Anastasia Island Branch

Creative Writing for Healing

Domestic Violence: Writers WorkshopSaturday, November 14 from 11am-1pm

Do you feel weighed down by past events in your life? The evidence is mounting that the act of writing about traumatic experiences for as little as fifteen or twenty minutes a day for three or four days can produce measurable changes in physical and mental health. Emotional writing can also affect sleeping habits, work efficiency, and connections to others. Join local authors Lauren Makarov & Katelin Maloney to learn expression through the written word.


Fall Craft for Kids and Tweens

Fall ArtWednesday, November 25 @ 2:30pm

Bring the kids into the library to create some FREE festive art for the Thanksgiving Holidays. We'll be making turkeys, leaf arrangements and much more!  This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.


International Games Day @ the Library!

International Games DaySaturday, November 21 @ 10:30am – 4pm

In honor of the eighth annual IGD, we’ll be celebrating games and gaming two ways. Tweens and Teens (ages 11-17) are invited to join us from 10:30-12:30 PM to build a LEGO robot and maneuver them through the library via an iPad joystick. Teens and adults are invited to join us from 1-4 PM for some tabletop games like Munchkin Treasure Hunt and Zombie Dice. Learn new games or bring your own favorites to share. Get to know new people who also love to play great games.


AI Movie Club: Whiplash

AI Movie ClubTuesday, November 3 @ 5:30pm

(R) Andrew Neyman is an ambitious young jazz drummer, single-minded in his pursuit to rise to the top of his elite East coast music conservatory. Plagued by the failed writing career of his father, Andrew hungers day and night to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher, an instructor equally known for his teaching talents as for his terrifying methods, leads the top jazz ensemble in the school. Fletcher discovers Andrew and transfers the aspiring drummer into his band. Light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library.


Understanding the Civil War: The Thomas Jackson Letters

Understanding the Civil WarTuesday, November 3 @ 1pm

Thomas Jackson was an idealistic rope maker who left England to live in America. By chance he witnessed a slave market in Richmond that changed his life forever. He became an ardent activist for abolition and sent a colorful collection of letters about slavery back to England. Enjoy highlights of these eloquently expressed, first-hand accounts of events that changed our country. Presented by Dr. John Pauling, who started his career teaching biology at Oxford University, and became an Emmy-awarded wildlife film maker for the National Geographic Society and BBC. He now dedicates his life to giving a fresh voice to a distant relative who was a passionate opponent of slavery. Sponsored by the Understanding the Civil War group.


Island Yoga with Marlene

stretchingThursday, November 20 @ 11am

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Registration and experience are not required. Wear some comfortable clothing and bring a mat, but, if you don’t have one, towels are fine to use. This class is free and open to the public.


Teen Tutoring for Kids

TutoringSaturday, November 21 @ 10:15am-12pm

Kids (grades K-6) can come into the Anastasia Library for one on one tutoring sessions in reading or math with National Honors Students from Pedro Menendez High School.  The tutoring is FREE to all students but you need to call to sign up as space is limited.  Call 209-3730 or come by the Anastasia Library Service Desk to sign up.


Storytimes @ Anastasia Island Library

AI StorytimesBaby/Toddler Time: Wednesdays @ 10:15am
Little Ones Craft Time: Wednesdays @ 10:45am
Preschool Storytime: Wednesdays @ 11:05am

Storytimes run September 2 - December 2. 
Baby & Toddler storytimes are for children up to 18 months of age. Craft time is open to all children and focuses on teaching scissor, glue, and coloring skills. Preschool storytimes are open to any child who can sit for longer stories and participate in active songs, counting and colors in Spanish. Come for songs, stories, and fun. We look forward to seeing you.

Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants: Downton Holidays

sisterhoodSaturday, November 7 @ 2pm

Do you love "Downton Abbey" or simply enjoy making your home festive for the holidays? Cathy and Marilyn, members of the Las Adelfas Circle of the Garden Club of St. Augustine, will show you how to use food and flowers to create a Downton Abby themed holiday. You can support the Friends of the Libary by purchasing raffle tickets to win the arrangements the Sisterhood creates! Anyone who attends in "Downton Abbey" themed attire will receive a free raffle ticket! Doors will open at 1:30pm and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library.


Banned Books: Virtual READ OUT

banned book weekSaturday, October 3 from 10 am – 4 pm

Since the inception of Banned Books Week in 1982, libraries and bookstores throughout the country have staged local read-outs—a continuous reading of banned/challenged books—as part of their activities. Now in its fifth year (2015), readers from around the world can participate in the Banned Books Virtual Read-Out. We are looking for participants who want to proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by being part of our St. Johns County Public Library video that will be featured on a dedicated Banned Books Week Virtual Read-Out YouTube channel. All you have to do is show up and read a small section from one of your favorite banned books!


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