How-To Fest @ The Library

How-to Fest Teaching Free Skills to Communities at Public Library

Ever wanted to get the education of a lifetime all in one day? Come to the Melrose Public Library’s “How-to Fest” to learn more than 15 trades from skilled experts in just hours! A wide range of programs catered to all different ages will be held at the library’s “How-To Fest”.

On Wednesday, July 25th starting at 1:00 pm, join local authors, artists, craftspeople, chefs, musicians, businesses, dance virtuosos and more at the library for an afternoon of sharing their passions with you… the curious students! From “how to make a fairy garden house” to “how to weave”—this event is sure to introduce you to new skills! There will be booths set up with demonstrations running throughout a 3 hour period, and the library will provide a schedule so that you can attend the “lessons” of your choice!

For the adults, the program boasts local instructor Karen Goff as she instructs a class on QiGong and Tai Chi for all ages! Or learn how to write a book with author CS Bennett. Learn to raise chickens, fire safety, and sing in a group—among other interesting things!

For the younger crowd, we’ll be learning “how to be a karate kid” with instructors from Nomad’s Martial Arts—as well as participating in a sing-along with the Under the Porch Singers and more!

Local musician and music instructor (from Music Lessons Inc. in Palatka) Seth Hemphill will bring his talents to the library for the teenage attendees with “how-to play beginning guitar”—and William Sistrunk will teach “how to fold origami”!

You won’t want to miss this free program provided by the Melrose Public Library, Putnam County Public Library System, and the talented lake area community. For more information about the event please contact Melrose Public Library Branch Manager Sheree Sims at 352.475.1237.

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July Coffeetalk Schedule

Shake Rag Coffee Talk July

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Mr. Williamson of Williamson’s Food Store Passes

Our community suffered the loss of a great pillar with the passing of Romie Williamson this week. Mr. Williamson and his wife of 66 years, Twila Mae, have run the local grocery store for 46 years and everyone enjoyed his humor and energy as he worked at the meat counter providing delicious fodder for our BBQ grills. Our empathy goes out to his wife and family as we will all miss him deeply.

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The Town With No Mayor

Melrose, Florida: Who Governs A Town With No Mayor?

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Hawthorne Library July Events

Movie Matinee: Family Cartoons
Mondays, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30       3:30pm – 5:30pm
Stay cool this summer and join us for cartoon fun for the whole family each Monday June 11th through August 6th at 3:30 PM.

Make a Volcano
Tuesday, July 03     3:30pm – 4:45pm
We’ll create a bubbling, flowing, erupting mountain of fun! Come dressed for a mess and ready for fun! Ages 5-11

Thursdays, July 5, 12, 19, 26   10:30am – 11:15am
Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under.

Bookish Sort Book Club
Thursday, July 05    5:30pm – 6:45pm
Join the Hawthorne Book Club for fun food and lively discussions! All adults are welcome! Even if you haven’t read this month’s selection join us to see if the book is to your liking! We’ll be discussing The Sellout by Paul Beatty.

Summer at the Library – IFAS: Healthy Choices
Tuesday, July 10  3:30pm – 4:30pm
Learn how to treat your body right and live your healthiest life with UF’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). Adults & Teens

Rock Painting Party
Thursday, July 12     3:30pm – 4:45pm
We’ll be painting rocks to share! Join Hawthorne Rocks! Facebook Group and take photos of the rocks you paint then hide them for others to enjoy. Find a painted rock: take a picture upload to Hawthorne Rocks! and re-hide to continue the fun! All Ages.

Yoga Stretch
Thursdays, July 12, 19, 26     5:55pm – 6:55pm
Gently tweak and twist those stuck and sore places — You’ll feel better! Adults

UF HealthStreet
Tuesday, July 17     11:30am – 1:30pm
UF HealthStreet is a community engagement program connecting community members to health resource services and opportunities to participate in health research studies.

