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A SAMPLING OF RECENT EVENTS & FUNDRAISERS
Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 6-9 pm,
Friends of the Selby Public Library presented the 7th annual “LOOKING into the CRYSTAL BALL”fundraiser inside spectacular Selby Public Library. This dazzling, popular event is packed with continuous performances by musicians, performance artists, intuitive readers, wellness, art and author exhibits. Enjoy sampling savory bites from local restaurants, along with full cash bars. This casual “Peoples Gala” is an amazing inclusive low cost with high energy entertainment. All proceeds support free youth and teen programs at Selby Library.
SARASOTA SALUTES FAMED AUTHOR JOHN D. MacDonald in 2016
On July 23rd, the 2016 ONE BOOK ONE COMMUNITY program culminated with the 100th birthday celebration of acclaimed prolific author John D. MacDonald who lived and worked in Sarasota for over 34 years. The tribute to this beloved writer drew hundreds of patrons to Selby Library to enjoy refreshments and spectacular cakes (decorated with frosting covers of MacDonald’s books).
This special day at Selby Library was filled with presentations and a free film presentation of A Flash of Green. The grandchildren of John D. MacDonald traveled from New Zealand and Texas to join the celebration.
A magnificent inscribed plaque donated by Friends of Selby Public Library in tribute to John D. MacDonald was dedicated at Five Points Park across from the Library, and now is one of the highlight of Sarasota.
Much gratitude to these contributors for their time, support and contributions in making all of the events saluting John D. MacDonald possible: Tableseide Restaurant Group, City of Sarasota, Sarasota County Library System, Library Foundation for Sarasota County, Cal & Nola Branche, Hyatt Regency Sarasota, Sarasota Herald Tribune, Friends of the Selby Public Library, and Kenney DeCamp, who helped organize and chair this very series of events.
Praise for John D. MacDonald
“The great entertainer of our age, and a mesmerizing storyteller.”—Stephen King
“My favorite novelist of all time . . . All I ever wanted was to touch readers as powerfully as John D. MacDonald touched me. No price could be placed on the enormous pleasure that his books have given me. He captured the mood and the spirit of his times more accurately, more hauntingly, than any ‘literature’ writer—yet managed always to tell a thunderingly good, intensely suspenseful tale.”—Dean Koontz
“To diggers a thousand years from now, the works of John D. MacDonald would be a treasure on the order of the tomb of Tutankhamen.”—Kurt Vonnegut
March 1-25, 2014
ALL PROGRAMS ARE FREE, unless stated otherwise. If you wish to attend the dinner at C’est La Vie on 3/24 the cost is $25 (directly with AFS) . The professors we are bringing for this event are international experts on Andre Gide. The French Consul will come for one of the events.
a 501 (c)(3) organization
A GLITTERING FABULOUS SALE EVENT to benefit
Selby Public Library & its programs
February 14 & 15, 2014 (Fri. & Sat.)10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Fun Shopping at LOW PRICES for everyone inside
Selby Library’s Geldbart Auditorium& Selby Friends Bookstore
1331 First Street, Downtown Sarasota, FL 34236
For information: 861-1140
RARE, COLLECTIBLE & ALL GENRES of gently-read donated BOOKSPLUS once-loved, TREASURES of JEWELRY, TRINKETS, BAUBLES, COLLECTIBLES,ACCESSORIES, HANDBAGS, SELECT CLOTHING,GAMES, TOYS, ART, CURIOS, GLASSWARE, CHINA, HOUSEHOLD & FURNITURE ITEMS, ANTIQUES... PLUS More!
FriendSHIP Getaway Cruise
4 Days Round-Trip from Tampa on the Jewel of the Seas
April 18-22, 2013
Everyone is welcome - Family & Friends on this dazzling Radiance-Class Royal Caribbean International Ship- the ultimate cruise getaway offering: Incredible views, Vitality Spa with an extensive treatment menu, 3 pools including the Solarium - an adults-only retreat, 3 Whirlpools, State-of-the-Art Fitness Center, Library & Card Room, Mini-Golf Course, 16 Lounges/Bars, Casino RoyaleSM, Broadway-Style Shows, Family friendly activities, and Specialty restaurants available, PLUS MUCH MORE!
