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St. Johns County Public Library System – February Calendar of Events

ST. JOHNS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEMLibrary System Closing Dates

February 18th – Presidents’ Day

Anastasia Island Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 209-3730 Fax: (904) 209-3735 Email: libai@sjcfl.us

Gentle Stretching

Saturday, February 2 @ 10:30 am

Friday, February 8 @ 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.

Movie Club

Tuesday, February 5 @ 5:30 pm – 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.

RELAX with Raindrop Therapy

Thursday, February 7 @ 6:00 pm – Give Your Feet A Treat! Come and 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.

Family Movie

Friday, February 8 @ 3:30 pm – (PG) Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the Count’s teen-aged daughter. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 209-3730 for movie title.

Viva Florida 500 & GBBC Gear Up for the Great Backyard Bird Count

Saturday, February 9 @ 2 pm – Come and learn more about birding & the Great Backyard Bird Count going on in February! We will teach you how to identify shore and wading birds, as well as birds you might see in your backyard. After the program, we will provide you with your very own “go kit” so you can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count! The kit will include a bird list, color copies of shore and wading birds, instructions on how to participate in the GBBC, and a list of locations within St. Johns County that are great birding spots.

Understanding Your Unconscious

Tuesday, February 12, 19 & 26th @ 5:30 pm – Join writer Dave Shave for this six-part workshop. Author of several books including “Small Talk-Big Cure” and “Emotional Problems and Their Big Deceptions,” Shave will share information on exploring your unconscious in order to improve your life and the way you feel.

Understanding Your Unconscious

Tuesday, February 12, 19 & 26th @ 5:30 pm – Join writer Dave Shave for this six-part workshop. Author of several books including “Small Talk-Big Cure” and “Emotional Problems and Their Big Deceptions,” Shave will share information on exploring your unconscious in order to improve your life and the way you feel.

Viva Florida 500: Kids & Tweens Birding Crafts

Wednesday, February 13 @ 2:30 pm – Come create some unique bird themed crafts from recycled cans, pinecones, and more in celebration of both Viva Florida 500 & The Great Backyard Bird Count! We’ll be making a variety of bird feeders and a fun bird nest craft. All crafting supplies are FREE courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Teen Lounge

Thursdays, February 14 & 28 @ 3:30 pm – Teens, ages 12+, 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.

St. Johns Reads Event: Book Club featuring: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Thursday, February 14 @ 6:45 pm – Please join us for a discussion of this year’s St Johns Reads title, The Yard. Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police’s failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London’s recently formed “Murder Squad,” partners with Scotland Yard’s first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues. Enjoy sharing your thoughts of the book, along with friends.

Storytimes

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27: Baby/Toddler Time @ 10:15 am

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27: Little Ones Craft Time @ 10:45 am

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27: Preschool Storytime @ 11:05 am

Bartram Trail Branch Library Events

Telephone: (904) 827-6960 Fax: (904) 827-6965 Email: libbt@sjcfl.us

Author Event: Tim Dorsey

Saturday, February 2 @ 12:30 pm – Join us as we welcome New York Times Bestselling author Tim Dorsey. Mr. Dorsey will be talking about the newest book in the Serge Storms series, The Riptide Ultra-Glide: a novel. The talk will be followed by a book signing. Bring your own copy, or purchase one at the event. Snacks are provided by the Friends of the Library.

International Affairs Discussion

Monday, February 4 @ 6:30 pm – The International Affairs Discussion Group will meet 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. A reading list of suggested books and articles will be available in time to prepare for the discussions. This month’s topic is “Terrorism.”

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, February 5 @ 6 pm

Tuesday, February 19 @ 6 pm

Teens, grades 6-12, 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

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, & 19 @ 6 pm

Monday, February 25 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens ages 14+ are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group. We will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t attend? Pick up a pattern at the library, crochet in your spare time and drop it off. Drop off any yarn you’d like to donate during regular library hours.

Children’s Movie Matinee

Wednesday, February 6 @ 3 pm – 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.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesday, February 5 @ 6 pm

Tuesday, February 19 @ 6 pm

Teens, grades 6-12, 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

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, & 19 @ 6 pm

Monday, February 25 @ 6 pm

Adults and teens ages 14+ are invited to attend the Project Lap Blanket crochet group. We will crochet or knit blankets for cancer patients at area hospitals. All skill levels are welcome. Can’t attend? Pick up a pattern at the library, crochet in your spare time and drop it off. Drop off any yarn you’d like to donate during regular library hours.

Children’s Movie Matinee

Wednesday, February 6 @ 3 pm – 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.

Chess Club

Wednesday, February 6 @ 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 grades 5-12 and would like to be part of a chess club, we have the right one for you!

Book Sale

Saturday, February 9 @ 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 and items of all kinds and items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks will be available! Proceeds from the book sales support the programs at your local library!

Veterans’ History Volunteer Training

Saturday, February 9 @ 2 pm – We’re looking for volunteers to help us interview and local veterans and record their stories. This is a nationwide effort, led by the Library of Congress, to preserve the memories and stories of our nation’s heroes. If you would like to volunteer to help with this program, please call Amy at 827-6960.

Family Bingo for Books

Saturday, February 9 @ 2 pm – Looking for fun for the whole family? Come play Bingo for Books from 2-3 pm today. Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Books are generously donated by the Friends of the Library!

St. Johns Reads Event: Book Discussion: The Yard by Alex Grecian

Monday, February 11 @ 7 pm – Please join us for a discussion of this year’s St Johns Reads title, The Yard. Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police’s failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London’s recently formed Murder Squad, partners with Scotland Yard’s first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues. Light refreshments are provided.

St Johns Reads Event: Movie Night

Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30 pm – (PG-13) This dynamic portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr., sends Holmes and his stalwart partner, Watson, on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Bring your own snacks!

Valentine Craft for Kids

Wednesday, February 13 @ 3 pm – Children of all ages are invited to make a craft to take and share with a special Valentine. Treats will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, February 13 @ 4 pm – The library is a great place to get your volunteer hours! Orientation is mandatory and counts as your first service hour. Please call 827-6960 for registration information.

Thursday Night at the Movies

Thursday, February 14 @ 6 pm – Looking for a quirky way to end Valentine’s Day? Then come and watch the movie we’re showing tonight! Tim Burton directs this comedy horror about a boy who conducts an experiment to bring his dog back to life and the consequences that happen afterward. Bring your own snacks! Please call 827-6960 for movie title.

Teen Gamers

Saturday, February 16 @ 5-7 pm – Teens, grades 6-12, bring your friends and come out for an evening of gaming with Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, or play the newest Halo game on X-Box 360! Refreshments will be served.

St Johns Reads Event: How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator

Wednesday, February 27 @ 4 pm – Have you ever wanted to see how a Crime Scene Investigator does their job in the real world? Or, are you considering Crime Scene Investigation as a career? If so, please join us for this interesting look into the world of a CSI.

Hastings Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6970 Fax: (904) 827-6975 Email: libh@sjcfl.us

Family Storytime

Fridays, February 1, 8, & 15 @ 10:30 am – Join us for storytime, featuring a special craft each week along with singing, and dancing!

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 @ 11 am – Parents: There’s no need to rush out the door after storytime! Stay, relax, and enjoy some adult company while your child plays. Puzzles and games will be available.

Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire Event

Saturday, February 2 @ 1 pm – Parents: February 2nd is Take Your Child to the Library Day. Join us for a Fancy Nancy story, some special sleuthing activities, and a craft!

Teen Lounge

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 3:30 pm

Fridays, February 8, 15, & 22 @ 3:30

Saturdays, February 9, 16, & 23 @ 1 pm

Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends.

St Johns Reads Event: How to Become a Crime Scene Investigator

Wednesday, February 27 @ 4 pm – Have you ever wanted to see how a Crime Scene Investigator does their job in the real world? Or, are you considering Crime Scene Investigation as a career? If so, please join us for this interesting look into the world of a CSI.

Hastings Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6970 Fax: (904) 827-6975 Email: libh@sjcfl.us

Family Storytime

Fridays, February 1, 8, & 15 @ 10:30 am – Join us for storytime, featuring a special craft each week along with singing, and dancing!

Stay ‘n Play

Friday, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 @ 11 am – Parents: There’s no need to rush out the door after storytime! Stay, relax, and enjoy some adult company while your child plays. Puzzles and games will be available.

Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire Event

Saturday, February 2 @ 1 pm – Parents: February 2nd is Take Your Child to the Library Day. Join us for a Fancy Nancy story, some special sleuthing activities, and a craft!

Teen Lounge

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 3:30 pm

Fridays, February 8, 15, & 22 @ 3:30

Saturdays, February 9, 16, & 23 @ 1 pm

Teens are welcome to come to teen lounge to play games, do homework, or just hang out with friends.

