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SJCPLS | APRIL CALENDAR OF EVENTS

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AARP Tax Assistance
Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15 @ 10am – 2pm
Thursdays, April 3 & 10 @ 10am – 2pm
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. 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-serve basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return, and all relevant tax information with them.

 

Storytimes @ Anastasia Island Library
Baby Time: Tuesdays @ 9:15am at Island Mama Java
Baby/Toddler Time: Wednesdays @ 10:15am

Little Ones Craft Time: Wednesdays @ 10:45am
Preschool Storytime Wednesdays @ 11:05am
Storytimes are every Wednesday through April 30. Baby & Toddler storytimes are for children up to 18 months. Craft time is open to all children and focuses on 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. To ensure everyone is able to enjoy quality storytimes, we have a maximum capacity of 50. 

 

Anastasia Island Movie Club
Tuesday, April 1 @ 5:30pm
Join us for a fabulous French film this month. All are welcome and light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. For more information, or the name of this month’s film, call the library at 209-3730.
Relax with Raindrop Therapy
Thursday, April 3 @ 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.

 

Gentle Stretching with Gina
Friday, April 4 and 11 @ 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.
New Disney DVD Release Family Movie Event
Friday, April 4 @ 3:30pm
(PG) Bring in the whole family to enjoy this new Disney DVD release. Fearless optimist, Anna,teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey. Encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, they race to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. Light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Knit Wits Knitting Club for Kids & Teens
Saturday, April 5 and 26 @ 10:30am
The Knit Wits is a family affair. Kids 8-17 are welcome to learn to knit, or bring along mom so she can learn too. Learn to knit, or bring in something you’ve already started, and knit with the group. Please bring your own knitting needles, if you have them.
Anastasia Island Book Club
Thursday, April 10 @ 6:45pm
Join us in this month’s book club by reading The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce. Harold Fry is convinced that he must deliver a letter to an old love in order to save her, meeting various characters along the way and reminiscing about the events of his past and people he has known, as he tries to find peace and acceptance.
Kids LEGO Brick Club
Friday, April 11 @ 3:30pm
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.
National Library Week: Kids & Tween Crafts Event
Wednesday, April 16 @ 2:30pm
Come into the library to celebrate National Library Week with us by making some great crafts. You can hang out and grab some yummy Eric Carle-themed snacks and make your own butterflies, Eric Carle prints, and much more for free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Kids LEGO Brick Club
Wednesday, April 23 @ 2:30pm
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.
Teen Epic Movie Event
Thursday, April 24 @ 4pm
(PG13) Come see the second part in the epic tale of Bilbo Baggins. The dwarves, along with Bilbo Baggins and Gandalf the Grey, continue their quest to reclaim Erebor, their homeland, from Smaug. Bilbo Baggins is in possession of a mysterious and magical ring. Light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Tai-Chi: Enter the Healing Journey
Friday, April 25 @ 10:30am
In this first of a three part journey into the ancient Chinese healing exercise, you will 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.

 

 

 

BARTRAM TRAIL

 

Adult Crochet Group
Every Tuesday @ 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.

 

Book a Digital Librarian
Tuesdays, April 1 and 8 & Thursday, April 17 @ 2pm – 4pm
Do you have an e-reader, tablet, or other digital device you aren’t sure how to use? Need to learn Facebook, Twitter, or how to navigate Pinterest? Or do you just want to know how to download free eBooks from the library’s OverDrive and OneClickdigital services? All of your questions can be answered in a 30-minute, one-on-one session with the Reference Team right here at the Bartram Trail Library. Library cardholders can call 827-6960 to schedule an appointment.
Teen Anime Club
Tuesday, April 1 and 15 @ 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.

Children’s Movie Matinee
Wednesday, April 2 @ 3pm
It’s an early release day, so grab your friends and join us for a movie. Please contact us at 827-6960 to find out what we’re showing this week on our big screen. Snacks are provided; bring your own drinks.
First Friday Book Club
Friday, April 4 @ 2pm
The First Friday Book Club is back at a new time. This month’s selection is The Burgess Boysby Elizabeth Strout. Join us as we follow Jim and Bob as they return to their Maine hometown and confront painful psychological issues surrounding the freak accident that killed their father when they were boys.  Their sister, Susan, has asked them to come home because her teenage son, Zach, has gotten into trouble. New members are always welcome.
International Relations Book Club
Monday, April 7 @ 6:30pm
The International Relations Book Club meets to discuss current international 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.
Chess Club for Kids, Tweens, and Teens
Wednesday, April 9 @ 4:30pm
Check or Checkmate? Do you play chess or are you interested in learning? Wonder what the terms pins, ranks, and skittles mean? If you would like to be part of a chess club, we have the right one for you.
Thursday Night at the Movies
Thursday, April 10 @ 5:30pm
Are you in the mood for a movie? Come to the library and watch the flick we’re showing on our big screen. Bring your own snacks. Please call the library at 827-6960 for movie title.
Teen Volunteer Orientation
Thursday, April 10 @ 6pm
We need volunteers (Age 14+) and teens, you need volunteer hours. Let’s work together; the library is a great place to volunteer. Orientation is mandatory and counts as your first service hour. Class size is limited; please call the library at 827-6960 for registration information.
Book Sale
Saturday, April 12 @ 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.
Genealogy Club @ Bartram Trail
Saturday, April 12 @ 2pm
Curious about who’s hidden in your family tree? Join fellow family history hunters from 2pm – 4pm. For additional information, please contact the Bartram Trail Branch Library at 827-6960.
Children’s Art Activity (Grades 3-5)
Wednesday, April 16 @ 3pm
If you like art and you’re in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, come and create your own stained glass art project, inspired by the works of this month’s artist.
National Library Week: Teen Literature Day
Thursday, April 17 from 2pm – 8pm
Teens, and those who love teen literature, are invited to celebrate Teen Literature Day, a special celebratory day during National Library Week. Join us after school today to celebrate the announcement of the 2014 Teen Top Ten nominees. Have a sweet treat and browse through previous years’ winners to find a new great read.
Coin Club for Kids
Monday, April 21 @ 4pm
Hey kids, have you been thinking about starting a coin collection? Then you’ll want to come to the “Introduction to Coin Collecting for Kids” program presented by the Greater Jacksonville Coin Club. You’ll learn about the history of U.S. coins, how they are made, where the mints are located, and get to see coins like half cents, Flying Eagles, Indian Head cents, half dimes, half dollars, and many more. Registration is required; please call the library at 827-6960 to reserve your spot.
Bartram Trail Book Club
Monday, April 21 @ 7pm

Everyone is invited to discuss, Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese. Cutting for Stone is an unforgettable story of love and betrayal, medicine and ordinary miracles–and two brothers whose fates are forever intertwined. New members are always welcome.
An Evening of American Sign Language
Tuesday, April 22 @ 5pm
Come join us for an amazing family-oriented American Sign Language extravaganza. The Creekside High School Sign Language Class will be signing children’s books in ASL, sharing ASL lessons in colors, animals, and the alphabet; and will also be signing popular songs in ASL.
Home Energy & Water Evaluation Kit Workshop
Saturday, April 26 @ 10:30am
JEA, the Green Team Project, and SJCPLS have partnered to offer free Home Energy & Water Evaluation Kits for checkout with your library card. Attend this free workshop to learn ways to use your energy more efficiently and save money. Registration is required. Register athttp://www.greenteamproject.org/eventcalendar
iPad User Group
Tuesday, April 29 @ 1pm
Stop in with your iPad, or any other type of tablet, to learn tips and tricks and get awesome app recommendations. No registration required.
Kids (Grades K-5) LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 30 @ 3pm
Come into the library to play with our 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.

 

HASTINGS

 

AARP Tax Assistance
Thursdays through April @ 2pm – 6pm
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. 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-serve basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return and all relevant tax information with them.

 

Yoga with Sharon
Every Tuesday @ 11am
Increase flexibility, build strength, and decrease stress while engaging in the ancient practice of yoga. Yoga instructor, Sharon Sprenger, will guide students through various techniques. Students are encouraged to wear comfortable clothing.
Knitting and Crocheting Class
Tuesdays, April 1, 8, 15 @ 1pm

Thursday, April 24 @ 1pm
If you’d like to learn how to crochet or knit, or if you already know how but would like some pointers or some help on a project, our experienced teacher can help you start or take you to the next level.
Computer Class
Every Thursday @ 10am
Are you a computer beginner or do you need help with a specific program? Whether you need help setting up email, making a flyer with Publisher, or learning how to search on the web, we can help.
Family Storytime
Friday, April 4 @ 10:30am
Wheels, motors, and sails are some of the things that we use to get around. Join us for a transportation-themed storytime. We’ll sing, dance, and do a craft, too.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, April 4 @ 11am
Reading is good for your child’s brain development, but so is play. Stick around after storytime to give your child a chance to interact with other kids and have fun. You’ll have a chance to catch up and have some “adult time,” too.
Family Storytime
Friday, April 11 @ 10:30am
April showers bring May flowers in this week’s storytime. We’ll read and learn about rain. Singing, dancing, and a craft included.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, April 11 @ 11am
Aside from being just plain fun, playing is an important part of learning. Stick around after storytime for socialization time with blocks, puzzles, and other toys.
National Library Week: Lives Change @ Your Library
Tuesday, April 15 @ 10am
It’s National Library Week and this year’s theme is Lives Change @ Your Library. The Hastings Branch Library is interested learning about a book or event that changed your life. Adults and teens, stop by the desk and jot down your experience and we’ll display your responses. Also, libraries have changed dramatically over the decades. Let us know your “library memories.” Stop by any time this week.
Dino-roar, Fossil Explore
Wednesday, April 16 @ 3:30pm
Kids, spend your Wednesday afternoon being a paleontologist by digging for real fossils collected from the Peace River in Southwestern Florida. See if you can guess the type of animal the fossils came from. Also, watch a prehistoric creature-feature while decorating your own dinosaur cookies.
Family Storytime
Friday, April 25 @ 10:30am
Earth Day is celebrated world-wide every April 22nd. In honor of our blue/green planet, we’ll read stories about our wonderous environment. Join us for stories such as The Mangrove Tree by Susan Ross, and others.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, April 25 @ 11am
Aside from being just plain fun, playing is an important part of learning. Stick around after storytime for socialization time with blocks, puzzles, and other toys.
Dino-roar, Fossil Explore
Saturday, April 26 @ 1pm
Kids, spend your Saturday afternoon being a paleontologist by digging for real fossils collected from the Peace River in Southwestern Florida. See if you can guess the type of animal the fossils came from. Also, watch a prehistoric creature-feature while decorating your own dinosaur cookies.

 

MAIN

 

The Main Library will be closed through April for renovations and improvements that include a complete update of the restroom facilities and the reconfiguration of the Children’s Library and Adult Reading Area. Patrons wishing to utilize hold services during the closure should contact the Main Library at 827-6940 to designate a secondary pick up location. The book drop will remain open for items to be returned. Any items that would have normally been due during the closure will not be due until May 1. SJCPLS thanks patrons for their patience and understanding during the renovation period.

 

 

PONTE VEDRA

 

Just for Babies and Family Storytimes
Ms. Anne presents programs for little ones.
Just for Babies – Held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 10:15am; for babies up to 15 months and their caregivers. This infant lapsit is designed for one-on-one interaction between caregiver and baby. Families with multiple children are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.
Family Storytime – Held every Tuesday morning at 11am; for children 16 months – 5 years and their families, though no child will be turned away
Teen Gaming Night
Wednesday, April 2 @ 5pm
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to have fun with friends at the library. Play “E” and “T”-rated games on our PlayStation 3 (with the new Move), our new Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Wii, or X-Box 360 (with the new Kinect) set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing. Snacks are provided. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and our friends at Sony. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details.
Great Books Discussion Group
Monday, April 7 @ 3pm
The Great Books Discussion Group is currently reading books from Great Conversations 6. This month’s book is The Devil Baby at Hull House by Jane Addams. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, April 8 @ 4:30pm
Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to join our 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 volunteer service hours and snacks are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Join us for our meeting and get involved.
Ponte Vedra Forum: “Bugs” Bower
Tuesday, April 8 @ 6:30pm
Join us as music producer, arranger, and writer, “Bugs” Bower, plays the piano and entertains us with stories of his long and fascinating career. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
After-School Crafts with Teens
Wednesday, April 9 @ 4pm
Children (K – 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 Ponte Vedra Beach Branch 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.
National Library Week Kick-Off Event: Sesame Street Festival
Saturday, April 12 from 10am – 11:30am
Does your little one love Elmo? Do you have fond memories of Sesame Street? The whole family is invited to celebrate this year’s National Library Week theme, Lives Change @ Your Library, by coming to our Sesame Street Festival for crafts, dancing with bubbles and shaky eggs, a Sesame Street book display, chalk art, games, puppets, pictures with our Sesame Street backdrop and our 3’ Elmo doll, and so much more. Please bring your own camera for any pictures you wish to take and wear your favorite Sesame Street attire if you wish. This special event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Free Nemours Bright Start Screenings for Ages 3 – 5
Tuesday, April 15 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. This special monthly offering is yet another reason to love your library – happy National Library Week.

National Library Week: Just for Babies and Family Storytime
Tuesday, April 15 starting at 10:15am
Join us this Tuesday for a special library-themed Just for Babies (10:15am) and Family Storytime (11:00am) as we celebrate National Library Week and why we love our library! Every child who attends will receive a special sticker, and our new 3’ Elmo doll and our Sesame Streetpuppets will be on hand for your child(ren) to enjoy and for picture-taking with your cameras. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
LEGO Club for Tweens
Wednesday, April 16 @ 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. We love our tweens and that they use our library – happy National Library Week.
National Library Week: Teen Movie Night
Wednesday, April 16 @ 5pm
All teens (Age 13-18) are invited to celebrate National Library Week’s Support Teen Literature Day with a new movie (rated PG-13) based on a popular book by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hobbit-related prizes will be raffled and pizza and sodas will be served thanks to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Call the library at 827-6950 for the movie details and with any questions. Please note:  Due to the length of this movie, viewing will begin promptly at 5pm.
National Library Week: Adult Bingo for Books
Thursday, April 17 @ 11am
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: Support Teen Literature Day
Monday, April 14 – Thursday, April 17
Celebrate National Library Week’s Support Teen Literature Day (Thursday, April 17) all week by checking out our display of awesome teen books loved by both teens and adults. Teen books have gained popularity over the years and now many teen series and titles – The Hunger Games, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, Twilight, Percy Jackson, and so many more – are as beloved by adults as they are by teens. Check one (or several) of these books out and find out what the fuss is all about.
Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Discussion Group
Monday, April 21 @ 4pm
Join us for a lively discussion on current international issues.  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 Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Book Talk Café: Robert Redd
Monday, April 21 @ 6:30pm
This month’s Book Talk Café offering features Robert Redd, first-time local author of St. Augustine and the Civil War, a history of St. Augustine’s involvement during and after the Civil War. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Ponte Vedra Beach Library Book Club
Tuesday, April 22 @ 3pm
Please join us as we discuss The Scarlet Sisters: Sex, Suffrage, and Scandal in the Gilded Ageby Myra MacPherson. Everyone is welcome. For further information please contact the Reference Department at 827-6950 or visit the Library’s Reference Desk.
Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series
Tuesday, April 22 @ 6:30pm
Join us this month for the final concert of the series featuring pianist Michelle Huang, Assistant Professor at Edward Waters College. Doors open at 6pm and seating is limited. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Family Game Time
Wednesday, April 23 from 3pm – 6pm
Every 4th Wednesday of the month, 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 – including our new ones (Trivial Pursuit Family Edition, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Don’t Drop the Egg, Super Mario Brothers Checkers, and Apples to Apples Disney Edition) are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Ponte Vedra Beach Library Book Sale: April 29 – May 3
Tuesday, April 29 to Saturday, May 3
Tuesday, April 29 
Hours: 4:30pm to 7:30pm (Members Only)

  • Wednesday, April 30    Hours: 10am to 7:30pm
  • Thursday, May 1          Hours: 10am to 5:30pm
  • Friday, May 2               Hours: 10am to 5:30pm
  • Saturday, May 3           Hours: 10am to 4pm (Bag Day)

The Community Room will be organized with an eclectic collection of 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.

 

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Knotty Knitters
Fridays, April 4, 11 and 25 @ 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.
People’s Law School: How You Can Avoid the Need for Guardianship
Tuesday, April 1 at 4pm
Everyone is invited to attend this one-hour legal class at the Southeast Branch Library. All People’s Law School classes are free and are presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff.
April Fools’ Mug Cakes for Teens
Tuesday, April 1 @ 6pm
No fooling – you can bake a cake in a mug. Don’t believe us? Bring a mug and we’ll show you how it’s done. Teens (Age 11-18) are welcome to this program, sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.
Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, April 2 @ 10:30am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and so much more during this lapsit program. Duffy the Storytime Bear is looking forward to meeting you under the parachute. Older siblings are welcome to stick around for Family Storytime right after. We now know our numbers 1-10. Let’s learn about numbers in real life. Quack quack… how many ducks live at the library?

Family Storytime
Wednesday, April 2 @ 11am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts. This program is geared toward a wide range of ages, including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. Are you ready for some April sillies?

Bingo for Books
Saturday, April 5 @ 2pm
Don’t miss this chance 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. Mark your calendars for this fun opportunity to win books and make new friends.
People’s Law School: Is Probate a Dirty Word?
Tuesday, April 8 @ 4pm
Everyone is invited to attend this one-hour legal class at the Southeast Branch Library. All People’s Law School classes are free and are presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff.
Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, April 9 @ 10:30am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and so much more during this lapsit program. Duffy the Storytime Bear is looking forward to meeting you under the parachute. Older siblings are welcome to stick around for Family Storytime right after. We now know our numbers 1-10. Let’s learn about numbers in real life.
Family Storytime
Wednesday, April 9 @ 11am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts. This program is geared toward a wide range of ages, including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. It’s a jungle out there. Get ready to roar, squawk, and howl at this wild storytime.
St. Augustine Travel Club: Tahiti & Bora Bora
Wednesday, April 9 @ 3pm
Did you know Tahiti covers over two million square miles of the South Pacific Ocean and is comprised of 118 islands spread over five great archipelagos? Join us for our free St. Augustine Travel Club and learn more about these beautiful South Seas Isles. The main focus of the club is to educate, inform, and enjoy armchair travel all for free. Call 797-3736 for additional information.
National D.E.A.R. Day: Read to Rover
Saturday, April 12 @ 11am
Elementary students and beginning readers are invited to join our volunteer therapy dogs for a barking good time. Read your favorite stories to these clever canines and become a member of the Read to Rover Frequent Reader Club. Don’t miss this great experience. Drop Everything and Read (D.E.A.R.) with Maddie, Clifford, and Cookie today!  We will read an excerpt from Beverly Cleary’s Ribsy and have some fun giveaways.
Money Smart Week: Teen Coffeehouse
Saturday, April 12 @ 2pm
Calling all teen artists, poets, and scholars: come share your drawings, sketches, poems, stories… anything. We will meet in the Teen Lounge and share our art and the art of others. Bring your sketchbooks, journals, and your own coffee mug and we’ll fill it with decaf coffee, tea, hot chocolate, or apple cider. Sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library. Celebrate Money Smart Week with a little lesson on Dollars and Sense.
People’s Law School: Spouse in a Nursing Home – Do You Have to Go Broke?
Tuesday, April 15 @ 4pm
Everyone is invited to attend this one-hour legal class at the Southeast Branch Library. All People’s Law School classes are free and are presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff.
National Library Week: Bedtime Storytime
Tuesday, April 15 @ 6:30pm
Wear your PJs to this special session of our regular Wednesday storytime where we do storytime backwards. Arts and crafts come first and then we will wind down with some favorite stories. This is a family program that is suitable for all young children. How much do you love your library? This much? THIS MUCH? In honor of National Library Week we will be reading stories about libraries and books.

Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, April 16 @ 10:30am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and so much more during this lapsit program. Duffy the Storytime Bear is looking forward to meeting you under the parachute. Older siblings are welcome to stick around for Family Storytime right after. We now know our numbers 1-10. Let’s learn about numbers in real life.

National Library Week: Family Storytime
Wednesday, April 16 @ 11am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts. This program is geared toward a wide range of ages, including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. How much do you love your library? This much? THIS MUCH? In honor of National Library Week we will be reading stories about libraries and books.
Celebrate Teen Literature Day: Book Talks
Accepting Submission through Thursday, April 17
Attention teens: We are seeking Book Talks that celebrate teen literature to post on the Southeast Blog. Book Talks may be no more than 30 seconds and must be about a teen book. Fiction, non-fiction, and graphic novels are all acceptable. Book Talks need to be submitted to Miss Kristine or Miss Alex by Thursday, April 17. Call the library at 827-6900 for more information.
Southeast Movie Night
Thursday, April 17 @ 6pm
Based on a powerful true story of a woman who spends most of her life searching for the son she gave up for adoption, and led by note-perfect performances from Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, this newly released PG-13 film offers a profoundly affecting drama for adult film-goers of all ages. Snacks and refreshments will be provided.
People’s Law School: Should You Ever Put Someone Else’s Name on Your Deed?
Tuesday, April 22 @ 4pm
Everyone is invited to attend this one-hour legal class at the Southeast Branch Library. All People’s Law School classes are free and are presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff.
Earth Day Nature Film
Tuesday, April 22 @ 6pm
In honor of Earth Day, children, teens, and families are invited to view a film about an adorable baby chimp named Oscar and his entertaining approach to life in a remarkable story of family bonds and individual triumph. This film is rated G. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.
Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, April 23 @ 10:30am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and so much more during this lapsit program. Duffy the Storytime Bear is looking forward to meeting you under the parachute. Older siblings are welcome to stick around for Family Storytime right after. Let’s review our numbers 1-10.
Family Storytime
Wednesday, April 23 @ 11am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts. This program is geared toward a wide range of ages, including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. We’ll be reading stories about frogs this week. Ribbit.
Southeast Bookclub: Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
Thursday, April 24 @ 6:45pm
This riveting story concerns a young wife and mother on a failing farm in rural Tennessee who experiences something she cannot explain, and how her discovery energizes various competing factions – religious leaders, climate scientists, environmentalists, and politicians – trapping her in the center of the conflict and ultimately opening up her world. New members are always welcome.
Read to Rover
Saturday, April 26 @ 11am
Who let the dogs out? Elementary students and beginning readers are invited to join our volunteer therapy dogs for a barking good time. Read your favorite stories to these clever canines and become a member of the Read to Rover Frequent Reader Club. Don’t miss this great experience. Come visit with Maddie, Clifford, and Cookie. Read them one of your favorite books or one of the many doggie tales we have at the library.
Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, April 30 @ 10:30am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and so much more during this lapsit program. Duffy the Storytime Bear is looking forward to meeting you under the parachute. Older siblings are welcome to stick around for Family Storytime right after. It’s time for a Birthday Party to celebrate learning our numbers. How many candles will be on your cupcake?

 

Family Storytime
Wednesday, April 30 @ 11am
Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts. This program is geared toward a wide range of ages, including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children. Be a wilderness explorer at storytime this week.
El Día de los Libros: Book Fiesta Bingo
Wednesday, April 30 @ 3pm
Celebrate Children’s Book Day, aka Día, with a game of multilingual picture bingo.  Win books and sweet treats from around the world.  This is a family program for children of all ages.

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Entertainment

Love Gurus Date Despite Philosophical Differences in Delightful Romantic Romp

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Books

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

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Art

The Day After the Day Of

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Real Estate

New Home Sales Jump in April

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Lifestyle

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman

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Outdoors

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman

Gain all Access Mobility with Roundabout Woodsman By Craig Lamb You are a waterfowler hunting solo with your prized retriever. Getting to the blind takes a four-wheel drive to pull through mud holes and keep on the two-track. Behind your truck is that aluminum jon boat. Launching that beast alone is a real hassle. Get it launched and you spend more time loading all the gear, a dog and yourself. All of the above is part of the fun, maybe, of … [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

Charity Begins at Home

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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...]