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Storytime at Santa Rosa County libraries

January Events at Your Santa Rosa County Library


Please note new information/programs are highlighted below.

Holiday Closures
The library system will close on Tues., Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day and on Mon., Jan. 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
 
Family Story Hour
"Book a Trip" with Family Story Hour! Join us as we journey to all seven continents. There will be stories, activities, and more related to each destination on our trip. This month we will explore Australia. Come each month to receive a stamp in your Family Story Hour passport.
Family Story Hour will be presented during the following times this month:
  • 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Jan. 4 at the Milton Library
  • 4 p.m. on Mon., Jan. 7 at the Navarre Library
  • 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 8 at the Jay Library
  • 4 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 15 at the Pace Library
  • 5:30 p.m. on Tues., Jan. 29 at the Gulf Breeze Library
Preschool Storytime
Storytime programs are presented for preschool children ages three through five and include stories, finger plays and action rhymes. Caregivers must remain in the library during storytime; however, they cannot accompany children into the programs. Programs start promptly at the assigned times; latecomers are not admitted.
First timer? Visit the library to meet the storytime presenter, pick up a welcome packet, explore the children's area, and enjoy a tour of the library.

Storytime will be presented during the following times Jan. 14 through Feb. 22:
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre and Milton Libraries
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze and Pace Libraries
Check the library website for additional details at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
 
Toddler Time
Toddler Time is a program for children ages 18 to 36 months who attend with a caregiver.  One child and one adult register together for songs, stories, rhymes, and other fun activities. This 20 minute program lasts six weeks. Toddler Time requires registration; space is limited. It is not a drop-in program. Details are available at the participating libraries. For questions, contact Youth Services Coordinator Angela Evans at (850) 981-4066.

Toddler Time will be presented during the following times Jan. 14 through Feb. 22:
  • 11 – 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Milton, Navarre and Pace Libraries
  • 10 – 10:20 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze Library 
Winter Break Double Feature – Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Jan. 2, 2 p.m.
Visit the Milton Library for a double feature. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Milton Library.
  • 2 p.m. – “Incredibles 2” (rated PG)
  • 4 p.m. – “Ant Man & the Wasp” (rated PG-13)
The Illustriates Graphic Novel Book Club – Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 2, 4 p.m.
Sixth through 12th graders can join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts to discuss the book of the month. Members can suggest reading ideas, interests, and discuss the world of the graphic novel. This month’s selection is “Fake Blood” by Whitney Gardner. Registration is required.
 
Book Chat – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Jan. 2, 4 p.m.  
One of the next best things to reading a good book is chatting about it. Join the conversation at the Pace Library on the first Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. This month read and be ready to report on a personal selection from The Great American Read book list. Registration is required.
 
STEAM Makerspace – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 5 and 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Jan. 7, 14, 28, 2 – 5 p.m.
Come join the maker's space at the Gulf Breeze Library. Person interested in drafting, robotics, Arduino, knitting, painting or any kind of hobby have access to the library meeting room. Registration is required.
 
Reading with Gabby– Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Jan. 5, 10 a.m.
Visit the library to read with Gabby the therapy dog. Space is limited; registration is required.
 
Coffee Talk Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 8, 12 p.m.
The non-fiction book club meets on the second Tuesday of every other month for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. This month’s selection is “Barracoon” by Zora Neale Hurston. Registration is required.
 
The Inklings– Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Jan. 8, 5 p.m.
Sixth through 10th graders are invited to share their ideas about the book of the month. The Inklings Book Club meets the second Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. at the Milton Library. This month’s selection is “Catwoman: Soulstealer” by Sarah J. Maas. Registration is required.

Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director’s Meeting – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Library. Visit the Friends’ website at www.facebook.com/friendsofgblibrary for more information.
 
Friends of the Pace Library Board Meeting – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Jan. 8, 5:30 p.m.
Board meetings are held at the Pace Library at 5:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every other month beginning with January. The annual meeting is held in March. Visit the FOPL website at www.friendsofpacelibrary.org for details.
 
For the Win! Games Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Jan. 12, 9 a.m.
Enjoy playing games? Join the Milton Library for game day. Bring games from home or play those provided. There will also be an on-going Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This event is open to all ages and game groups are welcome.
 
Friends of the Navarre Library Board Meeting - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 14, 10 a.m.
Board meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Navarre Library. Visit the Friends’ website at www.facebook.com/NFONL for more information.
 
Game Night – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Jan. 15, 3 p.m.
Enjoy playing games? Bring games from home or play those provided by the library. All ages and game groups are welcome.
 
AniManga Club – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 15, 4 p.m.
Visit the Gulf Breeze Library on the third Tuesday of each month to learn and share graphic art skills in a fun environment. The AniManga Club is dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of animation, cartooning, and related arts. The club is open to youth ages 11 – 17.
 
Navarre Authors Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 15, 4 p.m.

Join other local authors at the Navarre Library once a quarter. Topics of discussion will include everything from the writing process to how a new author can get published.
 
Third Thursdays with Your County Master Gardener – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 17, 11 a.m.

The county master gardeners will present a monthly series on a variety of interesting topics with solutions for gardening. This month’s topic, “Fruit Trees for the Panhandle,” will be presented by Sam Greendorfer.

Third Fridays with UF/IFAS Extension – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 18, 1 p.m.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services presents “Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principles” by Mary Salinas, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County residential horticulture agent, at the Gulf Breeze Library.
 
Robotics and Tech for Tweens & Teens – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 22, 4 p.m.
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, Arduino, virtual reality, and all things tech-related are invited to join the Gulf Breeze Library for a robotics and tech club. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month. Beginners through expert level welcome!
 
Graphic Novel Book Club – Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Jan. 22, 5 p.m.

Join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts at the Milton Library on the fourth Tuesday each month to discuss the book of the month. Members can suggest reading ideas, interests, and discuss the world of the graphic novel. This month's selection is “Supergirl: Being Super” by Mariko Tamaki. Registration is required.
 
Reading Fanatics Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 22, 5 p.m.
Join the Navarre Library for a new book club. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. Those interested may suggest books to the library – fiction and non-fiction titles are welcome!
 
Early Learning Coalition Storytime – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In honor of Celebrate Literacy Week, the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County will offer storytime with Mother Goose. Parents can visit the parent education booth for early literacy strategies.
 
Bibliobabblers Teen Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Jan. 29, 6 p.m.

Ninth through 12th graders who are 14-18 years old can discuss the read-of-the-month with friends at the Gulf Breeze Library. Bibliobabblers meets at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s book is “Illuminae” by Amie Kaufman.

       
The Santa Rosa County Library System is a department of the Santa Rosa County Board of County Commissioners. Libraries are located in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre, and Pace. Find additional information at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries or call (850) 981-7323 (READ).

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