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, improved, easier-than-ever catalog system. The 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 demonstrated exceptional support for libraries. The awards are our way...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 details on how to get in...Read More »


BOOKENDS: An Evening with Two Literary Giants

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