Ponte Vedra Branch

Adventures in Art: Jan Norris

Tuesday, January 13 @ 2pm

Please join us for a presentation by Jan Norris, Director for Education, Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, on "The Sculptures of Chaim Gross." This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Ponte Vedra Beach Library Book Club

Tuesday, January 27 @ 3pm

Book ClubPlease join us as we discuss In the Kingdom of Ice by Hampton Sides. Everyone is welcome. For further information please contact the Reference Department at 827-6950 or visit the Library's Reference Desk.



Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, January 5 @ 3pm

BooksJoin us for a Great Books Discussion. The group meets monthly and the book to be discussed is from the 1st Series of the Great Books Reading & Discussion Program, entitled "Apology" by Plato. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.



Musical Madness for Kids: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Brass Quintet

MusicWednesday, January 14 @ 3pm

Youth Services Librarian (and former clarinetist!) Anne Crawford, the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra are partnering to invite Kindergartners - 5th graders and their caregivers to celebrate the magic that is music. In January, February, and April, the Brass Quintet, Woodwind Quintet, and String Quintet, respectively, will each be coming to our library after school to perform for you and teach you all about their musical instruments. In May, the JSO will present a special Musical Storybooks program for preschoolers and their families featuring children's book Mole Music by David McPhail and the String Quartet. Come get a taste of the magical world of classical music!

Please note:  the Musical Madness series is geared toward the elementary-aged child with Musical Storybooks geared toward preschoolers. If you wish to bring younger children to any of these programs, please be mindful of the decorum expected for everyone's enjoyment. This special music series is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Teen Movie Club (New Program!)

MovieTuesday, January 27 from 5pm - 7:30pm

Held once a month on a Tuesday during the school year.

Teens (Ages 13 - 18 ONLY)
are invited to join our new Movie Club featuring primarily book-to-movie adaptations. Bring your friends, chow down on pizza and sodas, and let us know if the movie lived up to the book. You don't have to read the book to come, but the books are all available in the library. Kicking off this new program, we'll be watching an adaptation (rated PG-13) of James Dashner's popular book The Maze Runner starring Dylan O'Brien! This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details.


After-School Crafts with Teens

art programWednesday, January 21 @ 4pm

Held the 3rd instead of the 2nd Wednesday this month due to the Musical Madness for Kids series. Children (K - 5th grade), and their caregivers, are invited to make crafts with the teens of Nease High School's Arts in Motion Club. Materials are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. No registration is needed and it's free. Please Note: All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.


LEGO Club for Tweens (New and Expanded Time)

Wednesday, January 21 from 3pm - 4:30pm

LegoTweens in 4th-7th grades are invited to the library for an afternoon of building with Legos and hanging out. No registration is necessary and it's free. Thanks to our Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for providing the Legos for this very special program just for Tweens, including our pink Legos. Tween girl Lego lovers, we want you to join our club, too.


Free Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 - 5 (Held on a new day starting in January 2015)

Thursday, January 8 from 10am - 12:30pm

childrenChildren ages 3-5 are invited to receive a free, 10-minute Early Literacy Screening at the library, courtesy of Nemours BrightStart. Registration is taken on a first-come, first-serve basis by a Nemours representative. Utilize this free screening to find out where your child's literacy strengths lie, and what you can do to help them improve in any other areas before they start school.


Teen Gaming Night

teen gamingWednesday, January 7 @ 5pm

Teens (Ages 13-18) are invited to have fun with friends at the library. Play "E" and "T"-rated games on our PlayStation 3, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Wii, or X-Box 360 set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing. Don't worry about waiting for a turn - we'll have board games to play. Snacks will be provided. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and our friends at Sony. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details. New games for 2015: Super Smash Bros. (WiiU) and Just Dance 2015 (WiiU).


Just for Babies and Family Storytimes (Held on a new day starting in January 2015)

storytimeMs. Anne presents programs for little ones. Moving to Thursday mornings starting in January 2015

Just for Babies: 2nd and 4th Thursdays @10:15am; for babies up to 15 months and their caregivers. This infant lapsit is designed for one-on-one interaction between caregiver and baby. Families with babies and older siblings are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.

Family Storytime: Every Thursday @11am; for children 16 months to 5 years and their families, though no child will be turned away. For more information on system-wide library storytimes, please go here.

Please Note:  When the FOL Community Room is not available, Just for Babies and/or Family Storytime will not be held. This month, due to Early Voting, that means no Just for Babies or Family Storytime on January 15 and 22.

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