Public Library located in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island

There is a public library on Anna Maria Island and it is located at 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217: For more information call (941) 778-6341 or visit the cities website under the main menu of Libraries.

 

The library’s hours are:
Tuesday 9am – 5pm
Wednesday 12pm – 8pm
Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am – 5pm
Sunday, Monday Closed

 

Note: Of course they have several computers with World Wide Web access.  In addition they have a wi-fi hot spot that is free however not secure.  Their children’s department is good with games, puzzles, etc.  You can take out VHS tapes, Audio tapes, puzzles, magazines, as well ad DVD’s.

 

For visitors there is a charge to join the library.  For local residents there is no fee.

Holmes Beach Public Library

Holmes Beach Branch Library
5701 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, FL, 34217
(941) 778-6341

Anna Maria Island gets its first Little Free Library

Anna Maria Islands first Little Free Library located in the city of Anna MariaAnna Maria – Two locals, Pat and Doug Copeland, are the first two people on Anna Maria Island to set up a Little Free Library, a book sharing initiative pushed by the international organization Little Free Library.

What is it you ask? From the Little Free Library website “It’s a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.” 

A few years ago Pat Copeland was watching the nightly news when she saw a segment on Little Free Libraries. The idea was so intriguing to her that she asked her husband Doug, an Anna Maria Commissioner, to build her one for Christmas. After addressing objections from the city on the logistics of setting up a permanent outdoor library, a special ordinance was created that allowed 5 to be built in the city. They populated it with their own books and those of friends and it’s been a popular edition to the northern part of Anna Maria Island.

Pat and Doug encourage everybody to take a minute, head over to their Little Free Library located at 708 North Bay Boulevard and read a book.

Wally Lambs – Beach Reads Anna Maria Island

“We Are Water” by author Wally Lambs is a heart warming novel about family, marriage, and how strong a human can be in a time of a tragedy.

Wally Lambs We Are Water

This alternating character perspective book will have you glued to your chair in your own world. You’ll forget you’re even on vacation at all! This story truly grabs the readers attention and will have you hooked on the first page.

Told from many character’s perspectives, this book is thrilling to read. Dealing with family, divorce, marriage and understanding you won’t want to put this down.

To read a full description check out the Amazon page, I don’t want to give any of this novel away! Wally Lambs We are Water

With toes in the sand, there is nothing better than a good beach read. Just make sure you put on plenty of sunblock too!

For more great beach reads check out the IslandReal.com local scene page. From time to time we update our blog with great things locals are reading.

Anna Maria Island Has Two Libraries

Tingley Memorial Library

The Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Beach is one of two libraries on Anna Maria Island.  Tingley Memorial Library is a privately funded non-profit organization existing on donations and volunteer help, and is independent of the county library system. Tingley Memorial Library is located two blocks south of the Cortez Bridge, just off of gulf drive behind Bradenton Beach City Hall.

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