Happy National Library Week! 📚️
This week, Manatee Libraries encourages all community members to visit their website to explore and access virtual services and programs. The Manatee County Public Library System offers a wide array of online resources that are available from the comfort of home, including digital eBooks, audiobooks, movies, unique collections, databases, and online programs for all ages.

April 4-10, 2021 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is "Welcome to your library," which promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery, and exploration.

During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons.  Manatee Libraries are supporting the community with virtual services such as providing mobile hotspots, online educational programs, virtual story times, and storytimes-go bags.

Additionally, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners is helping us celebrate with virtual storytimes. Check out our Facebook page and YouTube channel the week of April 4-10 at 11 a.m. every day to watch their story times.
Do you have a library card?

If you don't, you need to sign up for one!
Visit our website to sign up for your library card AND enter to win a Kindle Fire 10!

Your chance to take advantage of this offer goes until April 30 and winners will be announced at the beginning of May.

Click HERE to get your library card.

Click HERE to fill out the submission form to win a Kindle Fire 10.
"Under the Big Tent" Book Sale!
Saturday, April 10, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
at the Island Branch LIbrary

It’s been a long year. Why not get out of the house and do some good by supporting the Friends of the Island Library 2021 Spring Book Sale!

The Friends of the Island Library is excited to announce our first "Under the Big Tent" Book Sale! This event will be held in the parking lot of the Island Library on Saturday, April 10 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (In case of rain, the sale will be held on Saturday, April 17.)

What a great opportunity for you to select your next suspenseful beach read, plan a culinary masterpiece using a new cookbook or explore a selection of remarkable nonfiction books! Our new Friends jute tote bags will be available for purchase.

You will also have an opportunity to support the library by becoming an annual member of the Friends of the Island Library. As a Friend, you will join your neighbors to provide additional support for children and teen programs, travel and lecture series, and enhanced library materials.

The library is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. If you have any questions please call the library at 941-778-6341. Note that masks are required to participate in the sale.

Pick up a Job Fair To-Go Bag at the Downtown Branch!
Are you a jobseeker? Visit the Downtown Bradenton branch for a FREE job fair to-go bag!

Each bag is packed with information to help you get help to get hired. A brief survey and email address are required to receive a bag.

Sponsored by Friends Of Central Library Manatee County.

Employment Programs
Resume Writing
Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to write a resume, along with the different types of resumes and resume tips.

Cover Letters
Monday, April 19, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to write a professional cover letter and why cover letters are so important to your job search.

Interview Skills
Monday, April 26, 6:30 p.m.

In this interactive role-playing workshop, learn how to prepare for an in-person or phone interview. Learn the 15 most important interview questions and how to answer them.

The presenter is Joyce Mandel: Joyce Mandel is an experienced Employment Specialist and conducts employability skills workshops as well as workshops on life skills.

To register, email
Poetry Contests for National Poetry Month
Attention, poets! It's time for our second annual TEEN POETRY CONTEST.

You can email up to three poems to by April 18th for some wonderful prizes and opportunities. We look forward to reading your work!

Select poems will be published in a special issue of 805, and three winners will receive personalized feedback on their poems from award-winning poet Ashley M. Jones (Magic City Gospel, dark//thing).

All entrants will be honored at a special reading over Zoom on May 1, 2021 at 4 PM.

In honor of National Poetry Month, we invite you to enter our Color Poetry Contest!

This contest is for ages 5-8 and 9-12. Pick up an entry at any ManateeCounty Library. Choose the color and create your poem.

The deadline is April 18! Turn in your poem to any Manatee County Public Library OR send in the poem to Miss Chris at

Three winners from each age group will get to record their "Color Poem" for our Manatee Libraries YouTube Channel.

The top two winners will receive a "Creative Writers Basket."

Everyone who enters gets a FREE book!

Computer & Tech Classes
Tech Class: Changes to the Libby App for eBooks
Thursday, April 8, 2-3 p.m.

The Libby app for library ebooks got a big update that came with big changes. Come to this online class to learn how to navigate the updated app and enjoy ebooks and audiobooks from the library. Email to register. Can’t make it to class? Register and you will receive a recording of the class.

Take one of our tech classes to get familiar with the programs we use every day!

  • Resumes y Cartas de Presentación Ganadores con Microsoft Word: Friday, April 23, 10 a.m.

  • LinkedIn Basics for Networking: Monday,  April 12, 1 p.m.

  • Google Earth: Wednesday, April 14, 2 p.m.

  • Windows 10 Basics: Monday, April 29, 2 p.m.

  • Historical Images and Neighborhood Histories: Thursday, April 29, 2 p.m.

Email to sign up, or call 941-748-5555.
Teen Books and Beyond - #WeNeedMoreDiverseBooks
April 17, 2021, 4 p.m. | Email to sign up

Braden River Book Discussion Group
April 13, 2021, 6:30 p.m. | Email to sign up
The Exiles: a Novel by Christina Baker Kline

Murder by the Book Discussion
April 8, 2021, 1:30 p.m. | Email to sign up
Raven Black by Delia Owens

Club de Libro en Español (Virtual!)
10 de abril - La fiesta del chivo, Mario Vargas Llosa | Para más información o para registrarse, envíe un correo electrónico a

Non-Fiction Addiction
April 21, 6:30 p.m. | Email to sign up
Sorry I'm Late, I Didn't Want to Come: An Introvert's Year of Living Dangerously by Jessica Pan

Mystery Book Discussion
April 15, 10 a.m. | Email to sign up
The Mystery of Mrs. Christie Exit by Marie Benedict

Craft Programming for April

Recycled Book Teacup Workshop
Saturday, April 10, 2021, 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m. ET

Basic Knitting

Thursday, April 22, 2021, 2-3 ET

Manatee Knitting/Crochet Club
Friday,April 23, 2021, 2-3 ET

Email to sign up.

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