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August 2013 on Anastasia Island

 

ANASTASIA ISLAND

 

Relax with Raindrop Therapy

Thursday, August 1 @ 6pm   
Give your feet a treat by experiencing Raindrop Therapy. Inspired by the Lakota Indians, Raindrop Therapy uses therapeutic oils for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body. When properly applied to the neck, back and feet, these essential oils can bring about electrical alignment and help relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

Teen Flashback Friday

Friday, August 2 @ 1:30pm
Teens (ages 12-17) can come into the library to make a secret book safe or design a book domino course. Afterwards, we will enjoy some yummy pizza while watching either Pretty in Pink or The Princess Bride (teens’ choice). This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

Anastasia Island Movie Club

Tuesday, August 6 @ 5:30pm
This month, we are showing a classic film. For more information or the name of the film, call 209-3730 or email Harold George at hgeorge@sjcfl.us.

Here There Be Pirates

Wednesday, August 7 @ 11am
Bring in your family to meet Captain William Mayhem (from the Pirate Museum) and be mystified by his magical pirate talents. See some cool pirate artifacts during this hour long pirate adventure show. This very special Viva Florida 500 and Summer Reading Wrap up program is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. To ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the program, there will be 95 tickets available 1 hour before each show.  Children of all ages may attend; please be aware, however, that the Summer Reading Programs are geared toward the school-age child.

Teen Craft: Awesome Locker Accessories

Thursday, August 8 @ 3pm
Teens (ages 12-17) are invited to make decorations to use in this year’s school lockers. We’ll have items on hand to create locker mirrors, cool magnets, and tricked out CD decorations. We’ll supply all the materials; you just need to show up and use your imagination to create some original designs. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

Anastasia Island Book Club

Thursday, August 8 @ 6:45pm
Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl is a toxic mix of sharp-edged wit and deliciously chilling prose resulting in a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds readers at every turn. When his wife disappears on their anniversary, Nick starts having cringe-worthy daydreams and becomes oddly evasive, eschewing his golden boy past in this bestselling novel.

Kids LEGO Brick Club

Friday, August 9 @ 3pm
Come into the library to play with over 60 pounds of LEGO bricks and pieces. We supply the LEGO bricks and fun – all you need to bring is your imagination. There is no registration or fee for this program.

Writers’ Theater Partnership

Tuesday, August 13 @ 6pm
A four-part program dedicated to bringing out the best in your play, screenplay or short story. Fellow writers and participants will help you develop your work by reading aloud and providing feedback. The program will run the second Tuesday of the month for three months, always beginning at 6pm: July 9th,August 13th and September 10th. If you have an original work you would like the Writers’ Theater to read aloud, contact Jennifer Latka at rogersandlatka@yahoo.com.

Bookmobile @ the Library

Saturday, August 24 @ 3pm
Get to know the St. Johns County Bookmobile. It will be here for all of our patrons to tour and learn more about all of the fabulous Bookmobile services. We’ll also have a great craft for the family while they are here.

Boom Science @ the Library

Friday, August 30 @ 3:45pm
Greg from Boom Science will be back to teach us more exciting and cool science stuff. We’ve had rockets, made ice cream, square bubbles, built cars, and played in the sand. What on earth can Greg bring for us this time? Come in to see. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

 

BARTRAM TRAIL

 

First Friday Florida Book Club

Friday, August 2 @ 10:15am
We’re doing a year-long celebration of Florida literature. Our August book: Cross Creek by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, August 6 @ 6pm
Adults and teens (Age 14+) are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop off completed blankets, and any yarn you’d like to donate, during regular library hours.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, August 6 @ 6pm
Teens (Age 12+), are you looking for something different to do tonight? We’re showing a popular anime movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided.

Chess Club for Grades 5-12

Wednesday, August 7 @ 4pm
Check or Checkmate? Do you play chess? Do you want to learn how to play chess? Wondering what the terms pins, ranks and skittles mean? If you’re in 5th through 12th grades, and would like to be part of a chess club, we have the right one for you.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Thursday, August 8 @ 6pm
Looking for something different to do this evening? Then come and watch the movie we’re showing tonight. Bring your own snacks. Please call 827-6960 for movie title.

Book Sale

Saturday, August 10 @ 9:30am – Noon
Do you love books? Do you love your library? The Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library will hold this month’s book sale from 9:30am to noon – books of all kinds and items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks will be available. Proceeds from the book sale support programs at the Bartram Trail Branch Library.

Family Bingo for Books

Saturday, August 10 @ 2pm
Looking for fun for the whole family? Come on in and play Bingo for Books from 2pm to 3pm today. Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Books are generously donated by the Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library.

Genealogy Club @ Bartram Trail

Saturday, August 10 @ 2pm
Genealogy (or family research) is a very fulfilling hobby. Be a part of the club… join us on Saturday from 2pm – 4pm. For additional information, please contact the Bartram Trail Branch Library at 827-6960.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, August 13 @ 6pm
Adults and teens (Age 14+) are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop off completed blankets, and any yarn you’d like to donate, during regular library hours.

Master Gardeners’ Plant Clinic

Thursday, August 15 @ 10am
Weeds? Bugs? Bad soil? Having trouble making your gardens grow? Bring your questions and get solutions at the Master Gardeners’ plant clinic.

Teen Gamers

Saturday, August 17 @ 5pm
Teens, (Grades 6-12) bring your friends and come on out for a couple hours of gaming — we have Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, or play the newest Halo game on X-Box 360. Refreshments will be served.

Bartram Trail Book Club

Monday, August 19 @ 7pm
Our title this month is, The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom. Everyone is invited to attend the discussion. Light refreshments are provided.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, August 20 @ 6pm
Adults and teens (Age 14+) are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop off completed blankets, and any yarn you’d like to donate, during regular library hours.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, August 20 @ 6pm
Teens (Ages 12+), are you looking for something different to do tonight? We’re showing a popular anime movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided.

Master Gardeners’ Plant Clinic

Saturday, August 24 @ 10am
Weeds? Bugs? Bad soil? Having trouble making your gardens grow? Bring your questions and get solutions at the Master Gardeners’ plant clinic.

Adult Crochet Group

Monday, August 26 @ 6pm
Adults and teens (Age 14+) are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. The group will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t come to any of the meetings? Pick up the crochet pattern at the Reference Desk in the library and crochet the blanket in your spare time. Drop off completed blankets, and any yarn you’d like to donate, during regular library hours.

Tech Tuesday

Tuesday, August 27 Beginning @ 1pm
1pm – 2pm: iPad User Group. Stop in with your iPad, or any other type of tablet, to learn tips and tricks, and get awesome app recommendations. No registration required.

2:30pm – 4pm: Ancestry.com. Want to learn more about this family history website? Whether you already have a personal subscription or want to use the library’s access to Ancestry Library Edition, come by to learn search tips and about available collections. Registration is required.

6:30pm – 7:30pm: Research resources for distance learners. How do you do academic library research when you’re not in the same county (or even the same state) as your college? Join our informal session on how to access premium academic content via your school’s online databases. You will need to bring your library’s log-in information with you. Please note, not all libraries have access to the same content. Registration is required.

Contact the reference desk at 827-6960 to register.

 

HASTINGS

 

Computer Classes

Thursday, August 1 @ 10am
We offer group and one-on-one instruction on computers, whether you need to learn the basics or need help with something specific. Call 827-6970 to enroll in a class or schedule an appointment.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, August 1 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Family Storytime

Friday, August 2 @ 10:30am
Do you cackle? Do you shout and sing? When do you whisper? This week we will be reading stories about voice, such as Mo Willems’ What’s Your Sound, Hound? and Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming. Join us for music and puppets, too.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, August 2 @ 11am
There’s no need to rush out after storytime. We have puzzles, checkers, and other playthings for children to use. Enjoy socializing with other adults while your child has fun, too.

Teen Lounge

Tuesday, August 6 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Teen Lounge

Wednesday, August 7 @ 1:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Computer Classes

Thursday, August 8 @ 10am
We offer group and one-on-one instruction on computers, whether you need to learn the basics or need help with something specific. Call 827-6970 to enroll in a class or schedule an appointment.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, August 8 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Family Storytime

Friday, August 9 @ 10:30am
Fly with us this Friday as we share stories about our feathered friends. Find out how pigeons and people learn how to co-exist peacefully in Elizabeth Baguley’s Pigeon Poop. We’ll also read about Penguin and Pinecone, a pair who form an unlikely, but adorable, avian friendship.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, August 9 @ 11am
There’s no need to rush out after storytime. We have puzzles, checkers, and other playthings are available for children. Enjoy socializing with other adults while your child has fun, too.

