Our Mission

The Friends group enhances the resources and services of the Rocky Bluff Library for the  residents of Northeast Manatee County by supporting the library  through financial and volunteer assistance. 

What we do

The Friends are a very active group of fun and passionate supporters of the Rocky Bluff Library.  We need your participation in all aspects of the Friends activities.  You are welcome to become a member, a donor, a volunteer or all three. Come join us as we support the Library's service to the community.


Support Clubs and Events

The Rocky Bluff Library provides access to numerous Clubs and group activities.  The Friends are committed to ensuring the Library has the resources it needs to offer as many of these as possible.  Some of the current offerings we support are:

  • Summer Reading
  • Weekly Pre-K Story Time
  • Children Art Appreciation classes
  • Creative Aging classes
  • Adult computer classes
  • Lego Club
  • Chess Club
  • Mahjong Club
  • Monthly Trivia
  • Book Discussions 
  • Family Movies 
  • Cultural Programs 
  • Teen Reading Club 

Support Special Projects

There are always a number of projects in the works at the Library that the Friends group is responsible for.  These activities are a way to get involved and help in an area you feel passionate about.  Some of the current projects underway are:

  • Write Community Grants 
  • Conduct two used book sales per year 
  • Operate a Book Store
  • Hold Annual Author Events
  • Sponsor Special Events


Raise Capital

The Library is always evolving to offer the best access to a variety of resources for the community.  The Friends of Rocky Bluff Library host multiple fund raising events a year in order to help with capital improvements both large and small. Some of the past projects funded by the Friends Group include:

  • Upgraded Children/Teen furniture                  
  • LED outdoor sign
  • Interior Lighting and Displays
  • Creation of attractive outdoor landscaping
  • Library Collection Additions
  • Added Subscriptions, newspapers and magazines

Partner Programs

We extend our support for the whole of the Manatee County Library System through our partnerships with all Friends groups in Manatee County.  Through collaboration with these other Friends groups we also lend support for broader county events and functions.


How to Help

Become a Member

Become a Member

Become a Member

Your membership helps to strengthen our library and promote the belief that strong public libraries are essential to making our community an even better place to live. 

Become a Donor

Become a Member

Become a Member

Library  patrons have seen the changes in our library which have been  funded by our Friends group.  Your donations have done much to  improve our beautiful facility and the services of Rocky Bluff  Library.

Become a Volunteer

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Become a Corporate Sponsor

To volunteer with Friends, your only qualifications are that you must be, or become, a Friends of Rocky  Bluff Library member, and that you are interested in furthering the mission of Friends.

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Become a Corporate Sponsor

Become a Corporate Sponsor

There are several easy ways for our business community to become a Sponsor of the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library and offer assistance.  


Management Committees

All corporate activity of the Friends is under the management of the Board of Directors led by the Executive Committee. The Board of Directors consists of the Executive Committee and not less than five (5) or more than twenty one (21) total members. The head librarian of Rocky Bluff Library is an Ex-Officio member of the Board.

Executive Committee

  • Doris Pope - President
  • Gloria Solino - Vice President
  • Peg Kmak - Membership Chair
  • Sondra Thorson -  Secretary
  • Carl Backman - Treasurer
  • Hal Harmon - Library Supervisor (Ex-Officio)

At-Large Board Members

  • Pamela Bartlett
  • Syble DiGirolamo
  • Cookie Jordan
  • Mercedes Kratz
  • Susan Lecenski
  • Dorothy Neely
  • Ben Prescott
  • DJ Rice
  • Diana Schmitt
  • Dorothy Stanton
  • Nancy Zimmerman




The Giving Partner

Through our affiliation with the Giving Partner, the friends participates in fund raising efforts and is therefore eligible for grants funded by the Giving Partners.  For a deeper look at Friends of Rocky Bluff financials and annual programs please visit the Giving Partner link provided.


The Library Foundation

The Manatee County Library Foundation is a charitable organization supporting all libraries in Manatee County.  Through the Friends affiliation with the foundation we ensure the needs of each library are met.  For further information regarding the mission of the Library Foundation please visit the link provided.


Manatee Libraries

Through our collaboration with the Manatee County Library System, the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library ensure the goals and the charter of our county libraries meet the needs of the community.  For more information about the County Library System, please visit their site.


Friends of Rocky Bluff Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the State  of   Florida. Your contribution may be tax deductible.