Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (August & September 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 – for Medicare benefits counselors from S.H.I.N.E.  –  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.

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

Pilates with Susan!
Mondays, August 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursdays, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

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.  Please bring a yoga mat, a towel, and bottled water.  Wear comfortable clothes that let you stretch and move easily.  Registration is not required!  Questions?  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Stories from Africa
Tuesday, August 6th – 5:30 to 7:00 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. Attendees can ask questions about service through a mix and mingle after the event. For more information, contact Christopher Lin, 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.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela
Wednesdays, August 7th and 21st   – 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 the Main Library at 904-827-6940 for more information.

 Silent Peace Meditation
Tuesday, August 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.

Conquer Cravings & Emotional Eating workshop
Wednesday, August 14th – 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.

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.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina
Friday, August 23rd  – 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.

Bellydance with Liz!
Saturday, August 24th – 10:30 to 11:30 am
REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
Explore the ancient art of Middle Eastern Bellydance with instructor Liz Boyett of St. Augustine Bellydance. This Bellydance Basics class will focus on understanding beginner technique and creative expression. No previous dance experience is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and bring water. Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information or to register.

Crochet Club
Tuesday, August 27th – 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, August 28th  – 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.

Adult Craft – Seed Bombs
Wednesday, August 28th – 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.

 ~   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.

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.