MANATEE -- The Manatee Library Foundation gave $100,000 to the Manatee County Public Library System at a county commission meeting Tuesday, the proceeds from an Evening with Stephen King event in January.
King, a best-selling author, spoke to 370 people at the Manatee Performing Arts Center about his career and creative process. He did the work pro-bono, and the tickets raised $100,000 for the Manatee County Public Library System.
"The Library Foundation Inc. is grateful to the community who helped us raise this historic sum of $100,000 enabling us to partner with the county to purchase a new operating system that will delight all library users,” said Jane Plitt, president of the Library Foundation, Inc. “We are also indebted to Stephen King for his time and help to bring in great talent that attracts such generosity of spirit."
The funding will go toward a new integrated library system, which will improve the overall efficiency of the six library facilities in the county in tracking items owned, orders made, bills paid and items patrons have borrowed.
Library Operations Manager Kevin Beach said the system will benefit patrons most through the easy-to-use public catalog.
“The system will enable patrons to have more information at their fingertips,” Beach said. “For example, when they search in our catalog for books, they’ll also find images of book jackets and reviews. Another feature, Community Profiles, will enable access to local organizations and event information.”