Thursday, February 14 from 1 - 3 pm
Dr. Dorothy Israel, Professor Emeritus, Stony Brook University, is originally from New York and was born at the time of the Harlem Renaissance. She has lived in St. Augustine for the past 19 years. Writing has been a hobby during her retirement years and allows her to express the joys of growing up during the Harlem Renaissance, and the pains in being an African American woman. Come join us with your brown bag lunch for this special program in honor of Black History Month and Viva Florida 500. Dessert and coffee will be served. The program is open and free to the public, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Saturday, June 8 @ 10:30am
The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history -- how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end. President Abraham Lincoln's terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are devised to heal a divided nation. But one man and his band of murderous accomplices are not appeased. In the midst of the patriotic celebrations, John Wilkes Booth -- charismatic ladies' man and impenitent racist -- murders Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre.
Saturday, May 11 @ 10:30am
The maze of human memory is territory that Kazuo Ishiguro has made his own. In When We Were Orphans, his first novel in five years, he returns to this terrain. Christopher Banks, an English boy born in early-twentieth-century Shanghai, is orphaned at age nine when his mother and father both vanish. Sent to live in England, he grows up to become a renowned detective and, returns to Shanghai, where the Sino-Japanese War is raging, to solve the mystery of the disappearances. The story is straightforward. Its telling is remarkable.
Saturday, April 13 @ 10:30 am
Grissom's unsentimental debut twists the conventions of the antebellum novel just enough to give readers an involving new perspective. Lavinia, an orphaned white indentured servant, arrives in 1791 to work in the kitchen house at Tall Oaks, a Tidewater, Va., tobacco plantation owned by Capt. James Pyke. Belle, the captain's illegitimate half-white daughter who runs the kitchen house, shares narration duties, and the two distinctly different voices chronicle a troublesome 20 years.
Thursday, February 21 @ 3 pm
Join us after school for a hands-on, minds-on science program and work closely with our very own mad scientists from the Children's Department. Explore a variety of science topics through fun experiments, activities, and lively discussions. In celebration of St. Johns Reads 2013, we'll be focusing on forensic science this month. Discover fingerprinting, take part in a scavenger hunt through the library, and much more! If you can't make it to our science lab, check out some of our amazing forensic science project books.
Tuesday, February 12 @ 5:30 pm
Sherlock Holmes has always been the smartest man in the room, until now. There is a new criminal mastermind-at-large, Professor James Moriarty, and not only is he Holmes's intellectual equal, but his capacity for evil, coupled with a complete lack of conscience, may give him an advantage over the renowned detective. Holmes's investigation into Moriarty's plot becomes more dangerous as it leads him and Watson out of London to France, Germany, and finally Switzerland. Rated PG-13. Refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Wednesday, February 20 @ 6:30 pm
Detectives at Scotland Yard enjoy finishing the day with a spot of tea, or at least they seemed to in The Yard, by Alex Grecian. In celebration of St. Johns Reads 2013, we invite you to join us as we discover amazing clues about tea and sift through loose tea leaves. Help us solve the case of which type of tea: white, green, black, or herbal tastes the best, and is the healthiest for you to drink. Enjoy a mystery tea tasting, and see if you can correctly identify those teas! This FREE workshop is presented by Joa Jane from Lah-Tea-Dah! Don't forget to check out some of our tea books!
It's already February, and we'd LOVE for you to join us for all the laughs with books, songs, stories and fun at our during our Winter Storytime season! Thursdays, February 7, 14, 21, & 28!
Baby Time 10:15 am
A gentle lapsit program with action rhymes, fingerplays, and first books for babies. For infants & pre-walkers only, please.
Toddler Time 11 am
We'll sing, we'll dance, and share our excitement for books and learning at the library. Don't be shy and bring your dancing shoes!
Preschool Storytime 11:30 am
"Big Kids" get a storytime of their own. Longer stories, a variety of early literacy concepts, listening, and pre-classroom skills. Perfect for 3-5 year olds.
Thursday, February 28 @ 3 pm
School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school at the Main library. A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, & Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.
Thursday, February 7 @ 3 pm
School-age children, tweens, and teens choose what they want to play after school at the Main Library. A selection of video game choices for X-box 360, PS3, & Wii consoles will be offered. Complimentary snacks and soda will be provided. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library & Sony.