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Friends of the Library Offers FREE Presentation on Community Hospice

Friends of the Library is offering a FREE presentation led by Maureen Paschke, a specialist in social gerontology, who will inform participants about Community Hospice and its services for patient care and family needs.

Ms. Paschke is an expert in the non-medical aspects of aging and has led bereavement support groups for those who find themselves alone. Participants will also learn about palliative care and what that means for patients and their loved ones.

This FREE program is brought to the community by the Education Committee of the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. It will be held in the Fernandina Beach Library’s Meeting Room at 24 North 4th Street, on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. You may register at the Library or call the Library at 904-277-7365.

For further information regarding this event, on joining Friends of the Library or to donate, please visit the Friends of the Library website at www.fernandinaFOL.org.

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library Fundraiser

Storytellers Vie For Champion in Fernandina Library FundraiserYou’ll giggle, laugh and maybe even cry when six area storytellers compete for the coveted title of Island Tales Story Champion on September 30 at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in downtown Fernandina Beach.

This year’s theme ‘I Was So Embarrassed!” promises to be a rousing, hilarious storytelling event. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and libations first, then sit back and be regaled by some of the area’s finest storytellers.

The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with island-themed delights sponsored by Lulu’s Restaurant and a cash bar. The storytellers take the stage at 7:00 pm to entertain you and earn your cash votes.

The stakes are high as audience members will vote with cash for their favorite storyteller. Tickets for votes will be on sale during the event with proceeds helping fund the Friends of the Library Capital Campaign for the newly renovated Fernandina Beach Library.

Competing for champion bragging rights are: Doris Davis, a beach lover, actress and director of Christian education at First Presbyterian Church; Geoffrey King, a Scottish lad who found his calling on the theatrical stage; Frank O’Donnell, a champion for clean air laws who has appeared as a “talking head” on every major television network; Marsha Dean Phelts, a former librarian for the Duval County Public School system and Florida Genealogy Collection of the Jacksonville Public Library system; Thea Seagraves, a former mime and current Education Director at the Amelia Island Museum of History; and Doug McDowell serving as Master of Ceremonies, an accomplished amateur actor, struggling playwright, and all-around supporter of the arts.

“We’re delighted to have such great participation and impressive talent for our third year’s event,” says Dee Torre, FOL President and Capital Campaign chair. “Stories and libraries are such a natural fit.”

Advance tickets for the reception and storytelling slam are $50 for general admission and $65 for reserved seating. Tickets are available for sale at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street, or online at www.FernandinaFOL.org.

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for Library

Book Loving Border Collie Raises Funds for LibraryJoey, the incredibly talented Border Collie, goes tubing, rides horses, helps out in the garden and even has her own Facebook page. She knows close to 200 tricks and now she’s adding another skill to her resume, fundraising for a favorite cause.

Joey was a star attraction at Friends of the Library’s Pony Up and Party fundraiser last year at Littleberry Farm just over the Shave Bridge from Amelia Island. There she met photographer and library supporter, Steve Leimberg, who asked her to model for him. In one photo Joey’s boning up on horses, perhaps to elevate her status in the Littleberry barn.

Joey and her trainer and companion, Fernandina Beach High School student Nichole Curry, are great fans of the local library. To help raise funds for new furniture, they will be adjacent to the downtown Fernandina Beach Farmers Market, Saturday, September 19. Joey will be selling and “pawtographing” her portrait, which includes a few of Nichole’s dog training tips on the back.

The Farmers Market is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Stop by the Friends of the Library’s booth and give this well deserving duo a pat on the back.

2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam

2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling SlamThe 2nd Annual Amelia Island Storytelling Slam will be held September 25, 2015, at Burns Hall on Amelia Island.

Serving as emcee will be last year’s storytelling champ, Arlene Filkoff.

This year’s competitors:
Dickie Anderson
Carey Dresser
John Drew
Neil Frink
Diana Herman

These storytellers will represent the intriguing worlds of dance, theatre, letters, business, education and community service.

Guests cast votes with cash for their favorite stories and help raise funds to furnish the Library.

Burns Hall is located at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach.

There will be a cash bar and a heavy hors d’oeuvres reception sponsored by LULU’s Restaurant beginning at 5:30, the show begins at 7:00 pm.

Tickets are only $50 each and they are available at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N 4th Street.