Teen Book Club

Saturday, August 10 @ 10am
What haunts you when you lie in bed at night? For thirteen-year-old Conor, fear comes in the form of dread about the illness of his mother. It also comes in the very real form of an ancient monster outside his bedroom window. A Monster Calls, by Patrick Ness, is both a fantasy story and a darkly funny, moving narrative. Join us for a relaxed discussion and snacks. New members are always welcome.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, August 10 @ 1:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Teen Lounge

Tuesday, August 13 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Computer Classes

Thursday, August 15 @ 10am
We offer group and one-on-one instruction on computers, whether you need to learn the basics or need help with something specific. Call 827-6970 to enroll in a class or schedule an appointment.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, August 15 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Family Storytime

Friday, August 16 @ 10:30am
Summer is coming to a close and that means it’s time to get ready for school. Join us for music and stories, including the beautifully illustrated and funny Late for School by Steve Martin. We’ll do a craft, too.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, August 16 @ 11am
There’s no need to rush out after storytime. We have puzzles, checkers, and other playthings are available for children. Enjoy socializing with other adults while your child has fun, too.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, August 17 @ 1pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Teen Lounge

Tuesday, August 20 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Computer Classes

Thursday, August 22 @ 10am
We offer group and one-on-one instruction on computers, whether you need to learn the basics or need help with something specific. Call 827-6970 to enroll in a class or schedule an appointment.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, August 22 @ 3:30pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Family Storytime

Friday, August 23 @ 10:30am
Get ready for a rootin’, tootin’ storytime this week as we round-up up some cowboy (and cowgirl) stories. Join us for music and a craft, too.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, August 23 @ 11am
There’s no need to rush out after storytime. We have puzzles, checkers, and other playthings are available for children. Enjoy socializing with other adults while your child has fun, too.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, August 24 @ 1pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

Computer Classes

Thursday, August 29 @ 10am
We offer group and one-on-one instruction on computers, whether you need to learn the basics or need help with something specific. Call 827-6970 to enroll in a class or schedule an appointment.

Family Storytime

Friday, August 30 @ 10:30am
Join us this week for stories about light and dark. We’ll read Blackout by John Rocco and other stories. We’ll also do shadow puppets and a craft. Bring your flashlights.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, August 30 @ 11am
There’s no need to rush out after storytime. We have puzzles, checkers, and other playthings are available for children. Enjoy socializing with other adults while your child has fun, too.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, August 31 @ 1pm
Teens, join us for gaming on the Xbox, PlayStation or Wii, play board games, paint, or just hang out with your friends in a fun, friendly environment. Guitars and a keyboard are available if you feel like getting musical.

 

 

MAIN

 

 

Children’s FLYP Event: Turtle Talk

Thursday, August 1 @ 3pm
Join turtle advocate, Jade Dupuis, from St. Johns County Environmental Division, as she teaches us about the amazing turtles found in our area and why they need our help. Sea turtles are among the oldest creatures on earth and they are currently threatened. The beaches of northeast Florida are an important summer nesting area for loggerhead, green, and leatherback sea turtles. Discover how we can share and protect the beaches. We think our turtle friends are so cool, we’ll even celebrate nesting season with a “turtle” ice cream party. This free program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.

Gentle Stretch with Gina Marie

Friday, August 2 @ 10:30am
This free class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement, and attention to alignment. The class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility. Stretching is great for those who are experiencing joint sensitivity or overall stiffness. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. Presented by yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

Gentle Stretch with Gina Marie

Friday, August 9 @ 10:30am
This free class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement, and attention to alignment. The class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility. Stretching is great for those who are experiencing joint sensitivity or overall stiffness. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. Presented by yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

Literary Lions Book Club: Any Book by John Jakes

Saturday, August 10 @ 10:30am
John Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga. He is the creator of the legendary Kent Family Chronicles, and the Main and Hazard families of The North and South Trilogy. Praised as “the godfather of the historical novel,” and “America’s history teacher,” Jakes mingles the lives of his fictional characters with those of historical personages, and involves them in the great events of U.S. and world.

Adult BINGO for Books

Thursday, August 15 @ 3:30pm
Do you love free books and playing Bingo? Come on out, make new friends, and win adult fiction and non-fiction books by playing Bingo. Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Book prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County. Everyone is welcome and it’s free.

