Winter/Spring 2019 Program Guide

ABBREVIATIONS

Braden River: BR 
Downtown Central: DWN 
Island: ISL 
Palmetto: PALM 
Rocky Bluff: Rocky 
South Manatee: SOM

FRIENDS’ FUNDRAISERS

Friends of Rocky Bluff Annual Author

Mystery Writers & Publishers of over 100 suspense thrillers, Bob & Patricia Gussin, talk about the twists in their retirement after successful medical industry careers. Find out how they have kept the mystery alive and how you can take a path leading to intrigue and suspense. Cocktail Party: THURS, JAN 31, 5 to 7 PM; Luncheon: FRI, FEB 1, 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM. Contact Cookie Jordan at 941-776-9019 or RJo2344@aol.com for tickets. Sponsored by the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library & the River Wilderness Literary Divas.

Book Sales
  • Island: FEB 14, 1 to 3 PM (members only), FEB 15, 9 AM to 3 PM, FEB 16, 9 AM to 3 PM @ Roser Church
  • Braden River: FEB 27, 3 to 6 PM; FEB 28, 12 to 8 PM; MAR 1, 10 AM to 6 PM; MAR 2, 9 AM to 4 PM @ BR
  • Palmetto: THURS, MAR 7, 5 to 7:30 PM (members only); FRI, MAR 8, 9 AM to 4 PM; SAT, MAR 9, 9 AM to 3 PM @ PALM
  • Rocky Bluff: WED, MAR 13 to SAT, MAR 16 @ Rocky

Special events

Travel & Lecture Series

Weekly THURS, JAN 10 to MAR 21, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL (except Janis Ian):

  • JAN 10: Anna Maria Living Treasures, Suzi Fox
  • JAN 17: The Seminole of FL, Max Osceola
  • JAN 24: Standing Up for  Laughter, Les McCurdy
  • JAN 31: Grammy Award- Winning Artist & Author Janis Ian @ Waterline Resort
  • FEB 7: The Dolphins of Sarasota, Dr. Katherine McHugh
  • FEB 21: Women in Politics, Sally Vastola
  • FEB 28: Key West: Pirates, Patriots & Painters, Cathy Salustri
  • MAR 7: Confederate Blockade of D.C., Ronald Smith
  • MAR 21: New World Rainforests, Joe Arena
African-American History Month

The Life and Reflections of James Baldwin, SAT, FEB 2, 11:30 to 12:30 PM at DWN; storyteller Tamara Green, SAT, FEB 2, 1 to 2 PM @ Rocky; Myron Jackson, drummer, FRI, FEB 8, 2 to 3 PM @ SOM; Book Discussion: How Long ‘til Black Future Month by N. K. Jemisin, SAT, FEB 23, 11 AM to 12 PM @ PALM; Angola Settlement Presentation (Sherry Svekis of Reflections on Manatee), THURS, FEB 28, 6 to 7:30 PM @ PALM

Youth Business Fair* Come out and support our youngest entrepreneurs! Kids will display and sell their own creations (that they have advertised and promoted)  in an outdoor market. Sponsored by Acton Children's Business Fair & Friends of Rocky Bluff Library, this is an exciting opportunity for them to feel what it's like to run a business. SAT, FEB 9, 1 to 4 PM @ Rocky. Go to the Facebook event

Holocaust Remembrance Sponsored by Generations After. SAT, FEB 16, 1 to 2 PM @ BR

Antiques Road Show* With Michael Ivankovich.Bring in a family heirloom/antique & find out its value. SAT, FEB 16, 10 to 11:30 AM @ BR & WED, MAR 6, 3 to 4 PM @ ISL

Women’s History Month Irene Curran will provide an overview of Amelia Earhart, the First Lady of Aviation, including the speculation surrounding her disappearance.* THURS, MAR 7, 1 to 2 PM @ Rocky

No Place on Earth Presented by Jewish Federation Film Society. THURS, MAR 28, 1:30 to 4:30 PM @ BR

2018 Second Place WinnerRecycled Dreams Teen Fashion Show See a unique show where teens compete by displaying their designs made out of recycled materials. Interested in being a part of this year's show? Teens can live a day in the life of a fashion designer and/or model by making an original fashion in front of an audience, and judges will select a winner based on creativity, presentation and use of recycled materials. The day includes free hair styling, makeup and photo shot for contestants and their models. Registration Opens FEB 1. SAT, APR 6, 1 to 3 PM @ DWN. Go to the Facebook event.

