About Manatee Literacy Council

About Manatee Reads!

Who We Are

Our Vision: Every Manatee County adult is literate

Our Mission: Empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy.

Our Guiding Principles and Core Values:

  • Literacy should be at the forefront of community consciousness. Read More...
  • All people should have the opportunity to fulfill their potential.
  • Our trained, experienced volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization.
  • Our programs and services should be effective and efficient.
  • Our mission is accomplished in a respectful, non-discriminatory and confidential manner.
  • Providing hope, making a difference—one person at a time—is the basis of what we do.
  • Teaching and learning is a mutual process that is strengthened by a passion for literacy.
  • Everyone has the capability to learn.

Our History

Manatee Reads! is a volunteer-based non-profit community organization dedicated to increasing the level of the functional literacy of adults in Manatee County through teaching the English language skills of reading, writing, understanding and speaking English.

We welcome the opportunity to present our story to your business or organization. To schedule a speaker, please call  941-746-8197.

United Way Building 1701 14th St W  Suite 5 Bradenton, FL 34205

Current Board of Directors

President: Roger Boos, Retired

Vice President: Carolyn Kappenemacher, Mauldin & Jenkins

Treasurer: Sherry Harris, Fidelity Bank

Secretary: Judy Garland, Manatee County School District

Tutor Liason: Sherry Emigh, Retired

Directors: Autumn Steiner, Humane Society of Sarasota County; Mayu Fielding, Pittsburgh Pirates


Administrative Assistant:  Verna Urbanski


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Student Success Stories

Read about some of our students and how their lives have been changed through the gift of literacy. Click here for Student Success Stories.


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