Manatee Libraries

We are excited to announce that we are starting a new chapter and are now FINE FREEThe new County Policy was approved at the regular October 27, 2020 Board of County Commissioner’s meeting. This enables people in our community to access essential services without being barred due to fines. Manatee County and its libraries are committed to equity and inclusion and removing barriers to resources for the community. Lost or damaged materials, however, are subject to replacement fees.

Libraries Reopening: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations are open at limited occupancy during normal operational days, but all will close one hour early to allow staff time to disinfect surfaces in all public areas.

  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) has reopened by appointment Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 941-748-5555, x3807 to schedule your family's 45 minute playdate. 
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and the staff asks that customers limit their visits to 30 minutes in order to accommodate more customers while adhering to occupancy guidelines.
  • Computers will be available but are limited to one 30-minute session per visitor per day. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ's page.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

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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 seven 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 our resources over 3.9 million times (a record high!). We offer a wide array of digital ebook/eaudio/movies, unique collections (e.g. early literacy kits, telescopes), databases, classes and special events for people of all ages. Check us out!

Announcements

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Partridge Comes Prepared to Collaborate
September 01, 2020
New Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, brings with her three Master’s degrees and a unique combination of experience, that includes serving as Literacy Coordinator. Read More
Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
May 12, 2020
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.Read More
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020
Tutor.com includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons Read More
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
04Dec
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
04Dec
Full Steam Ahead: Binary Bracelets - Rocky
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline via Zoom
05Dec
Creative Aging: Holiday Watercolor Painting - ROCKY
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
05Dec
Teen Advisory Board - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PMvia Zoom
08Dec
Zentangled for the Holidays
2:00PM - 4:00PMOnline via Zoom
08Dec
Book Discussion Group - BR
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
09Dec
Holiday Snowmen Virtual Craft
2:00PM - 4:30PMOnline via Zoom
09Dec
Teen Book Club - Rocky
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
10Dec
Murder by the Book Discussion - BR
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
10Dec
Seniors - Fraud and Scams in the Era of Covid-19 - SOM
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
11Dec
Teens Create: Merry and Bright - ROCKY
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
12Dec
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
12Dec
Ask Me Anything! with Kristen Turner, Professional Zookeeper - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
15Dec
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
16Dec
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMvia Zoom
16Dec
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - ISL
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline via Zoom
17Dec
Island Branch Book Discussion Group
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
17Dec
Basic Knitting - DWN
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
18Dec
Beyond the Basics: Knitting and Crochet - DWN
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
19Dec
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
22Dec
Classics Up Close Book Discussion - BR
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
26Dec
Not Meeting - Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
02Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
08Jan
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
09Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
16Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
23Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
30Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
05Feb
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
05Mar
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
02Apr
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom