All Santa Rosa County Libraries will be closed on Fri. and Sat., Apr. 15 – 16 in observance of Good Friday.
National Library Week
April 3-9, 2022 is National Library Week, a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect with Your Library,” which promotes the idea that libraries are places to get connected to technology by using broadband, computers, and other resources. Libraries also offer opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes, in addition to books. Most importantly, libraries also connect communities to each other.
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. Space is limited.
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 6:
• 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
• 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Thursdays at the Pace Library
• 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze Library
Check the library website for additional details at www.santarosa.fl.gov/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; 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 6:
• 11 – 11:20 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Pace Library
• 10:30 – 10:50 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Milton Library
• 11 – 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Gulf Breeze Library
• 11 – 11:20 a.m. on Thursdays at the Navarre Library
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. Appointments are required. Please check the library website for additional details at www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries
- Gulf Breeze Library (through April 13)
Mondays and Wednesdays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Call 850-565-9036 for an appointment or use the online scheduler
- Milton Library (through April 13)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays. And Thursdays: 12 – 4 p.m.
Call 850-724-0425 for an appointment
- Navarre Library (through April 13)
Wednesdays and Fridays: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Call 850-816-0564 for an appointment
1950 Census Release – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr.
Interested in genealogy or curious about where your family was in 1950? Maybe you remember a family living close by but don’t remember their names? Beginning April 1, stop by the Family History and Research Center to receive assistance in finding ancestors from 1950 in the Census. Continuing with the theme of the 1950 Census, the Genealogical Society of Santa Rosa will meet at the Family History and Research Center for their quarterly meeting on Sat, Apr. 2 at 10 a.m. The program will focus on the 1950 Census Transcription Project.
STEAM Makerspace – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 1, 8, 22, & 29, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Are you into drafting, robotics, Arduino, knitting, painting, or any kind of hobby and would like a place to meet with others? The library meeting room will be available at this time for you to do so. Sign up is required; see staff at front desk.
The Illustriates Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 6, 4 - 5 p.m.
Teens and tweens can join fellow book enthusiasts on the first Wednesday each month to discuss the book of the month. A variety of genres including novels and graphic novels will be read.
Game Night – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Apr. 7 & 19, 2 - 7 p.m.
Enjoy playing games? Bring games from home or play those provided by the library. All ages and game groups are welcome.
labARTory - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 7, 4 - 6 p.m.
Visit the Navarre Library on the first Thursday each month from 4-6 p.m. for an open art studio. Draw, paint, make jewelry, and more. Choose your own project and experiment with different mediums. 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.
Page Turners - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 8, 12 – 1:30 p.m.
This fiction book club meets at 12 p.m. on the second Friday of every other month beginning in February for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. Get ready for great reading adventures. Space is limited; registration is required.
Friends of the Navarre Library Book Sale – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 9, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
The FONL will host a book sale on Sat., Feb. 12, from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Shop for bargain books of all types and subjects, for all ages. Visit the Friends’ Facebook page for more information.
For the Win! Games Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 9, 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.
The Inklings– Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 12, 4 - 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. The Inklings meets the second Tuesday of the month at 4 p.m. at the Milton Library. Registration is required.
The Club for Not Nearly Nice Books – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Apr. 14, 6 p.m.
The Club for Not Nearly Nice Books (CN3B) is a book club for adults who enjoy horror, fantasy, and science fiction. The CN3B meets the 2nd Thursday each month beginning in February. Registration is required. Speak with a staff member to sign up.
STEAM Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Apr. 21, 4 – 6 p.m.
Visit the Milton Library for a monthly STEAM Day! Each month will feature a different theme. Speak with a staff member for more information.
Tech & Art Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Apr. 21, 4 - 5 p.m.
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, and art are invited to join our Tech & Art Club. We will explore art using technology and various mediums. Beginners through expert level welcome! Sign up is required.
AniManga Club – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Apr. 21, 4:30 - 6 p.m.
Visit the library on the third Thursday 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, and registration is required.
Saturday Matinee Book Club – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr.
Apr. 23, 1:30 p.m.
Interested in books that have been made into movies? Read a book, then gather 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. April’s book is “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker.
The Other Book Club – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Apr. 26, 6 p.m.
The Other Book Club (OBC) is a book club for adults who enjoy the other genres not covered by the CN3B, including mystery, thriller, and historical. The OBC meets the 4th Tuesday each month beginning in February. Registration is required. Speak with a staff member to sign up.
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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