Thursday, February 26 @ 4pm
Youth Services Librarian (and former clarinetist!) Anne Crawford, the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are partnering to invite Kindergartners - 5th graders and their caregivers to celebrate the magic that is music. The series continues in February with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Woodwind Quintet coming to perform for you and teach you all about their musical instruments. Come get a taste of the magical world of classical music!
Please note: the Musical Madness series is geared toward the elementary-aged child with Musical Storybooks (held in May) geared toward preschoolers. If you wish to bring younger children to any of these programs, please be mindful of the decorum expected for everyone's enjoyment. This special music series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Ms. Anne presents programs for little ones!
Just for Babies: 2nd and 4th Thursdays @10:15am; for babies up to 15 months and their caregivers. This infant lapsit is designed for one-on-one interaction between caregiver and baby. Families with babies and older siblings are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.
Family Storytime: Every Thursday @11am; for children 16 months to 5 years and their families, though no child will be turned away. For more information on system-wide library storytimes, please go here.
Please Note: When the FOL Community Room is not available, Just for Babies and/or Family Storytime will not be held.
Thursday, February 12 from 10am - 12:30pm
Children ages 3 - 5 are invited to receive a free, 10-minute Early Literacy Screening at the library, courtesy of Nemours BrightStart. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by a Nemours representative. Utilize this free screening to find out where your child's literacy strengths lie, and what you can do to help them improve in any other areas before they start school.
Thursday, February 5 @ 11am
All aboard the Storytime Express! Join us for a very special train-themed Family Storytime celebrating our library system's 2015 St. Johns Reads selection about Henry Flagler, Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford. Ms. Anne will share her favorite train stories in addition to the usual dancing, singing, and more. Train-lovers, feel free to wear your favorite train conductor attire if you wish! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers, we'll be handing out the brochure with all the related events for St. Johns Reads for adults and teens including a special visit by the author himself.
Wednesday, February 25 @ 2:30pm
Kids and tweens can come into the library to create some crafts that trace their roots back to the Aborigines and Native Americans. There will be painting, weaving, and lots of imagination needed for this free program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Friday, February 20 @ 3:30pm
(PG) Come into the library to see this book to film adaptation of Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow. A young orphaned boy, raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, tries to save his friends from an evil exterminator. Call the library at 209-3730 for movie title. Light snacks are provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Friday, February 13 @ 3:30pm
(PG) Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. Though he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother, and sister all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Call the library at 209-3730 for movie title. Light snacks will be provided courtesy of the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Wednesday, February 18 @ 2:30pm
Come into the library to play with over 60 pounds of LEGO bricks and pieces. We supply the LEGO bricks and fun - all you need to bring is your imagination. There is no registration or fee for this program.
Wednesday, February 11 @ 2:30pm
Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn, relaxing, and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing a structured pattern. If you can draw a "stick man," you can draw Zentangle. It increases focus and creativity, and provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. Everyone can learn and benefit from the practice of Zentangle because, "Anything is possible one stroke at a time." - Zentangle, Inc. This introductory class is free and open to kids and teens in 4th-12th grade.
Fridays @ 10:15am in the Childrens Department
Join us every Friday for a fun Spanish/English storytime in the Children's Department. We will have lapsits for babies, rhymes, stories, music, and more. This storytime is conducted in both English and Spanish and is geared toward children and parents learning Spanish, but all are welcome. Bienveniedos a todos!