What The Friends do

Friends of the Selby Public Library supports one of Sarasota’s most beautiful, vital and vibrant community institutions—Selby Public Library.

OUR MISSION:  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 of the Selby Public Library, a 501(c)(3) organization, has given the impressive amount of over a million dollars the past ten years to enhance the lives of children and adults, by funding thousands of programs at Selby Library and ensuring that the Library remains a shining jewel of the community.

The foundation for building a better life begins with literacy, and thanks to the infusion of Friends funding Selby Library is able to purchase additional books and media, provide FREE vibrant and inspiring youth and adult programs, and host appreciation events for volunteers of the Library.  The Sarasota County Library System has  had the distinction of receiving the honor of being named “2012 Library of the Year” by the Florida Library Association.

The Friends of Selby Library Bookstore (a virtual “Reading Wonderland”) offers a variety of thousands of donated, low-priced books and media. Literacy is promoted by enabling many to enrich their lives via the rewards and joys of reading.

Among Friends fundraisers, the annual “Looking into the Crystal Ball” has been very successful every January since its inception five years ago, attracting more than 700 attendees inside the Selby Library. All proceeds benefit the Library and its new teen center ( which the Friends helped fund), and yearly programs for pre-teens and teens.

Friends Memberships begin at $30, annuallyCorporate Memberships (business card/name in the Friends Newsletters) are also available. The Selby Friends Bookstore, with 29 active volunteers, offers low-priced gently read donated books and media.  Donations and media are always welcome and are tax-deductible. 

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.