Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (September & October 2019 Adult Events @ the Main Library – scroll down) 

Main Library  1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.  St. Augustine, FL 32084  … Submitted by: Amy Ackerman, Assistant Branch Manager  aackerman@sjcfl.us   904.827.6940

S.H.I.N.E. Senior Health Insurance Assistance
By Appointment @ the Main Library

APPOINTMENTS REQUIRED. Seniors! Do you need help understanding your Medicare benefits? Come talk to a counselor from the S.H.I.N.E. (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, operated through ElderSource.  They can help you determine which Medicare Prescription Drug Plan will best meet your needs, answer questions about Medigap, Medicare Advantage, and assist Medicare beneficiaries in areas such as home health benefits, Medicare claims and appeals, and other Medicare issues.

Counselors and volunteers are not affiliated with any insurance company and will not attempt to sell you insurance.  Services are free, unbiased, and available to Medicare beneficiaries and caregivers or representatives. Appointments are required – call the Main Library at 904-827-6940 to register now! For more information about the service, call ElderSource at 904-391-6600.

 ~   SEPTEMBER Adult Activities 2019 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~     

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela
Wednesdays, September 4th & 18th   – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Join us for a free low-impact Zumba Gold session with Angela.  It’s a fun way to burn fat, reduce stress, and clear your mind.  You can also build endurance and coordination while gaining confidence!  Angela has been doing Zumba for over six years and is a certified Zumba instructor.  She has lost 40 pounds doing Zumba!

Wear comfortable clothes like shorts and also wear sneakers (or socks) that can slide easily on carpet.  Please bring a bottle of water for yourself.  Registration is not required!  This session is free and open to the public. Please call Angela at 904.615.4223 for more information.

Pilates with Susan!
Mondays, September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th  – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursdays, September 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th  – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For adults ages 18+ only. Need some help improving your posture, increasing your flexibility, or developing your core strength?  Come to the Main Library on Mondays and Thursdays and join in our FREE Pilates exercise class!  Using principles based on the Pilates Method, instructor Susan will guide participants of any age through techniques that will help improve balance, stability, posture, coordination and muscle tone by isolating and working various muscle groups through range of motion exercises.  This is a form of low-impact exercise that is excellent for people looking to start a new exercise regimen.

Our instructor, Susan, taught high school for over 25 years and now uses her teaching skills in Pilates instruction! She is a certified Pilates instructor with 2 years of instructional experience.  You must provide your own yoga mat.  Please also bring a towel, and bottled water.  Wear comfortable clothes that let you stretch and move easily.  Questions?  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Conversational Italian with Santino
Mondays – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Ciao!! Want to learn Italian? Come to our free Conversational Italian group! This weekly conversational class beginning September 9th meets every Monday at 11:00 am and will focus on practical situations. Additionally, you will learn about the customs and culture of Italy.  Registration for the September 9th class includes all following Monday sessions.

Instructor Santino was born in Sicily and came to the US at the age of 12. He was a public school teacher of French and Spanish for several years before starting his Italian program. He taught for 44 years before retiring. After retirement he taught conversational Italian at the Council on Aging and now leads the Conversational group at the Main Library. For more information please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Silent Peace Meditation
Tuesday, September 10th  – 6:15 to 6:45 pm
Meditation teacher, Kathleen Roberts, will open the group with a short breathing exercise and lead us into a silent meditation, where the participants will think peace. Jade Forest and her singing bowls will support the meditation. Ms. Roberts has been leading meditation and psychic development groups for over 10 years. Any questions, call Kathleen at 669-1085. Come join us in sending peace to the world.

Friends of the Main Library Brown Bag Lunch
William and Nancy DuVal: Florida Pioneers – A reenactment with David Fussell and Kathy Kniery
Wednesday, September 11th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Florida Storytellers and reenactors David Fussell and Kathy Kniery will bring to life William P. DuVal and his wife Nancy through a series of stories.  DuVal was the first territorial governor of Florida, succeeding Andrew Jackson, the military governor. William DuVal was born at Mount Comfort, Va., in 1784. At the age of 14, he left home for the Kentucky frontier, settling in Bardstown to study law. In 1822 he moved to Florida, where he was appointed a territorial judge. He served about a month at St. Augustine before President James Monroe appointed him governor of the Florida territory. He later was reappointed by Presidents Adams and Jackson. DuVal’s administration was noted for its peaceful relations with Florida’s Indians and for the establishment of Tallahassee as the territorial capital. (Florida Department of State.)

David Fussell is a fifth generation Florida Cracker who tells yarns and rhythms of Cracker life through personal experiences and learned lore of Florida’s past.  Kathy Kniery spent 30 years as library/media specialist in the Midwest and has retired to St. Augustine.  She’s excited to now be able to focus on her favorite part of her former career – storytelling!

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  For additional information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina
Fridays, September 13th, 20th, and 27th  – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Stretching and deep breathing are two very basic and important things to do when caring for our bodies. Together, both can be healing as well as preventive. Each month we will breathe deeply and gently stretch different parts of our bodies which will unkink the kinks so we can feel better within ourselves. Anyone can attend from the basic beginner to the more advanced. Join us as we STRETCH 4 LIFE! Gina, of Heaven’s Healing, is a licensed massage therapist.

Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

Literary Lions Book Club
“The Last Days of Night” by Graham Moore
Saturday, September 14th – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Join the Literary Lions at their monthly book club on Saturday, September 14th at 10:30 am. This month the topic of discussion is a historical fiction book.  The year is 1888 and George Westinghouse has just been sued by Thomas Edison. Paul Cravath, a lawyer fresh out of Columbia Law School, is hired to represent Westinghouse.  The case has a billion dollar outcome for whoever can answer the question: Who invented the lightbulb?

Contact book club facilitator, Toni Siriani, at toni825@hotmail.com for more information.

The ABCs of SEO: Search Engine Optimization
A SCORE workshop @ the Main Library
Monday, September 16th – 5:30 to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This workshop will cover the basics of the search engine landscape, dispel the many myths of SEO and detail what makes a website perform well on search engines today. Participants will gain a clear understanding of how to successfully rank on the major search engines and increase website visits. Register now at www.jacksonville.score.org

SCORE, a resource partner of the United States Small Business Administration, is an all-volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses.  SCORE is powered by executives and business owners, both working and retired, who generously donate their time and expertise as business mentors.

From Butterflies to Speaking Highs: Improve Your Public Speaking
Tuesday, September 17th – 5:00 to 6:30 pm
This 90 minute presentation is a ‘hands on’ seminar for anyone who is seriously interested in improving their public speaking skills.  Liz will discuss the six steps speakers and presenters use for effective communication.  These 90 minutes will be your own private laboratory to learn how to communicate more effectively throughout your career and your everyday life. For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Liz Trendowski is a small business owner and has done presentations for attorneys, business professionals, and job hunters. She is a member of Toastmasters International and has won many of their speech contests. She has held seminars on communicating extemporaneously (off the cuff) for television anchors, radio show hosts, and business CEOs.  Her book, From Butterflies to Speaking Highs,’ is in its second printing.

Crochet Club
Tuesday, September 24th  – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Crochet Club is for anyone interested in crochet and socializing. Attendees are encourage to bring what they are currently working on as well as projects they may need a little help with. This is a casual group for all skill levels to chat and crochet. Group leader, Tiffany, has been teaching crochet professionally for over 2 years.  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Gypsy Skirt Dance
Wednesday, September 25th   – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Join Gina Marie Newman, Director of Blue Lotus World Dance Co., for a fun dance class designed to teach students lively skirt dancing!

The moves and combinations will be broken down in an easy to follow format. You will be flipping and twirling your fluffy skirt in no time! The class is suitable for beginners. No experience is needed. Bring a full skirt if you have one. Gina will have a few skirts to loan out during the class. Let’s dance! Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

~  ~  OCTOBER Adult Activities 2019 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~   ~ 

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela
Wednesdays, October 2nd and 16thh  – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Join us for a free low-impact Zumba Gold session with Angela.  It’s a fun way to burn fat, reduce stress, and clear your mind.  You can also build endurance and coordination while gaining confidence!  Angela has been doing Zumba for over six years and is a certified Zumba instructor.  She has lost 40 pounds doing Zumba!

Wear comfortable clothes like shorts and also wear sneakers (or socks) that can slide easily on carpet.  Please bring a bottle of water for yourself.  Registration is not required!  This session is free and open to the public. Please call Angela at 904.615.4223 for more information.

Art Critique
Wednesdays, October 2nd and October 16th – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Artists! Are you looking to get honest feedback on your work? Do you suspect your friends and family members are telling you what they think you want to hear instead of what you NEED to hear? Come to the Main Library for an unbiased and honest critique of your work, provided by members of the St. Augustine Art Critique Group.

The purpose of the St Augustine’s Art Critique Group is to help artists learn and improve their skills. Improvement occurs through self-critique and constructive group reflection of paintings participants bring for review. The group began in 1997 by Bill Leonard, one of St Augustine’s renowned artists. The group welcomes artists of all levels and using any medium. This service is free and open to the public.  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Pilates with Susan!
Mondays, October 7th, 14th and 28th  – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursdays, October 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 31st  – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For adults ages 18+ only. Need some help improving your posture, increasing your flexibility, or developing your core strength?  Come to the Main Library on Mondays and Thursdays and join in our FREE Pilates exercise class!  Using principles based on the Pilates Method, instructor Susan will guide participants of any age through techniques that will help improve balance, stability, posture, coordination and muscle tone by isolating and working various muscle groups through range of motion exercises.  This is a form of low-impact exercise that is excellent for people looking to start a new exercise regimen.

Our instructor, Susan, taught high school for over 25 years and now uses her teaching skills in Pilates instruction! She is a certified Pilates instructor with 2 years of instructional experience.  You must provide your own yoga mat.  Please also bring a towel, and bottled water.  Wear comfortable clothes that let you stretch and move easily.  Questions?  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Stories from Central and South America
Saturday, October 5th  – 3:00 to 4:30 pm
Come hear local residents share their stories of life and work as Peace Corps Volunteers. They will speak about challenging, rewarding, and inspirational moments from their time of service.  For more information, contact Christopher Lins, Regional Recruiter and Returned Volunteer with the Northeast Florida/South Georgia Peace Corps East Region at clins@peacecorps.gov. This event is free and open to the public.

The Mainiart Studio presents: Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skull Mask Workshop
Tuesday, October 8th – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Mexico has a long and colorful tradition of celebrating life through art dating back to the Aztec Indians. Cultural artist Irma Reed-Castellanos will walk attendees through decorating their own Dia de Los Muertos sugar skull mask. The use of masks is an ancient tradition that represents the desire of being someone or something else. During celebrations such as Dia de Los Muertos, people wore masks representing the power of warrior, animals, and magicians.

There’s no cost to attend this adult art workshop! Attendance is limited to only 20 participants, so register now by calling 904.827.6940. Funding for this exciting program is provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Silent Peace Meditation
Tuesday, October 8th   – 6:15 to 6:45 pm
Meditation teacher, Kathleen Roberts, will open the group with a short breathing exercise and lead us into a silent meditation, where the participants will think peace. Jade Forest and her singing bowls will support the meditation. Ms. Roberts has been leading meditation and psychic development groups for over 10 years. Any questions, call Kathleen at 669-1085. Come join us in sending peace to the world.

Friends of the Main Library Brown Bag Lunch
Plant-Based Cooking for Two at Home with Chef Warren
Wednesday, October 9th  – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Join Chef Warren as he shows how a plant-based diet is not just a new food fad as he shares dozens of kitchen tips, cooking hints and humorous anecdotes about the joys and challenges of plant-based cooking for two. Chef Warren will explain why the healthiest populations across the globe eat a plant-based diet and how a plant-based diet can include meat, poultry and fish. He will share easy-to-remember guidelines for starting a plant-based diet and will show you that your pantry and fridge are already stocked with the ingredients needed to prepare a host of delicious entrees.

Chef Warren then ends each presentation with a cooking demonstration, preparing a healthy Spring Vegetable Stew that anyone can replicate in their own home in less than 15 minutes.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am.  Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  For additional information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina
Fridays, October 11th, 18th, and 25th  – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Stretching and deep breathing are two very basic and important things to do when caring for our bodies. Together, both can be healing as well as preventive. Each month we will breathe deeply and gently stretch different parts of our bodies which will unkink the kinks so we can feel better within ourselves. Anyone can attend from the basic beginner to the more advanced. Join us as we STRETCH 4 LIFE! Gina, of Heaven’s Healing, is a licensed massage therapist.

Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. No registration is required. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

Literary Lions Book Club
“Arrowsmith” by Sinclair Lewis
Saturday, October 12th  – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Arrowsmith, the most widely read of Sinclair Lewis’s novels, is the incisive portrait of a man passionately devoted to science. As a bright, curious boy in a small Midwestern town, Martin Arrowsmith spends his free time in old Doc Vickerson’s office avidly devouring medical texts. Destined to become a physician and a researcher, he discovers that societal forces of ignorance, greed, and corruption can be as life-threatening as the plague.

Part satire, part morality tale, Lewis’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel illuminates the mystery and power of science while giving enduring life to a singular American hero’s struggle for integrity and intellectual freedom in a small-minded world. Contact Book Club Facilitator, Toni Siriani, at toni825@hotmail.com for more information.

Conquer Cravings & Emotional Eating workshop part 2
Monday, October 21st – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us to discover how sugar & processed food affects your body.  We will cover:

– Why we have cravings,
– Your triggers and emotions,
– Mindset & mindfulness,
– And techniques to curb cravings.

It is not necessary for you to have attended the Part 1 session in August to register for this session.  Presented by Kim Hynes, MBA, CIHC of WellSpring Counseling and Health. Kim has an MBA and is certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has a Gut Specialist certification.  Seating is limited to register now!  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Crochet Club
Tuesday, October 22nd – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Crochet Club is for anyone interested in crochet and socializing. Attendees are encourage to bring what they are currently working on as well as projects they may need a little help with. This is a casual group for all skill levels to chat and crochet. Group leader, Tiffany, has been teaching crochet professionally for over 2 years.  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Gypsy Skirt Dance
Wednesday, October 23rd  – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Join Gina Marie Newman, Director of Blue Lotus World Dance Co., for a fun dance class designed to teach students lively skirt dancing!  The moves and combinations will be broken down in an easy to follow format. You will be flipping and twirling your fluffy skirt in no time! The class is suitable for beginners. No experience is needed. Bring a full skirt if you have one. Gina will have a few skirts to loan out during the class. Let’s dance! Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Tale Tellers Present: Haunting Stories for Halloween
Wednesday, October 23rd – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
Ages 18+.  Are you thrilled by things that go bump in the night?  Come for some mysterious tales of the supernatural – both ghostly and ghastly! Storytellers take you into the secret realm of spirits, witches, and worse.

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine practices the craft of storytelling as artful entertainment. This program is intended for adults. To learn more about Tale Tellers please visit www.taletellers.org.  Registration is not required.  This event is free and open to the public. Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.