Area 52 Programs

All in-person programs, events and meeting room use are cancelled until further notice. Please see virtual programming below.

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

Recycled Book Sculpture workshop

Facilitated by Rachel
Saturday, September 12, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET

Create an adorable hedgehog from an old book! This project looks impressive, but is really easy! Learn a few folding techniques and you’re on your way to creating unique works of art.

You will need:
1 trade paperback, 100 pages or more. If you don’t find it in your home, you can easily find one in Little Free Libraries or purchase them cheaply at thrift stores.
Craft glue, such as Elmer’s
Cardstock
2 buttons or googly eyes
1 pompom
Scissors
bone folder (Optional: available at craft stores) 

Please contact Rachel at Rachel.suntop@mymanatee.org to register for this Zoom workshop.


Zoom Knitting Club: Basics

Last Thursday of each month, 2-3 pm ET
September 24th
October 22nd
November 19th at 4-5 p.m. ET
December 17th at 4-5 p.m. ET

Join librarian Rachel in this exciting new monthly online crafting club by Manatee libraries. Have you ever wanted to learn to knit but not sure how to start? Or do you need a refresher with basic techniques? Then this is the club for you!
Program will last approximately 1 hour. 

Registration for this program is required. Materials not supplied; you will need some yarn and knitting needles. This is for all ages but for those with little to no previous experience.. To join, please email Rachel at Rachel.suntop@mymanatee.org.

Zoom Knitting Club: Beyond the Basics
Last Friday of each month, 2-3 pm ET
September 25th
October 23rd
November 20th at 2-3 p.m. ET
December 18th at 2-3 p.m. ET

Join librarian Rachel in this exciting new monthly online crafting club by Manatee libraries. Have a passion for knitting? Want to try new techniques and patterns? Want to chat with other knitters? Then this is the club for you! Crocheters and other fiber artists welcome, too.
Program will last approximately 1 hour. 

Registration for this program is required. This is for all ages but for those with previous experience who are ready for a new challenge or want to share tips and tricks. To join, please email Rachel at Rachel.suntop@mymanatee.org.

Do It Yourself! Series Playlist with Rachel Suntop

Think Like a Coder Videos
These videos are brought to you by Manatee Libraries in partnership with The Coding School. 


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.

Please contact Daniel Aken at 748-5555 or daniel.aken@mymanatee.org for any additional information. 

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 Wednesday evenings (previously class met on Mondays) and Saturday afternoons in Area 52, as well as other library locations and at outreach events.