Alachua County Library District’s Local Author Series presents Darlene Marshall, the author of The Bride and the Buccaneer, on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2:30 p.m., at Headquarters Library. Marshall writes award-winning historical romance, mostly about pirates, privateers, smugglers and the occasional possum. She lives in North Central Florida.
The High Springs Branch Library is partnering with the University of Florida McKnight Brain Institute to present Strengthening Your Brain on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at 6 p.m. Dr. Meredith Wicklund, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurology, will share how you can become more active in exercising your brain. She will discuss practical tips to increase brain power and slow age related memory loss. A display of books and DVDs will be available for checkout along with handouts of foods that increase brain strength and memory.
The Alachua County Library District is partnering with the Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association to present Law in the Library: Social Security and Veterans Administration Disability Benefits on Monday, January 22, at 6 p.m. at Headquarters Library, 401 E University Avenue. Dominique Lochridge-Gonzales, a Three Rivers Legal Services staff attorney, will discuss the basics of Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, VA Compensation and VA Pension benefits.
Alachua County Library District kicks off its 2018 Author Series at Headquarters Library with St. Augustine writer Laura Lee Smith on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2:30 p.m. Smith returns to the library to speak about her new book released December 5 —The Ice House. Her latest novel follows the beleaguered MacKinnons as they weather the possible loss of the family business, a serious medical diagnosis and the slings and arrows of familial discord. It firmly establishes Smith as a gifted voice in American fiction.
The Alachua County Library District will be closed for the Christmas holiday all day on Sunday, Dec. 24; Monday, Dec. 25 and Tuesday, Dec. 26. For the New Year’s holiday, all libraries will be closed all day Monday, Jan. 1. All book drops (except Micanopy and Tower Road Branches) plus online services through the Library District’s eBranch www.aclib.us will be available.
Alachua County Library District’s Local Author Series presents two children’s authors on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2:30 p.m. at Headquarters Library in the Storywoods Room. Bonnie T. Ogle will discuss Arthur the Arthropod, her book about a young centipede who overcomes his feelings of inferiority by bragging, and discovers he is part of a large family that includes his neighbors, a mosquito, a dragonfly and a crawfish. She will also talk about The Sounds and Smells of Christmas that tells why Jesus didn’t come to sit on a fancy throne. He came to be with ordinary people.