Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (December and January activities listed – 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

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Tips for High Scores on the SAT/PSAT

Tuesday, December 4th    – 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Getting ready to take the SAT or PSAT? Come learn important tips about what you can do to get the highest score possible on these exams!

Instructor Brett Hancock has been a teacher for 21 years and an instructor of SATs for 20+ years. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, December 5th and 19th    – 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.

Marlene’s Senior Stretching
Thursdays, December 6th, 13th, and20th   – 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

According to the National Institute of Health, only 30% of people ages 45-64 say they engage in regular physical activity, and only 15% of people ages 64-74 do the same.  If you’re not in the right percentage now, there’s no more excuses.  Come to the Main Library every Thursday at 12:30 for free flexibility exercises tailored to senior citizens.  These stretching exercises will help your freedom of movement for tasks such as tying your shoes or looking over your shoulder when you back your car out of a parking spot.

Instructor Marlene is 75 years young and leads these classes as much for her benefit as for yours!  No registration required. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water.  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Adult Craft: Holiday Cork Ornaments
Friday, December 7th – Two Sessions – 10:00 to 10:45 am or 11:00 to 11:45 am

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Join us Friday, December 7th @ 10 am or 11 am for this fun holiday adult craft program! Choose from five holiday ornament cork designs including Santa, Angel, Owl, Snowman and Mouse. Reserve your space at one of these two programs now!

Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 if you have any questions. Craft supplies provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Literary Lions Book Club – The Girls of Atomic City
Saturday, December 8th   – 10:30 to 11:30 am

At the height of WWII, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, was home to 75,000 residents, consuming more electricity than New York City. But to most of the world, the town did not exist. Thousands of civilians—many of them young women from small towns across the South—were recruited to this secret city, enticed by solid wages and the promise of war-ending work. Kept very much in the dark, few would ever guess the true nature of the tasks they performed each day in the hulking factories in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains. That is, until the end of the war—when Oak Ridge’s secret was revealed. Drawing on the voices of the women who lived it—women who are now in their eighties and nineties— The Girls of Atomic City rescues a remarkable, forgotten chapter of American history from obscurity.

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

Go For Your Goals!: Why we set them, how to set them correction, and how to avoid pitfalls & traps

Monday, December 10th – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

Do you have your 2019 Resolutions decided yet?  Taking charge of your results in your life starts with setting goals for what you want to achieve! Yet only 8% of people who make New Year’s Resolutions actually achieve them.  That’s a 92% failure rate!  Similar statistics hold true for setting goals.  These failures could be that people don’t know how to achieve their goals, or they may not have processes in place, or they run into roadblocks and give up.  Don’t let your dreams stall out!

In this free session, you’ll learn:

  • The biggest payoff you’ll get by setting and achieving goals,
  • Proven techniques for setting goals,
  • How to avoid the traps that prevent you from achieving your goals.

Presenter Jodi Santangelo-Ash is a Certified Canfield Success Coach and is passionate about empowering people with the right tools to get from where they are now to where they want to be.

Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904-827-6940.

Ancient City Astronomy Club Presents: The Christmas Star
Tuesday, December 11th – 4:00 to 5:00 pm

Join us for a special holiday presentation from the Ancient City Astronomy Club!  Vice-President of the club, Rod Paul, will give a historical and astronomical perspective about the Christmas Star based on clues found in the Bible.  He will discuss who the Three Wise Men were and the star they followed.  He will also talk about what year Jesus would have been born in and why the nativity is celebrated on December 25th.  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 if you have questions.

Rod Paul, now retired, had a 35 year career as a science teacher in Pennsylvania.  He taught Earth and Space Science, Physical Science, Geology, and Astronomy.  He has a Masters Degree and taught college level Astronomy.

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, December 11th    – 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.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, December 14th and 21st   – 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.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, December 18th   – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

PLEASE RSVP.  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.  Our table is big, but seating is limited, so please register and reserve a seat! For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

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Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, January 2nd and 16th   – 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.

