Saturday, May 9 @ 10 am
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris, within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure. Doerr's gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another. For book club information, please contact Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine President Toni Siriani. Reserve the book here.
Saturday, April 11 @ 10 am
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow, Mrs. Wray, and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers. For more information, contact Friends of the Library President Toni Siriani. Reserve it!
Enjoy creating anime style artwork? Participate in the first Teen Anime Art Exhibit at the Main Library. Entry forms are available here or at the library and all artwork must be submitted by March 28th. See contest rules here. The exhibit will be open to the public on April 1st from 5 to 7pm. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. For more information call Karlene at 827-6920.
Thursday May 7 @ 4 pm
It's time for the Florida Library Youth Program at Main. Join us each Thursday for another great summer program in the large meeting room. This year's theme is "Every Hero Has A Story" and we are kicking off the season at Main with a great new family film. When a criminal plot threatens the hi-tech metropolis of San Fransokyo, our young hero leaps into action with his tech-savvy friends, and his large round robot companion. Rated PG. Free popcorn while it lasts. Sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.
Mondays, April 6 & 13 @ 10 am - 2 pm
Fridays, April 10 @ 10 am - 2 pm
Saturdays, April 11 @ 10 am - 2 pm
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free, one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and other standard schedules. Counseling is available to all low-to-middle income taxpayers, regardless of age. No advance registration is needed, people will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year's tax return, and all relevant tax information with them.
In Alice Munro's superb collection, we find stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer. Throughout this compelling collection, Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and surprises of love between men and women, between friends, between parents and children that are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munro's special gift to make these stories as vivid and real as our own.
Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her life arrive the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids--her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity--one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill--and the devastating cost--of embracing an authentic life.
This year's Literary Legend at the Florida Heritage Book Festival is best-selling author, Robin Cook. In celebration of this event, we are letting book club members choose any of his titles to read for this month's book discussion. Dr. Cook debuted his first medical thriller, Coma, in 1977, and since then, he has written more than 30 others, becoming recognized worldwide as the master of the medical thriller genre. In 2002, he was awarded the "Author of Vision" distinction from the RP International organization, and in 2004, President George W. Bush appointed him to the Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees. Wesleyan University honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 and the McConaughy Award in 2012 for his writing.