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

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