Manatee Libraries Encourages Support During National Library Week

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (April 7, 2017) – With National Library Week taking place April 9 to 15, 2017, Manatee County Public Libraries, requests that community members show support by connecting, collaborating or creating with them at one of their six locations. 


Since 1958, National Library Week, sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries of all types across the country, has focused on the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians. The returning theme, Libraries Transform, serves to promote library use and support by reminding “all Americans that today’s libraries are not just about what they have for people but what they do for and with people.”


Manatee Libraries’ Operations Manager, Kevin Beach, said libraries in general have taken on a bigger role in communities over the years by providing an evolving list of resources and services which can have a direct impact on the economic well-being of people.


Besides books and ebooks, Manatee Libraries’ offerings include online databases, digital collections, classes, early literacy kits, exhibits and unique collections. And they add to their collections on a regular basis. Most recently, they added telescopes and binoculars.

“We continue to offer new tools, technology and training to enhance the economic and cultural lives of our community members,” said Beach.

One recent example of this is with Downtown Library’s newly designated Creative Lab for teens. Called Area 52, the lab offers video production equipment with green screen, music-recording software, several Surface Pro computers and high-tech sewing equipment. And the Friends of Central Library is in the process of looking into purchasing additional technology.


“Our goal is to always stay at the forefront of community needs. We want to remain that place where  people can connect and collaborate to bring an idea to life,” said Beach.


Two annual events where community members have a chance to connect with others and show off their creative skills this month are:


Edible Books Contest where contestants create anything edible that is inspired by a book. Open to all ages, entries will be judged by attendees, and prizes will be awarded. Saturday, April 8, 11 AM to 12:30 PM, Rocky Bluff, 6750 US Highway 301 North, Ellenton, FL 34222, 941-723-4821


Teen Recycled Fashion Show gives teenagers the opportunity to live the day in the life of a fashion designer and/or model. Contestants make their own original fashion using recycled or repurposed materials and present their creation on the runway in front of a live audience where a panel of judges select a winner based on creativity, presentation and use of recycled materials. Saturday, April 22, 1 to 3 PM, Downtown Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton 34205, 941-748-5555.


To stay on top of all the ways you can connect, collaborate and create with Manatee County Public Libraries, follow them on Facebook and Twitter @manalibraries.