My Home Library Series

805’s “My Home Library” blog series features essays and poems by writers and artists who are enjoying their home libraries during the Covid-19 pandemic. Since 805 is published by the Manatee County Public Library System, and since most libraries have closed due to the pandemic, we hope this blog series will help people show off their home libraries, find comfort in books, and feel a connection to the library during this difficult time.


Please note:


  • We welcome essays and poems from residents/workers/students of Manatee County and surrounding counties.

  • Your home library is not limited to books- you can write about your movies, albums, video games, or your virtual library on your e-reader.

  • Essays can be up to 1,000 words. Poems can be any length and style.

  • No prior writing experience is required. Write from the heart, and we will polish up your words if needed.

  • Writers under 18 need permission from a parent/guardian to submit an essay.

  • Please include 1-3 photos of your library including close-ups of favorite books. Photos are not required. You can appear in the photos if you feel comfortable, but it is not required.

  • Please include a 25-50 word bio to accompany your post.


Writer’s Block? Write about:


  • Your favorite book covers

  • Your favorite lines from a book

  • You favorite book in a series and why

  • Books you received as gifts

  • Books you keep meaning to read but never do

  • Books that helped you during a tough time in your life

  • What you’re reading now as you shelter in place


Publishing Terms

  • Submitting does not guarantee publication.

  • Submissions from children will be posted with a first name only.

  • By submitting, you give us permission to publish your words, photos, and bio on 805’s website and social media as well as Manatee County Public Library System’s website and social media. You own your words and photos and can repost them anywhere you’d like.

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