National Library Week (APR 7 to 13) Celebrate libraries’ positive impact on our communities

Storytelling Festival Second annual. SAT, APR 13, 10 AM to 3 PM @ Rocky

Egg Hunt Ages 12 and under. Crafts, snacks, egg hunt and “bunny garden” area for babies/toddlers. THURS, APR 18, 6 to 7:30 PM @ BR

Customer Appreciation Month (May) Please see May monthly events brochure for details.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (May) Programs include Origami Class With Mee Yean Chin,* SAT, MAY 25, 1 to 4:30 PM @ PALM. Limited to 10 students. Call 722-3333.

Free Comic Book Day While supplies last. SAT, MAY 4, 9 AM to 5 PM @ All Library Locations

Mother’s Day Tea* For children and their mothers.SAT, MAY 11, 11 AM to 12 PM @ BR

Exhibits

Marvelous Manatee: A History of Tourism An Eaton Room historical exhibit, on display from FEB 21 through Fall 2019, focusing on how tourism has shaped our region for over 100 years. Enjoy brunch-style finger foods, coffee and delicious mocktails at an Opening Reception, THURS, FEB 21, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ DWN Informational Presentations

Informational Presentations

Veterans Services Weekly THURS, 9 to 11 AM @ ISL

Solar Viewing With Ed McDonough of Celestron Explore the sun in this outdoor viewing session. SAT. JAN 12, 10 AM to 12 PM @ ISL

Replicating Nature: A Difficult Challenge Presented by Lifelong Learning Academy’s Jim Bartuli. WED, JAN 30, 1 to 2:30 PM @ ISL

Tax Assistance FEB 1 to APR 15. MON, 9 AM to 2 PM @ DWN (except FEB 18); WED, 12 to 4 PM @ BR (except FEB 27); FRI, 9 AM to 2 PM @ DWN & 1 to 4 PM @ BR (except MAR 1)

Intro to Sign Language Ages 18+. Weekly TUE through FEB 26, 6 to 7 PM @ SOM

Seaglass & Beachcombing Presented by Harry Ross SAT, MAR 16, 2 to 3:30 PM @ PALM

Why Ancient History Matters Lifelong Learning Academy’s David Miano. WED, MAR 20, 1 to 2:30 PM @ ISL

Genealogy Drop-In With the Manatee Genealogical Society. SAT, APR 27, 11 AM to 1 PM @ PALM

Managing Anxiety Workshop With Terri Hutchinson, CMRT, LCCC, LCPC. THURS, MAY 9, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

Technology

Tech Help Weekly TUE & WED, 2 to 4 PM, THURS, 1 to 4 PM & FRI 12 to 2 PM @ BR; Weekly TUE, 2 to 4 PM @ ISL; First and Third SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ Rocky; Weekly TUE, 5 to 7 PM & SAT, 2 to 4 @ SOM; Second SAT (except FEB, which is First SAT), 9:30 to 11:30 AM & Fourth THURS, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM. For Braden River, South Manatee & Palmetto, please call for an appointment: 727-6079 (BR), 755-3892 (SOM) & 722-3333 (PALM).

iPhone Basics TUE, JAN 8, 2 to 3:30 PM @ DWN

iPhone: Beyond the Basics TUE, JAN 15 20, 2 to 3:30 PM @ DWN

Tour the Digital Library Access digital media using Hoopla, Flipster, RB Digital and Overdrive. WED, JAN 16, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

