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St. Johns County Public Library System – Programs & Events – March 2013

Library System Closing DatesST. JOHNS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM

Friday, March 29 – Good Friday

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

Gentle Stretching With Gina

Fridays, March 1 & 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, March 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.

Teen Lounge

Thursdays, March 7 & 21 @ 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.

RELAX with Raindrop Therapy

Thursday, March 7 @ 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.

Family Movie

Friday, March 8 @ 3:30 pm – (PG) A high school biology teacher looks to become a successful mixed-martial arts fighter in an effort to raise money to prevent extra-curricular activities from being axed at his cash-strapped school. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 209-3730 for movie title.

Special Event: A Visit with your local St. Johns County Firefighters

Wednesday, March 13 @ 10:30 am – Instead of our regular storytimes, we will be having our local St. Johns County firefighters at your library! Meet your local heroes and take a tour of their fire truck to learn what a firefighter does! Be sure to bring your camera to get some great pictures.

Teen Tech Week: Pinterest for Tweens & Teens

Thursday, March 14 @ 4 pm – Are you into music, nail art, humor, sports, space, cooking? Whatever inspires you, you can find it on Pinterest. Bring your iPad, tablet, smartphone, or laptop and learn how to pin images and videos to your pinboard, organize, and share them. This tech-tool is lots of fun, no matter what your interest is!

Friends of the Library Book Sale

Thursday, March 14 @ 10 am-8 pm Friday, March 15 @ 10 am-6 pm Saturday, March 16 @ 10 am-5 pm

Do you love books and suffer from an overwhelming desire to read as often as possible? Fulfill your desire AND support your local library at the same time! Visit us this weekend and pick out a book or two or twenty. Saturday, prices will be reduced by 50%!!

Kids LEGO Brick Club

Friday, March 20 @ 2:30 pm – Come into the library to play with over 60 pounds of LEGO bricks and pieces!! We supply the LEGO bricks and fun… all you need to bring is your imagination. There is no registration or fee for this program!

Book Club

Thursday, March 21 @ 6:45 pm – This bestselling tale of Romanov intrigue from the author of, The Kitchen Boy, begins like a fairy tale… a German princess marries the Grand Duke Sergei of Russia and enters the Romanov’s lavish court. However, after a peaceful demonstration becomes a bloodbath, the fires of the revolution link the young princess’s destiny to that of a young Bolshevik. All are welcome!

Boom Science

Friday, March 22 @ 3:30 pm – Wowzers! Greg from Boom Science will be back to teach us more exciting and cool science stuff! We’ve had rockets, ice cream, and square bubbles. Come see what he has in store for us this time around! This program is sponsored by the Friends of Library.

Family Movie

Wednesday, March 27 @ 2:30 pm – (PG) A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library. Call 209-3730 for movie title.

AARP Tax Assistance

Tuesdays, March 5, 19, 26 @ 10 am-2 pm Thursdays, March 7, 21, 28 @ 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.

Storytimes

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, & 27: Baby/Toddler Time @ 10:15 am Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, & 27: Little Ones Craft Time @ 10:45 am Wednesdays, March 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

Viva Florida 500! First Friday Phenomenally Fun Florida Book Club

Friday, March 1 @ 10:15 am – We’re doing a year-long celebration of Florida literature and starting it off with a bang! This month our book is, Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston. Join us as we discuss the adventures and loves and losses of Janie, the book’s protagonist, and her life in 1930’s Florida. Please pick a favorite quote or line from the book and bring it with you to the discussion.

International Affairs Discussion

Monday, March 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 at Florida State College at Jacksonville. A reading list of suggested books and articles will be available in time to prepare for the discussions.

Adult Crochet Group

Tuesdays, March 5 & 19 @ 6 pm

Thursday, March 14 @ 6 pm

Monday, March 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.

Teen Anime Club

Tuesdays, March 5 & 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.

Children’s Movie Matinee

Wednesday, March 6 @ 3 pm – It’s an early release day, so grab your friends and join us for a movie! Please call 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, March 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, March 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 such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks will be available! Proceeds from the book sales support the programs at your local library!

Friends of the Library Meeting

Tuesday, March 12 @ 6 pm – The Friends of the Bartram Trail Branch Library are invited to attend the January meeting, held at 6 pm in the Manatee Room. Prospective Friends are invited to attend and learn more about who the Friends are and what it is they do.

Teen Volunteer Orientation

Wednesday, March 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.

Viva Florida 500: Teen Graphic Novel Workshop

Thursday, March 14 @ 6:30 pm – Are you a teen who loves graphic novels? Ever thought of creating one yourself? All middle and high school students are invited to celebrate Teen Tech Week with Andre Frattino, local author of two graphic novels for teens, The Reaper of St. George Street and Lost Souls of Savannah, featuring teen ghost hunters from St. Augustine! Andre will show you what it takes to become a graphic novel author with opportunities to create your own art. All teen graphic novel enthusiasts are invited to this hands-on workshop. Please call the 827-6960 for more information.

