1. Kids Yoga has been extended by a week! Join us through August 7th for stretching and relaxation, great for all ages!

     

  2. A Storytime that Grows!

    Growing was the theme of this week’s storytime!  We read these books:

    E-I-E-I-O: How Old MacDonald Got His Farm by Judy Sierra
    An Island Grows by Lola M. Schaefer
    My Garden by Kevin Henkes
    Big Yellow Sunflower by Frances Barry

     Then, we made an awesome edible sunflower craft. YUM!

    After our Storytime about growing we made an edible sunflower craft. Yum! After our Storytime about growing we made an edible sunflower craft. Yum!

    If you want to recreate our craft here is what you’ll need:

    Ricecakes (the larger ones)
    Peanut butter/Nutella/Icing (something you can spread on your ricecake so the sunflower seeds stick)
    Bananas (sliced to make flat circles)
    Sunflower seeds (de-shelled)
    Plate

    Put your spread on your ricecake and place it in the center of your plate, sticky side up! Then, place your sliced bananas all around the outside of the ricecake (those are your sunflower petals). Next, sprinkle your sunflower seeds all over the ricecake. Now you’re ready to enjoy your delicious treat!

    Join us next week for a DINO theme!

     

  3. Art Lab: Chinese Ink Wash

    Chinese ink wash painting was the topic of last week’s art lab!

    We used black watercolor mixed with different amounts of water to develop our shading technique. We fastened our aprons, sketched our pictures, then painted them! We had such a great time, and it was a wonderful reprieve from such a dreary, rainy day! 

    Chinese Ink Wash painting at Art Lab!

    Chinese Ink Wash painting at Art Lab!

    Chinese Ink Wash painting at Art Lab!

    Chinese Ink Wash painting at Art Lab!

     

  4. Teen Coffeehouse

    Every month we hold a Teen Coffeehouse, where our Southeast Branch Teens can interact with each other, learn something new, have fun, and (of course) enjoy some warm beverages!

    This month our teens were fascinated by our french press coffee!

    Teen coffee house! Teen coffee house! Teen coffee house!

    Come join us at our next coffeehouse on Saturday, August 23rd @ 2pm!

     

  5. Wacky Wednesday: Georgia Aquarium

    At Wacky Wednesday last week, the ladies of the Georgia Aquarium Conservation Field Team based out of Marineland came to speak with us about aquatic animals!

    Our friends from the Georgia Aquarium came to Southeast to teach us about Marine Animals, and how we can help protect them.
    We learned all about dolphins, and how to help and protect them!  We found out that dolphins don’t have a sense of smell!  They base what they eat on what they see, so a dolphin may not know that a piece of trash isn’t food.  We identified parts of their body, like their blowhole and dorsal fin. Our friends from the Georgia Aquarium came to Southeast to teach us about Marine Animals, and how we can help protect them.  
    Then, we found out how the Conservation team retrieves a hurt dolphin!

    Our friends from the Georgia Aquarium came to Southeast to teach us about Marine Animals, and how we can help protect them.  
    Afterward we made fun dolphin crafts!

    Our friends from the Georgia Aquarium came to Southeast to teach us about Marine Animals, and how we can help protect them.


    We learned so much, and had fun to boot!

     

  6. Storytime Catch Up!

    With all the hustle and bustle this summer, we have gotten a little behind in our Storytime posts!  We’re so sorry!

    However, we are going to get you up to speed on what we have been reading this summer!

    At our July 2nd Storytime we focused on “things that go”, since we were preparing for our Red Cross, St. Johns County Firefighters and St. Augustine Police Department visit!

    We read:

    Pugs in a Bug by Carolyn Crimi
    Fire Engine Man by Andrea Zimmerman & David Clemesha
    Moo! by David LaRochelle
    Huff and Puff by Tish Rabe

    At our July 10th Storytime we honed in on Aquatic Life, as the Georgia Aquarium at Marineland was coming to speak with us about aquatic life protection and conservation!

    We read:

    If a Dolphin Were a Fish by Loran Wlodarski
    My First Trip to the Aquarium by Katie Kawa
    The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
    Peanut Butter and Jellyfish by Jarrett Krosozcka
    Star of the Sea by Janet Halfmann

    We hope you enjoy these books as much as we did!

    At a very aquatic Storytime we made a fish bowl craft out of paper plates and goldfish!

    A very aquatic Storytime at Southeast!

     

  7. Martial Arts—at the library?!

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts is giving a free series (you read that right, FREE) at the Southeast Branch Library! This series is aimed at Children/Teens from 5 to 15, and you must attend all the programs in order to get your white belt at the end of the series.

    The programs are being held on:

    Fridays - July 11th, July 18th, July 25th, and August 1st.

    The program is divided by age:
    Children 8 and under begin at 2:00
    Children/Teens 9 and over begin at 2:40

    We had great fun at the first session, and if you can make it in today - you can still participate and earn your white belt!

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    Mr. Jim from All American Martial Arts teaching us a thing or two about defense, pereserverence, and respect.

    See you there!

     
  8. Join us tomorrow for this awesome program!

     
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  10. Teen Cooking: Meals in a Mug Miniseries!

    Teen Cooking @ SE

    June’s “Teen Cooking: Meals in Mugs” session focused on good ole Southern Cookin’.  

    Our teens put on their imaginary aprons and learned how they could make a quick and easy meal on their own! We cooked shrimp & grits, corn chowder, red beans and rice, and a few other tasty dishes entirely in our mugs!

    Here’s a link to a Meals in Mugs recipe book! Check it out from your local library!

    Teen Cooking @ SE

    Teen Cooking @ SE

    With lots of food to go around, we all left with full stomachs and some new skills!

    Teen Cooking @ SE

    Let’s get cooking! Join us at our next Teen Cooking program on July 22nd @ 6PM, where we will be making more mug meals!  Please call the Southeast Branch Library @ 904-827-6900 for registration and additional information!