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Curbside Services Available Now: Manatee County Libraries are pleased to announce that curbside pickup has resumed in order to serve customers and meet the needs expressed by library users. This pickup service is available across all six full-service branches, by appointment only, during their adjusted hours. Rocky Bluff is curbside-only during Early Voting. Please contact your branch for details.

Libraries Reopening: All six of Manatee Libraries’ full-service locations are open at limited occupancy during normal operational days, but all will close one hour early to allow staff time to disinfect surfaces in all public areas.

  • The LITtle Discovery Center (for ages 2 to 5 and their parents/caretakers) will remain closed.
  • Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
  • Face coverings and temperature checks will be required, and the staff asks that customers limit their visits to 30 minutes in order to accommodate more customers while adhering to occupancy guidelines.
  • Computers will be available but are limited to one 30-minute session per visitor per day. 
  • For more detailed information, please see our Library Reopening FAQ's page.

For updates on COVID-19, text ManateeReady to 888-777 and go to mymanatee.org/coronavirus

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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 seven 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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Partridge Comes Prepared to Collaborate
September 01, 2020
New Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, brings with her three Master’s degrees and a unique combination of experience, that includes serving as Literacy Coordinator. Read More
Stephanie Katz Named a Library Journal 2020 Mover & Shaker
May 12, 2020
Katz was selected for founding 805 Lit + Art in 2015, one of the first online literary magazines published by a library system, which has grown into an award-winning, international arts magazine.Read More
Live Online Tutoring Now Available
April 06, 2020
Tutor.com includes one-to-one expert tutoring, SAT/ACT/AP® Test Preparation & video lessons Read More
View the Preschool Storytimes and classes at our Braden River, Downtown Central, Island, Palmetto, Rocky Bluff and South Manatee library locations. read more

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
29Oct
Child ID Theft - Fraud and Scams in the Era of COVID-19 - SOM
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
30Oct
Zentangle Origami: Eight Pointed Star - PALM
2:00PM - 4:00PMOnline via Zoom
31Oct
The Adventure of Peter Pumpkin - Scratch Workshop
10:00AM - 12:00PMOnline
04Nov
Basic Crochet
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
04Nov
Teen Advisory Board - RB
4:00PM - 5:00PMvia Zoom
05Nov
Immigrants - Fraud and Scams in the Era of Covid-19 - SOM
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
05Nov
Teens "Ask Me Anything" - BR
6:00PM - 7:00PMvia Zoom
06Nov
Tech Class: Morningstar Investment Research Center Financial Database
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
06Nov
Mindfulness Meditation - Rocky
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
06Nov
Full Steam Ahead: Star Wars Paper Circuits - Rocky
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline via Zoom
07Nov
Teen Netflix Party
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline
07Nov
Creative Aging: Holiday Watercolor Painting - ROCKY
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
09Nov
Tech Class: Libby App
10:30AM - 11:30AMOnline via Zoom
09Nov
Hour of Code Minecraft: Hero's Journey
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
10Nov
Teen Book Club - Rocky
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
10Nov
Book Discussion Group - BR
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
12Nov
Murder by the Book Discussion - BR
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
12Nov
Low-Income Communities - Fraud and Scams in the Era of Covid-19 - SOM
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
13Nov
Tech Class: Powerpoint Basics
1:00PM - 2:00PMOnline via Zoom
13Nov
Teens Create: Grateful Gatherings - ROCKY
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
14Nov
Turkey - Recycled Book Sculpture - DWN
11:00AM - 12:30PMOnline via Zoom
14Nov
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
14Nov
Teen Advisory Board - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PMvia Zoom
16Nov
Tech Class: Flipster
10:30AM - 11:30AMOnline via Zoom
17Nov
Teen Anime Club
4:00PM - 5:00PMVia Zoom
18Nov
Open Book Club
10:00AM - 11:00AMvia Zoom
18Nov
Non-Fiction Addiction Book Club
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline via Zoom
19Nov
Island Branch Book Discussion Group
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
19Nov
Windows 10 Settings and Security
10:30AM - 11:30AMOnline via Zoom
19Nov
Basic Knitting - DWN
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
20Nov
Tech Class: Value Line
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
20Nov
Civics Lab - Talking About Americans with Disabilities: 30 Years of the ADA - PALM
10:00AM - 11:32AMOnline via Zoom
20Nov
Beyond the Basics: Knitting and Crochet - DWN
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
21Nov
Creative Aging: Holiday Watercolor Painting - ROCKY
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
21Nov
Ask Me Anything! with Poet & Author Ashley M. Jones - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
23Nov
Hour of Code Minecraft: Hero's Journey - DWN
4:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
24Nov
Classics Up Close Book Discussion - BR
12:00PM - 1:00PMOnline
24Nov
Teens Bake - Cozy Cupcakes - ROCKY
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
02Dec
Basic Crochet
10:00AM - 11:00AMOnline via Zoom
02Dec
Teen Advisory Board - RB
4:00PM - 5:00PMvia Zoom
03Dec
Teens "Ask Me Anything" - BR
6:00PM - 7:00PMvia Zoom
04Dec
Full Steam Ahead: Binary Bracelets - Rocky
4:30PM - 5:30PMOnline via Zoom
05Dec
Creative Aging: Holiday Watercolor Painting - ROCKY
3:00PM - 5:00PMOnline via Zoom
08Dec
Book Discussion Group - BR
6:30PM - 7:30PMOnline
09Dec
Teen Book Club - Rocky
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
10Dec
Murder by the Book Discussion - BR
1:30PM - 2:30PMOnline
10Dec
Seniors - Fraud and Scams in the Era of Covid-19 - SOM
2:00PM - 3:00PMOnline via Zoom
11Dec
Teens Create: Merry and Bright - ROCKY
5:00PM - 6:00PMOnline via Zoom
12Dec
Graphic Novel Book Club
2:00PM - 3:30PMOnline via Zoom
12Dec
Teen Advisory Board - BR
4:00PM - 5:00PMvia Zoom