Our names are Kristine (Librarian, to the right) and Alex (Assistant, to the left).
We run the Youth Services department of the Southeast Branch Library, part of SJCPLS.
Hardy Pigs / Galaxy Room Schedule / Teen Programs
Kids Programs / Future Programs
Crafty Candles for Teens: Tuesday, January 14th at 6:00 P.M. Let’s melt some wax! Teens aged 11-18 can make their own sand candles. We’ll provide the supplies, you provide the imagination.
Teen Coffeehouse: Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 P.M. Calling all teen artists, poets, and scholars! Help us create a video to promote teen summer reading. Bring your imagination and your mug and we’ll fill it up with hot chocolate, tea, or decaf coffee.
Little Ones Storytime: Every Wednesday at 10:30 A.M. beginning January 8th through April 30th. Bring your little one to our fun, musical lapsit program with songs, stories, fingerplays, parachute games, and so much more.
Family Storytime: Every Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. beginning January 8th through April 30th. “Shake it Up” with Miss Kristine during a fun-filled hour of stories, songs, and crafts! This program is geared towards a wide range of ages including families with toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-aged children.
READ To Rover: Saturday,January 11th & Saturday, January 25th from 11:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon. Elementary-aged children and beginning readers are invited to practice their reading skills when they read to a REAL dog!
Bedtime Storytime: Tuesday, January 21st at 6:30 P.M. Wear your PJs to this special session of our regular Wednesday storytime where we do storytime backwards! Arts and crafts come first and then we will wind down with some favorite stories.
Wacky Wednesday: Wednesday, November 29th at 3:00 P.M. Make and take your very own robot! Learn about robots and how they work. This science program is for kids in grades 2 and up.
At the latest installment of our popular Teen Survival Cooking program, we went with the spirit of the season and put together gifts that teens could give out to their friends and family. Before assembling their jars, the teens made samples of the mason jar recipes.
We made some yummy Chex Mix to munch on while we worked. With Mannheim Steamroller playing in the background, we sure were in a festive mood!
After layering the ingredients in the jars the teens moved to our decorating table, where they added colorful cloth and ribbons to the jar lids. Finally, a recipe tag was attached to each jar.
Check out the recipes we used here:
Mexican Hot Chocolate (pg. 128 of The Mason Jar Soup to Nuts Cookbook)
Confetti Bean Soup (pg. 112 of The Mason Jar Soup to Nuts Cookbook)
Who doesn’t like fresh-baked cookies? Make sure you don’t miss our next Survival Cooking in the spring! There are lots more recipes to try!
Congratulations to our little ones for learning their colors! We spent the entire fall season mastering our colors in Little Ones Storytime. To celebrate, Miss Alex and I threw a balloon party for the little ones.
We read some of our favorite color stories, including Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin. We played with our “dots” on the wall one more time (Press Here app for the iPad). And of course we played with balloons!
I look forward to seeing everyone back at storytime when we start our spring season on January 8.
There was lots of jingling bells and fa-la-la-ing at Southeast this morning during our annual holiday storytime. This year our theme was “Visions of Sugar Plums,” and we had some special guests from the far North join us - The Sugar Plum Fairy herself and Santa and Mrs. Claus!
Santa told a wonderful story about his keys and revealed some of his secrets (like how he gets down those narrow chimneys).
After stories and songs, everyone got a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and get a picture with him (even me!).
(If you attended storytime and would like to retrieve the Santa photos I took of your family, please email me at email@example.com and I will give you the access information.)
After meeting Santa and receiving a treat from the Sugar Plum Fairy, children and parents created glittery paper snowflakes and tree ornaments decorated with Fruit Loops.
Special thanks to the Sugar Plum Fairy and Mr. and Mrs. Claus for making holiday storytime so special. I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Surprise! The St. Johns County public libraries will be closed Thursday, December 26. All the library hobbits will be snuggled up at home counting their Christmas presents. Therefore, there will be a few program changes:
The Family Movie that was scheduled for Thursday, December 26 @ 2pm has been moved to Saturday, December 28 @ 10am.
The Galaxy Game Room for teens will be closed on Thursday, December 26 AND Saturday, December 28.
We apologize for any inconvenience and wish you happy holidays!
Ready to “spark a reaction?” Be a part of the Southeast Branch teen video promoting summer reading. Want to learn more? Join us for our monthly Teen Coffeehouse and become part of this “reactionary” team!