Main Library-Events for Adults

The Libraries will be closed through at least March 29th and all events during that time have been cancelled.

Note – St. Johns County Main Library Adds Additional Hours

The St. Johns County Public Library System is extending the Main Branch Library hours in an effort to address local needs. Beginning January 6, 2020, the Main Branch Library hours will be as follows: • Monday and Tuesday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. • Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. • Saturday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. • Sunday: Closed For more information regarding this change, please contact the Main Branch Library at 904.827.6940.

Friends of the Librar (March & April 2020 Adult Events @ the Main Library – scroll down)     St Augustine Main Library  

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.

 ~   MARCH   Adult Activities 2020 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~ 

Living with Aging Group Discussion
Mondays, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th – 2:30 to 3:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Ages 65+. Like the saying goes, ‘getting old ain’t for wimps.’ Come to this free, 3-week small group discussion led by therapist Jan Felixon, LCSW and counselor Dr. Sheri Wallace. They’ll guide the discussion covering various emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that crop up as we age. Share your concerns and questions with the group and learn how to maintain good health. These discussions are developed specifically for those ages 65 and older. The group will meet once a week for three consecutive weeks. The group will meet Mondays, March 2nd, 9th, and 16th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm.  Registration for the first day will include registration for the two following dates.

Jan Felixson has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Augustine since 1990. Dr. Sheri Wallace earned her PHD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida in 1992 and holds a Florida license as a Mental Health Counselor since 1993. There are only 12 seats available, so register now! Please register for all three dates. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Creating your Family Stories – Part 1: Finding Family Stories with David Fussell and Kathy Kniery

Tuesday, March 3rd – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Have you been working on your genealogy or family history? Come to a free workshop to learn how to turn your research into riveting stories that other family members will want to hear. This workshop is designed to help participants find, define, and tell their stories. Discover how to speak the stories of those who came before in such a way that preserves their memories and generates interest for coming generations. Part 2, Crafting Your Family Story, will be held on April 7th. Part 3, Making Family Lore Come to Life, will be held on May 5th.

David Fussell is a fifth generation Floridian mixed with fifth generation southern Georgians. He has studied genealogy and storytelling and his passion is to save the stories of the past for generations to come. Kathy Kniery is a retired educator who learned early in her career that the power of story can help students understand the past, present, and future. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, March 4th and 18th – 9:30 to 10:30 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.

Natural Ways to Fight Inflammation

Wednesday, March 4th – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Registration Required. Inflammation is a necessary process in our bodies, but we know having too much inflammation can cause health issues. In this session you will learn: how specific foods affect inflammation levels in our guts, minds, and bodies; how stress affects inflammation levels; and how your environment can affect the inflammation in your body. Space is limited- register today! Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Presented by Kim Hynes, MBA, CHC of Wellspring Counseling and Health. Kim has an MBA and is certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has a Gut Specialist certification. As a certified nutritional health coach, Kim also uses her MBA and teaching/coaching background to help her clients change their eating and lifestyle habits to lose weight, reduce stress, reduce symptoms, increase energy and sleep better.  She educates clients on how food and habits affect their mind, body, hormones, gut and overall health. She helps her clients overcome their obstacles to getting healthy with small steps that lead to long term, sustainable change.

Art Critique
Wednesdays, March 4th and 18th – 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!

Thursdays, March 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th – 9:00 to 10:00 am

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.

Silent Peace Meditation

Monday, March 9th – 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 20 years. Any questions, call Kathleen at 669-1085. Come join us in sending peace to the world.

The Hat as Art

Tuesday, March 10th – 2:00 to 3:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Adult presentation. Hat fashions, head coverings, and protection are both functional and creative.  Hollywood made signature toppers famous.  Join us in an informative and entertaining focus of art from the neck up.  Jean ties in cultural influences to folklore and contemporary styles. (Did one trend endanger birds in North America?) Bring or wear YOUR favorite hat or cap and share its story!

Jean is a Certified New York State art educator with over 30 years’ classroom, community, and college presentations of art and historical topics. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine

Brown Bag Lunch: Drying Up: The Fresh Water Crisis in Florida with author John M. Dunn

Wednesday, March 11th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  America’s wettest state is running out of water. Florida–with its swamps, lakes, extensive coastlines, and legions of life-giving springs–faces a drinking water crisis. Drying Up is a wake-up call and a hard look at what the future holds for those who call Florida home. Come hear author John M. Dunn talk about what has been done to our water and what we can still do.

John M. Dunn is an Ocala, Florida-based freelance, writer, journalist and author. He has published over 350 articles for more than twenty periodicals. The New York Public Library recognized the first edition of Dunn’s book on the removal of North America Indians in its Books for the Teenage List; the second edition received a stared review from the School Library Journal in May 2006. The Pennsylvania State Library Association included Dunn’s book on computers in its “Young Adult Top Forty Nonfiction 2002 Titles.” In addition, The Barahoma Center of California State University San Marcos features his book on Castro in its list of “Recommended Books in English about Latinos.” He has also been profiled in Something About the Author.

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.

Literary Lions Book Club: The Hamilton Affair by Elizabeth Cobbs
Saturday, March 14th – 10:30 – 11:30 am
Set against the dramatic backdrop of the American Revolution, and featuring a cast of iconic characters such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and the Marquis de Lafayette, The Hamilton Affair tells the sweeping, tumultuous, true love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler, from tremulous beginning to bittersweet ending his at a dueling ground on the shores of the Hudson River, hers more than half a century later after a brave, successful life.

Contact Book Club Facilitator, Toni Siriani, at toni825@hotmail.com for more information.

Friends of the Main Library Book Sale

  1. Special Preview Sale for Members of the Friends of the Main Library

Friday, March 13th – 3:00 to 5:00 pm
The preview sale, 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm on Friday, is reserved for members of the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Membership in Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine will be for sale at the door and covers admittance to preview sales for a year. Scanners are allowed only during public book sale hours.

  1. Public Sale
    Saturday, March 14th – 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and
    Monday, March 16th – 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
    Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine Book Sales offer all sorts of books including fiction, cook books, self-help, travel, business, reference and children’s books and features a large selection of special books. Everything for sale comes from community donations or materials removed from library holdings. Sale prices are $1 each for hardback books, 50 cents each for softcover books, and children’s books at 10 to 25 cents each. Select special books are $3.00 and up. The Friends of the Library hold book sales frequently to raise funds and to promote membership. All book sale proceeds support the Main Library’s needs. For more information call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.
  2. Bag Sale Clearance
    Tuesday, March 17th – 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Come the last day of the sale and help us clear off the tables! During the bag sale, customers can fill a paper grocery bag with books for $4.00 per bag or get any book for half off. We provide the paper bags.

Legal Issues for Entrepreneurs: A SCORE workshop
Monday, March 16th – 5:30 to 7:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  All entrepreneurs need to understand the legal implications of being in business. From finding and working with an attorney, selecting the most appropriate legal structure, best employment practices, contracts, leases, intellectual property rights, adhering to federal/state regulations – even estate planning. Here’s your opportunity to learn how to avoid the pitfalls.

SCORE is an all-volunteer, non-profit association dedicated to entrepreneur education and the formation, growth, and success of small businesses. SCORE is a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Founded in 1964, SCORE has over 350 chapters and 13,000 volunteers throughout the United States. SCORE is powered by executives and business owners, both working and retired, who generously donate their time and expertise as business mentors. Seats are limited! Register now at www.jacksonville.score.org.

Mainiart Studio: Watercolor Egret with Diane

Tuesday, March 17th – 2:00 to 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting but didn’t know where to start? Join us as local artist Diane Wallace walks attendees through painting their own watercolor masterpiece of an egret.

