Anna Maria Island Public Libraries

Tingley Memorial Library - Bradenton Beach
Tingley Memorial Library

Tingley Memorial Library
Located in Bradenton Beach the Tingley Memorial Library is one of two libraries on Anna Maria Island. The Tingley Memorial Library Library has all of the current and popular reading materials, children’s books, audio books, videos, tourist information, computers, free wireless access, and much more. For library hours and more information contact The Tingley Memorial Library.

Tingley Memorial Library
111 2nd St N
Bradenton Beach
(941) 778-1005

Island Branch Library Holmes Beach
Island Branch Library

The Island Branch Library
The Island Branch Library in Holmes Beach is the largest of the two libraries on Anna Maria Island. Located at 5701 Marina Drive the Island Branch Library is one of six locations in Manatee County’s Library.
The Island Branch Library is a full service library that offers a wide range of activities. Computers with internet access are available for you to use, and the library also offers a large collection of books, periodicals, newspapers, video and audio materials, and much more. Contact The Island Branch Library for more information.

The Island Branch Library
5701 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach
(941) 778-6341

Public Programs This Fall at the South Florida Museum

South Florida Museum - Bradenton Florida
South Florida Museum

Rediscover your world through science, cinema, and culture this fall at the South Florida Museum located in beautiful downtown Bradenton.  Take a look at the list below for more details and events at the South Florida Museum…

Adventures Among Ants: A Global Safari With A Cast Of Trillions – By Dr. Mark Moffet

Thursday September 29th 6:30pm

Tickets $10

Family Nights

October 1st 4pm – 8pm – Balinese Dancers

December 3rd 4pm – 8pm – holiday Theater and Music

Hamlet Redux – By Aslo Repertory Theatre

Saturday Oct 8th 6:30pm

Tickets $10

Think & Drink (Science)

October 12th 7pm – 9pm – Art and Science: The Materials Behind Creation

November 9th 7pm – 9pm – Seahorse Science

December 14th 7pm – 9pm – The Star Of Bethlehem

Incredible India Cultural Celebration

Friday October 14th from 6pm – 9pm

Art, Music, Dancing, and Food

Tickets $15 – $35

The South Florida Museum is pleased to present Film Fridays, an exciting new film program presenting the best movies you’ve never seen. Film Fridays will be held on most Fridays at 6pm and a selection of beer, wine, soft drinks, and snacks are available for purchase.

General Admission is $5 and $3 for Members, seating is limited and reservations are recommended. For more information and reservations, please contact Jessica Schubick at 941-746-4131 Ext 27.

Between The States Film Series

October 7th                  Gone With the Wind

October 21st                 Glory

October 28th                Red Badge Of Courage

November 11th           The General

November 18th           Little Women

Winter Stories Film Series

December 2nd              Desk Set

December 9th               Fargo

December 16th             Groundhog Day

Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island

Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub in Holmes Beach
Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub in Holmes Beach


One of my favorite places for lunch, dinner, or sometimes just drinks with friends and family is at Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island.  This island style pub has it all, salads, sandwiches, steaks, seafood, and a full liquor bar, with bartenders who know their drink recipes.  Hurricane Hanks is in the S & S Plaza located at the intersection of Gulf Drive and Marina Drive in Holmes Beach.  

Hurricane Hanks, opens for lunch every day at 11:30 a.m. the kitchen closes at 10 p.m. but the bar will stay open until about 2 a.m. When you stop in for lunch try the famous Hurricane Hanks Chicken Salad Sandwich, it’s amazing.  The Rueben sandwich, and the char-grilled Steak Sandwich are also on my must eat list for lunch or dinner.

Steak, Chicken, Ribs, Seafood, and Pasta entrees, you decide, they are all delicious.  All entrees come with your choice of rice, island fries, or a baked potato, and a Caesar Salad can be added for a $1.00 during dinner.  Make sure you ask your server or bartender about hte daily specials!

Hurricane Hanks Pub & Grub
5346 Gulf Drive
Holmes Beach FL 34216

August Events On Anna Maria Island

Are you looking for something to do during your Anna Maria Island Vacation this summer?  Take a look at the August Event list below and find your Anna Maria Island activity.

Sunset Party Every Wednesday

Sunset Party with Mike Sales 2hrs before sunset
Kate Pierola Sunset Park 2200 block Gulf Drive North Bradenton Beach
Information Call 941-448-5798

Thursday August 18th

Book Club at the Island Branch Library 10:15 am
5108 Marina Drive Holmes Beach

Back to School Night at Anna Maria Island Elementary 4:30 – 6:30 pm
4700 Gulf Drive Holmes Beach

Friday August 19th

Porch Party at the Anna Maria Olive Outpost 4:30 – 7:30 pm
401 Pine Avenue Anna Maria

Sunday August 21st

Blood Drive at Saint Bernard Catholic Church 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
248 South Harbor Drive Holmes Beach

Open House at Island Players 2:00 – 4:00 pm
10009 Gulf Drive Anna Maria

Tuesday August 23rd

Blood Drive at the Anna Maria Island Community Center
407 Magnolia Avenue Anna Maria

Wednesday August 24th

Women on Wine gathering at the Bridge Street Bistro
111 Gulf Drive South Bradenton Beach

Saturday August 27th

Annual O’ Conner Bowling Tournament 5:00 – 9:00 pm
AMF Bradenton Lanes 4208 Cortez Road Bradenton
$25.00 to participate Bowlers can register at Duffy’s Tavern 5808 Marina Drive Holmes Beach

Music on the Porch 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bring an instrument and join in the old-fashioned Cortez jam session
Florida Maritime Museum at Cortez
4415 119th Street West

New Custom Trolleys On Anna Maria Island

New Anna Maria Island Trolley
New Anna Maria Island Trolley

The Anna Maria Island free trolley is a great way to get around Anna Maria Island, and the price is just right.  According to Manatee Area County Transit officials they will be adding 5 new island trolleys to replace the current fleet on Anna Maria Island.  Each trolley will be custom made for the conditions on Anna Maria Island like sun, sand, and sea air.

After each trolley is done being built, they are shipped to Manatee Area County Transit and will remain there until they go through state and MCAT inspections.  After each custom trolleys passes the inspections, the advertising artwork will be added.

The new island trolleys are expected to start service the beginning of September.  You can find a trolley stop almost anywhere on Anna Maria Island. The 3 main trolley stops are: Anna Maria City Pier, Manatee Public Beach, and Coquina Beach where the trolley will wait approximately three minutes before continuing the route.  Service runs from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. about every 20 minutes from the north end of the Island at Anna Maria City Pier south to Coquina Beach, in Bradenton Beach.

Summer Fishing Report On Anna Maria Island

Snook Fishing
Lets Go Fishing On Anna Maria Island

Summer fishing on Anna Maria Island is as good as it gets, when you’re catching lots of fish.   Right now the snook and redfish have been biting on the edges of the mangroves and grass flats.   During the summer when temperatures are nice and hot, pre-dawn until just after sunrise tends to be the best time for fishing and it’s a little bit cooler during that time of day.

The Reports have been coming in from offshore fisherman catching mangrove snappers, red grouper, and black fin tuna in the deeper water.  Try using frozen squid and frozen sardines in water deeper than 100 feet.  Speckled trout and mangrove snapper have been feeding heavily on small shiners in 4-6 feet of water.  So get out there, grab some bait and start fishing!