Fall/Winter 2018 Program Guide

Abbreviations

Braden River: BR
Downtown Central: DWN
Island: ISL
Palmetto: PALM
Rocky Bluff: Rocky
South Manatee: SOM

Special Notes

The Line Dancing class is full (registrations have closed). 

Special Events

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month Sign up for a library card, and find out all the incredible items available for checkout.

Grandparent’s Day Crafts, photos and refreshments. SAT, SEPT 8, 11 AM to 1 PM @ Rocky

WEDU PBS Phyllis A. Ensign Library Corner Ribbon Cutting Celebrate the new multimedia library corner, generously donated through a WEDU Public Media Phyllis A. Ensign Grant. THURS, SEPT 13, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ SOM

Batman Day Make Batman-themed crafts, including origami batarangs. SAT, SEPT 15, 12 to 2 PM @ Rocky

Hiring Fair This annual event brings over 40 companies and agencies under one roof; some will conduct on-the-spot interviews. Resume consultations available during the event. Career resource guides available. Door prizes and free coffee. MON, SEPT 17, 1 to 4 PM @ DWN

Haunted Library Escape Rooms Ages 12 to 18. Prepare to be creeped out with mind-numbing challenges—a differently themed escape room at each of our six locations:

  • Survive the Island: TBD (originally scheduled for WED, OCT 10, 3:30 to 7 PM @ ISL but changed due to the SBA needing to use conference room)
  • Zombie Apocalypse: SAT, OCT 13, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM (Registration Required; call 722-3333)
  • Swamp Thing (Florida Version): THURS, OCT 18, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky
  • Escape From Arkham Asylum: SAT, OCT 20 & 27, 1 to 4 PM @ SOM
  • REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED - Harry Potter: SAT, OCT 27, 2 to 5 PM @ BR Registration Required; call 727-6079
  • 3 to Choose From! Cookie Heist, Name That Invention & Vampire Cats: TUE, OCT 30, 3 to 5 PM @ DWN
Free Small Business Expo Network and learn about products and services that could benefit your business. Exhibitors in all areas of small business, including financial, marketing, workforce recruiting and training, will be on hand. Presented by Manatee Co. Redevelopment & Economic Opportunity. THURS, NOV 15, 9 to 11 AM @ DWN

Touch a Truck A fun, free family event, enabling kids to touch, sit in and explore a wide range of trucks. SAT, DEC 29, 11 AM to 2 PM @ DWN

Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 to October 14) 

Kids Krew Science of Sound Using Panpipes TUE, SEPT 18, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ SOM

Preschool Storytime  WED, SEPT 19, 10 to 11 AM @ PALM

Spanish Cuisine With Chef Warren WED, SEPT 19, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky & SAT, SEPT 29, 2 to 3:30 PM @ PALM (with kids’ castanet-making craft)

Family Movie: Coco SAT, SEPT 22, 12 to 2 PM @ DWN (with Day of the Dead dancing skeletons craft, ages 8 to 12) & SAT, OCT 6,  2 to 4 PM @ Rocky

Folktales & Tropical Birds Hear stories and create tropical bird mobiles (ages 4-10). WED, SEPT 26,  3:30 to 5 PM @ ISL

Latin Cooking Demo With Evelisse Capó Learn how to make vegan Spanish meals. TUE, OCT 2, 6 to 7 PM @ SOM

Bilingual Storytime With Craft WED, OCT 3, 10:15 to 11 AM @ Braden River. The Book of Life With Calavera Skulls Craft (ages 12+) THURS, OCT 6, 12 to 3 PM @ DWN

Latin Rendezvous Concert David Munoz, and multi-instrumentalist female vocalist, Elise Amaral, perform. SAT, OCT 13, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ DWN

Fiesta Craft (ages 3 to 8) TUE, OCT 18, 10 AM to 12 PM @ DWN

Primary Colors Club: Art of Picasso THURS, OCT 18, 6 to 7:15 PM @ BR

Family Fall Festival Party Coco Theme With Mariachi Music. THURS, OCT 25, 6 to 7:30 PM @ BR

Make Mexican Shrine Art
(ages 18+). SAT, OCT 27, 10:30 to 12:30 PM @ BR

Informational Presentations

Intro to Sign Language TUE, SEPT 4, 11, 18 & 25, 5 to 6 PM @ SOM


Veterans Services Information Weekly THURS, 9 to 11 AM @ ISL (no meeting THURS, OCT 11)

Outsmarting Fraud for Older Investors Securities & Exchange Commission Chief Attorney Advisor (Miami), Lisa Roberts will provide tips to help you avoid becoming one of the 25 million Americans who are defrauded each year. MON, SEPT 24, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ DWN

