A Message from Beth Cassell, President of FFL

2014-07-23_1757Summer time—and the library is hopping! The seasonal visitors may have left for cooler climates, but at Fruitville Library life is busy and happy.

Every year children fill the wonderful inventive summer programs that keep them learning and growing. Of the many public service programs offered by Fruitville Library, none is more important than continuing to enrich the lives of these young people. What a great pleasure it is to know that through the efforts of the Friends of Fruitville Library we can provide this sort of on-going fun and education. Art through the ages, the World of Reptiles, Laser Juggling & Magic, Fun to be Fit Preschool Program, and the Lego Club are just a few of the programs available for younger children. Teens can enjoy Paper Crafts, Yoga, Vikings and Scandinavians, and Anime Club.

So many people take public libraries for granted. They assume that “public” means all the services and programs are paid for by taxes and that government is as wholly committed to full support of libraries as they have traditionally been. Most of your representatives understand the value of libraries, but the reality of competing values and vested interests means that in Sarasota County, tax revenue simply doesn’t cover the costs of providing first-class service. You can help by letting your governmental representatives know how much you value this great community asset and by supporting the efforts of the Friends of Fruitville Library to make this great library even better.

The Board of the Friends of Fruitville Library thanks you for your support. We’re planning a series of “Meet the Friends” sessions in the following months. Watch for us in the lobby and ask how you can help ensure that the Fruitville Library continues its great work.


The Board of the Friends
The Board of the Friends: (from left) Pat Ward, Suellen Williams, Janice Shanahan, Beth Cassell, Fran Delapenha, and Ardith Stansell.