Ponte Vedra Branch

Nature Detective Workshops for Kids

sisterhoodSaturday, July 11 at 1pm and 2:30pm (repeat wksp.)

Pre-registration required as space and materials are limited! Starting Monday, May 18, call 827-6950 or visit the Reference Desk of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library to register!

Do you love bugs? All children ages 6 - 12 are invited to become a true Nature Hero and learn all about dragonflies and hummingbirds, two amazing pollinators, with the Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants! These fun, educational workshops are hands-on with take-home gardening goodies for you, ending with a craft with the Arts in Motion Club teens of Nease High School. The second workshop is a repeat of the first. These workshops are generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and the Garden Club of St. Augustine. Please Note: All children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.

Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library Book Club

Tuesday, June 23 @ 3pm

Book ClubPlease join us as we discuss At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen. Everyone is welcome. For further information, please contact the Reference Department at 827-6950 or visit the Library's Reference Desk.


May "Just for Babies" and Family Storytimes

storytimeBird Island Park's Ms. Suzanne and Ms. Gail present programs for little ones at the library!

Just for Babies - Held Thursdays, May 14 and May 28 at 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 - Held every Thursday morning in May at 11am; for children 16 months - 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:  May 7 at 11 am is our special Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra program for preschoolers, Musical Storybooks!

Thank you to Ms. Gail and Ms. Suzanne - our wonderful library and Bird Island Park volunteers - for providing storytime programming during May, a program planning month for our Youth Services Librarian Anne Crawford to get ready for our Summer Reading Programs for kids and teens!


Children's Book Week: Musical Storybooks presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's String Quartet

MusicThursday, May 7 @ 11am
Join us in celebrating Children's Book Week with a very special storytime featuring the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and Mole Music by David McPhail! 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 culmination of the Musical Madness for Kids series, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra 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 Storybooks program is 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

MovieTuesday, May 12 from 5pm - 7:30pm

Teens (Ages 13 - 18 ONLY) are invited to join us at 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. We will be watching the first movie in the Pitch Perfect series starring Anna Kendrick in anticipation of Pitch Perfect 2 which releases on May 15 in theatres. This movie is based on a book (non-fiction):  Pitch Perfect: The quest for collegiate a cappella glory by Mickey Rapkin. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details.


Free Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 - 5

Thursday, May 14 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.


LEGO Club for Tweens

LegoWednesday, May 20 from 3pm - 4:30pm
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. All young LEGO lovers, please enjoy our brand-new LEGO table in the Children's Department, purchased by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library, so that this special program may just be for the Tweens!


After-School Crafts with Teens (CANCELED)

art programWednesday, May 13 @ 4pm (CANCELED)

This program will not be held in May due to the Arts in Motion Club Nease High School teens taking exams! This program series will return in September. Thank you to the teens of the Arts in Motion Club and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library for making these wonderful programs possible!


Teen Gaming Night

teen gamingWednesday, May 6 @ 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, and Nintendo Wii 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.


Adventures in Art: Tour of Cummer Museum & Lunch

Tuesday, May 19 @10:30 am

Join us forARt lunch and a tour of the Cummer Museum galleries.  Total cost for the lunch and the museum tour is $30.00  Reservations are required.  Please call Marianne Stein at 280-2976 to reserve your spot. This program is made possible by FOCUS Cummer and the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

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