Archaeology Rocks!
Tuesday, July 17     3:30pm – 4:45pm
Discover how people of the past used stone tool technology to shape the world around them with the folks from the Florida Public Archaeology Network and their interactive presentations and activities. 5-11; teens

FOODIEspace – Cooking from your Garden
Friday, July 20     3:00pm – 4:00pm
Join us as folks from UF’s Institute for Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) demonstrate how easy it is to plant your own garden and cook from it as well! In July, we’ll be learning more about the sugar content of foods and make some delicious smoothies!

Aromatherapy Workshop With Gilda
Saturday, July 21  2:00pm – 3:15pm
Learn about how essential oils are made, discover their therapeutic properties, and become knowledgeable about how to use them safely. During this fun and relaxing workshop, you will make your own aromatherapy product to take home. Adults, Teens

Just Beelieve
Tuesday, July 24     3:30pm – 4:45pm
Learn about the honey bee and the inner workings of the colony. Then look at live bees in an observation hive and see and touch the equipment used in backyard beekeeping. Ages 5-11

SHINE Counseling
Thursday, July 26     12:00pm – 2:00pm
The Florida Department of Elder Affairs offers counseling that is unbiased, confidential and no cost, by trained SHINE Volunteer counselors. Come for individual sessions designed to help those eligible for Medicare understand their choices and options. Please bring with you: Medicare Card and Social Security Card; A print-out of medications from pharmacy or bottles; Proof of annual household income to determine whether you qualify for extra help; MUST HAVE driver’s license or photo I.D.; Any letters from Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid which you may have received. Call the Elder Care Helpline for alternate sites or times to request an appointment: 1-800-963-5337, or walk-ins are welcome on the 4th Thursday of each month at the Hawthorne Branch Library, 6640 SE 221st Street, Hawthorne Florida, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

Summer at the Library – Teen Movie Matinee
Thursday, July 26     2:30pm – 4:30pm
Join us at the Hawthorne Library for the Teen Movie Matinee! This month, we’ll be showing A Wrinkle in Time.

Wildlife at Payne’s Prairie
Tuesday, July 31  3:30pm – 4:45pm
Discover who lives on the Prairie and enjoy talking with a Ranger about this local habitat.

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Events at Hawthorne Branch Library

We’ve got a long list this week: don’t miss out, just because the event is at the bottom of the email! J

Movie Matinee

Family Cartoons

Monday, June 18          3:30pm – 5:30pm

Hawthorne Branch       Meeting Room

Stay cool this summer and join us for cartoon fun each Monday. We’ll be showing The Emoji Movie


Engineering for Kids

Tuesday, June 19          3:30pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch       Meeting Room                   

Engineering for Kids creates the lightbulb moments by helping kids build problem solving skills, discover how things work, explore Engineering in a fun environment, and engage in real world engineering problems.


Discover MycroSchool

Get your High School Diploma at your own pace

Wednesday, June 20             2:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch               Main Room

Providing FREE self-paced learning with flexible schedules, YOU can get your High School Diploma or participate in the over-aged 8th grader program! FREE Magnet Bus Transportation provided to site. Meet at Hawthorn Library to discover more about programs, sign-up, and job prep assistance for graduates from this accredited, NO COST Charter High School for ages 16 to 24.



Thursday, June 21          10:30am – 11:15am

Hawthorne Branch          Meeting Room

Interactive storytime with literature-based fingerplays, art, music and puppetry for people identifying with age 5 and under and their caretakers

Google Doodle

Thursday, June 21          3:30pm – 5:00pm

Hawthorne Branch         Meeting Room

Be a designer and programmer – bring the Google logo to life using code. For ages 9 and up (4th grade and up). Join us to explore your creativity with coding: design your own google logo, share it online and have fun. Bring your own laptop/tablet (MUST be compatible with FLASH software) or use one of ours.


Yoga Stretch

Thursday, June 21          5:55pm – 6:55pm

Hawthorne Branch         Meeting Room

Feel more confident in a stronger more flexible body! Caroline Anaya MS certified Ayurvedic Yoga (ancient practice) YogaFit (Yoga for the fitness industry) & 200-hr Yoga Alliance. 21 Years’ experience teaching Yoga.


