Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - March 6, 2018
REVISED March 6, 2018 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #40

The Manatee Library Foundation Donation - Lifelong Learner Program

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Ava Ehde, Interim Director, Neighborhood Services Department x 6301

Sherry Oehler, President, Manatee Library Foundation

Action Requested

Acceptance of a $ 81,776.43 donation to complete the Manatee Library Foundation's two year $278,000.00 commitment of funding for the "I Am A Lifelong Learner" Program.

Adoption of Budget Resolution B-18-049 amending the annual budget for Manatee County, FL, for fiscal year 2018.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Background Discussion

The Manatee Library Foundation believes that Manatee County Public Libraries are vital to the success of the community.  The Foundation's support strengthens the libraries' ability to foster excellence today and tomorrow.

The Foundation collaborated with the Neighborhood Services Department to create an innovative literacy campaign, "I Am A Lifelong Learner."  This outreach program was aimed at helping families work with their children to improve reading skills and become lifelong learners.

In order to fund this literacy program, the Foundation held annual fundraisers featuring popular authors at the State College of Florida's Neel Performing Arts Center.  Stephen King and John Grisham appeared in 2016, while Nicholas Sparks was the featured speaker last year.

Funding from the Foundation supported a Literacy Coordinator who provides outreach programs and summer reading events that develop literacy skills for our community's youngest readers along with year-round parent training. 

The Foundation also purchased a variety of resources and provided onsite programs to increase literacy levels.  Some of these programs are offered in collaboration with other organizations such as United Way and Meals on Wheels and individuals such as John and Amanda Horne to help specifically address the summer slide. 

The Board of County Commissioners formally accepted the Library Foundation's first year donation installment of $ 161,000.00 on February 23, 2016.

Also, in 2017, the Library Foundation applied alternative grant funds along with fundrasing and purchased $35,223.57, in materials directly to support the Lifelong Learner Program.

By today's acceptance of the second year's donation in the amount of $ 81,776.43, this action completes the Manatee Library Foundation's two-year commitment to fund the Lifelong Learning Program for a total of $278,000.00.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Signed copy of Resolution B-18-049 to ava.ehde@mymanatee.orglorrie.see@mymanatee.org and elaine.maholtz@mymanatee.org.


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
160-0005403 ($81,776.43)

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
Donation ($81,776.43)

Attachment:  Manatee Library Foundation Donation Letter_Redacted.pdf
Attachment:  Resolution B-18-049.pdf