The Venice Public Library will celebrate its 50-year anniversary this month.
 
The month-long celebration kicked off this past weekend with an anniversary celebration at the library, and will continue throughout the month of October.  This Thursday, the celebration continues with a 1960's themed trivia competition at the Venice Community Center (326 Nokomis Ave. S., Venice) at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 per team.
 
A fashion show and luncheon will be held at the Venice Yacht Club, 1330 Tarpon Center Dr., Venice, at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.  The event will feature fashions by Fifi's of Venice.  Venice High School students will model the psychedelic styles of the 1960s. Tickets are $30 per person.
 
*Tickets for the fashion show and trivia competition can be purchased at the Friends of the Library book store located within the library*

  

History

The founding of the community library began when the Venice-Nokomis Woman's Club (organized in 1926) took the establishment of a community library as its first project. The organization started by developing a small collection of books that were then housed in various community buildings over the years.
 
On May 18, 1962, a group of Venice citizens, headed by distinguished children's author Walter Farley and his wife Rosemary, formed the Friends of the Library of Venice Area with the specific purpose of building a new free public library for the area. The library opened its doors to the public on Oct. 4, 1965. The library was opporatied by The Friends  until 1977 when it became part of the Sarasota County Library System.  The library has remained a hub for the Venice community with so much more than books.  The Library hosts popular programs featuring music, movies, technology, genealogy and more.

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