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We have a new and improved programming and events calendar!

Our new calendar makes it easy to browse upcoming programs with a quick and easy sign up process!

In-person programming has resumed at all of our branches, except for Braden River which will be closed for construction June 8 - July 31. Programs will be available for all ages beginning with small groups.  
Special Library Shout-Out!
Thank you to former basketball sportscaster, Dick Vitale, for the awesome shout-out about our wonderful libraries and the importance of reading!

Need a library card? Get one today!

Summer Reading Program 2021
Sign-up your child at any Manatee County Public Library location for the 2021 Summer Reading Program.

From June 1 to July 31 children can earn prizes for time spent reading. Those that read a full 24 hours this summer will earn a free book and be entered in a raffle drawing!
Coming up at your library
Braden River Curbside Service
Manatee Libraries Braden River Branch Going Curbside for June and July
Beginning on June 8th through July 24th, 2021 the Braden River Branch of the Manatee County Public Library System will offer curbside services to the public while the library is closed for construction. Read more here

Volunteers Needed! Help our Palmetto Branch Garden Grow!
Saturday, June 5, 8:30-11 a.m. & 2-4:30 p.m.

The Palmetto Library needs help with planting, mulching, and clean up with their Learning Garden. During this volunteer opportunity, you will learn more about Manatee Libraries and how we serve the community. Email Megan or Aileen to sign up or call 941-722-3333

Computer & Tech Training
Email Stephanie Katz to sign up.
  • Health Apps for Smartphones
    Tuesday, Wednesday, June 2, 10 a.m. ET
  • Windows 10 Settings & Security
    Monday, June 7, 2-3 p.m. ET
  • Top Streaming TV Services
    Wednesday, June 16, 2-3 p.m. ET
  • And more!

Joined by the Author! Fiction Book Club
Thursday, June 17, 10 a.m. ET
We are ecstatic to have Sarah Lawton join Callie Hutchison from the Island Branch for a virtual book discussion! All the Little Things are available on Hoopla. Sign up for the discussion
Coding Programs
Email to register
  • Scratch Game (ages 7-10)
    Saturday, June 26, 1-3 p.m. ET

Articles You Might Find Interesting
Speaking Volumes - The Manatee public library can help you ‘visit’ Carlsbad Caverns
Written by Rachel Suntop, Programming Librarian

Whether you want to learn more about traveling to this unique destination, the history and geology behind it or read some compelling fiction set in the canyons, the Manatee County Public Library is a great place to start your exploration.

Librarians in Gary, Indiana protect themselves with masks in October 1918 during the flu pandemic. via Calumet Regional Archives
The Shark-Fighting Brothers behind 20,000 Leagues under the Sea
JSTOR Article

In 1916, the Williamson brothers used their father’s underwater photography device to film a fight with a shark, piquing Universal Pictures’ interest.

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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