Dec. 23- 29 EVENTS

Are you looking for a new challenge for the New Year? Then get ready now to participate with the Sarasota County Libraries in the inaugural 2018 Winter Reading Challenge.   The Winter Reading Challenge will take place the entire month of January 2018.

This challenge is a national reading initiative sponsored by billionaire and “Shark Tank” investor, Mark Cuban. He is challenging libraries nationwide to encourage library patrons to read 70,000 books during the month of January. If the goal is met Mr. Cuban will donate $25,000 to First Book, a non-profit organization that provides new books, learning materials and other essential resources to children in need. He will also donate $10,000 to the top performing libraries.

The Winter Reading Challenge is open to all ages and all reading levels. To participate in the challenge, register online at where you can log the hours that you read, track the titles that you read, write book reviews and receive reading recommendations. No need to wait until January to get started, registration is open now.

There are many benefits to reading. Reading stimulates your mind, increases your vocabulary, helps you acquire knowledge, let’s you escape to faraway places and reduces stress. Visit the library today where you will find lots of reading materials in a variety of genres and formats that will capture your curiosity and imagination. There is something for everyone at the library. Come on, step up to the challenge and read with us! Register online today for the Winter Reading Challenge. On your mark, get set, READ!

Find Yourself at the Library!


Here are the library events for this week:


  • All Sarasota County Libraries and Government offices are closed today for the Christmas holiday.



  • All Sarasota County Libraries and Government offices are closed today for the Christmas holiday.



  • Master Gardener Plant Clinic 10 a.m. – Noon.       Stop in to get free answers to your Florida gardening and landscape questions. This is made possible through a partnership with UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. For more information, call 941-861-9807 or online at


  • French Conversation Group meets at 10 a.m.
  • Minecraft Club meets at 3:30 p.m. For ages 7-13. Unleash your imagination as you play Minecraft on the Xbox 360. Minecraft is a video game of virtual lands where players can create and build their own worlds and experiences, using building blocks, resources that are discovered during play and their own creativity. Explore, build, and conquer.



  • Southwest County Homeowners Alliance meets at 10 a.m.
  • Knitting Club meets at 1 p.m.


  • Grupo de Estudio Espanol (Spanish Study Group) meets at 10 a.m.


For more information on library programs, services, and resources visit us at 100 West Dearborn Street, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000, or visit our website at


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