There’s no cost to attend this adult art workshop! All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Attendance is limited to only 16 participants, so register now! Questions? Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine: World/Global Storytelling Day

Wednesday, March 18th – 2:30 to 4:00 pm

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine will be at the Main Library to celebrate World/Global Storytelling Day. This is an international event held near or on the spring equinox. Storytellers gather to share stories and celebrate the coming of spring. The Tale Tellers’ storytellers will be performing a variety of multi-cultural stories with audience participation to welcome the new season of spring and to celebrate storytelling.

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.

Wildflower Healthcare Educational Series

Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Saturday, March 21st – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Did you know that colorectal cancer is the number two cancer killer in the United States, and yet it is one of the most preventable? Colorectal cancer can not only be detected, but prevented through regular screening. It’s estimated that more than 50,000 people will die from colorectal cancer this year. Over half of those lives could have been saved through routine screening, yet one in three adults has never had it done. That’s over 23 million Americans. Please join us for this interactive program to learn more about colorectal cancer, including the risk factors, lifestyle factors that could decrease your risk, signs and symptoms, and how regular screening can not only detect, but halt the progression of colorectal cancer. Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 to register.

The presenter is Robin Gren, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has served as a health educator and healthy living coach, for the past twenty-five years. Robin is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Wildflower Healthcare. As part of our Healthcare Series, Robin will provide education on a different health-related topic each month. Please join us for a fun and interactive program, designed to help you better understand how to keep yourself and your family healthy.

For more than 24 years, Wildflower Healthcare has been changing lives in St. Johns County by providing free medical and dental services to those who would go without. Every day, they offer such crucial care as diagnostics, women’s health, cardiology, primary care, audiology, dermatology and mental health, as well as dental exams, hygiene, extractions, and fillings to St. Johns County residents who are 18 years or older and meet federal income guidelines. For information about the clinic and services, call (904) 829-1962 or visit www.wildflowerhealthcare.org.

Hands-Only CPR class
Tuesday, March 24th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. The Main Library is proud to host Greta McKinnon-Hall from St. Johns County Fire Rescue who will conduct a free hands-only CPR training class.  We are pleased to support the American Heart Association and its important mission to increase survival from cardiac arrest.  We’re asking members of our community to come and join us to learn the lifesaving skills of Hands-Only CPR.  Class size is limited.  Please call 904.209.1733 or email PADCoordinator@sjcfl.us to register or if you have any questions.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, March 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.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman

Wednesday, March 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 increase flexibility and burn extra calories! Gina will break down the moves of American Tribal Dance® to create easy to follow combinations while we get fit and have fun!

American Tribal Dance® is a fusion of Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern and North African movements. Please wear comfortable exercise wear and bring water. All levels welcome!

S.H.I.N.E. Senior Health Insurance Assistance
Wednesday, March 25th – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – by appointment only
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.

The Birds Around Us
Monday, March 30th – 5:30 to 6:45 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Can you tell the difference between a Semipalmated Plover and a Pileated Woodpecker?  Come to this free workshop to learn some general information about birds, such as habitat and taxonomy, as well as the details of local species. What do they eat?  Where do they live?  Where are the best birding hotspots in St. Johns County?  Learn all this and more!

Presenter Sue Killeen is a member of the St. Johns County Audubon Society.

Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

 ~   APRIL   Adult Activities 2020 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~ 

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, April 1st and 15th – 9:30 to 10:30 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, April 1st and 15th – 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, April 20th and 27th – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th – 9:00 to 10:00 am

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!
Thursdays, starting April 2nd – 9:00 to 10:00 am

REGISTRATION REQUIRED.  Ciao!! Want to learn Italian? Come to our free Conversational Italian group! This weekly conversational class beginning April 2nd meets most Thursdays at 9:00 am and will focus on practical situations. Additionally, you will learn about the customs and culture of Italy.  Registration for the April 2nd class includes all following Thursday sessions. Spaces for these groups fill up quickly, so please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 to register.

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 wildly popular Conversational group at the Main Library.