Relax with Raindrop Therapy

Tuesday, August 20 @ 6pm
Give your feet a treat with Raindrop Therapy using therapeutic oils. Inspired by the Lakota Indians, Raindrop Therapy has been used for years as a highly effective method for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body. When properly applied to the neck, back and feet, these essential oils can bring about electrical alignment and help relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body. This free program is presented by licensed massage therapist, Gina Mercado.

Spine Strengthening with Gina Marie

Wednesday, August 28 @ 10:30am
Strengthening the muscles that support your spine helps keep your back and upper body stable. Keeping these muscles strong can relieve back pain and prevent injuries. This simple workout is specifically designed to stretch and strengthen the back with a mix of dynamic and static stretches. This free class is presented by yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

 

 

PONTE VEDRA BEACH

 

FLYP Event: Ice Cream Party with Pete the Cat

Thursday, August 1 @ 3:30pm
Come in to help us celebrate the end of our Summer Reading Program with the uber popular, Pete the Cat. We’ll be making some totally groovy crafts while eating ice cream. Be sure to bring your cameras. Thanks to Ms. Nicole of the Anastasia Island Branch Library for partnering with us to provide the crafts and the Pete the Cat visit. The ice cream and bottled water for this program are generously provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Just for Babies and Family Storytime – August Dates

Just for Babies and Family Storytimes Every Tuesday in August
Thanks to our library branch’s partnership with volunteers Ms. Suzanne and Ms. Gail of Bird Island Park, Ms. Suzanne and Ms. Gail will host Just for Babies at 10:15am and Family Storytime at 11am every Tuesday in August

Teen Gaming Night

Wednesday, August 7 @ 5pm
All 13 – 18 year-olds are invited to have fun with your friends at the library and play “E” and “T”-rated games on our PlayStation 3 (with the new Move), Nintendo Wii, and X-Box 360 (with the new Kinect) set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing. Snacks will be served. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and our friends at Sony. Call 827-6950 for more details.

Take a S.T.A.N.D. Against Bullying with Magician Mark Alan

Thursday, August 8 @ 3:30pm
Magician Mark Alan presents an anti-bullying program that’s sure to make a difference. S.T.A.N.D. Against Bullying is a 45-minute program that deals with this serious topic in a fun manner using comedy, magic, ventriloquism, musical routines, and lots of interaction to help give kids the tools to take a stand against bullying. This program is intended for elementary-age children, but is fun for all. Thank you to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for generously sponsoring this important program, particularly before school starts.

Meet Your Local Superheroes

Friday, August 9 @ 11am
Everyone is invited to Meet Your Local Superheroes. We will learn all about what they do and how we can be safe and to explore their “superhero” vehicles. Any children who wish to come dressed as their favorite superheroes are welcome to do so. Bring the whole family for this fun and educational event.

Summer Crafts with Teens

Saturday, August 10 @2pm
Children (Age 5-11) are invited for a special monthly crafting event with the teens of Nease High School’sArts in Motion Club in the PGA Media Room. All materials are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Please Note:  All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

Teen Summer Reading Program Movie Event: The Host

Wednesday, August 14 @ 2pm
All rising 6th – 12th graders are invited to join us for our final Teen Summer Reading Program movie based on a book celebrating the theme Beneath the Surface. Join us for The Host, based on the novel by Stephenie Meyer. According to Amazon.com, “…Earth has been taken over by aliens in crisp white outfits – each one taking over a human ‘host’ so that the alien race can save the planet.” Everything and everyone are not as they seem on the surface. Pizza and sodas will be served and copies of the book will be raffled. For those who have read the book, a copy of the movie will be raffled to teens who submit a book review at the program. Don’t forget to keep turning in your book reviews for the Teen Summer Reading Program. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Children’s Author Visit: Marta Magellan

Thursday, August 15 at 3:30pm
Did you have a great time at the lizard-themed Nature Detective Workshops for Kids this summer or just want to know more about lizards? Everyone is invited to meet children’s author and lizard expert, Marta Magellan. In this free, interactive program, learn more about her book, Those Lively Lizards, and become lizard experts. Marta will be selling copies of her book, donating 10% of the proceeds to our library, and raffling two copies of the book. Thank you to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for generously sponsoring this author visit. This special author visit celebrates Viva Florida 500 and the Florida Library Youth Program’s 2013 theme Dig Into Reading.

