Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Celebrate World Folktales and Fables Week at the library

Long before the invention of papyrus in Ancient Egypt and the invention of the movable type printing press by Johannes Gutenberg in the 15th century, legends and stories were passed from generation to generation by word of mouth. Over the centuries many of these tales have become so familiar to us that they feel like old friends.

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Rustle up a rootin’ tootin’ Western at your library

The best-selling Western author of all time, with almost 90 books in print, Zane Grey’s storytelling skills still appeal to modern day Western aficionados. Grey was born and grew up in Zanesville, Ohio, a city founded by his maternal great-grandfather Ebenezer Zane, on Jan. 31, 1872. His ancestors had been vigorous, illustrious pioneers in America’s historic Ohio Valley, and their adventures motivated Grey to novelize both his family’s own story and the stories of many other pioneers, wranglers and desperados. Enjoy a great selection of titles by Zane Grey, as well as other western stories, available at the Manatee County Public Library.

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Dig into your roots at the local library

If you have ever considered researching your family history the Manatee County Public Library can help you get started. Feeling a bit overwhelmed? Don’t be. One of the first rules of genealogy is to think of it as an ongoing project. There is no end, as you will discover new things you didn’t know along the way. You might also consider attending one of the monthly meetings of the Manasota Genealogical Society, which are held every second Tuesday of the month (October through May) at the Central Library. These folks, as well as reference librarians, can help guide you.

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Helping children understand divorce

It is not news to most people that divorce rates have been steadily on the rise. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 50 percent of married couples will separate and ultimately divorce. While the end of a marriage certainly is not easy to deal with for any party involved, it can be especially traumatic for children whose parents are filing for divorce.

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Hoopla Digital: Your tablet’s new best friend

Are you a book lover on an endless quest for quality eBooks to read on your tablet? Maybe you’re on a budget and searching for free or inexpensive titles you won’t want to delete from your device after the first three pages. Or you might be a movie or music buff who can’t keep your tablet stocked with enough of the latest digital tunes or films to satisfy your inner geek.

Videos

Sarasota Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon's 'The American'

The Sarasota Ballet and director Iain Webb present Christopher Wheeldon's 'The American'
Video courtesy Sarasota Ballet
Sarasota Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon's 'The American' 1:08

Sarasota Ballet presents Christopher Wheeldon's 'The American'

Savannah Sinclair performs as Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid' at Manatee Performing Arts Center 0:31

Savannah Sinclair performs as Ariel in 'The Little Mermaid' at Manatee Performing Arts Center

Installing a Car Seat Properly 1:56

Installing a Car Seat Properly

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas 1:19

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas