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!

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
  • 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!
Web Resources and Links
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. 
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.

2019 Sarasota County Schools Summer Reading Initiative

In a concentrated effort to stem the “Summer Slide” and entice students to read, Sarasota County Schools, in conjunction with Sarasota County Libraries, is promoting a list of titles to consider reading over the Summer of 2019.

To engage their interest and to provide a spur to critical thinking, the book selections may include those that involve sensitive issues.  The content of some titles may be more mature than younger students have previously encountered.

Please recognize that this is a voluntary reading program and we encourage parents and guardians to take an active role in the both the preview and selection of titles prior to reading.

FREE FOOD All Summer Break

Together with our partners, we're filling minds and tummies!

All Faiths  Food Bank is partnering with Sarasota County School District Food and Nutrition Services and the Sarasota County Library System to feed children and families over the summer break.

Meals, groceries and bags of kid-friendly snacks will be provided throughout the summer.

Free food for kids at Sarasota County Libraries


  • Elsie Quirk Library
  • Fruitville Library
  • Jacaranda Library
  • Gulf Gate Library
  • North Port Library
  • North Sarasota Library
  • Selby Library
  • Shannon Staub Library
  • William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Library


  • Elsie Quirk Library
  • North Port Library
  • Selby Library

For more information about All Faiths Food Bank's 2019 summer programs, visit allfaithsfoodbank.org or call 941-379-6333.

campaign against summer hunger

Summer at Your Library

Our Summer at your Library Program returns Monday, June 3 - Saturday, August 3. Explore, read, learn and attend fun events for all ages.

Download our Activity Guide and get ready to explore "A Universe of Stories!"

Summer at your Library


Find kid-friendly events at your library! 

Discover our new Marvel Comics Collection now available via cloudLibrary


2019 Youth Media Award Winners

Updated on 03/06/2019 1:18 PM

2019 Youth Media Award Winners