Ponte Vedra Beach Branch

Great Books Discussion Group

Monday, February 2 @ 3pm

BooksJoin us for a Great Books Discussion. The group meets monthly and the book to be discussed is from the 1st Series of the Great Books Reading & Discussion Program, entitled Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. We welcome all interested readers. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.


Teen Gaming Night

teen gamingWednesday, February 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, Nintendo WiiU, Nintendo Wii, or X-Box 360 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. New games for 2015:  Super Smash Bros. (WiiU) and Just Dance 2015 (WiiU).


St. Johns Reads Event: Family Storytime

Last Train to ParadiseThursday, February 5 @ 11am

All aboard the Storytime Express! Join us for a very special train-themed Family Storytime celebrating our library system's 2015 St. Johns Reads selection about Henry Flagler, Last Train to Paradise by Les Standiford. Ms. Anne will share her favorite train stories in addition to the usual dancing, singing, and more. Train-lovers, feel free to wear your favorite train conductor attire if you wish! Parents, grandparents, and caregivers, we'll be handing out the brochure with all the related events for St. Johns Reads for adults and teens including a special visit by the author himself.


Teen Movie Club

MovieTuesday, February 10 from 5pm - 7:30pm

Held once a month on a Tuesday during the school year.

 Teens (Ages 13 - 18 ONLY) are invited to join 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. In honor of Valentine's Day, we'll be watching an adaptation (PG-13) of John Green's book The Fault in Our Stars starring Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort. This event is generously sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Call the library at 827-6950 for more details.


After-School Crafts with Teens

art programWednesday, February 11 @ 4pm

Children (Kindergarten - 5th grade), and their caregivers, are invited to make crafts with the teens of Nease High School's Arts in Motion Club. Materials are provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. No registration is needed and it's free. Please Note: All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the program.


St. Johns Reads: Category 5 by Thomas Neil Knowles

Category 5Wednesday, February 11 @ 6:30pm

Author of Category 5 and historian, Thomas Neil Knowles, will examine the 1935 Labor Day hurricane, which caused the death of more than 400 people in the Keys alone and destroyed the Florida East Coast Railway's Key West Extension. Knowles will describe what daily life was like on the Keys and why so many Americans perished in the storm.



Free Nemours BrightStart Screenings for Ages 3 - 5

Thursday, February 12 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

Wednesday, February 18 from 3pm - 4:30pm

LegoTweens 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.


St. Johns Reads: Florida Fixins for Fancy Folks

Wednesday, February 18 @ 6pm

St Johns ReadsTravel back to the 1920s and 30s to enjoy a sampling of cuisine inspired by a Florida East Coast Railway dining car menu. Dining aboard the Florida East Coast Railway was lush and renowned. Dining cars were of the latest design with attractive finishes and were manned by experienced stewards, chefs, and waiters. Kitchens were equipped with up-to-date appliances for the preparation and serving of meals. Dining car menus showed a wide variety from which to make a selection, and delicious foods, including the famous citrus fruits of Florida. This free culinary event is sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.


Book Talk Cafe: Dr. Thomas Graham

Book TalkMonday, February 23 @ 6:30pm

Meet Dr. Thomas Graham, history professor emeritus at Flagler College. Mr. Flagler’s St. Augustine is his latest book, a biography of the multi-millionaire who had an enormous impact on the Ancient City and the state of Florida. The book is packed with intriguing and little known details about the Standard Oil tycoon. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.


St. Johns Reads Event: Book Discussion & Dessert

Tuesday, February 24 @ 3pm

Last Train to ParadiseLast Train to Paradise is acclaimed novelist Les Standiford’s fast-paced and gripping true account of the extraordinary construction and spectacular demise of the Key West Railroad—one of the greatest engineering feats ever undertaken, destroyed in one fell swoop by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935. Join us for dessert and a lively discussion of the book.



Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series: Lucy Chen

Tuesday, February 24 @ 6:30pm

MusicThe next concert in the series will feature Lucy Chen, piano professor at Edward Waters College, who will present a program of classical and French compositions. Next month she will perform at Carnegie Hall. Everyone is welcome and it's free. Doors open at 6pm and seating is limited. This program is made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library.

Just for Babies and Family Storytimes

storytimeMs. Anne presents programs for little ones!

Just for Babies: 2nd and 4th Thursdays @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 babies and older siblings are encouraged to attend Family Storytime.

Family Storytime: Every Thursday @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.

Please Note: When the FOL Community Room is not available, Just for Babies and/or Family Storytime will not be held.


Musical Madness for Kids: Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Woodwind Quintet

MusicThursday, February 26 @ 4pm

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. The series continues in February with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra's Woodwind Quintet coming to perform for you and teach you all about their musical instruments. Come get a taste of the magical world of classical music!

Please note: the Musical Madness series is geared toward the elementary-aged child with Musical Storybooks (held in May) 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.


Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants: Spring Into Flowers

Saturday, March 21 @ 2pm

sisterhoodThe Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants (Cathy and Marilyn, members of the Garden Club of St. Augustine) are coming to your library to help you discover the meaning behind flowers, how they can come together in beautiful arrangements, with "Downton Abbey" as the inspriation! If you wish, buy raffle tickets from the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library to win the arrangements the Sisterhood creates. The raffle proceeds help sponsor this event. Doors will open at 1:30pm and light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Join us for this bi-annual event not to be missed!


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

Amy Ring, Branch Manager
Anne Crawford, Youth Services
Joan Hakala, Reference
Lidia Wolfcale, Circulation
Telephone: (904)827-6950
Fax: (904)827-6955
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