ST. JOHNS COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM | DECEMBER CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Library System Closing Dates
Thursday, December 6th – Staff Development Day
Monday, December 24th – Christmas Eve
Tuesday, December 25th – Christmas Day
Anastasia Island Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 209-3730 Fax: (904) 209-3735 Email:
Tuesday, December 4 @ 5:30 pm – (PG) Please contact Harold George at 209-3730 or . Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Family Movie: New Disney Release
Friday, December 7 @ 3:30 pm – (PG) A misunderstood boy takes on ghosts, zombies and grown-ups to save his town from a centuries-old curse. Call 209-3730 for movie title. Light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
RELAX with Raindrop Therapy
Tuesday, December 11 @ 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.
Decorate a Cookie
Wednesday, December 12 @ 2:30 pm – Kids, teens, and adults are invited to the library to decorate and eat a delicious melted snowman cookie & Santa cookie! Cookies and decorations are FREE courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Bingo for Books for Adults
Saturday, December 15 @ 2 pm – Do you love free books and playing Bingo? Come to the library, make new friends, and win adult fiction and non-fiction books by playing Bingo! Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Everyone is welcome and it’s FREE! Book prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Library!
Winter Wonderland Crafts for Kids & Tweens
Wednesday, December 19 @ 2:30 pm – Come to the library to create some great holiday crafts and ornaments. We will supply the craft materials and you supply the creativity! All crafting supplies are FREE courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Thursdays, December 20 & 27 @ 3:30 pm – Teens, ages 12 and up, get to 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.
Toddler Movie Morning with Tinker Bell
Friday, December 21 @ 10:30 am – (G) Tinker Bell meets Periwinkle and ventures into the winter woods with her other friends to find the secret of fairy wings. Food and drinks will be permitted, along with special blankets or stuffed animals your toddler may want to bring. Please call 209-3730 for movie title.
Family Movie Event
Friday, December 21 @ 3:30 pm – A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears. Join us for this recent book to movie. Call 209-3730 for movie title. Light snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Kids LEGO Brick Club
Friday, December 28 @ 3:30 pm – School is out… Come to 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!
Bartram Trail Branch Library Events
Telephone: (904) 827-6960 Fax: (904) 827-6965 Email:
Jacksonville Genealogy Society Presents: The Trail from You to Your Ancestor
Saturdays, December 1, 8, & 15 @ 10:15 am – The Jacksonville Genealogy Society will be holding a three-session Intermediate Genealogy Class, featuring research in the U.S. It will be held from 10:15 am to 2:15 pm at the Bartram Trail Branch Library. Topics will include: Genealogical identification; records & sources, analysis & evaluation; vital records; land records; immigration & naturalization; often overlooked sources; planning a research trip; publishing your history, and more. Certificates of completion will be given to those who attend at least two of the three class dates. There is no charge to attend this class but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Please register by emailing your name, address, and phone number to
Teen Anime Club
Tuesday, December 4 @ 6 pm – Teens, ages 12 and up, are you looking for something different to do tonight? We’re showing a popular anime movie on our big screen. Refreshments will be provided.
Adult Crochet Group
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18 @ 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.
American Girl Movie & Tea
Wednesday, December 5 @ 3 pm – It’s an early release day! We’re showing an American Girl Movie on our big screen and having tea! Invite your friends, bring your dolls and join us! Call us at 827-6960 for the movie title. Refreshments are provided by the Friends of the Library.
Touch the Tech Petting Zoo
Friday, December 7 @ 10 am – Are you shopping around for eReaders for yourself or someone special but don’t know what to get? Drop by anytime between 10 am and noon and play around with our eReaders! We’ll have Nooks and Kindles and iPads available for you to fiddle with and staff available to answer questions. We currently have over 4,000 eBooks available to borrow for FREE with Kindles and Nooks and phones and tablets!
Saturday, December 8 @ 9:30 am – Do you love books? Do you love your library? The Friends of the Library will hold this month’s book sale from 9:30 am to noon. Books of all kinds and items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audiobooks will be available! Proceeds from the book sale support programs at the library!
Family Bingo for Books
Saturday, December 8 @ 2 pm – Looking for fun for the whole family? Come and 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!
Sugar Plum Fairy Storytime
Wednesday, December 12 @ 3:30 pm – Just in time to get you in the mood for the holidays! We’ve invited a very special guest to share a very special storytime! Children of all ages are invited to come and meet the Sugar Plum Fairy and hear some wonderful stories!
