FRIENDS OF COCOA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY

Serving the Cocoa Beach Community since 1955

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

AND FIND US ON FACEBOOK!
Search for "Cocoa Beach Public Library" or visit facebook.com/cocoabeachlibrary and LIKE us for updates in your Facebook News Feed about upcoming programs and events, new releases, and more news from your favorite public library!

February Art and Artists:

Main Library: John and Dandi Allen and Penny Lowell’s African Photography
Community Room: Mick West's Photography
Display Case: Claudia Beckworth's Glass Jewelry

Art Space with Elizabeth Scholder
Wednesdays, January 11-February 8 at 9:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Each week students will create an art project based on an aspect of history or culture. The first Art Space series of 2017 will feature projects based on 80s and 90s Pop Culture. Come have fun learning with us, and leave each day with such projects as handmade prints, weavings, and relief paintings! Liz will demonstrate and guide you through the projects. $40 for 5 weeks, includes materials. Please register at the sign-up table.

Methods and Techniques in Drawing with Elizabeth Scholder
Thursdays, January 12 – February 9 at 10am, in the Captain’s Room

These courses are an opportunity to appreciate drawing and portraiture and to develop your own language of expression within the medium. You’ll learn the methods and techniques of pencil, pastel, and conte drawing. Enjoy developing skills under patient, versatile guidance from your teacher, Liz Scholder. Course fee: $35, including materials for class. Please pre-register.

Conversational ESL Classes
Saturdays, January 14 – February 18 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

This Conversational English as a Second Language Class is open to adult beginners of all backgrounds. Instructor Joe Curran will teach conversational basics so that students can communicate in practical and valuable ways. Class topics will include how to say hello, ask for directions, go shopping, order food, and much more! Cost is $5 per class. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance, February 1 – April 15
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Saturdays, 9am-1pm (last client must be in by 12pm)
Thursdays, 10am-2pm (last client must be in by 1pm)

AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax and e-filing assistance at the library. You must make an appointment in-person at the library on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays when AARP representatives are present. Phone reservations will not be taken. Please bring your original Social Security Card, a photo ID, and all your necessary tax documentation to your appointment.

Meditation Group
Wednesday, February 1, 15, & 22, in the Captain’s Room

On the first, third and fourth Wednesdays of the month, learn simple meditation techniques that can calm and transform the mind with inner peace and balance. For more information, please call Mare Baranski, Certified Meditation Teacher at 321-720-4521.

Friends of the Library Travel Films
Wednesday, February 1 & 15 at 6pm, in the Community Room

Whether you’re planning a trip or taking a virtual vacation, these travel movies presented by the Cocoa Beach Friends are sure to please. Refreshments will be served.
February 1: Rudy Maxa’s Best of Travel: 12 Best Trips
February 15: Real Rail Adventures: Switzerland

Cribbage Open Play
Thursday, February 2-23 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

This group of card game enthusiasts meets weekly to play cribbage, a card game in which you group cards in various combinations to score points and use a cribbage board and pegs to keep score. If you can count to 15 - you can play cribbage! Drop in on Thursdays at the library to practice your cribbage skills, join games, make friends, and have fun!

Fine Art Photography Classes taught by Mick West
Fridays, February 3-24 from 1-3pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Learn the fundamentals of composing a photograph for maximum impact and explore the benefits of Picasa, a free, user-friendly imaging program. This class is about art and seeing, not how to operate your camera. Prerequisites: a point-and-shoot digital camera, the ability to transfer digital images to a flash drive, and a desire to take great photos and have fun. Cost is $20 for the 4-class series. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

Free Friday Movies: From Page to Screen
Fridays, February 3-24 at 3pm, in the Community Room

Join us for free popcorn and refreshments at our series of movies based on acclaimed books.
February 3: Fried Green Tomatoes, rated PG-13, 130 minutes, based on the book Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg
February 10: Bernice Bobs Her Hair, not rated, 45 minutes, based on the short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald (please note that we are no longer showing The Great Gatsby on this date)
February 17: Me Before You, rated PG-13, 110 minutes, based on the book by Jojo Moyes
February 24: The Namesake, rated PG-13, 122 minutes, based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri

Texas Hold-Em Classes
Saturday, February 4- 18, (not 25) & March 4-18 at 11:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Instructor Joe Curran will teach you the basics of Texas Hold 'Em, a fun and easy-to-learn game that anyone can play. Make friends and learn this social and recreational game in a friendly environment with no economic risks. Please note: no gambling will take place during these classes. Cost is $5 per class. Please pre-register. No class February 25.

Food for Life: Nutrition & Cooking for Diabetes - CANCELLED
Saturday, February 4-25 at 1pm, in the Community Room

This class has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Spanish Class with Ms. Dolly
Saturdays, February 4-25 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Would you like to learn in a fun way? What about a foreign language? Now is the time! Join Spanish Classes with Ms. Dolly – this class is open to Adult Beginners. Cost is $5 per class. Please pre-register by phone or email: 321-266-0984 or bfdolly@gmail.com.

Sea Turtle Preservation Society Volunteer Fair
Sunday, February 5 from 1-5pm, in the Jane von Thron and Captain’s Rooms

Drop in anytime between 1pm and 5pm to learn about the various ways that you can assist the Sea Turtle Preservation Society in its mission to help sea turtles survive.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Naming the Twins
Sunday, February 5 at 2pm, in the Community Room

Naming the Twins is the harmonizing duo of Robbie Smith and Kathleen Glauser, whose well-matched voices sound a bit like Simon & Garfunkel if Art was a girl, a bit like Peter, Paul & Mary, if one of the boys was taking the night off, a bit like Gordon Lightfoot or Stan Rogers if they had had a girl harmonizer. Not twins by birth, but twins at heart, they share a sibling like sense of humor and harmony. They play a mood-altering selection of song styles ranging from true folk, to pop, to country to art songs to sing-alongs with huge choruses.

Painting Class with Joan Kisner
Monday, February 6, February 20, & March 6 at 10:30am, in the Community Room

Anyone can learn to paint! The three paintings in this series will teach you several brush techniques, will teach you how to paint depth, give in insight into perspective, mixing colors, and all without drawing more than a crooked line. You will also learn the art of collage. Come for one session or for the full experience, come for all sessions. We will paint with acrylics on 12x16 canvases. All supplies and materials will be furnished. $25 for the first class, with a discount of $5 for anyone attending a 2nd and/or 3rd class.

The Bead Ladies Jewelry Making Class
Mondays, February 6 & 20 at 1pm, in the Captain’s Room

The Bead Ladies are here! Come join the ladies and make a beautiful piece of jewelry. We supply all materials and instruction necessary to make the piece in a 2 hour class. Cost is $15, and all supplies will be provided. To register, call Nancy or Normandie at 321-225-1394 or email at thebeadladiesarehere@gmail.com.

Handmade Cards with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, February 8 at 9:30am, 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.

Gift from the Sea Necklace-Making Class
Wednesdays, February 8 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Join Joan Kisner as she teaches you to create beautiful necklaces with a sea shell and other decorative elements. Choose fresh-water pearls, rhinestones, crystals, starfish, or any number of items to create a one-of-a-kind “Gift from the Sea”. After creating your necklace, you will be able to wear it out to show off your creation. Cost is $25, which includes all materials, as well as a sterling silver chain. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Eckankar Book Discussion
Wednesday, February 8 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

We are the creators of our own lives. Understanding the spiritual Law of Karma (Cause and Effect) can help us see how this is so. Understanding karma can help us accept responsibility for our actions, learn from our experiences, and liberate ourselves from being a victim. As we learn self-mastery, we can be free of karma. Join us to explore how learning the lessons of karma can lead to more happiness, wisdom, and freedom. Presented by local members of Eckankar. For more information, please visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/EckankarinBrevard.

Computer Basics: Intro to Computers
Friday, February 10 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

This class is intended for adults who have little to no experience with computers, and will cover the following topics: learning the difference between hardware and software; minimizing, maximizing, restoring and closing windows; identifying the basic parts of a computer; and using a mouse confidently. Please pre-register at the sign up table.

VITAS Healthcare Presentation
Friday, February 10 at 11:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

This event has been rescheduled from its original January 25 date. VITAS Healthcare provides end-of-life care for adult and pediatric patients with life-limiting illnesses, and work with patients and families to provide comfort and preserve dignity in the face of terminal illness. This free presentation will teach you more about hospice care and how to access this benefit through VITAS Healthcare. Please pre-register. Refreshments will be served.

Cocoa Beach Rotary Daybreak Love Your Library Wine Tasting
Friday, February 10 at 6pm, in the Community Room

Let us be your sweetheart – get ready for Valentine's Day with your true love, local libraries! Fine wines and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this benefit for an invaluable resource in our communities. Local artists will be on display, musical entertainment will gladden your heart, and you may win one of the beautiful silent auction baskets. Tickets are $25 and available at the Check-Out Desk at the Cocoa Beach Library and at the Brevard Library Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the Cocoa Beach Library and the Brevard Library Foundation for the purpose of promoting literacy and helping the library with funds for resources.

Brevard Authors Society Writers Forum: Romance
Saturday, February 11 at 10am, in the Community Room

This monthly forum features local authors who will take turns sharing and discussing their writing with the public. This month's theme is romance, and features authors Sarina Rose, Carol Ann Didier, Robbie Cox, and Shirley Larson. These authors will captivate and enthrall you with their tales of love, passion, and even heartbreak. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Sound Traveler
Sunday, February 12 at 2pm, in the Community Room

Sound Traveler plays acoustic vocal and instrumental renditions of popular classics from genres as diverse as classic rock and pop, folk, standards, country, blues, light jazz, and gospel. Instrumentation includes guitar, trumpet, bass, mandolin, harmonica, concertina, and percussion.

Love Art and Poetry
Mondays, February 13-March 27 at 1-3pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Retired Eastern Florida State College Professor Lally and retired art teacher Liz Scholder have put their hearts and minds together to present a series of classes that combine a study of love poems with production of beautiful art projects. You may send inquiries to Liz at elizrosescho@gmail.com. No class February 6. Please pre-register. $50 for 6 weeks, includes materials for art projects.

Psychology Class: Clinical Depression
Tuesdays, February 14 and 21 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Clinical depression is a common, but serious, mood disorder. Feelings of sadness, diminished interest, insomnia, fatigue, and low self-esteem are just a few of its symptoms. Learn more about the this psychological disorder and its causes, symptoms, and treatment from retired family therapist, Antonio Gutierrez, MA. Please pre-register. Cost is $5 per class.

Art Space with Liz Scholder
Wednesdays, February 15-March 15 at 9:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Each week students will create an art project based on an aspect of history or culture. Come have fun learning with us, and leave each day with such projects as handmade prints, weavings, and relief paintings! Liz will demonstrate and guide you through the projects. $40.00 for 5 weeks, includes materials. Please register at the sign-up table.

Computer Basics: Intro to the Internet
Thursday, February 16 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Learn basic internet terms and navigation using Internet Explorer. Students will also be introduced to Google search techniques to find information. Class size is limited to five participants. Please pre-register at the sign up table.

Health for Life: Digestive Problems
Friday, February 17 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Find out about natural and alternative methods to heal and protect your body from common digestive ailments. Presented by Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Local Author Allie Braswell
Saturday, February 18 at 12pm, in the Captain’s Room

Local author Allie Braswell will present and sign his book Rekindling the Passion. Far too many people these days are living lives in which they just exist to pay the bills. They are working in jobs that may pay well, but they have lost the passion in their careers. Many have sold out to competing with the Jones' instead of pursuing the wonderful dreams of happiness, joy and true fulfillment. The purpose of this book is to help each of you rekindle the passion in your life. This book will help you organize and prioritize your life so that it will have meaning and purpose. So sit back, relax and prepare to engage in rediscovering yourself, and finding the power of reigniting your passion. Books will be available for sale and signing.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Simone Kopmajer
Sunday, February 19 at 2pm, in the Community Room

Simone Kopmajer returns to the Cocoa Beach Library – come see this fresh, young singer from Austria, whose US debut in the year 2000 was hailed as “captivating.” Jazz legend Ira Sullivan calls her “a great young talent” with a big future in jazz. Influenced by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jon Hendricks, Simone sings a distinctive mix of old classics and new favorites.

Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits Seminar
Tuesday, February 21 at 6:30pm, in the Community Room

This seminar will teach you about Social Security benefits and how to achieve retirement income security. Attend and learn:

If you are between the ages 58 and 67, you cannot afford to miss this workshop. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Please pre-register.

Gift from the Sea Earring-Making Class
Wednesdays, February 22 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Join Joan Kisner as she teaches you to create beautiful earrings with a sea shell or beads. Choose fresh-water pearls, rhinestones, crystals, starfish, or any number of decorative elements to create a one-of-a-kind “Gift from the Sea”. Cost is $15 for one pair, or $25 if you make a second pair. All materials are provided. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Community HU Chant
Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Feeling tired and stressed? Discover how singing or chanting HU, an ancient mantra used by people of many faiths, can expand your awareness, help you experience divine love, heal a broken heart. Whatever your beliefs, anyone can benefit from this simple, brief spiritual exercise. Stop in to release inner tensions and gain insight, peace, and calm. Light refreshments and conversation follows. Everyone welcome!

Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, February 22 at 6pm, in the Community Room

Professional medium, author, and lecturer John Rogers has 30 years of experience communicating with spirit guides on the other side. He will talk about mediumship, how it works, and the difference between a medium and a psychic. He will give brief readings as time allows.

