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February is Love Your Library Month

February Events at Your Santa Rosa County Library


Please note new information/programs are highlighted below.

Love Your Library Month
Love your Library Month is celebrated during February in libraries nationwide. This is a great time to recognize the important role libraries play in the cultural and economic success of local communities and the nation. Visit your local library to let them know what you love about your library.
 
Family Story Hour
"Book a Trip" with Family Story Hour! Join the libraries as they journey to all seven continents. There will be stories, activities, and more related to each destination on the trip. This month libraries will explore Africa. Come each month to receive a stamp in the Family Story Hour passport.

Family Story Hour will be presented during the following times this month:
  • 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 1 at the Milton Library
  • 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 4 at the Navarre Library
  • 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Jay Library
  • 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at the Pace Library
  • 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27 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 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 6 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 981-4066.
 
Toddler Time will be presented during the following times 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 
Tax Aide
Volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will be assisting with taxes at three Santa Rosa County libraries beginning Feb. 1. The AARP Tax-Aide program is the nation's largest free, volunteer-run tax preparation and assistance service, providing service to millions of low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older. Patrons are served on a first come–first served basis. Preregistration is not accepted and space is limited, so arrive early. 
  • Gulf Breeze Library (through April 15)
    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Milton Library (through April 11)
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1 – 5 p.m.
    Thursdays: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

  • Navarre Library (through April 13)
    Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
STEAM Makerspace – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 2 and 9, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 25, 2 – 5 p.m.
Come join the maker's space at the Gulf Breeze Library. Persons interested in drafting, robotics, Arduino, knitting, painting or any kind of hobby have access to the library meeting room. Registration is required.
 
Early Learning Coalition Storytime – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Feb. 2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
In honor of Celebrate Literacy Week, the Early Learning Coalition of Santa Rosa County will offer Creek Indian Native American storytelling and artifacts. Parents can visit the parent education booth for early literacy strategies.
 
Reading with Gabby– Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Feb. 2, 10 a.m.
Visit the library to read with Gabby the therapy dog! Space is limited; registration is required.
 
Refreshing Reads Book Club – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Feb. 5, 3 p.m.
Enjoy an uplifting book club where one can talk about books in a spirit of fun and sharing. Registration is required. This month's selection is “Last One Home” by Debbie Macomber.
 
The Illustriates Graphic Novel Book Club – Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 6, 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 the “March” trilogy by John Lewis. Registration is required.
 
Book Chat – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Feb. 6, 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’s selection is “A River of Stars” by Vanessa Hua. Registration is required.
 
Page Turners - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 8, 1 p.m.
This fiction book club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Friday of every other month for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. This month's selection is “Beartown” by Fredrik Backman. Registration is required.
 
For the Win! Games Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Feb. 9, 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 (FONL) Sidewalk Sale - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The FONL will host a sidewalk book sale (weather permitting). Shop for bargain books of all types and subjects, for all ages. Visit the Friends’ website at www.facebook.com/NFONL for more information.
 
Friends of the Navarre Library Board Meeting - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 11, 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.
 
Crochet Class – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of how to crochet! Visit the Jay Library to sign up and receive a supply list. Supplies should cost less than $5.
 
Book Arts – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Feb. 12, 11 a.m.  
The Book Arts group will present a workshop on bookmaking as an art form. Examples of their work will be shown and there will be instruction on a Valentine related art book. All supplies will be provided; space is limited. Registration is required. Come get creative!
 
The Inklings– Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Feb. 12, 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 “Omega City: The Forbidden Fortress” by Diana Peterfreund. Registration is required.

Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director’s Meeting – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 12, 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.
 
Third Fridays with UF/IFAS Extension – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 15, 1 p.m.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services presents “Spring Vegetable Gardening” by Matt Lollar, UF/IFAS Extension Santa Rosa County commercial horticulture agent, at the Gulf Breeze Library.
 
Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library (FOGBL) Annual Meeting – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 16, 10 a.m.
The FOGBL annual meeting is open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. This year’s guest speaker is Vernon Piper, assistant city manager of Gulf Breeze. Visit the Friends’ website at www.facebook.com/friendsofgblibrary for more information.
 
Family Movie Mondays – Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 18, 3 p.m.
Family movies will be shown the third Monday of every month at 3 p.m. A break will be taken in June. This month join us as we watch Anna and Elsa learn to overcome obstacles and discover the power of true love (rated PG). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.

Game Night – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Feb. 19, 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.
Feb. 19, 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.
 
Robotics and Tech for Tweens & Teens – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 20, 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 us for a robotics and tech club. Beginners through expert level welcome!
 
National Fairy Tale Day – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Feb. 26, 11 a.m.  
Fairy tales from all over the world teach and help form values and traditions. Come dressed as your favorite fairy tale character and enjoy stories and a craft as we celebrate National Fairy Tale Day.
 
Robotics and Tech for Tweens & Teens – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 26, 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.
Feb. 26, 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 “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee. Registration is required.
 
Reading Fanatics Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Feb. 26, 5 p.m.
Join us for a new book club at the Navarre Library. 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!
 
Bibliobabblers Teen Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Feb. 26, 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 “Tess of the Road” by Rachel Hartman.
       
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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