Bradenton bank opens library store

July 4, 2014 

Bank opens library store in office

BRADENTON -- With a surplus of books left over from the recently concluded Literacy Council of Manatee County Fall Annual Book Sale, First Bank has opened a library store inside the Village Green office, 7051 Manatee Ave. W.

"Our new First Bank 'Book Nook' has been well- received by customers and the community as a whole," said Sherry Harris, First Bank branch manager. "Like a regular library, it is a warm, comfortable and inviting place to relax and peruse a variety of interesting books."

Unlike a regular library, patrons cannot check books out on loan. But they can purchase books, with proceeds going to Manatee Reads, formerly known as the Literacy Council of Manatee. Donations of gently used books are welcome.

The First Bank Book Nook is set up in a room adjacent to the lobby, with chairs, tables and nearly 500 books. Categories include fiction, nonfiction, adult and children's areas.

Social networking CEO to host LinkedIn seminar

BRADENTON -- The Manatee Chamber of Commerce will present "The 411 on LinkedIn," with Kevin McNulty, president and chief executive officer of NetWeave Social Networking, from 2-4 p.m. July 23 at the Manatee Chamber of Commerce.

Cost is $25 for Manatee Chamber and MYP members; $20 for nonprofit members; $30 for nonmembers. Reservations required to Lisa Reeder at

Longboat Key Club rated No. 8 in tennis resorts

LONGBOAT KEY -- The Resort at Longboat Key Club has earned the Gold Medal tennis resort award and is ranked among the best 100 tennis resorts and camps in the world by Tennis Resorts Online. With 75 tennis resorts and 25 tennis camps included in this annual listing, the resort scored the No. 8 spot. The listing is compiled from surveys submitted by tennis players from around the world and reflects the overall quality of lodging, service, amenities, dining options and programs that are offered at the resorts.

The resort, at 220 Sands Point Road, has 20 Har-Tru courts, a Pro Shop and a U.S. Tennis Association-certified stadium court where the Sarasota Open is hosted. The resort also offers two award-winning golf courses with 45 holes for any experience level.

Anna Maria Oyster Bar earns blood bank award

BRADENTON -- Anna Maria Oyster Bar has received the Dorothy C. Smith, R.N. Award from the Florida Association of Blood Banks.This award is given annually to the organization that makes a significant contribution to create awareness in their community about the importance of blood donation. Representatives from Anna Maria Oyster Bar accepted the honor at the Annual FABB awards dinner last month. Nominated by SunCoast Blood Bank, Anna Maria Oyster Bar hosts two separate blood drives at each of its three restaurants twice a year -- one on behalf of SunCoast Blood Bank and one for One Blood.

-- Herald staff reports

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