Activities at the Anastasia Island Library
March will be a busy month for Historic City News patrons of the St Johns County Library. There is always something useful and fun available at each of the branches of the Library — all you have to do is ask.
Reported events scheduled for March include:
AARP Tax Assistance
Tuesdays, March 4, 25 @ 10am – 2pm
Thursdays, March 6, 20, 27 @ 10am – 2pm
The AARP Tax-Aide program offers free, one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ, and other standard schedules. Counseling is available to all low-to-middle income taxpayers, regardless of age. No advance registration is needed; people will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individuals must bring a photo ID, last year’s tax return, and all relevant tax information.
Storytimes @ Anastasia Island Library
Baby/Toddler Time: Wednesdays @ 10:15am
Little Ones Craft Time: Wednesdays @ 10:45am
Preschool Storytime Wednesdays @ 11:05am
Storytimes are every Wednesday through April 30. Baby & Toddler storytimes are for children up to 18 months. Craft time is open to all children and focuses on teaching scissor, glue and coloring skills. Preschool storytimes are open to any child who can sit for longer stories and participate in active songs. Come for songs, stories, and fun. We look forward to seeing you. To ensure everyone is able to enjoy quality storytimes, we have a maximum capacity of 50.
Knit Wits Knitting Club
Saturday, March 1 @ 10:30am
The Knit Wits is a family affair. Kids (Ages 8-17) are welcome to come in and learn to knit along, or bring along mom so she can learn too. Learn to knit, or bring in something you’ve already started, and knit with the group. Please bring your own knitting needles, if you have them.
Loch Ness Wellington Bomber Program
Tuesday, March 5 @ 3:30pm
On New Year’s Eve, 1940, a twin-engine Wellington bomber, a veteran of 14 combat missions over enemy territory in Europe, was on a training mission out of Lossiemouth, Scotland, when it lost power in one of its engines. The pilot spotted a large waterway below and ditched the plane at Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. Decades later, following several years of deepwater remote sensing investigations, the bomber was raised in September 1985. This free program will trace the history of the British aircraft and its missions, tell about the sunken aircraft’s recovery and restoration, and interpret the airplane’s discovery in the context of the search for the legendary “Nessie”. Presented by Joseph W. Zarzynski, RPA (Register of Professional Archaeologists), an underwater archaeologist who was part of the recovery operation.
Anastasia Island Movie Club
Tuesday, March 4 @ 5:30pm
Each month we show a different film for our club. All adults are welcome. For the name of this month’s film, call the library at 209-3730.
Relax with Raindrop Therapy
Thursday, March 6 @ 6pm
Give your feet a treat by experiencing Raindrop Therapy. Inspired by the Lakota Indians, Raindrop Therapy uses therapeutic oils for balancing and rejuvenating the mind and body. When properly applied to the neck, back and feet, these essential oils can bring about electrical alignment and help relieve a variety of discomforts caused by imbalances in the body. This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
Kids LEGO Brick Club
Friday, March 7 @ 3:30pm
Come into the library to play with over 60 pounds of LEGO bricks and pieces. We supply the LEGO bricks and fun – all you need to bring is your imagination. There is no registration for this free program.
Special Superhero Storytime with the U.S. Coast Guard
Wednesday, March 12 @ 10:30am
Bring in your little ones to meet some of our local heroes, members of the U.S. Coast Guard. They will explain what they do and teach us about water safety. There will be a craft and a meet-and-greet and everyone will have a chance to meet their local superhero and ask questions.
Friends of the Anastasia Island Library Book Sale
Thursday, March 13 @ 10am – 8pm
Friday, March 14 @ 10am – 6pm
Saturday, March 15 @ 10am – 5pm
Do you love books and suffer from an overwhelming desire to read as often as possible? Fulfill your desire and support your local library at the same time. Visit us this weekend and pick out a book or two or twenty. On Saturday only, prices will be reduced by 50% and you can even fill a grocery sack with dollar books for seven dollars.
Special Superhero Story Time with SJC Fire-Rescue
Wednesday, March 19 @ 10:30am
Bring in your little ones to meet some of our local heroes, members of the local St. Johns County Fire-Rescue. They will explain what they do and teach us about safety. There will be a craft and a meet-and-greet. Everyone will have a chance to meet their local superhero and ask questions. Afterwards, you can stay to tour the ambulance.
Kids Craft: Make a Paper Mache Birdhouse, Part 1
Wednesday, March 19 @ 2:30pm
Create beautiful paper mache birdhouses in this two-part craft. In the first week, kids choose a form for their birdhouse and create their design using paper mache. Kids can leave their houses at the library to dry over the week. During the second part, kids will paint and decorate their birdhouses. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call the library at 209-3730 to register.
Anastasia Island Book Club
Thursday, March 20 @ 6:45pm
Join us in this month’s book club by reading Whale Rider by Witi Ihimaera. As her beloved grandfather, chief of the Maori tribe of Whangara, New Zealand, struggles to lead in difficult times and to find a male successor, young Kahu is developing a mysterious relationship with whales, particularly the ancient bull whale whose legendary rider was their ancestor.
Teen Bad Art Event
Friday, March 21 @ 1pm
There’s no school, so come into the library to enjoy some pizza, a movie, and create some uniquely bad art. Teens (Ages 12-17) will be able to choose which movie they want to see: Goonies, Clueless, or Better off Dead all while eating some delicious Domino’s pizza. We’ll also have an assortment of art projects for the teens to create their own bad art. This is a free program, sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library.
BINGO for Books for Adults
Saturday, March 22 @ 2pm
Don’t miss this opportunity to win adult popular fiction and non-fiction books while having fun playing Bingo for free. All materials will be supplied by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library and everyone will go home with at least one free book. Mark your calendars for this fun opportunity to win books and make new friends.
Say Goodbye to Stress
Tuesday, March 25 @ 6pm
Are you stressed out? In this free presentation, you will learn to identify your physical and psychological signs of stress and to recognize your stressors. The benefits of relaxation will be discussed and various methods of relaxation taught: Deep Breathing, Body, Scan, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and Visual Imagery. You will leave this presentation with the tools necessary to combat stress. Presented by Isobel McGrath, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (FL), Certified Addiction Professional (FL), Certified Hypnotherapist and Life Coach with over 18 years of experience. For more information about this program, visit http://www.mindunltd.com or call 436-5576.
Kids Craft: Make a Paper Mache Birdhouse, Part 2
Wednesday, March 26 @ 2:30pm
Create beautiful paper mache birdhouses in this two-part craft. Paint and decorate the birdhouses during the second part of this craft. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. Registration is required, as space is limited. Call the library at 209-3730 to register.
Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants Presents: Spring Flowers
Saturday, March 29 @ 2pm
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Plants’ Cathy and Marilyn help you discover the beauty of spring flowers and teach you how to turn them into beautiful arrangements. If you wish, buy raffle tickets from the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library to win the arrangements the Sisterhood creates. Proceeds from the raffle help to sponsor this event. Doors will open promptly at 1:30pm for this event. Light refreshments are generously provided by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library.