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 also will help provide services and supplies for a two-year literacy program delivered by the Manatee County Public Library system. Another $65,000 will be needed beyond the Grisham-King proceeds to fully fund this effort.
The lifelong learning literacy program is designed to build on other community-wide literacy efforts,
Library Services Manager Ava Ehde said.
“This is a two-year literacy enhancement effort, with the goal of reaching our youngest readers and their families in all areas of the community, especially the underserved is successful,” Jane Plitt, outgoing president of the foundation, said in a statement. “If it is successful, we hope the county will prioritize the program and extend it into future. We are proud the Library Foundation has been the financial catalyst for filling such a community need and we are grateful to this generous community for responding.”