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Friends of the Library Receives Gift for Local History Section

Friends of the Library Receives Challenge Gift for Local History SectionFernandina Beach, FL – With Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) approaching its fundraising goal for library improvements, an anonymous benefactor has donated $5,000 of the $35,000 needed to sponsor the local history section. This gift includes a challenge to other local history buffs to join him and cover the remaining $30,000 needed to purchase furniture and collection additions, says Dee Torre, Friends of the Library Campaign Chair.

According to Torre, most rooms and special sections in the ‘new’ library have already been sponsored or ‘named’ by donors or in memory of their loved ones. “Local history is important in our community and is one of only two areas left without a ‘name.’ We are excited that this individual has started this effort to sponsor ‘Friends of Local History’ section.”

Currently, the local history section features books, periodicals and other documents relevant to past and current people and events in Nassau County, nearby Georgia, and Florida as a whole. “In addition to physical publications, we need a designated computer and databases so people can access the many other resources that are available online. Tables, shelving and comfortable work and study areas are also greatly needed,” says Nassau County Assistant Library Director, Janet Loveless. “With additional funds we can add special collections and resources not already available in our community, thus giving patrons free access to local history six days a week.”

The first phase of furniture and equipment purchased with FOL funds is now on order and should arrive soon and we anticipate other orders this fall, Torre said. “We are thrilled to be so close to reaching our goal of a well-equipped library. Thanks to amazing generosity from the community, FOL has raised $1,020,000 of the $1.2 million it promised several years ago to match City and County contributions to this library improvement project.”

To donate to “Friends of Local History” or learn more about naming opportunities, call 904-321-6529 or visit fernandinafol.org, where you can make a donation online, join FOL, renew your membership, purchase event tickets and volunteer.

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Greek Heritage of Tarpon Springs Dinner and Program

tina-bucuvalasEnjoy traditional fare of the Greek islands and learn how 19th century sponge fishermen from the Greek Dodecanese Islands turned a coastal Florida village into what soon became known as “the sponge capital of the world.”

Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs and noted folklore expert, will describe this unique community at a dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). This event will be held June 4th from 6 – 8 pm, at Café Karibo, 27 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Dr. Bucuvalas received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research folklife in Greece while she was working for the Florida Folklife Program from 1996 to 2009. She is currently involved in sustaining Tarpon Springs’ community culture through public events, workshops, and historic preservation.

Café Karibo chef Essam Kabil is preparing a full dinner menu featuring the flavors of the Dodecanese Islands. Tickets for dinner and the program are $35 and may be purchased at the Library on 4th Street. All proceeds benefit the FOL campaign to furnish the new library.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to become a member, visit fernandinafol.org, call (904) 277-7365 or e-mail info@fernandinafol.org.

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Pony Up and Party at Littleberry Farm

Pony Up and Party at Littleberry Farm“Pony Up and Party,” is an action-packed fundraiser for the Fernandina Beach Library will take place October 25 at the enchanting 38-acre Littleberry Farm just west of Amelia Island.

The party will showcase some of the 20 horses in residence including World Finalists “Junior,” an American Paint prizewinner in western horsemanship, and “Tinker,” a medalist in the ‘hunter under saddle’ category. The Andalusian “Luna” and her rider will show off their skills in dressage and “Nina” will do a few tricks for the crowd, says Terry Broussard, Littleberry Farm owner. Five-year-old up-and-coming horsewoman, Paisley Broussard will take the reins on Junior and may show off her pony, “Cornflake”, Broussard says.

And to top it off, acclaimed “Joey the Border Collie”, an award-winning trick dog, will mount and ride the impressive quarter horse named “Shy.” Joey’s trainer is 15-year old, Nichole Curry, a student at Fernandina Beach High School. Nicole, some of her classmates in the Junior Rotary Club and other riders at the Farm will introduce the horses and allow guests to entice them with carrots for treats.

“This will be a really, really fun and unusual evening for everyone and we’re delighted that Littleberry Farm is hosting it with us,” said Bill Flynn, President of Friends of the Library (FOL). “The farm is a wonderful place for a good time and a great reminder of the agricultural heritage of Nassau County. Many folks will be surprised to see such a fine rural setting just minutes from Amelia Island.”

The gates will open at 4:45 pm and festivities start at 5:00 pm. A home-made barbeque buffet will be served in the screened breezeway of the Farm’s large entertainment facility. There will be indoor and covered seating for dining, and hay bales for relaxing around the show ring. County, western and other popular music will be provided by the versatile O. C. Band. There will also be dancing, games, cash bar, S’mores and desserts by the bonfire, and a silent auction with fine art, dining and entertainment donated by local artists and businesses.

Weekends in New York and Chicago and trips to Washington, DC, Napa Valley and more will also be up for auction. Get advanced information on trips at fernandinaFOL.org.

Proceeds will support Friends of the Library’s capital campaign to enlarge and improve the Fernandina Beach Library. Construction of a $1.6 M new addition to the Library on N 4th Street is underway with $600,000 each provided by the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, and $400,000 raised by FOL from private supporters of library improvements. Renovation of the existing building will begin when the new wing is completed later this year. To date, private donors to FOL have contributed over $740 thousand in gifts and pledges. Roughly $460 thousand is still needed to purchase furniture, equipment and other necessities to meet the $2.4 million goal, Flynn said.

Tickets for this action-packed evening are $75 each. To assure you don’t miss out, purchase them early on-line at fernandinaFOL.org or at the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th St. or call (904) 321-6529.

For further information, contact Wilma Allen, 904-491-0034 or wilmaa65@gmail.com

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Island Tales Storytelling Slam

Island Tales Storytelling SlamSix entertaining local storytellers will compete for the Story Slam Championship on Friday, September 19, 2014 to raise funds to help furnish the growing Fernandina Beach Library.

The event takes place at Burns Hall, St. Peter’s Church, 801 Atlantic Avenue, Fernandina Beach. Warmup reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets for reception and show are $50 per person and are available at fernandinaFOL.org, the Fernandina Beach Library and Amelia Island Museum of History.

A limited number of free tickets for the program only are available at the Library. Co-sponsors with Friends of the Library are the Amelia Island Museum of History and the Florida Humanities Council.

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Library Block Party 2013

Library Block Party 2013North 4th Street will be jumping on Saturday, October 19 with a celebration of the Library’s upcoming expansion and renovation.

It’s free and everyone’s invited!

The entire block between Centre and Alachua Streets will be packed from 10am to 2pm with family-friendly music, performers, demonstrations and activities, says Vickie Maley, a Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) board member who organized the event.

“We’re thrilled that so many talented people and community groups are participating – Pirates, karate and dance students, the ACT Peppermint Players Theater and ACTeen, and volunteers from the Museum of History, Maritime Museum, 4H Club, the YMCA, Wild Amelia, Friends of the Library and many other organizations,” she said.

Also during the day, Sharon Randa of Zumba/Anytime Fitness will lead a Zumba Flash Mob; costumed characters will mingle with guests; Ellyn Morgan will give a pottery demonstration; Larry and the Backtracks, Community Band and Dalton Thrift will provide music; and Let’s Roll Entertainment will bring their Monster Ball and Lord of the Rings games.

Several restaurants will offer snacks and lunches for sale with tables bussed by members of Boy Scout Troop 817 for tips. And some nearby restaurants will donate a portion of their sales during the Block Party to the FOL.

At 12:30pm, a brief announcement will be made about the $1.6 million construction project that will be financed by the City of Fernandina Beach and Nassau County, which are each contributing $600,000, and FOL which has raised over $530,000 in gifts and pledges and hopes to raise $700,000 more for furnishings, equipment, collection enhancements and other needs. Architects drawings and floor plans will be available to see.

Fernandina Beach Library t-shirts and tickets for a drawing for at least 28 gift packages valued at over $100 each will be for sale. Winners will be chosen at 1:30pm. Prizes include gift certificates from area restaurants, merchandise, services, artwork, antiques and much more. Tickets are available at the Library and the Book Loft.

Aside from the food, t-shirts and tickets for the drawing, everything is free but donations to the capital campaign will be greatly appreciated. FOL members will be on hand to answer questions about the Library and giving opportunities.

Pictured: Vickey Maley with several of the gifts and packages assembled for a drawing at the Block Party.

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation whose main mission is two-fold – to promote literacy and life-long learning and to advocate and raise funds for the library.

For information on membership, contributions or events, visit www.fernandinaFOL.org.

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See the Jaguars and Help Build a Better Library

See the Jaguars and Help Build a Better LibraryFriends of the Fernandina Beach Library is working the Jacksonville Jaguars’ Give and Go 100 ticket promotion to raise funds for the expansion and renovation of the Library on N 4th Street.

