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.