's memorial plaque on July 23, 2016, Sarasota County and its nine libraries will host numerous free events throughout the community.

More detailed programming information will be posted on the website at: onebooksarasota.com and selbylibraryfriends.org.

Please join One Book and the Friends of Selby Library Tribute Committee for this celebration of all things John D. MacDonald!

You can make a difference in helping the Friends by adding your account or opening a new account with IBERIABANK. They have a great Community Partners Program—and you can financially benefit the Friends without spending a dime! Contact Mike Beitzinger at 941-363-3180.

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