Saturday, December 21 @ 10am
eBooks are about content while tree books are about formatting. We’ll look at why an eBook writer can forget pages, font styles, and most layout problems while living a happier life and spending more time writing. John Simmons will discuss how authors should prepare texts for eBooks, and what makes them so different from a tree book. After an award-winning, 25-year career in broadcast journalism, John has turned his talents to the eBook industry where his new business is to convert manuscripts into a format ready to be used by all eBook publishers. This program is sponsored by the Ancient City Chapter, Florida Writers Association through a partnership with the Friends of the Library of St. Johns County.
Thursday, December 19 @ 10am
What would safer, cheaper, more effective health care mean for your family? Learn how to make over your medicine cabinet by replacing over-the-counter medicines and other drugs with pure, plant-based medicine--also known as essential oils. Discover how to take charge of your health care with these self-directed, medicinal oils that you can utilize every day to improve your body's chemistry and natural defenses. Presented by Green Smoothie Girl Health Coach, Charlene Kitht, Naturopath. Please call Charlene @ 305-6311 to register for this free class. Check out some of our essential oil books to learn more.
Tuesday, December 3 @ 5pm
Tired of being on the hold list, and can't wait any longer to see that new release film? Then join us at the library for a movie night. We're going to show a new release with a PG or PG-13 rating. Please call the Main Library at 827-6940 for movie title. We'll have plenty of snacks, courtesy of the Friends of the Library.
Saturday, December 7 @ 10:30am
If colder weather is drying your skin or holiday stress is literally showing on your face, how about a relaxing visit to the library? Paige Hunt, a.k.a. The Spa Lady, will be providing complimentary mini-spa treatments. Reserve your spot by calling the Main Library at 827-6940. Check out some of our home spa books, so you can bring the experience back home with you.
Monday, December 30 @ 1:30pm
Are you behind on your mortgage and facing foreclosure? Let the St. Johns Housing Partnership help you avoid scams and save your home. At this free workshop you’ll learn about various government-funded programs and their eligibility requirements. The St. Johns Housing Partnership is a non-profit organization, and there is never a charge to the homeowner for any of their services. Please call 819-1266 with questions and to register for this workshop.
Saturday, February 8 @ 10:30am
Pulitzer Prize biographer, Robert A. Caro, follows Lyndon Johnson through both the most frustrating and the most triumphant periods of his career. The Passage of Power describes Johnson's volatile relationship with John and Robert Kennedy during the fight they waged for the 1960 Democratic nomination for president, through Johnson's unhappy vice presidency, his assumption to the presidency after Kennedy's assassination, his victories over the budget and civil rights, and the eroding trap of Vietnam.
In Alice Munro's superb collection, we find stories about women of all ages and circumstances, their lives made palpable by the subtlety and empathy of this incomparable writer. Throughout this compelling collection, Munro's understanding of the people about whom she writes makes them as vivid as our own neighbors. Here are the infinite betrayals and surprises of love between men and women, between friends, between parents and children that are the stuff of all our lives. It is Alice Munro's special gift to make these stories as vivid and real as our own.
Nora Eldridge, an elementary school teacher in Cambridge, Massachusetts, long ago compromised her dream to be a successful artist, mother and lover. She has instead become the "woman upstairs," a reliable friend and neighbor always on the fringe of others' achievements. Then into her life arrive the glamorous and cosmopolitan Shahids--her new student Reza Shahid, a child who enchants as if from a fairy tale, and his parents: Skandar, a dashing Lebanese professor who has come to Boston for a fellowship at Harvard, and Sirena, an effortlessly alluring Italian artist. When Reza is attacked by schoolyard bullies, Nora is drawn deep into the complex world of the Shahid family; she finds herself falling in love with them, separately and together. Nora's happiness explodes her boundaries, and she discovers in herself an unprecedented ferocity--one that puts her beliefs and her sense of self at stake. Told with urgency, intimacy and piercing emotion, this brilliant novel of passion and artistic fulfillment explores the intensity, thrill--and the devastating cost--of embracing an authentic life.
This year's Literary Legend at the Florida Heritage Book Festival is best-selling author, Robin Cook. In celebration of this event, we are letting book club members choose any of his titles to read for this month's book discussion. Dr. Cook debuted his first medical thriller, Coma, in 1977, and since then, he has written more than 30 others, becoming recognized worldwide as the master of the medical thriller genre. In 2002, he was awarded the "Author of Vision" distinction from the RP International organization, and in 2004, President George W. Bush appointed him to the Woodrow Wilson Board of Trustees. Wesleyan University honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award in 1982 and the McConaughy Award in 2012 for his writing.