You can purchase single game tickets with a simple click on your computer by accessing the Friends of the Library Website! Friends of the Library will receive $10 for each ticket sold: as more tickets are purchased, the return could reach $30 per ticket.

Follow THIS LINK to get your tickets today!

It’s a great way to support your team and the Library.

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Come to Discuss the Civil War at the Library

Come to Discuss the Civil War at the LibraryThe Fernandina Beach Library will be holding a series of discussions called, “Let’s Talk About It – Making Sense of the American Civil War”

This FREE program was a real hit last year and is back by popular demand!

Civil War scholar and Friends of the Library member Roberta (Bobbie) Fost, will lead this five part series.

Discussions will take place on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm on: 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, and 2/20.

Participants will receive books for the discussion: March by Geraldine Brooks, Crossroads of Freedom Antietam by James M. McPherson, America’s War by Edward L. Ayers, and other materials.

Books are available for pick up at the Library now. Please register for the discussion series at the Library.

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Annual Literary Luncheon with Margaret Ross Tolbert

Annual Literary Luncheon with Margaret Ross TolbertFernandina Beach, FL – Award-winning artist/author of AQUIFERious, Margaret Ross Tolbert, will discuss Florida’s bountiful freshwater springs and waterways at the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library’s Annual Literary Luncheon at noon, Friday, January 25, 2013, at Bonito Grill and Sushi on Centre Street.

AQUIFERious centers on the remarkable 100,000 square mile Floridan Aquifer that feeds more than 700 springs throughout Florida, and highlights twelve North Florida springs including the popular Ichetucknee Spring northwest of Gainesville which is Florida’s most popular tubing destination.

A dynamic and engaging advocate for Florida’s fresh waterways, Tolbert has spent countless hours totally immersed in them, scuba diving and exploring, painting, photographing, researching and telling their story. Her presentation will showcase photos, paintings, artistic cave maps and her passion for the fragile springs and the creativity they inspire.

Purchase your tickets at the Library by January 21. Prices are $25.00 for Friends of the Library members and $35.00 for non-members and include a choice of tempura fish or chicken Bento Box luncheon. If you are not an FOL member you can join at the Library.

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Fernandina Book Sale Raises over 8,300 Dollars

Fernandina Book Sale Raises over 8,300 Dollars

Hundreds of readers browsed through thousands of volumes

Fernandina Beach, FL – Area residents showed their love of reading and support of the library by purchasing $8,353 worth of books at the Friends of the Library’s recent book sale. Your neighbors contributed over 15,000 books and materials, and volunteers worked long and hard for months to make the sale a success.

“People always compliment us on how well our sales are organized,” says Gigi Feazell, FOL board member and volunteer chairman. “It wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have so many wonderful volunteers. The sorters need special thanks because they work for months preparing for the sale. Anne Sparkle and Jeanie Taylor are the leaders extraordinaire and Verne Samson does the incredible job of sorting the youth books and knowing which book is suitable for which age. Pat Henderson sorts and then does all matter of things to get ready for the sale like making signs etc… and there are so many others.”

On the days of the sale, fifty-one volunteers served as cashiers and merchandisers, many working more than one shift and some, every shift. Nine students from Fernandina Beach High School helped on Saturday and the Sheriff’s Department provided us with crucial help getting the books up to the gym and the left-overs back down after the sale. Lots of organizations provided tables, boxes and other support as well.

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FOL members Bruce Morrison and Jeanie Taylor beside the new book drop

The semi-annual book sales raise the bulk of the Friends’ annual grants to the Fernandina Beach Library. In the past year, the FOL contributed more than $23,000 to fund books, e-books and periodicals, databases, network access and technology including databases used to complete job applications, develop resumes and take certification tests for various careers.

The next sale will be March 21-23, 2013, and volunteers are already gearing up. Book sale chairman, Bruce Morrison, recently rolled up his sleeves to build a new book drop for donations. You’ll find his bright red book house under the covered walkway on the 11th Street side of the Peck Center.

Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation whose main mission is two-fold – to promote literacy and life-long learning and to advocate and raise funds for the library. For information on membership or events, send an email to FernandinaLibFriends@gmail.com or visit www.nassaureads.com and click on Friends of the Library.

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