French Classes for Beginners
Thursdays, February 23 - March 30 at 10am, 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. Pre-register. Cost is $5 per class.

Book & Author Luncheon
Saturday, February 25 at 11:30am, at the International Palms Resort

Deborah Crombie will be the featured author at the annual Friends of the Cocoa Beach Public Library Book & Author Luncheon on Saturday, February 25 at 11:30am at International Palms Resort. She will be introducing her new book, Garden of Lamentations. Deborah Crombie is best known for her Duncan Kinkaid/Gemma James mystery novels set in the United Kingdom. Tickets are available at the Cocoa Beach Public Library for $20 per person.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Austin Church
Sunday, February 26 at 2pm, in the Community Room

Austin Church’s crowd-pleasing music demonstrates a remarkable versatility. He plays with elements of folk, country, Americana, and rock-a-billy that are reminiscent of Johnny Cash, and his Caribbean and pop/rock influences come out in tunes like “Brand New Country Star,” which was co-written with Jimmy Buffett.

Chinese Class with Frank Wang
Tuesdays, February 28-May 23 at 6:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Instructor Frank Wang will introduce you to the basics of the Chinese language. This course will focus on teaching fundamental oral communication using Chinese. The student will learn how to speak Chinese in different situations such as at a restaurant, airport, shopping center, etc. The course will teach the method of pronunciation (pin yin) which will help the students to continue to learn more advanced Chinese in the future. Please pre-register. Cost is $5 per class.

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 Eileen Callan at 240-362-6991 or Romy du Jong at 321-806-4595 for more information.

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

Tuesdays, 6:30pm, Gamblers Anonymous. Gamblers Anonymous is a twelve-step program for people who have a gambling problem. They meet weekly in Study Room 4.

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place February 14 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Me Before You by Jojo Moyes.

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 February 22: In this age of fake news, are there any things we know absolutely?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, We'll Read Book Club. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting will take place February 8 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Still Life by Louise Penny. 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 February 15 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.

3rd Friday, 1:30pm, What's In a Name Book Club. This book club will meet to discuss different biographies of notable figures. The next meeting will take place February 17 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Mahatma Gandhi by Various Authors. For more information, contact Shirley Finke at 613-2667.

1st and 3rd Saturdays at 10am, Longevitology Adjustments in the Captain's Room. Practice this simple laying-on-of-hands method intended to adjust or restore energy balance to help the body heal itself. The next meeting will take place on February 4 & 18. For more information, contact Martha Hung at 321-338-7799.

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, 12pm or 1pm: Senior Fitness. This hour-long class taught by certified senior fitness instructor and personal trainer Polly Helm increases stamina, strength, energy, and balance. Please bring your own hand weights and water. Bands and chairs will be provided. Cost is $3 per class.

Tuesdays, 12:30pm: Chair Yoga with Joyce Cook. Stretch and strengthen muscles and joints while using a chair for support. Explore range of motion and breathing & relaxation skills. No experience or special equipment is necessary. Cost is $5 per session.

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, 12pm or 1pm: Senior Fitness. This hour-long class taught by certified senior fitness instructor and personal trainer Polly Helm increases stamina, strength, energy, and balance. Please bring your own hand weights and water. Bands and chairs will be provided. Cost is $3 per class.

Thursdays, 12pm: Senior Flow with Katrina McMillen. Improve flexibility, feel serene and relaxed, and build strength through elements of Tai Chi, Pilates, and yoga in this class designed especially for seniors. Cost is $3 per class.

YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS

Story Time
Tuesdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Toddler Time (under 5). First story time of 2017 will be January 10.

Building with LEGO
Wednesdays, February 8 and 22 at 4pm, in the Community Room

Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. You can bring your own bricks or dig into our large collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

Wiggle Workout
Thursdays at 10:15am, in the Community Room

Rhythm, stretching, movement, games, music, coordination, and play all come together during this fun and interactive workout session designed for kids ages 2-5.

Read to a Space Coast Therapy Dog
Sunday, February 12 at 1:15pm

The Space Coast Therapy Dogs are coming to the Cocoa Beach Library - cuddle up with a furry friend to read a favorite story. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Dept.

Valentine’s Day Puppet Show
Tuesday, February 14 at 6:30pm, in the Community Room

Join your friends and enjoy a Valentine’s Day inspired puppet show. Please call the Youth Department to pre-register.

Valid icon 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931 • (321) 868-1104 • © 2004-2011 Cocoa Beach Public Library. All rights reserved. Contact Us
Go to top