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Lots going on at Putnam libraries

Providing nutritious meals at no cost to children 18 and under during the week. For lunch days/times, contact your library, text “FoodFL” to 877-877 or dial 211 when schools begin releasing for the summer break. We will be serving lunches for six weeks this summer  through July 27. No meals will be served the week of July 2-6.
•             Palatka Library-12:00-12:45, Monday-Friday
•             Bostwick Library-12:15-1:00, Tuesday-Friday
•             Crescent City Library-1:00-1:45, Tuesday-Friday
•             Interlachen Library-12:00-12:45 Tuesday-Friday
•             Melrose Library-12:00-12:45, Tuesday-Friday (on Mondays, lunch is served at the Trinity Episcopal Church 12-12:45)

BRUNCH AND LEARN: Join  the second Tuesday of July for a “Brunch and Learn” program at the Interlachen Library from 10 to 11:30 a.m.. This is a special, earlier version of “Lunch and Learn” just for the summer months. The Friends of Interlachen Library will be providing drinks.
July 10th: Learn to Line Dance with Meva Krecota!

FAMILY FUN NIGHT: The TD Bank WOW! Zone is coming to the Headquarters Palatka Library on Thursday, July 12 at 6pm to teach the basics of banking. Join for a fun, educational, and interactive program where children and teens learn about the value of money and the importance of saving. Children grades K-5 can also participate in TD Bank’s Summer Reading Program – which lets them earn $10 for a new or existing savings account by reading 10 books.

TEEN ART AND WRITING CHALLENGE: The library is starting a teen art and literary magazine and personnel is  looking for short stories or personal essays (500-2500 words), poems (up to three) in any style, or two dimensional art work (drawings, photographs, etc.) including a cover design. Submissions will be accepted through Saturday, July 21st at noon. Email your files to or bring a hard copy to your local library.
Winners will be announced at the Summer Program Finale on Saturday, August 4th beginning at 10am. Entries will be judged by local authors and artists. Contest is open to teens ages 11-18. Submissions will be grouped into two grade ranges: 6-8th grades and 9th-12th with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners awarded in both grade ranges for the top short stories or essays, poems, and art works. A special prize will be awarded for best cover design. Winners will be awarded by having their submissions bound in this anthology. Copies of the literary magazine are given to each winner (mid-September). Copies will also be added to the  Local Author Collection.

PAWS TO READ! Read to Gabe the library dog every Tuesday at 3:30 pm. Gabe is a trained therapy dog and he loves stories! Children are encouraged to read aloud to Gabe. PAWS to Read is designed to boost the confidence of struggling readers. Gabe is very gentle, loving and – most importantly – non-judgmental. He just loves spending time with kids and listening to great stories. For more info, call 386-326-2750.

With Dave Powell and S.W.A.T. (Students Working Against Tobacco). Being a teenager is both wonderful and challenging. This workshops is a great opportunity talk with other teens about the tough issues and life-changing decisions that teens face.
Crescent City Library:
·         Friday, June 29 and July 13, 3-6pm
Interlachen Library:
·         Wednesday, July 11 and 18, 1-4pm
Palatka Library:
·         Tuesday, July 17 and 24, 1-4pm

COOKING MATTERS FOR CHEFS AND KIDS: Free cooking demos and food tastings at the library this summer! Brought to you by the UF/IFAS Extension Family Nutrition Program, these program feature nutritious food facts and tips on cooking delicious meals, snacks, and drinks that everyone in the family can use. Parents and their children age 6 and up are encouraged to attend.
•             Palatka Library: Mondays @ 12:30pm on July 9, 16, 23
•             Crescent City Library: Fridays @ 2pm on July 13, 27.
•             Interlachen Library: Friday, July 20th at 1:30pm

SCIENCE ROCKS! Dr. Holly Thomas returns this summer at all five libraries. We’re up summer with fun, hands-on Science workshops! S.T.E.A.M. stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math! This summer, we’re making balloon cars using old CDs! This program is free and open to students of all ages and their parents/caregivers.
•             Bostwick Library: Tues., July 10 @ 2pm
•             Melrose Library: Wed., July 11 @ 1pm
•             Crescent City Library: Tues., July 17 @ 1pm

LEGO BUILDERS COMPETITIONS: Are you a Master Builder? Children ages 0-5 and 6-10 years old and teens 11-18: Bring your original and completed LEGO creation to one of our library branches this summer to show off your skills and compete for prizes! There will be 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes awarded in each age group! Extra points for music-themed entries! K’Nex and other sets welcome.
•             Interlachen Library: Sat., July 14th at 10am
•             Melrose Library: Wed., July 18th at 1pm
•             Crescent City Library: Fri., July 20th at 4pm

HOW TO FESTS AT YOUR LIBRARY: Learn 10 things in 2 hours! We’ll be setting up DIY stations, mini maker workshops, and short how-to   presentations throughout the library. This fun, family-friendly program is set up just like a tasting event. The only difference is: you get to sample upcoming library programs and get a taste of the kinds of services we offer! There will be workshops for all ages including children, teens, and adults. The selection of workshops at each branch will vary. Example workshops for adults include: Story Building Workshop for the Putnam at Heart Story Writing Competition and How to Publish your E-book with Pressbooks and Self-E: Make your ebook available to our library patrons for free.
How To Fest times/dates:
•             Crescent City Library: July 5th 1-3pm
•             Interlachen Library: July 7th 10am-12pm
•             Melrose LIbrary: July 25th 1-3pm

CHILDREN’S SIGN LANGUAGE CLASS with Chelsea Vandenberg: American Sign Language (called ASL) is primarily used by deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals and their families. But did you know that parents can use ASL to communicate with their infants and toddlers even before they develop the ability to speak? Science has also discovered that signing also helps with cognitive development. Join Chelsea at the Palatka Library Thursdays at 10am July 5th-26th. For more information or to sign up, contact Jeremy at or 386-329-0441.

VEGGIE GARDEN PEST MANAGEMENT: Bugs love Florida. So of course, they love our vegetable gardens too! Be prepared for pests in your spring garden by knowing good versus bad bugs, how to scout for diseases, and determining your ideal pest management plan after getting your situation diagnosed. We’ll show a variety of options to combat your pest pressures, while being environmentally conscious.
·         Palatka Library: Tues., July 10th at 2-4pm

SHINE ON MEDICARE: Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) is a local, free program designed to help people with Medicare and is offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and your local Area Agency on Aging. For more information, contact the local liaison: Cheryl Harris. Phone Number: 1-800-96-ELDER or 1-800-963-5337.
Meet with SHINE representatives at the library and other community centers. Times and dates for upcoming library visits are:
·         Palatka Library: July 18 (3rd Wed.): 10:30am-1:30pm
·         Melrose Library: July 18 (3rd Wed.): 1-3pm
·         Crescent City: July 3 (1st Tues.): 10am-12pm

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