Free Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 – 5

Tuesday, August 20 from 10am – 12:30pm
Children ages 3-5 are invited to receive a free, 10-minute Early Literacy Screening at the library,courtesy of Nemours BrightStart. Registration is taken on a first-come, first serve basis by a Nemours representative. Utilize this free screening to find out where your child’s literacy strengths lay and what you can do to help them improve in any other areas before they start school.

LEGO Club for Tweens

Wednesday, August 21 @4pm
Tweens in 4th-7th grades are invited to the library for an afternoon of building with Legos and hanging out. No registration is necessary and it’s free. Thanks to our Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for providing the Legos for this very special program just for Tweens including our pink Legos. Tween girl Lego lovers, we want you to join our club, too.

Family Game Time

Wednesday, August 28 from 3pm – 6pm
The whole family is invited to the library to play board games, including Monopoly, Connect Four, Candy Land, Scrabble, Chutes & Ladders, Uno, and many more. Simply use your library card, or driver’s license, to check out the games. All board games are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Kick-off National Library Card Sign-Up Month and don’t miss this opportunity to win free adult popular books while having fun playing Bingo. All materials will be supplied by the Library and everyone will go home with at least one free book.

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Snack Attack

Friday, August 2 @ 2pm
Hey kids, join the Southeast Snack Attack Club at 2pm to enjoy a light snack and listen to Miss Kristine read aloud The Year of the Book by Andrea Cheng, one of the 2013-2014 Sunshine State Books for grades 3-5. This story follows a young Chinese American girl as she navigates relationships with family, friends, and her fourth grade classroom, and finds a true best friend.

Teen/Tween Summer Reading Party

Saturday, August 3 @ 2pm
It’s time to turn in summer reading logs and participate in a library scavenger hunt. Bring your iPod, iPad, or smartphone with a QR code reader app – you’ll need it to complete the scavenger hunt that will lead you through the library to pizza, free books, and more. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.

Here There Be Pirates

Wednesday, August 7 @ 3pm
Bring in your family to meet Captain William Mayhem from the St. Augustine Pirate Museum and be mystified by his magical pirate talents. See some cool pirate artifacts during this hour-long Pirate adventure show. This very special Viva Florida 500 program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.

Knotty Knitters

Friday, August 9 @ 3pm
Everyone is welcome to join the Southeast Branch’s knitting club: The Knotty Knitters. All ages and abilities are encouraged to join and instruction can be provided to beginners. Make new friends and learn a new craft.

Teen Gaming Tournament

Saturday, August 10 @ 2pm
Do you have what it takes to beat our Southeast Gaming Grand Master? Practice your Wii skills in our Galaxy Game Room and then come to the tournament for a chance to beat our Grand Master. Pizza and prizes will be provided by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.

Teen/Tween Survival Cooking

Tuesday, August 13 @ 6pm
Bento Box Lunches: It’s time to go back to school but Mom won’t be packing your lunches this year. Learn how to make delicious bento box-style lunches that will get you through the school days ahead. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library. Please call 827-6900 to register for this free program.

Nature Detective Workshop for Kids

Wednesday, August 14 @ 1:30pm
Children (Age 6-12) are invited to a hands-on workshop to become Nature Detectives. Kids will learn all about lizards, including how to spot them and how these pollinators relate to gardening. Every child will receive free gardening goodies, including Nature Detective notebooks. This workshop is designed by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants, presented by the Geranium Circle, and sponsored by the Garden Club of St. Augustine and the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library. Please call 827-6900 to register for this free program.

Chalk It Up With Pelican Pete

Friday, August 16 @ 2pm
Kids are invited to hang out with Frances and Hugh Keiser, authors of the Pelican Pete books, and to create their own chalk drawings. Please call 827-6900 to register for this free program.

Teen Coffeehouse

Saturday, August 17 @ 2pm
Calling all teen artists, poets, and scholars: It’s time to go back to school. Join us for a school supplies trade. Bring in a folder or notebook to decorate and give away to another teen. Don’t forget to bring artwork to share and your mug and we’ll fill it up with hot chocolate, tea, or decaf coffee, compliments of the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.

