Summer Youth Program Guide is Here

Manatee Libraries’ Summer Youth Program Guide is Here
Posted on 05/28/2019
Astronaut Nicole Stott posing in front of her first major piece of art (The Wave, 2015)Manatee Libraries’ Summer Youth Program Guide is now available via hard copy at each library location and online.

This year’s theme—among libraries nationwide who choose to participate—is space to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo Moon Landing. Manatee Libraries’ Youth Librarians have planned a wide range of programs to encourage kids to get reading and learning, while having fun, all summer long.

Glenda Lammers, Library Services Manager, believes the space theme works well for the libraries’ message as the place to explore new ideas or activities.

“The library is the place to take your next giant leap. This summer, kids can venture into the unknown with experiments, magic and stories. They can take off on a new project or idea and explore a new book or tool,” said Lammers.

A sampling of the planned programs includes the Mad Science Super Space Show, Showtime for Kids’ The Great Space Adventure and How Big? How Fair? With NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Linda McKenna at multiple libraries.

Other activities include creating a black hole (Downtown), building your own model satellite (Downtown), viewing the sun and moon using high-powered telescopes (South Manatee and Palmetto) and learning about the last mission of the Hubble Space Telescope (Rocky Bluff). There will even be an opportunity to meet astronaut-turned-artist Nicole Stott at Braden River on August 1. Stott’s 28-year NASA career encompasses three Space Shuttle flights, two ISS (International Space Station) expeditions, one spacewalk, flying the robotic arm for the first track and capture of the free-flying Japanese HTV cargo vehicle and installation and first run on the COLBERT treadmill. She is the Founder of the Space for Art Foundation whose objective is to inspire creative thinking about solutions to our planetary challenges, raise awareness of the surprising interplay between science and art and promote the amazing work being done every day in space to improve life on Earth. (Image on left shows Stott posing in front of her first major piece of art, The Wave, created in 2015.)

The Summer Youth Guide also provides summer programming information for Soar In 4, Manatee County’s movement to ensure all 4 year olds and their families have the opportunities and support they need for success in preschool, school and beyond. Five Wednesday nights from 5 to 7:30 PM are planned where families can travel between Downtown Library and the Bishop Museum of Science & Nature (formerly South Florida Museum) and enjoy hands-on activities at stations set up with a variety of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities, such as Legos, virtual reality, music, movement and robots: JUN 19, JUL 3, JUL 17, JUL 31 & AUG 7. Three of the nights will have a special PBS character guest (JUN 19, Curious George; JUL 17, Sesame Street’s Elmo; and JUL 31, Super Why).

New Non-space themed highlights include Cesar’s Comedy Magic & Illusions Show at Downtown on JUN 24 (10:30 to 11:30); Lip Sync Karaoke on a few Friday afternoons at Palmetto (JUN 14 & 28; JUL 12 & 26, 2 to 3 PM); Teen SOMCon at South Manatee, with cosplay, on SAT, JUN 29, 1 to 4 PM; puppet-making workshop at Braden River on JUL 18 (6 to 7:30 PM); Dungeons & Dragons lessons at Downtown on SAT, JUN 22 & JUL 20 (12 to 4 PM); and Health+FIT Mini Camp for ages 10 to 15 at Downtown (TUE, JUL 16; THURS, JUL 18; FRI, JUL 19, 10 AM to 1 PM, registration suggested).

Returning activities include the popular Early Learning Coalition’s Block Fest on FRI, JUL 19, 10 to 11 AM at Downtown; a bunch of arts and crafts, including sewing boot camps; and Touch a Truck Summer Edition at Rocky Bluff on SAT, JUN 15, 10 AM to 2 PM.

Kids also can sign up for a reading challenge at one or more library, earn prizes and enter for a chance to win a summer raffle.

Several programs are sponsored by the Friends of Braden River, Central (Downtown), Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee Libraries.

In addition to the Website, the Guide can be accessed via Manatee Libraries’ Facebook page @manalibraries

For more information, please contact Kelly Foster at or 941-748-5555, x6307.

About the Manatee County Public Library System: 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 its resources over 3.9 million times (a record high). Downloads of their digital ebook/eaudio/movies have continued to double each year, while technical training and computer assistance were up 16%. The 47,000 customers who attended their wide variety of informational and educational programs and events reflect an increase of 130% since 2006. Please contact Kelly Foster, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator, at 941-748-5555, ext. 6307, for any additional information, or visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov