Special Events At Main Library




The St. Johns County Library, 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Ave., announces a variety of upcoming events.

Join Friends Sept. 16, 2015, The Ancient Olive is welcomed back with a presentation about Balsamic Vinegars.

The signature Brown Bag Lunch Program is hosted by Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine and will begin at 12:30 p.m. As always, it is free and open to the public, but reservations are required to guarantee seating. Stop by the reference desk or call the Main Library at 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd (904) 827-6940 to make your reservation.

When they last visited the Main Library, proprietors Jeffrey Schrader and Bryan Behling educated the audience about Ultra Premium Extra Virgin olive oils and provided taste tests and treats. At the September program, they will discuss traditional and modern production methods for balsamic vinegars, some of which are aged for 18 years. There will be plenty of tastings and some easy recipe ideas for BBQ sauces, fruit and desserts. After the program The Ancient Olive will offer some of their items for purchase, with a portion of the proceeds going to help with Main Library programs.

Patrons are welcome to bring their lunch to the Brown Bag Program. Refreshments will be provided.. For reservations, call the Main Library at 904-827-6940. For additional information, contact Friends President Toni Siriani, toni825@hotmail.com. Follow Friends on Facebook/ Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine.

Columbia benefit

Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine has been selected by Columbia Restaurant to participate in its 18th Annual Community Harvest Program. This is the 3rd year that Friends has been invited to benefit from the program. During the month of September restaurant customers may choose among the nonprofit organizations listed on the ballot presented with their lunch or dinner tab. Whenever a guest chooses “Friends of the Library,” Columbia Restaurant will donate 5% of that guest’s food and beverage value to the Friends in the form of gift certificates. The guest does not spend any additional money for this donation. Enjoy a delicious meal and support Friends of the Library.

“We started this program in 1998 as a way to help many of the worthy non-profit groups that are so important to our communities,” said 4th generation family member and p\President Richard Gonzmart. “We thought the best way to do this was by letting our customers get involved in selecting the organizations. The process is simple. They just put a check mark next to one of the charitable organizations listed on a form we provide. They turn it in to their server. We do the rest, and donate 5% to the charity.”

Over the past 17 years, the Columbia Restaurant Community Harvest has donated more than $1.6 million to non-profit organizations throughout Florida. Columbia Restaurants are located in the Florida cities of St. Augustine, Tampa, Sarasota, Clearwater Beach and Celebration. The original Columbia Restaurant was founded in Tampa’s Historic Ybor City in 1905 by Cuban immigrant Casimiro Hernandez, Sr., and it is now Florida’s oldest restaurant. All its locations except Tampa Airport are owned and operated by 4th and 5th generation members of the founding family.

 Reflexology session

Join Friends of the Main Library St. Augustine Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon when Karen Ball, board-certified reflexologist and director of the Academy of Ancient Reflexology in St. Augustine, along with her senior students, will introduce us to the ancient hands-on therapy of reflexology. This special program will be held at the Main Library at 1960 Ponce de Leon Blvd. It is free and open to the public but reservations will be required. Please call the Main Library at (904) 827-6940 to guarantee a seat.

Reflexology is a safe and highly effective method of maintaining optimum health, based on the theory that there are reflex points in the hands, feet and ears that are linked to every organ, gland and part of the body. Through proper manipulation of these reflex points, the body’s nervous system naturally shifts into a parasympathetic state, a condition that relaxes muscular function, promotes balance, and creates the internal environment in which healing can occur. Another well-known benefit of reflexology is increased circulation of the blood and lymphatic system. To top all that off, reflexology just feels good!

Following the short lesson, this year’s senior students of the Academy’s 315-hour certification program will offer mini-hand reflexology sessions to those attending. A gift certificate for a full session at one of the Academy’s public clinics in November will be awarded to a lucky drawing winner.

Seating will be limited for this program and reservations required. Please stop by or call the Reference Desk at the Main Library at 1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd., (904)-827-6940, to make a reservation. For additional information, please contact Friends President Toni Siriani at toni825@hotmail.com









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