Summer Youth Programs

 Pack your summer with some of these free activities!

 

 

Evan Longoria is Back!

Evan Longoria will make a third appearance at Manatee County Downtown Library Friday, June 9. Doors open at 10 AM, and Longo is expected to arrive around 11 AM, followed by DJ Kitty.

More information. 

 

Reading Challenges

 

Reading With the Rays The popular “reading around the ballpark” program returns with new prizes. Game cards can be picked up at any of Manatee Libraries’ six locations. Participants can keep track of what they read on the game card, and after reading a certain number of hours, reach a base and collect a prize at your local library. The ultimate prize is two tickets to a Rays’ game at Tropicana field, achieved by reading a total of 24 hours.

More information. 

 

Harry Potter Choose a House Reading Club Complete a series of challenges, based on the Hogwarts House you select. For ages 8 to 12. See PP. 4 & 5 of Manatee Libraries’ Summer Youth Program Guide for details.

 

#BRTeensRead Complete 6 tasks to enter a drawing for a Young Adult book goodies prize basket. Deadline is FRI, AUG 4. Contact Braden River Library at 727-6079 for a scorecard.

 

Astronomy

 

It’s in the Stars With Ed McDonough of Celestron. THURS, JUN 1, 6 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Make Your Own Solar Eclipse Viewer

Learn how to view a solar eclipse, and make your own viewer out of everyday household items.  WED, JUL 12, 6 to 7:30 PM@ Downtown

 

Tracking the Stars Use software to find out where the stars are throughout the year.  WED, JUL 26, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Downtown

 

STEAM

 

Like Surprises?? THURS, JUN 8, 6 to 7 PM @ South Manatee

 

Tween Tech Club: Robotics Classes SAT, JUN 10 & 24; JUL 8 & 22; & AUG 5, 2 to 3 PM @ Downtown

 

Mad Science’s Up, UP & Away Show THURS, JUN 15, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Mad Science’s Fire & Ice Show MON, JUN 19, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; TUE, JUN 20, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; FRI, JUN 30, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; THURS, July 20, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River; WED, JUL 26,  2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Empower the World With Electronic Wigglebots THURS, JUN 22, 6 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Make Your Own Crystal Geodes THURS, JUL 13, 6 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

End of Summer Hands-On Engineering Challenge  THURS, JUL 20, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Erupt More Fun With Baking Soda & Vinegar THURS, JUL 27, 6 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Build a Pokemon Catapult SAT, JUL 29, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Coding

 

Downtown Coding Camp Ages 12 to 18. Build a video game using UnityEditor. MON, JUL 10 to FRI, JUL 14, 9 AM to 4 PM @ Downtown. Limited to 12. Call 941-748-5555 or email stephanie.katz@mymanatee.org

 

Design Your Own Game Using Scratch Programming Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUN 12, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Raspberry Pi Workshop

Ages 8 to 18. FRI, JUN 16, 2 to 4 PM

@ Palmetto

 

Let’s Code With Robotics Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUN 19, 3 to 5 @ Downtown’s Area 52

Keywords: coding; robotics; class; workshop; teens; free; summer

 

Physical Science: Insulation Station:  Ice Melting Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUN 26, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Invention & Engineering: Parachutes

Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUL10, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Robotics with FUNducation

Ages 8 to 18. THURS, JUL 13, 6 to 7:30 PM

@ Palmetto

 

Science of the Past: Digging Archaeology

Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUL 17, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Who Dun It?: Forensics Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUL 24, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Computer Deconstruction Ages 12 to 18. MON, JUL 31, 3 to 5 @ Downtown’s Area 52

 

Tween Tech Club: Coding Classes SAT, JUN 3 & 17; JUL 1, 15 & 29 & AUG 12, 2 to 3 PM (Note: Robotics classes will be offered on Saturdays in-between Coding Classes) @ Downtown

 

Music

 

Didgeridoo Down Under THURS, JUN 8, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River; FRI, JUL 21, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Tampa Taiko Japanese Drumming FRI, JUN 16, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff & WED, JUN 21, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Dance

 

Surapsari Mask Dance & Drama From Japan FRI, JUN 23, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff AND TUE, JUN 27, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

End of Summer Dance Party THURS, JUL 27

10 to Noon @ Island

 

Magic

 

Out of My Hands Juggling & Illusion Show THURS, JUL 6, 10 to 11 AM @ Island; FRI, JUL 7, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; MON, JUL 17, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown

 

Magic Show With Magic & Mayhem WED, JUL 19, 2 to 3 PM

@ Palmetto

 

Theater

 

