Free admission with St. Johns County Library Card

Enjoy free admission to all Florida State Parks with the Real Florida Readers Day Pass through September 13 with a library card.

The pass, available to all St. Johns County Library cardholders at county libraries, is valid for free visits to all 175 state parks.

With your pass, you can explore new places during your learning adventure. That’s good for a vehicle with up to eight people.

There are three state parks in St. Johns County:

  • Anastasia State Park, 300 Anastasia Park Road, $8 per vehicle.
  • Faver-Dykes State Park, 1000 Faver-Dykes Road, $5 per vehicle.
  • Fort Mose, 15 Fort Mose Trail, free.

Gallery:Learn more about marine science in Hastings

Around Hastings:Many resources available throughout Hastings

Sunrise at Anastasia State Park

There are six library branches in St. Johns County:

  • Anastasia Island Branch: 124 Sea Grove Main Street, St. Augustine Beach, 904-209-3730.
  • Bartram Trail Branch: 60 Davis Pond Blvd., Fruit Cove, 904-827-6960.
  • Hastings Branch: 6195 S. Main St., Hastings, 904-827-6970.
  • Main branch: 1960 N. Ponce De Leon Blvd., St. Augustine, 904-827-6940.
  • Ponte Vedra Beach Branch: 101 Library Blvd., Ponte Vedra Beach, 904-827-6950.
  • Southeast Branch: 6670 US 1 S., St. Augustine, 904-827-6900.

Check out a library book that can help you identify Florida wildlife, flowers, or history. Passes must be checked and returned to the same location in the library. Ask your local librarian for more information about The Real Florida Reader pass.

National Book Lovers Day

August 9 is National Book Lover’s Day and who loves libraries more than book lovers? Come to the library and say thank you to the great people who work and volunteer at the library branches. Looking for a new author or a topic to read? Ask for recommendations at the office. Donations to the Friends of the Library are always appreciated and help fund programs for the public, the purchase of loan materials and the back-to-school gift. These can also be done at reception.

Catholic charities

Catholic Charities will be on the library campus at 10 a.m. on the last Saturday of the month to help provide food and other needed items. And while some food items continue to be less available, Shepherd’s Haven at 400 E. Harris St. continues to do its weekly food distribution from 2-4 p.m. Tuesday afternoons. Both are set up to be drive-thru giveaways, so make sure your truck or trunk is cleaned up and ready for groceries.

Team up with Hastings

Friends of the Library handed out 100 back-to-school kits at the annual Team Up Hastings Community Focus event on July 23 at the Hastings Branch Library. An additional 100 kits were distributed during the week following the event, for a total of 200 children served in the immediate area. Seven volunteers worked with the Friends of the Library, including Mike McNamara of the Library Advisory Board, to do the work.

In addition to the Friends distributing school supplies, the UF Health Bus was on campus providing medical checkups and vaccinations to students in need. The Hastings Panthers, Friends of the Library, Health and Human Services, Elections Office Supervisor, 4-H, SJC Parks and Recreation, Pedro Menendez High School and Mental Health Outreach all set up information tables visited by students and their families.

The library also allows patrons to reserve books or DVDs online and have them mailed to their homes. This service eliminates the need to pack kids up and physically travel to the library to pay for or return items of their choice. It’s also a great option for caregivers and inmates who can’t count on being able to get out of the house on a regular basis.

new school year

Schools reopen on August 10, so watch out for students, cars and school buses that are back on the roads. Allow a few extra minutes for your drive so you can afford to slow down and be a little more careful on the roads.

Group Team up

The Team Up group will meet at 8:30 a.m. on August 16 at the Hastings Branch Library in the main meeting room. Residents, business owners and social service providers are all invited to attend to find out what is happening in the area and discuss ways to get involved. There are several autumn and winter events on the bridge for Hastings; some great publicity opportunities available at these events! Volunteers are also always needed.

Volunteers place Christmas wreaths at graves in St. Augustine National Cemetery Friday, Dec. 18, 2020. The effort is part of a nationwide program called Wreaths Across America that decorates the graves of veterans in more than 2,100 cemeteries across the United States, including Arlington National Cemetery.

Crowns Across America

The St. Johns County Veterans Council will again participate in the Wreaths Across America program for 2022 and the work begins now! The council ensures that every headstone in St. Augustine National Cemetery is adorned with a living Christmas wreath.

After:Laying of commemorative wreaths in Saint-Augustin in honor of veterans

Gallery:Crowns Across America

The community is encouraged to send donations to help purchase the crowns. Individual wreaths are $15 and if two wreaths are purchased at $30, the council will receive a third wreath, free of charge. Support from businesses and individuals is needed to care for the cemetery’s more than 1,200 burial sites.

Another way for the community to pay their respects is to attend the December 17 ceremony at the cemetery after the wreaths are laid. Youth organizations are encouraged to participate to learn about and honor our veterans.

Checks can be made payable to Wreaths Across America and sent to the St. Johns County Veterans Council, PO Box 2117, St. Augustine, FL 32085-2117. For more information, contact campaign chairman SGM (Ret.) Ray Quinn at 904-797-5622.

Nancy Quatrano

Contact Nancy Quatrano at [email protected] by 5 p.m. Friday if you have any information on Hastings for this column. Put “Hastings” in the subject line.

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