Live Virtual Programs

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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.

 

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Community Partners Present: Florida Snake ID with the Florida Museum of Natural History - Adults

Thursday, December 2 at 12 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Florida has more species of snakes than any other state. Join Dr. Coleman Sheehy, the Collection Manager of Herpetology at the Florida Museum, as he discusses common species of snakes found in Florida. Dr. Sheehy will talk about their natural history, give several pointers on how to identify venomous vs. nonvenomous snakes, and provide tips on staying safe when interacting with an unknown snake.

 

 

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K Mania - Adults

Wednesday, December 8 at 4 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

 Are you curious about Korean popular culture? Want to meet others interested in K culture and chat? Then K Mania is the program for you! Join us every 3rd Wednesday of the month at 12 pm EST as we discuss all things Korean culture. 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!

 

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Solving Genealogy Mysteries - Adults

Thursday, December 9 at 11 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Library Sleuths Rachelle and Caroline will discuss some of the genealogy mysteries they’ve solved, taking participants through their process and presenting evidence on solved cases. Email your cold cases ahead of time if you want an extra set of eyes to help you deduce your own family history mysteries and then join these sleuths as they help give new search directions for your own genealogy puzzles.

Please email Rachelle with the subject line "Solving Genealogy Mysteries" to start your cold case inquiry. Be advised that your case may be discussed during this live Zoom program.

 

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Millhopper Book Club - Adults

Tuesday, December 14 at 1 p.m. on Zoom

This month’s book is The Lions of Fifth Avenue by Fiona Davis. In 1913, Laura Lyons, her husband, superintendent of the New York Public Library and her two children, live in an apartment within the grand building. When she enrolls in the Columbia Journalism School, she is introduced to the Heterodoxy Club—a radical, all-female group that loudly shares their opinions on women's rights. Soon, Laura finds herself questioning her traditional role as wife and mother. And when valuable books are stolen back at the library, threatening the home and institution she loves, she's forced to confront her shifting priorities. In 1993, Sadie Donovan struggles with the legacy of her grandmother, the famous essayist Laura Lyons, especially now that she’s a curator at the New York Public Library. But the job quickly becomes a nightmare when rare items for the exhibit Sadie's running begin disappearing. Sadie teams up with a private security expert, but investigation leads her to some unwelcome truths about her own family heritage and the biggest tragedy in the library's history. -- 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.

 

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Teen Book Discussion - Teen

Tuesday, December 14 at 4 p.m. on Zoom

Join the new Teen Book Discussion Group to discuss novels and nonfiction books of your choice. Once a month, we’ll meet virtually to hear about and discuss the best book you read for the month.

 

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Teen/Tween Book Club - Teen

Wednesday, December 15 at 4 p.m. on Zoom

The Teen/Tween Book Club is virtual on Goodreads and Zoom. This virtual platform allows us to safely hear from all of our members (past and present) and to invite teens from all around the district!

We love reading the best new YA fantasy and sci-fi, but also enjoy slice of life novels and great bios. We'll even throw in the occasional graphic novel for fun! In November, we'll be reading A Universe of Wishes: A We Need Diverse Books Anthology edited by Dhonielle Clayton. In the fourth collaboration with We Need Diverse Books, fifteen award-winning and celebrated diverse authors deliver stories about a princess without need of a prince, a monster long misunderstood, memories that vanish with a spell, and voices that refuse to stay silent in the face of injustice. This powerful and inclusive collection contains a universe of wishes for a braver and more beautiful world.

 

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Community Partners Present: History of the 1867 Matheson House - Adults

Thursday, December 16 at 12 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Join Kaitlyn Hof-Mahoney, Executive Director of the Matheson History Museum, for a presentation on the history of the 1867 Matheson House. 

