Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas Sparks headlines 2017 Library Foundation fundraiser
to benefit Manatee Public Library System
Romantic-drama author has sold 80 million books


“An Evening with Nicholas Sparks” will be held Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at the Neel Performing Arts Center on the State College of Florida campus. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tickets are available now – general admission tickets are $100 and reserved seating is $150. Click here to purchase tickets. If you prefer to pay by phone, please call (941)216-8746.

Sponsorship packages from $10,000 (presenting sponsor) to $500 (patron) are available by calling (941) 216-8746. Reserved seating tickets are $150 and general admission tickets are $100. Sponsorship details coming early next week. Click here for more information about sponsoring the event.

The Foundation will also give away two tickets to the Sparks event to the winner of a Flash Fiction contest challenging amateur writers to submit a 500-word prose piece focused on a relationship. One winner will be announced in January. Details are available at

Proceeds from the evening will continue to benefit the Manatee Library System’s innovative new literacy program, “I Am a Lifelong Learner.” The program aims to improve literacy by targeting the area’s youngest readers by providing a Lifelong Learner Campaign Coordinator to meet families at the point-of-need and offer outreach programs to develop literacy skills, add additional summer reading programs at our libraries, and enrich parental engagement through informational programs and supplementary resources such as Early Literacy Kits, new technologies and books.

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