Manatee Libraries

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The System of Manatee Libraries is closed to the public for walk-in services until further notice. Library staff continue to work Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Please call or contact us through Ask a Librarian. For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

Library material donations are suspended indefinitely until further notice.

Curbside Pickup: In order to help serve customers during Phase 1 of the State’s reopening, Manatee Libraries is launching Curbside pickup service on June 1st for items that are being held. The hold pickup service will be available across all its branches, except the LITtle Discovery Center, by appointment only during regular hours while buildings remain temporarily closed to the public. Be sure to place items on hold for the library location where you wish to pick them up. You will receive a notification when your items ready for pickup.

  • Pickup Procedures:
    1. You will receive a call, text, or email once your holds are ready for pickup.
    2. Call your branch and set your appointment.
    3. Head to the branch at your appointment time and follow the directions on sign.
    4. Staff will check out your items and place them outside on a table for you to grab and go.

Check back often for new resources and information added on our Enjoy From Home page. We are also adding preschool storytime readings and how-to workshops on our YouTube channel.  

Our May enewsletter includes an overview of our Job & Career tools, new virtual programming (including improv and writing workshops!) and the beautiful new "Stories From Around the World" YouTube series. Sign up to be sent future enewsletters. 

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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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
Picnic in the Park
March 01, 2020
Hear a presentation by Reflections of Manatee's Sherry Svekis about Angola’s Freedom Seekers, followed by a picnic at Manatee Village Historical Park 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
29May
Virtual Improv Workshop
10:00AM - 11:00AMVia Zoom
29May
Teens Create at Home: Share Your Current Projects
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
02Jun
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
03Jun
Adult Coloring Club
12:00PM - 1:00PMIsland
03Jun
Virtual Books on Tap: The Great Gatsby
7:00PM - 8:00PMVia Zoom
04Jun
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
05Jun
Virtual Improv Workshop
10:00AM - 11:00AMVia Zoom
05Jun
Chess Club
2:00PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
06Jun
Crochet Club
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee
06Jun
Read to the Dogs
11:30AM - 12:30PMPalmetto
09Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
09Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
09Jun
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
09Jun
Book Discussion
6:30PM - 7:30PMBraden River
10Jun
Friends of Palmetto Monthly Book Discussion
10:30AM - 12:00PMPalmetto
11Jun
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
11Jun
Murder by the Book Club
12:15PM - 1:15PMBraden River
13Jun
Ask a Master Gardener
10:00AM - 1:00PMSouth Manatee
16Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
16Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
16Jun
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
17Jun
Adult Coloring Club
12:00PM - 1:00PMIsland
18Jun
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
19Jun
Chess Club
2:00PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
23Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
23Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
23Jun
Memoir Writing Group
1:00PM - 2:30PMBraden River
23Jun
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
25Jun
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
25Jun
Seaside Quilters
1:00PM - 3:00PMIsland
27Jun
CPR Training
9:00AM - 12:00PMIsland
27Jun
Knitting Club
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee Library
30Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
30Jun
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
30Jun
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
01Jul
Adult Coloring Club
12:00PM - 1:00PMIsland
02Jul
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
03Jul
Chess Club
2:00PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
04Jul
Crochet Club
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee
04Jul
Read to the Dogs
11:30AM - 12:30PMPalmetto
07Jul
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
07Jul
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
07Jul
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
08Jul
Friends of Palmetto Monthly Book Discussion
10:30AM - 12:00PMPalmetto
09Jul
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
09Jul
Murder by the Book Club
12:15PM - 1:15PMBraden River
11Jul
Ask a Master Gardener
10:00AM - 1:00PMSouth Manatee
14Jul
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
14Jul
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
14Jul
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff

Winter/Spring 2020 Program Guide

Winter/Spring 2020 Cover

Click here for an online version of our planned activities taking place this Winter/Spring at Manatee Libraries. Hard copies will be available in each of our libraries the second week of January.