New Museum Passes Program

Manatee Libraries Launches New South Florida Museum Passes Program
Posted on 09/04/2018
Bishop Museum of Science & Nature

Ebooks/Eaudio, streaming music and movies, educational tools, early literacy kits, fishing poles and telescopes—these are some of the things you can borrow with a Manatee Libraries' card. Just in time for Library Card Sign-Up Month taking place in September, Manatee Libraries has added one more reason to get a library card.

One Bishop Museum of Science and Nature pass has been made available at each of Manatee Libraries' six locations. The pass is available for checkout to a cardholder for one visit for up to four people. Similar to checking out other library materials, after a cardholder uses a pass, it is made available again for checkout. The pass at each library is available on a first-come, first-served basis to cardholders in good standing. Hold requests also can be made.

The passes are generously sponsored by the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature.

Glenda Lammers, Library Services Assistant Manager, hopes to expand the number of cultural partner passes available to Manatee Libraries’ customers.

“We hope this is the start of a program where our customers can gain access to many more cultural and entertainment points of interest throughout our beautiful County that they might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend,” said Lammers.

“Several other library systems throughout the United States offer similar programs which have helped to build more awareness and appreciation about each region’s cultural offerings,” said Lammers.

For more information about this program, please contact any of the six libraries of the Manatee County Public Library System or Kelly Foster at or 941-748-5555, x6307.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time 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. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov

About Bishop Museum of Science and Nature: The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, the Bishop Museum of Science and Nature (formerly the South Florida Museum) interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species, the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts and the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries. For more information, visit the Bishop Museum Website or follow them on Facebook & Twitter