Living with Aging Group Discussion
Mondays, April 6th, 13th, and 20th – 2:30 to 3:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Ages 65+. Like the saying goes, ‘getting old ain’t for wimps.’ Come to this free, 3-week small group discussion led by therapist Jan Felixon, LCSW and counselor Dr. Sheri Wallace. They’ll guide the discussion covering various emotional, physical, and spiritual issues that crop up as we age. Share your concerns and questions with the group and learn how to maintain good health. These discussions are developed specifically for those ages 65 and older. The group will meet once a week for three consecutive weeks. The group will meet Mondays, April 6th, 13th, and 20th.  Registration for the first day will include registration for the two following dates.

Jan Felixson has been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Augustine since 1990. Dr. Sheri Wallace earned her PHD in Counselor Education from the University of Florida in 1992 and holds a Florida license as a Mental Health Counselor since 1993. There are only 12 seats available, so register now! Please register for all three dates. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Wildflower Healthcare Educational Series

Immunizations: Facts vs. Myths

Monday, April 6th – 5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. There are many concerns swirling around about immunizations. Do you fear an immunization might actually make you sick, have some terrible side effect, be too painful, or simply not be safe? During this interactive program, we will answer some of your biggest questions about immunizations and their effectiveness versus safety. Spaces are limited, so register now! Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 to register.

The presenter is Robin Gren, a Registered Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator. She has served as a health educator and healthy living coach, for the past twenty-five years. Robin is currently the Outreach Coordinator for Wildflower Healthcare. As part of our Healthcare Series, Robin will provide education on a different health-related topic each month. Please join us for a fun and interactive program, designed to help you better understand how to keep yourself and your family healthy.

For more than 24 years, Wildflower Healthcare has been changing lives in St. Johns County by providing free medical and dental services to those who would go without. Every day, they offer such crucial care as diagnostics, women’s health, cardiology, primary care, audiology, dermatology and mental health, as well as dental exams, hygiene, extractions, and fillings to St. Johns County residents who are 18 years or older and meet federal income guidelines. For information about the clinic and services, call (904) 829-1962 or visit www.wildflowerhealthcare.org.

Creating your Family Stories – Part 2: Crafting Your Family Story

with David Fussell and Kathy Kniery

Tuesday, April 7th – 1:00 to 3:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Have you been working on your genealogy or family history? Come to a free workshop to learn how to turn your research into riveting stories that other family members will want to hear. This workshop is designed to help participants find, define, and tell their stories. Discover how to speak the stories of those who came before in such a way that preserves their memories and generates interest for coming generations. Part 3, Making Family Lore Come to Life, will be held on May 5th.

David Fussell is a fifth generation Floridian mixed with fifth generation southern Georgians. He has studied genealogy and storytelling and his passion is to save the stories of the past for generations to come. Kathy Kniery is a retired educator who learned early in her career that the power of story can help students understand the past, present, and future. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: Letters from the Creek

Presented by Deborah Dickey

Wednesday, April 8th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Rawlings’ letters from her beloved farm at Cross Creek reveal the author’s perspective on her celebrity after winning the Pulitzer Prize for her novel The Yearling, her growing struggle with creative insecurities, and her search for an abiding home. “It seems to me,” Rawlings once wrote, “that I want one of two things: roots in the earth, a home life that radiates from that earth; or an absolutely gypsy-like existence, without ties without dogs or cats or material belongings.” This presentation draws upon the correspondence of the author and particularly the letters between Rawlings and her husband Norton S. Baskin housed at the Rawlings’ Archive at the University of Florida.

Presenter Deborah Dickey is a freelance director and playwright who is currently a member of the Board of Directors of A Classic Theatre, Inc. In 2018 she was one of the recipients of a Rowita Award honoring women for achievement in the arts in St. Johns County. Her recent directing credits include Ripcord, For the Love of Shakespeare at A Classic Theatre and Intimate Apparel, Me and Jezebel and The Odd Couple at Actors Warehouse (Gainesville).

