Manatee Libraries

Happy National Library Week! Check out our Facebook and YouTube channel to tune in for storytimes brought to you by our Manatee County Commissioners! 

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Know Before You Go: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations are open at limited occupancy during normal operational days, but all will close one hour early to allow staff time to disinfect surfaces in all public areas.

  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) has reopened by appointment Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 941-748-5555, x3807 to schedule your family's 45 minute playdate. 
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and the staff asks that customers limit their visits to 30 minutes in order to accommodate more customers while adhering to occupancy guidelines.
  • Computers will be available but are limited to one 30-minute session per visitor per day. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ's page.
Your library is Fine Free! Overdue fines will not be charged for undamaged items returned to the library.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

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The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time 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 seven 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 our resources over 3.9 million times (a record high!). We offer a wide array of digital ebook/eaudio/movies, unique collections (e.g. early literacy kits, telescopes), databases, classes and special events for people of all ages. Check us out!

Announcements

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During National Library Week April 4-10, check out your library online
April 04, 2021
This week, Manatee Libraries encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs.Read More
Partridge Comes Prepared to Collaborate
September 01, 2020
New Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, brings with her three Master’s degrees and a unique combination of experience, that includes serving as Literacy Coordinator. Read More
Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
May 12, 2020
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.Read More
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
12Apr
Editors Speak: Do's and Don'ts of Submitting to Literary Journals
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
13Apr
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
15Apr
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
15Apr
Virtual Bingo
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Apr
Spring Craft: String Art Workshop
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Apr
Books & Beyond: #WeNeedDiverseBooks
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
21Apr
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
22Apr
Basic Knitting
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Apr
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Apr
Zentangle
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Mythology Trivia
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Crafternoon: Fairy Jars
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Coding School: Snap Game
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Apr
Teen Advisory Board
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
27Apr
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
28Apr
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
29Apr
Art Class with Enith Marin
2:00PM - 4:00PMOnline on Zoom
01May
Mother's Day Craft
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline on Zoom
01May
Club de Libro en Español
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
01May
Teen Poetry Contest Reading
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
02May
Author Talk: Sunday Brunch with Heather Graham
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline
05May
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline on Zoom
08May
Book Vase with Flowers - Recycled Book Sculpture
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline on Zoom
08May
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
11May
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
13May
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
13May
Food/Cooking Presentation
6:00PM - 7:00PMOnline on Zoom
19May
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
20May
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
22May
Coder School: Roblox into to Lua
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
25May
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
26May
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
28May
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
31May
Library Closed
All DayDowntown Bradenton Branch
02Jun
Books on Tap
7:00PM - 8:00PMOnline on Zoom
08Jun
Braden River Book Discussion Group
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Jun
Murder by the Book - Book Discussion
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline on Zoom
12Jun
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Jun
Mystery Book Discussion
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
22Jun
Classics up Close Book Discussion
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Jun
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
25Jun
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
26Jun
Coder School: Scratch Game
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
05Jul
Library Closed
All DayDowntown Bradenton Branch
10Jul
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Jul
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Jul
Coder School: Intro to Python
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
14Aug
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
27Aug
Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
28Aug
Coder School: Discord Bots
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom

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