Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library to celebrate 15th anniversary
Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Library 15th anniversary
The community is invited to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The celebration will start at 9:30 a.m. with remarks from local officials, followed by games, snacks and other free, family-fun activities.
The day's events will also include speakers sharing stories about the lives and impacts of Johnson, who had the library renamed after her by county commissioners in April, and Dr. Edward James II, whose name now adorns the library's meeting room.
Speakers will share stories from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and 1-2 p.m. The African American Cultural Resource Center will also host tours starting at 2 p.m.
"It's an honor to be able celebrate not only this library, but the tireless advocacy of two community icons," said Renee Di Pilato, director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. "Renaming the library after Ms. Johnson is a tribute to her nearly 40 years of public service and advocacy, and the meeting room reflects Dr. James' steadfast dedication to the community."
The event runs 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; the Betty J. Johnson North Sarasota Public Library is located at 2801 Newtown Blvd., Sarasota.
For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.