S.T.A.N.D. Against Bullying with Mark Alan

Wednesday, August 21 @ 2pm
Magician Mark Alan deals with a serious topic in a fun manner using comedy, magic, ventriloquism, musical routines, and lots of interaction to help give kids the tools to take a stand against bullying. This 45-minute program is intended for elementary-age children, but is fun for all. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.

Knotty Knitters

Saturday, August 24 @ 11am
Everyone is welcome to join the Southeast Branch’s knitting club: The Knotty Knitters. All ages and abilities are encouraged to join and instruction can be provided to beginners. Make new friends and learn a new craft.

Vegetarian Ways: Keeping it Tasty

Saturday, August 24 @ 2 pm
Join Akilah for a fun afternoon of vegetarian cooking, sample tasting, and sharing healthy eating for the whole family. Learn quick juicing ideas and delicious meal planning that even the most hard core meat-eater will love. This class is free, but registration is required. To sign up, please stop by the Reference Desk or call 827-6900.

Southeast Book Club: The Dry Grass of August

Thursday, August 29 @ 6:45pm
Please join us for a discussion about a beautifully written novel, Anna Jean Mayhew’s, The Dry Grass of August. It offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood, and for the woman who means the world to her. New members are always welcome.

Entertainment

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Books

Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This

  Volume 2 of Yes Sir, Yes Sir, 3 Bags Full! – You Do NOT Want to Miss This Book Review by Amy Lignor What began in an unforgettable Volume 1—living Jerry Hall’s story and dealing with the heart-wrenching issues of the Viet Nam* War—continues here. The action of battle, fraught with the unending horrors that the “unwanted veterans” dealt with, grows even more painful. And as war comes closer to an end, what should have been peaceful … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

  New Home Sales Jump in April By Burt Carey Sales of new homes hit their highest rate since 2008 in April, according to the Commerce Department’s U.S. Census Bureau. April sales increased 16.6 percent over March figures, which correlates to a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 home sales projected for the year. The median price of those new homes was $321,000, the highest median price ever recorded. That’s up 9.7 percent … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Paging Norman Rockwell

  Paging Norman Rockwell by Amy Lignor   For those who may not have had the pleasure before – and all you true Christmas “classic” lovers who have always wanted to see it – Stockbridge, Massachusetts, is the most brilliant and beautiful place during the holiday season. Made famous by the original Norman Rockwell, whose museum is part of the line of historic buildings making up that classic Main Street, Stockbridge is dressed up … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Winterize Now to Avoid Costly Repairs Next Spring

    By Craig Lamb At the first sign of warm weather next spring you’ll be itching to get the boat out on the water. You want to get in and go, taking in the sunshine and fresh air after the long winter. What you don’t want is for the first trip out to be cut short, taking an unplanned detour to the dealership instead of the water. Now is the time to winterize your boat. Doing so can avoid costly repairs due to neglecting … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season

  The Best & Worst (So Far) of the 2016 NFL Season by Amy Lignor     Okay…we’re almost dead center, folks, so it’s time to sum up the best and silliest actions and reactions that the 2016 NFL season has provided fans thus far.   Analysts are always yapping, and most likely nothing they say will actually come true. However, right now almost everyone is agreeing to the fact that Tom Brady has a score to settle. Yes, … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

We Are Still…All in This Together!

  We Are Still…All in This Together! by Amy Lignor   December 7, 1941. Sunday morning was lovely on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. A typical Sunday, in fact, where people were moving calmly and in a relaxed “weekend-mode” stance at the U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet Headquarters. Just before the clocks struck 8:00 a.m., however, the country of Japan launched planes from six aircraft carriers in what would be considered the “first wave” of … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

  Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe by Amy Lignor   Thanksgiving has been had. Games have been watched and the golden turkey has caused a great many belts to be loosened. So…here it comes!   From hanging the stockings on the chimney with care to the red-nosed reindeer who had to be there; from Santa heading down that chimney just right to lovely sleigh bells ringing softly in the night, the holiday season is a truly … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

  Forecasting Climate Change by Amy Lignor As with anything in this world, it depends on whose opinion or observations you trust as to just how bad climate change is becoming. As 2016 begins to wrap up, climate scientists, atmospheric physicists, chemists, oceanographers – you name it – no one can come up with any other explanation for climate change and the warming of our planet other than human activity. How fast is it happening? … [Read More its Good for You...]