Leon County Public Library Newsletter- May-June 2019

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May-June 2019

From the Director

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Whether you’re looking to meet new people or hoping to avoid talking with others altogether, the libraries are just the place for you! Adults can socialize at the Cards & Coffee program at Woodville Branch Library; meet and share ideas with fellow crafters at the Annie Get Your Glue Gun program at the County Main Library; commiserate with other parents after Baby Time, Story Time, Stay & Play and LEGO ® programs at all libraries; and “talk books” with avid readers of the same genres at book club meetings. Members of groups can also schedule their own programs in library meeting rooms. On the other hand, if you’re interested in getting out but not necessarily seeking a lot of interaction, you may enjoy Booked for Lunch and other author events like, the Library Lecture Series, The Music of Science program, or exploring self-guided reading recommendations via the “Staff Picks” and “Recently Returned” displays.

Children and teens will find a wide range of activities and entertainment this summer. They, too, have options for socializing or not. Read all about “A Universe of Stories” and our kick-off of “The Best Week Ever” in this newsletter. Detailed information will be found in the online calendars and printed schedules at your favorite library.

Now is a good time to share the public library with people you know. On your way to pick up a hold, look for a good movie or attend a program. Bring family members and friends with you. Encourage them to get a library card, enjoy the facilities, and make the most of our programs, services and collections. Libraries are for everyone!

Debra Sears


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Upcoming Events

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National Bestselling author Tim Dorsey returns to LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library

National bestselling author Tim Dorsey returns to the LeRoy Collins Leon County Public Library on Thursday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m., as part of his 2019 No Sunscreen for the Dead tour.  Dorsey will speak on his Serge A. Storms series of novels, as well as sign copies of his works. He will also have materials on hand for purchase.

Tim Dorsey was born in Indiana but moved to Florida at the age of one. After graduating from Auburn University he worked as a police and courts, general assignment, and political reporter for both the Alabama Journal and the Tampa Tribune before leaving the newspaper business in 1999 to focus on writing full time.  He has written over 20 books with the state of Florida as the locale, starring the anti-hero Serge A. Storms. Many of these works have made the bestseller list.

This program is free and open to the public.



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Local Writer Saundra Kelley Speaks at Booked for Lunch

Saundra Kelly will be speaking at our Booked for Lunch Program on Thursday May 16 at 12:15 pm.

A descendant of multiple generations of North Floridians, Saundra Kelley is a performer in the oral tradition of Spoken Word. She is the author of three books, and in all of them her love of the natural world is a prominent focus. She earned an undergraduate degree in social sciences from Florida State University and had a career in the nonprofit sector. In 2006 she left Tallahassee to pursue a master's degree in performance art with a storytelling concentration at East Tennessee State University. After graduation, she became a member of the Jonesborough Storytellers Guild Performance Troupe for 10 years, serving three years as president. Since returning to Tallahassee in 2016, she has authored two books and has become very active in the Tallahassee Writer's Association.

Booked for Lunch is a bi-monthly program where we bring local writers in during the lunch hour to speak on their craft and career.  Attendees can bring their bag lunches and may enjoy dessert and drinks provided by the Library.


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Library Lecture Series at Black Archives

As part of the Library's annual participation in the Festival of Freedom, we're pleased to announce the first Library Lecture Series Event of 2019.  Dr. Nashid Madyun will be speaking on African American Ascension:1865-1935: The Rise of the Black Middle Class at  6:00 p.m. on Monday, May 13 at the Meek-Eaton Black Archives at FAMU, 445 Gamble St, Tallahassee, FL 32310. The lecture will be followed by a tour of the archives.

The Festival of Freedom is a month-long series of events commemorating the reading of the Emancipation Proclamation on the steps of the Knott House in 1895.  For more information on all community events please click here.

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Coffee and Cards at the Woodville Branch Library

Attention adults!  We provide the cards, games, and coffee and you provide the laughs and conversation!  We regularly play canasta, Phase 10 and Uno. Come check out our large selection of games and make new friends while you're at it! Every Wednesday morning from 10 a.m.- Noon at the County's Woodville Branch Library.


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