Now That's Creepy!

Manatee Libraries Offering Parasites & Predators Lecture Just in Time for Halloween

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (October 25, 2017) – When Halloween comes around, some people look for scary activities but may not think they could come in the form of a lecture. Manatee Libraries is offering just that with a presentation by Joe Kerata, featured community speaker and actor, on Monday, October 30, 6 to 8 PM, at Downtown Library.


In partnership with Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy and South Florida Museum, the “Parasites & Predators” presentation will take attendees through a haunting survey of the human body’s defensive and regulatory systems and their never-ending battle to keep us alive.


Kerata has extensive knowledge of the subject matter, having taught Advanced Biology for over 40 years in northeast Ohio and at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy in Sarasota. He also has written several biology courses for adult learners. Kerata will explore human hormones, immunities, nerves, muscles and bones. He assures attendees that they don’t need a science degree to comprehend the material, as his specialty is teaching science to non-scientists.


The program is free. Downtown Library is located at 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton 34205.


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


About Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy: Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy (RCLLA) is a division of Ringling College of Art and Design. RCLLA operates year-round and is supported through student registrations and private contributions. RCLLA courses are non-credit and primarily based on a liberal arts curriculum. There are no grades and no tests; courses are offered purely for the joy of learning. Students may attend classes at any of their locations, participate in Academy Talks and Einstein’s Circle discussion groups and attend lectures and special events. Tuition varies, depending upon course length. For more information, visit


About South Florida Museum: The largest natural and cultural history museum on Florida’s Gulf Coast, South Florida Museum interprets the region from the Pleistocene to the present. Highlights include fossil evidence of Florida’s earliest mammals and marine species and the Montague Tallant collection of prehistoric and early post-contact archeological artifacts. Recently opened is the Environmental Wing focusing on Florida’s ecology and bio-diversity in the Pine Uplands and Riverine Galleries. Other exhibits cover local maritime traditions, early Twentieth-Century medical practices and Spanish exploration in the New World. Spanish Plaza has full-scale replicas of a Sixteenth-Century manor house, chapel and conquistador Hernando DeSoto’s birthplace. For more information, visit or connect with them on Facebook and Twitter @southflmuseum


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, 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


About the Speaker: Joe Kerata has taught Advanced Biology for over 40 years in northeast Ohio and at the Ringling College Lifelong Learning Academy in Sarasota. His specialty is teaching science to non-scientists. He earned degrees from Ohio State University and Cleveland State University and is a Princeton University Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Bioethics. He has traveled and studied in Kenya, Peru, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands. During his tenure as Ohio Teacher of the Year, he was honored at the White House and had the opportunity to interact with many educators and school boards on the state and national levels. He’s written several biology courses for adult learners. He is also a featured speaker at several community groups. Joe has been acting since 1979. Since then, he has been active in over 50 community and professional productions.