JANET SNYDER MATTHEWS BOOK IS BACK!

Venice, Journey from Horse and Chaise (1985) marked the 25th anniversary of the Venice Public Library. The Friends commissioned Janet Snyder Matthews, author of Edge of Wilderness, a Settlement History of Manatee River and Sarasota Bay (1983) and Sarasota: Journey to Centennial (1985) to write it. Due to popular demand, . . .

Ursula K. Le Guin on the Sacredness of Public Libraries

“Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom.” – Ursula K. Le Guin   AN ARTICLE BY MARIA POPOVA “If librarians were honest,” Joseph Mills wrote in his delightful poem celebrating libraries, “they would say, No one spends time here without being changed…” For Thoreau, books themselves were . . .