Proceeds from John Grisham, Stephen King event to help improve literacy in Manatee County

BRADENTON — Manatee County children will be the beneficiaries of nearly $215,000 raised at the Manatee Library Foundation’s Bookends event with John Grisham and Stephen King.

Foundation board members voted to contribute $161,000 to the library to hire a full-time literacy coordinator for 2016 and 2017. The money...Read More »

A Gift for the "Thing of Evil"

We’re glad to see that Molly aka the Thing of Evil is enjoying...Read More »

Hard Work Pays Off: Library's New Catalog System Unveiled

It was June 2nd when the Library Foundation presented the Manatee County Public Library System with $100,000 to purchase a new operating system that would delight all library users. Today (October 1st, 2015) the library unveils its new,...Read More »

A Library Champion

The Tampa Bay Library Consortium (TBLC) is recognizing four leaders with its “Library Champion Award.” The recipients are nominated by library leaders around the TBLC region and awards are granted to recognize elected or appointed officials who have...Read More »

Manatee Library Foundation lands two literary giants: John Grisham and Stephen King

By: Bradenton Herald Editorial

Star power indeed. Last January, the Manatee Library Foundation scored a major coup by enticing Stephen King to hold court at the organization’s annual author event, raising a record $100,000. This coming January, the foundation pushed the bar even higher, perhaps out of sight. John Grisham will...Read More »

Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction – definition:

  1. fiction that is extremely brief, typically only a few hundred words or fewer in its entirety.

A New Writing Contest is here.

The deadline for entry in Flash Fiction 2015 closed on November 15th, 2015. Stay tuned for...Read More »

BOOKENDS: An Evening with Two Literary Giants

BookEnds Wrap Up

The Library Foundation sends a big thank you to the family of Thelma Kuhn, for a generous legacy contribution in her memory. Thelma passed away on October 30th, 2014.

She was a library enthusiast, spending a great deal of time volunteering for...Read More »

Jeff Lindsay Delivers Another Arts & Lecture Series Hit

By Wendy Dewhurst,

If you haven’t been attending the Manatee Library Foundation Arts & Lecture Series you are missing out!!  Mondays Arts & Lecture Series featured national best selling author Jeff Lindsay. He is the author of seven national best sellers and the smashing hit show Dexter was based...Read More »

Dexter Series Creator: Jeff Lindsay Coming Soon

New York Times bestselling author Jeff Lindsay, creator of the hit TV drama series Dexter, will speak Monday, July 13 at 6 p.m., at the Arts & Lecture Series, co-sponsored by The Library Foundation, Inc., and the Manatee...Read More »

Mission Accomplished: Library Ready for an Upgrade

The photo above is of the $100,000 check being presented to the Manatee County Commissioners by the Library Foundation on June 2nd. The Library Foundation officers and board members delivered it on time, assuring the community that our new library operating...Read More »

Rogers Garden Elementary students treated with trip to Bradenton library


BRADENTON — A normally serene location, the third-floor of the newly renovated Manatee County Central Library shook Thursday with the vibration of more than 180 Rogers Garden Elementary School children singing: “Take me out to the ball game.”

Students toured the library, signed up...Read More »

Lisa Unger - 2015 Arts and Lecture Series

Lisa Unger kicked off this year’s Arts and Lecture Series at the Manatee Performing Arts Center this past Monday evening. Thanks to all of those that made it out to hear Lisa and a special thanks to Lisa for joining us! The event in its...Read More »

Introducing the Marauders' Library Readers Program

A pilot literacy program entitled the “Marauders’ Library Readers Program”, highlighting baseball as an interdisciplinary “text” for learning to read will be launched at Rogers Garden Elementary School, involving the Manatee County Public...Read More »

More than books...

Salute to the Becksteins and their life-long love and support of libraries!

According to Anne and Eugene Beckstein, generous community donors…

With the internet, we both thought need for the library was declining. Were we wrong! We are proud to help more people...Read More »

A Special Gift and a Special Meeting

Dea’Ndrea Mathis, from Southeast High School, participated in the “Library of the Future” contest to win a ticket to An Evening with Stephen King. She was one of four students selected by her school because she designed, drew, and framed a commemoration of...Read More »

What lingerie goes with a slide rule?

“Best place to see Stephen King talk about Stephen King novels.”

By: Bill Church, Sarasota Herald Tribune, a real-estate blog with a different spin, has used lists to create oh-so-unique buzz.

If you believe the latest crunched data, Sarasota and Bradenton are among the nerdiest...Read More »

Library Annex equipped with computer lab slated to open Monday in Bradenton

By: Sara Kennedy, Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON — A pop-up computer lab is slated to open Monday near the Bradenton Central Library for patrons affected by the library’s Feb. 1 closing for renovations.

The computer lab, called the Library Annex, is at 321 15th St. W.,...Read More »

An Evening with Stephen King

You can view the Evening with Stephen King event in its entirety below. Sign-up for our mailing list to receive information about upcoming events (like this one) and Foundation news by completing the form to the right.

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Bradenton resident wins writing contest and front row seat to see Stephen King

By: Kathryn Moschella, Bradenton Herald

January 7, 2015

LAKEWOOD RANCH — It was just a single paragraph of 250 written words, but because of its style, intrigue and ending twist, Bradenton resident Charles Schlotter landed a coveted front-row seat to an “Evening with Stephen King”...Read More »

Manatee County Library Foundation on Royal Mission with King Assisting

Manatee County Library Foundation on royal mission with King assisting


August 22, 2014

Manatee County is blessed with a volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for residents to pursue their interests and discover new worlds.

The Library Foundation, a rather generic term for a model support system,...Read More »

Support our libraries


Support our libraries

Congratulations to the Manatee Library Foundation for securing Stephen King as its speaker to help raise funds for a new operating system for the Manatee County Library system. As a sister library foundation, we support its efforts and share the common goal of ensuring the viability...Read More »

Manatee library's star power


Editorial: Manatee library’s star power

Author King’s involvement speaks to the value of expanded access

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 1:00 a.m.

If they had played a few friendly hands of poker, the folks at the Manatee Library Foundation could have told their counterparts in Sarasota: We’ll see your Carl Hiaasen and...Read More »

Stephen King to Speak at Manatee Library Fundraiser


By Dale White

MANATEE COUNTY — While autographing books for his fans at Bookstore1Sarasota in March, famed writer Stephen King received a hand-delivered letter from a friend of Manatee Library Foundation President Jane Plitt.

In that note, Plitt appealed to the bestselling author to help the foundation raise...Read More »