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Tingley Memorial Library celebrates benefactor, lifetime reward – The Anna Maria Islander

Library clerk Eveann Adams stands on the steps exterior the Tingley Memorial Library April 5, upfront of Have fun Beulah Tingley Week, a celebration of the library’s late benefactor. Islander Photograph: Ryan Paice

This in-depth article about Beulah Tingley by Pleasure Courtney and a canopy story on the groundbreaking for the library appeared within the Jan. 7, 1993, version of The Islander (then-named Islander Bystander).

There’s a purpose it’s named the Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Seashore and never the Bradenton Seashore Public Library.

The library started in 1959 because the Bradenton Seashore Public Library, a non-public nonprofit group staffed by volunteers, housed within the Harvey Memorial Neighborhood Church on Church Avenue. The library moved to a storefront on Bridge Avenue, then a room at metropolis corridor and later a seashore cottage owned by town.

Beulah Tingley, the library’s namesake, was a political activist and champion of girls’s rights, turning into the primary girl to handle a Democratic Nationwide Conference when she seconded the nomination of Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1944.

Tingley, who turned a Bradenton Seashore resident and later a member of the Bradenton Seashore Library Board, was an avid reader and famous that town lacked a devoted area for a library. She bequeathed greater than $600,000 for the development and operation of a everlasting library within the metropolis when she died in 1986.

The present library, at 111 Second St. N., was constructed and opened in 1994 with cash from Tingley’s bequeath, which additionally funds the library’s sole paid worker.

Library clerk Eveann Adams, the library’s supervisor, mentioned in an interview April four that heading into the library’s 60th 12 months, its management isn’t centered on making modifications, and as an alternative is intent on sustaining a establishment established by Tingley’s bequeath.

Adams mentioned no occasions had been deliberate for 2019 to spice up library attendance and membership, aside from the continuing “Celebration of Life” week, honoring Tingley with shows of biographical info, pictures, articles and memorabilia.

The library is also providing a BOGO sale — purchase one, get one ebook — in addition to 50 cent puzzles and $four annual library memberships throughout the celebration, which can finish April 13.

Adams has labored on the library since Might 2003 and mentioned nothing had modified prior to now 16 years.

“Folks type of prefer it the way in which it’s,” she mentioned. “We type of hold the tradition the identical, as a result of that’s what folks like.”

The library centered on promoting extra prior to now 12 months, together with buying area within the Miami Herald and the Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce 2019 Guests Information, in accordance with Adams.

Nonetheless, phrase of mouth appeared to her to be the strongest type of commercial for the library.

Both means, Adams mentioned 2018 was essentially the most profitable 12 months for the library in current reminiscence.

“I’m undecided actually what it’s based mostly on,” she mentioned. “It’s simply extra folks coming. Extra folks spreading the phrase. Perhaps it’s a number of the promoting.”

Adams mentioned vacationers made up nearly all of patrons prior to now 12 months, however some island residents are devoted library regulars.

The town is contemplating modifications to metropolis infrastructure, together with metropolis corridor, the library, police and public works departments. Adjustments mentioned by the mayor and commissioners contain structural enhancements, new buildings, promoting or repurposing property, together with the library and metropolis corridor, however no selections have been made.

“Lots of people, after they thought the library was on the chopping block, they got here in all panicked and mentioned, ‘You understand, I’ll protest. I’ll do something you need. I’ll aid you transfer if I’ve to,’” Adams mentioned. “I simply instructed them to not fear about something but.”

She added she wasn’t involved concerning the discussions and wished to guarantee folks that the library would transfer, but it surely wouldn’t stop to exist.

Library hours are 10 a.m.-Three p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.


Tingley celebrates a life

Tingley Memorial Library in Bradenton Seashore is honoring its benefactor, Beulah Tingley, with a “Celebration of Life” week by April 13.

Library clerk Eveann Adams invited folks to the library to view shows of biographical info, pictures, articles and memorabilia.

Additionally, the library is providing specials — a purchase one, get one ebook sale, gross sales of puzzles, framed artwork prints, jewellery and memberships.

The celebration coincides with Nationwide Library Week.

Library hours are 10 a.m.-Three p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

The library is at 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Seashore.

For extra info, name the library at 941-779-1208.

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