Manatee Libraries

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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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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
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020
Tutor.com includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons 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
23Jan
Coder School: Coding in Python - Downtown Bradenton
1:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
23Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky Bluff
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline on Zoom
25Jan
Microsoft Excel Intermediate Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
25Jan
Short Fiction Workshop with Julieanna Blackwell - Downtown Bradenton
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
27Jan
Open Book Club - Downtown Bradenton
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
29Jan
Civics Lab: Sustainable Citizenship Series
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
30Jan
Crafter Academy - Rocky Bluff
3:00PM - 4:00PMOnline on Zoom
01Feb
The Arc of Flash Fictions Writing Workshop - Downtown Bradenton
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
05Feb
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
05Feb
Full Steam Ahead - Rocky Bluff
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline on Zoom
06Feb
Valentine's Day Craft - Downtown Bradenton
11:00AM - 12:00PMOnline on Zoom
06Feb
Time Management and Study Skills for Teens - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
08Feb
The Arc of Flash Fictions Writing Workshop - Downtown Bradenton
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
09Feb
Consumer Reports Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
10Feb
Tech Terminology Class - Downtown Bradenton
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline on Zoom
12Feb
Android Settings Overview Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
13Feb
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
15Feb
Windows 10 Settings and Security Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
15Feb
The Arc of Flash Fictions Writing Workshop - Downtown Bradenton
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
16Feb
Teen Anime Club - Rocky Bludd
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Feb
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
18Feb
iPhone Settings Overview Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
20Feb
Afrofuturism: An Introduction - Braden River
10:00AM - 11:30AMOnline on Zoom
20Feb
Books & Beyond: Black Voices
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
22Feb
OneDrive Cloud Storage for Windows 10 Tech Class - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
24Feb
Open Book Club - Downtown Bradenton
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline on Zoom
26Feb
Knitting & Crochet: Beyond the Basics - Downtown Bradenton
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline on Zoom
27Feb
Afrofuturism: "Kindred" Book Discussion - Braden River
10:00AM - 11:30AMOnline on Zoom
05Mar
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
05Mar
Full Steam Ahead - Rocky Bluff
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline on Zoom
13Mar
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
16Mar
Teen Anime Club - Rocky Bludd
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
17Mar
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
02Apr
Mindfulness Meditation
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
02Apr
Full Steam Ahead - Rocky Bluff
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline on Zoom
10Apr
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
20Apr
Teen Anime Club - Rocky Bludd
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
21Apr
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
08May
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
18May
Teen Anime Club - Rocky Bludd
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
19May
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club - Island
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline on Zoom
12Jun
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
10Jul
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
14Aug
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
11Sep
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
09Oct
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
13Nov
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom
11Dec
Teen Advisory Board - Braden River
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline on Zoom

Upcoming program 

non fiction addiction book club


Check out our Facebook and Calendar of Events for upcoming programs!