Exit Strategy Imperative Learn how to develop an effective succession-planning strategy that maximizes your business opportunities. Presented by Dr. Ken Baylor, certified SCORE mentor and Harvard instructor. TUE, SEPT 25, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ DWN. Networking and refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of Central Library, start at 11 AM. Registration is suggested at manasota.score.org

Financial Aid & College Prep Get on-site assistance filling out your FAFSA & learn about financial aid options. THURS, OCT 4, 5 to 7 PM @ PALM

Identity Theft Workshop
TUE, OCT 9, 2:30 to 4 PM @ PALM

Kayaking the Ohio River John Skoloda discusses his journey down the Ohio River sharing historical facts, and photos. Presented by the Lifelong Learning Academy. WED, OCT 17, 1 to 2:30 PM @ ISL

TIFF (To Inform Families First) Register your emergency contacts FLHSMV to improve communications in the event of an emergency. WED, OCT 17, 4 to 5 PM @ ISL

Sarasota Bay Estuary Darcy Young explores the many transformations that the Bay has experienced over its 5,000-year history, from its ecological wonders to its support of human civilizations THURS, NOV 8, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

D-Day & Normandy Honoring our Vets; presented by Nick Hauser. FRI, NOV 9, 2 to 4 PM @ BR

Children’s Book Illustrator Sue Cotton SAT, NOV 10, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM

Scam & Fraud Protection
Lenora Spence will present tips on how to protect yourself from being a victim of such crimes. WED, DEC 12, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

Technology Workshops


Tech Tutors
Weekly TUE, 5 to 7 PM & SAT, 2 to 4 @ SOM. Please call 755-3892 to make an appointment.

Tech Help First and Third SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ Rocky; THURS, 1 to 4 PM @ BR

Windows 10 MON, SEPT 10, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ DWN; WED, OCT 10, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Android Basics WED, SEPT 12, 2 to 4 PM @ Rocky

Instagram Basics FRI, SEPT 14, 10 AM to 12 PM @ DWN

Best Smartphone Apps for Seniors TUE, SEPT 18, 1 to 3 PM @ DWN

iPhone Beyond the Basics WED, SEPT 19, 1 to 3 PM @ DWN; WED, NOV 14, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Library Apps eBooks, eAudiobooks, Movies, TV & Music. WED, SEPT 19, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL; TUE, SEPT 25, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ DWN

Facebook & Twitter Class WED, SEPT 26, 2 to 4 PM @ Rocky

Streaming TV for Cable Cutters FRI, SEPT 28, 1 to 3 PM @ DWN; WED, DEC 12, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Writing Workshops


Poetry Class
Monthly workshop for poets and aspiring poets. TUE, SEPT 4, OCT 2 & DEC 4, 3 to 5 PM @ Braden River

Gulf Coast Writers Group Meets monthly on the first WED of the month, 12:45 to 1:45 PM @ ISL (no class on WED, OCT 3). 

10-Minute Playwriting* Back by popular demand: Award-winning playwright Sam Mossler of Florida Studio Theatre will teach another six-part weekly series, designed to guide you through the drafting, rewriting and editing process of playwriting using story prompts, table reads and constructive feedback. WED, SEPT 5 to OCT 10, 6 to 8 PM @ DWN * Limited spots. Please register by calling 941-748-5555, x6308, or emailing jyna.johnson@mymanatee.org

Memoir Writing Group Stay inspired with this monthly class which meets on TUE, SEPT 25, OCT 23 & NOV 27, 1 to 2:30 PM @ Braden River

Shorts Out Loud Brought to you by Manatee Libraries' 805 Lit + Art Journal and The Friends of the Central Library. Short Story Readers: 805 editors: Stephanie Katz, Courtney DeSear, Julieanna Blackwell and Jyna Johnson, along with David Anson, Professor of English at State College of Florida. Acoustic music by Undine Shorey. 805 Lit + Art Journal is Manatee Libraries’ literary journal which showcases work from debut and emerging writers, poets and artists worldwide in a quarterly online format. 805 won the 2018 Florida Library Association’s Innovation Award and has been featured in Poets & Writers Magazine. A short story published by 805 was chosen as a finalist for the Best of the Net 2017. Light refreshments will be served.  SAT, SEPT 29, 11:30 AM to 1PM @ DWN

Romance Writing Class Writer and Presenter Madelaine Ginsberg will take aspiring romance writers through a coaching session that explores all elements and types of romantic fiction. WED, OCT 10, 6 to 8 PM @ DWN

Short Fiction Workshop* Learn current trends in contemporary short and flash fiction and how to apply the necessary elements of a short story with published writer and 805 editor, Julieanna Blackwell. Six Weekly classes, WED, OCT 17 to NOV 7, 6 to 8 PM @ DWN. *Limited spots. Please register by calling 941-748-5555, x6308, or emailing jyna.johnson@mymanatee.org

NaNoWriMo Story Starter Celebrate National Novel Writing Month by embracing the creative writer within you through the art of crafting a story. Explore resources available through the library that may help you get published. TUE, NOV 6, 2 to 3:30 PM @ ISL

Early Literacy


Preschool Storytimes Please see list of classes here.

