Live Virtual Programs
Enjoy weekly programs from the Alachua County Library District on Zoom. Advanced registration is not required unless noted below. You can also find links to most live programs through our Facebook events.
Community Partners Present: Matheson Museum's New McCarthy Era Exhibit - Adults
Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, Curator of Collections at the Matheson History Museum, will present on their current exhibition, "McCarthy Moment: The Johns Committee in Florida."
In 1956, State Senator Charley Eugene Johns created the Florida Legislative Investigation Committee. Better known as the Johns Committee, it tried to uncover subversive activity in Florida.
Their first target was the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Committee used communists as an excuse to prevent integration in public schools. The NAACP's members and lawyers proved too hard for the Committee to beat. Soon an embarrassed Johns looked for easier victims.
At this time, Americans thought being gay was a shameful mental disorder. It was something to hide and keep secret. It was also illegal in Florida. This secrecy made gay people more vulnerable to the persecution of the Johns Committee. Committee members threatened people with exposure and prison if they did not cooperate. This reign of terror led to dozens of professors, teachers, and students leaving Florida's public schools.
Step through Paper - School age
Wednesday, September 8, 4:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook
Can you step through paper? This experiment with surface area will teach you how! Be prepared with notebook paper or an index card and scissors!
Millhopper Book Club - Adults
This month's book is The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles. “Paris, 1939: Young and ambitious Odile Souchet seems to have the perfect life with her handsome police officer beau and a dream job at the American Library in Paris. When the Nazis march into Paris, Odile stands to lose everything she holds dear, including her beloved library. Together with her fellow librarians, Odile joins the Resistance with the best weapons she has: books. But when the war finally ends, instead of freedom, Odile tastes the bitter sting of unspeakable betrayal. Montana, 1983: Lily is a lonely teenager looking for adventure in small-town Montana. Her interest is piqued by her solitary, elderly neighbor. As Lily uncovers more about her neighbor’s mysterious past, she finds that they share a love of language, the same longings, and the same intense jealousy, never suspecting that a dark secret from the past connects them.” (Amazon)
When we meet virtually, we start by sharing books we’ve read recently, then discuss that month’s book. A list of discussion questions can be found on the club’s Goodreads page at the beginning of each month.
K Mania - Adults
Are you curious about Korean popular culture? Want to meet others interested in K culture and chat? Each month we will be covering a variety of topics including, language, cosmetics, food, fashion, movies, music, news and more. Korean Popular Culture also known as the Korean Wave (Hallyu) refers to the global growth and popularity of South Korean modern culture thanks to award winning films like Parasite and mega musical group BTS (Bangtan Boys). Korean Popular Culture is more than just a trend or fad. It's an entire movement that has bought people from all of over the world together to experience and bond over the unique charm and charisma that is Korean culture. Former United States President Barack Obama even praised the movement in his 2012 address at Hankuk University. Don’t miss out on this exciting program hosted by your local library!
Teen/Tween Book Club - Teens and Tweens
Join us to discuss this month's book - graphic novel Heartstoppers Vol. 1 by Alice Oseman. Soon to be on Netflix, this is a charming story of boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. It's a quick, easy read and we can't wait to hear what you thought. You can find us on Goodreads to preview our discussions.
MakerSpace & Cosplay - Adults
Costume + Play = Cosplay! Join Danie from our MakerSpace team as they explain the ins and outs of creating costumes - sewing, sculpting, wig styling, 3D printing, and more – And how the cosplay community has grown and changed over the years.
Shapes Find A Home Story Time - Preschool
Tuesday, September 21, 10:30 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook
Shapes of different colors and sizes come together to build a house, discovering friendship along the way. Tune in to help Square, Diamond, Triangle, Rectangle, and Circle build the home of their dreams, together. Bring your own shapes to build while you watch!
Community Partners Present: Eating Better on a Budget - Adults
Thursday, September 23 at 12 p.m. on Zoom - Registration is Required
Want to learn how to prepare healthy foods on a limited budget? Come to a nutrition workshop hosted in collaboration with the Alachua County Health Department and the Library District!
This free class will give you the skills needed to read nutrition labels, cook and eat healthy meals, and form a cost-friendly grocery list. There will be virtual recipe demonstrations and interactive activities throughout this class.
Virtual Teen Trivia: Pop Culture 2021 - Teens
Thursday, September 23, 4:30 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook
Think you know all there is to know about pop culture? Grab some friends and test your knowledge on this virtual trivia game made just for teens! Topics covered will include movies, video games, books, manga, etc. Challenge yourself or a friend to see who wins!
Music Talk: Undercover - Adults
Sometimes it takes a different performer to transform a good song into a great song. We’d like to know what your favorite cover songs are. Send an email to librarian Cameron Burris with the song title, the artist who covers it, and a sentence or two about why you prefer the cover to the original. He’ll add it to the Spotify playlist and have it queued up to play during the live program on Zoom. If you don’t have a particular song in mind, come to the program anyway to hear some great music and join in on the conversation.