Jacaranda Friends

Phone: (941) 861-1283

email: info@jacarandalibraryfriends.org

4143 Woodmere Park Blvd.
Venice, FL 34293

Celebrating the founding of the Friends of Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library

 Frances T. Bourne founded the Friends of the Jacaranda

Public Library in 1992 to assist in opening and furnishing the

new Jacaranda Library (which hadn’t even been built yet.) That

was typical of Fran, she was always ahead of her time and

without her, there probably would not be a Jacaranda Library.

Frances was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, October 16,

1917. She graduated cum laude from Bryn Mawr College and

received her master’s degree from Case Western Reserve

University in Cleveland. She came to Sarasota County in 1976,

after retiring as an archivist and head of the State Department’s

records management department in Washington D.C.

She became well known for her advocacy for libraries,

quality education and better services for children and youth.

Her service to the Sarasota County community included

serving simultaneously on the County Historical Commission,

the Sarasota County Library Advisory Board and the Sarasota

County Children and Youth Services Advisory Board. She was

also an active board member on the Venice Branch and Florida

Division of the American Association of University Women,

League of Women Voters, Gulf Coast Heritage Association,

Sarasota Institute of Lifetime Learning, PALS Community

Advisory Board and the Women’s Support Center.

Frances received the Phyllis Goodhart Medal for

Distinguished Service to her alma mater, Bryn Mawr College

Library. She also received several awards for her service to the

Friends of the Venice Library and of course the ultimate award

for her leadership in the creation of the Jacaranda Library. It

was named the Frances T. Bourne Jacaranda Library  in the

re-dedication ceremony held in 1995.