Summer at the Library – Teen Movie Matinee

Friday, June 22          2:30pm – 4:30pm

Hawthorne Branch    Meeting Room

Join us at the Hawthorne Library for our summer teen movie matinee! This month, we’ll feature Black Panther.


Tools to Quit Tobacco

Saturday, June 23          2:00pm – 4:00pm

Hawthorne Branch         Meeting Room

Interested in ways to stop using tobacco? Let us provide some FREE assistance. Please call 866-341-2730 to reserve your spot today! This program developed by ex-smokers will provide you with valuable tools that you need to quit tobacco. These tool include: Talking about what triggers you to smoke, dip, or chew. Specific ways to deal with withdrawal symptoms. Creating a quit plan that works for you. Up to four FREE weeks of nicotine patches, gum, or lozengesPre-Registration is required. Please call 866-341-2730 to reserve your spot today! Presented by the Tobacco Free Florida AHEC Cessation Program and Suwannee River Area Health Education Center.


Guylene Resue, Librarian I

Hawthorne Branch Library

Alachua County Library District


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MBCA General Meeting Reminder – POT LUCK DINNER!

Discussion turned to next Tuesday’s evening meeting and Pot Luck Dinner at the Melrose Senior Community Center. Volunteers will provide drinks, food, etc., doors will open at 5:30p, and dinner will be served as soon as is convenient with the meeting to follow at approximately 6:30p. Meeting agenda to include:

  • Speaker: Nancy Clark from UF to speak about TIF (Tax Incremental Fund) and its potentially beneficial impact to our community.
  • Election Committee to be appointed to vet candidates for the MBCA Officers election for October 2018 (All Directors, Vice President, and Treasurer are up for re-election as their terms expire this year.) Candidates to be announced at September meeting (9/21).
  • Items to be included in the Putnam Parks Calendar for 2019 can be submitted to Angie Whisnant (at before August 1st.
  • Upcoming events include:
    • Multi-Market Sale at Heritage Park, June 9 (also September 8th and December 1st)
    • Melrose African Festival, St Johns Church, SR 219
    • July 4th Boat Parade
    • Friday Art Walk (July 6th, August 3rd, September 7th)
    • Farmers’ Market – every Friday 4-7p
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Free Lunch for Kids and Teens at the Library and Trinity!

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Kids and teens can get a bite to eat to go along with their books this summer at the library! Summer BreakSpot is a program funded by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services that provides free, nutritious meals to kids and teenagers 18 years of age and younger during their summer break. Both the Melrose Public Library (as part of the Putnam County Library System) and Trinity Episcopal Church will be pick-up locations in Melrose—but you can find any certified pick-up location by dialing 2-1-1 or by texting “FoodFL” to 877-877 or by visiting Lunch attendees should expect a “boxed lunch,” with a variety of food labeled as “nutritious” by the USDA.

Trinity Episcopal Church will serve meals the week prior to the library’s service start date. The Trinity serving crew will issue lunches from Monday, June 4th from 12:00pm-12:45pm to Friday, June 8th all at the same time frame… and will then serve lunches ON MONDAYS until July 27th. Trinity Episcopal Church will also serve lunch on July 5th and July 6th at the regular serving time.

The Melrose Public Library will begin serving lunches on Tuesday, June 12th from 12:00pm-12:45pm and will serve lunches through the following dates (Tuesdays-Fridays):

June 12th-15th

June 19th-22nd

June 26th-29th

July 10th-13th

July 17th-20th

And July 24th-27th

Anyone who would like to receive a free lunch should sign up at one of the Putnam County Library System branches (including the Melrose Public Library) or Trinity Episcopal Church—and let your pick-up location know if you have any food allergies. For more information, contact the PCLS HQ Branch at 386.329.0126 or the Melrose Public Library at 352.475.1237 or Trinity Episcopal Church at 352.475.2177.

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MBCA Pot Luck Dinner

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