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.
You Can Do It Storytime with Ms. Teresa - Preschool
Sometimes it's hard to do things, but with a little help, encouragement and perserverance, you can do it. Join us for stories and songs with that can-do attitude! This story time is just right for preschoolers (and their adults).
Millhopper Book Club with Beth - Adults
Come enjoy reading and virtually discussing newer fiction and nonfiction titles. This month's book is The Night Watchman by National Book Award winner, Louise Erdrich. The story is based on the life of the author's grandfather, Patrick Gourneau, who worked as a night watchman in a factory on a Native American reservation in North Dakota. He was active in the fight against the 1953 "Termination Policy" in which the U.S. government would break up native tribes, sell their land, and relocate tribe members into urban areas. 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. For more information on this book club, check out our blog.
May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In celebration, join us as we explore the history and methods of Japanese calligraphy. Using traditional inks, brushes, and paper, we will go over the fundamentals of kanji (Chinese characters adapted into Japanese), how it's done, the historical significance of the character, and how characters are combined to make new works. All you will need is paper and pencil/pen to follow along.
The Teen/Tween Book Club reads new YA and JFiction novels from all genres. We have weekly Goodreads discussions and polls. During book club, we'll discuss this month's book and what else everyone is reading each month. Our book club works best for tweens and teens aged 11 to 17. For May, we are reading Race to the Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse.
Level Up Book Club - Adults
Learning how to lead and manage? Join the Level Up Book Club for a series of skill-building book discussions presented in partnership with the Greater Gainesville Chamber. Join us for a virtual meeting to discuss The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias by Mark Murphy and Pamela Fuller.
High Springs Book Club with Joanne - Adults
Our book club reads both fiction and non-fiction titles. Each month we provide a new book for the group to read and discuss. We meet to share our impressions of the book, discuss passages of interest, and wrap up by discussing other books we have recently read. For May, we will be reading Defending Jacob by William Landay. This legal thriller explores the tensions within a family when the suspect of a crime is one's own child. Contact Joanne by email to reserve your copy of the book, available while supplies last. For more information, check out our blog.
Join us for our monthly Music Talk Listening Club. This month we'll discuss Sophie and the music genre "hyperpop." Our blog will be posted on May 3 with an introduction and recommended materials to check out. We look forward to hearing your thoughts on what you like (or don't like) about this exciting new genre!
Join Ms. Lisely for a talk about the meaning and importance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We will take a look at some great Middle School (Ages 9-12) titles that promote empathy for and understanding of people of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.
The pandemic has a challenging impact on small businesses and their operations. It also provided a teachable moment because with challenges come opportunities. Join attorney and former UF law proffesor, Phil Kabler, in a live virtual split-screen interview with Fiona to discuss what actions small businesses can take now to survive, to repurpose, and to become resilient for the future. Up for discussion are what sources of support are avaialble to small businesses? What legal actions can small business owners take to safeguard their business? And what do new small business owners need to know?
June Schedule - Coming soon!