Blues in the Library Week Starts November 27

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (November 10, 2017) – Manatee Libraries’ popular Blues in the Library program returns Monday, November 27. In partnership with the Suncoast Blues Society and Realize Bradenton, the week-long educational series leads right up to the award-winning Bradenton Blues Fest weekend, taking place December 2 and 3.


Each of the County’s six libraries will host one free concert where performers engage with the audience to provide a little education in-between the playing. New this year, Braden River Library’s concert will offer a duo, Steve Arvey and Bill Buchman, who will provide an overview of the history of the piano.


The schedule, which is listed on Manatee Libraries’ Website and Facebook events page @manalibraries is as follows:


Downtown Central Library

1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205 

George Worthmore

Monday, November 27, 6 to 7:30 PM


South Manatee Library

6081 26th Street West Bradenton 34207

Nat Langston

Tuesday, November 28, 5:30 to 7 PM


Palmetto Library

923 6th Street West Palmetto 34221

Steve Arvey

Wednesday, November 29, 2:30 to 4 PM


Rocky Bluff Library

6750 US Hwy 301 North, Ellenton 34222

Bodie Valdez

Wednesday, November 29, 6 to 7:30 PM


Island Library

5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach 34217

RJ Howson

Thursday, November 30, 2 to 3:30 PM


Braden River Library

4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton 34203

Steve Arvey & Bill Buchman

Friday, December 1, 2 to 3:30 PM


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


About Realize Bradenton: Realize Bradenton is a non-profit organization that promotes redevelopment and economic growth in downtown Bradenton by transforming places, engaging people and realizing possibilities. As a community-benefit organization, they work with others to continually strengthen the social, cultural and physical assets in the Bradenton. For more information, visit


About Suncoast Blues Society: A 501(c)3, the Suncoast Blues Society celebrates and promote Blues Music, preserves its history and traditions and share Blues Music with current and future generations. For more information, go to


About the Manatee County Public Library System: The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and 2013 “Library 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. For more information, call Downtown Library at (941) 748-5555, ext. 6307. For more information on Manatee County Public Library System, visit and follow them at Facebook, Twitter and Instragram @manalibraries. For more information about Manatee County Government, call 941-748-4501 or visit, or twitter @ManateeGov