Main Library

Babytime

Thursday, July 31 @ 10:15am
Babytime is designed for pre-walkers ages 0-16 months. Join us in The Children's Room for a lapsit circle time where we will engage the wee little ones with songs, action rhymes, and sensory exploration. Parents can learn fun new ways to interact with their babies and socialize them with other children in the same age group. For the safety of the babies, we encourage parents to graduate their toddlers to Toddler Time once they are able to walk and run.

 

Toddler Time

Thursday, July 31 @ 11am
Toddler Time is designed for children ages 1-3. Mr. Andy and Mrs. Marcia will sing songs, read stories, perform action rhymes, and more. It is always a great time, but seating is limited. If you don't make it into the 11am program, we will be hosting a second one at 11:30am so stick around. You'll be glad you did.

 

Summer Reading Event: Final Ice Cream Party

ice creamThursday, July 31 @ 3pm
It's the last episode of this year's Florida Library Youth Program. Help us close out a great summer with one of the most amazing scientific creations ever: Ice Cream. Create your own science experiment by mixing and matching a variety of toppings. All are welcome and the fun lasts until the last scoop is gone.

 

Adult Summer Reading

Adult Summer Reading
Read your way to raffle prizes. For every book you read and review between June 2 and August 2, you will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. The more you read and review, the better your chances are to win. Review forms are available at the Main Library. Must be 18 or older to enter.

 

Princess Party and School Supply Drive

girly girl parteasSaturday, August 2 @ 10am
Come meet the princesses from Girly Girl Parteas and join them for a school supply drive party to benefit Tools 4 Schools and the St. Johns County Education Foundation. Bring a donation for the school supply drive and meet our Snow Sisters and their princess friends. Visit here to learn more.

 

Book a Digital Librarian

Book A Digital LibrarianNeed help with your gadget? Can't figure out how to get an ebook on your device? Just need some general computer help? We've got staff members who can help with that. Call us at 827-6940 to make an appointment. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

 

Ask a Lawyer

Monday, August 4 @ 10:30am

Steven deLaroche, a prominent attorney with decades of experience, and also a former county judge, hosts an open forum: "Ask An Attorney" with a focus on Estate Planning, Elder Law, and more. Bring your legal questions and concerns for review.

 

Foreclosure Prevention Workshop

Foreclosure PreventionMonday, August 4 @ 1:30pm
Are you behind on your mortgage or struggling to make your housing payments? This informative workshop, presented by St. Johns Housing Partnership, will explain some of the government programs available to you and how they can help. St. Johns Housing partnership is a HUD approved, non-profit agency located in St. Johns County. Call 819-1266 to reserve your seat.

 

Needlework with Friends

Needlework with FriendsMonday, August 4 @ 3pm
Bring your projects -- knit, crochet, needlepoint, or cross stitch -- and share your love of needlecrafts at the Main Library. We meet the first and third Monday of each month. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. For more information, contact FOL President, Toni Siriani at Toni825@hotmail.com, or contact the Main Library at 827-6940.

 

Gentle Stretching with Lenore

Gentle Stretching with LenoreTuesday, August 5 @ 10:30am
Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Join us for a free hour of yoga with Miss Lenore. Registration is not required. Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

 

Movie Night at Main

Movie night at MainTuesday, August 5 @ 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. Scientist, Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp), strives to create an artificial intelligence that combines the collective intelligence of everything ever known with the full range of human emotions. His experiments take on dangerous implications when his consciousness is uploaded into one such program. This film is rated PG-13. Please call the library at 827-6940 for movie title. We'll have plenty of snacks, courtesy of the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Family Film Series

moviesWednesday August 6 @ 2pm
In today's feature film, the toys find themselves trapped in a daycare and enlist a whole new gang of friends to help them escape. Bring a friend and beat the heat with this fun family film. Free popcorn while it lasts. This program and more brought to you by The Friends of Main Library St. Augustine

Family Film Series

moviesThursday, August 7 @ 4pm
Join us for another fun family film. In today's feature, the first day of school ends in disaster and dad has to go on an epic journey to rescue his son. Popcorn will be served while supplies last. The Family Film Series is sponsored by The Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Stress-Relieving Stretches

Stress-Relieving StretchesFriday, August 8 @ 10:30am
This free class emphasizes stretching, coordination of breath with movement, and attention to alignment. The class is designed to create breath awareness, enhance balance, and increase flexibility. Stretching is great for those who are experiencing joint sensitivity, or overall stiffness. Wear loose clothing, bring a towel & mat. Presented by yoga instructor, Gina Mercado.

 

Literary Lions Book Club: The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud

The Woman UpstairsSaturday, August 9 @ 10:30am
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. Reserve it.

