Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (June and July 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

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Adult Summer Reading contest
June and July
Why let the kids have all the fun?  Starting in June we’re running our annual Adult Summer Reading contest alongside our Children’s Summer Reading program to promote the love of reading for all ages.  Stop in at any branch to pick up entry forms, or go to www.sjcpls.org to submit your entry from home. There are many activities you can do for a chance to win prizes from your local branch, such as attending library programs, downloading free eBooks, eMagazines, or eMovies, and submitting book reviews. Each week during the summer the Main Library will be giving one lucky adult contestant a $25 gift certificate to Columbia Restaurant and gift certificates for our Friends of the Library bookstore, Mainly Books.  Prizes vary from branch to branch.  You will also automatically be entered in our system-wide Grand Prize Drawing at the end of the summer for a Visa gift card. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.

Pilates with Susan!
Mondays, June 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th – 11:00 am to 12:00 pm

Thursdays, June 6th, 13th, 20th, and 27th – 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.

 Financial Stability and Homeownership
Tuesday, June 4th – 5:30 to 6:30 pm or

Friday, June 7th – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

This workshop will introduce you to the fantastic & free services offered by the St. Johns County Housing and Community Development department.  Ginny Campbell, Housing Counselor, will present on ways you can improve your financial literacy to help you reach your goals.

Financial literacy plays an important role in many aspects of our lives. Learn how to better understand credit and how to improve your credit history.  Discover how to create a budget and set realistic financial goals.  Avoid identity theft and loan scams.

In 2016, the St. Johns County Housing & Community Services department developed a comprehensive program called the Housing and Financial Counseling Program.  This program brings all of the available resources and contacts together to help prospective home buyers through the complicated process.

Presenter Ginny Campbell has earned certifications in the six core functions of housing counseling.  She is a HUD Certified Counselor and a graduate of Flagler’s Public Administration Program.   For more information, please call 904.209.6146.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, June 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.

 Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, June 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.

 Brown Bag Lunch – Scott Grant: 1942 Nazi U-Boat Attack of the SS Gulfamerica off Jacksonville Beach

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

Last month a new monument was erected in Jacksonville Beach commemorating the tragic death of 19 men on the SS Gulfamerica, a tanker attacked by Nazi U-Boats in 1942.  Local historian, Scott Grant, will be at the Main Library presenting on the horrifying attack that happened so close to Jacksonville Beach that the explosion was seen from St. Augustine to St. Marys, Georgia.

Grant holds a degree in History and Economics from Cornell University and uses his vast knowledge of local history to share the details of the night the SS Gulfamerica was torpedoed by a Nazi submarine. His presentations inspired the Ponte Vedra and Neptune Beach chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution to fund the placement of a memorial commemorating these 19 men. He is also the president and CEO of Standfast Asset Management, LLC.

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 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, June 14th, 21st, and 28th  – 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 Basics Summer Series
Mondays, June 17th, 24th and July 1st, 15th, 22nd, and 29th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This fun and FREE adult summer series will focus on understanding the movements that create the foundation of all styles of bellydance. Liz Boyett from St. Augustine Bellydance will break down basic bellydance isolations and steps while you experience a low-impact workout. No prior dance experience is necessary. Suggested attire: Be comfortable! Exercise/yoga pants with a fitted shirt or tank top is fine. Bare feet, socks, or dance shoes are acceptable, but no sneakers please. Any type of scarf or shawl to tie around your hips will be useful, but not required. Please bring water. Class size is limited to 15 participants, so sign up NOW at 904.827.6940.

A SCORE Workshop: Small Business Financing and Crowdfunding
Monday, June 17th   – 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Crowdfunding is a new source of business funding as well as a way to get pre-sales of your products. This is a new and fast growing area that allows small businesses and average investors to get involved in an area that was previously open only to very large businesses and wealthy investors. Find out how crowdfunding works and if it is right for you.

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.

Gypsy Skirt Dance

Wednesday, June 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 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.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, June 25th   – 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 Smart Driver Course

Friday, July 5th – 10:00 am – 5:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. The AARP Smart Driver™ course is recognized by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles as an approved course to boost safety awareness, refresh and improve driving skills, and minimize crash risks for drivers aged 50 and older. Attendees who elect to purchase the class materials and the certificate of completion may be eligible for an insurance discount. Please check with your automobile insurance company for further details.

This is a full day class with a break for lunch. Please bring your own beverages, coffee, snacks, and bag lunch. Alternately, there are several restaurants in walking and driving distance from the library.

It is free to sit in on the class without a guidebook or certificate of completion. It costs $15 for AARP members or $20 for non-members to receive course material and the certificate of completion. Please bring your driver’s license and AARP membership card. Cash, personal check, or money order only. No debit or credit cards.

To register, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940. For questions about the class, please contact instructor Leo Sullivan at 407.666.8308 or leosullivan20@msn.com.

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Pilates with Susan!
Mondays, July 1st, 8th, and 29th – 11:00 am to 12:00 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.

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, July 3rd and 17th   – 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, July 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 10 years. Any questions, call Kathleen at 669-1085. Come join us in sending peace to the world.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, June 12th and 19th  – 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.

Tale Tellers Present: Too darn hot!: Stories that sizzle

Tuesday, July 16th – 2:00 to 3:30 pm

Adults! Come hear St. Augustine’s own Tale Tellers and cool off with hot stories about swimming with sharks, revelations at family reunions, smokin’ hot barbecue, first love fever, first date agony, heat waves, and fabulous vacations in the sizzling summer time!

Tellers include:

-Rose van der Berg – “Feverish First Love.”

-Debra Weller – “The Great-White Man-Eating Shark.”

-Natalie Beltrami – “Henrietta, the Pig.”

-Drew Sappington – “Uncle Brother.”

-Kathy Kniery – “Summer Vacation.”

-Kathy Duffy – “Camping with the Girl Scouts.”

-George Bennis – “My First Date.”

-Margaret Kaler – “Heat Waves: The Perilous Sea.”

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine practices the craft of storytelling as artful entertainment. This program is intended for adult. Think MOTH meets St. Augustine Tale Tellers! To learn more about Tale Tellers, please visit taletellers.org.

Registration is not required. The program is free and open to the public.  Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 for more information.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, July 23rd   – 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, July 24th  – 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.