Trade Community Donations for Fines

Start Using Your Library Card Again
Posted on 09/02/2019
Library Card Fines for Donations MonthSeptember is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Manatee Libraries invites Manatee County residents to drop in and sign up for a library card to gain access to eBooks, eAudio books, streaming movies and music, educational tools and toys, musical instruments, binoculars, telescopes, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) kits, cake pans, fishing poles, power tools (ages 18+) and museum passes (limited sets offered on a first come, first served basis). In addition, with a valid library card, customers can gain access to a wide range of databases, emagazines and learning tutorials, such as Mango, a language-learning resource, offering over 70 language tutorials.

And for those customers who already have library cards but have incurred fines, Manatee Libraries is helping to wipe their slates clean by offering these customers the opportunity to trade community donations for fines. All customers have to do is bring back any late materials in good condition or bring the following items in exchange for fines at any of Manatee Libraries' six locations:

  • Canned and Packaged Food
  • Dog & Cat Food
  • Diapers

Canned and packaged food items will be donated to the Food Bank of Manatee, and dog and cat food will be donated to Manatee County Animal Services.

The trade-in offer is good until Monday, September 30, 2019 (8 PM).

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster  or 941-748-5555, x6307.

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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 follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov