Area 52 Programs

All in-person programs, events and meeting room use are cancelled until further notice. Please see virtual programming below.

If you like to create, there is something here for you!

Learn to Weave workshop
Saturday January 9, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m., E.T.

Create a beautiful weaving using a cardboard loom!

  • Cardboard square, approximately 12x12”
  • Various yarns
  • Strong cotton loom thread or baker's twine
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or marker
  • Large eye needle (optional)

Ages 12 and up. Please contact Rachel at Rachel.Suntop@mymanatee.org to register for this Zoom workshop. 

Do It Yourself! Series Playlist with Rachel Suntop


Coding Workshops

Check out Events Calendar for Coding Workshops.

Think Like a Coder Videos

These videos are brought to you by Manatee Libraries in partnership with The Coding School. 


About Daniel Aken, Librarian & Area 52 Coordinator

Daniel recently joined Manatee Libraries after moving to the area over the summer from Kentucky with his wife and seven-year-old daughter. He received his Masters in Library Information Services from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with his original goal of becoming an archivist. Daniel’s father was a librarian, whom Daniel often visited during work, starting at an early age. Most recently, Daniel was a reference and outreach librarian at Clark County Public Library.

Please contact Daniel Aken at 748-5555 or daniel.aken@mymanatee.org for any additional information. 

What interests Daniel about Area 52?

I am amazed by all the different things there are to do in this space. I have the freedom to learn how to use a lot of pieces of equipment that I would never have the opportunity to work with otherwise. My colleagues and our patrons have been able to form a community in here, sharing our knowledge of how to use various tools to maximize our creative potential. We have such a large collection of items that it’s impossible for any one person to be an expert at using them all, but we are lucky to have lots of people who can teach us how to use at least one thing and we can reciprocate and teach them how to use something else in turn.

Rachel Suntop, Librarian & Area 52 Arts & Crafts Facilitator

Rachel offers classes in sewing, T-shirt design, crochet, beadwork, knitting, weaving, collage, mixed media/recycled material assemblage, bookbinding and recycled book sculpture. She’s always open to new classes and ideas.