Summer Youth Program Guide

Reading Challenges

Reading With the Rays The popular “reading around the ballpark” program returns. Pick up a game card from any of our six libraries, and start tracking and earning Rays’ prizes as you reach each base.

 

Braden River Summer Reading Challenge Pick up a reading log from Braden River to earn a prize.

 

Palmetto’s Ice Cream Party By Invite Only for those kids who complete their summer reading log and turn in by WED, JUL 25 @ Palmetto

 

South Manatee Summer Reading Challenge Pick up a reading log from South Manatee to earn a prize.

 

Family Events

Evening Family Storytime TUE, JUN 12 & JUL 10, 6:30 to 7:15 PM @ Palmetto

 

Summer Touch a Truck Trucks from the U.S.  Army, North River Fire Department, Big Earth and Manatee County will be among the trucks rolling down to Rocky Bluff Library on SAT, JUN 16, 11 AM to 2 PM, for kids of all ages to explore. Enjoy hot dogs, drinks and chips, courtesy of the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library.

Early Lit

Kindergarten Readiness Play Days Sponsored by the Patterson Foundation. SAT, JUN 23, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ Braden River; SAT, JUN 30, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ Palmetto; SAT, JUL 21, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Click here for a list of Preschool classes.

STEAM

Tween STEAM Club SAT, JUN 2 & JUL 7, 2 to 3:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Mad Science Weekly School ages, Mondays, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown. JUN 4: Fire and Ice Show; JUN 18: Mad Science: Up, Up & Away! Show; JUN 25: Mad Science: Super Hero Science Show; JUL 9: Mad Science: Spin Pop Boom! Show; JUL 16: Mad Science: Science of Magic Show; JUL 23: Mad Science: Sounds Like Science

 

Sci Club Ages 8 to 12. Mondays, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown. JUN 4: Spring & Coil Science; JUN 11: Kinetic Energy; JUN 18: Slinky Science; JUN 25: Magnifying Discovery; JUL 2: Levitating Magnets; JUL 9: Hoop Gliders; JUL 16: Motion of Pendulum; JUL 23: Balancing Structures

Show & Tech Ages 8 to 18. SAT, JUN 9 & 23; JUL 14 & 28, 11:00 AM to 12 PM @ Palmetto

 

Mad Science: Science of Sounds TUE, JUN 12, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; FRI, JUL 13, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; THURS, JUL 19, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River; MON, JUL 23, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; WED, JUL 25, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

STEM With FUNducation Ages 9 to 15. TUE, JUN 19 (Intro to Drones) & JUL 31, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Palmetto

 

Preschool STEM Constellations, THURS, JUN 21, 11 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; Hoop Gliders, THURS, JUL 12, 11 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown

 

Teen Tech Night THURS, JUN 21 & JUL 26 (miniature drones), 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Tech Toys Petting Zoo Ages 13 to 18.  FRI, JUL 20, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

Coding

REGISTRATION CLOSED - Area 52: Robotics Camp Ages 12 to 18. Five-day camp that meets MON, JUN 18 to FRI, JUN 22, 9 AM to 3 PM @ Downtown. Build cool robots, and compete in this free week-long camp. Only 12 spots. CLASS FULL. Competition to be held on SAT, JUN 23 (competition time TBD).

 

Area 52: Arduino Camp Ages 14 to 18. Five-day camp that meets MON, JUL 16 to FRI July 20, 9 AM to 3 PM @ Downtown. Learn to make table-top games with 3D modeling, printing and coding robots. Only10 spots. Must pre-register by emailing bryan.sawyer@mymanatee.org.

Film & Audio/Visual Classes

Area 52: AV Club Ages 12 to 18. Led by Instructor Danny. Learn how to tape and edit short films. TUE, JUN 5 & 19, JUL 10 & 24, AUG 7 & 21, 3:30 to 6 PM @ Downtown

 

Area 52: AV Discussion Group Ages 12 to 18. Led by Instructor Danny. Thursdays, 3 to 5 PM @ Downtown.  An open discussion group, based on Mary Plummer’s Apple Pro Training Series: Garage Band

  • JUN 7:  Working With Apple Loops and Arranging a Song
  • JUN 21: Recording & Editing Software Instruments
  • JUL 12: Recording & Editing Audio Tracks
  • JUL 26: Working With Electric Guitars
  • AUG 9: Creating Drum & Percussion Tracks
  • AUG 23: Mixing Music & Adding EQ Effects

Gaming & Meet Ups

Teen Gaming Ages 12 to 18. THURS, JUN 7 to JUL 26, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Board Games & STEM Toys Ages 8 to 18. SAT, JUN 23, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island

