Renee Di Pilato – new Director of Libraries and Historical Resources for Sarasota County

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west coast WOMAN 9/19
Dear WCW Reader,
Louise Bruderle
Louise Bruderle
Renee Di Pilato is the new Director of Libraries and Historical Resources for Sarasota County, having started in July. Previously, Renee was the deputy director of the Alexandria Library in Alexandria, Va., since 2014 and has nearly 20 years of professional library management experience. She follows in the footsteps of an equally skilled predecessor, Sarabeth Kalajian.
         We profiled Sarabeth after she came on board to lead Sarasota County’s library system in 1987. Sarabeth began her career with the Sarasota County Public Library System at the Venice Public Library as Youth Services Manager. In early 2001, Kalajian

Sarabeth Kalajian

assumed the position of Manager for the Fruitville Public Library. Sarabeth began serving as Director of Libraries and Historical Resources in Oct. 2006.

Sarabeth oversaw the building and opening of four new libraries: the Gulf

Renee Di Pilato

GateLibrary, the William H. Jervey, Jr. Venice Public Library, the Shannon Staub Library and the Osprey Library located at Historic Spanish Point.
Thus Renee has a solid system in place to work with and improve while adding her own personal vision. There’s been tremendous in the perception of libraries and the role they play in our lives and in our communities. A few have foolishly questioned their value under the assumption we’d all be reading e-books and all things digital on our devices exclusively. Wrong. Libraries can be great teachers and offer a community space -kind of like our park system but inside.
They have exceptional programming at all the Sarasota County libraries and the spaces are all up-to-date, bright and easy to use with helpful staff. Let’s not forget not everyone has internet service nor can afford to buy books and magazines and may need a place to go to be with others. And I do hope they bring back Sunday hours at the Selby Library downtown.

Louise Bruderle, Editor
 To read Renee’s profile, click HERE or find it at
 Renee’s photos were taken by Evelyn England of Sage Art
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Runs to Nov. 3. The Dali Museum is located at One Dali Boulevard, St. Petersburg. For information, visit
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your health
Free Seminar on Hormones
The Renewal Point has a free seminar on Thursday, September 26,  6-7 p.m. on Bio-identical Hormones. At this seminar you will learn about: Hormones and why an imbalance in them leads to signs and symptoms of aging and the disease processes that come along with this; The benefits of bio-identical hormones – these are identical to the body’s naturally produced hormones, allowing them to work as a lock and key in the receptor sites; How correcting the imbalance can retrain your body to function at a higher level; How hormone balancing can improve energy, sleep, sexuality, endurance, relationships, bone strength, joint health, mental focus, and more
              Presented by Dr. Dan Watts, Founder/Director of The Renewal Point Age Management Center.  Space is limited. RSVP to (941) 926-4905. The Renewal Point is located at 4905 Clark Rd, Sarasota.
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group
Join in for a Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Support Group. They meet the first Tuesday of every month at the Braden River Library on SR 70 from noon to 2 p.m. This group is free and a good chance to share with others that understand. Any questions, call Edie Anderson at 941-447-5024 or Lorraine McDonough at 941-896-8942.
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       The film will be followed by a panel discussion. To register, visit For information, contact Andrea Eiffert at 941.552.6308 or [email protected].
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     It’s a great way to find out more about what’s going on in our community.
Click HERE for our Datebook Calendar
Dining in
September is Mushroom Month
We’ve got some yummy recipes that include the fungus among us including Avocado & Farro Harvest Buddha Bowl (shown at left), Grilled Portabella Burgers with Garlic Mayo and Turkey & Mushroom BBQ Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Mushroom are low cal, but also have some healthy minerals that go with the great flavor.
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