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  • There are 17.8+ million computer sessions
  • There are 15,500+ public access computers available in Florida libraries.

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Why Support the Friends


Mission

The mission of the Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch is to support a new library and sustain its work for the continued enrichment of the people of Manatee County. This is accomplished by educating the community, advocating the need for an East Manatee County Library, and providing funding for the library through public and private sources.

History

The Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch started as a grassroots movement in February 2017. In January 2018, the first public meeting was held seeking volunteers for committees and board members. The first Board of Directors meeting was held in May 2018 with six board members. Our work supports the Manatee County Libraries with a focus on the new branch coming to Lakewood Ranch in 2022.

Purpose

Manatee County government budget and funding is stretched to cover the costs of library facilities and staff salaries. Therefore the Friends organization raises money to support lifelong learning and enrichment opportunities for all ages. Programs supported include, but are not limited to, story time, summer reading, cultural events, computer classes, special library collections, and book clubs.

BOARD OF  DIRECTORS

Sue Ann Miller, Ed.D.                   President

Regina Negrycz                             Vice-President

Ruth Castor                                    Secretary

Jim West                                         Treasurer

Alice Baumann                              Director

Michelle DuJardin                          Director

Rhonda Leiberick, APR                 Director

Sheila Shifrin                                  Director

Tammy Parrott      Acting Library Services Manager

COMMITTEES & CHAIRS

Author Luncheon/Gala: Open

Bookstore: Open

Financial: Jim West

Fundraising : Sheila Shifrin

Grants: Sue Ann Miller, Ed.D.

Hospitality: Open

Marketing & Public Relations: Rhonda Leiberick, APR

Membership: Michelle DuJardin

Mission: Janice Novello, Ph. D.

Stewardship: Janet Allen

Table Events: Alice Baumann

Technology: Regina Negrycz


A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION FOR THE FRIENDS OF THE EAST MANATEE LIBRARY AT LWR (REGISTRATION NO. CH57400) MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE.  REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE.

Founded in February 2017, the Friends of the East Manatee Library at Lakewood Ranch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more here.

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