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Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources invites card holders on an eco-friendly adventure

Post Date:04/30/2024 10:00 AM

SARASOTA COUNTY - Sarasota County library card holders can now embark on exciting eco-friendly adventures with family-fun backpack kits created by UF/IFAS Extension Sarasota County. The program aims to inspire healthy, green living in a fun and educational manner. Community members can learn about sustainable practices and how to make a positive impact on their community.

"In response to feedback from our patrons, Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources is prioritizing healthy and sustainable living," shared Dr. Renée DiPilato, Director of Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources. "Through our collaboration with our county partners, we're excited to cultivate these initiatives in engaging ways that benefit our community's well-being."

 Spending time in nature has proven benefits for mental and physical health. However, on average, children spend 50% less time outdoors than they did two decades ago, according to Dr. Katherine Clements, ecology and natural resources educator for Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension and Sustainability. 

“It is the heart of our mission to create fun and educational opportunities that help make nature more accessible to all while inspiring environmental stewardship,” Clements said. 

The backpacks come in a variety of topics and are conveniently available at all Sarasota County libraries in the following options:

• Explore Your World Kit – Crafted to ignite the spirit of exploration and adventure at every age, this kit is a passport to the great outdoors. With a curated selection of books, essential gear and engaging activities, it's a great companion piece for discovering wonders, ranging from a local neighborhood to the wilderness.
• Family Green Living Kit – Allows families to explore sustainability with interactive and eco-friendly fun and learning for all ages. This kit fosters an understanding of conservation and sustainability concepts and encourages environmental stewardship within the household. 
• Insect Investigator Kit – Patrons can investigate the incredible world of insects using magnifying tools and other instruments. Learn about different kinds of insects, such as what they eat and how they’ve adapted to survive. Youth who check out this kit will receive a free “Mosquito Detective” pin. 

The newest edition, the Insect Investigator Kit, was created by Sarasota County UF/IFAS Extension in partnership with Sarasota County Libraries and Historical Resources and Sarasota County Mosquito Management. It encompasses insect science and promotes healthy living, particularly in a region where certain insects can pose health risks due to their potential to transmit disease.

"Our county is home to a multitude of fascinating insect species,” said Community Outreach Specialist for Mosquito Management, Carly Dufficy. “At Mosquito Management, we hope the Insect Investigator backpacks generate interest not only in attractive insects like butterflies and beetles, but also in those crucial for public health. Our goal is to inspire families to help us ‘fight the bite.’"

All kits are available to check out for free by community members with a Sarasota County library card. 

To learn more, visit or call 311.

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