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Community Preparedness Day

Sarasota County Libraries hosted a Community Preparedness Day on September 26th, from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The event, a pilot program of the National Library of Medicine, was organized by Selby Public Library and Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Bishopric Medical Library. USF SLIS students helped with the activities, which provided the community with valuable information about how to be prepared and informed during major emergencies.

Members of the community meet the K-9 Rescue Unit

Families enjoyed meeting members of the K-9 Search and Rescue Unit

Exhibitors included representatives from the local Fire Safety Division, the Emergency Call Center, Beach Patrol, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Mosquito Control, K-9 Rescue Unit, and others. Among the speakers, Jim Mitchell, from the Sarasota County Library System, shared his personal experience of the role of libraries during Katrina recovery.

Firefighters read books to children during storytime

Firefighters read books to children during storytime

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