Genealogy Club

Saturday, March 16 @ 2 pm – Are you attending the North Florida Genealogy Conference on March 9? Come to our club meeting the following Saturday to share what you learned! If you were unable to attend the

conference, this will be a great opportunity to pick up the high points! The Bartram Trail Genealogy Club is a casual group of dedicated hobbyists. We always welcome new faces to our monthly discussions.

Teen Gamers

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

Book Club

Monday, March 18 @ 7 pm – Our title this month is, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Everyone is invited to attend the discussion. Light refreshments are provided.

Tech Tip Tuesday

Tuesday, March 26 @ 1 pm – Please join us for any of these free sessions:

1:45: Sites & Apps Show & Tell – Open format discussion of staffs’ and participants’ favorite sites and apps.

2:45: Google Drive – Drive is the updated version of Google Docs. Come learn about this free word application suite in the cloud.

3:45: Biography Resource Center – Between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, we know you’re looking for some quick biographical information. Learn how to access books and journal articles online for free with your library card.

5:45: Google Drive – Drive is the updated version of Google Docs. Come learn about this free word application suite in the cloud.

6:45: Biography Resource Center – Between Black History Month and Women’s History Month, we know you’re looking for some quick biographical information. Learn how to access books and journal articles online for free with your library card. For additional information, please call 827-6960.

Kids Bingo for Books

Tuesday, March 26 @ 3 pm – Looking for something fun to do during Spring Break? Grab the kids and the kids’ friends and come play Bingo for Books! Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Books are generously donated by the Friends of the Library!

Children’s Art Activity

Wednesday, March 27 @ 3 pm – If you like art and you’re in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, come and create your own art project inspired by the works of this month’s artist!

Viva Florida 500: LB Reptiles

Thursday, March 28 @ 10 am – Looking for something both fun and educational to do while on Spring Break? Gather the family, friends, and neighbors to watch the reptile show at the library! We’ll have lizards, snakes, turtles and more! This program helps educate children about the needs, conservation, and care of these amazing reptiles!! To learn more about the LB Reptile Experience, please visit their website at www.lbreptileexperience.com

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

Family Storytime

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

Stay ‘n Play

Fridays, March 1, 8, & 15 @ 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.

Read Across America Day: Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party

Saturday, March 2 @ 1 pm – If it were Dr. Seuss’s birthday, what would you do? Thing 1 and Thing 2, we’re talking to you! Would you make little cupcakes with hair of blue? How about truffula trees? Would you invite Cindy Lou? It’s Read Across America Day, so tell all your friends! If you read every day, the fun never ends!

Teen Lounge

Wednesdays, March 6, 20, & 27 @ 3:30 pm

Friday, March 22 @ 3:30

Saturdays, March 9 & 23 @ 1 pm

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

Teen Tech Week Event: Dead Tech Sculpture & Slo-Mo Texting

Tuesday, March 12 @ 3 pm

Saturday, March 16 @ 1 pm

Visit the tech graveyard in Teen Lounge to find disassembled devices ready for a new life. Glue guns will be provided. All you need to do is bring your imagination. Also, create text messages from found words and mail them to a friend. Stamps and envelopes will be provided.

Teen Tech Week Event: Play with Pinterest

Wednesday, March 13 @ 3 pm – Are you into music, nail art, humor, sports, space, cooking? Whatever inspires you, you can find it on Pinterest. Bring your iPad, tablet, smartphone, or laptop and learn how to pin images and videos to your pinboard, organize, and share them. This tech-tool is lots of fun, no matter what your interest is!

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

AARP Tax Assistance

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

Wednesdays, March 6, 13, 20, & 27 from 10 am-2 pm Fridays, March 8, 15, & 22 from 10 am-2 pm Saturdays, March 9 & 23 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.

Internet Class

Wednesdays, March 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.

New Release Family Film Event

Thursday, March 7 @ 3 pm – Celebrate the end of the school day with us cinematically! We’ll be showing a new release film for the whole family. Please call 827-6940 for movie title. Plenty of pillow seating and FREE organic popcorn, courtesy of Diane’s Natural Food Market!

Literary Lions Book Club: Origin

Saturday, March 9 @ 10:30 am – A fingerprint expert’s investigation of a series of crib deaths leads her back to the mystery of her own childhood. Lena is a fingerprint expert at a crime lab in the small city of Syracuse, New York, where winters are cold and deep. Suddenly, a series of crib deaths draws the attention of the police and the national media and raises the possibility of the inconceivable: could there be a serial infant murderer on the loose? Orphaned as a child, out of place as an adult, gifted with delicate and terrifying powers of intuition, Lena finds herself playing a critical role in the case.

