Blue Manatee Literacy Project

Coronavirus Update from The ManaTeam

Effective immediately, Blue Manatee Literacy Project’s retail space in Oakley will be closed until further notice.

But make no mistake, we are still here for you, and we need you now more than ever.
We love this community more than we can put into words, and we’re book people, so we love words! Your family is our family. This is uncharted territory for all of us, but we can make it through it if we work together.

Our online store remains open with 20% off your online purchase using the coupon code STAYHEALTHY. Please use it to buy your books the next few weeks. In-store pickup will continue to be an option during online checkout, with curbside delivery instead of coming into the store (arranged by appointment). And YES! your online purchases = donated books, just like when you shop our physical bookstore!

We’ll be offering Virtual Storytimes on Instagram Live at 10:00 Tuesday and Thursday.
More is coming! We’re working on creating more and more resources and content for you during this time to help make it easier for all of you. Please continue to watch for updates from us as we figure this out.

Blue Manatee Literacy Project is celebrating its first birthday next month. We plan on making it to 2, and to 3, and to 4, and to 5, and on and on. We’re the little non-profit that could! We’ll see you on the other end of this!

How You Can Help Local Businesses During This Difficult Time

Your favorite shops, restaurants, bars and non profits operate on very small margins. That means when a crisis like COVID-19 happens, these business owners face financial uncertainty. Without the support of the community, many of these businesses will not return once this virus runs its course. But there are ways that you can help. Below are a few options but check the websites of your favorite places and organizations to see what creative ways they’ve come up with to serve their community while following government guidelines on social distancing.

We will all get through this and lets do it supporting one another. Let’s continue to #SHOPLOCAL even if its from our couches. That will ensure that once we are past this crisis, the small businesses and non profits that give our city it’s unique charm will also be around.

Here are some great ways to support our local businesses during these difficult times:

    Shop online: Shop our online store and visit your other favorite local business websites for available online ordering. We match every book sold online with a donated book to an at-risk student. Just like when you shop our physical space.
    Order carryout: Bars and restaurants are closed to in house dining but many are offering carry out and delivery options.
    Buy gift cards: Buy gift cards now and use them later! This is an easy way to support your favorite local shops. Stock up for upcoming birthdays and even holiday shopping.
    Share on social media: Be sure to share posts with friends and family to help spread the love for all things local.
    Take advantage of perks: Stores are getting creative with special offerings. Take advantage of them!
    Donate: If you are able, now more than ever non profits can use your financial support. Operating with small margins, in order to provide the greatest impact to the community, means crisis’ like COVID-19 hit hard.
    Become a member: If you favorite shops or non profits offer membership packages, now is a perfect time!

Empowering every young reader with the skills, resources and inspiration to succeed.

Buy A Book | Donate a book
The Blue Manatee Literacy Project, which includes the Blue Manatee Bookstore, is a 501c3 non-profit organization.


We put your dollars to work supporting disadvantaged readers through our curated literacy program.


Become a member and receive special member perks, including member only promotions, while supporting literacy programming.


Shop for books online or in our Cincinnati bookstore. For every book purchased, one is donated to a disadvantaged reader.

Donate to BMLP right from your phone! Text 513-506-3161

1 in 4 American children grow up without learning to read.

Despite recent improvements, close to 40% of children entering kindergarten, in disadvantaged neighborhoods, struggle to read at grade level, with 3/4 of those students remaining at similar risk by grade 3.

Reading for pleasure is associated with a stronger sense of social acceptance, a reduction in stress levels and growth of cognitive functioning.

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