FRIENDS OF COCOA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Serving the Cocoa Beach Community since 1955

We will be CLOSED for Memorial Day on Monday, May 30.

LIBRARY HOURS
Sunday 1 - 5
Monday 10 - 6
Tuesday 9 - 8
Wednesday 9 - 8
Thursday 10 - 6
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 9 - 5

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May Art and Artists:

Main Library: Kathy Parsons' Artwork
Community Room: Joe Lincoln and Kathy Brian's Watercolors
Display Case: Cyndie Olsen's Sea Glass

Free Friday Movies: Award-Losing Films, The Sequel
Fridays, May 6 – 27 at 3pm in the Community Room

These nominees didn’t always go home with the gold, but each one shines in its own right. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
Friday, May 6: Spotlight, R, 128 minutes.
Friday, May 13: Room, R, 118 minutes.
Friday, May 20: No movie this week.
Friday, May 27: Joy, PG-13, 124 minutes.

Intermediate French with Omar Charbanou
Tuesdays, March 22 – June 7 at 9:30 in the von Thron Room (No Class May 3)

Do you have a basic grasp of French grammar and vocabulary, but want to build on your knowledge? This class is designed to go beyond the basics and allow you to increase your fluency. Practice conversations and immerse yourself in the language. Taught by Omar Charbanou, an experienced instructor and native French speaker. Cost is $5 per session. Please register in advance, enrollment is limited.

Conversational French: Classes for Beginners
Thursdays April 7 – May 12 at 10:30 in the Jane von Thron Room

These classes will help you understand the basics of conversation in the French language by helping you with pronunciation and teaching you verbs, vocabulary, and adjectives to describe common scenes and scenarios. Taught by Omar Charbanou, an experienced instructor and native French speaker. Cost is $5 per class. Please register in advance.

Sewing Basics for Beginners
Mondays, April 25-May 16 at 10am in the Captain’s Room

Do you have a sewing machine gathering dust in your closet? Dig it out and bring it to this class to learn how to use your machine, some basic sewing skills, and the techniques of fitting clothes. There is a limit of three people in the class to ensure one-on-one attention. Students need to bring a pair of sharp scissors and a spool of thread. While this class is intended to help you learn to use your own machine, if you don’t have one but would like to take the class a machine will be available for you to use. Cost is $10, which includes the materials needed to make a tote and a simple top.

Art Space with Elizabeth Scholder
Wednesday, May 4 – June 1 at 9:30-11:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Local artist Elizabeth Scholder will present topics from history and culture with a very short slide show, followed by guided work on a related art project. Each week will feature a different theme and medium, and students will be able to complete and take home their projects each week. Please pre-register, enrollment is limited. $40.00 for 5 weeks, includes materials for class.

Adult Coloring Club
Wednesday, May 4 from 6-7:30pm, in the Captain’s Room

Join the latest trend in relaxation - adult coloring books! Coloring isn’t just for kids; studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and helps relieve stress. We will provide coloring pages designed especially for adults, colored pencils, and markers, but feel free to bring along your own books and supplies if you prefer.

Western Humanities: Mythology
Thursdays, May 5-26 from 3:30-5:30pm

Explore the truth in story form. Mythologies of different cultures attempt to explain human origins and experiences. Learn more about the ways our past and present connect through world mythology with George Richards. This class covers Western European mythologies. Cost is $20 for the series. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

The Bridge Ladies Book Talk
Friday, May 6 at 11am, in the Community Room

Betsy Lerner will be here to discuss her book The Bridge Ladies, which tells the story of how a fifty-year-old bridge club provides an unexpected connection across a generational divide between mother and daughter. Lerner tells a funny, intimate, and deeply affecting story where we learn a little about bridge and a lot about life. Darkly funny and deeply moving, The Bridge Ladies weaves the histories of the women who play bridge with those of Betsy and her mother across a lifetime of missed opportunities. The result is an unforgettable story of a hard-won—but never-too-late—bond between mother and daughter. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing.

Brevard Authors Society Writers Forum
Saturday, May 7 at 10am to 12pm in the Community Room

This monthly forum features five local authors who will take turns sharing and discussing their work with the public. Learn about the writers who inhabit Brevard, and discover what very well may be your new favorite book! This month’s forum features masters of mystery: local authors Anna Flowers, Marshall Frank, Bruce Buckingham, Kay Williamson, and Peggy Insula. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm, in the Community Room

Professional medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.

Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death: Open Discussion
Wednesday, May 11 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Is the soul eternal? What happens when we die? Why reincarnation? Gain insights on these and other questions for a deeper understanding of life after death and coping with loss of loved ones. All are welcome to attend this open discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Life After Death booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge to attendees) as well as the January 2016 Eckankar “Spiritual Wisdom Journal” online at: http://www.spiritualwisdomjournal.org/Archives/swj_jan2016.pdf

Handmade Greeting Cards with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, May 18 from 9:30-11:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant greeting cards with beautiful cardstocks and papers, stylish stamps, ribbons, and embellishments, and using special equipment to give your cards shapes and embossed textures. Cost is $10; all supplies provided. Register with Ree in advance by emailing reenathan@bellsouth.net or calling 321-961-2350. Enrollment is limited.

Beading Class with Susan Baker & Alison Dragos
Wednesday, May 18 from 1-2:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Local artists Susan Baker and Alison Dragos will help you spice up your wardrobe with gorgeous, unique bracelets. This month, create the Magatama Twist Bracelet. Learn how to do the spiral stitch with seed beads in an array of colors from the ocean. Beginners welcome. All supplies will be provided; cost is $35. Please pre-register at the library – a minimum of 6 people are needed for this class.

Health for Life: Natural Solutions for Arthritis
Friday, May 20 at 10am, in the Jane Von Thron Room

Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, will discuss alternative approaches to handling and preventing arthritic pain. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Book Talk Author Andrew Hardy Miracle Man
Saturday, May 21 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

All of us make deals with God. "Just get me out of this jam, and I'll change," we promise, but once delivered, we rarely keep our side of the bargain. In Miracle Man, author Andrew Hardy tells the story of one man who made such a vow in the harshest of conditions nearly 70 years ago and spent the rest of his life trying his hardest to keep it. Using a clear, concise writing style, Hardy brings this wonderful story to life to encourage and inspire you. Read Miracle Man and renew those vows. Author Andrew Hardy will be at the Cocoa Beach Library to discuss his book. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Toxic-Free Living DIY classes with Antonika Chanel
Monday, May 23 at 10:30, in the Captain’s Room

Learn about natural living, plant-based medicines, and how to create solutions for living toxin-free. Get hands-on instruction on how to make your own toxin-free insect repellent. Taught by Antonika Chanel, who has a Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine. Cost is $10, all materials included. Please pre-register.

Chang Sen Xue Longevitology
Beginner Class: Mon., May 23 at 2pm, Wed., May 25 at 9am, Thurs., May 26 at 1pm Intermediate Class: Fri., May 27 at 10am, Sat., May 28 at 1pm, Sun., May 29 at 1pm

Longevitology is one of several healing modalities intended to adjust energy flow throughout the body and improve the body’s ability to heal itself. Master Teachers Tzu-Chen Lin and Master Yu-Feng Wei travel globally to teach Longevitology classes free of charge to anyone who wishes to learn. Registration forms are available at the library.

Trevor Wry – Energy Medicine Education
Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

This informational lecture will explain the benefits of Energy Medicine. Learn how to maintain daily well-being by practicing simple techniques you can use to release stress in any environment. Rev. Trevor Wry will increase your awareness of the unlimited healing power of the human body.

Community HU Chant
Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Singing or chanting HU can expand your awareness, help you experience divine love, heal a broken heart. Regardless of personal beliefs or religion, everyone is welcome to try this simple, brief spiritual exercise. Release your inner tensions and gain insight, peace, and comfort. There will be a brief introduction before the HU chant and a time for visiting and conversation immediately afterward. Hosted by members of Eckankar, a religious non-profit group.

Friends of the Thousand Islands Annual Meeting
Wednesday, May 25 at 6pm, in the Community Room

The public is welcome to attend the Friends of the Thousand Islands’ Annual Meeting to learn about current, upcoming, and ongoing conservation efforts in the Thousand Islands.

Facebook for Beginners
Thursday, May 26 from 10:30am-12pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

No matter who you are, Facebook can change the way you communicate with loved ones and stay on top of current events. Learn about the basics of signing up for an account, creating a profile, finding your friends, and using your account. Please pre-register for this free class.