Forty Carrots Enjoy special play time with your child with friendly and experienced Parenting Educators and Early Literacy Specialist. For mobile babies to age 5. Space limited to first 12 families. Please see list of classes on P. 2.

Mother Goose on the Loose Stories, songs, rhymes, counting & colors to help prepare children (up to age 5) for Preschool. THURS, SEPT 6 through NOV 8 (no class OCT 18 & 25), 10:30 to 11 AM @ DWN

Early Literacy Play & Learn THURS, SEPT 6, 13, 20 & 27; OCT 4 & 11; & NOV 1 & 8, 10:30 to 11 AM @ DWN

Musical Motion (in Spanish) Ages 0 to 5. Explore music, sign language, ABCs/123s. Sessions focus on creative activities to build preschoolers’ socials skills and enhance brain development. WED through DEC 19, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ PALM (no Class OCT 24, OCT 31 & NOV 21).

BLOCKFest Presented by the Early Learning Coalition, TUE, SEPT 11, 10 to 11 AM @ ISL

Special Storytimes


Tree Tops Ages 4 to 6.THURS through DEC 13, 12:30 to 1 PM @ BR

Read to a Dog Practice your reading in front of lovable dogs who can’t wait to hear your story (readers 5+) First SAT, 11 AM to 12 PM @ PALM; SAT, SEPT 8, OCT 13 & NOV 10, 11:15 to 12:15 PM @ DWN; SAT, SEPT 29 & NOV 17, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ BR

Saturday Family Storytime SAT, SEPT 15, NOV 10 & DEC 8, 10 to 11 AM @ PALM

Anna Maria Privateers Invasion Enjoy a special storytime on the Anna Maria Privateers’ ship that will be docking on SAT, SEPT 22, 10 to 12 PM @ BR

Spooky Storytime Stories, crafts, costume contest and trick-or-treating. DATE CHANGE: THURS, OCT 23, 6:30 to 7:30 PM @ SOM (formerly October 18).

STEAM Classes


Downtown’s SciClub Ages 8 to 12. MON, SEPT 10 (Scissor Lifts), SEPT 17 (Protective Drop Devices); OCT 1 (Zany Zoetropes), OCT 15 (Cardboard Automata) & OCT 29 (Rubber Band Cars), 3 to 5 PM @ DWN

AV Club Ages 8 to 12. Animate your SciClub projects. TUE, SEPT 11 & 25; OCT 9 & 23; NOV 6, 3 to 5 PM @ DWN

Slime Time Ages 7+. THURS, SEPT 13, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

STEM Before Preschool Ages 2 to 5. Perform basic STEM experiments. THURS, SEPT 20 (Hurricane Pinwheels), OCT 18 (Hispanic Heritage) & NOV 8 (No-Mess Finger Painting), 11 to 11:30 AM @ DWN

STEM Time Ages 7+. THURS, SEPT 20, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

LEGO Jr. Technology With FUNducation. SAT, SEPT 22, OCT 27 & DEC 1, 2 to 3:30 PM @ SOM

Family Fun Night Enjoy the library’s collection of STEM toys, board games, puzzles, and more. Pizza & refreshments while supplies last. Ages 7+. TUE, OCT 16, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

BattleBots With FUNducation Ages 10+. Build a robot and battle it sumo-style. Limited to 18 spots. SAT, OCT 20, 11 AM to 2 PM @ PALM. Call 722-3333 to register.

Tween STEAM Club First SAT, 2 to 3:30 PM through NOV 3 @ SOM

See teen classes under Youth (ages 12 to 18).

Tutoring

Reading TUE & THURS, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ PALM. Call 722-3333 for an appointment.

 

Music


Lunch, Listen & Learn Live lunch-time concerts which offer exposure to unusual musical instruments and styles. Eat at our Storybook Café or bring your own. THURS, OCT 11, David Munoz (Latin guitar); NOV 8, Hawaiian Shirts (ukuleles); and DEC 20, Elizabeth Borsodi (harp); 1 to 2 PM @ Rocky

Latin Rendezvous Concert David Munoz, and multi-instrumentalist female vocalist, Elise Amaral, perform. SAT, OCT 13, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ DWN

See more music under “Holiday.”

