Area 52 Programs

If you like to create, there is something here for you!

Girls Who Code Club (Third to Fifth Graders):

Learn how to code through activities or by using fun online tutorials. Build animations, games, apps and other things that you dream up using various program languages. Meets Weekly Wednesdays, starting NOV 6 (no class meetings on NOV 27, DEC 25, JAN 1, FEB 5 and MAR 18). 

Girls Who Code Club (Six Graders):


Learn how to code using fun online tutorials and activities. Build animations, games, apps and other things that you dream up using Scratch, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript &Thunkable. Meets Weekly Wednesdays, starting NOV 6 (no class meetings on NOV 27, DEC 25, JAN 1, FEB 5 and MAR 18).

Both Girls Who Code classes will be facilitated by Belinda Kowalski. Each class is limited to 10. Please contact Daniel Aken at 748-5555 or daniel.aken@mymanatee.org to reserve a seat. 



Monday Night Art Workshops (5 to 8 PM):

MON, 11/18: Screenprint a T-shirt 11/16: Learn to knit
MON, 12/9: Harry Potter Crafts
MON, 12/16: Holiday ornaments

All ages welcome.

Saturday Afternoon Art Workshops (2 to 5 PM):

SAT, 12/28: Learn to Sew (ages 10 and up)

Look for our list of Winter/Spring classes coming soon!

About Daniel Aken, Librarian & Area 52 Coordinator:
Daniel recently joined Manatee Libraries after moving to the area over the summer from Kentucky with his wife and seven-year-old daughter. He received his Masters in Library Information Services from the University of Kentucky in 2016 with his original goal of becoming an archivist. Daniel’s father was a librarian, whom Daniel often visited during work, starting at an early age. Most recently, Daniel was a reference and outreach librarian at Clark County Public Library.

What interests Daniel about Area 52?
I am amazed by all the different things there are to do in this space. I have the freedom to learn how to use a lot of pieces of equipment that I would never have the opportunity to work with otherwise. My colleagues and our patrons have been able to form a community in here, sharing our knowledge of how to use various tools to maximize our creative potential. We have such a large collection of items that it’s impossible for any one person to be an expert at using them all, but we are lucky to have lots of people who can teach us how to use at least one thing and we can reciprocate and teach them how to use something else in turn.

Rachel Suntop, Librarian & Area 52 Arts & Crafts Facilitator
Rachel offers classes in sewing, Cricut, T-shirt design, crochet, beadwork, knitting, weaving, collage, mixed media/recycled material assemblage, bookbinding and recycled book sculpture. She’s always open to new classes and ideas. She regularly holds classes on select Monday evenings and Saturday afternoons in Area 52, as well as other library locations and at outreach events.