Join us for an explosive lecture as we explore the human body and how pH affects each and every one of us.
We will shift your perspective of food and water, and develop your understanding of “you are what you eat and drink,” meaning, “maintenance and healing comes from what we ingest.” You will begin to understand why we, as a world, have become too acidic.
Event Flyer (PDF)
GENERAL BORLING TO SPEAK AT SELBY PUBLIC LIBRARY
Hanoi Hilton Prisoner of War and Founder of SOS America
John Borling (Major General USAF-ret) will speak about Vietnam and Conflict Retrospection as well as SOS (Service Over Self) America www.sosamerica.org, a patriotic organization advocating military service for America's young men
age 18-26. Click here to view the announcement (PDF).
Free & Open to the Public
When: Saturday, March 3,
Where: Geldbart Auditorium,
Selby Public Library
A BOOKS, BAUBLES & BLING SALE
RARE, COLLECTIBLE, & all genres of DONATED BOOKS plus… once-loved, treasures of JEWELRY, TRINKETS, BAUBLES, BANGLES, ACCESSORIES, CLOTHING, WHAT-NOTS, TOYS, ART, CURIOS, HOUSEHOLD & SMALL FURNITURE ITEMS & MORE! Fun Shopping at Irresistibly LOW PRICES!
Click here to view/print the A Books, Baubles & Bling Sale flyer (PDF).
When: April 13th & 14th from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Where: Inside Selby Library's Geldbart Auditorium & Selby Friends Bookstore
The SPEAKEASY at the Library, a casual friend-raising fundraiser presented by Friends of Selby Library, will be held on June 17, 7-10 PM. Party inside Selby Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota. Enjoy 30 performances, lite bites and a cash bar. Proceeds to benefit Selby Library 's new Teen Center.
Meet the distinguished master of the historical family saga including The North and South Trilogy, Charleston & Savannah, The Kent Family Chronicles, The Gods of Newport … Epic tales and compelling characters unite in all of this bestselling author's fiction works… Enjoy his personal story of "The road to Sarasota: Tales of a Writer's Journey."
Monday, March 7 at 11:30 a.m. at Sarasota Yacht Club. Paid reservation deadline is February 25.
Cost: $55 per person. Proceeds to benefit a proposed Library Teen Center
~ Cash bar ~
~ Choice of John Jakes' German-inspired cuisine: choose pork, chicken or vegetarian ~
Call 861.1140 or click here for further information and order form: Luncheon with bestselling author John Jakes
Cocktails by the Book was definitely "One for the Books"
The fundraising gala "Cocktails by the Book" was presented by Friends of Selby Public Library on January 23rd. The Library pulsed with fun throughout the evening. Fete created the savory food and libations. There were few who left without raving about the music of Jennifer Leigh and her New Digs who made the dance floor rock with excitement. Lots of eclectic raffle items were won, donated by many generous local businesses and sponsors such as Jerry & Mary Bernas -- they donated a fabulous boat cruise outing on Sarasota Bay with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.
Phyllis Werber, Friends Board Member & Event Chair is pictured left next to (L-R) Friends Board members Charlotte Ryan, President Jeanne Brown, Nina Belott, Barbara Geldbart, and Sue Brady. Photo by Aimee Chouinard.
Every Board Member assisted in some way to create a stunning backdrop to a truly memorable event. Yellow roses, blue hydrangeas, delphiniums and swirls of royal blue organza accented the Library thanks to the expert touch of Rose LaChappelle. All proceeds will benefit free programming for adults and children at Selby Library.
If you would like to vicariously relive some of the moments, please see the event program and check out the photos on these sites:
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Our many generous and thoughtful sponsors are listed in this PDF.
Sarasota Music Archive
Sarasota County Government