St. Johns Reads Event: CSI

Thursday, February 21 @ 10 am – Crime forensics: We’ve seen the TV dramas, but how does it really work? Officer Angie Hosford, of the St. Johns County Sherriff’s Department, will demonstrate modern crime scene evidence collection and analysis.

St. Johns Reads Event: Family Storytime

Friday, February 22 @ 10:30 am – Get ready to be a detective this week at our mystery-themed storytime. Join us in reading What Really Happened to Humpty?, From the Files of a Hard-Boiled Detective, and other stories. We’ll also solve riddles, go on a lost-and-found hunt, and do a binocular craft.

St. Johns Reads Event: Victorian Tea Party for Kids

Saturday, February 23 @ 12 pm – Join us for a spot of tea, or perhaps some raspberry lemonade. Also on the luncheon menu: tea sandwiches. To top it off, we’ll do a Victorian era children’s craft.

St. Johns Reads Event: Fingerprinting & Photos for Kids

Saturday, February 23 @ 1 pm – Parents: Having a current photo and fingerprints of your child on hand can help the police should the need arise. We will have fingerprint kits on hand and will print out photos of your child FREE of charge while supplies last.

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 Events Telephone: (904) 827-6940 TDD: (904) 827-6949 Fax: (904) 827-6945 Email: libm@sjcfl.us

AARP Tax Assistance

Fridays, February 1, 8, 15, & 22 from 10 am-2 pm

Saturdays, February 2, 9, 16, & 23 from 10 am-2 pm

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26 from 10 am-2 pm

Wednesday, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 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 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.

Yoga Experience

Mondays, February 4 & 25 @ 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 due to lack of activity. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel and mat. Presented by yoga instructor, Marlene Pitts.

St. Johns Reads Event: It’s a Mystery Movie

Monday, February 4 @ 4:30 pm – Join us in celebrating St. Johns Reads with a mystery movie! Too bad we can’t tell you what it is, or that would spoil the mystery. Will it be a hot new thriller, a murder mystery, who knows? We’ll be serving snacks and refreshments courtesy of the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County. Come see if you can crack the case of which movie you are watching! Our St. Johns Reads selection for 2013 is The Yard by Alex Grecian.

Internet Class

Wednesdays, February 6 & 20 @ 10 am – Come learn to take a drive on the information superhighway with Mr. Bob. Call 827-6940 to sign up for this class.

After School Gaming

Thursday, February 7 @ 3 pm – School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school! A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, and Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.

Literary Lions Book Club

Saturday, February 9 @ 10:30 am – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Pulitzer-winning author who lived in rural Cross Creek, Florida, she wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including The Yearling and Cross Creek. This month you are invited to read any of her books for the book club. Enjoy sharing your thoughts of the book you chose, along with coffee and refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Monday, February 11 @ 1 pm – Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home! At this 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 their services. Please call 819-1266 for more information.

St. Johns Reads Event: Murder, Mayhem & a Medical Examiner

Monday, February 11 @ 5:30 pm – Author, speaker, and forensic death investigator, Kent Holloway, of the St. Johns County Medical Examiner’s Office, will be breaking down the details of where the facts and fiction of a forensic death investigation meet. Join us for an engaging and entertaining presentation. Be sure to check out some of our books on forensic science, including our 2013 St. Johns Read selection The Yard by Alex Grecian.

St. Johns Reads Event: Sherlock Holmes Movie

Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30 pm – (PG-13) Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room, until now. There is a new criminal mastermind-at-large, Professor James Moriarty, and not only is he Holmes’s intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes’s investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany, and finally Switzerland. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Thursday, February 7 @ 3 pm – School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school! A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, and Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.

Literary Lions Book Club

Saturday, February 9 @ 10:30 am – Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings was a Pulitzer-winning author who lived in rural Cross Creek, Florida, she wrote novels and stories focusing on rural themes and settings, including The Yearling and Cross Creek. This month you are invited to read any of her books for the book club. Enjoy sharing your thoughts of the book you chose, along with coffee and refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Monday, February 11 @ 1 pm – Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home! At this 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 their services. Please call 819-1266 for more information.

St. Johns Reads Event: Murder, Mayhem & a Medical Examiner

Monday, February 11 @ 5:30 pm – Author, speaker, and forensic death investigator, Kent Holloway, of the St. Johns County Medical Examiner’s Office, will be breaking down the details of where the facts and fiction of a forensic death investigation meet. Join us for an engaging and entertaining presentation. Be sure to check out some of our books on forensic science, including our 2013 St. Johns Read selection The Yard by Alex Grecian.

