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SJCPLS April 2013 Calendar of Events

Anastasia Island BranchST. JOHNS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Anastasia Island Movie Club

Tuesday, April 2 @ 5:30 pm

Winner of the 2012 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, this film tells the story of a Detroit folksinger whose great talent met with no success in America, but who became an icon to generations of South Africans in the 1970’s. Rumored to have taken his own life, the truth is uncovered by two South African men who seek to tell his story, and reveal that his musical dreams did come true. Rated PG-13. For information and the name of the film, call 209-3730 or email Harold George at hgeorge@sjcfl.us. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

New Release Movie Event

Wednesday, April 3 @ 2:30 pm
(PG13) Join us for this newly released to DVD book to movie. Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard, Gandalf, chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 209-3730 for movie title.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, April 4 @ 3:30 pm
Teens (ages 12 and up) choose what they want to do: video games, movies, music, reading, and more. Video game choices are rated T and above. *Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Sony.

Come RELAX with Raindrop Therapy!

Thursday, April 4 @ 6 pm
Give Your Feet A Treat! Come & experience Raindrop Therapy using the Highest Quality Therapeutic Oils in the World. 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 program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Gentle Stretching With Gina

Friday, April 5 @ 10:30 am
This free class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement, and attention to alignment. It is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, & increase flexibility. Stretching is great for those who experience joint sensitivity, or overall stiffness. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. Presented by licensed yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

Movie Event: See the Winner of This Year’s Best Actor Oscar Award

Saturday, April 6 @ 2 pm
(PG13) As the Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 209-3730 for movie title.

AARP Tax Assistance

Tuesdays, April 2, 9 @ 10 am – 2 pm
Thursdays, April 4, 11 @ 10 am – 2 pm
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules.  The free counseling is available to all low to middle income taxpayers, regardless of age. No advance registration is needed; people will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return, and all relevant tax information with them.

Teen Lounge

Thursday, April 11 @ 3:30 pm

Teens (ages 12 and up) choose what they want to do: video games, movies, music, reading, and more. Video game choices are rated T and above. *Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Sony.

Anastasia Island Book Club

Thursday, April 11 @ 6:45 pm
Author Erik Larson tells the true stories of two men whose lives intersect during one of the greatest criminal chases of all time. Gripping from the first page, and rich with fascinating detail about the time, this story is a splendid narrative history from a master of the form. All are welcome.

Gentle Stretching With Gina

Friday, April 12 @ 10:30 am
This free class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement, and attention to alignment. It is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, & increase flexibility. Stretching is great for those who experience joint sensitivity, or overall stiffness. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. Presented by licensed yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

Kids LEGO Brick Club

Friday, April 12 @ 3:30 pm
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.

Top Five Tips for Being Your Best You!

Saturday, April 13 @ 2pm

Join Certified Nutritional Health Coach, Marion Thompson, for a presentation about five basic steps to improve your health, and to learn what the buzz is about gluten free diets.

National Library Week Event: Cat in the Hat Meet & Greet

Wednesday, April 17 @ 11:30 am – Noon
The Cat in the Hat will be here after our PreSchool storytime to meet and greet your little ones in celebration of National Library Week. Come for storytime and stay for this special opportunity to meet the Cat in the Hat and take pictures.

National Library Week Event: Kids & Tweens Crafts with Cat in the Hat

Friday, April 19 @ 3:30 pm
Come into the library to celebrate National Library Week by making some great crafts. You can hang out with the Cat in the Hat while making your own canvas bags, origami book marks and bottlecap jewelry. We’ll even have some special Seussalicious snacks for you. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Kids LEGO Brick Club

Wednesday, April 24 @ 2:30 pm
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.

Storytimes @ Anastasia Island

Baby / Toddler Time: Wednesdays @ 10:15 am
Little Ones Craft Time: Wednesdays @ 10:45 am
Preschool Storytime Wednesdays @ 11:05 am
Storytimes are every Wednesday morning. Baby & Toddler storytimes are aimed at children up to 18 months. Craft time is open to all children and is aimed at teaching scissor, glue and coloring skills. Preschool storytimes are open to any child who can sit for longer stories and participate in active songs. Come for songs, stories, and fun. We look forward to seeing you all.

Anastasia Island Book Club

Second Thursday of Each Month @ 6:45 pm
Please join us for any or all of our monthly book clubs. We will discuss a different book each month. All titles are available to borrow through your library. There will be no meeting in December.

Bartram Trail Branch

International Affairs Discussion Group

Monday, April 1 @ 6:30 pm

The International Affairs Discussion Group will meet at 6:30 pm to discuss international current events. The discussion will be moderated by Joseph Warner, retired U.S. diplomat and adjunct professor of Geography and International Relations at Florida State College at Jacksonville. A reading list of suggested books and articles will be available in time to prepare for the discussions.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, April 2 @ 6 pm
Teens ages 12 and up, are you looking for something different to do tonight? We’re showing a popular anime movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, April 2 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens (age 14 and older) 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.

Children’s Movie Matinee

Wednesday, April 3 @ 3 pm
Grab your friends and join us for a movie at 3pm. Please contact us at 827-6960 to find out what’s showing this week on our big screen. Snacks are provided; bring your own drinks.

Chess Club for Grades 5-12

Wednesday, April 3 @ 4 pm

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 12 grades, and would like to be part of a chess club, we have the right one for you.  We’re meeting at 4 pm on Wednesday–join us.

Viva Florida 500! Florida Favorites Book Club

Friday, April 5 @ 10:15 am
We’re doing a year-long celebration of Florida literature. Our April book: The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, April 9 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens (age 14 and older) 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.

Science for Kids: Measuring Home Energy with JEA

Wednesday, April 10 @ 3 pm

Attention math geeks and science nerds. Your parents need your help to save energy AND money. Come to our DIY Science program and learn how to measure energy used in your home. You can then use these calculations to see where you can make some changes to save money AND help save the earth. Recommended for ages 10 and up (unless you’re a MATH GENIUS!) Please bring your adult with you. You can register by calling 827-6960. Presented for free by Project Green Team in conjunction with JEA and the St. Johns County Public Library System.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, April 10 @ 4 pm
The library is a great place to get your volunteer hours. Orientation is mandatory and counts as your first service hour. Class size is limited; please call 827-6960 for registration information.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Thursday, April 11 @ 6 pm

Need a laugh? Then come and watch the movie we’re showing tonight. It’s a comedy storyline you’re familiar with: the parents have gone out of town and the grandparents have come to stay with the kids. Bring your own snacks. Please call 827-6960 for movie title.

Book Sale

Saturday, April 13 @ 9:30 am – noon

Do you love books? Do you love your library? The Friends of the Library will hold this month’s book sale from 9:30 am 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.

Genealogy Club

Saturday, April 13 @ 2 pm

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

Family Bingo for Books

Saturday, April 13 @ 2 pm

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

National Library Week Event: Bartram Trail Book Club

Monday, April 15 @ 7 pm
Celebrate National Library Week by coming to the Bartram Trail Book Club!  Our title this month is Defending Jacob by William Landay. Everyone is invited to attend the discussion.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6 pm 

Teens ages 12 and up, are you looking for something different to do tonight? We’re showing a popular anime movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens (age 14 and older) 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.

National Library Week: Storytimes at Bartram Trail

Wednesday, April 17 @ 10:10 and 11 am

It’s National Library Week and we’re celebrating with very special storytimes–all about going to the library and taking care of books!  We look forward to seeing you.

Master Gardeners’ Plant Clinic

Thursday, April 18 @ 10 am
Weeds? Bugs? Bad soil? Having trouble making your gardens grow?  Bring your questions and get solutions at the Master Gardeners’ plant clinic today at 10 am!

National Library Week: Teen Literature Day

Thursday, April 18 from 2 – 8pm

Teens, and those who love teen literature, are invited to celebrate Teen Literature Day, a special celebratory day during National Library Week by joining us anytime after school (2 – 8pm) on April 18 to celebrate the announcement of the 2013 Teen Top Ten nominees. Have a sweet treat and browse through previous years’ winners to find a new great read.

Adult Crochet Group

Monday, April 22 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens (age 14 and older) 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, April 23 beginning at 1 pm

1 – 1:45:  Introduction to Computers: This class is for the absolute beginner. If you need help using a mouse, this is the class you want.

2 – 2:45:  iPad and Tablet User Group: Open discussion of tips, tricks, and awesome apps.

3 – 3:45:  Introduction to the Internet: Here you’ll learn how to navigate the Internet, use a browser, and terminology. This is the next step after learning how to use a mouse.

5 – 5:45:  Introduction to Computers: This class is for the absolute beginner. If you need help using a mouse, this is the class you want.

6 – 6:45:  Introduction to the Internet:  Here you’ll learn how to navigate the Internet, use a browser, and terminology. This is the next step after learning how to use a mouse.

Children’s Art Activity (Grades 3 – 5)

Wednesday, April 24 @ 3 pm

If you like art, and you’re in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, come to the Bartram Trail Library on Wednesday at 3 pm. Create your own art project inspired by the works of this month’s artist.

Teen Gamers

Saturday, April 27 @ 5 – 7 pm

Teens, (grades 6-12) bring your friends and come on out for an evening of gaming on Saturday, April 27 — we have Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, or play the newest Halo game on X-Box 360! Refreshments will be served.

Just for Babies @ Bartram Trail!

Just for Babies:  Tuesdays @ 11:05 am
Just for Babies is every Tuesday morning. Bring your child to play, socialize and learn with others their age. For children birth to 15 months and their caregiver.  We look forward to seeing you all.

Storytimes @ Bartram Trail Branch!

Toddler Storytime:  Wednesdays @ 10:10 am
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays @ 11 am
Storytimes are every Wednesday morning. Toddler storytimes are geared for children 15 months to 3 years and their caregivers, but is open to all ages. (Program is approximately 20 minutes.) Preschool storytimes are for children ages 3 to 5 years.  Children are encouraged to attend independently.  Caregivers may stay in the room or close by in the library.  Includes music, stories, and classroom-type interaction. (Program is 25-30 minutes.)   We look forward to seeing you.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesday, April 30 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens (age 14 and older) 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.

Hastings Branch 

Teen Lounge

Wednesday, April 3 @ 3:30 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

Family Storytime

Friday, April 5 @ 10:30 am
Celebrate the April showers which bring May flowers at this week’s rain-themed storytime. Join us for stories, puppets, music, and a craft.

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, April 5 @ 11 am
No need to rush out after storytime. Stay for playtime with puzzles, toys, and games. Your child will get a chance to socialize, and you will, too!

Teen Lounge

Friday, April 5 @ 3:30 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, April 6 @ 1 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

AARP Tax Assistance

Thursdays, April 4, 11 @ 2 pm – 6 pm
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules. The free counseling is available to all low to middle income taxpayers, regardless of age. No advance registration is needed, people will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return, and all relevant tax information with them.

Teen Book Club

Saturday, April 13 @ 10 am
In celebration of Teen Literature Day on April 18, the Teen Book Club will be reading Big Girl Small by Rachel DeWoskin. The main character, Judy Lohden, is a talented 16-year-old girl who attends the Darcy Arts Academy. She also happens to be hanging out in a lousy motel room, perhaps because of a ruinous scandal. Join us for discussion of this 2012 Alex Award winning novel and check out other award-winning titles in our Teen Literature Day display.

Teen Lounge

Wednesday, April 17 @ 3:30pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

National Library Week: Adult Book Club: Fifty Shades Darker

Thursday, April 18 @ 10am

Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

National Library Week: Family Storytime

Friday, April 19 @ 10:30 am
Take advantage of all of the resources at your library during National Library Week (and every week!) This year’s theme is “Communities Matter.” Join us for stories, puppets, music, and a craft.

National Library Week: Stay ‘n Play

Friday, April 19 @ 11 am
No need to rush out after storytime. Stay for playtime with puzzles, toys, and games. Your child will get a chance to socialize, and you will, too! In celebration of the National Library Week theme “Communities Matter,” feel free to bring a snack or pot luck dish to share.

Teen Lounge

Friday, April 19 @ 3:30 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

National Library Week: Craft for Kids and Teens

Saturday, April 20 @ 1 pm
Earth Day is April 22, so join us for a good story and a fun nature printing craft. Articles in the natural world will be used to transfer images to cloth. It’s a take-home craft you’ll want to display!

MoneyWi$e Week: Tax Preparation Advice

Wednesday, April 24 @ 3pm

AARP representative Bill Sherman will discuss how to prepare for your Federal Income Taxes, including how much you should have withheld, deductions you may be eligible for, and documentation you should have for tax preparation. For more information, call the Hastings Branch at 827-6970. *This Program will be held at the O.U.R. Center located at the Walter E. Harris Center on E. Harris St. in Hastings, FL.

Teen Lounge

Wednesday, April 24 @ 3:30 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

MoneyWi$e Week: Family Storytime

Friday, April 26 @ 10:30 am
This week is MoneyWi$e Week, and it’s never too early to practice making good financial choices. Join us for stories about saving and spending, and then practice making choices with play money. As always, we’ll sing and dance, too.

Teen Lounge

Friday, April 26 @ 3:30 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

Teen Lounge

Saturday, April 27 @ 1 pm
Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends. Both board games and video games are available, as well as crafting materials.

Computer Classes

Thursdays @ 10 am

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 set up an appointment today. 

Main Library

J.A.A.M. (Japanese Anime At Main)

Monday, April 1 @ 5 pm
Tweens, teens, and young twenty-somethings are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club, where you can meet others with similar interests. We’ll view assorted Anime & enjoy Japanese treats.  Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like and come “JAAM” with us!

AARP Tax Assistance

Tuesdays, April 2 & 9 from 10 am-2 pm Wednesdays, April 3 & 10 from 10 am-2 pm
Fridays, April 5 & 12 from 10 am-2 pm
Saturdays, April 6 & 13 from 10 am-2 pm
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules. The free counseling is available to all low to middle income tax payers, regardless of age. No advance registration is needed, people will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return, and all relevant tax information with them.  

Internet Class

Wednesday, April 3 @ 10 am
Come learn to take a drive on the information superhighway with Mr. Bob. No seatbelt required! Please call the Main Library at 827-6940 to sign up for this great beginner’s class.

New Release Family Film Event

Thursday, April 4 @ 3 pm
Celebrate the end of the school day with us cinematically. We’ll be showing a new release film for the whole family. Please call the Main Library at 827-6940 for movie title and rating. Plenty of pillow seating and free organic popcorn, courtesy of Diane’s Natural Food Market.

Yoga Experience with Marlene

Monday, April 8 @ 10:30 am
Did you know Yoga improves physical flexibility, strength, balance, and stamina? At this free session we’ll explore practical, easy ways to take care of the body, reduce stress and relax, improve breathing and energy levels. Whatever your hobbies or occupation, yoga can be a part of your unique, changing lifestyle. First timers are very welcome. Experience yoga with respect and gentleness in a comfortable environment. Presented by yoga instructor, Marlene Pitts.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Monday, April 8 @ 1 pm
Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home! At our free workshop you’ll learn about the various government-funded programs for which you may be eligible. The St. Johns Housing Partnership is a non-profit organization, and there is never a charge to the homeowner for any of our services. Please contact us with questions and to SIGN UP for this workshop at 819-1266.

Basic PC Class

Wednesday, April 10 @ 10 am
Not all mice eat cheese… come learn about the kind that don’t with Mr. Bob. This class is perfect for the beginning computer user. Call 827-6940 to sign up for this class.

After School Gaming

Thursday, April 11 @ 3 pm
School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school at the Main Library. A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, & Wii consoles will be offered.  Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided.  Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.

Literary Lions Book Club: The Kitchen House

Saturday, April 13 @ 10:30 am
Kathleen Grissom’s unsentimental debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel just enough to give readers an involving new perspective. Lavinia, an orphaned white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, a Tidewater, Va., tobacco plantation owned by Capt. James Pyke. Belle is the captain’s illegitimate half-white daughter who runs the kitchen house. Together they share narration duties and the two distinctly different voices chronicle a troublesome 20 years.

Nutrition in the Golden Years

Tuesday, April 16 @ 10:30 am
Nutrition is important throughout our life, but it is especially important as we age. Join Nutrition Expert and Health Coach, Marian Thompson, who will discuss the warning signs of poor nutrition, how lifestyle affects nutritional health, daily nutritional needs for seniors, and how to develop healthy habits. Marian, a native of St. Augustine, is a Certified Nutritional Health Coach who teaches people that they have the power to live happy and healthy lives.

Come RELAX with Raindrop Therapy

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6 pm
Give Your Feet A Treat! Come & experience Raindrop Therapy using the Highest Quality Therapeutic Oils in the World. 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.  Presented by licensed massage therapist, Gina Mercado.

Internet Class

Wednesday, April 17 @ 10 am
Come learn to take a drive on the information superhighway with Mr. Bob. No seatbelt required! Please call the Main Library at 827-6940 to sign up for this great beginner’s class.

Tai-Chi: Enter the Healing Journey

Wednesday, April 17 @ 10:30 am
You are cordially invited to begin a pleasant and enjoyable journey in the ancient Chinese healing exercise, as you learn and practice Tai-Chi. In class, students will perform soft, continuous movements that will allow them to receive many positive aspects of renewed health, while developing internal stillness. Some of the benefits of Tai-Chi include: relief from muscular tension and anxiety, increased concentration and memory, enhanced sensory awareness, and improved balance. This free workshop is presented by Hector M. Ruiz, Jr. a certified instructor in Tai-Chi and Qi Gong.

National Library Week: MAIN-iac Science Lab

Thursday, April 18 @ 3 pm
Celebrate National Library Week with this special event, hosted by The Cat in the Hat! Join us after school for a hands-on, minds-on Seussical science program and work closely with our very own mad scientists from the Children’s Department. Explore a variety of science topics through fun experiments, activities, and lively discussions.  All materials for experiments provided!  If you can’t make it to the science lab, check out some amazing science project books.

Adult BINGO For Books

Thursday, April 18 @ 3:30 pm
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. Everyone is welcome and it’s free.

Gentle Stretch with Gina

Friday, April 19 @ 10:30 am
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 licensed yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

The Big Bang Theory: The 14 Secrets to Selling More Books

Saturday, April 20 @ 10 am
Now that you’ve got your book in print, what comes next? Sharon Buck, owner of BookAuthorsTour.com, will be here to talk about getting your book from the shelf (online or real) into the hands of the reading public. She will be presenting an interactive workshop showing how authors can explode their book sales through 14 often overlooked and under-used techniques. This free workshop is brought to you through a partnership between the Florida Writers Association Ancient City Chapter and the Friends of the Library.

Friends of the Library Book Fair

Monday, April 22 @ 5:30 pm
The Friends of the Library present their second Friends Book Fair, featuring area authors providing insight into their writing experience. Authors Vic DiGenti, Andre R. Frattino, Will Merrill, Caren Umbarger, and Ron Whittington will showcase their work. Light refreshments will be served. This program is open and free to the public. The Friends of the Library organization is engaged in providing quality programs to the local community to help promote the love of reading!

It’s a MYSTERY Movie

Tuesday, April 23 @ 5:30 pm
Join us for an evening out at the movies at your neighborhood library. Too bad we can’t tell you what we’ll be showing; that would spoil the mystery. Will it be a hot new thriller? A favorite classic? You’ll have to join us to find out. We’ll be serving popcorn & refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library. Movie will have a rating of PG or PG-13.

Basic PC Class

Wednesday, April 24 @ 10 am
Not all mice eat cheese… come learn about the kind that don’t with Mr. Bob. This class is perfect for the beginning computer user. Call 827-6940 to register for this class.

Tai-Chi: Enter the Healing Journey

Wednesday, April 24 @ 10:30 am
You are cordially invited to begin a pleasant and enjoyable journey in the ancient Chinese healing exercise, as you learn and practice Tai-Chi. In class, students will perform soft, continuous movements that will allow them to receive many positive aspects of renewed health, while developing internal stillness. Some of the benefits of Tai-Chi include: relief from muscular tension and anxiety, increased concentration and memory, enhanced sensory awareness, and improved balance. This free workshop is presented by Hector M. Ruiz, Jr. a certified instructor in Tai-Chi and Qi Gong.

April Storytimes @ Main Library

It’s already April, and we’re “hopping” you will join us each week for all the laughs of storytime. We’ll share some of our favorite books, sing songs, tell interactive stories, make crafts, & have lots of fun. Thursdays, April 4, 11, 18, & 25.

Baby Time 10:15 am
A gentle lapsit program with action rhymes, fingerplays, and first books for babies.  For pre-walkers only, please.
Toddler Time 11 am
We’ll sing, we’ll dance, and share our excitement for books and learning at the library. Don’t be shy and bring your dancing shoes!
Preschool Storytime 11:30 am
“Big Kids” get a storytime of their own. Longer stories, a variety of early literacy concepts, listening, & pre-classroom skills.  Perfect for 3-5 year olds.

After School Gaming

Thursday, April 25 @ 3 pm
School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school at the Main library. A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, & Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.

Middle Eastern Dance Class

Saturday, April 27 @ 2 pm
Join us for an afternoon discovering dance and culture of the Middle East with local instructor, Liz Rizzolo.  This class is free and no previous experience is required.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Monday, April 29 @ 1 pm
Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home. At our free workshop you’ll learn about the various government-funded programs for which you may be eligible. The St. Johns Housing Partnership is a non-profit organization, and there is never a charge to the homeowner for any of our services. Please contact us with questions and to SIGN UP for this workshop  at 819-1266.

Viva Florida 500 Event: Bats in Florida

Tuesday, April 30 @ 5:30 pm
Join us for this special visit by local bat advocate, Marcia Daniels, as she shares interesting trivia and historical facts about our winged friends in Florida. Bats have made their home all over Florida, and play an important role in ecological systems across the state. Learn about the success of the University of Florida Bat House & Bat Barn in Gainesville, and the failure of the Perky Bat Tower on Sugerloaf Key. The program is open to the public and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch

Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, April 1 from 3 – 4:30 pm

The Great Books Discussion Group is currently reading short stories from the “Seven Deadly Sins Sampler.”  The next “deadly sin” to be discussed will be on “Sloth.”  We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Teen Gaming Night

Wednesday, April 3 from 5 – 7 pm

All 13 – 18 year-olds ONLY 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 Library and our friends at Sony. Call 827-6950 for more details.

Teens Read with Kids

Saturday, April 6 from 10 am – 12 pm

All children are invited to be read to by a teen or practice reading to a teen in the Children’s Department – this program is presented by the teens of Ponte Vedra High School’s Book Club! Select what you’d like to hear, read from any of our books, or bring your favorites from home. Please note:  All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the entire duration of the program.

Viva Florida 500: Family Storytime celebrating Earth Day

Tuesday, April 9 @ 11 am

Join us for a special Family Storytime (held in the Children’s Department) celebrating Earth Day as well as Viva Florida 500. Ms. Anne will share earthy stories then we’ll head outside for a special craft with Ms. Suzanne in Bird Island Park, located directly behind the library. Let’s celebrate reading, being good to the Earth, and Bird Island Park’s upcoming Earth Day Festival on April 20.

Semi-Annual Book Sale: April 9 – April 13

Tuesday, April 9 to Saturday, April 13

Tuesday, April 9th – Preview Sale, FOL Members Only: 4:30pm – 7:30pm (membership on sale at the door)

  • Wednesday, April 10th  Hours: 10am to 7:30pm
  • Thursday, April 11th  Hours: 10am to 5:30pm
  • Friday, April 12th  Hours: 10am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday, April 13th  Hours: 10am to 4pm (Bag Day)

The Community Room will be organized with an eclectic collection of wonderful books in excellent condition. The “Better Books Room” will have its share of volumes that any patron would be happy to own at reasonable prices. Tuesday’s preview is open only to Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library members. This is your chance to get first choice of books! You can become a Friend of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library at Seymour’s Book Store or at the event. Membership begins at just $25. Wednesday through Saturday, the Book Sale will be open to the public. Saturday will once again be Bag Day, where each bag of books is $8. All proceeds go to support the Friends’ Mission to make our library an outstanding educational, cultural, civic, and recreational center for the community.

After-School Crafts with Teens

Wednesday, April 10 from 4pm – 5pm

Children in Kindergarten – 5th grade, and their caregivers, are invited to make crafts with the teens of Nease High School’s Arts in Motion Club! Materials are provided by the Friends of the Library, no registration is needed, and it’s FREE! Please Note:  All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program. This program will be held in our Small Conference Room.

National Library Week: Teen Literature Day

Monday, April 15 – Saturday, April 27

Everyone is invited to celebrate Teen Literature Day (April 18), a special celebratory day during National Library Week. Check out our special display in the Adult Department, featuring teen fiction books with crossover appeal for adults. All books will be available for checkout – learn a little more about your community by perusing and checking out the teen books that teens and adults love. Bibliographies made by Youth Services Librarian, Anne Crawford, and her Teen Advisory Board will be available as these books will likely disappear fast.

Great Decisions

Monday, April 15 from 4 – 6 pm

We choose topics on current international issues for the following month for group discussion. This month’s topic focuses on “Iran.”  Our group welcomes new participants. The program is written and sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association. Contact Bonnie Morrow with any questions at 285-6096 or bonimoro2601b@aol.com. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

 

Book Talk Cafe

Monday, April 15 @ 6:30 pm

This popular author series features Elizabeth Stuckey-French, who will discuss her latest book, The Revenge of the Radioactive Lady. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

FREE Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 – 5

Tuesday, April 16 from 10 am – 12:30 pm

Children ages 3 – 5 are invited to receive a 10-minute free Early Literacy Screening at the Library courtesy of Nemours BrightStart! Registration will be taken on a first-come, first served basis on this day by a representative of Nemours. Nemours BrightStart will be returning monthly in 2013 to conduct more screenings at the Library for those not able to take advantage of the opportunity on this date. 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!

National Library Week: Just for Babies

Tuesday, April 16 @ 10:15 am

Join us for a special “Just for Babies” program, celebrating National Library Week, with stories about loving to read and the library! Each baby attending will receive a special sticker. Parents, guardians, and grandparents:  don’t forget to sign up for a library card for yourself and for your baby/grandbaby – no age is too young.

National Library Week: Family Storytime featuring local firefighters

Tuesday, April 16 @ 11 am

Join Ms. Anne and her special guest readers – local firefighters – for a special Family Storytime celebrating National Library Week! The firefighters will read the stories with Ms. Anne leading the songs and fingerplays. Every child will receive a special Dr. Seuss bookmark and an opportunity to explore the fire truck outside.

Adventures in Art: They Came Before Us, Florida’s First Coast

Tuesday, April 16 @ 2 pm

Dr. Maarten van de Guchte, Executive Director of the Beaches Museum and History Park presents: They Came Before Us, Florida’s First Coast.  This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Library.

