The Island Library will reopen on Tuesday, June 9, at 25% capacity.
Nine members of the public will be allowed at one time. Be prepared for the possibility of waiting in line for entrance
9am - 4pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
12pm - 7pm Wednesday
The library will be closing one hour early each day for cleaning.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18-24, 2020 is National Friends of Libraries Week and its 15th annual celebration! The Friends of the Island Library send our thanks to the exceptional Library staff, board, supporters and Friends! You are the heart of our organization!
Ginny Upshaw, former Board President, shares her thoughts about our gem of a Library, "This is a fabulous library serving residents of the three cities on Anna Maria Island, West Bradenton, North Longboat Key, and visitors from around the U.S. and world. As a past president and board member, I encourage our users to "join" the Friends for a very nominal donation, or large donation! Help the Friends provide extra services for your library in paradise!" For more information visit https://friendsoftheislandlibrary.org
Through fundraising efforts, Friends provide support for the programs and services offered at the Manatee County Libraries. Programs include the Lecture and Travel Series, book clubs, summer reading program for children, story time, clubs, creative classes for seniors, enhanced technology resources and so much more.
Julie Perry, current Board President, wants our Friends to know that even during this unprecedented time, and even with capacity limits, The Manatee County Libraries have re-imagined their services by providing virtual programs for all ages.
In celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week, the Friends would like the community to consider signing up for a library card. If you do not already have one, you can do so online. Join your library branch’s Friends organization, volunteer and donate!
For more information about Manatee County Library Friends groups go to: https://www.mymanatee.org/departments/manatee_county_public_library_system/about_manatee_libraries/join_the_friends_of_the_library.
For more information about the Friends of the Island Library, contact Julie Perry at Julieperry279@gmail.com or go to www.friendsoftheislandlibrary.org or follow us on Facebook at Friends of the Island Library
National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fund-raise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united
October 14, 2020
The Friends of the Island Library formed in 1965 and opened the first Island Library in a Holmes Beach store front. Dedicated members have continued to fund-raise ever since and have seen the library through many changes, from construction of the Marina Drive building, which opened in 1982, through the grand reopening after a major renovation in 2012.
Throughout the years, the Friends have provided vital funding for books and materials, programs, furniture and equipment, improvements, maintenance and repairs. Today the Friends are proud to support an array of programs for adults, children and teens, as well as enhance the Island Library holdings and facilities. By becoming a friend you help keep the Island Library resources and services up to date and available for all. Libraries need friends and we thank you for your support.
We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and we thank you for your support.
Your membership and gifts will help enhance our library with many items that tax dollars are unable to provide.
All contributions are tax deductible.
The Friends of the Island Library introduced the "Little Shop of Drawers" this summer. Now there's a book sale you can shop year 'round. Hardbacks are $2, Large Paper Backs are $1 and small mass market paper backs are .50. All proceeds benefit the Island Library.