St. Johns Reads Event: Sherlock Holmes Movie

Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30 pm – (PG-13) Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room, until now. There is a new criminal mastermind-at-large, Professor James Moriarty, and not only is he Holmes’s intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes’s investigation into Moriarty’s plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany, and finally Switzerland. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Basic PC Class

Wednesday, February 13 & 27 @ 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.

RELAX with Raindrop Therapy

Tuesday, February 19 @ 6 pm – Give Your Feet A Treat! Come and 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.

St. Johns Reads Event: Clueless About Tea

Wednesday, February 20 @ 6:30 pm – Detectives at Scotland Yard enjoy finishing the day with a spot of tea, or at least they seemed to in The Yard, by Alex Grecian. In celebration of St. Johns Reads 2013, we invite you to join us as we discover amazing clues about tea and sift through loose tea leaves. Help us solve the case of which type of tea: white, green, black, or herbal tastes the best, and is the healthiest for you to drink. Enjoy a mystery tea tasting, and see if you can correctly identify those teas! This FREE workshop is presented by Joa Jane from Lah-Tea-Dah!

St. Johns Reads Event: MAIN-iac Science Lab & the Kids Clue Crew

Thursday, February 21 @ 3 pm – Join us after school for a hands-on, minds-on 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 discussion. Topics will range from rocketry and magnets to polymers and electricity! If you can’t make it to one of our science labs, check out some of our super-cool science project books.

St. Johns Reads Event: Dessert & Book Discussion

Saturday, February 23 @ 10:30 am – Please join us for a discussion of this year’s St Johns Reads title, The Yard. Suffering public contempt after the Metropolitan Police’s failure to capture Jack the Ripper, Walter Day, a member of Victorian London’s recently formed “Murder Squad,” partners with Scotland Yard’s first forensic pathologist to track down a killer who is targeting their colleagues. Enjoy sharing your thoughts of our 2013 St. Johns Reads book, along with coffee and dessert, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Monday, February 25 @ 1 pm – Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home! At this 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 their services. Please call 819-1266 for more information.

Storytimes

Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 10:15 am: Baby Time Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11 am: Toddler Time Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11:30 am: Preschool Storytime

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6950 Fax: (904) 827-6955 Email: libpv@sjcfl.us

Teens Read with Kids

Saturday, February 2 @ 10 am – Children of all ages 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.

Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, February 4 @ 3 pm – The Great Books Discussion Group meets in the Small Conference Room. The short stories and essays in the program have been chosen for richness of ideas and quality of writing. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

St. Johns Reads Events: Mystery-Themed Just for Babies & Family Storytimes

Tuesday, February 5 @ 10:15 am: Just for Babies

Tuesday, February 5 @ 11 am: Family Storytime

Join us for a special, mystery-themed Just for Babies program and Family Storytime celebrating our 2013 St. Johns Reads Book, The Yard by, Alex Grecian! We will enjoy suspenseful picture books for young children and, at Family Storytime, we’ll be decorating our own spyglass. Join us to find out who took the cookies from the cookie jar… and more!

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6950 Fax: (904) 827-6955 Email: libpv@sjcfl.us

Teens Read with Kids

Saturday, February 2 @ 10 am – Children of all ages 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.

Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, February 4 @ 3 pm – The Great Books Discussion Group meets in the Small Conference Room. The short stories and essays in the program have been chosen for richness of ideas and quality of writing. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

St. Johns Reads Events: Mystery-Themed Just for Babies & Family Storytimes

Tuesday, February 5 @ 10:15 am: Just for Babies

Tuesday, February 5 @ 11 am: Family Storytime

Join us for a special, mystery-themed Just for Babies program and Family Storytime celebrating our 2013 St. Johns Reads Book, The Yard by, Alex Grecian! We will enjoy suspenseful picture books for young children and, at Family Storytime, we’ll be decorating our own spyglass. Join us to find out who took the cookies from the cookie jar… and more!

Teen Gaming Night

Wednesday, February 6 @ 5 pm – Teens, you and your friends are invited to the library to play “E” and “T”-rated games on our PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, and X-Box 360 set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing! Snacks will be served. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Computer Class: Free eBooks for your Nook

Thursday, February 7 @ 10:30 am – 12 pm – Learn how to download free e-Books from the library’s website to your Kindle. Please bring your Kindle and your laptop (if you own one) to class. Laptops will be provided otherwise. Please call 827-6950 for more information.

