Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (February and March 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

~  ~  ~  FEBRUARY 2019 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~   ~   ~ ~  ~  ~  

St. Johns Reads: Adult Craft Program: A Dazzle of Dragonflies

Tuesday, February 5th   – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Dragonflies, a prominent and recurring symbol in Before We Were Yours, are said to symbolize our ability to overcome hardship and to help remind us to take time to reconnect with our own strength, courage, and happiness. Join us to create a framed daily reminder for your home crafted from buttons. All supplies are generously provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Spaces are limited.

St. Johns County Public Library System is pleased to present Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for this year’s St. Johns Reads One Book, One Community Program. Join us throughout February for programs related to this fascinating book. The Finale event will be an author presentation by Lisa Wingate at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, February 6th and 20th   – 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.

St. Johns Reads: The History of Jazz with Dr. Albert Dorsey

Tuesday, February 6th – 4:30 to 5:30 pm
American jazz music came into its own during the Great Depression, when the story in Before We Were Yours begins. Join us as Dr. Albert Dorsey of UNF treats us to a brief survey of the history of jazz, highlighting a few of the most important innovators and their influences.

St. Johns County Public Library System is pleased to present Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for this year’s St. Johns Reads One Book, One Community Program. Join us throughout February for programs related to this fascinating book. The Finale event will be an author presentation by Lisa Wingate at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm.

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Marlene’s Senior Stretching
Thursdays, February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th  – 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.

A SCORE Workshop: Business Launchpad Part 1
Monday, February 11th 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Did you know that one of the top 3 reasons why businesses fail is lack of a written business plan? Come to our free two-part Business Launchpad workshop and increase your business’ likelihood of survival by over 50%. Whether you’re just thinking of opening your own small business or maybe ready to launch, then attending this workshop is a must! This workshop is also recommended for established small businesses that need new ideas to grow their sales and profit margin.

We’ll help you develop your Operational Plan, Marketing Plan, Financial Plan, and your Business Plan. We’ll help you identify your challenges, potential customers, their unmet needs, and your competitors. We’ll talk money, too – who are your backers, what’s your credit score, and what’s your own personal investment?

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 – African American Artists

Tuesday, February 12th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
It’s African American History Month! Join us for a special presentation about five African American artists.  Learn about sculptor Augusta Savage (born in Green Cove Springs!), painter Jacob Lawrence, sculptor and print maker Elizabeth Catlett, mixed media artist Romare Bearden, and textile artist, sculptor, and painter Faith Ringgold.  Find out how each was a voice for cultural history and how they shared their understanding of American life as they knew it.

Presenter Jean Serusa is a certified New York State 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! Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, February 12th – 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.

St. Johns Reads Event: Brown Bag Lunch: What Can You Learn from your DNA?
Wednesday, February 13th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Join us for a special St. Johns Reads-themed Brown Bag Lunch Program! Just like in the story of the illegally adopted siblings in Before We Were Yours, our roots can be a mystery. Join genetic genealogy specialist Connie Bradshaw as she helps you make sense of the mystery of your roots.

This program is free and open to the public. Seating begins at 11:00 am and the presentation starts at 11:30 am.  Patrons are welcome to bring their lunch. 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.

St. Johns County Public Library System is pleased to present Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for this year’s St. Johns Reads One Book, One Community Program. Join us throughout February for programs related to this fascinating book. The Finale event will be an author presentation by Lisa Wingate at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Science Lecture Series with Dr. Penney: Titan: The frigid moon of Saturn
Wednesday, February 13th – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Only one other celestial object in the solar system has liquid on its surface – Earth. Here it is water, on Titan it is methane, existing as a liquid at below 259 degrees Fahrenheit. Evidence suggests that liquid water exists below the surface of Titan. Could that dark, cold medium contain living organisms? This same question has been asked about several other moon in our solar system. If so, what might that life be like? How will we be able to explore that question? Dr. Penney will discuss what we know now about such worlds.