Teen Volunteer Orientation
Wednesday, December 12 @ 4 pm – The library is a great place to get your volunteer hours! Orientation is mandatory and counts as your first service hour. Class size is limited; please call 827-6960 for registration information.
Thursday Night at the Movies
Thursday, December 13 @ 6 pm – Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the season and watch a movie this evening! We’re showing a new release that’s sure to make you laugh and cry. Bring your own snacks! Please call 827-6960 for movie title.
Teen Anime Club
Tuesday, December 18 @ 6 pm – Join us for a viewing of a popular anime movie. Refreshments will be provided. Ages 12+
Children’s Art Activity
Wednesday, December 19 @ 3 pm – If you like art and you’re in 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade, come to the library and create your own art project inspired by the works of this month’s artist! Supplies will be provided and it’s FREE!
Saturday, December 22 @ 5-7 pm – Hey teens! Are you wishing and hoping for that new Halo game? Well, bring your friends to the library for an evening of gaming! We have Guitar Hero, Rock Band, Wii, PS3, and the newest Halo game on X-Box 360! Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Library.
Hastings Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6970 Fax: (904) 827-6975 Email:
Ornament Decorating for Kids & Teens
Saturday, December 1 @ 1 pm – The holidays will be here soon, so come make decorations with us at the library. Tree ornaments, cards, and present toppers are a few of the things you could make and take home with you. Make your holidays special with something homemade. You may also make your own pinecone decoration to put on our library tree.
Thursdays, December 6, 13, 20, & 27 @ 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!
Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 10:30 am – Join us for stories, music, and a craft. It’s not only fun, it helps your child begin to build important literacy skills and a love of reading.
Stay ‘n Play
Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, & 28 @ 11 am – Parents, stay a while after storytime. Chat with other caregivers as your child plays with puzzles and games. It’s a great way to socialize and meet new people.
Teen Book Club
Saturday, December 15 @ 10 am – It’s hard to be smaller than everyone when you’re trying to survive among roaming gangs of starving children. Will Bean survive the ultimate test or will Earth be destroyed by an invading alien species? Join us for a discussion of Ender’s Shadow by award-winning sci-fi author Orson Scott Card.
Holiday Cookie Decorating for Kids & Teens
Saturday, December 22 @ 1 pm – Decorate your own cookies and gift bags just in time for the holidays! Give them as gifts, share them with your family, or eat them yourself. Just make sure you’ve eaten before you come so you have some left to take home!
Main Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6940 TDD: (904) 827-6949 Fax: (904) 827-6945 Email:
Yoga Experience with Marlene
Mondays, December 3, 10, 17 @ 10:30 am – At this FREE adult yoga class, we’ll explore practical, easy ways to take care of the body, reduce stress & relax, and improve breathing & energy levels. First-timers are always welcome. Come and meet new people or bring a friend! Presented by yoga instructor, Marlene Pitts.
Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Tuesday, December 4 @ 1 pm – Behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home! At our free workshop, you’ll learn about the various government-funded programs for which you may be eligible. The St. Johns Housing Partnership is a non-profit organization, and there is never a charge to the homeowner for their services. Please call 819-1266 up for this workshop.
Wednesday, December 5 @ 10 am – Learn to surf the World Wide Web with Mr. Bob. No swimsuit required! Call 827-6940 to sign up for this class.
Literary Lions Book Club: Defending Jacob by William Landay
Saturday, December 8 @ 10:30 am – Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. When a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student. As the crisis reveals how little a father knows about his son, Andy will face a trial of his own… between loyalty and justice, truth and allegation, a past he’s tried to bury, and a future he cannot conceive. Enjoy sharing your thoughts along with coffee & refreshments, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
De-Stress for the Holidays
Monday, December 10 @ 6 pm – Perhaps you are experiencing challenges with stress, weight management, fears/phobias, or have a desire to quit smoking this holiday season. Hypnotism may help you to de-stress and manifest your life’s desires through an altered state of consciousness. This FREE presentation will be facilitated by Lynn Schumacher. Please call 338-5424 for more information.
One Stroke Winter Ornaments with Charlene
Tuesday, December 11 @ 6 pm – One Stroke is a learned art form pioneered by Florida resident Donna Dewberry. No experience necessary. You are invited to learn some basic painting strokes, and make a fun craft at the same time. Glass ornament and all other materials will be provided. Please call 827-6940 to sign up for
this FREE art class. Limited to the first 12 students! Presented by Charlene Burton, a certified One Stroke instructor.
Basic PC Class
Wednesday, December 12 @ 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.
Gentle Stretching with Gina Marie
Wednesdays, December 12 & 26 @ 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.
