This month's book club title is A Good American by Alex George. This is the story of the Meisenheimer family, told by James, a third-generation American living in Beatrice, Missouri. It’s where his German grandparents—Frederick and Jette—found themselves after journeying across the turbulent Atlantic, fording the flood-swollen Mississippi, and being brought to a sudden halt by the broken water of the pregnant Jette. A Good American tells of Jette’s dogged determination to feed a town sauerkraut and soul food; the loves and losses of her children, Joseph and Rosa; and the precocious voices of James and his brothers, sometimes raised in discord…sometimes in perfect harmony. But above all, A Good American is about the music in Frederick’s heart, a song that began as an aria, was jazzed by ragtime, and became an anthem of love for his adopted country that the family still hears to this day. For more information, please contact Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine president Toni Siriani.
Saturday, June 13 @ 10:30 am
June's book club title is The Glassblower by Petra Durst-Benning. Contact Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine president, Toni Siriani, for a copy of the book. In the village of Lauscha in Germany, things have been done the same way for centuries. The men blow the glass, and the women decorate and pack it. But when Joost Steinmann passes away unexpectedly one September night, his three daughters must learn to fend for themselves. While feisty Johanna takes a practical approach to looking for work, Ruth follows her heart, aiming to catch the eye of a handsome young villager. But it is dreamy, quiet Marie who has always been the most captivated by the magic—and sparkling possibilities—of the craft of glassblowing.
Thursday May 28 @ 4 pm
The Florida Library Youth Program continues at Main library with a special edition featuring our heroes at The Guana Tolomoto Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve. Come learn all about Sea Turtles and how the GTM Reserve is working hard to protect our aquatic friends. Seating is limited so be sure to arrive early. Ages 6-16 only please. Sponsored by The Friends of Main Library St. Augustine.
Tuesday, May 26 @ 2 pm
Join us for our monthly nutrition program with registered dietician, Ellen Hawkes, MS, RD. This month she’ll be discussing delicious and nutritious recipes and tips to slim down your summer BBQ. There will be seasonal treats to sizzle on the grill and give your taste buds a thrill!
Monday, May 11 @ 5 pm
It’s the Four Year Anniversary of our teen anime club this month! Join us as we celebrate the birthday of our club with cake and another screening of the movie that was shown at our first club meeting! Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like and come "JAAM" with us. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.
Tuesday, May 5 @ 10
The book sale features all kinds of books and items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audio books. During the bag sale, customers can fill a paper grocery bag with books for $3.00. Bags will be provided at the sales desk.
Wednesday, May 20 @ 7 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. 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.
Monday, May 18 @ 6:30 pm
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.
Saturday, May 16 @ 10 am
Author and marketing expert, Susan Kiernan-Lewis, will present on Successfully Marketing Your eBook. In her presentation, Susan will discuss the magic of FREE, which advertising venues give you the biggest bang for your buck, which support tools you should use, what things absolutely do NOT work, and how just fifteen minutes re-formatting the first two pages of your book can have the sales—and the money—start rolling in.
This meeting is sponsored by the FWA/ACC and the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. All book sales benefit the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 10am. All meetings are free and open to the public.
Wednesday, May 13 @ 1 pm
The St. Johns Housing Partnership is holding a free class designed to help families talk about money, manage their money, and build (or rebuild) good credit. This two-hour class includes tracking your money, setting financial goals, spending plans, getting smart about credit, and managing the costs of homeownership. Call 819-1266 to register.