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We are excited to announce our newest Florida Library Association Award winners. The Florida Library Association (FLA) honors outstanding libraries and supporters during its annual conference, and two of Manatee Libraries’ Friends’ groups will be awarded this year. The 2021 FLA Award for Outstanding Program has been awarded to the Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library for their Storytelling Festival and the 2021 FLA Award for Outstanding Member was awarded to Judy Fetter from the Friends of the Central Library.
Civics Lab
Looking for a way to be engaged with issues concerning Manatee County? Civics Lab is a bimonthly event, bringing the community together to start dialogs and create awareness.

Civics Lab: Growing Food in Your Community
Thursday, May 27th, 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET

Learn about the benefits of community and home gardens, considerations before starting one, and how you can engage in garden projects in the community. A short presentation will be followed by discussion and questions from participants. Our guest speakers will be:

Mack Lessig, Community Gardens Program Assistant
UF/ IFAS Extension, Manatee County

Mindy Hanak, Community, and School Gardens Coordinator
UF/IFAS Extension, Sarasota County & Sustainability

Email Megan Robinson to register.
Coming up at your library
Mindfulness Meditation
Friday, May 7, 1-2 p.m. ET
Join instructor Ruth Fishel to learn how to incorporate mindfulness meditation into your life. This workshop is on the first Friday of the month. Sponsored by Friends of the Rocky Bluff Library. Email to register

Editors Speak: The Dos and Don'ts of Submitting to Literary Journals
Literary journal editors from 805 Lit + Art, Scribble, and Driftwood Press discuss the submission process from an editor's point of view. Watch now

Computer & Tech Training
Email Stephanie Katz to sign up.
  • Instagram for Personal and Business Use
    Friday, May 7, 2-3 p.m. ET
  • VPN Basics
    Wednesday, May 19, 2-3 p.m. ET
  • Mergent Intellect Databases for Business Research
    Thursday, May 27, 2-3 p.m. ET
  • And more!

Fiction Book Club: The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner with Sarah Penner (virtual author visit!)
Thursday, May 20, 10 a.m. ET
We are excited to have Sarah Penner join Callie Hutchison from the Island Branch for a virtual book discussion! The Lost Apothecary audiobook is available on Hoopla. Sign up for the discussion
Coding Programs
Email to register
  • Roblox intro to Lua (ages 12+)
    Saturday, May 22, 1-3 p.m. ET
  • Scratch Game (ages 7-10)
    Saturday, June 26, 1-3 p.m. ET
Recycled Book Sculpture
Email to register
Create a lovely vase and flowers from an old book! This workshop will be Saturday, May 8 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Visit our YouTube channel to see more craft videos!
Story Toolbox Series: Character Arc
hosted by 805 + Manatee Libraries
A three-part class to go over character arcs.
Email to register
  • Point-of-View: Who Are You?
    Monday, May 10, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • What Is Your Problem?
    Monday, May 17, 6:30 p.m. ET
  • Method Acting Approach to Character
    Monday, May 24, 6:30 p.m. ET
Articles You Might Find Interesting
Library of Things
Written by Hal Harmon, Rocky Bluff Library Manager

Over the years the library system has been expanding its offerings beyond books to include everything from musical instruments to telescopes. Known as the Library of Things, these unique collections are just another way for the library to deliver our mission of promoting lifelong learning.

Librarians in Gary, Indiana protect themselves with masks in October 1918 during the flu pandemic. via Calumet Regional Archives
Libraries and Pandemics: Past and Present
JSTOR Article

The 1918 influenza pandemic had a profound impact on how librarians do their work, transforming libraries into centers of community care.

Manatee County

There are over 2,000 neighborhoods in Manatee County each with their own unique character and history. Manatee County Neighborhood Histories is a great starting point for learning more about the history of some of our oldest and largest local communities.

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