Yay—September is #LibraryCardSignupMonth!
Celebrate by getting your very own library card!

There is nothing more empowering than getting your own library card. It gives you access to technology, resources, and services to pursue your passions and dreams.

BONUS: Check out an interview with our Library Services Manager, Elizabeth Partridge, on Suncoast View where she discusses neat items you can borrow with your library card - as well as one of our upcoming Hispanic Heritage Month programs!

Hispanic Heritage Month - Virtual Fiesta!
We are excited to have Pura Belpré and Newbery Medal Winning YA & Middle Grade Author, Meg Medina as part of our Hispanic Heritage Month "Virtual Fiesta" programs!

On Saturday, September 19th at 1:30 p.m., Meg will be discussing her Pura Belpré winning book, "Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass" as well as discussing her experiences as an #OwnVoices author.

This online event is sponsored by The Friends of the Central Library.

The e-book is available on Hoopla with a Manatee Libraries' card:

Please email to register.
WiFi Hotspots available for checkout
Need access to the internet for school? Or to participate in virtual programs? The Manatee County Library System has Wi-Fi hotspots available for checkout.

Hotspots connect you to the internet anywhere there is cell service.
Kick Off the School Year Right! with
Kick off the 2020-2021 school year right with!

In an average 30-minute session, you can get the homework help you need from a friendly subject-matter expert—FREE through Manatee Libraries with your library card.

The COVID-19 Pandemic has hit families hard. In response to these traumatic and unprecedented times, Manatee County Public Libraries are offering Covid-19 Healing Kits to families.

SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED. Please limit one kit per family. This kit will not heal a family in its entirety, but is intended to start families down a path of healing, sharing and fun activities.

These kits will be available in the Youth Department at the Central Library in Bradenton.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Central Library.

Be sure to check out our online Fall 2020 program guide on our website! We have lots of virtual programing for youth, teens, and adults.
Get in Touch with Your Creative Side!
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.

Saturday, September 12 at 11 a.m. ET.

Creative Aging: Tropical Beaches Acrylic Painting - Rocky Bluff

September 19th, 2020 from 3-5 p.m.
October 3rd, 2020 from 3-5 p.m.
October 17th, 2020 from 3-5 p.m.

Email to sign up.

Visit the Creative Aging webpage for information on supplies.

Virtual Book Clubs
Join Callie Hutchison of the Island Brand Library for an exciting virtual mystery book discussion on The Daughter In Law, with the author, Nina Manning.

This book discussion will be on Zoom, Thursday, September 17 from 10-11 a.m.

Participants must register by emailing
Leaves of Grass is a collection of poetry by Walt Whitman that explores his philosophy on life and humanity.

This discussion will be on Tuesday, September 22 at noon.

Email to register.
Upcoming Civics Lab Discussion
Adapting to e-Learning as an African American Father  

Saturday, September 25th, at 10 a.m.

Presented by Luther Wilkins, Communications Chairperson of the Manatee NAACP

The impacts of COVID-19 are seen everywhere, including education. Luther will talk about his firsthand experience being the father of a child enrolled in Manatee County's virtual school program, including e-learning challenges facing parents of color.

Email to register.

September is National Yoga Month!
"September has been designated as National Yoga Month in order to raise awareness of the many positive effects yoga has on both body and mind. People who practice yoga experience a plethora of physical benefits, including increased flexibility, improved strength and muscle tone, reduction in injury, and more." - via

Enjoy this @hooplaDigital video collection for all ages during National Yoga Month.

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