Anastasia Island Library December Events

Nicole Jebbia, Programming Coordinator for the Anastasia Island Branch Library, invited Historic City News readers to participate in events scheduled for the coming month. Unless indicated, all events are held at the library and are free of charge.

Tuesday, December 4 at 1p.m.

The complexity of America’s Civil War will always fascinate us. Join a group of longtime Civil War buffs to discuss all and any aspects of the war that separated brothers and put the American government to its ultimate test. Enjoy occasional lectures by guest speakers. There is no charge for participation, and everyone is welcome to attend any of the meetings. No registration required.

Baby/Spanish: Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:15a.m.
Toddler / Spanish: Fridays, December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 11:00a.m.

Join us every Friday for fun Spanish/English storytimes in the Children’s Department. We will have lapsits for babies, rhymes, stories, music, and more. These storytimes are conducted in both English and Spanish and are geared toward children and parents learning Spanish, but all are welcome. Bienveniedos a todos!

Friday, December 28 at 2p.m.

Come into the library to play with over 60 pounds of LEGO bricks and pieces. Build wondrous creations with thousands and thousands of LEGO bricks while honing your problem solving skills. We will have fun cartoons playing on the big screen to inspire building ideas. There is no registration or fee for this program. *Sponsored by the Friends of the Anastasia Island Library

KIDS ART LAB: Renaissance Art
Friday, December 7 at 1:30p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 at 2:30p.m.

Kids (ages 5-11) can come into the library for an art class which includes a hands on activity where they can create their very own masterpiece. These classes are open to all Homeschoolers and for After School Kids! No reservations are necessary – just bring your imagination! *All supplies are generously provided by the Friends of the Library.

WHAT MAKES IT ART? Annie Leibovitz
Tuesday, December 11 at 2:00p.m.

Are you an enthusiast? Maybe you would just like to learn more about art? Join us for a lively discussion and documentary or docudrama each month on a different artist or art. All are welcome! No registration required.

Tuesdays, December 11 and 18 at 4:30p.m.

The St. Augustine Satsang meditates in the style of Eknath Easwaran, which is a traditional style which has been skillfully put into western terms. People from all traditions are welcome, there is no charge for participation. To find out if Passage Meditation is right for you prior to your first visit, please take 10 minutes to go through this free online introduction: For more information or to RSVP please contact Sarah Miller at or sign up for announcements at

NEW ADULT BOOK CLUB: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Thursday, December 6 at 6:30p.m.

Are you too old for high school yet feel too young for “traditional” book clubs? Does this whole adult thing overwhelm you? You won’t want to miss this book club just for you! This month’s selection is Invictus by Ryan Graudin, which you can get FREE through your local library in print or as an Overdrive eBook. Come to our book club to nominate books for future months and discussion ideas. Doctor Who meets Guardians of the Galaxy in this thrilling sci-fi novel with a historical twist. Farway Gaius McCarthy and his team must race against time and through it to discover the truth: history is not as steady as it seems. No registration required.

FLORIDA READS: Florida Under Five Flags by Rembert W. Patrick
Thursday, December 27 at 11a.m.

Interested in Florida History? This Florida focused book club will look at Florida’s place in American and World History. Patrick’s work offers a concise chronicle of Florida’s 500 years of Euro-American occupation. He follows Spanish, British, American, and Confederate control of the state ending with the rise of New South optimism as it made its way into Florida. No registration required!

Friday, December 21 at 4p.m.

Kids ages 5-12 can practice Kids Yoga with certified Cosmic Kids Yoga Instructor. Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Learn to relax your mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, stories and a hands on activity. Arrive early, class starts promptly. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. No registration required.

Friday, December 28 at 4p.m.

Kids ages 5-12 can practice Kids Yoga with certified Cosmic Kids Yoga Instructor. Yoga is a great way to increase flexibility, lower stress, and improve energy. Learn to relax your mind and body with some simple, kid-friendly stretches, stories and a hands on activity. Arrive early, class starts promptly. Please wear loose clothing and bring your own towel or mat. No reservations necessary!

Wednesday, December 5 at 2:30p.m.

Come into the library to create some great holiday crafts and ornaments. We’ll supply the craft materials – you supply the creativity! All crafting supplies are paid for courtesy of the Friends of the Anastasia Island Branch Library. No Registration required.

Friday, December 7 at 3:30p.m.

Kids can come into the library to meet our very own Elf on the Shelf, watch and sing along with our shadow puppet caroling show and decorate their own holiday cookie! No registration required.

Wednesday, December 19 at 2:30p.m.

Can you eat rocks? Can you eat minerals? Have you ever eaten a rock or mineral? What is the difference anyhow? Kids can come into the Library to learn about rocks and minerals in this fun & tasty hands-on lab. Free! No registration required.

Tuesday, December 18 at 6:30p.m.

Some of the tax revenue challenges we face today are things like an aging population, a declining workforce, government deficit spending, and a younger generation’s inability to save. Come learn more at this free workshop! Please contact Rosa Shala at 352-207-7920 for more information. Presented by Rosa Shala, Financial Planner. Educational only – no services, products, or business models will be advocated. Attorney Maxine McChesney of McChesney Law Firm will also speak on Asset Protection and Estate Planning. No registration required.

FOL PRESENTS: Chuck Meide from the Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program
Thursday, December 20 at 11a.m.

Come join us as Chuck Meide, the director for LAMP, presents current, on-going research and preservation by one of the nation’s few museum-organized, underwater archaeology field schools. No reservation required!

Ortho-Bionomy a Path to Pain relief and Self-Care
Thursday, December 6 at 10:30a.m.

Come and learn about an advanced and gentle from of therapeutic bodywork called Ortho-Bionomy can support your body’s own natural healing. Based on the principles of Osteopathy, Judo and Homeopathy it is a system that reminds the body of its natural capacity to self-correct and come back into balance. It is highly effective in working with chronic stress, injuries and pains associated with postural and structural imbalances. Participants are invited to volunteer for the demos. Experience the magic, get on the table, and discover for yourself how this deep, yet gentle and relaxing form of bodywork can relieve pain, improve your posture, and promote your well-being. Participants will also learn some self-care movements for improving posture and relieving pain and tension. No registration required.