 

Minecraft Survival Games  Ages 12 to 18. Please email bryan.sawyer@mymanatee.org to register. WED, JUN 13, 4 to 7 PM @ Downtown; WED, JUL 25, 4 to 7 PM @ Downtown

 

Anime Club Ages 12 to 18. Third THURS (JUN 21, JUL 19 & AUG 16), 6 to 7 PM @ Palmetto

 

Geocaching Ages 13 to 18.  With Melissa. FRI, JUL 13, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

Theater

JiggleMan A fun, zany one-man show. Jiggleman has given over 2,000 shows and appeared seven times on The Late Show With David Letterman. JUN 5, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

Asolo Rep Theatre: Jungle Book Workshop Interactive workshop for kids ages 5+. Be transported into the depths of the jungle with this eye-popping multimedia adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic. SAT, JUN 2, 11 to 12 PM @ Island; WED, JUN 6, 10:15 to 11:15 AM @ Braden River; MON, JUN 11, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown

 

Bits & Pieces Puppets: Peter Rabbit, the Musical Theatrical retelling of the classic children’s story, by Tampa Bay’s oldest children’s theater; brings to life the magical wonderment of literary fantasy with a unique life lesson and moral. THURS, JUN 21, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Katie Adams’ Make Believe Theatre Cinderella, An Old-Time Florida Fairytale. FRI, JUN 29, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff & TUE, JUL 31, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

Starlite Puppets: Nkosnati & the Dragon  Enjoy a sampling of a joyful East African Folktale through imaginative puppet storytelling with live music and nurturing. TUE JUL 17, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

Music 

Steel Drum Fiesta WED, JUN 13, 10:15 to 11:15 AM (all ages welcome) @ Braden River

 

Didgeridoo Down Under A high-energy, Australia-themed show, presented by Darren Liebman; combines music, culture, puppetry, comedy, character building, storytelling and audience participation. It’s interactive, educational, motivational & super fun for kids & families. WED, JUN 6, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto; THURS, JUN 7, 10 to 11 AM @ Island and 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Lego Music Shaker Make this cool craft during Lego Club. SAT, JUN 9, 2 to 3 PM @ Island

 

Mad Science of Sounds Children will learn about the Science of  Summer Sounds, such as crickets, squirrels, birds and more. Audience members will make up a Mad Sounds Band to accompany our Mad Science Summertime performers. TUE, JUN 12, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; FRI, JUL 13, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; THURS, JUL 19, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River; MON, JUL 23, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown; WED, JUL 25, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Mr. Richard Hip sing-along tunes. WED, JUN 13,  2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

Craft Instruments THURS, JUN 14 & JUL 12; 2 to 4 PM @ Palmetto

 

Create Electronic Music Ages 7 and up. Music Tech program with “City Beat” Nick Culp of IBA Music in Orlando. Come see how to create your own digital music! No registration needed. SAT, JUN 30, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Tampa-Taiko Japanese Drums A professional drumming Ensemble that provides a presentation of an ancient Japanese art form. TUE, JUL 10, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee;  WED, JUL 11 @ Palmetto; THURS, JUL 12, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Mona Tropical Bash Music, crafts, treats!  SAT, JUL 21, 11 to 12 PM @ Braden River

 

Around the World With Music THURS, JUL 26, 2 to 3 PM  @ Braden River

Magic

Elliott the Magician A highly visual, entertaining and interactive magic show performed by Elliott Smith. THURS, JUN 14, 10 to 11 AM @ Island & 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Out of My Hands Blending choreographed juggling with magical illusions, Gerard Tricarico delivers an interactive and high-energy show. FRI, JUL 20, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; THURS, JUL 26, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

Art

Area 52 Art Programs Ages 12 to 18. Mondays, 5 to 8 PM @ Downtown

  • JUN 4: Learn to Knit
  • JUN 11: Recycled Map Art
  • JUN 18: Harry Potter Crafts
  • JUN 25 Recycled Book Sculptures
  • JUL 2: Crafting with Seashells
  • JUL 9: Weave a Cellphone Case
  • JUL 16: Learn to Sew
  • JUL 23: Cool Collage
  • JUL 30: Make a Book
  • AUG 6: Bead it!

