By Kathy L. Collins

Public libraries are a great place to gather, read and learn about new subjects. Libraries are also a great place to see fantastic works of art. The Seffner-Mango Branch Library, located at 410 N. Kingsway Rd. in Seffner, is no exception.

The library has a wonderful collection of photographs taken by environmental photojournalist, Carlton Ward, Jr. The art was purchased by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Public Art Program.

The photographs were taken while Ward was a member of the Florida Wildlife Corridor Exhibition. This was a 1,000 mile expedition that took Ward, Bear Biologist, Joe Guthrie and Conservationist, Mallory Lykes Dimmitt 100 days to complete. They trekked from the Everglades National Park to the Okefenoke National Wildlife Refuge in southern Georgia.

Thanks to the Friends of the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, members of the public can meet Ward on Tuesday, September 17 (time to be determined).  Ward will sign books and discuss the photographs and the expedition. This exciting event is free and open to the public.

Joan Miller is the President of the Friends of the Seffner-Mango Branch Library. Miller explained, “Many libraries have had their budgets cut. The Friends, through book sales and membership fees, support the libraries with programs for children and adults. This event with Carlton Ward, Jr. is a perfect example of what we do.”

The Seffner-Mango Branch Library focuses on math and science programs. In addition to events such as this, they hold regular events such as classes on wildlife, Earth Day celebration, Movie Night for Teens and children’s story telling festivals.

If you would like to become a member of the Friends of the Seffner-Mango Branch Library, simply visit the library and pick up a membership application. You will, in addition to supporting great programs, receive notices about events and discounts on books sold in the Friends’ Book Nook.

For more information, please visit or call 273-3652.


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