Area 52 Programs

All programs, events and meeting room use are cancelled until further notice.

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

Girls Who Code Club (Third to Fifth Graders):

Learn how to code through activities or by using fun online tutorials. Build animations, games, apps and other things that you dream up using various program languages. New schedule to be announced.

Girls Who Code Club (Six Graders):


Learn how to code using fun online tutorials and activities. Build animations, games, apps and other things that you dream up using Scratch, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript &Thunkable. New schedule to be announced.

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



Wednesday Night Art Workshops (5 to 8 PM):

For all ages unless noted.

MAY 13: Weaving (10+)
MAY 20: Basic Beading (10+)
MAY 27: Explore Cricut (ages 10+)

Saturday Afternoon Art Workshops (2 to 5 PM):

All ages unless noted.

MAY 2: Lacemaking (ages 18+)
MAY 9: Mother’s Day Coasters
MAY 16: Learn to Sew
MAY 23: Asian Heritage Crafts
MAY 30: Weave a Cellphone Case

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.

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, Cricut, 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. She regularly holds classes on select Wednesday evenings (previously class met on Mondays) and Saturday afternoons in Area 52, as well as other library locations and at outreach events.