Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The temporary location at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall will be in service for the next year while the new Gulf Gate Library is being built.
Now you really can read the book before you go see the movie. The Gulf Gate Library's temporary location at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall opened Wednesday morning to a flood of people eager to check it all out. Within minutes of opening, people checked out books and logged onto the computers to search for information. "This is amazing. We homeschool, so we really depend on the library, and my concern was how they were going to pull that off, and this exceeded my expectations," said Teresa Davis of Sarasota, who helped check out books with her son Michael Davis. "This is really incredible." The library is for now a temporary space as the new Gulf Gate Library is being built at 7112 Curtiss Ave. Davis would love to see a permanent sub-…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Library will relocate to a smaller space while a new library is being built.
Gulf Gate Library will close its doors at 7112 Curtiss Ave., on Saturday, Jan. 19, to get ready for a move and a rebuild. The branch will move inside the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall and will open Tuesday, Feb. 19. The temporary location will is a 20,000-square-foot space beside JCPenny. The temporary location will also be home to the Friends of the Gulf Gate Library Bookstore. First opened in 1973, the Gulf Gate Library moved to Curtiss Avenue in 1983. The new Gulf Gate Library is expected to be completed in April 2014. Funding for the estimated $7.5 million project will come from the penny surtax (1-cent sales tax) and library impact fees, according to the county.
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The temporary library will open in January while the new Gulf Gate Library on Curtiss Avenue is expected to open in April 2014.
Folks looking to check out a book at Gulf Gate Library can get their groceries at Costco all in one trip for the next year. The Gulf Gate Library will shutter its doors in December at 7112 Curtiss Ave., so a new library can be built. A temporary location will open in January at the Westfield Sarasota Square Mall in a 20,000-square-foot space beside JCPenny. "This is an ideal site for the Gulf Gate Library service," said Sarabeth Kalajian, General Manager, Sarasota County Library System. "The mall is convenient for library users, located less than 2 miles from the existing library, with plenty of free parking and easy access to public transportation." The temporary location will also be home to the Friends of the Gulf Gate Library …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
A new $7.65 million library for Gulf Gate is expected to start construction January 2013 and open April 2014.
A rendering of the new Gulf Gate Library received the green light to proceed to a final design proposal by the county commissioners on Tuesday. The design was created with feedback during open-house meeting style formats for the public to comment on what the new library should feature and what the $7.65 million, two-story library should look like in their neighborhood. The commissioners voted 5-0 to OK the 3-D renderings for Harvard Jolly Architects to produce a final design. The library would be about 28,800 square feet and be built on the center of the current site, according to Sarasota County Libraries Director Sarabeth Kalajian, and is anticipated to be open in April 2014. Gulf Gate's first library opened in 1973, doubled the size …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Public meeting scheduled for May 24 on design, permitting and construction of new Gulf Gate Library.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Sarasota County Public Works will hold a public meeting on Thursday, May 24, about the design, permitting and construction of the new Gulf Gate Library. Residents can attend the open-house-style meeting anytime between 5-7 p.m. at St. Andrew United Church of Christ. First opened in 1973, the Gulf Gate Library moved to its current location at 7112 Curtiss Ave., in 1983. Design of a new and larger, two-story library began in January. Attendees at the public meeting can view, ask questions and comment about preliminary floor and site plans and conceptual exterior and interior images. The design of the library is expected to be completed in December, with construction beginning in early 2013. Funding for the estimated $7.5 million construction…
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
National news outlets report that four Florida counties declined to buy best-selling erotic fiction novel.
The debate Wednesday over whether libraries should carry best-selling erotic thriller Fifty Shades of Grey is getting as hot and steamy as the book itself. At least four counties in Florida, in addition to counties in other states, have declined buying the book or have banned it, The Associated Press reported today. The book is about the wild sex life of a college literature student after meeting a wealthy entrepreneur and has been dubbed "mommy porn" for its popularity among middle-aged women. The E.L. James novel is a No. 1 New York Times Best Seller. Brevard County's library services director Cathy Schweinsburg told Florida Today that the book didn't fit their content criteria: "Nobody asked us to take it off the shelves. But we bought …
Monday, February 13, 2012
A new library will be built on the site of the existing Gulf Gate Library building at 7112 Curtiss Ave., which opened in December 1983.
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Monday, February 13, 2012
The public is invited to contribute ideas for the design of a new Gulf Gate Library at a community session from 4:30-7 p.m. Feb. 23, at St. Andrew United Church of Christ, 6908 Beneva Road, Sarasota. The open house-style meeting will be hosted by Sarasota County staff, including Program Manager Carolyn Eastwood, Project Manager Coleman Knott and Gulf Gate Library Manager Jim Mitchell. They will be joined by representatives from the architectural firm of Harvard Jolly Inc. “This meeting is about the community and the opportunity for us to listen to those who use the library,” said Libraries General Manager Sarabeth Kalajian. Input about the type of library services people want is the first step in designing the library building. This …