BookEnds Wrap Up

A huge thank you to Stephen King and John Grisham as well as our amazing volunteer team headed by Susan Wilcox, Event Chair, for helping The Library Foundation raise nearly $222,000, far exceeding our fundraising goal of $175,000!

Heather Sniffen, Raffle Chair, doubled our event raffle and silent auction proceeds, bringing in $13,800!!!!

And it all would have been for nothing if we didn’t have our Treasurer, Paul Lynch, to process each and every ticket transaction

Thanks to all of you gracious supporters.

And with the end of one adventure begins another…

The Library Foundation is pleased to announce the Lifelong Learner Literacy Program

Made possible through the proceeds raised by BookEnds. Check our Literacy Giving page for details on how you can continue to positively impact the Manatee County Community.

If you were unable to join us for BookEnds, you can find more photos from BookEnds by visiting the Manatee Herald’s photo gallery, here.

Or you can watch the event in its entirety below…

A few signed copies of John Grisham’s latest novel, Rogue Lawyer, are now available on a first come, first serve basis at Bookstore 1 in Sarasota. You can give them a call at 941.365.7900 or email Elsie at

Here is what the attendees had to say…

“It was an extraordinary event and you should be very, very proud. We do a lot of events, galas and the like and I must tell you this was a truly unique, one-of-a-kind experience. We were very fortunate to be there.” – Charles Clapsaddle, METV

 “On behalf of Northern Trust we want to thank the Library Foundation allowing us the opportunity to sponsor this event, an event that was probably a once in a life time experience.” – Chris Romine

 “You and your team are a gift to our community! Thank you for the spectacular support of our Library System & the great professional team that manage the day to day customer service we are so proud of.” – Ed Hunzeker, Manatee County Administrator

 “Kudos on an extraordinary literary evening! We are very grateful for all your time and efforts, especially as we recognize that you are all volunteers.  Your ongoing support of our Manatee Libraries is impressive.” – Ava Ehde, Library Services Manager

 “Congratulations on yet another highly successful author event! And thank you for all you dare doing to advance literacy and learning in our community.” – Karen Carpenter, Chair Manatee County School Board


Thank You Volunteers

A big shout out to all the volunteers and supporters that made this event possible. We give recognition to the following literacy crusaders for their above and beyond contributions:

Rep. Jim and Sandy Boyd, Honorary Chairs

Susan Wilcox, Event Chair

Paul Lynch, Treasurer

Jane Plitt, Foundation President

Heather Sniffen, Raffle Chair

Nina Wolff and Norm Greenspan, Volunteer Coordinators

Doris Pope, Event Support


Proceeds from “BOOKENDS: An Evening with Two Literary Giants” will allow the Library Foundation and the Manatee County Public Library system to implement a new two year literacy program: the Lifelong Learner Literacy Program. For details on this new program you can visit our Literacy Giving Page. If you have any questions, please call 941-216-8746.

Thank you for your support,

Rep. Jim Boyd, Honorary Chair
Sandy Boyd, Honorary Chair