A Week of Celebration

Celebrate National Library Week, April 7 to 13
Posted on 03/29/2019
Manatee Libraries is preluding National Library Week (April 7 to 13) with one of its biggest annual events: the Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show, on Saturday, April 6, from 1 to 3 PM, at Downtown Central Library. The week of events ends with the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library’s Storytelling Festival.

National Library Week is an annual celebration, highlighting the valuable role libraries play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. Library Services Manager, Glenda Lammers, embraces this year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, which illustrates how today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. Libraries also provide a public space where all community members, regardless of age, culture or income level, can come together to connect and learn.

“National Library Week is an exciting opportunity for library supporters—customers, volunteers, Friends groups, Board and Foundation members—to raise awareness of their value and impact in their communities by showcasing the resources and services we offer to all our community members,” said Lammers.

The Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show and Storytelling Festival help highlight the ongoing importance of libraries and Manatee Libraries’ efforts to help meet needs in the community.

“Library programs are designed to encourage community members to meet and discuss issues, work together using new technologies, such as our 3D printer, and learn alongside one another through a variety of educational classes and workshops. Both of these events are good representations of the community meeting and working together to develop their skills,” said Lammers.

The fashion show brings teens from various schools (in and around Manatee County), to the library to showcase innovative ways to reuse or repurpose materials. Designers can model their own design or select a model. Teens have the opportunity to work on their designs ahead of time during open hours at Downtown Library’s Area 52 Ceative Lab. The lab is equipped with various tools, including an extra-high sewing machine for plastic and other materials, a Cricut Explore Air 2 Machine (for quick cutting) and 3D printer. Manatee Libraries also offers a variety of related workshops (arts, crafts and recycled materials) to help generate ideas.

The Storytelling Festival brings together professional storytellers from various cultures, including Kuniko Yamamoto, origami and mime; Tamara Green, African-American and African folktales; Starlite Puppets; and Les McDowall, stories of the frontier. Sponsored by the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library, this year’s theme is “Those Golden Stories” to commemorate the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of Little Golden Books. In addition, one of the Friends’ members, Gloria Solino, has been working with five students (four from Virgil Mills Elementary and one from Buffalo Creek Middle, Palmetto) at Rocky Bluff Library over the past few months to present their own stories to attendees.

Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show, Saturday, April 6, 1 to 3 PM, Downtown Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205. While Manatee Libraries encourages all those interested to watch it in person, they also are making it available for people to watch it via livestream via Youtube @manalibraries

Friends of Rocky Bluff Storytelling Festival, Saturday, April 13, 10 AM to 2 PM, Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 US Highway 301 North, Ellenton, 34222.

Registration is not needed to attend either event, but teens who would like to participate in the fashion show, should go to bit.ly/recycledfash to register or email kelly.foster@mymanatee.org

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster at kelly.foster@mymanatee.org 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 mymanatee.org/library and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit mymanatee.org, facebook.com/manatee.county.fl or twitter @ManateeGov