February Events at Your Santa Rosa County Library
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 in Gulf Breeze, Jay, Milton, Navarre, and Pace to let us know what you love about your library. We invite the community to join us in celebrating all of the wonderful things you can do in the library.
 
Toddler Time - Navarre and Pace Libraries
Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22
Toddler Time is a program for children 18 to 36 months of age who attend with a caregiver.  One child and one adult register together for songs, stories, rhymes, and other fun activities. The winter session began January 18 and is held on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. at the Navarre and Pace libraries. 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. Registration is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Details are available at the participating libraries. You may call the Youth Services Coordinator, Margaret Chatraw, at 981-4066 if you have any questions.
 
Preschool Storytime
Preschool storytime programs are presented for preschool children ages 3-5 and include stories, finger plays, and action rhymes. Caregivers must remain in the library during storytime; however, they cannot accompany children into the programs. In consideration of all participants, programs will start promptly at the assigned times. In order to minimize distractions, latecomers will not be admitted. If this will be your first storytime visit, we invite you to come to the library before your first adventure to meet your storytime presenter, pick up a welcome packet, explore our children's area, and enjoy a tour of the library! Storytime will be presented during the following times from January 16 through February 24:
* 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library
* 11 - 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre Library
* 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Milton Library
* 11:15 - 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Gulf Breeze Library
* 11 -11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Pace Library
Please check the library website for additional details at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
 
Tax Aide
Volunteers from AARP Tax-Aide will be assisting with taxes at three Santa Rosa County libraries beginning in February. 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 at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
  • Gulf Breeze Library (through April 17)
    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
     
  • Milton Library (through April 13)
    Tuesdays and Wednesdays: 1 p.m. - 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.
Book Chat - Pace Library
Feb. 1, 4 p.m.  
One of the next best things to reading a good book is chatting about it! Share your enthusiasm and join the conversation at the Pace Library on the first Wednesday of every other month at 4 p.m. Book Chat takes a break in May and begins again in September. This month's chat will be about "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrik Backman.  Please see a staff person to register. Additional information can be found at our online calendar or contacting the Pace Library. The Pace Library is located at 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
 
Refreshing Reads Book Club - Jay Library
Feb. 7, 3 p.m.
Get Refreshed! Read discussion-friendly titles. Enjoy an uplifting book club where you can talk about books in a spirit of fun and sharing. See a staff person to sign up. This month's title is "Twice in a Lifetime" written by Dorothy Garlock. The Jay Library is located at 5259 Booker Ln.
 
Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) - Navarre Library
Feb. 8, 4 - 5:30 p.m.
Come, Sit, Stay & Read with a furry friend in the Navarre Library. Registration is required. The program is held on the second Wednesday each month in the Navarre Library located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd. Contact the Navarre Library for more information or to sign up.
 
Page Turners - Gulf Breeze Library
Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m.
Join us in the Gulf Breeze Library meeting room for our fiction book club. Page Turners meets at 10:30 a.m. on the second Friday of every other month. This month's selection is "Hanging Mary" by Susan Higginbotham. There is a limit of 20 participants, so please call the library or drop by to sign up and speak to a staff member today about reserving your copy! The Gulf Breeze Library is located at1060 Shoreline Dr.
 
Bereavement Support - Navarre Library
Feb. 10 and 24, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meeting are held at the Navarre Library on the second and fourth Fridays from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. The sessions address grief support and offer assistance, love and listening ears to those grieving the loss of a loved one. All materials are provided and no reservation is required. There is no charge to participate. The Navarre Library is located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
 
Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) - Pace Library
Feb. 11, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Come, Sit, Stay & Read with a furry friend in the Pace Library. Registration is required. The program is held on the second Saturday each month in the Pace Library located at 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd. Contact the Pace Library for more information or to sign up.
 
Game Night - Jay Library
Feb. 14, 3-6 p.m.
Enjoy playing games? Join us for game night at the Jay Library. You can bring your own games from home, or play those provided by us. This event is open to all ages, and game groups are welcome. The Jay Library is located at 5259 Booker Ln.
 
Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director's Meeting - Feb 14, 5 p.m.
Board meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 5 p.m. at the Gulf Breeze Library. The Gulf Breeze Library is located at 1060 Shoreline Dr.  Please see the Friends website at www.facebook.com/friendsofgblibrary for more information.
 
Elephant & Piggie Party - Navarre Library
Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
Children ages 3 years old through second grade are invited to join us as we celebrate all things Mo Willems, author of children's books about Elephant, Piggie and other beloved characters. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library. Space is limited, so see a staff member to register. The Navarre Library is located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
 
Third Fridays with UF/IFAS Extension - Gulf Breeze Library
Feb. 17, 10 a.m.        
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services presents a monthly series on a variety of interesting topics with solutions for your life. They can provide information about agriculture, the environment, sustainable living, disaster preparation and recovery, 4-H youth development, family and consumer issues, and lawn and garden problems. This month's topic is Spring Lawn Care. The Gulf Breeze Library is located at 1060 Shoreline Dr.  
 
Mr. Spud Workshop - Pace Library
Feb. 18, 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 to 15 participants. Registration is required, so call or visit the Pace Library to sign up! The Pace Library is located at 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
 
AniManga Club - Gulf Breeze Library
Feb. 21, 4 p.m.
Learn and share graphic art skills in a fun environment. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month. The AniManga Club is dedicated to the enjoyment and promotion of animation, cartooning, and related arts. Bring your art, discuss techniques of drawing, cartooning, anime and manga art, as well as your favorite title and artists in those genres. The AniManga Club is open to youth in grades 6 - 8. Registration is not required. The Gulf Breeze Library is located at 1060 Shoreline Dr.  
 
Graphic Novel Book Club - Milton Library
Feb. 21, 5 p.m.
Join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts at the Milton Library on the third Tuesday each month to discuss the book of the month. This club will be enjoyed by the new and seasoned graphic novel reader. Members can suggest reading ideas, interests, and discuss the world of the graphic novel. This month's selection is "March: Book 2" by John Lewis. Please speak with a staff member to sign up. The Milton Library is located at 5541 Alabama St.
 
Fiction Fanatics Book Club - Navarre Library
Feb. 25, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Join us in the Navarre Library meeting room for stimulating conversations about popular works of fiction. Fiction Fanatics meets at 11:30 a.m. on the fourth Saturday of every month. We will take a break in May and November. This month's selection is "The Woman in Cabin 10" by Ruth Ware. Sign up is required, so drop by to sign up and speak to a staff member today about reserving your copy! The Navarre Library is located at 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
 
Bibliobabblers Teen Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library
Feb. 28, 6 p.m.
Teens in 9-12th grade who are 14-18 years old can take a break from homework and school to hangout and discuss the read-of-the-month with friends at the library. Bibliobabblers meets at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every other month in the Gulf Breeze Library meeting room. This month's book is "Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment" by James Patterson. The Gulf Breeze Library is located at 1060 Shoreline Dr. 
 
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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