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Sarasota County is actively monitoring the beaches and cleaning in accordance with beach policy. To report a fish kill, call 800-636-0511.

Find current beach conditions at Mote Marine Daily Beach Conditions. Find updates on the county’s beach cleaning efforts at Red Tide Status.

Summer at Your Library

Libraries Rock, 2018 Summer learning program

Our 2018 Summer at Your Library program has officially begun! Now through Aug. 4, stop by any Sarasota County Library to pick up your reading logs or participate in our virtual program through Beanstack.  

View our Summer at Your Library Event Guide to find fun summer events at a library nearest you.  

Our theme this year is Libraries Rock! so get ready to read and rock on all summer long!

Reading with the Rays

Reading with the Rays







Pick up a game card at your library and keep track of the hours you 
read. Read your way around the bases, bring the game card to any Sarasota County Library and receive prizes from the Rays. Read 24 hours total to make it to the home plate and receive two free tickets to a Rays home game. For more information, visit the official site.

Free Summer Food Program

The Campaign Against Summer Hunger program sponsored by All Faiths Food Bank returns this summer at the library. Backpack bags will be available at all Sarasota County Libraries with the exception of Osprey Library at Historic Spanish Point.

Lunch will be served at the following locations:

  • Elsie Quirk Library
  • North Port Library
  • Selby Library

Locate free food throughout Sarasota County.

For more information, visit All Faiths Food Bank or contact the Sarasota Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

1,000 Books before Kindergarten

Research shows that reading books and sharing stories with your child 
is one of the best ways to help them enter school with the language 
skills they need to be ready to learn and grow. 1,000 Books before 
kindergarten will ensure that your child is on the path to success.

Here's how to participate:

  • Pick up a reading log at the Youth desk in the library or 
    participate online with Beanstack, our reading portal.
  • Check off the log next to the number of books you have read or
    write down the titles of books you have read to your child.
    Remember to include stories that your child hears at preschool,
    library story time, chapter books you read together, e-books and
    audiobooks, bedtime stories - any and all books and stories
    count.
  • When you've filled out 25 books, bring the completed log back to 
    the library so that we can record it, and you will receive a new log.
  • Children will receive a sticker or badge (if participating online) for
    every 25 books read. After 100 books read, they will receive a
    small prize.
  • If you read 4 books a week, your child will have read 1,000 books
    in five years!

Every Child Ready to Read

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities every day:

  • Talk
  • Sing
  • Read
  • Write
  • Play

Come to the library to discover booksmusic and programs to help! 

Join our Every Child Ready to Read Facebook Group

Also, check the Libraries' Facebook page weekly for new children's books and fun literacy tips!

Web Resources and Links

Storycasts

Storycasts are podcasts and YouTube videos of children's stories, crafts, teen book reviews and author interviews. Visit the Storycasts page to see and hear them all. 

Outreach

Through the Born to Read program, the library system partners with community agencies to ensure all children are ready to read. For more information, call 941-861-2506 or email BorntoRead@scgov.net.