Marlene’s Senior Stretching
Thursdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, and 31st – 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
According to the National Institute of Health, only 30% of people ages 45-64 say they engage in regular physical activity, and only 15% of people ages 64-74 do the same.  If you’re not in the right percentage now, there’s no more excuses.  Come to the Main Library every Thursday at 12:30 for free flexibility exercises tailored to senior citizens.  These stretching exercises will help your freedom of movement for tasks such as tying your shoes or looking over your shoulder when you back your car out of a parking spot.

Instructor Marlene is 75 years young and leads these classes as much for her benefit as for yours!  No registration required. Please wear comfortable clothes and bring a bottle of water.  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Bellydance with Liz!
Saturday, January 5th – 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.

Holistic Investing: Investing in Uncertain Times
Monday, January 7thh – 5:30 to 6:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Which stocks might be able to overcome a strong dollar, a weakening Euro, as well as Fed and tariff issues in 2019? Answer: MADE IN AMERICA!! Joe Ippolito is the author of Holistic Investing in a Risk Averse World. He is a registered investment advisor with over 20 years of experience and has appeared in Barrons and The New York Times. Please call the Main Library at 827-6940 to register.

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, January 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.

Science Lecture Series with Dr. Penney: Florida During the Late Pleistocene
Wednesday, January 9th – 4:00 to 6:00 pm

Paleopeoples in southeast North America invented cutting edge tools in order to compete with daunting super-predators such as Smilodon (Sabre-Tooth cat), Dire Wolves, and Cave Bears. Dr. Penney will explore the habitat and geographic changes that took place with the melting of the continental glaciers, rising sea level, and the change from a cool, dry, low herbal landscape, to one of warmer, moister forests and grasslands in Florida. During this time from 15,000 to 10,000 years ago, over 70 species, some very large mammals, became extinct. Many scientists believe the explanation that it occurred because humans arrived is too simple.

David G. Penney is a retired medical school professor of physiology and biochemistry. Resident of St. Augustine. His professional specialty is in toxicology. 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. He is a member of the Ancient City Astronomy Club. His talks here are a public outreach of that organization. Please contact the Main Library at 904.827.6940 with any questions.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, January 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.

Living with Snakes & Gators
Friday, January 11th – 1:30 to 2:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Snakes and alligators are found all throughout the state of Florida, and may even be in your back yard. Learn about the various species of snakes we have in our area, unique characteristics of both snakes and alligators, as well as how to live with these amazing native neighbors. Presented by St. Johns County Naturalist Kelly Ussia. This is a family-friendly program. To register or for more information please call Kelly at 904.209.0335.

Marking History with St. Augustine’s Waterworks Building

Saturday, January 12th – 12:30 am – 2:00 pm
Ever wonder about the old brick building next to the Main Library and the carousel? Come learn about its history as the city’s first water works pumping station, as well as recent construction work undertaken to stabilize, rehabilitate, and restore significant building features. Jenny Wolfe, the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of St. Augustine, will give a presentation on this 1898 building at the Main Library and then guide attendees on a tour of the building. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes appropriate for the tour as the Waterworks building is still under construction and is not air conditioned.

Construction work has been partially funded by Florida Bureau of Historic Preservation grants with matching funds provided by the City of St. Augustine as the property owner. Additional grant funds are being sought to continue work while the City considers potential future uses for the building. For more information about the Waterworks building, please contact Jenny Wolfe at 904.209.5326 or jwolfe@citystaug.com.

 

Non-Profit Lunch’n’Learn: Using the library’s ReferenceUSA database to find new donors

Monday, January 14th – 12:00 to 1:30 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Are you a non-profit organization who relies on grants and donors to keep your doors open? Are you always looking for new ways to find potential revenue sources? Come to this free session on how to use a powerful tool offered by the library: ReferenceUSA. This is an online directory that includes over 260 million business and residential information records. You can develop customized lists based on type of business, location, size, and other key criteria; create customer and donor lists based on location, lifestyle interests, and more; locate and research companies you want to work for. With your library card, just log into the free database 24/7, and high-quality data can be printed, emailed, or downloaded almost instantly. Free lunch (pizza!) will be provided to attendees courtesy of ReferenceUSA. Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

SCORE Workshop: How to use the library’s free resources to grow your business
Monday, January 14th – 5:30 to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. SCORE, in partnership with the St. Johns County Public Library System invites all St Johns County residents to a FREE Workshop – “How to use free library resources to grow your business.”