Yoga Experience

Monday, March 11 @ 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.

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Mondays, March 11 & 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.

Basic PC Class

Wednesdays, March 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.

Friends of the Library Event: Mayberry Momma

Thursday, March 14 @ 1 pm – Please join us for a walk down memory lane to the good ole days of Mayberry and share in good times. St. Augustine’s own “Mayberry Momma”, Jewell M. Kutzer, will be on hand to share stories about growing up in the same small town as Andy Griffith. So, y’all bring your own lunch and enjoy this special event. Dessert and coffee will be served. This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

After School Gaming

Thursdays, March 14 & 28 @ 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.

Writers’ Workshop: From Manuscript to Printed Page

Saturday, March 16 @ 10:30 am – Whether you are a first-time author, or already have several books written, publishing today is a daunting task. As publishing in general and ePublishing in particular are in constant flux, it’s hard to know the best route to take. This program will explore where publishing stands now and what methods are available to get your book into print. Presented by guest speakers and award-winning authors, Michael King and Jeff Swesky. This FREE workshop for writers is brought to you through a partnership between the Florida Writers Association Ancient City Chapter and the Friends of the Library.

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

Monday, March 18 @ 5 pm – Tweens, teens, and young twenty-somethings are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club. We’ll be viewing assorted Anime & enjoying Japanese candy. Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like and JAAM with us!

RELAX with Raindrop Therapy

Tuesday, March 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.

MAIN-iac Science Lab

Thursday, March 21 @ 3 pm – Join us after school for a hands-on, minds-on science program and work closely with our very own mad scientists! 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.

Viva Florida 500 Event: St. Augustine Cookery

Tuesday, March 26 @ 5:30 pm – Join us for this special culinary event highlighting recipes handed down by Spanish, French, English, and American settlers of the nation’s oldest city. Guest chef, Matt, will lead you step-by-step in preparing Minorcan Clam Chowder, spicing things up with datil peppers, and enticing your sweet tooth with an orange dessert. Enjoy samples and get new recipes to take home. This program is free, open to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Storytimes

Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 10:15 am: Baby Time Thursdays, March 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11 am: Toddler Time Thursdays, March 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

Read Across America & Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Event

Saturday, March 2 @10 am – All children are invited to join us for a special Teens Read with Kids. This program is presented by the teens of Ponte Vedra High School’s Book Club! We’ll have a special display of Dr. Seuss books to choose from, if you wish, as well as a Dr. Seuss sticker for every child who participates. Select what you’d like to hear, read from any of our books, or bring your favorites from home.

Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, March 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.

Just for Babies: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Tuesday, March 5 @ 10:15 am – Join us for a special Just for Babies session, celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Each child who attends will receive a special sticker.

Family Storytime: Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Tuesday, March 5 @ 11 am – Join us for a special Family Storytime, celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday! Each child who attends will receive a special sticker and we will be making a special Dr. Seuss-themed craft.

Top 5 Tips for Being Your Best You

Tuesday, March 5 @ 6:30 pm – Join Nutrition Expert and Health Coach, Marian Thompson, who will present: “Top 5 Tips for Being Your Best You” including “What’s the gluten buzz all about?” Marian, a native of St. Augustine, is a Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified Nutritional Health Coach who teaches people that they have the power to live happy and healthy lives.

Teen Gaming Night

Wednesday, March 6 @ 5 pm – Teens are invited to have fun with your friends at the library and 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.

Teen Advisory Board

Tuesday, March 12 @ 4:30 pm – Teens are invited to join our new Teen Advisory Board and have a say in the materials we order for teens, the teen programs we offer, and more! Participation in the Teen Advisory Board counts as service hours and snacks will be served provided by the Friends of the Library.

Adventures in Art: La Florida, 500 Years of Art

Tuesday, March 12 @ 6:30 pm – From native and Spanish colonial artifacts, to digital and video art of today, La Florida celebrates 500 years of Florida art. Join Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens Curator, Preston Thayer, for a presentation on “La Florida, 500 Years of Art.” This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Library.

After-School Crafts with Teens

Wednesday, March 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!

Great Decisions

Monday, March 18 @ 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.

FREE Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Preschoolers

Tuesday, March 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!

LEGO Club for Tweens

Wednesday, March 20 @ 4 pm – Tweens in 4th-7th grade are invited to come on out and bring your friends for an afternoon of fun building with Legos and hanging out at the library. No registration is necessary and it’s free! Thanks to the Friends of the Library for making this program possible.

Storytimes

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

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

Book Club

Tuesday, March 26 @ 3 pm – Please join us as we discuss The Twelve Tribes of Hattie by Ayana Mathis. Everyone is welcome. Please call 827-6950 for further information.

Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series

Tuesday, March 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, March 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.

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

Beginner Chess Classes

Saturdays, March 2, 9, 16, & 23 @ 10:30 am – Experienced chess instructor, Don Kyle, will be offering FREE beginning chess lessons to all ages. Mr. Kyle will be providing the chess boards, so just bring yourself & your enthusiasm to learn.

Just For Babies

Wednesdays, March 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, March 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.

Seussapalooza

Saturday, March 2 @ 2 pm – “Grab your Hat and Read with the Cat!” Children of all ages are invited to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at the biggest birthday bash ever! Pick up your Seuss passport and visit the various arts and crafts stations in the Children’s Department. Birthday treats will be served during a showing of a Dr. Seuss film at 3 pm. All completed passports will be entered into a prize drawing at 4 pm. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

People’s Law School: Legal Classes

Tuesday, March 5 @ 4 pm: Do You Need a Will?

Tuesday, March 12 @ 4 pm: Rights of a Debtor

Tuesday, March 19 @ 4 pm: Landlord/Tenant Law

Tuesday, March 26 @ 4 pm: Foreclosure Defense of Homesteads

Everyone is invited to attend these FREE 1-hour legal classes that will be held every Tuesday at 4 pm at the Southeast Branch through April 23rd. All classes are presented by St. Johns Legal Aid Staff.

Internet Investing & Value Line Analysis Seminar

Saturday, March 9 @ 10 am – Everyone is invited to this FREE investment seminar taught by Chuck Reinbrecht of the non-profit organization BetterInvesting.org. Some areas discussed will be: Basic Stock Analysis, Comparing Companies, Portfolio Tracking, Value Line Ratings, and more.

Read to Rover

Saturdays, March 9 & 23 @ 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.

Knotty Knitters

Saturday, March 9 @ 11 am

Friday, March 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.

Middle Eastern Dance Class

Saturday, March 9 @ 2 pm – Join us for an afternoon of dance and culture with Instructor Liz Rizzolo. This class is FREE and no previous experience is required.

Teen Tech Week: Learn to Solder

Tuesday, March 12 @ 6 pm – Learn how to solder small electronics with Mr. Aaron from the Palm Coast Radio Shack. This is a “Maker Spaces” program that encourages teenagers to explore new mediums and use their imaginations. Teens aged 13+ will be invited to participate and use the soldering iron under supervision.

Homeschool Hoopla

Wednesday, March 13 & 27 @ 12 pm – Join our 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.

St. Augustine Travel Club presents: Spain’s Barcelona & Catalunya Regions

Wednesday, March 13 @ 3 pm – Join us for our FREE St. Augustine Travel Club get-together. Come learn about the historic areas of Spain. Your host for the afternoon is Peter Dytrych. Call 797-3736 for additional information.

Teen Tech Week: Teen Coffeehouse & Author Visit

Saturday, March 16 @ 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’s special guest Andre Frattino, author of the graphic novel, The Reaper of St. George Street, will be joining us. 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 Library.

Bedtime Storytime

Tuesday, March 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. This evening we will be reading Irish myths and legends in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to wear green!

Movie Night

Thursday, March 21 @ 6 pm – (PG) Tired of being overshadowed and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Wreck-it Ralph decides he’s tired of playing the role of a bad guy. Snacks and light refreshments will be provided.

Wacky Wednesday

Wednesday, March 27 @ 3 pm – The newest phenomenon to hit the library: a science club for kids! Make-and-take science experiments for grades 2+. Supplies and materials provided by the Friends of the Library. No registration is required!

Blood Drive

Thursday, March 28 from 11 am-2 pm – Help save lives! Please stop by the Southeast Library and donate a moment of your time… and some blood. Please call Cheryl at 827-6900 to make an appointment.

Book Club

Thursday, March 28 @ 6:45 pm – Everyone is welcome to join us to discuss this historical novel, Prayers for Sale by Sandra Dallas. A novel about an unforgettable friendship between two women and the deepest hardships and darkest secrets they shared with each other. New members are always welcome!

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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

Inside WildAid

  Inside WildAid by Amy Lignor   Donations can be made. Time can be volunteered. There are a great number of charities, organizations and hard workers out there who strive with everything they have to save the animals of the world. The National Wildlife Administration, the World Wildlife Federation – these are just two leaders that help keep our beloved species’ on the map. There is also an organization whose sole mission is to end … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever

  Skeeter Boats Comes Up with Cure for Cabin Fever By Craig Lamb   If you are overdosing on TV fishing shows, mindlessly flipping through tackle catalogs, or feeling down and don’t know why, then you are not alone. Count yourself among most of the fishermen in the entire country. We have cabin fever. It’s common this time of year when hunting and football overtake wetting a line on the list of weekend priorities. Or, it’s just plain too … [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...]