Art

Drop In DIY Ages 18+. First & Third WED through NOV, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ SOM


Area 52 Art Club For ages 10 to 18, with Instructor Rachel. MONs. SEPT 10, Recycled Book Sculptures; SEPT 24, Crafting With Seashells; OCT 15, Weave a Cellphone Case; OCT 22, Cool Collage; OCT 29, Make a Book; NOV 26, Learn to Knit; DEC 3, Harry Potter Crafts; DEC 17, Holiday Crafts; 5 to 8 PM @ DWN

Coloring for Adults THURS, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky; Second & Fourth WED, 12 to 1 PM @ ISL

Origami Second SAT, 10 to 11 AM @ ISL

Tween Crafts SAT, SEPT 15, OCT 20, NOV 17 & DEC 15, 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM @ DWN

Area 52 Adult Art Club MON, SEPT 17, Learn to Sew. MON, NOV 5, Bead it! & DEC 10, Recycled Book Sculptures, 5 to 8 PM @ DWN

Primary Colors: Tween Art Ages 7 to 12. THURS, SEPT 20, art based on Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven; OCT 18, Create a Picasso-inspired artwork; NOV 15, Sculpting With Viktoria; DEC 20, Make a Wishing Box; 6 to 7:15 PM @ BR

Recycled Book Sculptures Ages 10+. SAT, SEPT 22, 10 AM to 12 PM @ PALM

Art Club Ages 6 to 12. Taught by the Harrison Ranch Arts
Guild and sponsored by the Friends of Rocky. Fourth THURS, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky

Crafty Afternoon Fourth SAT, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky

Learn to Crochet Ages 10+. With Instructor Rachel. SAT, OCT 6, 2 to 5 PM @ DWN

Mexican Shrine Art For adults, inspired by Frieda Kahlo. OCT 27, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ BR Limited spaces. Please call 727-6079 to reserve your spot.

Recycled Map Art Ages 10 to 18. With Instructor Rachel. SAT, NOV 17, 2 to 5 PM @ DWN

Food & Nutrition

Spanish Cuisine Demo Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Chef Warren Caterson as he whips up some Spanish cuisine. SAT, SEPT 29, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM


Healthy Latin Cooking Demo Dr. Evelisse Capó, Pharmacist and Health & Nutrition Educator of The Food Pharmacy, will demonstrate how to make healthy vegan meals. Samples provided. TUE, OCT 2, 6 to 7:30 PM @ SOM

CANCELLED - Growing Herbs in Florida Learn how to grow herbs with a Master Gardener from University of Florida IFAS Extension. THURS, OCT 11, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

10 Meals in 10 Minutes Demo Join Chef Warren Caterson for efficient meal prep. SAT, DEC 22, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ DWN (Note: This event was rescheduled from OCT 20)

Harvesting Culinary Herbs Master ways to store and use herbs with a Master Gardener from University of Florida IFAS Extension. TUE, OCT 23, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

Stressless Holiday Cooking Demo Find out what Chef Warren does to help make the holidays more enjoyable by reducing stress caused by cooking. SAT, NOV 17, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ DWN

Health & Wellness


Meditation With Sheryl Spikes. SAT, SEPT 15 & NOV 17, 11 AM to 12 PM @ ISL

SHINE Medicare Info Session SAT, SEPT 22, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM

CPR Certification Held last SAT of each month, 9 AM to 1 PM @ ISL. To register, please call 778-6341.

Adult Self-Defense Seminar With Jurassic Marital Arts. SAT, OCT 13, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ PALM

Yoga Taught by a GT Bray instructor. Please bring a mat or towel. Weekly classes return FRI, NOV 2, 2 to 3 PM @ DWN & THURS, NOV 8, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM (no class on NOV 22).

Gardening

Master Gardener Second SAT, 10 AM to 1 PM @ SOM; Second & Fourth SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ Rocky; SAT, NOV 4 & DEC 2, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ ISL

 

Creative Aging

Line Dancing CLASS FULL (registrations are no longer being taken) Ages 55+. Learn fun dance moves, such as Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cowboy Cha Cha and Traveling Four Corners with professional ballroom dancer and Bradenton Dance Center instructor, Kathryn Lyon. Weekly FRI, OCT 5 to NOV 9, 10 to 11:30 AM @ DWN. To register, contact jyna.johnson@mymanatee.org or 748-5555, x6308. 

