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Sunday 1 - 5
Monday 10 - 6
Tuesday 9 - 8
Wednesday 9 - 8
Thursday 10 - 6
Friday 10 - 6
Saturday 9 - 5

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February Art and Artists:

Main Library: Penny Lowell and Dondi & John Allen’s Canada Photos
Community Room: Cocoa Beach Watercolor Group
Display Case: Claudia Beckwith’s Glass Jewelry & Steve Beckwith’s Custom Knives


AARP Volunteer Tax Assistance, February 2 – April 15
Mondays & Thursdays, 10am-2pm (last client must be in by 1pm)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 9am-1pm (last client must be in by 12pm)

AARP Volunteers will provide free income tax and e-filing assistance at the library. Please bring your original Social Security Card, a photo ID, and all your necessary tax documentation.

Savvy Travel With Your SmartPhone
Thursday, February 26 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to find the best flights, keep track of your travel schedule, simplify your packing list, map your route, call your car, ease you to sleep, and more. Find the apps and methods to increase your travel know-how by using technology you can hold in your hand. This class is taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Local Author Danny Parker: Hitler’s Warrior
Thursday, February 26 at 2pm

World War II historian Danny Parker has written three previous books of WWII history that weave together acutely detailed reporting and keen insight into the horrific and formative events of our recent past. His new book, Hitler’s Warrior, is a biography of SS Colonel Jochen Peiper, one of the most controversial figures of the war, famous for his flamboyant brutality. The result of 20 years of research, Hitler’s Warrior tells the individual story of a war criminal, and also delves into the timeless question of how intelligent, capable men can decide to embrace the dark side of a genocidal regime. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Art Through the Ages: Historical Art & Craft Classes
Fridays, February 27 – April 10 from 10:30am-12pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

See how art has reflected society in all places and times in history. In each class students will learn about an era of civilization and how the beliefs, values, and practical needs of the time were represented in its art. Students will apply this knowledge to a project using skills studio artist Elizabeth Scholder will teach you. Projects might include metal tooling, decoupaging a keepsake box, painting an acrylic miniature, or embroidering an applique. Cost is $42 for the 6-week series and all materials are provided. Enrollment is limited; please register in advance. (No class meeting on March 20.)

The Downstagers Theater Group: Leave ‘Em Laughing
Friday, February 27 at 2pm

The Downstagers group is made up of retired people with theater backgrounds, animated and active, always looking for a laugh. They perform a series of skits and sketches that offer a smorgasbord of comedy, all clean and family-friendly. As member Barbara Bayley says, “the therapy of laughter” is a valuable thing, and with all the wisecracks and one-liners zinging around, the Downstagers deliver. Their performance is free, though they accept donations to benefit the Foosaner Art Museum.

iPhone Photography
Saturday, February 28 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Want to do better at capturing memories as they happen? You can take better-looking photos with your iPhone to share on Facebook, send to your friends, or just spread your artistic wings. Ruth Bleakley will show you photography basics with your iPhone, like how to set up nice looking shots, compensate for bad lighting, and do some basic editing. All versions of the iPhone are welcome, though the latest software update (iOS8) has the most photographic capability. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Jim Kennedy: The Future of NASA and Why You Should Care
Saturday, February 28 at 2pm

NASA’s role in space exploration has seen a lot of changes in recent years. Speculation about whether their projects are still necessary can be heard from pundits and policy-makers alike. Former Kennedy Space Center director Jim Kennedy will take a look at current plans for NASA's near-term future, including the termination of the Space Shuttle Program and the extension of the International Space Station (ISS) to the year 2020. He’ll also examine how commercial crew and cargo programs will affect NASA’s plans, and how NASA will be able to reignite the fervor for manned space missions into the future.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Simone Kopmajer
Sunday, March 1 at 2pm

Simone Kopmajer returns to the Cocoa Beach Library – come see this fresh, young singer from Austria, whose US debut in the year 2000 was hailed as “captivating.” Jazz legend Ira Sullivan calls her “a great young talent” with a big future in jazz. Influenced by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, and Jon Hendricks, Simone sings a distinctive mix of old classics and new favorites.

Handmade Books: Three Easy Notebooks
Monday, March 2 at 10:30am, or Tuesday, March 3 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will take the mystery out of hand-sewn books as she helps you create three pamphlet-stitched notebooks using a variety of interesting decorative paper for covers. No experience needed – easy for beginners. Kids that can handle a needle and thread are welcome with their parents to assist. Cost is $10 and all materials are provided, as well as an instruction sheet for you to take home. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Wednesday, March 4 at 10:30am for Android devices and 2pm for Apple devices
Thursday, March 19 at 10:30am for Apple devices

Still trying to figure out your smartphone or tablet? Learn the basics about how your device works, what it can do for you, and how to get the most out of these helpful machines. It would be beneficial to come to class prepared with your account names and passwords for your App Store, Google Play, and/or email accounts so that you can participate in demonstrations. Taught by Barb Barrett, a former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Please register in advance for the class that addresses your device; enrollment is limited. Cost is $5.

Friends of the Library Travel Film Series
Wednesdays, March 4 & 18 at 6pm

Whether you’re planning a trip or taking a virtual vacation, these travel movies presented by the Cocoa Beach Friends are sure to please. Refreshments will be served.
March 4: Rudy Maxa’s Best of Travel: Shanghai & Hong Kong
March 18: Festivals Around the World: Spain’s Las Fallas Festival & France’s Medieval Festival

Fall Prevention
Thursday, March 5 at 10:30am

According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises geared toward fall prevention for people over 60. He will talk about the risks associated with falls and he’ll demonstrate exercises to help you prevent falls in your everyday life.

Jim Kennedy: Stories of Space Exploration and Leadership
Thursday, March 5 at 2pm

Former Kennedy Space Center director Jim Kennedy will tell true stories of workers and astronauts at NASA, whose achievements have inspired so many and whose lessons and messages can be applied to every day of your life to help you become the leader you were born to be.

Free Friday Movies: The Luck of the Irish
Fridays, March 6-27 at 3pm

These movies make the most of the music, humor, history, and soul of the Irish people. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
March 6: The Boys and Girl From County Clare, rated R, 90 minutes
March 13: Evelyn, rated PG, 95 minutes
March 20: Jig, rated PG, 90 minutes
March 27: My Left Foot, rated R, 103 minutes

Millions More – A Sea Turtle Awareness Program
Saturday, March 7 at 10am

Presented by a group of 6th grade students with a passion for saving sea turtles, this program is a fun and educational opportunity to learn about sea turtles, participate in entertaining activities, sing a little karaoke, and bid in a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Tour de Turtles and the Sea Turtle Preservation Society.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Patti & the Boys
Sunday, March 8 at 2pm

Patti & the Boys play an incredible blend of Americana music including bluegrass, vintage swing, Gypsy jazz, folk and acoustic blues. Made up of some of the founding members of the Acoustic Alliance Band, Patti & the Boys are always entertaining. They create an intriguing tapestry of musical sounds: real music on real instruments.

Interested in Pinterest?
Tuesday, March 10 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Pinterest is a free online tool for collecting and organizing things that inspire you around the web. If you clip recipes you’d like to try, if you enjoy scrapbooking or making wish lists, Pinterest is for you. This class is for people who want to know more about it, or who have just signed up and aren't sure what to do next. Social media expert Ruth Bleakley has over 10,000 followers on Pinterest. She will teach you how to pin and re-pin and how to maximize Pinterest’s usefulness for you. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

eRead for Free!
Wednesday, March 11 at 11am for Tablets; 1pm for Nooks; and 3pm for Kindles

Learn how to check out e-books and e-audiobooks from your Brevard County Library system so you can access a great book anytime, anywhere. This class is about the process of checking out e-media from the library website and is not device training, although we will answer device questions as we are able and time allowing. Please register in advance for the class that addresses your device. (Please contact the library if you’re not sure which class you should attend.)

Professional Medium John Rogers
Wednesday, March 11 at 6pm

Professional medium and author John Rogers will discuss mediumship and give brief individual readings as time allows.

Saving Money With Your SmartPhone
Thursday, March 12 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Your smartphone can save you money on anything and almost everything. You can use apps to store coupons and loyalty cards, comparison shop for the best prices locally and online, make one-click purchases from your phone to be sent directly to your home, and much more. Find out about the best apps and methods to help you save every day. This class is taught by Barb Barrett, a local resident and former teacher with a lifelong interest in technology. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Double Vision: Silk-Painting Workshop
Thursday, March 12 from 1-5pm

Create your own artwork that is both visually and technically layered. Using batik techniques, you’ll draw on a sheer layer of silk that’s slightly raised over your fabric collage composition, creating a 3-D, almost holographic “double vision” effect. All special materials provided, but bring your own fun fabrics, scissors & fabric glue for the collage. Cost is $45, due in advance. Students must pre-register with instructor Jo-Ann Jensen at 321-543-6338. Enrollment is limited.

Healthy Planet Documentary Screening: Peaceable Kingdom
Saturday, March 14 at 2pm

Healthy Planet of Brevard will host a screening of Peaceable Kingdom, a powerful documentary that shows the struggle of conscience experienced by traditional farmers who come to question their way of life. The strong connections between the humans and the animals they care for lead us to question our assumptions about farmers, farm life, and farm animals themselves. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: The Daniel Bennett Group
Sunday, March 15 at 2pm

Saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. He plays all over the world, performing on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe, impressing audiences and earning unique reviews for his “airy, buoyant approach.” Nominated for Best Jazz Group in the Hot House Magazine NYC Jazz Contest and recently featured on NPR’s Here and Now, Daniel Bennett will be playing with guitarist Nat Janoff, one of the most active jazz players in the New York City music scene.

iPhone Photography
Wednesday, March 18 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Want to do better at capturing memories as they happen? You can take better-looking photos with your iPhone to share on Facebook, send to your friends, or just spread your artistic wings. Ruth Bleakley will show you photography basics with your iPhone, like how to set up nice looking shots, compensate for bad lighting, and do some basic editing. All versions of the iPhone are welcome, though the latest software update (iOS8) has the most photographic capability. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Mike Cooney: Travels through Latin America
Wednesday, March 18 at 2pm

Mike Cooney backpacked through Latin America with his wife and three teenage sons. They encountered adventures that were good, bad, and hilarious and came home with an unmatched experience of travel abroad. Mike will talk about the trip and about the book he has written describing their journey. He’ll show photos of highlights from some of their travels that may inspire you to pack up and take off. Copies of his book will be available for sale and signing.

Hiking the Appalachian Trail
Thursday, March 19 at 2pm

Adventurer Dawn Hamilton will talk about her life-changing journey along the entire expanse of the Appalachian Trail. Hamilton hiked the trail's full length, 2,174 miles from Georgia to Maine, in 2007 at the age of 50. She'll talk about her trip and what completing it meant to her as well as what aspiring hikers should do to make a successful through-trail hike. She’ll demonstrate some of the gear she used and show photographs of her walk in the woods. Learn more about her hike on her online trail journal.

Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine – A Modern Orientation to Ancient Practice
Friday, March 20 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Acupuncture is the world’s longest continuously practiced medical system; it is new only in our country. Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will introduce basic concepts and diagnostic tools to differentiate disease patterns and discuss how the practices of oriental medicine work to address chronic and immediate health issues. Please register in advance.

Healthy Planet presents Feeding Frenzy
Saturday, March 21 at 2pm

Healthy Planet of Brevard hosts this screening of the documentary Feeding Frenzy, which makes the case against the processed food industry and outdated government policies in contributing to the recent dramatic increase in obesity in the U.S. and the subsequent spiraling health crisis of obesity-related health problems. Take a look at what is really responsible for this epidemic. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be served.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Platinum Coast Chorus
Sunday, March 22 at 2pm

The award-winning Platinum Coast Chorus is our local chapter of Sweet Adelines International, an organization of over 30,000 women singers committed to advancing the a cappella musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance. They sing and entertain with all-vocal renditions of classic tunes and favorite hits.