Sea Turtle Preservation Society: Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program Training
Tuesday, May 31 at 5pm, in the Community Room (4:30pm for Volunteer Registration)

This informational session will cover the basics of the Sea Turtle Emergency Response Program (STERP). This is a great opportunity to involve the entire family in Sea Turtle conservation. Volunteers must have completed Turtle Talk and be members of STPS before they can be added to the STERP Letter of Authorization. Training for this program must be completed annually. Registration begins at 4:30pm.
What do STERP volunteers do? When specific weather events occur in the fall, they walk the beach to search in the seaweed piles for trapped post hatchlings (aka “washbacks”), in order to find and rescue them. The volunteers then transport the washbacks to designated drop-off locations. Volunteers educate the beach-going public on sea turtle's do's and don'ts, using Sea Turtle Education Cards. Volunteers also assist with transporting sea turtles to rehab facilities at Brevard Zoo, Sea World, Ponce Inlet, Mote and other locations. These individuals may be called to also take part in other major events such as cold stuns and educational projects. Many volunteers have been added to the Stranding and Salvage Permit allowing them to work with all sea turtles, and some are now even members of the Board of Directors.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mondays, 11am, Overeaters Anonymous. This group meets each Monday in the Jane von Thron Room. For further information contact Tom M. at 321-784-8092.

Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Call Mary Burruss at 321-783-6997 for more information.

Tuesdays, 4pm, Al-Anon Family Group. Friends and family of alcoholics meet every Tuesday in the Captain's Room.

Tuesdays, 6pm, Citizens Combating Climate Change. Open discussion about strategies and planning to combat climate change. For more information contact Marilyn Mileski at 321-783-2955. No Meeting on 3rd Tuesday of the month

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place May 10 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan.

3rd Tuesday, 2pm, PlayReaders Group. All attendees are provided with a copy of the play and are encouraged to participate. The next meeting takes place on May 17 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Shirley Finke for details at 321-613-2667.

Wednesdays, 9am-4pm by appointment, Health Insurance Enrollment. Get help signing up for insurance through the ACA Healthcare Marketplace. For more info or to set up an appointment, contact Navigator Teri Rice at 321-544-1153 or email acanavigator22@yahoo.com.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for May 11: Is American exceptionalism real?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, We'll Read Book Club. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting's time and date have changed and will take place May 18 at 12pm in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Maybe In Another Life by Taylor Reid. For more info contact Mary Lambert at 799-9286.

3rd Wednesday at 6:30pm, Cocoa Beach Chapter of Christian Surfers. Monthly meeting and Bible study. The next meeting will take place on May 18. For more information call Tracie at 917-1921.

Thursdays, 1-4pm, The Watercolor Group. This social, non-instructive painting group is open to anyone with an interest in watercolors. Bring your materials and paint with fellow artists. For further information, contact Cathy Brion at 321-258-2011 or Jo Lincoln at 321-868-0163.

Fridays, 10am-1pm, Master Gardening Clinic. Master Gardeners answer questions about plants, pests, diseases, etc, in this open house held each Friday in the Captain's Room. Contact Marion Anderson for details at 321-784-1874.

4th Friday, 10am-12pm, Open House with Commissioner Jim Barfield in the Captain’s Room. Citizens of District 2 can address issues of concern with their County Commissioner. The next open house will be held on May 27.

Saturdays, by appointment, SHINE Individual Counseling. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors assist seniors and the disabled with their Medicare and Medicaid questions in Study Room 4. SHINE one-on-one counseling is free, unbiased, and confidential. For more info or to schedule a counseling session call 321-323-9418 or email shinecocoabeach@gmail.com.

FITNESS PROGRAMS

Mondays, 10:30am or 12pm: Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. This hour-long class increases stamina, strength, energy, balance, and helps reduce risk of falls. Movements are low-impact and can be adapted for sitting or standing participants. FREE; all equipment provided.

Tuesdays, 2-3:15pm: Hatha Yoga with Emily Hain. This fun, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session.

Wednesdays, 9:30am: Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. This hour-long class increases stamina, strength, energy, balance, and helps reduce risk of falls. Movements are low-impact and can be adapted for sitting or standing participants. FREE; all equipment provided.

YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS

StoryTime Tuesdays
10:15am, Toddler Time
(ages 5 and under)
4:30pm, StoryTime (ages 4-7)

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