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.

The 904 Naturalist – Exploring the Circle of Place, Classroom Sessions
Wednesdays, February 20th, 27th, and March 6th  – 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

Circles of Place is the foundation for a 904 Naturalist. During this module you will explore, spend time, and learn to see beyond the many layers of the natural communities. You will learn a new intuitive set of observation, patience, and artistic skills to ignite your senses and gain new insights. When you look into the natural world, nature will look closer into you.

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.

St. Johns Reads: Healthy Southern Cuisine with Chef Warren Caterson
Wednesday, February 20th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Join us as award-winning cookbook author and chef Warren Caterson presents Healthy Southern Cuisine- Classic Dishes You Can Enjoy Every Day! Learn kitchen tips and cooking hints that will transform traditional southern entrees and sides into healthier meals that retain the flavors of the past.

St. Johns County Public Library System is pleased to present Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate for this year’s St. Johns Reads One Book, One Community Program. Join us throughout February for programs related to this fascinating book. The Finale event will be an author presentation by Lisa Wingate at the World Golf Village Renaissance St. Augustine Resort on Saturday, February 23rd at 2:00 pm. Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Enhance Your Yard and Attract Wildlife with Florida Native Plants
Tuesday, February 26th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
Would you like to learn how to attract birds, butterflies and pollinators to your yard? Don’t miss this exciting, educational presentation by Renee Stambaugh, habitat designer and founder of Native Plant Consulting. Only Florida native plants look and function like REAL Florida.

A lifelong resident of northeast Florida, Renee Stambaugh has extensive knowledge in the field of native plants, birds and butterflies and has received accolades from the Florida Master Naturalist Program. In addition to backyard, beachfront, residential and commercial projects, she is the landscape design consultant for St. Johns County Parks and Recreation.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, February 26th   – 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.

AARP Tax Aides

Beginning February 1st  AARP Tax Aides will be at the Main Library on Mondays, Fridays, and Saturdays 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.

~  ~  ~  MARCH 2019 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~   ~   ~ ~  ~  ~  

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, March 6th and 20th  – 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.

Mainiart Studio: Folded Book Art

Wednesday, March 6th – 2:00 to 4:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. There’s more you can do with a book than just read it! Come learn how to create unique art simply by folding pages in a book. Participants will be guided through the process of creating a heart into a hardcover book.

Instructor Mary is an artist and retired lawyer. In a time when so much of what we use is disposable, she believes we can instead upcycle things like books into beautiful art by folding the pages into words and images.

All materials will be supplied by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.  Registration is required. For more information please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Going Tiny: A Tiny House Talk and Tour
Monday, March 11th  – 5:00 to 7:00 pm

Have you been thinking about living the Tiny life?  Think you can fit you and all your stuff in 125 square feet? Come to the Main Library on Monday, March 11th to learn more about what it takes to build, own, and live in a Tiny House.  Shorty Robbins, of the United Tiny House Association, will be here with her Victorian Tiny House on Wheels, Nawaka. Shorty will give a presentation and then let you tour her home to see for yourself how it can be done!  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

 

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, March 12th – 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.

Brown Bag Lunch: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings and St. Augustine
Wednesday, March 13th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, the author of the classic The Yearling and known primarily for her relationship with the people of Cross Creek, Florida, also had very significant ties to St. Augustine. She bought her cottage in Crescent Beach in 1939, spending time in that locale in addition to Cross Creek. In 1942 she married Norton Baskin who owned and managed the Castle Warden Hotel in St. Augustine. These and the years that followed in St. Augustine and Crescent Beach were the years of Cross Creek, Cross Creek Cookery, the Zelma Cason lawsuit, World War II, and The Sojourner.

