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Manatee Literacy Council Open House
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
4-7 p.m.
Manatee Literacy Council Office
3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6
Bradenton, FL 34210

Join Manatee Literacy Council at our beautiful new office space inside the Goodwill Manasota complex on Cortez and 34th Street West for a celebration of literacy and literature. Our featured guests are four top-secret authors with ties to our area. They represent four genres: poetry, thriller, local history, and non-fiction. They will each speak about their passion for literacy. We can't tell you who the authors are because it's a secret. You'll have to attend to find out. Food and refreshments will be provided. Guests welcome. No children, please. Download the event flyer (PDF).


 
Recent News

New Office & New Name



We've moved our office, we've changed our name.
But our commitment to literacy remains the same.

This was a summer of change from Manatee Literacy Council. The first change is the relocation of our office from our home of many years in the United Way of Manatee County Building on 14th Street West. The move was spurred by the United Way of Manatee County's recent merger with United Way Suncoast. The old building is for sale and will likely be razed as United Way moves operations to Lakewood Ranch. 

Manatee Literacy Council was fortunate to find a great space in the Goodwill Manasota Building at 3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6, Bradenton, FL 34210. Previously the Healthcare America building, Goodwill Manasota leases office suites on the west side of their shopping and donations center near DaVita Dialysis. The new office is 525 square feet and has a main reception area, director's office, and spaces for tutoring. Also included is a shared restroom and use of the adjacent community room. Manatee Literacy Council officially took residence in the new space in late June.

The second major change this summer was the Board of Directors' decision to cease use of the DBA name "Manatee Reads!" in favor of Manatee Literacy Council. While our official name still remains the Literacy Council of Manatee County, our new DBA is Manatee Literacy Council. The Board chose Manatee Reads! five years ago to dispel the misconception that our organization was government funded. The Board is confident that the new name, Manatee Literacy Council, conveys clearly what our organization does and where it serves. Along with the new name is a new logo that visually represents Manatee Literacy Council's mission to "empower Manatee County residents to independence through literacy."

We invite you to visit our new office at our September 12 open house, or to stop by during office hours, Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. And if you have not met our new Executive Director, Marilyn Cox, please welcome her with a call 941-746-8197 or email. Marilyn began in May, bringing a wealth of experience in nonprofit literacy work. She has already made great strides for Manatee Literacy Council. 


Grants Provide Updated Textbooks & Learner Materials


Executive Director Marilyn Cox with the textbooks purchased with funds from two grants

Manatee Literacy Council's bookshelves are well stocked with new textbooks and learner materials thanks to two recent grants.

The first was a $6,360 grant from the Eugene F. and Elizabeth Hull Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation. This grant provided the funds to update
several of our learning series to help our adult learners achieve their individual goals. The “Laubach Way to Reading” series for English-as-a-Second-Language learners and the “Challenger Adult Reading” series for Adult Basic English learners were both updated with new teacher and learner editions. We added the “That’s Life” series to enhance our programs.

The second was a $1,795.30 grant from ProLiteracy National Book Fund. With this grant, Manatee Literacy Council upgraded our Oxford Picture Dictionaries and purchased a one-year subscription to the weekly learner newspaper "News for You."

Also included in these grants is a start-up fund for a new conversation class for our ESL learners. These classes will be called “Start Now” conversation classes because they will let adult learners start working on their skills in a group environment until they are matched with an individual tutor.

These grants coincided with Manatee Literacy Council's recent move, allowing us to retire several outdated textbook editions in favor of new materials. Our learners will benefit from the new editions that more accurately match their day-to-day lives and challenges.

Generous Support for Manatee Literacy Council


Board President Roger Boos, Tutor and TriNet Employee Laura Helgrem, and Executive Director Marilyn Cox with the donated signage

Manatee Literacy Council was grateful to receive $1,000 from the Morrish Charitable Fund of the Manatee Community Foundation for general operating use, and $1,000 from Publix Super Markets Charities to defray moving costs.

TriNet employees graciously donated a computer and a printer for the Manatee Literacy Council office. They also collected $600, which was used to purchase signage for the new office, and the remainder will help cover the costs of the September 12 celebration. Laura Helgrem, Senior Coordinator for the TriNet Solutions Center and new Manatee Literacy Council tutor, spearheaded the collection.

 
Manatee Literacy Council
3501 Cortez Road West, Suite 6, Bradenton, FL 34210
941-746-8197