 

STAND Against Bullying with Magician Mark Alan

magician mark alanTuesday, August 12 @ 6pm
STAND Against Bullying is a 45-minute program focusing on a serious topic in a fun manner. Using comedy, magic, ventriloquism, musical routines, and lots of audience interaction, Mark helps give kids the tools they need to take a STAND against bullying. This program was made possible at all SJCPLS branch libraries by the Barbara A. Kay Foundation Grant.

 

iPad User Group

Wednesday, August 13 @ 11am

Come join your fellow iPad users in this informal user group. Bring your favorite tip or app to share with attendees as well as some questions to pose to the group. Space is limited and sign-ups are required. Call the library at 827-6940 to register. Don't forget to bring your iPad!

 

 

Summer Gaming Event

gamingThursday, August 14 @ 3pm
Beat the heat with summer gaming at Main Library. Test your skills with your friends on our Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, and Playstation 3 video game stations. Everyone gets a turn to play so bring a friend and play from 3 - 5pm. Sponsored by The Friends of Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Book A Digital Librarian

Book A Digital LibrarianNeed help with your gadget? Can't figure out how to get an ebook on your device? Just need some general computer help? We've got staff members who can help with that! Call us at 827-6940 to make an appointment. RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.

 

 

 

Florida Writers Association / Ancient City Chapter Monthly Meeting

Florida Writers AssociationSaturday, August 16 @ 10am
Making Audio Books a Part of Your Marketing Mix presented by Rik Feeney. Whether you are independently or traditionally published, audio books should be a part of your marketing plan. This presentation will cover more about this element, why it should be a part of your marketing mix, and how it can affect the sales of your books.

This meeting is sponsored by the FWA/ACC and the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. All book sales benefit the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 10am. All meetings are free and open to the public.

 

Needlework with Friends

Needlework with FriendsMonday, August 18 @ 3:00pm
Bring your projects -- knit, crochet, needlepoint, or cross stitch -- and share your love of needlecrafts. We meet the first and third Monday of each month. This free program is sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. For more information, contact FOL President, Toni Siriani at Toni825@hotmail.com, or contact the library at 827-6940.


Gentle Stretching with Lenore

Gentle Stretching with LenoreTuesday, August 19 @ 10:30am

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Join us for a free hour of yoga with Miss Lenore. Registration is not required. Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

 

 

Movie Night at Main

Movie night at MainTuesday, August 19 @ 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. Set in a futuristic dystopia, where society is divided into five factions that each represent a different virtue, teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Tris Prior has an important choice to make but she has a secret that should anyone find out, it would mean a certain death. This film is rated PG-13. Please call the library at 827-6940 for movie title. We'll have plenty of snacks, courtesy of the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Android User Group

Wednesday, August 20 @ 10am

Join your fellow Android users in this informal user group. Bring your favorite tip or app to share with attendees as well as some questions to pose to the group. Space is limited and sign-ups are required. Call the library at 827-6940 to register and don't forget to bring your device.

 

Wednesday Brown Bag Lunch: Preview of the Florida Heritage Book Festival

Friends of the Main Library St. AugustineWednesday, August 20 @ 12:30pm

Join us to learn about the Florida Heritage Book Festival, held September 25 - 27 in St. Augustine. Jim Wilson, and others, will be talking about the writers' conference, the festival, and the Literary Legends Banquet.

This preview is free of charge and open to the public. Bring your lunch and enjoy the program as well as light refreshments provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. For more information contact Friends President, Toni Siriani at Toni825@hotmail.com or call the library at 827-6940.

 

Adult Bingo for Books

Bingo for booksThursday, August 21 @ 3:30 pm

Do you love free books and playing B-I-N-G-O? Come to the library, make new friends, or bring old friends along, and win adult fiction and non-fiction books. Everyone is guaranteed to go home with at least one book. Book prizes are generously donated by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Everyone is welcome and it's free.

 

Main-iac Science Labs: Metamorphosis

monarch butterflyThursday, August 21 @ 4pm
Main-iac Science Labs presents resident Monarch Butterfly expert, Sara Fenwick, as she helps children explore the wonder of Monarch metamorphosis. Learn how they transfom from egg, to caterpillar, to chrysalis, to butterfly. Sponsored by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Painting with Acrylics For Beginners: Seascapes

Painting with AcrylicsFriday, August 22 @ 1pm
Seniors and adults, discover art through the library and its resources. Those who have never held a paintbrush, mixed colors, or created a personal masterpiece will have the opportunity to do so completely free of charge. This workshop is sponsored by the St. Johns Cultural Council, the State of the Arts License Plate Program, and the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. Interested artists can call the library at 827-6940 to sign up.

