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Library Cooperative taps new director

It's prompting a move halfway around the world, but the Pinellas Public Library Cooperative has found its new leader.

In two weeks, Cheryl Morales, who has spent the last 10 years as territorial librarian in American Samoa, will begin her new job as the executive director of the library cooperative, the nonprofit corporation responsible for providing library services to the unincorporated areas of the county and to municipalities that do not have library services.

"Cheryl built the library in American Samoa from the ground up,'' said Linda Allen, who has been serving as interim director since longtime director Mary Brown resigned in September.

"Cheryl has done a lot of interesting things,'' she continued. "She also started an animal control program in American Samoa because there wasn't one in place, and she saw the need. I think the deciding factors came down to her enthusiasm and her experience.''

Morales, who also served as the head librarian for the Sanibel Public Library, holds a master's in library and information studies from State University of New York at Albany as well as a bachelor's in fine arts from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y.


One Sun to play extra set at Music Series

Due to overwhelming demand, the band One Sun will join Four Star Riot for an extended performance today for the finale of Dunedin's 2014 Sunset Music Series at Weaver Park.

The free three-hour show will begin at 6 p.m., earlier than usual, with One Sun taking the stage first.

For information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department at (727) 812-4530.

Palm Harbor

Parrot Head Party seeking vendors

Organizers of the Palm Harbor Parrot Head Party, which will be held from 2 to 10 p.m. June 7, are accepting applications for vendors.

The event is in its 13th year and will feature the Caribbean Chillers, a Jimmy Buffet tribute band. Applications are available through the Palm Harbor Chamber, (727) 784-4287 or by emailing conniedavis@


New CASA shelter breaking ground

A groundbreaking for Community Action Stops Abuse's 40,000-square-foot, 100-bed shelter is scheduled for Tuesday.

"Our current 30-bed shelter is no longer adequate to serve the needs of our residents, since we are turning away 1,400 women and children each year," said Linda Osmundson, CASA executive director. "Through a coordinated community effort, we will be expanding our capabilities to help survivors of domestic violence who need a safe place to stay."

CASA has been providing services to women, men, and children living with domestic violence since 1977. For information, go to

Staff writers Piper Castillo, Keyonna Summers and Anne Lindberg contributed to this report.

Clearwater and North Pinellas community news 05/28/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 5:12pm]
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