Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (March and April 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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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.

 

~  ~  ~  APRIL 2019 DATES AT THE MAIN LIBRARY ~   ~   ~ ~  ~  ~  

Low-impact Zumba Gold with Angela

Wednesdays, April 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, April 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.

Brown Bag Lunch: The Sinking of the SS Sultana: An American Tragedy
Wednesday, April 10th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
At 2:00 am on the morning of April 27th, 1865, the SS Sultana exploded on the Mississippi River, killing many of the 2,000 passengers. Join us for a free presentation by Don Wiles, descendant of a survivor of the Sultana tragedy and learn how 1,100 Union soldiers, recently released from prisons such as Andersonville, died 18 days after the Civil War officially ended in one of the largest maritime disasters of American history. The presentation includes the theories about how the explosion happened, Army corruption, greed, conspiracy theories, rescue efforts, the will to survive, and the public’s response (or lack thereof) in this American tragedy.

Don Wiles was an illustrator for over 60 years who worked at the Kennedy Space Center during the Gemini, Apollo and Skylab programs. He also worked for several advertising agencies and industrial companies. His interested in the Civil War started when he was 9 years old and has done several presentations regarding the subject.

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 Core of the Milky Way Galaxy
Wednesday, April 10th  – 4:00 to 6:00 pm
The Milky Way is a place totally unlike our own – a mysterious wild place. It is highly congested by stars, large and small, old and young, and in the center is a super-massive black hole, ready to eat anything that comes close. Calculations based on current data show each star in our region occupies about 255 cubic light years of space. In contrast, the average core star lives in only 20.5 cubic light days of space. The ratio of the distance between stars and star diameter here is 32 million. In the core, this ratio is only 34,000. The chance of a star collision is 1000 times greater.

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: Hiring Your First Employee

Monday, April 15th  –  5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. In today’s business environment, hiring an employee has become a complex process with many potential pitfalls. This workshop is designed to help you through the process while avoiding common mistakes that could leave you vulnerable to lawsuits and government interference. While designed for entrepreneurs who have not been through this process, anyone who is unsure of whether they are hiring correctly should benefit.

This workshop will cover the following topics:
– What are your legal obligations as an employer?
– Defining the job and pay range
– Best methods for recruiting and screening the candidates
– How to make a job offer
– Completing the required paperwork
– State and IRS reporting requirements

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.

Mainiart Studio: Watercolor Lighthouse
Wednesday, April 17th – 1:00 to 3:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Have you ever wanted to try watercolor painting but didn’t know where to start? Join us as local artist Diane Wallace walks attendees through painting their own watercolor masterpiece of a lighthouse.

There’s no cost to attend this adult art workshop! All supplies are provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Attendance is limited to only 16 participants, so register now!  Questions? Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, April 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, April 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. Lets Dance! Questions? Please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Healthy Habits for Healthy Aging
Friday, April 26th – 10:30 to 12:00 pm
REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Do you feel healthy for your age? Join us to discover ways to improve your life, be creative, and have joy and vitality.  We will cover:

  • Why certain foods are great for brain healthy, reducing inflammation, losing weight, and reducing brain fog
  • Which foods you may want to avoid
  • Lifestyle factors to improve for positive aging and to avoid future injuries
  • Ways to improve your overall quality of life

Presented by Kim Hynes, MBA, CIHC of WellSpring Counseling and Health. Kim combines her passion for nutrition and health with her previous experience in business, teaching and coaching to help her clients. Kim has an MBA and is certified by the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and has a Gut Specialist certification.

Seating is limited so register now!  Call the Main Library at 904.827.6940 with questions.

Bellydance with Liz!
Saturday, April 27th  – 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.

National Poetry Month Raffle Contest
April 1st – April 30th
Roses are red, violets are blue. Main Library is having a contest to celebrate National Poetry Month in April, and the winner might be you! Visit the Main Library any time between April 1st and April 30th to place your name in a drawing for your chance to win a fabulous prize! While you’re here, you can check out the works of a whole number of poets, and you can also choose a pocket poem to carry around with you wherever you go. All prizes are supplied by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.