 

 

Science Behind Taking Great Photographs

Science of PhotographySaturday, August 23 @ 1pm

Great photographs are created through a technique that applies artistic design within a medium that relies on technical precision. Local artist and lifelong photographer, Tom Tibbitts, will help you take your photos to a new level. Come learn the science behind artistic design, elements of light exposure, contrast, depth, composition’s rule of thirds, or Fibonacci’s Ratio as the Golden Mean. The science behind great photographs is the ability to know the rules, when to follow them, and when to break them.

 

J.A.A.M. (Japanese Anime At Main)

JAAMMonday, August 25 @ 5pm
Do you love watching anime or reading manga? Tweens, teens, and young twenty-somethings are invited to the monthly meeting of our anime club, where you can meet others with similar interests. Feel free to wear a costume if you’d like and come "JAAM" with us. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

 

Gentle Stretching with Lenore

Gentle Stretching with LenoreTuesday, August 26 @ 10:30am

Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Join us for a free hour of yoga with Miss Lenore. Registration is not required. Wear loose clothing and bring your yoga mat, if you have one. For more information, call the library at 827-6940.

 

After School Gaming

teen gamersThursday, August 28 @ 3pm
School is back in session and so is after school gaming. Every second and third Thursday of the month you can challenge your friends on our Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii, and Playstation 3 gaming systems. Everyone gets a turn so come play from 3pm - 5pm. Sponsored by The Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

 

Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest Fundraiser

Columbia Community Harvest 

The Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine is very pleased to announce that Columbia Restaurant has selected us to participate in their 17th Community Harvest Program. During September the restaurant will donate 5% of selected meal checks to us.  Enjoy a delicious meal, select Friends of the Library on the ballot presented at the end of your meal and you're supporting your library!

 

Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine Book Sale

Friends of the Main Library St. AugustineSeptember 5 - September 9
The sale features books of all kinds and items such as DVDs, CDs, VHS tapes, and audio books. Hardback books cost $1.00 and paperbacks cost $.50, with many children's books priced even lower. A selection of special books is individually priced at $3.00 and up. The book sale is held by the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine as a fundraiser.  All sale proceeeds support programs and other needs of the Main Library.

 

Literary Lions Book Club: Robin Cook

Book ClubSaturday, September 13 @ 10:30am
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. Browse for titles.

 

Vision Impairment Program

Monday, September 15 @ 10:30am
VISION EDUCATION & REHABILITATION CENTER (formerly ILAB) – VERC is a community-based rehabilitation program for adults and high school youth who have reduced vision to a degree that some difficulty is experienced in daily activities.  Services are provided at no cost to the participant.  Individuals learn necessary skills to overcome obstacles of vision loss and gain the confidence they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives.  VERC serves five counties:  Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns.  If you are visually impaired, know someone who is, or have an interest in blindness and low vision, please join us on September 15th at 10:30 am to learn more.

 

Shimmy Chic Fitness

Monday, September 15 @ 6:30pm
Shimmy Chic Fitness is a fun and energetic workout program based on the ancient art of bellydance – but with a modern twist! The class provides both calorie-burning cardio and muscle-toning moves, along with increased flexibility and grace. Join certified instructor Liz Rizzolo for a FREE introductory class!


 

Florida Writers Association / Ancient City Chapter Monthly Meeting

Florida Writers AssociationSaturday, September 20 @ 10am
Indie writers & booksellers: partners in promotion presented by Donna Pazz Kaufman. Too often, marketing is an after thought, only prompted when the boxes of books sit in the garage waiting for readers. In this session, we'll discuss what retailers will need to be printed on your book cover, the terms bookstores will require, how to manage consignment sales, strategies for getting your book prominent display space, and how to approach a bookstore for events and activities.

This meeting is sponsored by the FWA/ACC and the Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine. All book sales benefit the Friends of the Library. Doors open at 10:00 am. All meetings are free and open to the public.

 

Hours
Mon. - Wed. 10am - 8pm
Thurs. - Fri. 10am - 6pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday : Closed

Contact
Valerie Peischel, Branch Manager
Andy Calvert, Youth Services
Amy Ackerman, Reference
Richard Steinmeyer, Circulation
Telephone: (904) 827-6940
Fax: (904) 827-6945
Email: libm@sjcfl.us*

Location
1960 North Ponce de Leon Blvd.
St. Augustine, Florida 32084
Click here for Map and Directions

Friends of the Library of St. Johns County
President: Toni Siriani
Toni825@hotmail.com

Main Friends Application

 

Meeting Room & Equipment Information:
Both the Large Meeting Room & Small Conference Room can be reserved. Please click here for more information & download the PDF Application.

*Under Florida law, e-mail address are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead please contact via phone or in writing.

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