St. Johns Reads Event: Teddy Bear Tea

Monday, February 11 @ 4 pm – Kids are invited to join us for a Teddy Bear Tea, a special event celebrating our 2013 St. Johns Reads book The Yard by Alex Grecian, a Victorian mystery. Bring your teddy bear or favorite stuffed animal and enjoy stories, tea, a fun craft, and it’s FREE. Please call 827-6950 to register.

Great Decisions

Monday, February 11 @ 4 pm – We choose topics on current international issues for the following month for group discussion. 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.

Book Talk Cafe

Monday, February 11 @ 6:30 pm – This popular author series features Wesley Moody, who will discuss his book, “The Demon of the Lost Cause”, as well as his latest book “Diary of a Civil War Marine.” Everyone is welcome and it’s free! This program is made possible by the Friends of the Library.

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, February 12 from 4:30-5:30 pm – Teens are invited to join our new Teen Advisory Board! You’ll have a say in the books, audio-visual materials ordered for teens, the teen programs offered, and more! Participation in the Teen Advisory Board counts as service hours and snacks will be served. Join us for the first meeting!

Adventures in Art

Tuesday, February 12 @ 6:30 pm – Artist, Jan Bialka, presents; Breaking the Mold: Women Impressionists Mary Cassat, Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzales, and more. This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Library.

After-School Crafts with Teens

Wednesday, February 13 @ 4 pm – Children in 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 Library, no registration is needed, and it’s FREE!

St. Johns Reads Event: Victorian Cream Tea

Saturday, February 16 @ 3 pm – Please join us for an afternoon teatime delight of hot tea and scones with clotted cream and fruited jam, as well as a presentation on the history of tea and its important health benefits. Please call 827-6950 to register.

FREE Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Preschoolers

Tuesday, February 19 @ 10 am – Children ages 3-5 are invited to receive a 10-minute Early Literacy Screening at the Library courtesy of Nemours BrightStart! Registration will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Utilize this opportunity to find out where your child’s literacy strengths lie and what you can do to help them improve in areas before they start school!

Computer Class: Genealogy Online

Thursday, February 21 @ 10:30 am – 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. To sign up for this class call 827-6950.

St. Johns Reads Event: Dessert & Book Discussion

Tuesday, February 26 @ 3 pm – Join us for coffee, dessert, and conversation about our St. Johns Reads 2013 book, The Yard by, Alex Grecian.

Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series

Tuesday, February 26 @ 6:30 pm – This popular music series will feature superb violinist, Piotr Szewczyk, a member of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Everyone is welcome and it’s FREE! Doors will open at 6 pm and seating is limited! Sponsored by the Friends of Library.

Family Game Time

Wednesday, February 27 @ 3 pm – 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 827-6950 for more details. Sponsored by the Friends of Library.

Storytimes

Tuesdays, February 5 & 19: Just for Babies @ 10:15 am

Tuesdays, February 5, 12, 19, & 26: Family Storytime @ 11 am

St. Johns Reads Event: Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants – Victorian Language of Flowers

Thursday, February 28 @ 2 pm – The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants’ Cathy and Marilyn, members of the Garden Club of St. Augustine, are coming to your library to show you how to use food and flowers to spruce up your home with a Victorian twist. Raffle tickets are available for purchase from the Friends of the Library to win the arrangements the Sisterhood create! Proceeds help sponsor this event. All materials are generously provided by the Friends of the Library

 

Southeast Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6900 Fax: (904) 827-6905 Email: libse@sjcfl.us

St. Johns Reads Event: Murder/Mystery Short Story Contest

February 1-February 28 – Calling all aspiring writers! Put your skills to work by writing a mystery short story. Contest Rules: 1) One entry per-person. 2) Any age may participate. 3) All entries must be of a murder or mystery theme and must be no more than 2,500 words or 10 pages. 4) Entries must be submitted by Thursday, February 28th. They may be submitted in person, by fax 827-6905, email libse@sjcfl.us, or regular mail 6670 US 1 South, St. Augustine, FL 32086. Prizes to be announced.

