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Lots going on at Putnam area libraries

PALATKA – The Putnam County Library System announces a variety of special events in upcoming weeks.

September is Library Card Sign-up Month! Get your FREE library card! Putnam County Library cards are FREE to all residents of Putnam County (and some surrounding counties) regardless of age. All you need is your photo ID and proof of residency! This month, you can also get a FREE replacement card if your card is lost or damaged.
September is also FINE FREE MONTH! That’s right! We’ll WAIVE ALL FINES for any overdue materials returned during the month of September—no matter how long they’ve been out. Note: fine amnesty does not include materials that are lost or returned damaged. It also does not cover existing fines for materials returned prior to FINE FREE Month in September.
Be sure to check out our programs for children, teens, and adults at the library. In addition, patrons also have access to FREE online resources through our website such as: OverDrive (free ebooks and audiobooks on your computer, phone, or tablet), Biblioboard Library (discover local author e-books or create and share your own), and LearningExpress Library (test preparation for GED, ACT, SAT; online learning; and computer skills tutorials). Visit our website at and click on “online resources” to access them. For more information, visit your local Putnam County Library Branch or email

FRIENDS OF THE INTERLACHEN LIBRARY USED BOOK SALE: From Sept. 12 through 15 during library hours. Wednesday-Friday 9:30am-6pm. Saturday9:30am-1pm. Come see what bargains you can get on books and support your local library. No books over $1. The Interlachen Library is located at 133 N. C.R. 315 (across from Interlachen High). Call Kristen at 386-684-1600 for more information.

PAWS TO READ: Read to Gabe the library dog every Tuesday at 3:30pm. 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.

MEETING WITH THE GREATS: Members of the Crescent City Library Board invite special guests to present and discuss different topics each month. Feel free to bring a bag lunch (optional). Program meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month at noon at the Crescent City Library (610 North Summit Street, next to the Woman’s Club). Fall Schedule:
Sept. 12: “Antique Road Show” with special guest Molly Morris.
Oct.10: “What to Recycle” with special guest Larry Gast.
Nov. 14: “Normandy Beach” with special guest Vicky Krombach
Dec. 12: “Share Your Favorite Book”

ROAD TO MELROSE: Local writing, poetry, and art contest: What lead you to Melrose? Did your ancestors travel to Melrose? Whatever path you’ve taken, we want to know the stories behind all the “Roads to Melrose.” This contest invites residents, former residents, lovers of Melrose and the Lake Area to submit writing and art pieces that embody the spirit of Melrose for publishing in an in-system bound “magazine.” Our favorite submissions will be featured in the publication, which will be available at the library in October 2018 at Melrose History Project event.
The Melrose Public Library and the Putnam County Library System will begin accepting submissions at the library on August 4, 2018 until Saturday, Sept. 22 at noon.
Writings should be specifically about Melrose. Any content that contains vulgar language, imagery, or subject matter – or that does not pertain to the aforementioned topic – will not be published. The Melrose Magazine “The Road to Melrose” is a family-friendly publication. The Melrose Public Library and the Putnam County Library System reserve the right to determine which submissions will be printed in the magazine. Writing entries should not be longer than three pages, single spaced at 12 point font. All submissions should include all pertinent artist identification information (i.e., title of work, medium, name, etc.).

FELT ORNAMENT: A HOW-TO MAKER WORKSHOP AT THE LIBRARY: Hanging on the tree, amongst all the other ornaments, is a felt ornament made by YOU at the library! You can display it proudly, knowing you hand-sewed each piece to craft the perfect ornament for your tree. Become a felt ornament making master at the Melrose Public Library when you register for a free, 6-week maker workshop featuring Jan Beckenbach! Classes meet Thursdays at noon September 6 through October 11.
Attendees will need to register with the library—all supplies will be provided, but the library asks if you have sewing scissors or thimbles to please bring them with you for the course.
For questions about the program, or to register, please contact the Melrose Public Library at 352.475.1237 or stop in at 312 Wynnwood Ave. Melrose, FL 32666 (behind the post office). Additional supplies will be provided by the Melrose Library Association library “friend” group.

READ WITH TREES (Annual Event): Join us at the Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park (6239 State Road 21, Keystone Heights), Saturday, Sept. 29thstarting at 2 pm. Local authors Donna Henderson and Fawn Rising will read their interactive children’s books, while library representatives will lead attendees in telling stories and making crafts. The Under the Porch Singers will sing along to campfire songs, while our local park rangers will host a ranger-led outdoor activity! Arrive at the park with your library card or gently used book donations on the day of the event for free park entry. For more information, contact the park @ 352.473.4701 or the library @ 352.475.1237.

DIABETES SELF MANAGEMENT: Join a FREE 2 hour workshop held at the Headquarters Palatka Library (601 College Road) every Friday from 10am-12pm from Sept. 28 through Nov. 16. Learn from trained volunteer leaders to set your own goals and make a step-by-step plan to improve your health and your life. To register, contact Betty Flagg at 352-692-5219. Workshops are limited. Pre-register today.

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