Deborah’s musical play, Sweet Emmaline: The Musical Journey of Debbie McDade, premiered at ACT in the spring of 2016. In addition, her play Threads of Silver and Gold: Women of the Panama Canal, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal, was produced by ACT and premiered in the Republic of Panama in the summer of 2016 as a fundraiser for the Márcia L. Henry Foundation. In 2012, her play Cross Roads: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and Norton S. Baskin in Unguarded Moments was presented by ACT in its premier production at Flagler College. Her other local directing credits include Is Life Worth Living? and My Friend Zelma both for ACT.

Deborah was a member of the University of Arizona’s Theatre Studies and Directing faculty and has directed in professional and educational theatre for over 30 years. Some of her professional directing credits include Molly Sweeney, Steel Magnolias, and a production of David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre which was invited to perform at the International Conference on American Theatre and Drama in Malaga, Spain.

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.

Adult Craft – Seed Bombs

Wednesday, April 8th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Seed bombs are a creative way to distribute plant seeds to areas that need some love. Come learn how to make a seed bomb out of clay, seeds, and other materials. You’ll be able to make several – one for you and some to give to friends! Instructor AyoLane Halusky, a Naturalist with the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation department, will teach you not just how to make the seeds bombs, but will also share how plants spread their own seeds and how they travel.

Seeds and materials are provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  The class is limited to 25 participants, so register now!  Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Literary Lions Book Club: The Perfect Girl by Gilly Macmillan
Saturday, April 11th – 10:30 to 11:30 am
Zoe Maisey, a seventeen-year-old musical prodigy with a genius IQ, is starting her life over after a tragic incident three years ago which left three of her classmates dead. Her mother, Maria, has resolved to keep that information tucked far away, hiding the past even from her new husband and demanding that Zoe do the same. Tonight Zoe is giving a recital that Maria has been planning for months. It needs to be the performance of Zoe’s life. But instead, by the end of the evening, Maria is dead. In the aftermath, everyone — the police, family, Zoe’s former solicitor, and Zoe herself — tries to piece together what happened. But as Zoe knows all too well, the truth is rarely straightforward, and the closer we are to someone, the less we may see.

Contact Book Club Facilitator, Toni Siriani, at toni825@hotmail.com for more information.

Silent Peace Meditation

Monday, April 13th – 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.

904 Naturalist Series – Exploring the Life of Plants and Trees
Classroom Sessions at the Main Library – Wednesdays, April 15th, 22nd, and Monday, May 4th – 3:00 to 6:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. The 904 Naturalist program is a four part series, each part consisting of three consecutive weeks of research and adventure. Three classroom sessions will take place at the Main Library, and three field trips will be at local area parks for hands-on instruction. If you have wanted to deepen your connection with our local natural environment, this series is the first step.

During the plants sessions you will research 10 native plants and trees in their habitats. Learning about plants and the habitats they live in is important to understand the ecology of the area and how the fine-tuned system works together.

For this series you must be able to provide your own transportation. You must be able to attend all six classes in each section. This program is free and is open to adults ages 18 and older. Registration for all four sections is recommended, but not necessary. This program is offered as a result of a collaboration between the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation and the St. Johns County Public Library System. Some supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Interested? Find out more information and register by contacting Park Naturalist AyoLane Halusky at ahalusky@sjcfl.us or 904.209.0348.  Spaces are extremely limited, so sign up now!

Healthy Living for the Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

Friday, April 17th – 9:30 to 10:30 am

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how lifestyle choices may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support, and research. Their mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. For more information, please call 1-800-272-3900.

S.H.I.N.E. Senior Health Insurance Assistance
Friday, April 17th – 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – by appointment only
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.