Whimsically Wonderful Winter Crafts with Andy & Marcia
Wednesday, December 12 @ 3 pm – Even the youngest crafter will welcome the winter season with these beautiful, easy-to-make projects. The crafts, all based on the symbols of winter, include snow, snowmen, and mittens. Join our children’s staff for an afternoon of FREE crafting to celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy hot chocolate while crafting, and be sure to check out some of our children’s books on winter!
One Stroke Winter Craft for Kids
Wednesday, December 12 @ 2 pm – Children in K-5th grade are invited to learn One Stroke by painting glass snowmen luminaries. One Stroke is a learned art form pioneered by Florida resident Donna Dewberry. You’ll learn basic painting strokes and make a fun craft at the same time! Please call 827-6940 to sign up for this FREE art class. Materials are provided and class size is limited. Presented by Charlene Burton, certified One Stroke instructor.
Family Winter Film Event
Wednesday, December 12 @ 4 pm – (G) When Mrs. Claus travels to Pineville, the playful Santa pups stow away on her sled, taking mischief to a whole new level! They begin granting wishes to Pineville’s boys and girls, but something goes terribly wrong… the Christmas spirit begins to disappear. Now the Santa pups and Mrs. Claus must race to save Christmas around the world. From the creators of Disney Buddies, this magical, heartwarming tale is brimming with hope, cheer, and Christmas spirit. Plenty of pillow seating and FREE organic popcorn, courtesy of Diane’s Natural Food Market!
Christmas Carols & Cookies
Thursday, December 13 @ 11 am – Celebrate Christmas early this year! Help us decorate cookies for Santa, and sing along with a Christmas carol shadow puppet show. Enjoy hot chocolate while listening to a lively rendition of The Night Before Christmas. Holiday fun for the whole family! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Deconstructing Story Structure
Saturday, December 15 @ 10:15 am – There is an art to structuring a good story. This FREE presentation will address the use of plot points and turning points to build conflict and move the story forward toward the climax and resolution. Presented by John Boles, an award-winning writer, producer, director, editor, and actor with more than twenty-five years’ experience in the entertainment industry. Brought to you by the Florida Writers Association Ancient City Chapter & the Friends of the Library. Refreshments provided.
J.A.A.M. (Japanese Anime At Main)
Monday, December 17 @ 5 pm – Tweens, teens, and young twenty-somethings are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club, where you can meet others with similar interests. We’ll 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, December 18 @ 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.
Wednesday, December 19 @ 10 am – Learn to surf the World Wide Web with Mr. Bob. No swimsuit required! Call 827-6940 to sign up for this class.
Foreclosure Prevention Workshop
Thursday, December 20 @ 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 you may be eligible for. 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 to sign up.
Middle Eastern Dance Class
Saturday, December 22 @ 2 pm – Join us for an afternoon discovering dance and culture of the Middle East with local instructor, Liz Rizzolo. This class is FREE and no previous experience is required.
Adult BINGO for Books
Thursday, December 27 @ 3:30 pm – Do you love free books and playing Bingo? Come make new friends, and win adult fiction and non-fiction books by playing Bingo! Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one free book. Book prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Library! Everyone is welcome and it’s FREE!
Winter Break Teen Gaming
Wednesday, December 26 @ 2 pm
Thursday, December 27 @ 2 pm
Friday, December 28 @ 2 pm
School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play with a day of no school! A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, & Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.
Winter Break Family Film Festival
Wednesday, December 26 @ 12 pm
Thursday, December 27 @ 12 pm
Friday, December 28 @ 12 pm
Celebrate your winter break with us cinematically! We’ll be showing three new release family films at noon over the course of three days! Please call 827-6940 for movie titles. There is plenty pillow seating and FREE organic popcorn, courtesy of Diane’s Natural Food Market!
Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6950 Fax: (904) 827-6955 Email:
Teens Read with Kids
Saturday, December 1 from 10 am-12 pm – All children are invited to be read to by a teen or practice reading to a teen each month 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 or read from any of our books or bring your favorites from home!
Monday, December 3 from 3-4:30 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. Call 273-1658 with any questions. This program made possible by the Friends of the Library.
Family Storytime presented by Bird Island Park
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, & 18 @ 11 am – Please join Ms. Suzanne of Bird Island Park as she presents Family Storytime! Thank you to Bird Island Park for partnering with the library and making storytimes possible year-round!
