Events at Manatee Public Libraries set for National Library Week

  • Apr 10, 2015

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 10, 2015) – Attention book lovers: Next week, National Library Week, is all about you at the Manatee County Public Library System. This year’s theme is “Unlimited possibilities @ your library!”

 Library Services Manager Ava Ehde asks that you stop in and visit your local library if you haven’t lately. 


“We have a wide variety of programs and materials for every age group and interest in our community, including traditional printed books as well as eBooks, eAudio, streaming movies and music,” Ehde said. “We are excited to have everyone check out our renovated downtown library in early May to help expand those possibilities!”


Five of Manatee’s six public libraries will host events throughout the week to celebrate National Library week. Manatee’s Central Library is closed for renovations, but should reopen in mid-May. The Manatee Library System tallied over 3.5 million uses of resources in 2014, the highest circulation to date.  


Here’s the lineup of events:


Tuesday April 14

Braden River Library will host a Book Discussion Group from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. The group will discuss My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor.


South Manatee Library will host Friends of the Library Travel Film Series from 2 - 4 p.m. Later in the day, South Manatee will offer a “Learn to Speak Spanish” class from 5 - 6 p.m.


Wednesday April 15

Palmetto Library will host a Spanish Book Discussion Group (Como Agua Para Chocolate, from 10 - 11 a.m.

Island Library will host Mana-Tween Craft program at 6 p.m. for ages 10-16.


Thursday April 16

Palmetto Library will host a Teen Book Discussion to review Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, from 5 - 6 p.m.   At 6 p.m., Palmetto Library hosts

Greek Myth Heroes: a Shadow Puppet performance offered by the Friends National Library Week.


Rocky Bluff Library at 1 p.m. hosts blues guitarist Bodie Valdez performs during the Lunch, Listen and Learn Series.


Friday April 17

Palmetto Library will host Chess at the Library for all ages from 2 – 4 p.m.


South Manatee Library hosts a classic movie viewing from 2 – 5 p.m.


Saturday April 18


Palmetto Library hosts author Sarah Chapman (Simply Sarah: A Circus Girl’s Cookbook), as part of a Friends National Library Week program, from 10 - 11:30 a.m. There will be a cooking demo and lecture.


Rocky Bluff hosts a viewing of Annie (2014 version) from 2 - 4 p.m.


Island Library hosts a teen program called Build Your Own Robot, 2 - 4 p.m.


South Manatee will also offer the Build Your Own Robot program for teens, from 2 - 4 p.m.


Tickets are also on sale for the Library Foundation’s Arts and Lecture Series proceeds to benefit Manatee’s Public Library System. Tickets, available at the Manatee Performing Arts Center, are $35 per lecture or $75 for the series. There will be optional Meet and Greet opportunities following each lecture. Learn more at


  • Lisa Unger, a New York Times bestselling author of 11 novels, speaks Monday, May 4 at 6 p.m.
  • Dexter novelist Jeff Lindsay, speaks on Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Nancy Cohen, author of the Bad Hair Day mystery series, speaks at 2 p.m. on Oct. 21.


For more information on Manatee County Public Library System,   To learn more about Manatee County Government, visit or call (941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.