All Santa Rosa County Libraries will be closed on Mon., May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.
Military Appreciation Month
May is National Military Appreciation Month. Join the Santa Rosa County Library System as we recognize and show appreciation for the contributions of the courageous men and women who have served or are currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. Visit your local library and fill out a star to thank our local service members for their service. The stars will be displayed in each library throughout the month.
Star Wars Scavenger Hunt – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Visit the Pace Library throughout the month of May for a Star Wars themed scavenger hunt. Speak with a staff member for more details.
Harry Potter Costume Day & Trivia Hour – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 2, 2 – 3 p.m.
The Gulf Breeze Library will be celebrating Harry Potter Day with an all day costume party and Harry Potter Trivia hour from 2 - 3 p.m. on Tuesday, May 2. There will be stickers and bookmarks for anyone who stops by the library on that day wearing Hogwarts attire, and prizes for the trivia winners. This program is for all ages.
Comic Book Crusaders – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 2, 4 p.m.
Enjoy reading and discussing comic books and superhero movies with others? Interested in learning about the origin of some favorite superhero characters? If so, join the Comic Book Crusaders to learn and discuss comic books and superheroes from the Marvel and DC universes. This month’s discussion topic is X-Men. This special interest book club is for ages 18 and older.
May the 4th: A Star Wars Celebration – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 4, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Visit the Gulf Breeze Library on May 4 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. for Star Wars themed games, activities, and crafts. Feel free to wear a costume and take a photo in front of a Star Wars backdrop. No costume, no problem - the library will have photo props available.
May the 4th: Star Wars Day – Jay Library – 5259 Booker Ln.
May 4, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Come celebrate Star Wars Day at the Jay Library. Enjoy Star Wars themed activities, take a photo with our Star Wars props, and check out some materials that are out of this world!
May the 4th: Star Wars Day – Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
May 4, 2 – 6 p.m.
Come to the Milton Library for a May the 4th celebration. Enjoy Star Wars themed activities including Star Wars crafts, origami and more! Wear your costume and take your photo in our Star Wars photo booth.
labARTory - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
May 4, 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.
May 5, 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.
Coffee, Donuts, and a Show – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
May 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Enjoy coffee and donuts while exploring the world of genealogy through popular media programming.
Community Chess – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
May 6, 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; [layers 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.
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. May’s topic is pollinator gardening. Pollinators are a critical resource, and learning what attracts them is crucial for lawn and landscape success. It will be presented on the following dates:
- May 8, 2:30 p.m. – Gulf Breeze Library
- May 11, 10:30 a.m. – Milton Library
- May 15, 2:30 p.m. – Jay Library
- May 17, 2:30 p.m. – Navarre Library
- May 24, 10:30 a.m. – Pace Library
Movie Time Tuesdays – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
May 9, 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 "WALL-E" (rated G).
STEAM Makerspace – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 9 & 23, 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.
May 9, 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 “Lost Stars” by Claudia Gray. Registration is required.
Webinar Wednesdays – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
May 10, 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 discussion following. This month’s webinar is “Finding Female Ancestors.”
Coffee Talk - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 11, 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 “A Woman of No Importance” by Sonia Purnell.
Game Night – Jay Library – 5259 Booker Ln.
May 11, 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.
May 11, 4 p.m.
Teens and tweens can join fellow book enthusiasts on the 2nd Thursday each month to discuss the book of the month. We will read a variety of genres including novels and graphic novels. This month's book is "The Complete Maus" by Art Spiegelman.
For the Win! Games Day– Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
May 13, 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.
Game Day Saturdays! – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 13, 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.
Homeschool Hangout – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
May 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Come to the Pace 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 Pace Library for more information.
Breeze Builders – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
May 18, 4 – 5 p.m.
Build and create all sorts of wonderful things using various types of building materials including Legos, K'Nex, wood planks, Playdoh, Tinker toys, magnetic tiles, and more. This monthly workshop is for children ages 6 - 11.
STEAM Day – Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
May 18, 4 p.m.
Visit the Milton Library for a monthly STEAM Day! Each month will feature a different theme. This month is Prehistoric STEAM. Speak with a staff member for more information.
STEAMaker - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
May 18, 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.
May 19, 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.
Saturday Matinee Book Club – Family History & Research Center – 6275 Dogwood Dr., Milton
May 20, 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 book is “The Killer Angels” by Michael Shaara, with the 1993 movie adaptation, “Gettysburg” (rated PG).
Family Fun Day – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
May 23, 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.
May 25, 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.
Summer Reading Registration – All Libraries & Online
All ages are invited to register for Summer Reading beginning May 26, both online and at the libraries. After registering, pick up a reading calendar at your library or print one from our website. Full details about this year’s programs, as well as a registration link, will be available on our website (www.santarosa.fl.gov/libraries).
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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