Giving Challenge 2016 #BeTheOne

giving challenge 2016

YOU can make a difference in our community and to the Manatee County
Library System by donating to the 2016 Giving Challenge.

YOU can help Manatee Library Foundation continue its funding of the
innovative literacy program, “I am a Lifelong Learner.”

How can you be the one to help us? Log into between noon on Tuesday, Sept. 20th and noon on Wednesday, Sept. 21. Search for the “The Library Foundation, Inc” and enter the information for your donation. That’s all there is to it!

Even better—your donation can be doubled or even tripled by
The Patterson Foundation!

All returning donations up to $100 will be matched 1:1
All new donations up to $100 will be matched 2:1

The 2016 Giving challenge is presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, William and Marie Selby Foundation and the
Herald-Tribune Media Group.

Florida State Library Association Honors Manatee County Library System With Four Awards

Manatee County Library System Florida Library of The Year

This is the second time in three years Manatee Libraries are taking home the Florida Library Association Youth Services Award for innovative teen programming.  In 2013 the Betty Davis Miller Youth Award was bestowed upon Manatee Libraries for ManaCon, a free and inventive teen comic convention developed by Ericka Dow, one of the research and instructional librarians, to bring the teens back into the library.  This impressively successful annual event celebrated its 5th year in October 2015, filling the library with more than 2,000 teens for the day to celebrate comic book art, culture, and traditions. Read the full story here.


I Am A Lifelong Learner

Lifelong library learners check presentation

The Library Foundation, Inc presented a $161,000 check to Chairman Vanessa Baugh and Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager, for year one of the two- year Lifelong Learner/Literacy commitment at Tuesday’s Board of County Commissioners Meeting. The Lifelong Learner Program supports the local Campaign for Grade-Level Reading Initiative and aligns with the Library Summer Slide program offerings for youth literacy and year-round parent training.

The funding was made possible by the January 19, 2016, Stephen King and John Grisham – Bookends, An Evening With Two Literary Giants event presented by Northern Trust and held at the State College of Florida’s Neel Auditorium. The generous support of the authors, sponsors and our community made this a Best Seller Event. Thank you!

Our kudos to Event Chairs – Jane Plitt and Susan Wilcox; Treasurer – Paul Lynch and Past Event Chair – Doris Pope.



John Grisham and Stephen King deliver a once-in-a-lifetime event

Stephen King and John Grisham

Thank you to Stephen King and John Grisham for helping The Library Foundation surpass its fundraising goal of $175,000.

If you were unable to attend the event you can get the wrap up, view photos, and watch Book Ends in its entirety by visiting the BookEnds page.

With the end of every adventure, begins another…

Introducing the Lifelong Learner Literacy Program

On January 26, 2016, the Library Foundation Inc., approved funding for the a new two year literacy program, the Lifelong Learner Literacy Program.

Net proceeds from the BookEnds event will be used to kick off the first year of the program, and we need your support to continue this historic effort into 2017.

You can visit our Literacy Giving page to learn how to aid in reaching our youngest readers and their families in all areas of the community through the Lifelong Learner Literacy Program.

Libraries are magical

With your support in 2015 our Library Foundation provided over $141,000 in support to our county public library system.

Your support has helped the Library continue to be an award-winning innovative, customer sensitive community center for young and old alike. More people than ever before are coming to Library programs and using Library facilities and resources.

Yet the challenge of outreaching to the underserved and the general community remains.

Continuing in 2016 the Library is committed to building on its success and expanding its wonderful literacy and summer reading programs for youth. We hope you will continue to support the Library Foundation as we work to expand the number of Florida Library Youth reading programs, help the Library purchase more literacy kits, and provide funds for additional exciting programs and resources.

Visit our Donate Now page to learn more about our innovative programs and giving opportunities.



 For more information on how you can help increase literacy in the community