Friends of the Main Library

Friends of the Library     (August and September 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 OCTOBER and NOVEMBER activities!  

Tips for High Scores on the SAT/PSAT

Tuesday, October 2nd   – 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, October 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.

Marlene’s Senior Chair Stretching
Thursdays, October 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th  – 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.

Reset Your Results: How To Get More of What You Want and Less of What You Don’t

Monday, October 8th  – 12:30 to 1:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. This workshop will help you apply positive mindset & success principles so you can attract more ideal relationships, situations, and events both at home and for your business.  Space is limited, so call the library at 904.827.6940 to reserve your seat!

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.

Making the Most of Your Retirement Dollars
Monday, October 8th  – 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, October 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: Historic Haunts Investigations

Wednesday, October 10th – 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Jamie Pearce is the founder of Historic Haunts Investigations. She has been professionally involved in the paranormal for over 20 years, is a Paranormal Investigator, and has a certificate in Parapsychology. Pearce is also an author of paranormal books. She started Historic Haunts Investigations in January 2004 to try to help people who were experiencing the paranormal and to answer questions they might have. The team is located in Jacksonville Florida, but has traveled across the country on their investigations helping people with their paranormal needs.

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.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, October 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.

Literary Lions Book Club – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Saturday, October 13th – 10:30 to 11:30 am

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of the masterpieces of nineteenth-century Gothicism. While staying in the Swiss Alps in 1816 with her lover Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others, Mary, then eighteen, began to concoct the story of Dr. Victor Frankenstein and the monster he brings to life by electricity. Written in a time of great personal tragedy, it is a subversive and morbid story warning against the dehumanization of art and the corrupting influence of science. Packed with allusions and literary references, it is also one of the best thrillers ever written. Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus was an instant bestseller on publication in 1818. The prototype of the science fiction novel, it has spawned countless imitations and adaptations but retains its original power.

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

Crochet Club

Tuesday, October 16th   – 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, October 16th   – 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.

Screenwriter Steven L. Sears: From St. Augustine to Hollywood
Friday, October 19th – 2:00 to 3:00 pm

How does a military brat from the Oldest City go from a St. Augustine High School drama class to becoming a successful Writer and Producer in film and television?  Steven L. Sears (SAHS class of ’75), author of “The Non-User-Friendly Guide for Aspiring TV Writers” will speak on his 33 years in the film and television industry, working on some of the top TV series of their time.  He’ll talk about how he broke in, how the business has changed, what the industry is like now and where it’s likely to go.  If you’re interested in the behind-the-scenes of entertainment or you’re a creative person wondering how you can end up there from where you are now, you’ll want to attend.

Steven L. Sears is a Writer, Story Editor, Producer and Creator in Television, Film, digital media and animation. His TV series include THE A-TEAM, RIPTIDE, HARDCASTLE & McCORMICK, STINGRAY, WALKER-TEXAS RANGER, HIGHWAYMAN, HOLLYWOOD DETECTIVE, GRAND SLAM, JESSE HAWKES, SUPERBOY, S.H.E. SPIES and other Television favorites. He produced SWAMP THING for USA, RAVEN for CBS, was Co-Executive Producer of XENA-WARRIOR PRINCESS, and co-created SHEENA for Sony/TriStar Television. Also an author, he co-created the graphic novel STALAG-X with Kevin J. Anderson as well as the upcoming book series VILLEANNE with Peter J. Wacks.

Bellydance with Liz!
Saturday, October 20th  – 3:00 to 4:00 pm

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.

Monday Mystery Book Club
Monday, October 22nd  – 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! 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.

Going Tiny: A Tiny House Talk and Tour
Monday, October 22nd – 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, October 22nd 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!

Tale Tellers of St. Augustine: Ghost Stories!
Tuesday, October 23rd – 5:00 to 6:00 pm

If you enjoy the chill of Halloween, you’ll be thrilled by stories of ghosts, witches, werewolves, and monsters! Stories are appropriate for all ages.

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.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman
Wednesday, October 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 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.

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Marlene’s Senior Stretching
Thursdays, November 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th  – 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.

IRA Income and Tax Reduction Workshop
Monday, November 5th  – 5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION SUGGESTED.  Some of the tax revenue challenges we face today are things like an aging population, a declining workforce, government deficit spending, and a younger generation’s inability to save. Come learn more at this free workshop!Please contact Rosa Shala at 352-207-7920 for more information. Presented by Rosa Shala, Asset Adviser.  Educational only – no services, products, or business models will be advocated.

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

Tips for High Scores on the SAT/PSAT

Tuesday, November 6th    – 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, November 7th and 21st    – 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.

Stretching 4 Life! with Gina

Fridays, November 9th and 16th   – 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.

Literary Lions Book Club – The Lavender Garden by Lucinda Riley
Saturday, November 10th  – 10:30 to 11:30 am

In 1944 Paris, British office clerk Constance stumbles into a prominent family that entertain the German elite, while in 1998 France, Emilie inherits a chateau. Can the chateau help Emilie discover what really happened to her family during the war?

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

Silent Peace Meditation

Tuesday, November 13th    – 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.

SCORE Small Business Workshop: How Do I Develop a Financial Forecast?

Monday, November 19th   – 5:30 to 6:30 pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED. Developing a month-by-month financial forecast can be the most difficult part of a business plan. However, it can also be the most critical part of your plan. Without it, you can’t know if your plan makes financial sense or how long it will be before you reach breakeven. This workshop will show you how to put the forecast together.

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.

Register at https://jacksonville.score.org

Marshall Persky, SCORE mentor and Chairman of the St. Augustine SCORE branch, has over 40 years of business experience with Ryerson Steel. During his career at Ryerson, he held the positions of General Manager and Vice President and retired after 40 years as Vice President of Global Sales. As a nine year certified SCORE mentor, Marshall has mentored a wide variety of clients. His mentoring skills include: business finance & accounting, business operations, business strategy & planning, non-profits, startups, sales, marketing & public relations, supply chain management, and business planning. For more information, call Marshall at 773-251-8685.

Crochet Club

Tuesday, November 20th   – 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, November 20th    – 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.

How 2018 Tax Law Changes Affect Your Return
Tuesday, November 27th – 5:30 – 6:30 pm

An IRS certified tax instructor and preparer will talk about current tax law changes and how these changes will affect your tax return. Topics included standard deduction changes, exemptions credits, Social Security and the Affordable Care Act. It’s helpful, but not necessary, to bring your 2017 return.

Registration is not required.  For more information, please call the Main Library at 904.827.6940.

Tribal Fit with Gina Marie Newman
Wednesday, November 28th   – 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.