Get Hooked on Fishing!

 Downtown Library Hosting Fishing Education Afternoon

to Promote New Rods & Reels Available for Checkout


MANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 30, 2017) – There’s something fishy going on at Manatee Libraries. But for fishing enthusiasts or those who think they might be interested in fishing, it doesn’t stink. Keeping in line with an objective to grow its “Library of Things” collection, Manatee Libraries has added 10 fishing spinning rods and 10 closed-face rods.


To help promote this latest collection edition, Librarian, Daniel Bradley, has planned an afternoon of related programming entitled “Check Out Tampa Bay Fishing” on Saturday, November 4, at Downtown Central Library, starting at Noon.


The event kicks off with a shark presentation by Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium from 12 to 1 PM, followed by a conservation program with Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, including a catch and release skill station, 2 to 3 PM. Both of these programs are appropriate for all ages.


After, from 3 to 5, teens are invited to a 3D-printing workshop, where they can design custom fishing lures in Downtown Library’s Area 52. Space limited for this event. Reservations can be made by contacting Danny Bradley at 941-748-5555 or

The programming and fishing equipment are made possible by a Check Out Tampa Bay Fishing Grant from Fish Florida, a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate the community about fishing and Florida’s environment.


Library of Things is a name used by several public, academic and special libraries in the United States to describe collections of non-traditional items, which is a growing trend. Some libraries outside of Manatee loan gardening equipment, tools, musical instruments, recreational equipment and even kitchen appliances. Other non-traditional items Manatee Libraries currently offers are Playaways, Early Literacy Kits, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Kits, telescopes, binoculars and cake pans. Manatee Libraries hopes to add Adaptive/assistive toys and musical instruments soon.


Kevin Beach, Library Operations Manager, said library team members are encouraged to seek grants for collections in which they think their customers might be interested in exploring but may be cost prohibitive for them or their families in which to invest.


“Making fishing rods and reels available to our customers provides those who aren’t sure about whether they want to take up this activity the opportunity to try it out at a reduced expense. Rather than purchasing a rod or reel, customers can check out one of ours and see if they even like it first,” said Beach.


Downtown Central Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205. All of the programs are free.


For more information the Check Out Tampa Bay Fishing event, please contact Kelly Foster at 941-748-5555, x6307, or


About Fish Florida: A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Fish Florida supports organizations that teach people, especially children, about Florida’s fish and aquatic habitats through donations of fishing equipment, grants and scholarships. The mission of Fish Florida is to promote public awareness of and encourage the protection of marine fisheries and coastal habitats. This is accomplished through clinics, classes, seminars, presentations, displays and other means designed to teach and promote responsible angling, particularly to Florida’s youth. For more information, please go to or call 954-927-8361.


About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library Innovation” winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov