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SJCPLS | MARCH 2014 CALENDAR OF EVENTS

 

ANASTASIA ISLAND

 

AARP Tax Assistance
Tuesdays, March 4, 25 @ 10am – 2pm
Thursdays, March 6, 20, 27 @ 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.

 

Storytimes @ Anastasia Island Library
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.

Knit Wits Knitting Club
Saturday, March 1 @ 10:30am
The Knit Wits is a family affair. Kids (Ages 8-17) are welcome to come in and learn to knit along, 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.
Loch Ness Wellington Bomber Program
Tuesday, March 5 @ 3:30pm
On New Year’s Eve, 1940, a twin-engine Wellington bomber, a veteran of 14 combat missions over enemy territory in Europe, was on a training mission out of Lossiemouth, Scotland, when it lost power in one of its engines. The pilot spotted a large waterway below and ditched the plane at Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Decades later, following several years of deepwater remote sensing investigations, the bomber was raised in September 1985. This free program will trace the history of the British aircraft and its missions, tell about the sunken aircraft’s recovery and restoration, and interpret the airplane’s discovery in the context of the search for the legendary “Nessie”. Presented by Joseph W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists), an underwater archaeologist who was part of the recovery operation.

 

Anastasia Island Movie Club
Tuesday, March 4 @ 5:30pm
Each month we show a different film for our club. All adults are welcome. For the name of this month’s film, call the library at 209-3730.
Relax with Raindrop Therapy
Thursday, March 6 @ 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.

 

Kids LEGO Brick Club
Friday, March 7 @ 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 for this free program.

 

Special Superhero Storytime with the U.S. Coast Guard
Wednesday, March 12 @ 10:30am
Bring in your little ones to meet some of our local heroes, members of the U.S. Coast Guard. They will explain what they do and teach us about water safety.  There will be a craft and a meet-and-greet and everyone will have a chance to meet their local superhero and ask questions.

 

Friends of the Anastasia Island Library Book Sale
Thursday, March 13 @ 10am – 8pm
Friday, March 14 @ 10am – 6pm
Saturday, March 15 @ 10am – 5pm
Do you love books and suffer from an overwhelming desire to read as often as possible? Fulfill your desire andsupport your local library at the same time. Visit us this weekend and pick out a book or two or twenty. On Saturday only, prices will be reduced by 50% and you can even fill a grocery sack with dollar books for seven dollars.

 

Special Superhero Story Time with SJC Fire-Rescue
Wednesday, March 19 @ 10:30am
Bring in your little ones to meet some of our local heroes, members of the local St. Johns County Fire-Rescue. They will explain what they do and teach us about safety. There will be a craft and a meet-and-greet. Everyone will have a chance to meet their local superhero and ask questions. Afterwards, you can stay to tour the ambulance.

 

Kids Craft: Make a Paper Mache Birdhouse, Part 1
Wednesday, March 19 @ 2:30pm
Create beautiful paper mache birdhouses in this two-part craft. In the first week, kids choose a form for their birdhouse and create their design using paper mache. Kids can leave their houses at the library to dry over the week. During the second part, kids will paint and decorate their birdhouses. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call the library at 209-3730 to register.

 

Anastasia Island Book Club
Thursday, March 20 @ 6:45pm
Join us in this month’s book club by reading Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.

 

Teen Bad Art Event
Friday, March 21 @ 1pm
There’s no school, so come into the library to enjoy some pizza, a movie, and create some uniquely bad art. Teens (Ages 12-17) will be able to choose which movie they want to see: Goonies, Clueless, or Better off Deadall while eating some delicious Domino’s pizza. We’ll also have an assortment of art projects for the teens to create their own bad art. This is a free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.

 

BINGO for Books for Adults
Saturday, March 22 @ 2pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to win adult popular fiction and non-fiction books while having fun playing Bingo for free. All materials will be supplied by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch 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.

 

Say Goodbye to Stress
Tuesday, March 25 @ 6pm
Are you stressed out? In this free presentation, you will learn to identify your physical and psychological signs of stress and to recognize your stressors. The benefits of relaxation will be discussed and various methods of relaxation taught: Deep Breathing, Body, Scan, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and Visual Imagery. You will leave this presentation with the tools necessary to combat stress. Presented by Isobel McGrath, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL), Certified Addiction Professional (FL), Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach with over 18 years of experience. For more information about this program, visit www.mindunltd.com or call 436-5576.

 

Kids Craft: Make a Paper Mache Birdhouse, Part 2
Wednesday, March 26 @ 2:30pm
Create beautiful paper mache birdhouses in this two-part craft. Paint and decorate the birdhouses during the second part of this craft. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.Registration is required, as space is limited. Call the library at 209-3730 to register.

 

Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants Presents: Spring Flowers
Saturday, March 29 @ 2pm
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants’ Cathy and Marilyn help you discover the beauty of spring flowers and teach you how to turn them into beautiful arrangements. If you wish, buy raffle tickets from the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library to win the arrangements the Sisterhood creates. Proceeds from the raffle help to sponsor this event. Doors will open promptly at 1:30pm for this event. Light refreshments are generously provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library.

 

 

BARTRAM TRAIL

 

Teen Gamers
Saturday, March 1 @ 5pm
Teens (Grades 6-12), bring your friends and join us for a couple hours of gaming — we have Halo, Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, and x-Box 360 games. Be sure to try out our new Wii U, too. Refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library.

 

International Relations Book Club

Monday, March 3 @ 6:30pm
The International Relations Book Club meets to discuss current international events. The discussion is moderated by Joseph Warner, retired U.S. diplomat and adjunct professor of Geography and International Relations at Florida State College at Jacksonville.
Adult Crochet Group
Tuesday, March 4 @ 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, March 4 @ 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, March 5 @ 3pm
It’s an early release day, so grab your friends and join us for a movie at 3pm. 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.

 

Teen Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, March 5 @ 4pm
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 the library at 827-6960 for registration information.
Book Sale
Saturday, March 8 @ 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, March 8 @ 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.
Adult Crochet Group
Monday, March 10 @ 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.

Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library Meeting
Tuesday, March 11 @ 6pm
Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library are invited to attend the March meeting in the Manatee Room. Prospective Friends are invited to attend and learn more about the Friends and what it is they do.
Chess Club for Kids, Tweens, and Teens
Wednesday, March 12 @ 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, March 13 @ 5:30pm
You met them first in the Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta return to the big screen in the movie based on Suzanne Collins’ book, Catching Fire. Bring your own snacks.

 

Teen Tech Week Event: Teen Digital Video Production Workshop

Saturday, March 15 @ 2pm

Teens please join Stan Cottle, director of In Search of Me Café, for a digital video production workshop using smartphones and tablets as your primary cameras. Also included are overviews of editing tools and techniques, GoPro and DSLR cameras, YouTube, Instagram, Vine, and more. He will also introduce the website, In Search of Me Café, an interactive, self-help website for teens. Please call the library at 827-6960 to register.
Family Bingo for Books
Saturday, March 15 @ 2pm
Looking for fun for the whole family? Come 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.

 

Bartram Trail Book Club
Monday, March 17 @ 7pm
Everyone is invited to discuss the dual memoir, Traveling with Pomegranates, written by Sue Monk Kidd and her daughter, Ann Kidd Taylor. She and her daughter share their perspectives and chronicle their travels to sacred sites throughout Greece and France. New members are always welcome.
Teen Anime Club
Tuesday, March 18 @ 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.

Adult Crochet Group
Tuesday, March 18 @ 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.

Kids (Grades K-5) LEGO Club
Wednesday, March 19 @ 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.

LB Reptiles
Thursday, March 20 @ 1pm
Looking for something both fun and educational to do while on Spring Break? Gather the family, friends, and neighbors and come to the reptile show at the library. LB Reptiles present lizards, snakes, turtles, and more to us. This program helps educate children about the needs, conservation, and care of these wonderful reptiles. To learn more about the LB Reptile Experience, visit their website at www.lbreptileexperience.com.

Adult Crochet Group
Tuesday, March 25 @ 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.

 

Children’s Art Activity (Grades 3-5)
Wednesday, March 26 @ 3pm
If you like art, and you’re in grades 3rd through 5th, come and create your own art project, inspired by the works of this month’s artist.
Teen Gamers

Saturday, March 29 @ 5pm
Teens in grades 6-12, bring your friends and come for an evening of gaming. We have Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, or play  Halo on X-Box 360. Refreshments will be served.

 

 

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.

 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash
Saturday, March 1 @ 1pm
Kids are invited to the birthday celebration of Theodor Geisel, otherwise known as the beloved Dr. Seuss. We’ll read our favorite Seuss stories and make a terrific treat in the form of the blue-haired Thing 1 and Thing 2.

 

Yoga with Sharon
Tuesday, March 4 @ 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.

 

Computer Help
Thursday, March 6 @ 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.

 

Crochet & Knitting Class
Thursday, March 6 @ 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 get you started or take you to the next level.
Family Storytime
Friday, March 7 @ 10:30am
Visit storytime this week and explore weather. Find out what happens to a baby squirrel in The Adventures of Lady: The Big Storm. We’ll dance, sing, and do a take-home craft, so join us rain or shine.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, March 7 @ 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.

 

Teen Book Club

Saturday, March 8 @ 10am

This month’s book features poets who wield words like weapons. A page-turner for readers of all tastes, Lexicon: A Novel by Max Barry is part sci-fi, thriller, and romance, with a little humor thrown in. It’s also a winner of the 2014 Alex Award for adult books with crossover appeal for young adults, ages 12 through 18. Join us for snacks and discussion. Contact Ms. Michelle at 827-6976 if you need help getting a copy of the book.
How to Build a Home-Based Business
Saturday, March 8 @ 1pm
Join Brett Hancock for some basic information and tips on setting up your own profitable home-based company. No hype – no glory – just the truth.
Yoga with Sharon
Tuesday, March 11 @ 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.
Teen Tech Week: Makey Makey Fun
Wednesday, March 12 @ 3:30pm
Stop by the Teen Lounge to see what it’s like to play the piano using bananas or play Pac-Man on a piece of paper. These things and more can be done with a Makey Makey, so come try it out.
Computer Help
Thursday, March 13 @ 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.
Knitting and Crocheting Class
Thursday, March 13 @ 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.
Family Storytime
Friday, March 14 @ 10:30am
Seeing, hearing, tasting, touching, and smelling – We’ll explore them all this week in storytime. Join us for Tickly Prickly and other stories, music and movement. It’ll be sense-ational.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, March 14 @ 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.
Teen Tech Week: Tech Undo, Art Upcycle
Friday, March 14 @ 3:30pm
Have you ever wondered what’s inside those broken keyboards, clocks, phones, and other mechanical objects? Well, even if you haven’t, you’ll have fun dismantling and reworking old tech items into an artistic masterpiece.
Teen Tech Week: Tech Undo, Art Upcycle
Saturday, March 15 @ 1pm
Have you ever wondered what’s inside those broken keyboards, clocks, phones, and other mechanical objects? Well, even if you haven’t, you’ll have fun dismantling and reworking old tech items into an artistic masterpiece.
Yoga with Sharon
Tuesday, March 18 @ 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.
Computer Help
Thursday, March 20 @ 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.
Knitting and Crocheting Class
Thursday, March 20 @ 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.
Family Storytime
Friday, March 21 @ 10:30am
Mirror, mirror on the wall . . . This week we’ll have fun with reflections. Find out what Cindy Moo sees when she jumps over a puddle and what happens when Rabbit and Bear find a mysterious reflective object in the forest. We’ll sing, dance, and do a craft, too.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, March 21 @ 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.
Yoga with Sharon
Tuesday, March 25 @ 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.
Computer Help
Thursday, March 27 @ 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.
Knitting and Crocheting Class
Thursday, March 27 @ 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 start you out or take you to the next level.
Family Storytime
Friday, March 28 @ 10:30am
Treasures come in many forms, and we’ll look at some this week in storytime. Join us for stories such as Anna’s Table and Little Bird. We’ll make our own treasure with a craft. We’ll dance and sing, too. Join us.
Stay ‘n Play
Friday, March 28 @ 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.

 

 

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 BEACH

 

Just for Babies and Family Storytimes
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.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants Presents Spring into Flowers
Saturday, March 1 @ 2pm
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants (Cathy and Marilyn, members of the Garden Club of St. Augustine) is ready to help you discover the meanings of flowers and how they can come together in beautiful springtime arrangements. If you wish, buy raffle tickets from the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library to win the arrangements the Sisterhood creates, with the proceeds helping to sponsor this event. Doors will open at 1:30pm and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Great Books Discussion Group
Monday, March 3 @ 3pm
The Great Books Discussion Group is currently reading books from Great Conversations 6. This month’s book is On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life by Friedrich Nietzsche. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Dr. Seuss Family Storytime
Tuesday, March 4 @ 11:00am
Join us for a special Dr. Seuss-themed Family Storytime celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday and “Read Across America” with a red fish/blue fish craft afterwards and Dr. Seuss stickers for every child who attends.
Teen Gaming Night
Wednesday, March 5 @ 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.
SAT or ACT: Which Should I Take?
Wednesday, March 5 @ 6:30pm
Join Rob Fumanti, CEO of Academy Tutoring, for a free informational session for parents and students on SAT and ACT testing. Find out which to take, when to take them, and scoring. Registration is limited.  Register by sending an e-mail to academytutoring@hotmail.com.

Teens Read with Kids
Saturday, March 8 from 10am – 12pm
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 ClubSelect 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 and to be a teen participating in the program, you must be a member of the Ponte Vedra High School Book Club.

Adventures in the Arts: Antiques Appraisal Showcase
Saturday, March 8 from 11am to 3pm
Seven appraisers will be on duty for books, jewelry, art, coins, and miscellaneous items. Begin to gather your treasures, and arrive early.  Appraisals will be done for a small fee. This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Teen Advisory Board
Tuesday, March 11 @ 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.

 

After-School Crafts with Teens
Wednesday, March 12 @ 4pm
Children (K – 5th grade), and their caregivers, are invited to make crafts with the teens of Nease High School’sArts in Motion ClubMaterials 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.
Teen Tech Week: Movie Event
Wednesday, March 12 from 5pm – 7:30pm
This year’s Teen Tech Week theme is “DIY (Do It Yourself) @ Your Library”, so all teens ages 13 – 18 are invited to watch a recently released PG-13 movie based on the second book of a very popular series and see how extreme that idea can be in the Arena. We’ll have a display consisting of library books of far more fun and sane ways to “do it yourself” you can try out with your friends. Pizza and refreshments will be served and raffle prizes will be given to lucky winners thanks to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Please call the Library at 827-6950 for the movie title or with any questions.
Great Decisions: Foreign Policy Discussion Group
Monday, March 17 @ 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.
Free Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 – 5
Tuesday, March 18 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, March 19 @ 4pm
On every third Wednesday of the month, 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.
Ponte Vedra Beach Library Book Club
Tuesday, March 25 @ 3pm
Please join us as we discuss The Wind is Not a River by Brian Payton. 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, March 25 @ 6:30pm
This month’s featured music is a string quartet with Peter Wright, clarinet, Melissa Barrett and Anna Genest, violins, Betsy Federman, cello, and Ellen Olson, viola. Everyone is welcome and it’s free. 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, March 26 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 are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

 

 

SOUTHEAST

 

Seussapalooza
Saturday, March 1 @ 2pm
Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat! Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the biggest and best birthday bash ever. Pick up your Seuss passport starting at 2pm and visit the various arts & crafts stations in the Children’s Department. Enjoy birthday treats and learn some fun science facts from the Cat himself.
Friends of the Southeast Library Book Sale
Monday, March 3 from 10am – 3pm
Tables full of books of all kinds will be on sale with most priced at $1.00 or lower.  In addition to books, other items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks will be available. The FOLSE Bookstore will be open during the same hours with the same low prices.
People’s Law School: Rights of a Debtor
Tuesday, March 4 @ 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, March 5 @ 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’ll be learning to count this spring. Can you count to nine?

Family Storytime
Wednesday, March 5 @ 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 dinnertime. We’ll read stories about picky eaters, favorite foods, and not-so-favorite foods.

Knotty Knitters
Friday, March 7 at 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.
Movie Release Party
Friday, March 7 @ 4pm
Teens and tweens are invited to celebrate the release of the 2nd installment of the popular Hunger Games series with food, prizes, and a showing of the film. This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some frightening images, thematic elements, a suggestive situation, and language.  This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.
Chuck Reinbrecht’s Better Investing
Saturday, March 8 @ 10am
Everyone is invited to a free investment seminar on The Value Line Investment Survey and Charts for Fundamental Stock Analysis. This program is sponsored by Better Investing, a non-profit organization for investor education. Seating is limited, please call 471-1502 to register.
Read to Rover
Saturday, March 8 @ 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. Come visit with Maddie, Clifford, Cookie, or Oskar. Read them one of your favorite books or one of the many doggie tales we have at the library.

St. Augustine Genealogy Club Meeting
Saturday, March 8 at 1pm
Everyone is invited to join us at our monthly St. Augustine Genealogy Club meeting.
Teen Coffeehouse
Saturday, March 8 @ 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. Learn the art of Zentangle this month.

 

People’s Law School: Landlord/Tenant Laws
Tuesday, March 11 @ 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, March 12 @ 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’ll be learning to count this spring. Can you count to ten?

Family Storytime
Wednesday, March 12 @ 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. Bring on the big wheels. We’ll be reading books about trucks and diggers today.

St. Augustine Travel Club: Switzerland
Wednesday, March 12 at 3pm
Everyone is invited to join us for our free St. Augustine Travel Club get together.  Come and learn all about Switzerland, a beautiful Alpine nation. All are welcome to attend. Call 797-3736 for additional information.
Knotty Knitters
Friday, March 14 at 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 Tech Week: It’s Electric
Saturday, March 15 @ 2pm
Learn how to solder small electronics with Mr. Aaron from the Palm Coast Radio Shack. Teens, (Age 13+) are invited to participate and use the soldering iron under supervision. 
People’s Law School: Foreclosure Defense of Homesteads
Tuesday, March 18 @ 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.
Bedtime Storytime
Tuesday, March 18 @ 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. We “mustache” you to come to this hairy storytime. Don’t miss some great stories, including Mo’s Mustache and Moosetache.

Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, March 19 @ 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. How many eyes and ears do you have? How about noses and toes?

Family Storytime
Wednesday, March 19 @ 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. Pig wigs and moose mustaches. Let’s read some stories about hair.

Blood Drive
Thursday, March 20 from 11:30am – 1:30pm
Help save lives. Please stop by the Southeast Library and donate a moment of your time… and some blood. To save time, call Cheryl at 827-6900 to make an appointment.
Movie Night at the Southeast Library
Thursday, March 20 at 6pm
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold, true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time – Mary Poppins. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.
Knotty Knitters
Friday, March 21 at 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.
Read to Rover
Saturday, March 22 @ 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. Come visit with Maddie, Clifford, Cookie, or Oskar. Read them one of your favorite books or one of the many doggie tales we have at the library.
Little Ones Storytime
Wednesday, March 26 @ 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. How many guinea pigs live at the library?

Family Storytime
Wednesday, March 26 @ 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. Me! Me! Me!  Learn to share at storytime this week.
Southeast Book Club: The House Girl by Tara Conklin
Thursday, March 27 at 6:45pm
Come and join us for a fun conversation about The House Girl. This historical fiction debut by Tara Conklin is an unforgettable story of love, history, and a search for justice set in modern-day New York and 1852 Virginia. New members are always welcome.
Knotty Knitters
Friday, March 28 at 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.
Anime Club
Monday, March 31 at 6pm
Do you love watching anime or reading manga? Teens are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club, where you can meet others with similar interests. Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like.

Entertainment

For movies opening December 9, 2016

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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

Winterization Tips from Yamaha Outboards

  Winterization Tips from Yamaha Outboards By Craig Lamb Every hardcore angler wants to go fishing at the first sign of warm weather in spring. The last thing any fisherman wants is cutting a trip short because of mechanical problems with an outboard engine.   The best way to avoid problems, and enjoy trouble-free time on the water, is by preparing ahead of time. That begins now. Preparing for extended storage efficiently and effectively … [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!

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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...]