Monsters of the Deep Ages 7 to 10.  Embark on an adventure as a marine researcher and create an underwater monster in this Asolo Rep Theatre production, inspired by Jules Verne’s Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. THURS, JUN 29, 11 to 12:30 PM @ Downtown

 

Showtime for Kids TUE, JUN 6. 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; MON, JUL 24, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown

 

Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre’s Rumpelstiltskin MON, JUN 12, 10:30 to 11:30 AM

@ Downtown; THURS, JUN 29, 10 to 11 AM @ Island &

2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theater Architecture Fairy Tales TUE, JUN 13, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; FRI, JUL 28, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; CANCELLED:  MON, JUL 3, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown 

 

Jiggle Man See Late Show With David Letterman performer. THURS, JUL 13, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Monsterpiece Puppet Theatre: Frozen

SAT, AUG 12, 11 to Noon @ Braden River

 

Art

 

Crafternoon: Upcycling Useless to New Bird Feeders SAT, JUN 3, 1:30 to 2:30 PM

@ South Manatee

 

Cross Stitch Doily TUE, JUN 6, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Teen Recycled Book Jewelry FRI, JUN 9, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Textured Collage Art Class Create a Father’s Day card or other small collage with various art supplies. All supplies provided. Hosted by Carlos Goebels. Ages 14+. SAT, JUN 10, 9:30 to 11:30 AM @ Palmetto

 

Make an Upcycled T-Shirt Tote Bag

Ages 8 to 18. SAT, JUN 10, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Polymer Clay Coasters: Lizard Tiles

TUE, JUN 13, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Father’s Day Make & Take for Dad

SAT, JUN 17, 11 to 12:30 AM @ Braden River

 

Art Afternoon: Van Gogh SAT, JUN17, 1PM @ Braden River

 

Crafternoon: Make Music With DIY Instruments SAT, JUN 17, 1:30 to 2:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Felt Applique TUE, JUN 20, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Art Smarts: Seurat Ages 10 to 15. FRI, JUN 23, 4 to 5 PM @ Braden River

 

Learn to Crochet TUE, JUN 27, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Print Making  Ages 7 to 12. THURS, JUN 29, 6 to 7 PM @ Braden River

 

Crafternoon: Give a Painting or Drawing to Others SAT, JUL 8, 1:30 to 2:30 PM

@ South Manatee

 

Family Fun: Postage Stamp Art Magnets

SAT, JUL 8, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Polymer Clay Coasters: Textured Tiles

TUE, JUL 11, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Art Smarts: Matisse

Ages 10 to 15. FRI, JUL 14, 4 to 5 PM @ Braden River

 

Felt Block Applique TUE, JUL 18, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

VanGogh’s Starry Night Ages 7 to 12. THURS, JUL 20, 6 to 7 PM @ Braden River

 

Crafternoon: Nature-Inspired Art Pieces SAT, JUL 22, 1:30 to 2:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

String Painting Ages 8 to 18. SAT, JUL 22,

2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Learn to Crochet TUE, JUL 25. 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Rock Painting Story TUE, AUG 1, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Polymer Clay Class Ages 7+. SAT, AUG 5, 12 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Polymer Clay Coasters: Etched Tiles TUE, AUG 8, 1 to 3:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Sewing

 

Meets THURS, 1 to 4 PM (ages 7+): Hand-Folded Quilt Blocks, JUN 8; Grocery Bags, JUN 15; Crochet Class, JUN 22 & 29; Caddies or Lunch Bags, JUL 6; Stuffed Animals, JUL 13; Applique Felt Quilt Block, JUL 20; Crochet Class, JUL 27; Hand Bags, AUG 3; Pin Cushions, AUG 10; Smocked Pillows, AUG 17; Crochet Class, AUG 24 & 31 @ Palmetto

 

Animals & Nature

 

John Storms World of Reptiles FRI, JUN 9, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; SAT, JUL 8, 10 to 11 AM @ Braden River & TUE, JULY 25, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; WED, AUG 2, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Digging for Fossils With Florida Archaeology Network THURS, JUN 15, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Wonders of Nature Traveling Animal Show THURS, JUN 22, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River; MON, JUL 10, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; TUE, JUL 11, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

“Build a Better World” Presented by Manatee Co. Natural Resources. WED, JUN 28. 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Building Prehistoric Florida: Mounds & Middens With Florida Public Archaeology Network

MON, JUN 26, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; WED, JUL 5, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto & FRI, JUL 14, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Fizz, Boom, Read! With Manatee County Natural Resources THURS, July 6, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

All About Manatees With Manatee County Parks & Natural Resources, THURS, JUL 13, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Read to the Dogs SECOND WED, 6 to 7 PM @ Downtown; SAT, JUL 15, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Braden River

 

Florida Animals  With Manatee County’s Natural Resources Dept. TUE, JUL 18, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

Teddy Bear Picnic SAT, JUL 22, 11 AM to Noon @ Braden River

 

Legos & Building

 

Block Fest by ELC Presented by Early Learning Coalition (ELC) of Manatee; ages 4+. TUE, JUN 20, 10 to 11:15 AM @ Downtown

 

Lego Excavation SAT, JUN 24, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Build a Classic Car Shrine Ages 8 to 18. SAT, JUL 1, 2 to 3 PM @ Island. Registration required. Call 778-6341.