Crafternoons Upcycled crafts. TUE, JUN 5 to JUL 31 (except JUN 19), 2:30 to 4 PM @ Palmetto; SAT, JUN 23 & JUL 28, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff

 

Teen Craft Club THURS, JUN 7 & JUL 5, 6:30 to 7:30 PM @ South Manatee

 

Mobiles & M & M’s Ages 13 to 18. Create mobiles out of CDs. FRI, JUN 8, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

 

Cards & Stamping Techniques Ages 13 to 18 with Linda Greiner. FRI, JUN 15, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

 

Make a Father’s Day Card School ages. SAT, JUN 16, 11 AM to 1:30 PM @ Braden River

 

DIY Marbled Bookmarks Ages 8 to 12. SAT, JUN 16, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island

 

Weekly Tween Craft Time Ages 8 to 12. TUE, June 19 to JUL 31, 11 to 11:30 AM @ Downtown

 

Weekly School-Age Craft Time Ages 5 to 8. THURS, JUN 14 to JUL 26, 10:30 to 11 AM @ Downtown

 

Teen Craft: Mod Podge Picture Frames SAT, JUN 30, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island

 

Tiles & Twix Ages 13 to 18.  Mod Podge tiles with recycled book pages to make coasters. FRI, JUL 6, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

 

Van Gogh’s Sunflowers/Pastels THURS, JUL 19, 6 to 7:15 PM @ Braden River

 

Polymer Clay Ages 7+. SAT, AUG 4, 12 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

Sewing & Knitting 

Learn to Knit With Instructor Rachel. MON, JUN 4, 5 to 8 PM @ Downtown

 

Beginning Knitting Ages 13 to 18.  Taught by Valerie. FRI, JUN 22, 2 to 4 PM @ Braden River

 

Weave a Cellphone Case With Instructor Rachel. MON, JUL 9, 5 to 8 PM @ Downtown

 

Learn to Sew With Instructor Rachel. MON, JUL 16, 5 to 8 PM @ Downtown

 

Animals & Nature

Read to the Dogs First SAT (JUN 2, JUL 7 & AUG 4), 11 to 12 PM @ Palmetto

 

Braden River Stuffed Animal Slumber Party Drop off Stuffies between 10 AM and 6 PM on FRI, JUN 15 (or can drop off at 4:30 PM storytime). Then come back to pick up your stuffies SAT, JUN 16, at 11 AM for a picnic with your stuffy.

 

Wonders of Nature A fun and fast-paced wildlife show that highlights the beautiful natural world around us. Performance includes flying raptors, owls, white-necked raven, Amazon parrot and other birds with trainer Matt Edmonds. THURS, JUN 21, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Florida Public Archaeology Network Rocks Go on a journey through time to learn about historical hunting tools. WED, JUN 20, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto; FRI, JUN 22, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; TUE, JUN 26, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee

 

Wildlife, Inc. See (and hear) screech, barn and great-horned owls. Discuss the unique adaptations that make them perfect birds of prey, and distinguish them from all other birds. THURS, JUN 28, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Parks & Recreation Visits THURS, JUL 5, 10 to 11 AM @ Island

 

Manatee County Natural Resources Department FRI, JUL 6, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River

 

Florida Maritime Museum Visit A fun, interactive program that includes a lesson about water conservation. WED, JUL 18, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

 

John Storms World of Reptiles TUE, JUL 24, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee; FRI, JUL 27, 2 to 3 PM @ RB

 

A Page from the Outdoors Kids Program  Hosted by Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources FRI, JUN 1 to JUL 27, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto

Legos & Building

Family Lego Days SAT, JUN 2 & JUL 7, 11 AM to 12:30 PM @ Braden River

 

Lego Robotics Workshops Ages 7 to 12. SAT, JUL 7 (this class full), 11 AM to 12 PM @ Braden River.  To register, call 727-6079.

 

Lego Club SAT, JUNE 16 & JUL 21, 1 to 3 PM @ Rocky Bluff; SAT, JUN 23 & JUL 28, 2 to 3:30 PM @ South Manatee

Community

Stranger Danger Class Hosted by Jurassic Martial Arts. For kids and families. Learn simple self-defense techniques to have a fun, safe summer and beyond. SAT, JUN 9,  2 to 4 PM @ Palmetto

 

Volunteer Opportunity: Join Braden River’s Tech Buddies Earn school community service hours by helping others learn how to use their laptop, tablet, smartphone and social media. The One-on-One Help Sessions will be held Wednesdays from 2 to 4 PM, JUN 13 to AUG 1 @ Braden River. Please call (941) 727-6079 to request a Library Teen Volunteer application and questionnaire before attending this training session.

 

Let’s Recycle TUE, JUN 19, 2 to 3 PM @ South Manatee;  WED, JUN 27, 2 to 3 PM @ Palmetto; THURS, JUL 5, 2 to 3 PM @ Braden River