Summer Reader Palooza 2021

ReaderPaloozaOn Saturday, June 5, 11 a.m. join us and our friends from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo virtually to celebrate the start of Summer with the Library! Tune in on Facebook or Zoom. 

We'll help you sign up for Summer with the Library's Beanstack and show you how to log a book and earn a badge, so you can start logging to enter to win our grand prize: a Samsung Galaxy tablet, thanks to our sponsor PDQ restaurant. Our friends from the Santa Fe College Teaching Zoo will be bringining some of their bird friends, so we can learn all about them. Be sure to come with questions - 20 commenters from Zoom and Facebook Live will receive a free pizza!

One of our favorite parts of Reader Palooza every year is seeing our community partners. They are always happy to share information about their services with our readers. Below, we've compiled their information, so you can learn more about how they can help you or someone you know.


  • Peaceful Paths
    • The certified domestic violence center that serves survivors of domestic violence in Alachua, Bradford, and Union counties. Peaceful Paths provides a wide range of services including emergency shelter, 24-hour helpline, victim advocacy, children’s programming, economic empowerment education and support, crisis counseling and support groups, community awareness and intervention, and violence prevention programs. 
    • Their helpline is 352-377-8255 
  • Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS)
    • SRTS is a statewide program funded by the Florida Department of Transportation. WellFlorida Council provides SRTS in North Central Florida and the Big Bend area. SRTS aims to create safe, convenient and fun opportunities for children to walk and bicycle to and from schools. The goal is to increase the number of children walking and biking, increase safety, and reverse the trend towards childhood obesity and inactivity. 
    • Contact Morris Sherman if interested at 
  • University of Florida Health Street
    • HealthStreet’s Community Health Workers (CHW) assess health concerns, conditions, and research perceptions of community members. They also provide referrals to community members for medical and social services, as well as opportunities to participate in health research, relevant to their health concerns and health conditions. 
    • They are at Headquarters Library every other Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
    • WIC is a federally funded program which provides the following at no cost to the participant: healthy foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding counseling and support and referrals for health care.
    • Contact our local WIC Office at 352-225-4343 
  • Florida Natural History Museum
    • The Florida Museum of Natural History studies, preserves, and interprets Florida's biological diversity and cultural heritage. Florida's landscape and animal histroy is proudly exhbited throughout the museum.
    • General admission is free. Special exhibits have fees. 
  • Harn Museum of Art
    • The University of Florida’s Harn Museum of Art brings the joy of experiencing great works of art to diverse university, community, national and global audiences through relevant and enlightening art collections, exhibitions and learning opportunities
    • Admission to the musuem is free. 
  • Partnership for Strong Families
    • Partnership provides child welfare services designed to protect local children from abuse, neglect and abandonment and assists in establishing safe and permanent homes with their own families, partner families or adoptive parents.
    • Partnership for Strong Families can be contacted by phone at 352-244-1500