Android Basics WED, JAN 16, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Apps for Seniors THURS, JAN 24, 2 to 3:30 PM @ DWN & SAT, MAR16, 10 to 11 AM @ BR

Instagram for Beginners THURS, JAN 31, 2 to 3:30 PM @ DWN

Library Apps for eBooks WED, FEB 20, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Downloading Audio Books SAT, FEB 23, 2 to 3 PM & MAR 20, 4 to 5 PM @ ISL

Intro to Facebook, Twitter & Instagram WED, MAR 20, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Windows 10 Basics WED, APR 17, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Early Literacy

Preschool Storytimes List of classes by locatIon.

Forty Carrots Enjoy special play time with your child with friendly and experienced Parenting Educators and Early Literacy Specialist. For mobile babies to age 5. Space limited to first 12 families. Please see list of classes on P. 2.

Musical Motion (in Spanish) Ages 0 to 5. Explore music, sign language, ABCs/123s. Sessions focus on creative activities to build preschoolers’ socials skills and enhance brain development. WED, JAN 16 through May, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ PALM (no Class MAR 6).

Special Storytimes


Tree Tops Ages 4 to 6. Weekly THURS, 12:30 to 1 PM @ BR (no class on FEB 28).

Read to a Dog Practice your reading in front of lovable dogs who can’t wait to hear your story (readers 5+) First SAT, 11 AM to 12 PM @ PALM; Second SAT, 11:15 to 12:15 PM @ DWN; SAT, JAN 12, MAR 23 & APR 27, 11 to 12:30 @ BR

 Saturday Family Storytime Stories, songs and crafts. All ages welcome. SAT, JAN 12, FEB 16, MAR 16 & MAY 18, 10 to 11 AM @ PALM

Local Author Alahna Nicolas Storytime
SAT, JAN 19, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM @ PALM

Take Your Child to the Library Day* Children who visit the library get a special prize. SAT, FEB 2, 9 AM to 5 PM @ PALM

Tutoring

Reading TUE & THURS, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ PALM. Call 722-3333 for an appointment.

STEAM Classes

Tween STEAM Club First SAT, 2 to 3 PM @ SOM

Downtown’s SciClub Ages 8 to 12. TUE, JAN 15 to APR 23, 4 to 6 PM @ DWN

Battle Bots Ages 9-15. Limited space. Call 727-6079 to register. SAT, FEB 2, 1 to 3 PM @ BR

Girls Who Code A computer coding club for girls in grades 3-5. No coding experience necessary. Registration required. Call 722-3333. THURS, JAN 31, FEB 21, MAR 21, APR 11 & MAY 16, 5:30 to 6:30 PM @ PALM

Slime Time* Ages 10+. SAT, FEB 23, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM

Spring Break Kids Tech Time Ages 7+. Explore some of the latest STEM toys, such as Spheros, Edison Robots, Snap Circuits and more. THURS, MAR 28, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Hour of Code: Minecraft Ages 7+. Limited spots. Call 722-3333 to register. THURS, APR 18, 6 to 7 PM @ PALM

Youth (Ages 12 to 18 Only)

Teen Advisory Board Meeting SAT, JAN 5, FEB 2, MAR 9, APR 6 & MAY 4, 3 to 5 PM @ BR
Teen Tech Lab SAT, FEB 9, APR 13 & MAY 11, 3 to 5 PM @ BR

SOM Experiment
Open Hours Ages 12-18, Third & Fourth SAT, 2 to 4:30 PM @ SOM

Adulting 101: Checking, Savings & Budgets 
Ages 14+. THURS, JAN 24, 6 to 7:30 PM @ PALM

 Spring Break Teen Escape Rooms
Details to come (please check monthly events brochure). SAT, MAR 23,  2 to 5 PM @ BR; WED, MAR 27, 3:30 to 8 PM @ ISL;  FRI, MAR 29 (multiple escape room puzzles), 1 to 4 PM @ SOM; SAT, MAR 30, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Writing Workshops