Bird Island Park presents Holiday Bedtime Storytime
Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30 pm – Children of all ages and their families are invited to wear their pajamas (if they wish!) and join us for a special holiday bedtime storytime presented by Ms. Suzanne of Bird Island Park! Ms. Suzanne and friends will be performing a “readers theatre” version of the holiday classic, The Polar Express! Thanks to the Friends of the Library, refreshments will be provided.
Teen Gaming Night
Wednesday, December 5 from 5-7 pm – 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. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Sony. Call 827-6950 for more details!
Family Holiday Craft Party
Saturday, December 8 from 2-4 pm – Children of all ages and their families are invited to come celebrate the holidays at the library by making crafts with the teens of Nease High School’s Arts in Motion Club! Materials, refreshments, and music are provided thanks to the Friends of the Library. No registration needed, and it’s FREE!
LEGO Club for Tweens
Wednesday, December 12 from 4-5 pm – Tweens ages 9-13 are invited to bring your friends to the library for an afternoon of fun building with Legos! No registration is necessary and it’s free! Legos provided by the Friends of the Library.
Teen Holiday Party
Friday, December 21 from 2-5 pm – All teens, ages 13-18, are invited to celebrate the holidays together at the library! Come for gaming with our PlayStation3, X-Box 360, and Nintendo Wii! We will also be making holiday cards for senior citizens and you’ll have a chance to participate in a book drive. *Please bring any gently used children’s or teen books you wish to donate. There will be a White Elephant Exchange! To participate, simply bring a small gift already wrapped that is less than $2. Join us for fun with your friends, celebrating the holidays, and learn about our newly forming Teen Advisory Board! Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Sony, and Ponte Vedra High School Media Specialist, Lisa Barnett.
Family Game Time
Wednesday, December 26 from 3-6 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 from the Reference Desk and play anywhere in the library. Challenge your family and friends to your favorite games! Call 827-6950 for more details.
Southeast Branch Library Events Telephone: (904) 827-6900 Fax: (904) 827-6905 Email:
Friends Treasure Sale & Book Sale
Saturday, December 1 from 10 am-3 pm – The Friends of the Library will be hosting their Second Annual Treasure Sale & Book Sale. Selected treasures will be offered as silent auction items. All sales benefit library programs and services, so everyone is invited to come and support your Library. To donate items or for more information, please call Thirza Conway at 794-7366 or inquire at the Book Shop.
Saturday, December 1 @ 2 pm – Calling all teen artists, poets, and scholars… it’s party time! In honor of the holiday season, we will be doing a homemade gift exchange. All gifts must be homemade! It doesn’t have to be
fancy, just a meaningful expression of yourself. And don’t forget your mug… hot beverages and treats will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Teen/Tween Survival Cooking
Tuesday, December 4 @ 6 pm – By popular vote we will be having a waffle bar! Make homemade waffles from batter to toppings. We will have holiday-inspired smoothies as well. Please call 827-6900 to register for this FREE program.
Holly Jolly Storytime
Wednesday, December 5 @ 11 am – Jingle down to the library for a grand celebration of the winter holidays! This storytime for all ages will feature songs, stories, games, and a special visit from a holiday guest from the Far North. * Since we will be playing a special game during storytime, we ask that all children wear socks and shoes to the program in order to fully participate.
Holiday Craft Series
Wednesdays, December 12 & 19 @ 3 pm
Thursdays, December 13 & 20 @ 3 pm
Saturday, December 15 from 10 am-5 pm
Friday, December 21 @1-5 pm
Come to the library and use your creative skills to make some homemade holiday presents, ornaments, or anything you like! Different crafts and supplies will be available each day of the series. Crafts available are appropriate for all ages, from babies to teens. * Each session runs for two hours, unless otherwise noted.
St. Augustine Travel Club presents: “European Christmas Traditions”
Wednesday, December 12 @ 3 pm – The St. Augustine Travel Club will host a special Holiday presentation. The Dytrych’s will cover the many beautiful and varied Christmas traditions observed throughout Europe. All are welcome to attend.
Saturday, December 15 @ 11 am – 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 for beginners.
Adult Bingo for Books
Saturday, December 15 @ 2 pm – Don’t miss this chance to win free adult popular books while having fun playing Bingo! All materials will be supplied by the library and everyone will go home with at least one free book. Mark your calendars for this fun opportunity to win books and make new friends!
Family Movie Marathon
Wednesday, December 26 @ 2 pm
Thursday, December 27 @ 2 pm
Friday, December 28 @ 2 pm
(PG-13) Are the kids driving you nuts? Bring them to the library for an afternoon of epic adventure. All ages are welcome; however, parents are advised this film contains epic battle sequences. Snacks, beverages, and comfy rugs to lie on will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.