Libraries Closed for Holiday Weekend
The Libraries will be CLOSED Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

However, there are still lots of library offerings to take advantage of virtually!

We have lots of online book clubs, unique online programs, and a growing YouTube Channel! 

Happy Retirement, Pam Gibson!
Librarian Pam Gibson retires after 43.5 years with Manatee County!

Pam Gibson’s contributions to the Library and the County are legendary. She worked as a summer page for the public library when it was still at the Bradenton Carnegie Library building on 15th St. W, then as a librarian after graduate school at Florida State University. When the Central Library opened in 1978, Pam co-founded the Elizabeth Eaton Florida History Room (Eaton was a local philanthropist who left a trust for the establishment of a history room and its collections at Central; the trust still exists today).

Pam has collected 10,000s of local and Florida history items over the decades, including photo negatives donated by the Manatee County Historical Society which were eventually digitized. In her capacity as a longtime board member with the Manatee County Historical Society, she also researched and facilitated the placement of several historical markers around the County.

Pam and Information Services staff have cataloged many digitized photos, texts, and maps over the years; over 35,000 items are accessible online via the Manatee Libraries’ Historic Digital Collections. Pam has also helped many authors with their historical research and is herself published in journals such as Tampa Bay History.

We give many, many thanks to Pam Gibson for her years of service, her unique spirit, and legacy of preserving local history!
New Program!
Manatee County Libraries is excited to announce a new program called Civic Lab.

Civic Labs offer information and discussion on various community issues and current events.

Our first Civic Lab will focus on Elections. What is the purpose of a primary election? What other elections are scheduled for Manatee County voters this year? What are the options to cast your ballot?

For this month's discussion, we will be joined by Michael Bennett, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections - where he will give a brief presentation, followed by time for questions and answers.

A handout of resources will be provided to attendees ahead of the scheduled Zoom meeting.

Email to sign up!

Online Book Clubs

Graphic Novel Book Club

Join us for our next Graphic Novel Book Club on Saturday, July 11 from 2-3:30 p.m. via Zoom.

This book club is for ages 16+.
Please register by emailing Aileen at OR Megan at

Facilitated by the Palmetto Library Branch.

Non-Fiction Addiction

Join Liz Williams for non-fiction book club! For this discussion, we will read and discuss Grandma Gatewood's Walk by Ben Montgomery.

This book discussion will be on Zoom, Wednesday, July 15th at 6:30pm. Register by emailing

Facilitated by the Island Library Branch.


Online Book Discussion 

Join Callie Hutchison for a book discussion on The Better Sister: A novel by Alafair Burke.

This book discussion will be on Zoom, Thursday, June 4th at 10 AM.

Participants must register by emailing

Facilitated by the Island Branch Library.

Open Book Club

Join librarian Rachel in our Open Book Club!

Chat about the book that you just read or are currently reading and convince us all to choose it as our next read.

Wednesday, July 29, 10 am ET on Zoom

To join, please email

Facilitated by the Downtown Central Library Branch.

Murder by the Book

Join Mary Frueh for Murder by the Book! For this discussion, we will read and discuss The Witch Elm by Tana French.

This book discussion will be on Zoom, Thursday, July 9th at 1:30pm. Participants must register by emailing

Facilitated by the Braden River Library Branch.

Click here for Classics Up Close, and Braden River Book Discussion Group.

Expand Your Summer Reading!
Challenge yourself to read different stories this summer!

Participants are required to choose 4 out of the 12 genres listed in the challenge, and read a book for each. This equals one submission. Each participant can make a submission for every 4 books he or she reads. Each submission will be entered into a random drawing to win a $10 Amazon gift card.

Submissions will be accepted through August 31st.
Winners will be announced September 15th, 2020.

Must be 16+ and have valid Manatee library card. Don't have one? Get one here.
Get in Touch with Your Creative Side!

Create an astounding sculpture 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. Click here for more information and supplies.

Email to register.

Crafts with Miss Chris

Just in time for the 4th of July! Create your fireworks with this fun craft by Miss Chris. Just gather up some paper, toilet paper rolls and paint!

For more Quick Craft videos, click here for the YouTube playlist.


Creative Aging is a national movement dedicated to fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging and to developing programs that build on this understanding.

Creative Aging: Mountainscapes
Saturday, July 18th at 3 p.m.
Email to register.

Join Certified Zentangle Teacher, Patsy Monk, via Zoom for drawing exploration & relaxation.

Email to sign up!

Facilitated by the Palmetto Library Branch.
Sponsored by the Palmetto Friends of the Library.

Interlibrary Loan How-To
Having trouble finding the book you’re looking for? If it’s more than a year old, let us get it for you through our interlibrary loan program. Our staff will search libraries across the country and have the book delivered to your local branch for easy pickup.

Simply make a request to a library staff member in person or over the phone. If you’d rather make the request yourself, visit our online catalog and click the “Search libraries worldwide through interlibrary loan” link after you’ve typed in your search. We will contact you when the book arrives.
Summer 2020 Program Guide

Imagination is a powerful tool. With it, you are in charge. Use
Manatee Libraries this summer to discover worlds you have yet to imagine, or imagine old worlds in a new way through an extensive collection of books, ebooks, eaudiobooks, streaming movies and music to put it altogether.

Your story awaits! Link to the online catalog, sign up for a reading challenge and see virtual programming highlights at

We are adding more resources weekly!

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