 

Holiday


Fall Carnival: Cocoa A Mexican fiesta with refreshments and crafts. THURS, OCT 25, 6 to 7:30 PM @ BR

MSA Holiday Performance TUE, DEC 11, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

Gingerbread Houses THURS, DEC 13, 6 to 7:30 PM @ PALM. Registration opens DEC 1. Call 722-3333.

Children’s Frosty Holiday Party With singing, treats and crafts. SAT, DEC 15, 11 AM to 12 PM @ BR

Sweet Adelines Holiday Music SAT DEC 15, 2 to 3 PM @ BR

Snow-Bration! Hot Cocoa, Stories and snow crafts. THURS DEC 20, 6:30 to 7:30 PM @ SOM

Youth (Ages 12 to 18 Only)

Teen Game Night Board & virtual games. THURS, SEPT 6, OCT 4, NOV 1 & DEC 6, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky 


Teen Craft Night First THURS 6:30 to 7:30 PM @ SOM

Teen Tech Night THURS, SEPT 20, NOV 15 & DEC 20, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky

Teen Advisory Board Meeting SAT, OCT 6, 3 to 5 PM @ BR

Teen Tech Lab SAT, OCT 13 & DEC 8, 3 to 5 PM @ BR

Just for Fun

Family Movie First SAT, 2 to 4 PM @ Rocky


Trivia Ages 12+. Second THURS, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Rocky

Wind Down Wednesday Film Series Third WED, 4 to 6 PM @ Rocky

Other Social Clubs

Kids Krew School-aged program featuring crafts, games & STEM activities for kids & their supervising guardian 16+. TUE & THURS, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ SOM


Chess Weekly TUE, 3 to 5 PM @ Rocky; First & Third SAT, 2 to 5 PM @ BR; Second & Fourth WED, 2 to 4 PM @ ISL; First & Third FRI, 12 to 2:30 PM @ SOM

Mahjong Weekly TUE, 11:30 to 1:30 PM @ Rocky; Weekly FRI, 10:30 to 1:30 PM @ PALM (no meet NOV 23); Weekly TUE, 11:30 AM to 1 PM @ ISL (no class on OCT 9); Weekly FRI, 1 to 3 PM @ ISL (Note: No Mahjong class at ISL on OCT 5 & 12).

Scrabble Weekly THURS, 12 to 2:30 PM @ SOM

Crochet Club First & Third THURS, 2 to 4 PM @ ISL (includes knitting); First SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ SOM; Second SAT, 10 to 11 AM @ Rocky

Lego First SAT, 11 to 12:30 PM @ Braden River; Second SAT, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island*; Third SAT, 1 to 3 PM @ Rocky (includes Tinker Toys and K-Nex); Fourth SAT, 2 to 3:30 @ SOM *Special Star Wars Lego Club at Island on SAT, OCT 13, 2 to 3:30 PM: Build with Star Wars figurines, become your favorite character, and design a saber as we enter another galaxy.

Knitting First THURS, 6 to 7:45 PM @ PALM; Second SAT, 1 to 2:30 PM @ BR; Fourth SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ SOM; THURS, SEPT 7, OCT 12, NOV 2 & DEC 7, 6 to 7:45 PM @ PALM

Quilting Last THURS, 10 AM to 12 PM @ lSL

Book Clubs

Books on Tap Ages 21+. Meets on First WED. SEPT 5, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas; OCT 3, See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt; NOV 7, The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne; DEC 5, Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, 7 PM @ 3 Keys Brewery & Eatery, 2505 Manatee Avenue E., Bradenton


Sip ‘N Chat Ages 18+. Monthly Adult Book Club serving hot coffee. First FRI, 10 to 11 AM @ SOM

Discussion Group Second TUE, SEPT 11, H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald; OCT 9, Rise and Shine Benedict Stone by Phaedra Patrick; NOV 13, The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah; DEC 11, Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly, 6:30 to 7:30 PM @ BR

Friends Book Discussion Second WED, SEPT 12, Mangrove Lightning by Randy Wayne White; OCT 10, Wonder by Emma Donoghue; NOV 14, Beartown by Frederick Backman; DEC 12, The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee; 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ PALM

Rocky Book Club WED, SEPT 12, The People of the Book by Geraldine Brook; OCT 10, Before I Go to Sleep by F.J. Watson; NOV 7 & DEC 12, TBA, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky

Murder by the Book Second THURS. SEPT 13, Deep Blue Goodbye by John D. MacDonald; OCT 11; NOV 8; & DEC 13; 1:15 to 2:15 PM @ BR

Classics Up Close Fourth TUE. SEPT 25, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; OCT 23, Willa Cather; NOV 27, My Antonia by Willa Cather, 3 to 4 PM @ BR

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