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.
Frances T. Bourne founded the Friends of the Jacaranda Public Library in 1992 to assist in opening and furnishing the new Jacaranda Library. Through the years, the Friends have continued this tradition of support. We now cordially invite you to renew your membership (or become a new member) and help celebrate our 25th Anniversary! Please consider becoming a Legacy Member and be honored on our new Legacy Tree that is now on display in the library. Just mail the membership form or drop it off at the Book Shop. Also you can now, conveniently, use Paypal by clicking on the “donate” button on the FRIENDS website,
Here are some other benefits and events that are associated
with our anniversary celebration.
• FRIENDS Members receive 50% off all hard cover books in the Book Shop this year to celebrate our 25th Anniversary. Just present your card at the time of purchase.
• On August 5, the FRIENDS will sponsor and fund a “Back to School Bash” featuring a back to school bingo game for the youth department, with lots of prizes and refreshments.
• We are planning for several special events to be held in the fall to highlight our anniversary celebration.
Maureen Danforth is the new CSRII at the Jacaranda Library. Maureen is originally from the Washington D.C. area and relocated to Venice three years ago with her husband. Maureen worked for George Mason University in Virginia for 25 years – beginning as a Program Manager for the Executive MBA and Education Leadership Programs and then moving into a leadership role as the Manager for Continuing Education Department. Maureen has been a CSRI with the Jacaranda Library for 2 1/2 years and is thrilled with this new opportunity to lead the Circulation Department.
In celebration of The Friends of the Jacaranda Library 25th Anniversary, our Legacy Tree, honoring members who have given $200 or more, was installed next to the Friends Book Shop. Please consider becoming a Legacy Member and join these Friends. Membership forms are available in the Book Shop and on the Friends display case.
FRIENDS board members Bonnie Stanbro and Shirley McDonald are pictured with Vanessa Morris (on the right) of Selah Freedom, a group dedicated to fighting sex trafficking of young girls. The Jacaranda Library Book Club has been donating to the Selah Freedom organization for the past three years. The luncheon was attended by over 300 and held at the Van Wezel hall.
The book club meets the first Tuesday of the month. This month, on February 8, Charlene Pillot from Selah Freedom will be speaking to the group at 11:30 a.m and the public is cordially invited.
The FRIENDS of the Jacaranda Library are pleased to announce the cooperation of several local businesses that are helping provide funds for the library. Bob Evans (in South Venice) is partnering with us, two days in February and March when you bring a voucher (available at the FRIENDS Book Shop) 15% of your total bill will be donated to the FRIENDS. Wendy’s is continuing to provide funds this year, when you take a voucher, 20% of your bill is donated to the FRIENDS. Also, Dairy Queen, on East Venice Avenue, donates a portion of your bill on the third Thursday of the month between 5 and 8 p.m. No voucher is necessary.