Deputy Friendly

Deputy Friendly’s Book Club

Deputy Friendly’s Book Club is a collaboration between the Early Learning Coalition of Manatee County and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which provides a unique literacy experience for children in Manatee County. Each month Sheriff’s uniformed officers visit child care providers within their jurisdiction and spend 30 minutes reading aloud and talking to children about safety. Each participating center is then provided a copy of the book to keep. The result of this program is an increased love of reading and a strong foundation for positive relationships between our youngest citizens and local law enforcement.

For more information on Deputy Friendly’s Book Club, please contact AnnaMaria Carleton at (941) 757-2900 ext. 272 or via email at acarleton@elc-manatee.org.