Plants at Fort Matanzas

Friday, April 17th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Registration required. Fort Matanzas is well known as the National Monument that helped protect St. Augustine for hundreds of years when it was an active fort for the Spanish military. What you might not realize is that Fort Matanzas is just a small part of the 300 acre park and this area is a mosaic of natural habitats. Working together, the maritime forest, the dune, scrub, and salt marsh ecosystems are able to provide food and shelter for a myriad variety of plants and animals. Kurt Foote, the Natural Resource Management Specialist of Fort Matanzas, will be joining us for a presentation on the plants that can be found in this area. Space is limited, so register now! Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Kurt has been with the National Park Service for 25 years and has worked in national parks in Arizona, Oklahoma, Mississippi, and now Florida (for the past 10 years). He graduated from the University of Illinois with a degree in Ecology and served in the Peace Corps in Senegal before joining the NPS.

Your Gut is Smarter Than You Think
Monday, April 20th – 2:00 to 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. All organs and systems of the body rely on the health of the digestive tract. Without REAL food to sustain them, the cells – and ultimately, the organs and glands – are unable to function. In fact, 75% of the cells necessary for the immune system to function effectively are connected to the gastrointestinal tract! And that means a high-functioning digestive system is key to health and quality of life.

Join experienced healthcare practitioners, Marian Thompson, Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and Karen Ball, Nationally Board Certified Reflexologist, for a free presentation to learn simple ways to reduce the impact of stress on your digestive system. Discover how easy it can be to make wise food choices in the care of your digestive system, and learn simple self-care practices, including reflexology techniques to relax and support a smooth operation of your ‘second brain’. Please call the Main Library at 904.824.6940 for more information.

Dr. Penney Presents: Why Are We So Smart?

Tuesday, April 21st – 1:30 to 3:30 pm

Why are humans so smart? It is a major mystery. Why are we the only species that uses conceptual language and can verbalize complex, organized sounds we call speech? All of these remarkable capabilities appear to have developed quite recently. Did this happen because of a number of fortuitous accidents? It seems unlikely our past experiences as hunter-gatherers on the savanna, in forests, and caves would have forced our brains to evolve such that we can conceive of complex and abstract concepts of our present world, such as sub-atomic particles, computer code, rockets, and opera. While many animal species make sounds to communicate (whales, chimpanzees, birds), they cannot be said to be using true language. The ability to name objects, describe how they will be handled, etc., and to be able to consider subtleties in such concepts appears to belong only to the species Homo sapiens. This presentation will review various theories as to how this came about.

Dr. Penney is a retired medical school professor of physiology and biochemistry. During the past 7-8 years he has given dozens of presentations to school groups, libraries, and astronomy societies on science, history, astronomy, biology, paleontology, etc.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman

Wednesday, April 22nd – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Join Gina Marie Newman, Director of Blue Lotus World Dance Co., for a fun dance class designed to increase flexibility and burn extra calories! Gina will break down the moves of American Tribal Dance® to create easy to follow combinations while we get fit and have fun!

American Tribal Dance® is a fusion of Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern and North African movements. Please wear comfortable exercise wear and bring water. All levels welcome!

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina
Friday, April 24th – 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.

Easy Seated Stretching with Gina Marie
Tuesday, April 28th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Easy Seated Stretching is a unique class using a chair, your breath and your body, and is specifically designed for releasing everyday tension and stress. It is an entire body workout. Everyone at any level is welcome!

Gina Marie, of Heaven’s Healing, is a licensed Massage Therapist, Stretch & Flexibility instructor, and Stress Relief Coach for over 20 years. No registration is required. For more information, please call the library at 904.827.6940.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, April 28th – 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.

SAT/PSAT Test Preparation
Tuesday, April 28th – 4:00 to 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Are you planning on taking the PSAT or SAT? Come join us for a free presentation on how to earn high scores on these exams. Parents are welcome to attend.

Presenter Brett Hancock has been both a Florida certified teacher and a PSAT & SAT instructor for that last 25+ years. He has served in St. Johns & Putnam counties for 6+ years. For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

AARP Tax Aides

AARP Tax Aides will be at the Main Library on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays until April 13th to assist taxpayers of all ages and income levels. The tax help at the Main Library is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call the library at 904-827-6940 to make an appointment.