Here are all the ways the Santa Rosa County Public Libraries are helping support an Early Learning City in your community in the month of September:
Reminder: The library system is closed on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019, for the Labor Day holiday.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Don't have a library card? Now is a great time to come in and sign up to enjoy all the benefits and fun of using the library system.
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 Dec. 6:
11 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library
11 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre & Milton Libraries
11 to 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze & Pace Libraries
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 six weeks.
Toddler Time requires registration; space is limited. It is not a drop-in program. Details are available at the participating libraries. Call Youth Services Coordinator Angela Evans at 981-4066 for more information.
Toddler Time will be presented during the following times through Oct. 23:
• 11 to 11:20 a.m. on Mondays at the Pace Library
• 11 to 11:20 a.m. on Wednesdays at the Gulf Breeze, Milton and Navarre Libraries
Refreshing Reads Book Club – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Lane.
Sept. 3, 3 p.m.
Enjoy an uplifting book club where one can talk about books in a spirit of fun and sharing. This month's selection is "The Broken Road," by Richard Paul Evans.
The Illustriates Graphic Novel Book Club – Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 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 “To Kill a Mockingbird," by Fred Fordham. Speak with a staff member to sign up.
Book Chat – Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Sept. 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 "Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine," by Gail Honeyman. Registration is required.
FOPL Fall Book Sale - Pace Library - 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Sept. 6, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sept. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
The Friends of the Pace Library will hold a fall book sale on Sept. 6 and 7. A variety of books will be available. Support the local Friends group.
STEAM Makerspace - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 7, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Sept. 9, 16, 23, and 30, 2 - 5 p.m.
Come join the maker's space at the Gulf Breeze Library. Those interested in drafting, robotics, Arduino, knitting, painting or any kind of hobby have place to meet in the library meeting room. Sign up is required so see staff at front desk.
Reading with Gabby– Pace Library – 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Sept. 7, 10 a.m.
Visit the library to read with Gabby the therapy dog! Space is limited; registration is required.
Friends of the Navarre Library Board Meeting - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 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.
Crotchet Class - Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Sept. 9, 3:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of how to crotchet! Visit the Jay Library to sign up and get a supply list. Supplies should cost less than $5.
Coffee Talk Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 10, 12 p.m.
The non-fiction book club meets on the second Tuesday of every other month for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. This month's selection is "Brain on Fire," by Susannah Cahalan. Registration is required.
The Inklings– Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Sept. 10, 5 p.m.
Sixth through 10th graders are invited to share 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 “Witches," by Rosalyn Schanzer. Speak with a staff member to register.
Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library Board of Director’s Meeting – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 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 atwww.facebook.com/friendsofgblibraryfor more information.
Roald Dahl Day - Navarre Library- 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
Sept. 13, 2:30 p.m.
Celebrate Roald Dahl Day at the Navarre Library! Watch the oroginal "Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" (rated G) and enjoy candy from the movie. See a staff member for more information.
FOGBL Fall Book Sale - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 13, 4 - 7 p.m.
Sept. 14, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
The Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library will hold a Fall Book Sale on Sept. 13 and 14. A variety of books will be available. Support the local Friends group.
For the Win! Games Day - Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Sept. 14, 9 a.m.
Enjoy playing games? Come to the Milton Library for game day. Bring games from home or play those provided by the library. There will also be an on-going Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This event is open to all ages, and game groups are welcome.
Family Movie Mondays – Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m.
Family movies will be shown the third Monday of every month at 3:30 p.m. This month’s movie is “Matilda” (rated PG). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.
Game Night – Jay Library - 5259 Booker Ln.
Sept. 17, 3 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.
Sept. 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.
Tech & Art Club – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 18, 4 p.m.
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, and art are invited to a new Tech & Art Club. Explore art using technology and various mediums. Beginners through expert level welcome! Sign up is required.
Third Thursdays with Your County Master Gardener – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 19, 11 a.m.
The county master gardeners will present a monthly series on a variety of interesting topics with solutions for gardening life. This month’s topic, “The Basics of Getting Started in Beekeeping,” will be presented by Frank Wilson.
Third Fridays with UF/IFAS Extension – Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 20, 1 p.m.
The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Services presents “Beekeeping Basics” by Earnest Peach, master beekeeper, at the Gulf Breeze Library.
Meet! Play! Learn! – Navarre Library – 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 23, 11 a.m.
Meet! Play! Learn! is an early literacy program for babies from birth to 36 months and their caregivers. Meet other parents, engage in social play time with puzzles, counting, building blocks, stories, Tumble Books, and other STEM activities. See a staff member for more information.
Tween/Teen Tech Club – Gulf Breeze Library – 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 24, 4 p.m.
Tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, Arduino, virtual reality, and all things tech-related are invited to a robotics and tech club. Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of each month. Beginners through expert level welcome!
Graphic Novel Book Club – Milton Library - 5541 Alabama St.
Sept. 24, 5 p.m.
Join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts at the Milton Library on the fourth Tuesday 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 “The Giver” adapted by P. Craig Russell. Visit the library to register.
Reading Fanatics Book Club - Navarre Library - 8484 James M. Harvell Rd.
Sept. 24, 5 p.m.
Book club meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. Suggest books to read – fiction and non-fiction titles are welcome!
Bibliobabblers Teen Book Club - Gulf Breeze Library - 1060 Shoreline Dr.
Sept. 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 we will be reading “Ready Player One” by Ernest Cline.
Superhero STEAM – Milton Library – 5541 Alabama St.
Sept. 25, 3 p.m.
Visit the Milton Library for a Superhero STEAM event. From 3 - 4:30 p.m. fight injustice by creating a superhero shield, participants can hide their identity by making a superhero mask, and build a hero or villains lair with building construction sets. From 4:30 - 7 p.m. watch Shazam! fight evil (this movie is rated PG-13). Refreshments will be provided by the (super) Friends of the Milton Library.