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

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