Ponte Vedra Branch

Great Books Discussion Group

BooksMonday, June 2 @ 3pm

The Great Books Discussion Group is currently reading books from Great Conversations 6. This month's book is Mario and the Magician by Thomas Mann. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.


Children's Summer Reading Program (Florida Library Youth Program - FLYP)



June 16 - August 2
All children, birth to 5th grade, are invited to participate in FLYP (Florida Library Youth Program) which includes books and other prizes for reading and fun, weekly performances from magician Mark Alan, St. Johns County Youth Services Staff including Slime Sisters Science and "Frozen" in July, and much more.  All performances, the celebratory ice cream party, and the $1000 worth of book prizes are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details.


Summer Reading Event: Teen Throwback Thursday

spark a reactionThursday, June 12 from 2pm - 5pm

Is it scientifically possible to be frozen in Florida in June? All rising 6th - 12th graders are invited to join us to kick off this year's Teen Summer Reading Program, Spark a Reaction, with a throwback to childhood. Enjoy old-school fun such as snow cones, bubbles, board games, chalk art, the new Disney movie starring Olaf the snowman, and so much more. Vote on your favorite childhood book that will become a display in our Children's Department. Devour pizza, sodas, and snow cones with your friends and pick up your Teen Summer Reading Program bookmark reviews to win free teen books this summer. Thank you to our Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for generously sponsoring this event.


Summer Reading Event: Children's Author Visit and Fun Florida Crafts

St. Augustine A to ZThursday, June 26 @ 3:30pm

The whole family is invited to join us for a special local children's author visit by Susan Calfee, the picture book author of St. Augustine A to Z: A Young Reader's Guide to America's Oldest City and enjoy making fun Florida crafts afterwards. Susan lives in Ponte Vedra and conceived her book right in our very library. See how much you know about our historic city with this interactive storytime for all ages. Copies of the book will be available for sale, with an author signing afterwards. Proceeds go to our Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, which gives us money for library books, programs, and more. Curious about the book? Click here to go to our library's catalog and request a copy today.


Teen Summer Reading Program

spark a reactionJune 16 - August 2

We encourage all rising 6th-12th graders to stop by the Reference Desk to pick up reading bookmark reviews and participate in our Summer Reading Program which begins on June 16. Read whatever you like, write a short review for each book, and turn them in at the Reference Desk. All reviews will be entered into a weekly raffle for free teen fiction books from our prize cart. With your permission on the bookmark, your reviews may be posted to our library's website. At the end of the summer, three grand prize winners will each receive a gift certificate to The Bookmark, a great used book store in Neptune Beach. All prizes are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.


LEGO Club for Tweens

LegoWednesday, June 18 @ 4pm
Tweens in 4th-7th grades (ages 9 - 13) 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

storytimeTuesday, June 17 from 10am - 12:30pm
Children 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, June 4 @ 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 (with the new Move), our new Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Wii, or X-Box 360 (with the new Kinect) set up on three TVs for simultaneous playing. Snacks are 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.


Just for Babies and Family Storytimes: July

storytimeMs. Anne presents programs for little ones. Held the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of July

Just for Babies: @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 multiple children are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.

Family Storytime: @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.


Summer Reading Events

flypChildren's Summer Florida Library Youth Program (FLYP)
3:30pm Thursdays, June 19 – July 31

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library's FLYP Programs take place at 3:30pm on Thursdays beginning June 19 through July 31. We invite you to "Fizz, Boom, READ!" with us each week at the library. Children of all ages are welcome to attend; please be aware, however, that FLYP Programs are geared toward the school-age child. Don't miss Slime Sisters Science featuring your own Ms. Anne and Ms. Amy. These programs are brought to you by the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, with many thanks to the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for their generous support.

June 19:  Fab Lab Weird-ology (presented by Hastings Branch Library staff)
June 26:  St. Augustine A - Z (featuring children's author Susan Calfee)
July 10:  Slime Sisters Science (presented by Ms. Anne and Ms. Amy)
July 17:  "Frozen" in July [NEW!!] (2:30 - 5:30 pm!)
July 24:  Magician Mark Alan (extra show at 2:30pm)
July 31:  Ice Cream Party (wear your pajamas)


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