Memoir Writing Fourth TUE, 1 to 2:30 PM @ BR

Poetry Group Fourth TUE, 6 to 7:45 PM @ BR

Dance

Irish Dance Class Instructor Carol Klein. SAT, MAR 16, 11:30 to 1 PM @ DWN

Theater

CANCELLED: Parrish Playworks Performance 
Please Note: The Friends of Rocky Bluff Library's annual meeting is still taking place on THURS, JAN 17, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky. The meeting will be preceded by a Lunch, Listen & Learn performance with Edwin Culver, from 1 to 2 PM.

Fractured Fairy Tales* Presented by the Asolo Rep Guild. SAT, JAN 19, 10 to 11 AM @ BR

Moon Over Buffalo* Presented by the Asolo Rep Guild. SAT, JAN 26, 10:30 AM to 12 PM @ PALM

Music

Advanced Beginners Ukulele Ages 18+. THURS, JAN 10 to MAY 16, 2 to 3:30 PM @ DWN

Coffee & Music Fridays* Second FRI, 1 to 3 PM @ SOM

Lunch, Listen & Learn Enjoy free concerts with interesting musical instruments & styles. Eat at our Storybook Café or bring your own lunch. THURS, JAN 17, Edwin Culver; FEB 21, Brooke Hargrove, acoustic guitar player and singer; MAR 21 (tenative), Elizabeth Borsodi, Harpist; 1 to 2 PM @ Rocky

Drummer Myron Jackson FRI, FEB 8, 2 to 3 PM @ SOM

The Kilted Man Veteran performer Matthew Gurnsey delights audiences with his rousing performances of traditional Irish and Scottish music using traditional Celtic instruments, including concertina, bodhran, bones and mandolin. SAT, MAR 9, 10:30 to 11:30 AM @ Rocky

Drum Circle With Susan Woodard. SAT, APR 13, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Art

Coloring for Adults THURS, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky; Second & Fourth WED, 12 to 1 PM @ ISL

Origami Second SAT, 10 to 11 AM @ ISL

RB Art Club* Ages 6 to 12. Taught by the Harrison Ranch Arts Guild. Fourth THURS, 6 to 7 PM @ Rocky

Crafty Afternoon Fourth SAT, 2 to 3 PM @ Rocky

SAT Area 52 Art Club For ages 10 to 18, with Instructor Rachel. JAN 12, Crafting With Seashells; FEB 9, Learn to Crochet; FEB 23, Screenprint Your Own T-Shirt; MAY 25, Harry Potter Crafts, 2 to 5 PM @ DWN

Drop In DIY Ages 18+. Limited to 20 people. WED, JAN 16, Rope-Wrapped Decorative Can, 1:30 to 3:30 PM @ SOM

Primary Colors: Tween Art Ages 7 to 12. Registration suggested by calling 727-6079. THURS, JAN 17, FEB 21, MAR 21, APR 25 & MAY 16, 6 to 7 PM @ BR

Area 52 Adult Art Club MON, JAN 28, Learn to Sew; MON, APR 1, Make a Book, 5 to 8 PM @ DWN

Make Valentines All ages. TUE, FEB 12, 3:30 to 4:45 PM @ ISL

Intro to Cricut: Craft Cutting Machines THURS, FEB 14, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM

MON Night Area 52 Art Club For ages 10 to 18, with Instructor Rachel. FEB 25, Weave a Cellphone Case; MAR 25, Cool Collage; APR 15, Bead It!; 5 to 8 PM @ DWN

Recycled Map Art All ages. SAT, MAR 23, 2 to 4 PM @ Rocky

Spring Break Kids Craft Buffet Ages 7+. Craft away your spring break boredom with us. WED, MAR 27, 2 to 4 PM @ PALM

Recycled Book Sculptures All ages. Repurpose an old book with Instructor Rachel. WED, APR 10, 3 to 5 PM @ PALM; TUE, MAY 14, 3:30 to 5 PM @ ISL

Cambodian Khmer Weaving Presented by Manasota Weaver’s Guild. THURS, APR 11, 5 to 6 PM @ PALM

Origami Class With Mee Yean Chin* Limited to 10 students. Registration required by calling 722-3333. SAT, MAY 25, 1 to 4:30 PM @ PALM

Health & Wellness

January Yoga Taught by a GT Bray instructor. Please bring a mat or towel. FRI, JAN 18 & 25, 2 to 3 PM @ DWN & THURS, JAN 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31, 2 to 3 PM @ PALM

Tai Chi With Sherry* For ages 18+. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes (flip flops are not advised). Weekly THURS, JAN 10 to FEB 28, 6 to 7 PM @ SOM

Youth Yoga SAT, JAN 12, 11 AM to 1 PM @ PALM

Disco Aerobics A fun, free aerobics 70s’ Disco class with Instructor Carol Klein; weekly, Weekly TUE, JAN 15 to FEB 26 (no class JAN 22 & FEB 5), 10 to 11 AM @ DWN

Meditation With Sheryl Spikes. SAT, JAN 19, FEB 16, APR 6 & MAY 18, 11 AM to 12 PM @ ISL

CPR Certification Held last SAT of each month, 9 AM to 12 PM @ ISL. To register, please call 778-6341.

Creative Aging (ages 55+)

Drawing & Watercolor Art* New six-part class taught by Karalee Hammes. WED, JAN 30, Movement in Drawing; FEB 6, Drawing Landscapes; FEB 13, Color Magic With Watercolor; FEB 20, Watercolor Landscape;  FEB 27, Bring a Subject to Paint; MAR 6, Bring a Subject to Paint. Limited Spots. Please preregister by calling 723-4821, 2 to 4 PM @ RB

Drawing 101* A journey of drawing to learn “how to see” the way an artist sees, growing your confidence as an artist. Taught by Lucy Barber, this class will introduce the beginner to line and shape, light and dark values, composition, perspective and ways to manipulate materials for a variety of effects. Limited spots. Call 755-3892 to register. FRI, JAN 18 to FEB 22, 10 AM to 12 PM @ SOM

Food & Nutrition

Cooking With Wine Join Chef Warren Caterson SAT, JAN 12, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ DWN

New Year, New You: Real Food Solutions Learn how to make and prepare healthier food choices with Janel Jungles, NT. TUE, JAN 15, 6 to 7:30 PM @ PALM

Four Entrees in Less Than 20 Minutes Why spend a fortune dining out when you can prepare a delightfully tasty meal in the time it takes to drive to your favorite restaurant? One entre will be a vegetarian option. Presented by Chef Warren. FRI, FEB 1, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

Gardening

Master Gardener Second SAT, 10 AM to 1 PM @ SOM; Second & Fourth SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ Rocky; First SAT, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM @ ISL

Just for Fun

Lego First SAT, 11 to 12:30 PM @ Braden River; Second SAT, 2 to 3:30 PM @ Island*; Third SAT, 1 to 3 PM @ Rocky (includes Tinker Toys and K-Nex); Family Fun Day, SAT, JAN 5, FEB 2, APR 6 & MAY 4, 11 to 12:30 PM (includes games) @ BR

Family Movie First SAT, 2 to 4 PM @ Rocky

Trivia Ages 12+. Second THURS, 6 to 7:30 PM @ Rocky

Wind Down Wednesday Film Series Third WED, 4 to 6 PM @ Rocky

Harry Potter Party Ages 12 & under. Activities, crafts & treats. To participate in the Escape Room (ages 7-12), please call 727-6079 since limited spots. SAT, MAR 30, 2 to 4 PM @ BR

