In 2007, library advocates from Osprey and surrounding communities formed a Steering Committee with the goal of bringing a library to Osprey. During its five year journey, the Steering Committee became a not-for-profit, tax-exempt corporation, held a fundraising book sale, and continued to recruit community supporters, even though, at times, there was only a faint glimmer of hope that there would ever be an Osprey library.
Because of the severe downturn in the local economy during this period, the concept of the library evolved from a stand-alone facility to a small, experimental facility co-located in Historic Spanish Point. This partnership would provide convenient library services to Osprey and surrounding communities, and access to the resources of the entire Sarasota County Library System – only a click away.
Space for the Osprey library underwent renovation in the summer of 2011. With member contributions and donations in place, the Osprey Friends were able to pay for the porch furniture and ceiling fans that are distinctive features of the library.
Finally, on November 10, 2011, the Osprey Public Library at Historic Spanish Point opened its doors to a groundswell of community enthusiasm. After the opening, Founding membership grew to 90 individuals, families, and corporate/ nonprofit members. Members elected the first Board of Directors of Osprey Friends at the first annual meeting, on April 24, 2010. The Board selected its officers shortly thereafter. The long-awaited transition of Osprey Friends from an informal Steering Committee to a Board of Directors was now complete.
The Board and membership of the Friends of the Osprey Library are committed to nurturing the Osprey Public Library as an important community asset.