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 16 from 4:30 – 5:30 pm

Teens ages 13 – 18 ONLY are invited to join our new Teen Advisory Board and have a say in the materials we order for teens, the teen programs we offer, and much more at the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Participation in the Teen Advisory Board counts as service hours and snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Join us for our meeting – led by Youth Services Librarian, Anne Crawford – and get involved. This meeting will be held the 3rd Tuesday – instead of the 2nd Tuesday – due to the Library’s Book Sale.

National Library Week: Social Networking Safety Tips

Tuesday, April 16 @ 6 pm

All ages are invited to join Instructional Technology Coordinator for the St. Johns County School District, Jesse Gates, as he gives us all specific tips on privacy and staying safe with social networking. 

LEGO Club for Tweens

Wednesday, April 17 from 4 – 5 pm

Tweens in 4th – 7th grade are invited to come on out and bring your friends for an afternoon of fun building with Legos and hanging out at the library. No registration is necessary and it’s free. Thanks to our Friends of the Library for providing the Legos for this very special program including our pink Legos. Tween girl Lego lovers, we want you to join our club.

National Library Week: “Teens Got Talent” Showcase

Wednesday, April 17 @ 6:30 pm

Everyone in the community is invited to join us in celebrating National Library Week and supporting the talents of the local teens in Ponte Vedra. This year’s Showcase – our first – will be presented and hosted by our new Teen Advisory Board, Youth Services Librarian, Anne Crawford, and our Master of Ceremonies, Magician Mark Alan, who is also providing magic and comedy. Join us for musical performances, theatre, and more. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library who are generously sponsoring this event.

National Library Week: Adult Bingo for Books

Thursday, April 18 @ 11 am
Celebrate National Library Week 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.

National Library Week: Video Bowling for Adults

Saturday, April 20 @11:00 am

Join us for an entertaining hour of video Bowling. Learn a new and fun way to stay active – or for the experienced video gamers, practice your technique with fellow participants. Bring a friend and come discover what everyone is talking about!

Ponte Vedra Beach Library Book Club

Tuesday, April 23 @ 3 pm

Please join us as we discuss “The Last Runaway” by Tracy Chevalier. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact the Reference Department at 827-6950.

Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series

Tuesday, April 23 @ 6:30 pm

Please join Dr. Cara Tasher, Director of Choral Studies at the University of North Florida, for an extraordinary musical evening featuring the University’s Chamber Singers, the Men’s Chorale, and the Women’s Chorale.  Everyone is welcome and it’s free. Doors will open at 6:00 pm and seating is limited. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Family Game Time

Wednesday, April 24 from 3 – 6pm

On the 4th Wednesday of every month between 3 – 6pm, the whole family is invited to the library to play board games. Simply use your library card or driver’s license to check out a board game or two and play anywhere in the library. Challenge your family and friends to your favorite games. Call the Library at 827-6950 for more details. All board games are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Computer Class: Genealogy Online

Thursday, April 25 @ 10:30 am – 12 pm

Who do you think you are? Learn the basics of using Ancestry.com and FamilySearch.org to start discovering your family’s history. Participants must have a basic knowledge of computers.  Class size is limited. Pre-registration is required.  To sign up for this class, please stop by the Reference department or call 827-6950.

“Just for Babies” and Family Storytimes – APRIL DATES

Just for Babies – April 2 and 16 at 10:15 am; babies up to 15 months and their caregivers. This infant lapsit is designed for one-on-one interaction between caregiver and baby with Ms. Anne. Families with multiple children are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.

Family Storytime – Held every Tuesday morning at 11 am with Ms. Anne; aimed at children 16 months – 5 years and their families, though no child will be turned away.

MoneyWi$e Week: Family Storytime

Tuesday, April 30 @ 11 am

Join Ms. Anne for a special storytime celebrating MoneyWi$e Week, featuring books such as Bunny Money, with a special money craft at the end.

 

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Office Coordinator

St. Johns County Public Library System

Administrative Office

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