SARASOTA COUNTY – Sarasota County is inviting the community to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Selby Library during a special event starting at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4.
The celebration will feature a full day of activities, including live music, an art contest, karaoke and cake. A ceremony in the Geldbart Auditorium at 11:45 a.m. will also feature guest speakers, including library staff and elected officials.
“The Selby Library has such a rich and important history,” said Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources Director Sarabeth Kalajian. “For the two decades it has been at Five Points Park, the library has served as a beacon of knowledge, a community hub and a place of inspiration.”
The history of a public library serving the Sarasota area dates back more than a hundred years. In 1907, the first library was located on the southwest corner of Main Street and Pineapple Avenue. The library relocated several times throughout the ensuing decades and was named the Selby Library in 1976 in honor of a gift from the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation. In 1988 the current library building opened at the prominent downtown site at Five Points Park.
For more information contact the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000 or visit www.scgov.net.