All libraries will be closed on Tues., July 4, in observance of Independence Day.
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 July 21:
- 10:30 – 11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Milton Library
- 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre Library
- 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Jay Library
- 12:30 – 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Gulf Breeze Library
- 11- 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Pace Library
Check the library website for additional details at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries.
Summer Reading Programs
All Together Now!
Kindness is cool at your library with in-person summer reading programs for students who were in kindergarten through the 5th grade during the last school year. Programs will be held during the following times through July 22, with a break during the week of Independence Day:
- 1 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Milton Library
- 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays at the Pace Library
- 1 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Jay Library
- 1 p.m. on Thursdays at the Navarre Library
- 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Gulf Breeze Library
All activities are free and open to the public. Registration for programs is not required. Pick up a reading calendar at the library or print one from the summer reading website.
Teens and adults can participate in reading challenges to be entered to win bookstore gift cards. Full details on all programs can be found on the library system’s website: www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries. Thank you to the Friends of the Library groups for sponsoring these programs and prizes.
Community Chess – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
July 1, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Chess players of all ages, come and play chess in the Pace Library on the first Saturday of the month from 10 am- 4 pm. Knowledge of the game is recommended as no lessons will be provided. All players are expected to show good sportsmanship. The library has a limited supply of chess sets; players are encouraged to bring their own. Table space is limited. No table reservations at this time - first come, first served. Speak with a staff member for more information.
labARTory - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
July 6, 4 p.m.
Visit the Navarre Library on the first Thursday each month from 4-6 p.m. for an open art studio. Design your own project or make a special project which changes each month. All art materials are provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library. This is a drop-in program and is open to all ages; children should be accompanied by an adult.
Meet! Play! Learn! – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
July 7, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Meet! Play! Learn! is a program where parents of young children can congregate and socialize with other parents while their children play and make friends at age-appropriate activity stations set up around the room. This program is for children ages birth to 5 who have not yet started kindergarten.
For the Win! Games Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
July 8, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Enjoy playing tabletop or board games? Join us for game day at the Milton Library on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Bring games from home or play those provided by the library. This event is open to all ages, and game groups are welcome.
Beginning Genealogy Part 4 – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
July 8, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
The fourth in a series of quarterly learning sessions on tracing your family history, this session will cover immigration records. Registration encouraged but not required.
Game Day Saturdays! – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
July 8, 12 – 4 p.m.
Enjoy playing board games? Come hang out and play a game with friends at the library on the 2nd Saturday of each month. A variety of board games will be available for children, teens, and adults; you can also bring games from home, and game groups are welcome.
UF/IFAS Extension Office Educational Programs
The UF/IFAS Extension office presents monthly research-based educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, family and consumer sciences, and more. July’s topic is integrated pest management. Not every pest requires a chemical solution. Join us to learn strategies for managing pests in your landscape using ecological processes and reducing chemicals. It will be presented on the following dates:
- July 10, 2:30 p.m. – Gulf Breeze Library
- July 13, 10:30 a.m. – Milton Library
- July 17, 2:30 p.m. – Jay Library
- July 19, 2:30 p.m. – Navarre Library
- July 26, 10:30 a.m. – Pace Library
Movie Time Tuesdays – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
July 11, 4 p.m.
Visit the Navarre Library on the 2nd Tuesday of the month for a movie. All movies will begin at 4 p.m. and refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library. This month’s movie is "Ready Player One" (rated PG-13).
STEAM Makerspace – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
July 11 & 25, 4 p.m.
Come explore, build, and create at STEAM Makerspace on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays each month from 4 - 6 p.m. Craft and create all sorts of things using library-supplied crafting materials and art supplies, or bring your own. Learn simple code with coding robots or explore the world with AR devices. All ages are welcome, but children 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
The Inklings – Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
July 11, 5 p.m.
Sixth through 10th graders are invited to read either the novel or graphic novel version of the book of the month and meet to share their ideas about it. This month’s selection is “Compass South” by Hope Larson. Registration is required.
Webinar Wednesdays – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
July 12, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. OR 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit the Family History & Research Center on the 2nd Wednesday each month for Webinar Wednesdays. Webinars related to family history research will be shown at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. with a discussion following. This month’s webinar is “The People, the Places, the Life Behind Doors: the world of the workhouse (England and Wales).”
Coffee Talk - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
July 13, 12 p.m.
Coffee Talk, a non-fiction book club, meets at noon on the second Thursday of every other month beginning in January for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. Enjoy the lively discussions and friendly atmosphere. Space is limited; registration is required. This month’s selection is “The Killer Across the Table” by John E. Douglas.
Game Night – Jay Library – 5259 Booker Ln.
July 13, 3 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 Illustriates Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
July 13, 4 p.m.
Teens and tweens can join fellow book enthusiasts on the 2nd Thursday each month to discuss the book of the month. A variety of genres including novels and graphic novels will be read. This month's book is "Hey, Kiddo" by Jarrett J. Krosoczka.
Saturday Matinee Book Club – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
July 15, 1:30 p.m.
Interested in books that have been made into movies? Read a book, then gather with us on a Saturday to watch the movie and discuss both. Snacks will be provided; please bring your own drink in a bottle or cup that won't spill. This club is for adults, and registration is not required. This month’s selection is “Persepolis” by Marjane Satrapi.
STEAM Day – Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
July 20, 4 p.m.
Visit the Milton Library for a monthly STEAM Day! Each month will feature a different theme. This month’s theme is oceans. Speak with a staff member for more information.
STEAMaker - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
July 20, 4 p.m.
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, and other tech are invited to join our STEAMaker tech club. Beginners through expert level welcome! Sign up is required.
Homeschool Hangout – Jay Library – 5259 Booker Ln.
July 21, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Come to the Jay Library to meet other local homeschool parents and children to exchange ideas, participate in a fun activity, and discover how your library can support your children's educational journey. Space is limited. Registration is required. Contact the Jay Library for more information.
Family Fun Day – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
July 25, 4 p.m.
Visit the Navarre Library on the 4th Tuesday of the month for family-friendly games, puzzles, and more.
AniManga Club – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
July 27, 4 p.m.
The Animanga Club is for teens who are interested in manga and anime art styles and animation. Teens analyze and evaluate animated styles, discuss tools and technology used in animation and cartooning, and create and share their art and drawing techniques with other teens in the club. This club is open to teens ages 13 - 17. Registration is required.
All libraries will be closed on Tues., Aug. 8, for staff training.
There will be limited programming in August as the libraries will be implementing new software.
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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