Thursday, July 11 @ 3:30pm
Bring in the kids for a fun Viva Florida 500 event and dance to the music of St. Augustine’s own Saltwater Cowgirls as they serenade us with music inspired by the ocean and sea creatures. Here they are on YouTube. Children of all ages may attend; please be aware, however, that Summer Reading Programs are geared toward the school-age child. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Wednesday, July 17 @ 2:30pm (one show only)
Everyone is invited to join us for a fun Viva Florida 500 event. The “Spice Girls”, CayANNE and Pepper (Ms. Anne and Ms. Amy from our Ponte Vedra Branch), will be here for an interactive program in our Ol’ Florida Kitchen as we “Dig In” to stories, songs, and more. Audience participation is guaranteed to get the kids involved. To ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the program, there will be 95 tickets available 1 hour before the show. Children of all ages may attend; please be aware, however, that Summer Reading Programs are geared toward the school-age child.
Wednesday, July 31 @ 2pm
Aarrgh ye ready, landlubbers? It’s time to set sail for adventure with Captain Kristine and First Mate Alex. Turn in your completed reading log and be transformed into a pirate – you’ll even get a new pirate name. Then help the Captain and First Mate tell a classic fairytale story (all wrong, of course). The treasure map in the story will lead you to the treasure and the special guests that hold it.
Parents, please note that this program will take place (mostly) outside and that your child will get wet. Appropriate swimwear and cover-ups are permitted; shoes are required.
This program for school-aged children is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.
Wednesday, July 24 @ 2pm
Join Steve on a journey back to Old Florida as he tells stories of his childhood and shares real Florida history. See and touch actual artifacts, taste real beef jerky, and become part of the story as he brings his stories to life. This program for school-aged children is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library and is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration.
Wednesday, July 17 @ 2pm
Did you ever wonder how archaeologists find sites? Excavate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to find out. Dig up the past and learn about real tools, fieldwork, and archaeological sites through hands-on activities. This program for school-aged children is sponsored and hosted by the Florida Public Archaeology Network and is part of the Viva Florida 500 celebration.
Wednesday, July 10 @ 2pm
Join bat advocate, Marcia Daniels, as she teaches us about the amazing bats found in our area, and why they need our help. Bats are amazing bug eaters with important roles to play in our local ecosystem. Discover the wonderful world of bats through this interactive family program. View and listen to bats as they emerge from local bat houses. We'll even have a BATastic craft to reminds us that bats are really our friends. This free program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, July 25 @ 3pm
Join local musician, entertainer, and storyteller, Steve Shanholtzer, for tales and music from the swamp. Journey back to the cracker days of old Florida with stories of wild hog hunts, navigating Sweetwater Swamp with a compass, and trips to the company store with a pocketful of tokens. This program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Wednesday, June 26 @ 2pm
Want to know what you can do help protect the "wild side" of Florida? During this special visit by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, school-age children will learn ways they can improve natural Florida. This Viva Florida 500 event is geared toward school-aged children. This program is sponsored by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library.
Wednesday, June 19 @ 2 pm
Explore the wonders of the ocean and Florida marine life through scuba diving! Diver Ken Dyal of iDive Florida in St. Augustine will be sharing the mysteries of diving. He will be bringing diving equipment and will explain how to get certified as a diver. This Viva Florida 500 event is geared toward school-aged children. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Southeast Branch Library and iDive Florida of St. Augustine.
Tuesday, June 18 @ 6:30pm
Wear your PJs to this special session of our regular Wednesday storytime where we do storytime backwards. Arts and crafts come first and then we will wind down with some favorite stories. This is a family program that is suitable for all young children.
Let's "Dig Into Reading" by taking some undersea journeys into the ocean, the sea, and the bottom of a goldfish bowl. Parents, please note that this is the same storytime we will be doing on Wednesday, June 19.