Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (June and July 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

See below for AUGUST and also now — SEPTEMBER activities!  

August 2018 Adult Events …   AUGUST   AUGUST   AUGUST   AUGUST  

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela
Wednesdays, August 1st and August 15th   – 10:30 am 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.

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine: “So, what happened was…..”
Wednesday, August 1st – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

Come hear St. Augustine’s own Tale Tellers talk about their life stories. Expect to laugh, maybe cry, and to absolutely be entertained!  Tellers this afternoon will include Chris Kastle (“She’s Gonna Be All Right”), Leslie Bendt (“Bike Bandit”), Kathy Duffy (“The Closet Organizer”), George Bennis (“My Time with the King”), Kathy Kniery (“Bob’s Big Baseball Blast”), David Fussell (“There Once Was a Place”), David Pitts (“Bullwhip”), and Shirley Prebor (“The Cute Little Old Man in the Touring Cap”).  The performance will be emceed by Margaret Kaler Reynolds.

Since its founding in January 1993, the guild has devoted itself to the advocacy of storytelling as an art form and an entertainment medium. The organization primarily develops projects and programs which enable and educate its membership, provide cultural and educational enrichment to the St. Augustine area, and benefit the needy and disadvantaged of the community.

Registration is not required.  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Marlene’s Senior Chair Stretching
Thursdays, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th  – 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. All of this takes place in a chair – no lying on the ground or having to try to get back up!

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.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina
Fridays, August 3rd, 10th, and 17th  – 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.

Science Series with the Ancient City Astronomy Club: The Perseid Meteor Shower
Saturday, August 4th – 10:30 – 11:30 am

Are YOU ready for the Perseid Meteor Shower coming up in a few weeks? Paul Jones, president of the Ancient City Astronomy Club and member of the American Meteor Society, will give a presentation on viewing the upcoming 2018 Perseid Meteor Shower. The Perseids will reach a maximum activity level over 100 meteors per hour from dark rural skies in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 12. Jones will cover how, where, and when to look to best see this famous and well-known meteor shower. He will also discuss the astronomy club’s plans for a public viewing.  All ages welcome!

Tips for High Scores on the SAT/PSAT
Tuesday, August 7th  – 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.

Teen Craft: Washi Mirrors
Wednesday, August 8th – 4:30-5:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. For teens ages 14-19. Are you heading off to college, getting your first apartment, or just looking to add a personalized piece of decor to your walls? Come to the Main Library on Wednesday Aug 8th at 4:30 to decorate dorm safe mirrors with colorful washi tape! Spaces are limited and registration is required. Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information. All materials are supplied by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Making the Most of Your Retirement Dollars
Monday, August 13th – 5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION SUGGESTED. When planning your retirement, have you taken taxes into account? Are you seeking a tax-free retirement? Come to this free educational workshop of retirement and taxes! Explore these questions and much more with Rosa Shala, Financial Advisor, Investment Advisor Representative and Licensed Insurance Professional of Shala Financial. Please contact Rosa Shala 352-207-7920 for more information about this workshop.

Registration is suggested. Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 to register.

Silent Peace Meditation
Tuesday, August 14th  – 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.

Crochet Club
Tuesday, August 21st  – 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.

Stressless: Heaven’s Healing Essentials with Gina
Tuesday, August 21st   – 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

This is a stress relief class that will help you learn about tension and stress and how to relieve them from your body and mind using simple techniques like muscle relaxation, the Calming Breath, aroma therapy, and so much more. No registration is required!  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman
Wednesday, August 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!  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Bellydance with Liz!
Saturday, August 25th – 10:30 – 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.

  ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~   SEPTEMBER EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY …   

St. Johns County Public Library System & Corazon Cinema – Read A Film Book Club: The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin
Saturday, September 1st – 10:30 am to 11:30 am

Read the book and see the movie!  The St. Johns County Public Library System and the Friends of the Corazon have partnered to bring you an opportunity to read and discuss a book, and then visit the Corazon Cinema for a free screening of the movie!  The book discussion group will meet on Saturday, September 1st at the Main Library at 13:00 am.  Everyone’s invited to attend the free screening of The Mountain Between Us on Saturday, September 15th at 4:15 pm.  For information on the book discussion, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

St. Johns County Floodplain Q&A
Tuesday, September 4th – 3:30 – 7:00 pm

Do you have floodplain questions?  Come to the Main Library and get answers!  Patrick Doty, Floodplain Manager for St. Johns County, will be here to provide information regarding flood risk and mitigation strategies, protection of natural resources, hurricane preparedness, local mitigation strategies, and the new FEMA FIRM maps for portions of St. Johns County.  He will help you use the County website to find what flood area you may be in, the value of flood insurance, and any mitigation that may be possible. The outreach is also meant to provide an opportunity for the public to get any questions answered regarding flood risks.

A short presentation will begin at 3:30, and Patrick will be here until 7:00 pm for anyone who wants to drop by and ask questions. For more information, please call Patrick Doty at 904.209.0667.

Tips for High Scores on the SAT/PSAT
Tuesday, September 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, September 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 Chair Stretching
Thursdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th  – 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. All of this takes place in a chair – no lying on the ground or having to try to get back up!

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.

Silent Peace Meditation
Tuesday, September 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, September 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, September 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.

Stressless: Heaven’s Healing Essentials with Gina
Tuesday, September 18th   – 6:00 pm to 6:50 pm

This is a stress relief class that will help you learn about tension and stress and how to relieve them from your body and mind using simple techniques like muscle relaxation, the Calming Breath, aroma therapy, and so much more. No registration is required!  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

 

Living with Snakes & Gators
Friday, September 21st – 1:30 – 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.

Marking History with St. Augustine’s Waterworks Building

Saturday, September 22nd – 10:30 am – 12:00 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.

SCORE Mentor Marathon
Saturday, September 22nd – 2:00 – 5:00 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Do you have questions about your existing small business and just don’t know who to ask? Or are you thinking of starting your own business and just don’t know where to start? The professionals are here! Mentors from the local SCORE chapter will be at the Main Library to answer whatever questions you may have. Come on by any time between 1:00 and 5:00 pm for a one-on-one session.

If you are thinking of starting a business, a mentor can talk with you about your business vision, developing a support system, legal structure, business naming, market analysis, financial funding and a business plan.

If you are in business, a mentor can discuss how to improve financial results, where to obtain financing for growth, marketing and how to choose which social media to use.

This service is FREE and confidential. Please register so we know how many mentors we’ll need to have available.  https://jacksonville.score.org/local-workshops-events

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.

Monday Mystery Book Club
Monday, September 24th – 1:00 to 2:00 pm

Registration Required. Do you love a dark and stormy night? Thrill at the discovery of seemingly innocent clues? Haven’t hired a butler because you don’t quite trust them? If you’re an armchair detective, we have a new book club just for you! Join us at 1:00 pm on the 4th Monday of every month to discuss some of our favorite Whodunnits! Our first meeting will be a meet & greet and will decide on what books we’ll be reading over the next few months. Contact Book Club Facilitator, Toni Siriani at toni825@hotmail.com for more information. Space is limited – reserve a seat now! Register online or speak to a staff member. Sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman
Wednesday, September 26th   – 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!  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.