Did you know your library card gives you FREE access to ReferenceUSA, a powerful online reference and research tool providing instant, real-time access to accurate, in-depth information on U.S. businesses and U.S. residents. In this session, you will learn how to: access ReferenceUSA with your library card, identify new sales prospects, create customized business & consumer marketing lists, identify key business contacts, locate home-based businesses, find businesses with web addresses, define delivery routes, gather competitive business intelligence, identify major industry groups, and much, much more!

Presenter Bill Carlson has been with the InfoGroup|Reference Division since April 2008. His current territory covers Alabama, Florida and Georgia. Responsibilities include ensuring that Public Libraries that provide ReferenceUSA to their patrons are getting the most from their subscription. Bill’s presentations are always lively and entertaining. Prior to joining infoGroup, Bill managed a team of more than 20 sales people at a publicly traded company, where he stressed the value of providing world-class customer service.

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.

Appreciating Art with Jean – America the Beautiful: Landscapes in Art

Tuesday, January 15th – 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Join us for a free art appreciation lecture by a visiting New York State art educator. Revisit images of pristine 19th-century landscapes through the artists who worked to establish, preserve, and protect State and National Parks for future generations to enjoy. Idyllic settings encouraged people and nature to coexist and find relief from encroaching urbanization. Sacred Native American sites were set aside in respect for indigenous culture. The original 1893 song lyrics by Katharine Lee Bates will be illustrated with artwork from Thomas Cole, Winslow Homer, Ansel Adams, and others.

Presenter Jean Serusa is a certified NYS Art Educator with over 30 years teaching in classroom and community organizations such as Erie County Seniors and museum education.  Jean’s well-researched topics dive into the times and events which influence artists’ lives and their expressions, proving that history can be entertaining and culturally enlightening! She will be lecturing on American Landscape artists at 1:00 pm and the Statute of Liberty at 2:15. Come for one or both lectures! Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Appreciating Art with Jean – Yearning to Breathe Free: The Statue of Liberty

Tuesday, January 15th – 2:15 to 3:15 pm
Join us for a free art appreciation lecture by a visiting New York State art educator. The Statue of Liberty is a 151-foot-tall copper sculpture created by French artists as a gift to America to celebrate the centennial of the Declaration of Independence. It is the iconic subject of many works of art, as well as a welcoming destination for thousands of immigrants arriving on U.S. shores for over 100 years. The statue still stands as a symbol and tourist must-see work of art.

Presenter Jean Serusa is a certified NYS Art Educator with over 30 years teaching in classroom and community organizations such as Erie County Seniors and museum education.  Jean’s well-researched topics dive into the times and events which influence artists’ lives and their expressions, proving that history can be entertaining and culturally enlightening! She will be lecturing on American Landscape artists at 1:00 pm and the Statute of Liberty at 2:15. Come for one or both lectures! Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6945.

The 904 Naturalist – Exploring the Life of Mammals, Classroom Sessions
Wednesdays, January 16th, 23rd, and 30th – 12:30 to 4:00 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, the rest will be at local area parks for hands-on instruction. This is your opportunity to Imagine, Challenge, Create, and Explore the natural wonders of the environment that surrounds us. You will learn to expand your human senses and develop research techniques to explore and connect with the natural world beyond the field guides and the nature shows. If you have wanted to deepen your connection with our local natural environment, this series is the first step.

January 2019 – Exploring the life of Mammals
February 2019 – Exploring the Circle of Place
March 2019 – Exploring the life of Birds
April 2019 – Exploring the life of Plants

In Exploring the Life of Mammals, we will get to know six different mammals indigenous to Northeast Florida both in and out of the classroom. Be prepared to write, draw, envision, and possibly track an animal of your choice, in your own way. To reveal the story of an animal’s life you will need to learn the first written language left behind by its creator.

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. Classes and field trips will take place on both weekday afternoons and weekend mornings, and maybe weekday mornings. This program is offered as a result of an inter-agency collaboration between the St. Johns County Parks and Recreation, Library, and Agricultural Center departments. 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.

