Lifelong Learner

I am a Lifelong Learner!

December 2016

Dear Library Foundation Supporter,

Can you imagine a community without the valuable resource of libraries? We would lose a place where books, magazines, movies and other sources of reading are offered completely free. We would also lose family programs, access to telescopes and maker spaces for young inventors. We would lose computer access for job-seekers and researchers. And, we would lose a valuable partner in the fight against illiteracy.

Fortunately, we have a vibrant and growing library system, due to your generous support. Your Library Foundation exists to provide financial support to the Manatee County Library System. We fund programs and supplies that are not otherwise covered by tax revenue. This year and next year, we are very proud to be partnering with the Library System in an innovative literacy campaign called “I Am a Lifelong Learner.”
The campaign has a dynamic new coordinator who is reaching out to underserved areas to help them learn what our library has to offer. In addition, the library has expanded its collection of special e-readers that are vital educational tools and will be offering special programming designed to spark a love for reading in people of all ages.

But, we need your help to continue this project. There are two ways you can participate in the “I Am a Lifelong Learner” campaign.

nicholas-sparksFirst, we are continuing our author series with “An Evening with Nicholas Sparks” on
 February 7, 2017 at the Neel Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $100 for general admission and $150 for reserved seating. Not only will you support the literacy campaign, you will enjoy an entertaining evening with a best-selling author. And a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible. By the way, the tickets make a great holiday gift! You may purchase tickets online at or by calling (941)216-8746.

The second method for participation is to send in a tax-deductible donation. Perhaps you want to make the donation in the name of a friend or family member as a holiday gift for the person who has everything. You can send your check, made payable to the “Library Foundation, Inc.” to 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. West, Bradenton, FL 34205.

Thank you for your support. Happy Holidays!

Manatee Library Foundation Board of Directors

Sherry Oehler, President                Susan Wilcox, Vice-President
Lisa Gonzalez Moore, Secretary   Jennifer Messal, Treasurer
George Barford                                Jaymie Carter
Toni Comito                                      Suzie Dobbs
Shelly Dorfman                                Paul Lang
Chris Romine                                   Heather Sniffen
Leah Stuart