Alachua County Library District’s 2017 Author Series presents Pulitzer Prize nominated author Ace Atkins on Saturday, May 6 at 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Atkins has been nominated three times for the Edgar Allen Poe Award, an award for mystery writers. He is also author to the Nick Travers and Quinn Colson series. In 2011, he was asked by Robert B. Parker's widow and editor to continue Parker's Spenser series. As Parker is often referred to as the Dean of American crime fiction, Atkins' successful transition is remarkable.
Two Alachua County Library District programs received Florida Library Association (FLA) awards. The Teen Creative Writing Contest received the Betty Davis Miller Youth Services - Teens award and the Conversational English program received the Maria Chavez-Hernandez “Libraries Change Peoples’ Lives” award.
High Springs Branch Library is partnering with the Help Heal Veterans organization to present Heal Vets Craft Clinics on Thursday mornings in May. This weekly arts and crafts time for veterans of all ages includes leather making, woodworking, paint-by-number and other therapeutic crafts. These activities are designed to help veterans take their minds off the past while meeting other veterans. All craft supplies are donated by Help Heal Veterans. Advance registration is required.
Alachua County Library District recently added Lynda.com to its educational eSources to provide library card holders with free access to thousands of online learning opportunities. Lynda.com is an online learning site that hosts a constantly growing library of more than 3,000 courses with more than 130,000 instructional videos. Courses cover a variety of topics including business, design, web development, multimedia and software skills such as Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite and open source applications.
High Springs Branch Library will host author Sarah A. Younger on Thursday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. Younger will talk about her first novel, A Bend in the Straight and Narrow: A Woman’s Journey into the Heart of the Florida Frontier. This historical fiction novel is based on stories told to the author by her Granny Osteen. The story traces the O’Steen pioneer families that settled in the Alachua and Lacrosse areas from before the Civil War through the Florida frontier to 1888. The novel was a semi-finalist in the 2016 Royal Palm Literary Award Competition.
The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Elder Law – What it Means for You and Your Loved Ones on Monday, May 8, 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43 Street. Judith B. Paul, Esq., will explain who elder attorneys can help and what services they provide. She will also discuss when power of attorney and asset protection are needed. This presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.
Alachua County Library District’s 2017 Author Series presents Ted Geltner on Sunday, April 23, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library. Award-winning writer, editor and educator Geltner will talk about his latest book Blood, Bone and Marrow: A Biography of Harry Crews. It is the first full-length biography of Gainesville’s legendary novelist and journalist. Geltner got to know Crews while working as a reporter, writing numerous articles about the cantankerous author and his colorful escapades.
Alachua County Library District launches its newly created makerspace program, CREATEspace, at Headquarters Library on April 22, at 1 p.m. This four week program is designed to provide people with the space, time, equipment and staff assistance to basically make and develop things by trying new technology, sharing ideas and learning new skills and tinkering in a collaborative environment. Independent stations equipped with a 3D printer, basic circuitry kits, construction kits, fabric construction, coding and 3D modeling programs plus other materials are set up all around the room.
Earth Day is celebrated across the globe on April 22. In celebration of Earth Day, Alachua County Library District presents programs and activities that inspire citizens to engage in meaningful ways, locally. Kids can learn how to recycle while being creative or see a live butterfly release. Adults and all ages can find out more about bats, seed saving and food systems. These are some of this month’s earth friendly programs.
The Friends of the Library will hold its spring book sale from Saturday, April 22, to Wednesday, April 26, at its Book House, 430-B N. Main Street. This is one of the largest community book sales in the country with thousands of bargains on items in more than 64 categories including books, comics, artwork, posters, DVDs, vinyl records and more. Hardback books, paperback and large print books are available for purchase with most items priced from 25 cents to $4.