Author event: Michael Tougias – Above and Beyond: JFK and the Florida U-2 Pilots During the Cuban Missile Crisis
Friday, January 18th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
In this multimedia presentation New York Times bestselling author Michael J. Tougias first chronicles the thirteen harrowing days of the Cuban Missile Crisis and then outlines the steps President Kennedy made to reach a decision on a course of action. Special emphasis is given to the heroes of the crisis: the U-2 pilots who flew from McCoy AFB in Orlando to Cuba to secure the photographic proof that the Soviets were installing nuclear missiles on the island. These pilots were supported by Crusader aircraft flying from Key West – they flew at tree top level through anti-aircraft fire over Cuba. These pilots helped President Kennedy achieve a difficult objective: have the nuclear missiles removed from Cuba without triggering Armageddon.

JFK secretly audio recorded every meeting conducted during the Cuban Missile Crisis. These transcripts, as well as recently declassified CIA documents, form the basis of this fascinating analysis into JFK’s successful decision making. Tougias has interviewed the U-2 pilots who discovered the missiles eliciting special insights that have remained undisclosed in the intervening 53 years. The presentation includes three lesser-known events that put us on the brink of nuclear war:

• The shoot-down of Major Rudolph Anderson who was killed in his U-2 by a Soviet Surface to Air Missile over Cuba.
• Florida native son and pilot Steve Heyser who was the first to discover the missiles. And Florida resident Jerry McIlmoyle who escaped being brought down by two SAM’s.
• The accidental incursion of a U-2 from Alaska into Soviet air space, and the chase that ensued, including fighter jets with nuclear tipped missiles.
• The Russian submarine commander who wanted to launch his nuclear torpedo when the Americans tried to force him to the surface.

This unique presentation entertains with the dramatic chronicling of the Cuban Missile Crisis (with slides) while providing useful analysis of JFK’s process of tackling major decisions in practical ways that others can learn from and adopt. It’s an especially timely topic today with current tensions with North Korea and Russia.

Michael J. Tougias is a NY Times Bestselling author and co-author of 30 books. He is best known for his seven survival at sea books such as A Storm Too Soon, So Close To Home, and The Finest Hours that is now a major motion picture by Disney. His book, Ten Hours Until Dawn: The True Story of Heroism and Tragedy Aboard the Can Do in the Blizzard of 78, was selected by the American Library Association as one of the “Top Books of the Year” and described as “a white-knuckle read, the best book of its kind.” His latest co-written book is about the Cuban Missile Crisis and the U-2 Spy Plane shot down over Cuba, and three other little known events which had us “a whisker away from WWIII.” The book is titled Above & Beyond: JFK and America’s Most Dangerous Spy Mission.

Mr. Tougias will do a book signing following his presentation.  Copies of his book will be available for purchase.  This event is funded by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, January 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.  Our table is big, but seating is limited, so please register and reserve a seat! For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Author event: Tim Dorsey, Florida Crime Fiction
Friday, January 25th – 3:30 to 4:30 pm
New York Times Bestselling author Tim Dorsey will be visiting the St. Augustine area on his whirlwind Florida tour in support of his newest book, No Sunscreen for the Dead.  His Serge Storms series is a madcap adventure of a lovable serial killer who is very passionate about Florida’s history and environment. Tim will read passages from his new book, talk about his true adventures on the road, and will be signing books.

This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library.   For more information, please call the library at 904.827.6940.

Meditation through Calligraphic Exercises
Wednesday, January 30th – 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Are you looking for new meditation techniques? Join calligrapher Gina Jonas for an interactive sensory exploration into the qualities that give letters life and beauty. Through guided calligraphic exercises, explore the senses of touch and rhythmical movement as a way to an alert, relaxed state of mind. Practice the art of mindfulness as you coordinate the breath with stroke making and develop awareness through tool usage. In Gina’s holistic approach, you integrate mind, body, and feeling to spark creativity and self-discovery. The goal of this session is to find a new route to focus your mind. Class materials are supplied by the Friends of the Main Library.

Gina has been a professional calligrapher since 1971. She is the author of Finding the Flow: A Calligraphic Journey; Hebrew Calligraphy Styles; and Calligraphy as Art and Meditation: A New Approach. She has taught classes, workshops and private students, and given talks for organizations and international calligraphy conferences. Questions?  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.