Teen Coffeehouse

Saturday, February 2 @ 2 pm – Calling all teen artists, poets, and scholars! Come share your drawings, sketches, poems, stories… anything! We’ll meet in the Teen Lounge and share our art and the art of others. This month is a special “Tea-house.” Join us as we learn about different types of tea and test teas you’ve never tried. Bring your sketchbooks, journals, and your own teacup and we’ll fill it with tea. Hot chocolate and decaf coffee will be available as well. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

St. Johns Reads Event: Murder, Mayhem & a Medical Examiner

Saturday, February 2 @ 2 pm – Author, speaker, and forensic death investigator, Kent Holloway, of the St. Johns County Medical Examiner’s Office will be breaking down the details of where the facts and fiction of forensic death investigation meet in a fun and entertaining presentation.

Just For Babies

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 10:30 am – Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex every Wednesday for quality time with your baby or toddler. Enjoy songs, stories, fingerplays, games, and 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.

Family Storytime

Wednesdays, February 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 11 am – Join Miss Kristine and Miss Alex 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.

Friends of the Library Booksale

Friday, February 8 from 12-6 pm

Saturday, February 9 from 10 am-4 pm

The Friends of the Library will be holding this month’s book sale. 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 and VHS tapes will be available. The bookstore will be open during the same hours with the same low prices.

Valentine Bookmark Craft

Friday, February 8 @ 4 pm – Create heart-shaped bookmarks with Miss Kristine for Valentine’s Day. They make great gifts for mom, dad, or any special someone. This program is suitable for kids and teens of all ages. All supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Read to Rover

Saturday, February 9 @ 11 am – Who let the dogs out? Elementary students are invited to join our 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.

Homeschool Hoopla for Grades K-3

Wednesday, February 13 @ 12 pm – Join our new homeschool group right after storytime! Socialize with other homeschooled kids and parents during a bring-your-own brown bag library lunch. Afterward, there will be a Test Your Library Skills class at 12:30 pm, where you and your child will learn how to use library resources, from finding books on the shelf to checking out e-Books. Call 827-6900 for more information.

*New Schedule: The first session of the month will be for children in grades K-3 and the second session of the month will be for children in grades 4-8.

St. Augustine Travel Club presents: Micro Countries of Europe

Wednesday, February 13 @ 3 pm – Join us for our free St. Augustine Travel Club get together. Come learn all about the smaller, but just as interesting, nations of Europe. All are welcome to attend!

Knotty Knitters

Saturday, February 16 @ 11 am

Friday, February 22 @ 3 pm

Everyone is welcome to join us at this session of the Knitting Club… The Knotty Knitters. All ages and abilities are welcome. Instruction and supplies are available.

St. Johns Reads Event: Dessert & Book Discussion

Saturday, February 16 @ 2 pm

Thursday, February 28 @ 6:45 pm

Please join us for some dessert, coffee, and chat about The Yard by Alex Grecian.

Bedtime Storytime

Tuesday, February 19 @ 6:30 pm – Wear your PJ’s to this special storytime! First, arts and crafts, then we will wind down with some favorite stories. This is a family program that is suitable for all young children.

St. Johns Reads Event: Movie Night

Thursday, February 21 @ 6 pm – (PG-13) This dynamic portrayal of Sherlock Holmes, starring Robert Downey Jr., sends Holmes and his stalwart partner Watson on their latest challenge. Revealing fighting skills as lethal as his legendary intellect, Holmes will battle as never before to bring down a new nemesis and unravel a deadly plot that could destroy the country. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

St. Johns Reads Event: Scooby Doo Party

Friday, February 22 @ 4 pm – In honor of St. Johns Reads, kids and teens are invited to a cartoon mystery movie marathon. Help us create a giant “I Spy” collage and decorate your own mystery box to keep your secret treasures in. All supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Library.

Homeschool Hoopla for Grades 4-8

Wednesday, February 27 @ 12 pm – Join our new homeschool group right after storytime! Socialize with other homeschooled kids and parents during a bring-your-own brown bag library lunch. Afterward, there will be a Test Your Library Skills class at 12:30 pm, where you and your child will learn how to use library resources, from finding books on the shelf to checking out e-Books. Call 827-6900 for more information.

*New Schedule: The first session of the month will be for children in grades K-3 and the second session of the month will be for children in grades 4-8.

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

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...]

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

  Charity Begins at Home by Amy Lignor   Turning a blind eye is easy for some; preferred by others. But the fact is that the bad doesn’t become good – in any area – unless eyes are open wide to not only see what’s occurring, but also to gain the knowledge needed to stop the bad from getting even worse. Remarks are made about “other countries” and what they do wrong when it comes to the harming of animals for profit. However, in … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

Exploring the Holidays Around the Globe

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

Green Living

Forecasting Climate Change

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