Other Social Clubs

Kids Krew* School-aged program featuring crafts, games & STEM activities for kids & their supervising guardian 16+. TUE & THURS, 3:30 to 4:30 PM @ SOM

Mahjong Weekly TUE, 11:30 to 1:30 PM @ Rocky; Weekly THURS, 12 to 2:30 PM @ SOM; Weekly FRI, 10:30 to 1:30 PM @ PALM (no meet NOV 23); Weekly TUE, 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM @ ISL; Weekly FRI, 11:30 to 1:30 PM @ ISL

Chess Weekly TUE, 3 to 5 PM @ Rocky; First & Third SAT, 2 to 5 PM @ BR; First & Third FRI, 2 to 4:30 PM @ SOM

Scrabble Weekly THURS, 12 to 2:30 PM @ SOM

Crochet Club First & Third THURS, 2 to 4 PM @ ISL (includes knitting); First SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ SOM; Second SAT, 10 to 11 AM @ Rocky

Knitting First THURS, 6 to 7:45 PM @ PALM; Second SAT, JAN 12, FEB 9, MAR 9, APR 13 & MAY 11, 1 to 2:30 PM @ BR; Fourth SAT, 10 AM to 12 PM @ SOM; First THURS, 6 to 7:45 PM @ PALM

Quilting Last THURS, 10 AM to 12 PM @ lSL

Book Clubs

SOM Sip ‘N Chat* Ages 18+. Monthly Adult Book Club serving hot coffee. JAN 4, People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks; FEB 8, American Marriage by Tayari Jones; MAR 1, Before the Fall by Noah Hawley, 10 to 11 AM

BR Discussion Group Second TUE, JAN 8, The Diplomat’s Daughter by Karen Tanabe; FEB 12, And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie; MAR 12, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng; APR 9, The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood & MAY 14, TBD, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

ISL Time WED, JAN 9, When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi; MAR 13; APR 10, 6:30 to 7:30 PM

Books on Tap Ages 21+. WED, JAN 9, How to Be Alone: If You Want To, and Even If You Don’t by Lane Moore, 7 PM @ 3 Keys Brewery & Eatery, 2505 Manatee Avenue E., Bradenton

ISL Morning Book Club THURS, JAN 17, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover; FEB 21, The Last Days of Night by Graham Moore; MAR 21, The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict; APR 18, Killers of the Flower Moon by David Gann; & MAY 16, Little Flowers Everywhere by Celeste Ng, 10:15 to 11:15 AM

BR Young Adult Genre Exploration Ages 12 to 18. Explore a different genre each month. SAT, JAN 19, Fantasy; FEB 16, Romance, 3 to 5 PM

PALM Friends Book Discussion Second WED, JAN 9, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon; FEB 13, The Lasting Painting of Sarah DeVos by Dominic Smith; MAR 13, A Prayer for Owen Meany by Joh Irving; APR 10, Golden Hill: A Novel of Old New York by Francis Spufford; MAY 8, The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn, 10:30 AM to 12 PM

Rocky Book Club Second WED, 6 to 7 PM

BR Murder by the Book Second THURS. JAN 10, Along Came a Spider by James Patterson; FEB 14, Rush of Blood by Mark Billingham; MAR 14, Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos; APR 11, A Faint Cold Fear by Karin Slaughter; MAY 9, The Stingray Shuffle by Tim Dorsey, 1:15 to 2:15 PM

BR Classics Up Close Fourth TUE, JAN 22, George Eliot bio; FEB 26, Middlemarch by George Eliot; MAR 26, Edith Warton bio; APR 23, Age of Innocence by Edith Warton; MAY 28, Alexandre Dumas bio, 3 to 4 PM

May the Fourth Be With You: Origami Yoda Book Discussion Ages 10+. With craft. Limited spots. Call 722-3333 to register. SAT, MAY 4, 2:30 to 4 PM @ PALM; Ages 6 to 12, 2 to 3 PM @ ISL

* Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.