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Partridge Comes Prepared to Collaborate
New Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, brings with her three Master’s degrees and a unique combination of experience, that includes serving as Literacy Coordinator.
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Stephanie Katz
Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.
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Live Online Tutoring Now Available
04/06/2020 includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons
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Old Manatee tour on the Florida Stories Walking Tours app
Picnic in the Park
Hear a presentation by Reflections of Manatee's Sherry Svekis about Angola’s Freedom Seekers, followed by a picnic at Manatee Village Historical Park
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Find Your Roots
Find Your Roots
Access millions of FamilySearch records for free
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100 Women in Manatee County Exhibit
Opening reception for new exhibit in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment and women’s right to vote
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Kids Biz Entrepreneurs Nicole and Natalie
Kids Biz Fair
Promote and sell your product idea in an outdoor market Saturday, January 25. Need help getting started? We're also offering preworkshops facilitated by local business.
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Auto renewals now available
Hassle-Free Renewals
Effective immediately, library materials that don’t have holds on them will automatically renew.
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Hispanic Heritage Festival to Feature Several Musical Acts
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with this family-friendly event at Downtown Library.
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A Sea of Local Job Opportunities
Jobseekers can cast their nets wide at Downtown Library’s Annual Hiring Fair on September 23 with over 50 hiring organizations planning to attend.
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Little Discovery Center Provides Educational Play for Free
Since its opening the day after Labor Day, the LITtle Discovery Center has been bustling with excited preschool kids.
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Library Card Fines for Donations Month
Start Using Your Library Card Again
Trade Community Donations for Fines
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Kids dancing
Putting Fun Into Kids' Health & Fitness
This new mini bootcamp will have kids ages 10 to 15 jumping, dancing, talking and laughing so much that they won't even realize they are getting fit.
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Astronaut Nicole Stott posing in front of her first major piece of art (The Wave, 2015)
Manatee Libraries’ Summer Youth Program Guide is Here
Commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing, our Youth Librarians have planned a wide range of space-related programs—and beyond—to make summer reading and learning a blast!
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Hawaiian singer Eddie Chung will perform at 3 libraries this month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Celebrate with music and art, including Hawaiian music performances by Eddie Chung at three of our libraries.
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Old Manatee Walking Tours App Launches April 26 With Public Party
Old Manatee Walking Tours App Launches April 26
Join Manatee Libraries and several community partners at Manatee Village Historical Park for a launch party
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Celebrate National Library Week, April 7 to 13
National Library Week opens with Recycled Dreams Fashion Show and provides happy ending through Storytelling Festival
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Annual Veterans Benefit Information Sessions to be Held in April
Topics will include disability compensation; low-income and long-term pensions, including the new Qualification Guidelines; burial benefits and local healthcare.
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Are you an aspiring writer?
Explore how to research, shop and understand the ins-and-outs of the literary marketplace
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Delphi, Oracle of Apollo
Greece: Downtown Voyagers' Next Stop
The planned trip, September 12 to 19, includes a Classical tour of Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka, via scenic coastal roads.
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Marvelous Manatee Exhibit
History of Tourism Exhibit Opens February 21
Public invited to Opening Reception brunch
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Barbara Harvey
New Living Library Program Offers Face-to-Face Conversations With Specially Selected Community Members
Book a 20-minute conversation with Educator Barbara Harvey or Breast-Cancer Survivor Madison Moyer
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Products include baked goods
Kids Prepare to Sell Their Products This Saturday at Rocky Bluff
Business products to be showcased at outdoor market, beginning with a Manatee Chamber ribbon-cutting ceremony
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Queenie Zheng of Manatee School for the Arts
Recycled Dreams Registration Now Open
All teens are invited to register and try to create an original fashion using recycled or repurposed materials.
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Kuumba Drummer Myron Jackson
Celebrate African-American History Month
Enjoy a wide variety of events and activities in celebration of African-History month (February) at Manatee Libraries
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Like Big Trucks?
Kids of all ages can explore trucks of all types and sizes this Saturday at Downtown Library
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Rocky Bluff to Host Youth Business Fair in February
Young entrepreneurs will attempt to develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, create marketing material and promote their product and the marketplace event in order to obtain customers.
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Steve Arvey is first up in the blues lineup for the week
A Week of the Blues
Free concerts start November 26
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Creating a Lynda account requires a Library Card No. and PIN
Lynda Tutorials Now Available for Free to Cardholders
Customers can gain access to more than 4,000 courses, covering technical skills, creative techniques and business topics
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Learn Nurturing Touch Baby Massage
Three free classes start Monday, October 15
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Free Ukulele Lessons Start OCT 4
Free Ukulele Lessons Start October 4
Learn chords and strumming patterns from instructor Kathleen Reynolds
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Attendees Stop to Speak With an Ad-Vance Talent Solutions Representative
Downtown Library's Annual Hiring Fair to Feature More Employers & Agencies Than Ever Before
Over 40 employers and agencies, representing a wide range of industries, have signed up to participate in Downtown Library's Annual Hiring Fair, taking place Monday, September 17
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Island Library Makes Room for Temp Biz Recovery Center
Island Library has cleared its conference room schedule in order to provide a space for the Small Business Association to set up a temporary Business Recovery Center for small business owners who may have been impacted by red tide
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Bishop Museum of Science & Nature
Manatee Libraries Launches New South Florida Museum Passes Program
Just in Time for Library Card Sign-Up Month, Manatee Libraries makes one pass available at each of its six locations
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South Manatee Library to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for New Multimedia Corner
Public invited to celebrate the opening of the new multimedia library corner, made possible by a PBS WEDU Phyllis A. Ensign Library Corner Grant
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Tampa Bay Rays to Hold End of Summer Baseball Bash at Downtown Library
Join the Tampa Bay Rays at Downtown Library for an End-of-the-Summer Baseball Bash on Friday, August 3!
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SCORE Small Biz Meet-Up Workshops
A four-part monthly series that takes small business owners through the lifecycle of a business
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Kids Dive Into Summer Reading Program
The collaborative effort developed by Anna Maria Oyster Bar, in partnership with Manatee Libraries, Manatee County Schools and the Patterson Foundation, returns to help our community’s most vulnerable children combat summer slide.
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MSA'S Queenie Zheng Takes First Place for Her Water-Themed Recycled Design
This year's Teen Recycled Dreams Fashion Show drew nearly 300 people who were presented with 12 one-of-a-kind outfits, including ones made out of tissue paper and plastic water bottles.
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Commissioners Promote National Library Week
Manatee Libraries celebrated National Library Week's "Libraries Lead" Theme With Special Storytelling Guests
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Florida Library Association Selects Manatee Libraries for Two Awards
Florida Library Association has selected Manatee Libraries for its second Innovation Award, along with a Libraries Mean Business Award for their beneficial services to local businesses and jobseekers.
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Blues in the Library Week Starts November 27
The week-long educational series leads right up to the award-winning Bradenton Blues Fest weekend, taking place December 2 and 3.
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Downtown Library Hosting Fishing Education Afternoon to Promote New Rods & Reels Available for Checkout
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.
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Downtown & Palmetto Libraries Planning Two Same-Day Events Focused on Hispanic Heritage
Downtown Library will host an opening reception for its second planned Downtown Voyagers Travel Club, followed by a Culture of Puerto Rico program at Palmetto
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