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SCAT Express buses will get Wi-Fi access on March 4

SCAT Express buses will get Wi-Fi access on March 4

Sarasota County, Florida -- Sarasota County Area Transit (SCAT) has announced riders will have wireless network access on SCAT's eight Express buses -- serving Express routes 100X North Port-Sarasota and 90X North Port-Venice-Sarasota - starting Monday, March 4.

Designed for commuters, the 40-foot Express buses are SCAT's largest buses, with seats for 40 passengers.

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida State Parks announces new, free mobile app

Florida-- Trees, lakes, trails, wildlife- they're all things that come to mind when thinking about Florida's parks. Techonology, smartphones and applications, howeverm are probably the last things to come to mind- until now!

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Park Services department has announced the launch of their new, free mobile application, which will serve as an interactive guide for users on the go at any of Florida's 171 parks, trails and historic sites. 

County science fair exhibits to be judged this week

County science fair exhibits to be judged this week

Sarasota County, Florida -- Young scientists at the elementary, middle and high school levels will showcase their scientific hypotheses, research and conclusions as their exhibits are judged this week for the annual Regional Science Fair.

Doing well in this science fair a big deal for these students because the top two will have the opportunity to partcipate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF).

Mote to open Boca Grande office

Mote to open Boca Grande office

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota's Mote Marine Laboratory is expanding its reach, by opening a new office in Boca Grande.

A special ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house will take place on Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. and the public is invited to attend. The office is located at 480 East Railroad Avenue, Unit 7, Railroad Plaza.

The new satellite office aims to increase the knowledge and support of the region's marine environment. Eventually, it's hoped Mote and the community will partner in tarpon and other marine research.

Sarasota County libraries offers list of hottest tech toys

Sarasota County libraries offers list of hottest tech toys

Sarasota, Florida -- If your Christmas gift list includes someone who is into the latest technology the Sarasota County libraries may have some gift ideas for you.

Sarasota County libraries are offering a sneak peek into the "Hottest Tech Toys for the Holiday Season" on Dec. 12 at 3 p.m. during a free webinar that will be available on the library website www.sclibs.net.

You will need to register using a valid Sarasota County library.

Sarasota's County Library System adds new videos, digital books

Sarasota's County Library System adds new videos, digital books

Sarasota, Florida -- Sarasota County's library has expanded its selection to include videos from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS), Arts & Entertainment Network, and Disney Digital Books and Duke Classics eBooks.

The new service is part of the Sarasota County library system's collaboration with OverDrive, a leading distributor of digital media.

PBS video selections include "Downtown Abbey," "Frontline," and "Ken Burns National Parks".

County Library System upgrades computer catalog

County Library System upgrades computer catalog

Sarasota, Florida -- If you tried to access the Sarasota County Library System this morning you might not have had any luck. It's because the computer catalog was shut down in order to upgrade the software used to keep track of library card information and the more than 1 million items circulated annually.

The upgrade started at 10 a.m. and is expected to take approximately six hours. Access to eBooks, eAudiobooks and eVideos will not be affected by this upgrade process.