Manatee Libraries

Register for the Recycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show!

Book a trip to Greece with the Downtown Voyagers.

Downtown Central Library will be closed Saturday, March 30, for inventory.

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 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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Annual Veterans Benefit Information Sessions to be Held in April
March 18, 2019
Topics will include disability compensation; low-income and long-term pensions, including the new Qualification Guidelines; burial benefits and local healthcare.Read More
Are you an aspiring writer?
March 04, 2019
Explore how to research, shop and understand the ins-and-outs of the literary marketplaceRead More
Greece: Downtown Voyagers' Next Stop
February 15, 2019
The planned trip, September 12 to 19, includes a Classical tour of Athens, Olympia, Delphi and Kalambaka, via scenic coastal roads.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
19Mar
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
19Mar
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
19Mar
Weekly Yoga at Palmetto Library
2:00PM - 3:00PMPalmetto Library
19Mar
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
19Mar
Kids Krew
3:30PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
19Mar
Sci Club (ages 8 to 12)
4:00PM - 6:00PMDowntown Central
19Mar
The Living Library: Book a Conversation With Madison Moyer
6:00PM - 7:40PMPalmetto
20Mar
Adult Coloring Club
12:00PM - 1:00PMIsland
20Mar
Why Ancient History Matters
1:00PM - 2:30PMIsland
20Mar
Braden River Mahjong Club
1:00PM - 3:00PMBraden River
20Mar
How to Submit Prose & Poetry to the Literary Market
6:00PM - 8:00PMDowntown Central
21Mar
Veteran Services information
9:00AM - 11:00AMIsland
21Mar
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
21Mar
Asolo Play Readers Performance: Key for Two
1:00PM - 2:00PMRocky Bluff
21Mar
Ukulele Class for Advanced Beginners
2:00PM - 4:00PMDowntown Central
21Mar
Kids Krew
3:30PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
21Mar
Girls Who Code (Third to Fifth Grade) Club
5:30PM - 6:30PMPalmetto
21Mar
Primary Colors: Tween Art Club
6:00PM - 7:00PMBraden River
21Mar
Trivia Night at Rocky Bluff
6:00PM - 7:30PMRocky Bluff
22Mar
Mahjong Club
10:30AM - 1:30PMPalmetto
23Mar
CPR Training
9:00AM - 12:00PMIsland
23Mar
Knitting Club
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee Library
23Mar
Meet Author Arin Greenwood
10:00AM - 12:00PMPalmetto
23Mar
Escape Rooms Spring Break: Totally Radical 80s Time Travel
12:00PM - 2:00PMRocky Bluff
23Mar
Lego Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMSouth Manatee Library
23Mar
Chess Club
2:00PM - 5:00PMDowntown Central
23Mar
Escape Rooms Spring Break
2:30PM - 5:00PMBraden River
25Mar
Area 52 Monday Night Art Club
5:00PM - 8:00PMDowntown Central
26Mar
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
26Mar
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
26Mar
Memoir Writing Group
1:00PM - 2:30PMBraden River
26Mar
Weekly Yoga at Palmetto Library
2:00PM - 3:00PMPalmetto Library
26Mar
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
26Mar
Kids Krew
3:30PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
26Mar
Sci Club (ages 8 to 12)
4:00PM - 6:00PMDowntown Central
27Mar
Braden River Mahjong Club
1:00PM - 3:00PMBraden River
27Mar
Kids Spring Break Craft Buffet
2:00PM - 4:00PMPalmetto
27Mar
Escape Rooms Spring Break
2:30PM - 5:45PMIsland
27Mar
How to Submit Prose & Poetry to the Literary Market
6:00PM - 8:00PMDowntown Central
28Mar
Veteran Services information
9:00AM - 11:00AMIsland
28Mar
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
28Mar
Seaside Quilters
1:00PM - 3:00PMIsland
28Mar
Lunch, Listen & Learn: Elizabeth Borsodi
1:00PM - 2:00PMRocky Bluff
28Mar
Film Showing: No Place on Earth
1:30PM - 4:30PMBraden River
28Mar
Weekly Yoga at Downtown Library
2:00PM - 3:00PMDowntown Library
28Mar
Ukulele Class for Advanced Beginners
2:00PM - 4:00PMDowntown Central
28Mar
Kids Spring Break Tech Time
2:00PM - 4:00PMPalmetto
28Mar
Escape Rooms Spring Break
3:00PM - 5:00PMDowntown Central
28Mar
Kids Krew
3:30PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
28Mar
Oh the gods: Greek Storytelling
6:00PM - 7:00PMPalmetto