Monday, June 17 @ 5pm
Come explore what lies Beneath the Surface. Young adults are invited to celebrate the beginning of summer with this cave party for our 2013 Summer Reading Program. Build your very own crystal garden, try not to break a tooth on rocky cupcakes, and win prizes playing games like stalagmite toss. The program is free and sponsored by 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.
Monday, July 29 @ 5pm
Love watching anime or reading manga? Tweens, teens, and young twenty-somethings are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club, where you can meet others with similar interests. Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like and come "JAAM" with us.
Saturday, August 10 @ 10:30am
John Jakes is the acknowledged contemporary master of the family saga. He is the creator of the legendary Kent Family Chronicles, and the Main and Hazard families of The North and South Trilogy. Praised as "the godfather of the historical novel," and "America's history teacher," Jakes mingles the lives of his fictional characters with those of historical personages, and involves them in the great events of U.S. and world.
Saturday, July 13 @ 10:30am
Here is one of those rare and remarkable debuts that herald the appearance of a major new talent on the literary scene. Inspired by real events, this historical novel by Susan Carol McCarthy, is a wise and luminous story about a northern family, a southern town, and the senseless murder that sparks an extraordinary act of courage. Join us and share your thoughts of the book, while enjoying coffee and refreshments provided courtesy of the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, August 1 @ 3pm
Join turtle advocate, Jade Dupuis, from St. Johns County Environmental Division, as she teaches us about the amazing turtles found in our area, and why they need our help. Sea turtles are amongst the oldest creatures on earth, but they are currently threatened. The beaches of northeast Florida are an important nesting area for the loggerhead, green, and leatherback sea turtles each summer. Discover how we can share and protect the beaches. We think our turtle friends are so COOL, we'll even celebrate nesting season with a "turtle" ice cream party. This free program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, June 27 @ 3pm
Want to know what you can do help protect the "wild side" of Florida? During this special visit by the the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, school-age children will learn ways they can improve natural Florida. Some of the hands-on educational activities include: discovering which critters live in local waters, looking at macroinvertebrates under a microscope, testing water salinity, dissolved oxygen, measuring turpidity, and viewing Enviroscapes. This free program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, June 20 @ 3pm
Sea Urchins, Mud Snails, Spiny Lobsters, Starfish, and Horseshoe Crabs are coming to visit the library this summer. School-age children can learn hands-on about Florida marine biology. Discover how the animals breathe, find and eat food, protect themselves and generally survive in their environment. This FREE program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, July 18 @ 3pm
This program uses the book, Shipwreck: Fast Forward, to explore how underwater sites form and the excavation processes used to retrieve information about them. Kids can try their hand at using Cartesian coordinates by playing an adapted version of Battleship to “map” each other’s shipwrecks. They'll also get to map a real, 100-year-old anchor. Presented by the Florida Public Archaeology Network, which is dedicated to the protection of cultural resources, both on land and underwater, and to involving the public in the study of their past. This program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, July 11 @ 3pm
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 bats are our friends. This program is sponsored in partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.