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Friends of the Selby Public Library’s MISSION is to partner with the Selby Public Library in developing services, providing free programs, raising funds and advocating for library resources all in coordination with community interests. The Friends achieves this goal by raising funds via the Friends Bookstore, and by presenting such fundraisers as the Annual CRYSTAL BALL.

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The Friends of the Selby Public Library thanks its generous Members and Board Members who have helped enrich many lives by spreading the word about Selby Public Library and the value, pleasures and rewards of literacy.

FRIENDS of the SELBY LIBRARY BOOKSTORE is located inside Selby Library.  Browse among thousands of books to suit every interest or need--out-of-print titles, rare books, and unique titles can be found. And our GIFT AREA features donated items such as ceramics, vintage and new jewelry, art, antiques and accessories…all treasures, outstanding offerings and one-of-a-kind finds.  WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO SHOP OR DONATE!

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Crystal Ball, a People’s Gala Fundraiser

It’s party time at the Selby library and everyone is invited! It’s not every day that people can participate in the “Eat, Drink, Dance and be Charitable” The Crystal Ball, a People’s Gala fundraiser. A gastronomic showcase will give attendees the opportunity to sample the best of Sarasota’s restaurants, one bite at a time. A gathering of over 30 of the best restaurants will present their finest foods and feature some of the region's most celebrated chefs.

If you’re the kind who can’t sit still and would rather dance the night away, Reverend Barry and the Funk Band, one of Southwest Florida’s most popular band has something for everyone! This high-energy 8-piece funk & soul band will be playing the greatest funk/soul/R&B hits from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with a live 3-piece horn section.

Each year the success of the Crystal Ball depends on countless volunteers, the generosity of individuals and corporate sponsors, from attendees support of our fabulous Silent Auction which offers a highly coveted selection of items. This year’s event also promises an evening of fun featuring Spirit University intuitive readers, tea readings, a variety of artists, organizations and full cash bars on both floors of the library while music fills the air in the library rotunda.

This highly anticipated annual event will raise money to support the Friends core mission with all proceeds from this popular, very affordable event support free youth and teen programs at Selby Library for the upcoming year.

This exciting event will be hosted inside Selby Public Library, 1331 First St., Sarasota, FL.

  • Date: Wednesday, January 9, 2019
  • Time: 6 to 9 PM
  • Price: Inclusive low-ticket price. $30 Advance; $40 at door
  • Tickets: Tickets are available inside the Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore. Join or renew your Friend’s Membership with $100 donation and receive 1 free ticket. 

Information: 941-260-9614, Jean.kerchner@selbylibraryfriends.org

FRIENDS of the Selby Public Library Bookstore located inside the Selby Library is seeking volunteers. Do you have 3 hours to give as a volunteer? The bookstore resells gently used collectible/rare, vintage books in all genres and other media that have been generously donated. The Bookstore is entirely staffed by volunteers, who share their love of books and enjoy casual conversations while they assist patrons. They learn to sort, price, label, shelve and sell books. All proceeds benefit the Selby Library!

For information: Call 941-365-5228 or email jean.kerschner@selbylibraryfriends.org

You can make a difference in helping the Friends by adding your account or opening a new account with IBERIABANK. They have a great Community Partners Program—and you can financially benefit the Friends without spending a dime! Contact Mike Beitzinger at 941-363-3180.

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