Barbara C. Wingo is an historian and attorney. She is the president of the Friends of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Farm, Inc. She received her Ph.D. in United States history from Tulane University and worked in the General Counsel’s Office and as an adjunct history professor at the University of Florida for over 30 years. She is a member of the Historic Architectural Review Board of St. Augustine and is a past president of the St. Augustine Historical Society. She currently serves as an officer and as a board member of a number of history, historic preservation, law and music-related organizations.

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.

Science Lecture Series with Dr. Penney: The case for extra-terrestrial intelligent life – Arguing from the Fermi Paradox
Wednesday, March 13th – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
Are we alone in the universe, even in our Milky Way galaxy? An age-old question. Star Trek and other scifi movies say we are not alone. Are we in a position to make reasonable inferences about this question? What do professional cosmologists and astronomers say? Dr. Penney will examine this question in detail and discuss recent scholarly publications on the topic. Ancient Aliens, flying saucers, and fanciful creations will not be addressed at length. Find out how science has provided answers to this seemingly insoluble question.

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.

A SCORE Workshop: Business Launchpad Part 2
Monday, March 18th –  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Did you know that one of the top 3 reasons why businesses fail is lack of a written business plan? Come to our free two-part Business Launchpad workshop and increase your business’ likelihood of survival by over 50%. Whether you’re just thinking of opening your own small business or maybe ready to launch, then attending this workshop is a must! This workshop is also recommended for established small businesses that need new ideas to grow their sales and profit margin.

We’ll help you develop your Operational Plan, Marketing Plan, Financial Plan, and your Business Plan. We’ll help you identify your challenges, potential customers, their unmet needs, and your competitors. We’ll talk money, too – who are your backers, what’s your credit score, and what’s your own personal investment?

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.

The 904 Naturalist – Exploring the Life of Birds, Classroom Sessions
Wednesdays, March 20th, 27th, and April 3rd  – 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

You don’t need to identify the birds to understand the language.  The more you get to know the birds around you, the strong your intuition becomes to interpret the language. In this project you will research 6 Northeast Florida birds, 5 languages of birds, behavior communication, and mapping sound. The wilderness will never be the same.

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.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Thursday, March 21st – 12:30 to 1:30 pm
What does it take to live 6 months of your life hiking the Appalachian Trail? Come to this free presentation by Carolyn (trail name Freckles) to find out what life on the Trail is REALLY like. Part of the discussion will include planning, hiking gear, food, food preparation, navigation, trail life, etc.  Questions and discussion will be welcome.  Her gear will be on display to view.  A discussion about her hike will include the special challenges of hiking for older hikers. There are many things to consider before attempting a thru hike, and many ways to hike it.  Everyone hikes their own hike, but preparation and determination are key for success. If you’ve been thinking about taking this challenge, come talk with Freckles!

Carolyn and her husband took up hiking, biking, backpacking, wilderness canoeing, and whitewater kayaking. They now live at the midpoint of the Appalachian Trail, and she is on the trail regularly. Her first of three thru hike attempts was in 2009, and she was finally successful on her third attempt in 2014! She hiked the entire trail with a seventy four year old woman, Drag’nfly, who remains the oldest woman to have thru hiked! Please contact the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

How to Uncover What Really Fulfills You
Tuesday, March 26th – 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Do you feel like something is missing in your life but not sure what it is? Are you feeling restless about your purpose in life or fearful you’ll never fulfill it? Do you feel stuck and not sure how to move forward?

This workshop will help you discover your fulfillment needs and show you how to bring more joy & happiness in your life! Are you in?

Jodi Santangelo-Ash is a Certified Law of Attraction Trainer and Canfield Success Coach and is passionate about empowering people with tools to create the life you want! She is also the author of the book “Dynamic Affirmation”; a step by step guide for creating affirmations that work for you! Jodi can be reached at 918-809-8552.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, March 26th   – 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, March 27th – 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. Lets Dance! Questions? 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 to assist taxpayers of all ages and income levels.  The tax help at the Main Library is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY and will run until April 15th.   Call the library at 904-827-6940 to make an appointment.