Ponte Vedra Branch
Wednesday, June 25 from 3pm - 6pm
Every 4th Wednesday of the month, the whole family is invited to the library to play board games, including Monopoly, Connect Four, Candy Land, Scrabble, Chutes & Ladders, Uno, and many more. Simply use your library card, or driver's license, to check out the games. All board games - including our new ones (Trivial Pursuit Family Edition, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Don't Drop the Egg, Super Mario Brothers Checkers, and Apples to Apples Disney Edition) are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.
Saturday, July 19 @ 1pm & 2:30pm (repeat workshop) [NEW date]
Children (ages 6 - 12) are invited to become Nature Detectives at our hands-on workshops where we'll learn all about bats and how these pollinators relate to gardening. Every child will receive free gardening goodies, including Nature Detective notebooks, and enjoy learning all about our wonderful Florida bats and why they are so valuable and not so scary. These workshops are designed by the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants, sponsored by the Garden Club of St. Augustine and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, with special partners from Bird Island Park providing activities with a special bat craft afterwards. Space is limited; sign up for a workshop by stopping by the Reference Desk or calling the library at 827-6950.
June 2 - August 2
Who says kids have all the fun? Adults can participate in our Adult Summer Reading Program June 2 through August 2. Simply submit a brief review of any book that you read during this time period and you’ll be entered for weekly and program finale raffle drawings. The more you read, the more chances you have of winning. For more information, please call the library at 827-6950 or visit the Reference Desk.
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.
Thursday, 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.
June 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.
Ms. 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.
Children'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)
Saturday, June 14 @ 10am to 3pm
Are you starting your first job, graduating from high school, or heading off to college? Whatever the reason, every teen needs to learn how to manage money. The St. Johns River Chapter of Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants and SJCPLS are teaming up to offer this full day (10am to 3pm) workshop to teens age 15-20. Subjects covered will be budgeting, saving, personal investing, using credit wisely, avoiding identity theft and more. Class size is limited so call us at 827-6950 or stop by the Reference Desk to register. This workshop is sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and lunch will be provided.