Libraries & Historical Resources
Sarasota County Public Libraries seek an enthusiastic, innovative leader for the North Port Library located at 13800 S. Tamiami Trail
About Our Job
North Port is home to the youngest population by age in all southwest Florida. The library plays an important role as an involved and engaged member of the community, partnering with many local organizations to offer expanded services including free phones for the deaf, one-on-one Medicare counseling, literacy and ESL tutoring, and individualized landscaping assistance. Staff regularly performs outreach at the local farmer’s market, nursing homes and daycare centers.
This is a management level position responsible for planning, budgeting, directing and supervising the operation of a branch library; continuing development of library services and resources; coaching, mentoring, and supervising staff; developing and maintaining community partnerships, including with the Friends of the Library. The Manager participates with the Management Team to establish service plans to meet the objectives of the Library System. Contributes to a culture characterized by respect and commitment to excellent service.
In 1975, a newly formed Friends of the Library group donated a house to be the first library, complete with books located in the shower. They later raised funds to build the current structure in 1992. In 2005, the library expanded again to 19,700 square feet. The Friends remain active and graciously support children’s, teen, and adult programs, including the annual Old-Fashioned Holiday event each December.
The library now has a medium size auditorium, a 14-seat conference room, a large youth programming room and two study rooms, all of which are heavily used. The state-of-the art automated materials handling system allows patrons to return items 24 hours a day.
In addition to traditional story times and puppet plays, staff offers young children coding and STEM activities at weekly technology discovery labs. The Education Foundation of Sarasota County funds and supports a learning lab for digital literacy to children in grades K-12 and their parents.
Robust programs for young adults are a direct result of the creative and engaged Teen Advisory Board who develop lock-ins, book groups, Cosplay events and more.
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