PROGRAMS SPONSORED BY THE LIBRARY FOUNDATION
Over the past twenty nine years, the Manatee County Library Foundation has assisted the Manatee Library System in becoming a model for Florida and the rest of the country.
Since 1985, the Library Foundation funded projects and major improvements. Some of the more recent projects include:
- Raising historic sums (nearly $215,000) for the Library’s two-year I Am a LifeLong Reader literacy program to help address literacy in our County, particularly in the underserved areas. Another $65,000 is needed!
- Contributing $100,000 in partnership with the County to upgrade the Library’s operating system (called the library card catalog) to a state-of-the art operations.
- Purchasing computers and wireless networks (Wi-fi) in the branches
- Digitizing pictures in the historical library
- Purchasing books, DVDs and materials for all branches
- Purchasing Overdrive, e-reader and e-Audio books and materials
- Providing assistance to the Library’s low income patrons through “Right Service Florida”
- Sponsoring the Library Logo & Motto Contest (“Sunshine for the Mind”)
- Sponsoring the Library Essay Contest “How the Manatee County Libraries Have Saved me Money”
- Hosting the annual fundraising event for three decades, bringing best-selling authors to Manatee County including Stephen King and John Grisham
The goal of Manatee County Public Library’s Innovative Programs for Children is to:
- Encourage the love of learning in youth
- Provide the tools to improve literacy
- Nurture imagination
- Provide life-long learning
- Enrich the community with free programs and entertainment
Recent Programs include:
- Summer Reading Club – youth are provided with incentives for reading via partnerships.
- STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) programs for preschoolers and toddlers.
- Mad Science Programs – for school age children 8-12.
- Pre-School Story Times – weekly story programs for age 0-5.
- Recycled Dreams Fashion Show – debuted in April 2014.
- Mana-Con – Annual Comic Book Day
- Star Wars Literacy Day
- Touch A Truck
- Family Literacy Training