April Events at Your Santa Rosa County Library
Please note new information/programs are highlighted below.

Reading Without Walls - All Libraries
Apr. 2 - 30
Reading Without Walls encourages people to explore books about characters who look or live differently than them, topics they haven't discovered, or formats that they haven't tried. Come into the library to pick up a challenge sheet. Complete all three challenges during the month of April and be entered to win a prize. This program is open to all ages. Speak with a staff member for more information.
 
1000 Books Before Kindergarten - All Libraries
Registration for the 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program begins April 2. This program is open to children from birth to five years old. Encourage early literacy skills in your child and help prepare them for kindergarten by reading to them. This program will be ongoing; you may begin it at any time before your child enters kindergarten. See a staff member to register and receive your welcome packet.
 
Tax Aide
Volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will be assisting with taxes at three Santa Rosa County libraries. 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. Please check the library website for additional details atwww.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
  • Gulf Breeze Library through April 17
    • Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Milton Library through April 17
    • Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1-5 p.m.
    • Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Navarre Library through April 14
    • Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
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 May 4:
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre Library
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Milton Library
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze Library
  • 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Pace Library
Check the library website for additional details at  www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
 
Toddler Time - Navarre and Pace Libraries
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 at the Navarre Library or Pace Library. Space is limited. It is not a drop-in program. Details are available at the participating libraries. You may call the Youth Services Coordinator, Angela Evans, at 981-4066 if you have any questions.
 
Toddler Time will be presented during the following times through May 2:
  • 11 - 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Pace Library
  • 11 - 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Navarre Library
Refreshing Reads Book Club - Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Apr. 3, 3 p.m.
Enjoy an uplifting book club where one can talk about books in a spirit of fun and sharing. Refreshing Reads meets the first Tuesday of every month at the Jay Library. See a staff person to sign up.  This month's selection is "Time of Departure" by Douglas Schofield.
 
The Illustriates Graphic Novel Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 4, 4 p.m.
Sixth through 12th graders can join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts at the Navarre Library on the first Wednesday of 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 "In Real Life" by Cory Doctorow. Speak with a staff member to sign up.
 
Book Chat - Pace Library - 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Apr. 4, 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 "George & Lizzie" by Nancy Pearl.   Registration is required.
 
Friends of the Navarre Library Board Meeting - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 9, 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.
 
The Inklings- Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 10, 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 "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" by John Boyne.  Speak with a staff member to register.

Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director's Meeting - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 10, 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.
 
Meet the Poet - Pace Library - 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Apr. 11, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
Local poet Jane Hutto will visit the Pace Library on Wed., April 11, from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. She will do readings of her work beginning at 11:30 a.m.
 
Page Turners - Gulf Breeze Library -  1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 13, 1 p.m.
The fiction book club meets at 1 p.m. on the second Friday of every other month. This month's selection is "Lilac Girls" by Martha Hall Kelly. There is a limit of 20 participants, call or visit the library to sign up.
 
Pajama Day - Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 14, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Wear your pajamas to the library! Join us for crafts, a photo booth, a pajama contest and games (including giant Jenga). Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the Milton Library.
 
Family Movie Mondays - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 16, 3 p.m. 
Family movies will be shown the third Monday of every month at 3 p.m. We will take a break in June. This month, we'll enjoy a classic movie about a street urchin who uses a genie's magic to transform into a prince (rated G). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.
 
Game Night - Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Apr. 17, 3-6 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.
Apr. 17, 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.
Apr. 18, 4 p.m. 
Join other local authors at the Navarre Library on the third Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. 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.
Apr. 19, 11 a.m.
The county master gardeners will present a monthly series on a variety of interesting topics with solutions for your gardening life. This month's topic, "Fruit Trees for Santa Rosa County," will be presented by Sam Greendorfer.
 
FONL Spring Book Sale - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 20, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Apr. 21, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Friends of the Navarre Library will hold their Spring Book Sale on Fri., April 20, between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sat., April 21, between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. A variety of books will be available. Support your local Friends group.
 
Third Fridays with UF/IFAS Extension - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 20, 1 p.m.  
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services presents "Fruit Trees for the Homeowner" by Florida Master Gardener Sam Greendorfer at the Gulf Breeze Library.
 
Mr. Spud Workshop - Pace Library - 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Apr. 21, 10 a.m.
The Azalea Garden Club of Pace will present this program for youth in kindergarten - 8th grade. Learn how to grow this versatile vegetable and get a potato garden started! All supplies will be provided. Space is limited; visit the Pace Library to register.
 
Bibliobabblers Teen Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library  - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 24, 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 "The Private School Murders" by James Patterson.
 
Graphic Novel Book Club - Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 25
, 5 p.m. 
Join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts at the Milton Library on the fourth Wednesday 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 "Castle in the Stars" by Alex Alice. Visit the library to register.
 
Fiction Fanatics Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 27, 4 p.m. 
Join the Fiction Fanatics for stimulating conversations about popular works of fiction, at 4 p.m. on the fourth Friday of every month (except May and November). This month's selection is "Enchantress of Numbers" by Jennifer Chiaverini. Registration required; speak to a staff member to reserve a copy.
 
Sidewalk Art - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 28, 10:30 a.m. 
Children are invited to join us for a fun day of using sidewalk chalk to draw their favorite book-themed scene or character. Speak with a staff member for more details. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Navarre Library.
 
Children's Book Day - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 30, all day 
Join us Monday, April 30 for Children's Book Day. Listen to a story (read every hour in the Kids Zone) and make a bookmark. All supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.
 
A Date with Dough - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 30, 4 p.m. 
Join us for a date with play dough! Children ages 4 - 8 can create a fun dough figure and interact with them in a virtual world. Supplies will be provided by the Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library. Space is limited; see a staff member to register.

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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