Manatee Libraries

Downtown Central Library will be closed on Monday, January 21, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. All libraries will reopen at their normal times on Tuesday, January 22. 

The Florida Library Association’s 2016 Library of Year and two-time Innovation winner, the Manatee County Public Library System supports the County’s growing community and visitors through a wide range of educational and technological resources and programs at six facilities in downtown Bradenton (Riverwalk), the east county region, the south county area, Holmes Beach, Palmetto and Ellenton. This past year, Manatee Libraries was visited by nearly 850,000 customers who made use of our resources over 3.9 million times (a record high!). We offer a wide array of digital ebook/eaudio/movies, unique collections (e.g. early literacy kits, telescopes), databases, classes and special events for people of all ages. Check us out!

Announcements

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Like Big Trucks?
December 26, 2018
Kids of all ages can explore trucks of all types and sizes this Saturday at Downtown LibraryRead More
Rocky Bluff to Host Youth Business Fair in February
November 28, 2018
Young entrepreneurs will attempt to develop a brand, build a marketing strategy, create marketing material and promote their product and the marketplace event in order to obtain customers. Read More
A Week of the Blues
November 14, 2018
Free concerts start November 26Read More
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes for the fall season at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
15Jan
Disco Aerobics Class
10:00AM - 11:00AMDowntown Central
15Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
15Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
15Jan
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
15Jan
Sci Club (ages 8 to 12)
4:00PM - 6:00PMDowntown Central
15Jan
New Year, New You: Real Food Solutions
6:00PM - 7:30PMPalmetto Library
16Jan
Card Making Workshop (all ages)
1:00PM - 2:30PMRocky Bluff
17Jan
Veteran Services information
9:00AM - 11:00AMIsland
17Jan
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
17Jan
Lunch, Listen & Learn: Edwin Culver
1:00PM - 2:00PMRocky Bluff
17Jan
Max Osceola: The Seminole of Florida
2:00PM - 3:00PMIsland
17Jan
Weekly Yoga at Palmetto Library
2:00PM - 3:00PMPalmetto
17Jan
Ukulele Class for Advanced Beginners
2:00PM - 4:00PMDowntown Central
17Jan
Tai Chi With Sherry
6:00PM - 7:00PMSouth Manatee
18Jan
Creative Aging Art Class: Drawing 101 Begins
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee
18Jan
Mahjong Club
10:30AM - 1:30PMPalmetto
18Jan
Chess Club
2:00PM - 4:30PMSouth Manatee
18Jan
Weekly Yoga Class at Downtown Central
2:00PM - 3:00PMDowntown Central
18Jan
Weekly Yoga Class at Downtown Central
2:00PM - 3:00PMDowntown Central
18Jan
Genre Exploration Young Adult Book Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMBraden River
19Jan
Asolo Rep Guild Presents Fractured Fairy Tales
10:00AM - 11:00AMBraden River
19Jan
Meditation
11:00AM - 12:00PMIsland
19Jan
Chess Club
2:00PM - 5:00PMDowntown Central
22Jan
Disco Aerobics Class
10:00AM - 11:00AMDowntown Central
22Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
22Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
22Jan
Memoir Writing Group
1:00PM - 2:30PMBraden River
22Jan
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
22Jan
Sci Club (ages 8 to 12)
4:00PM - 6:00PMDowntown Central
23Jan
Adult Coloring Club
12:00PM - 1:00PMIsland
24Jan
Veteran Services information
9:00AM - 11:00AMIsland
24Jan
Scrabble Club
12:00PM - 2:30PMSouth Manatee
24Jan
Seaside Quilters
1:00PM - 3:00PMIsland
24Jan
Les McCurdy: Standing Up for Laughter
2:00PM - 3:00PMIsland
24Jan
Weekly Yoga at Palmetto Library
2:00PM - 3:00PMPalmetto
24Jan
Ukulele Class for Advanced Beginners
2:00PM - 4:00PMDowntown Central
24Jan
Tai Chi With Sherry
6:00PM - 7:00PMSouth Manatee
25Jan
Mahjong Club
10:30AM - 1:30PMPalmetto
25Jan
Weekly Yoga Class at Downtown Central
2:00PM - 3:00PMDowntown Central
26Jan
CPR Training
9:00AM - 12:00PMIsland
26Jan
Knitting Club
10:00AM - 12:00PMSouth Manatee Library
26Jan
Asolo Rep Guild Presents Moon Over Buffalo
10:30AM - 12:00PMPalmetto
26Jan
Lego Club
2:00PM - 3:00PMSouth Manatee Library
26Jan
Chess Club
2:00PM - 5:00PMDowntown Central
29Jan
Disco Aerobics Class
10:00AM - 11:00AMDowntown Central
29Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMIsland
29Jan
Mahjong Club
11:30AM - 1:30PMRocky Bluff
29Jan
Scrabble, Chess & Board Games Club
3:00PM - 5:00PMRocky Bluff
29Jan
Sci Club (ages 8 to 12)
4:00PM - 6:00PMDowntown Central
30Jan
Creative Aging: Drawing & Watercolor Art Class
2:00PM - 4:00PMRocky Bluff