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The mission of Friends of the Selby Public Library is to support and coordinate with the Library – and the community – in the development of services by raising funds, providing a volunteer base to assist Library staff and advocating the use and growth of Library resources.

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PO Box 2255
Sarasota FL 34230
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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:

  • More than 7,000 books and music materials valued at thou­sands of dollars
  • Over $40,000 in support of more than 100 free youth programs and events
  • Over $6,000 for the presentation of more than 60 free special events and programs for adults
  • Over $5,000 for the coordination, organization, orientation and support of Selby Library Volunteers
  • Over 400 free events for children

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

  • Over $700,000 in support of Selby Library’s mission and programs
  • Over 9,000 free Library presentations/events
  • The support & coordination of thousands of Library Volunteers who have contributed over 241,000 hours of their time, talents and expertise
  • Friends Bookstore, which enables the public to buy a variety of donated, used books at low prices
  • Thousands of dollars in book donations and support to literary-related community charities

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A Fundraiser presented by Friends of the Selby Public Library

will be held on January 14, 2015, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. inside Selby Public Library


Be “wowed” by the eclectic variety of more than 30 continuous, quality performances. Intuitive readers including renowned psychic medium Victoria Ackerman will be featured, plus 50 exhibits for wellness, artists, authors, and specialists. So far, with more to be announced, over two dozen local restaurants and food vendors will offer tasty samplings of their specialtiesAnnalidas Gourmet Food,  Batdorf & Bronson Coffee Roasters, Bijou Café, Bob’s Boathouse, Café Amici, Café Gabbiano, Cassariano, Chart House, Coutro’s Katas, David’s Aquaponic Fish & Vegetable, Drunken Poet Cafe, Gold Coast Eagle Distributing, Libby’s Bar + Café, Louies Modern, Main Street Trattoria, Mattison’s Restaurants & Catering, Morton’s Gourmet Market & Catering, Painters Palate, Pop Craft Artisan Pops, Popi’s Place, Publix Aprons Cooking School, Tommy Bahama, Tsunami Sushi Hibachi Grill, Yume Thai & Sushi. Cash Bars.

Proceeds support Selby Library’s youth programs at this 5th annual casual fundraiser and “friend-raiser,” at an inclusive low price of $25 in advance, $30 at door. Tickets available inside Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore at Selby Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL. Monday through Saturday, 10:00 am-4:30 pm.

Information: 941-861-1140 or www.selbylibraryfriends.org.

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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