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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.

Sarasota County Library System has recently been named the "2012 Library of the Year" by the Florida Library Association! 

"This award is truly a recognition of the library staff, volunteers and community partners who, day after day, dedicate themselves to delivering extraordinary customer service," said Sarabeth Kalajian, General Manager, Sarasota County Library System.

DURING THE PAST FISCAL YEAR Selby Friends has given to the Library:

  • Over $90,000 in support of more than 500 free youth programs and events
  • Over $12,000 for the presentation of more than 300 free special events and programs for adults
  • Over $5,000 for the support of Selby Library Volunteers

Selby Friends has given the Library and the community, OVER THE PAST 10 YEARS:

  • Over a million dollars in support of Selby Library’s mission and programs
  • Over16,000 free Library presentations/events for youth, teen and adult programs
  • Thousands of dollars in book donations and support to literary-related community charities
  • Friends Bookstore, which perpetually enables the public to purchase donated, quality books at low prices in all genres from a selection of thousands of titles to entertain, educate, inspire, and encourage 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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Tickets are now on sale for
CRYSTAL BALL-The People’s Gala

Wednesday, January 10, 2018,  6-9 pm, Friends of the Selby Public Library will present this 8th annual casual Fundraiser-“Crystal Ball-The People’s Gala.” Party inside Selby Public Library at an inclusive low ticket price. Sample specialties from local restaurants as you enjoy high energy continuous entertainment including specialty acts, singers, musicians, and other quality performances. Intuitive readers, art, author, wellness exhibits and full cash bars will also highlight the evening. Eight o’clock begins dancing hour.

The SILENT AUCTION will offer travel packages, gift certificates from local restaurants, jewelry items, plus
many more spectacular items from generous local businesses. All proceeds from this popular, very affordable event support free youth and teen programs at Selby Library. 

Tickets: $30 Advance, $40 at door, available inside the Selby Public Library Bookstore; 1331 First Street,
Sarasota, FL 34236, Information: 941-861-1140

BOOK SALE now on at Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore

BOOK SALE now on at Friends of the Selby Public Library Bookstore through the holidays. Fill a bag for only $1 on select clearance books.  1/2 OFF books $3 or more, and other special daily bargains. All genres of quality books at low prices, including collectible out-of-print titles. Visit this newly renovated, spectacular store—a BOOK WONDERLAND of all genres of quality donated books, DVDs, CD’s and media at low prices. New arrivals are added daily. Great gift-giving items. The Bookstore is a favorite destination for all book lovers!  Also, shop our unique selection of donated  vintage jewelry and gifts---plus—our “Artist of the Month Exhibit”, this month featuring works of John-Norman Tuck. The art is available for purchase. Proceeds benefit Selby Library.

The store is Inside Selby Library, 1331 First Street, Sarasota, FL 34236.  Mon.-Sat., 10 am-4:30 pm. Information: 941-861-1140

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.

Attention all Amazon.com Shoppers

AMAZON.COM AND YOU CAN NOW HELP FRIENDS of the SELBY LIBRARY! You can support Selby Friends when you make a purchase for anything and everything! Click here to visit Amazon.com now, and we will receive up to 15% of the sale!