Honoring Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library
Community invited to library's anniversary kickoff celebration
SARASOTA COUNTY - Members of the Sarasota County Commission are joining Friends of the Jacaranda Public Library and library staff in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library.
The yearlong celebration kicks off with a reception Friday, Jan. 24, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., which includes guest speakers starting at 6 p.m. The celebration continues Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with activities for the entire family. All the festivities will be held at Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library, 4143 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice. Each event is free and open to the public.
On Friday, Bob Vedder of the Library Foundation for Sarasota County and former publisher and general manager of the "Venice Gondolier Sun" will serve as the master of ceremonies. Featured speakers include Charles Hines, Sarasota County Commission chair; Sen. Nancy Detert, District 28; Andrea Taylor, the library manager; and Scott Dowdy, president of the Friends of the Library.
On Saturday, Jan. 25, the library will host a Wii tournament and have face painting for teens, plus a bounce house, games and art activities for children.
The library has been serving Venice residents since its construction in 1994. In the late 1980s, Sarasota County Library Advisory Board members and Venice residents recognized the need for expanded library services there, and with funding from a voter-approved, one-cent surtax for new capital improvement projects, Frances T. Bourne spearheaded the project. Bourne, a lifelong literacy and education champion, who helped incorporate the Friends organization in 1992, was a leader on its original board of directors, and shared her knowledge and passion to ensure the success of the library.
The library's grand opening was held Jan. 15, 1994. On Dec. 10, 1995, the Sarasota County Commission renamed the library the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library in honor of the woman who worked to create it. The Friends of the Library continues that legacy of service as the primary sponsor of the 20th anniversary celebration.
To learn more about the library or the 20th anniversary celebration, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000.