The Matheson House, one of the three oldest residences in Gainesville, was completed in 1867 by James Douglas Matheson, an emigrant from South Carolina and a prominent merchant. The house was bequeathed to James’s son, Chris, who served as the mayor of Gainesville from 1910 through 1917; was a state legislator; and later became a Presbyterian minister. His wife, Sarah Hamilton Matheson, was the first female elder at First Presbyterian Church in Gainesville. Sarah helped form the Alachua County Historical Society and served as its president. She also co-founded the Matheson History Museum, which opened in 1994. Sarah deeded the Matheson House to the Alachua County Historical Society in 1977. The Society later merged with the museum.

 

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Solstice Stargazing - Preschool

Tuesday, December 21 at 11 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Mr. Sean & Diana from the Tower Road Branch Library will talk about the solstice, the stars, and winter. After some interesting facts we will read a book or two and sing songs with YOU. We will also show you a couple of ideas for crafts you can make at home and suggestion a fun playtime activity. Craft supplies include star stickers, white crayon, chalk, and black construction paper.

 

 

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Music Talk: From Me to You - Adults

Tuesday, December 28 at 12 p.m. on Zoom

December is the gift-giving season. In the spirit of the holidays, let's exchange gifts. Your gift could be a song that makes you happy or an artist whose music you wish more people knew about. It could be a deep cut by a well-known musician or a song so moving, it brings you to tears. It could be anything you like! Email librarian Cameron Burris at cburris@aclib.us with your musical gift, along with a sentence or two about why you chose it. He’ll add it to the ACLD Music Talk: From Me to You playlist on Spotify and have it queued up to play during the live program on Zoom. If you don’t have a "gift", come to the program anyway to hear some great tunes and join in on the conversation.

 

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Starting a 2022 Gratitude Journal - Adults

Thursday, December 30 at 1 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Join us as we set up a gratitude journal for the upcoming year. We’ll talk about the benefits of journaling, ways to set yours up, and prompts to get you started. Research suggests that these daily reflections can reduce stress, increase happiness, and even help you sleep better! There’s no one right way to start, so we’ll discuss different types of journals, as well as prompts and layouts that can help guide your writing.

 

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2022 Memory Jar - Teen

Thursday, December 30 at 4 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Save that thought! Create a memory jar, just in time for the new year, for your thoughts, memories, and words of encouragement.

 

 

 

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Community Partners Present: Hoggetowne Medieval Faire - Adults

Thursday, January 6 at 12 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

The Hoggetowne Medieval Faire returns in 2022 - Travel back in time and into a world of battling knights, dancing gypsies, and mystifying magicians on nine stages of entertainment. Join us for a presentation about the 35th Annual Hoggetowne Medieval Faire. Be swept away by medieval magic for three weekends on January 15-16, 22-23 and 28-30, 2022.

 

 

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 Millhopper Book Club - Adults

Tuesday, January 11 at 1 p.m. on Zoom

This month’s book is, While Justice Sleeps by Stacey Abrams. Avery Keene, a law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to excel in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the news breaks that Justice Wynn-- the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases-- has slipped into a coma, Avery is notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court: a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm. She comes to see that Wynn had a personal stake in the controversial case-- and finding the truth will put Avery into harm's way. – adapted from publisher

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.

 

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K Mania - Adults

Wednesday, January 12 at 4 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Calling all Hallyu fans! Join us every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 4 pm EST for K-Mania! Invite a friend, grab a snack and come chat with us about all things Korean Popular culture. This program is designed for both new and veteran fans of the genre interested in connecting with others. Each session will include a variety of topics such as language, beauty, food, fashion, movies, music, news and more. Don't miss out this exciting program hosted by your library!

 

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Law in the Library: Eviction Defense - Adults

Tuesday, January 18 at 3 p.m. on Zoom and Facebook

Law in the Library is a series of presentations in which local attorneys share their expertise on pertinent legal issues. For this presentation, a panel consisting of an attorney and paralegals will discuss the topic of eviction defense and answer any questions concerning this matter.