 

Block Fest by MCS Explore block sets, and enjoy a light dinner courtesy of Manatee County Schools (MCS); ages 4+. WED, JUL 5, 5:30 to 7:30 PM @ Downtown

 

Build With Homemade Tinker Toys Ages 3+. SAT, JUL 15, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Food & Nutrition

 

Teen Cooking: Smoothie Bash Signed waiver required. FRI, JUN 16, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ Braden River

 

UF Extension Gardening & Nutrition WED, JUL 12, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Community

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Join Tech Buddies Earn school community service hours by helping others learn how to use their laptop, tablet and smartphone. WED, 1 to 4 PM, JUN 14 to AUG 2 @ Braden River.  Must complete an application before training session on WED, JUN 7, 1 to 2 PM. Call 941-727-6079.

 

“What’s In Your Bin?”With Manatee Co.’s Solid Waste Division. WED, JUN 14, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Florida Train History SAT, JUN 24, 11 to Noon @ Braden River

 

Ronald McDonald Visit THURS, JUL 27, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Tutoring

 

CANCELLED: Reading & Math Help With Ms. Johnna Ages 7-12. FRI, JUN 9 to JUL 28, 10 to 11 AM @ Palmetto

 

Social & Meet Ups

 

Play Chess With International Chess Master Learn strategies from Jim Skeels then try to beat him on our life-sized chess set. FIRST & THIRD SAT, 2 to 3 PM @ Downtown

 

FanFiction Meet Ups Ages 13 to 18. Explore original prompts, get new ideas and share your work with a different topic every meet-up. Call 722-3333 to sign up. WED, 3:30 to 4:30 PM:  JUN 7, Marvel & DC; JUN 21, Doctor Who; JUL 5,  Video Games; JUL 19, Harry Potter; AUG 2, Anime/Manga @ Palmetto

 

Pokemon Trade cards & compete in mini tournaments (kids of all ages). SECOND SAT, 1 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Teen “Bored” Games & Chaos Machine FRI, JUN 23, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Teen Gaming FOURTH SAT, 2 to 4:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Minecraft Survival Games Ages 12 to 18. SAT, JUN 24, 1 to 4 PM @ Downtown. Only 20 seats. Contact bryan.sawyer@mymanatee.org to register.

 

Minecraft Gaming With Microsoft

Ages 8 to 18. FRI, AUG 4, 2 to 4 PM

@ Palmetto

 

Workshops

 

Lend a Hand Workshops Ages 12 to 18. Use our 3D printer to develop a hand as a donation to a third-world child through the e-nable organization. Great way to earn community service hours. Dates/Times TBD. Please contact daniel.bradley@mymanatee.org for info.

 

Know Your Writing Voice  Are you a budding writer? Develop confidence and direction through drills and demonstrations in this four-week workshop focused on short fiction, flash fiction and poetry. Presented by retired high school English and Creative Writing teacher, Vincent Visco. Works will be considered for Manatee Libraries’ 805 Journal. To register, call 727-6079. FRI, JUN 30 & JUL 7, 14 & 21, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Storytimes

 

Preschool

Braden River: WED, 10:15 to 11 AM

Downtown: THURS, 10 to 10:45 AM

Island: TUE, 10 to 11 AM

Palmetto: WED, 10 to 11 AM

Rocky Bluff: TUE, 10:15 to 11 AM & FRI, 10:30 to 11:30 AM

South Manatee: WED, 10 to 11 AM

 

Forty Carrots (Mobile Babies to Age 5; limited to the first 12 families)

Downtown: TUE,10:15 to 11 AM

Braden River: FRI, 10:15 to 11 AM  & 11:45 to 12:30 PM

 

Mother Goose on the Loose (Ages 0 to 5)

Downtown: FRI, 10:30 to 11 AM

 

Pajama (Ages 4 to 6)

Downtown: WED, JUN 7, 21 & 28; JUL 5, 19 & 26, 6:30 to 7 PM 

                                                                                                                                   

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