Manatee Libraries

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Know Before You Go: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations have resumed their regular hours.

  • Masks and social distancing are encouraged. 
  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) is open by appointment Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 941-748-5555, x3807 to schedule your family's 45-minute playdate. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ 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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Florida Library Association Awards – Manatee Libraries’ Friends Members are Recognized
April 30, 2021
The Florida Library Association (FLA) honors outstanding libraries and supporters during its annual conference, and two of Manatee Libraries’ Friends’ groups will be awarded this year. Read More
Manatee Libraries Resuming Regular Hours and Extending Time Limit
April 12, 2021
Beginning on Monday, April 12th, 2021, the libraries will be resuming their regular business hours and extending the time limits for library visitors. Read More
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
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
13May
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
13May
Food/Cooking Presentation
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
15May
Embroidery - Crafty Afternoon
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline
15May
Zentangle
2:00PM - 4:00PMOnline
17May
Microsoft Paint for Photo Editing
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline
17May
Character Toolbox: Find Your Characters Intention
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
19May
VPN Basics
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline
19May
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
20May
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
20May
Covid-19 Related Frauds & Scams
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline
22May
Coder School: Roblox into to Lua
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
25May
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
27May
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
27May
Civics Lab: Growing Food in Your Community
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
27May
Mergent Intellect Database for Business Research
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline
27May
Virtual Bingo
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
28May
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
31May
Library Closed
All DayDowntown Bradenton Branch
02Jun
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline on Zoom
05Jun
Club de Libro en Español
2:00AM - 3:00PM
08Jun
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Jun
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
12Jun
Virtual Dungeons & Dragons
12:00PM - 4:00PMOnline (Discord & D&D Beyond)
12Jun
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
16Jun
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
17Jun
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
22Jun
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Jun
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
24Jun
Virtual Bingo
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
25Jun
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
26Jun
Coder School: Scratch Game
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
05Jul
Library Closed
All DayDowntown Bradenton Branch
10Jul
Club de Libro en Español
2:00AM - 3:00PM
10Jul
Virtual Dungeons & Dragons
12:00PM - 4:00PMOnline (Discord & D&D Beyond)
10Jul
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
21Jul
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
22Jul
Virtual Bingo
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Jul
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Jul
Coder School: Intro to Python
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
07Aug
Club de Libro en Español
2:00AM - 3:00PM
14Aug
Virtual Dungeons & Dragons
12:00PM - 4:00PMOnline (Discord & D&D Beyond)
14Aug
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
18Aug
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
27Aug
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
28Aug
Coder School: Discord Bots
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
04Sep
Club de Libro en Español
2:00AM - 3:00PM
06Sep
Library Closed
All DayDowntown Bradenton Branch
11Sep
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Sep
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
02Oct
Club de Libro en Español
2:00AM - 3:00PM

805 Lit + Art
805 lit and art

A quarterly online magazine published by the library system.
Check out the “My Home Library” series that features writers and artists enjoying their home libraries during the pandemic and beyond.