Handmade Books: Japanese Bookbinding
Tuesday, March 24 at 6pm, or Thursday, March 26 at 10:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will help you create your own hand-sewn notebook using a Japanese method of binding, or “stab” binding, with different decorative papers for covers. No experience needed – easy for beginners. Kids that can handle a needle and thread are welcome with their parents to assist. Cost is $10; all materials are provided, as well as instructions for you to take home. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

Handmade Greetings with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, March 25 from 9:30-11:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant spring greeting cards with beautiful cardstocks and papers, stylish stamps, ribbons, and embellishments, and using special equipment to give your cards shapes and embossed textures. Cost is $10; all supplies provided. Register with Ree in advance by emailing reenathan@bellsouth.net or calling 321-961-2350. Enrollment is limited.

Asian Cooking: Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, March 25 at 3pm

Learn a new style of cooking with this demonstration of tips and tricks for preparing delicious Asian meals. Students will learn to cook an appetizer and a main dish and will get to taste the creations at this program. Cost is $10; all recipes, ingredients, equipment, and materials are provided. For more info contact Boots Razon at 321-799-2714. Please register in advance.

Healthy Planet presents A Bit of the Irish: Shepherd’s Pie
Wednesday, March 25 at 6pm

Make this hearty Irish classic a little healthier with Healthy Planet president Kim Smith. She’ll show you how to make this filling favorite a vegan meal, and you’ll never miss the meat. Healthy eating can be easy with these helpful hints and ideas. Snacks and samples will be served.

Treasure Boxes: A Fabric Collage Workshop
Thursday, March 26 from 1-5pm

Piece fabric together to decorate a balsa wood box and create your own beautiful, functional objet d’art. No sewing or drawing skills are required for this versatile technique—once you learn it, you’ll think of many other applications. Cost is $40, due in advance. All materials are provided but students will need to bring their own sharp embroidery or fabric scissors. Students must pre-register with instructor Jo-Ann Jensen at 543-6338; enrollment is limited.

Authors for Authors Book Fair with Special Guest Tim Dorsey
Saturday, March 28 from 9am-5pm

Bestselling Florida author Tim Dorsey will appear at 1pm at this year’s spring Authors for Authors Book Fair, where you can meet a roomful of local authors, network with published writers, learn more about how to publish your work, and find a new favorite author from your hometown. Authors for Authors works to promote and educate local writers. Tim Dorsey’s books and those of all the writers at the Book Fair will be available for sale and signing.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Sybil Gage
Sunday, March 29 at 2pm

Get a jump on Jazz Appreciation Month with Sybil Gage. Sybil is a popular favorite in the Space Coast Jazz Society Concert Series and the Florida Today calls her "The Undisputed Queen of Local Blues and Jazz." She performs a mix of standards, little-known gems, and her own original compositions. Her shows are unparalleled in their musical savoir faire and sense of atmosphere.

Bestselling Florida Author Randy Wayne White
Tuesday, March 31 at 1pm

New York Times bestselling author – and frequent visitor to the Cocoa Beach Library – Randy Wayne White will introduce Cuba Straits, the twenty-second thriller in his ever-popular Doc Ford series. Cuba Straits hits the shelves March 24. Copies will be available for sale and signing and a portion of the proceeds goes to the library for books purchased at the event.

ONGOING PROGRAMS

Mondays, 11am, Overeaters Anonymous. This group meets each Monday in the Jane von Thron Room. For further information contact Tom M. at 321-784-8092.

Tuesdays, 10am-1pm, Scrapbooking Group. Get together with friends, learn new techniques, share tips, and make your memories beautiful. For more info contact Ernestine at 321-427-0607.

Tuesdays, 10am, Writers' Workshop. New and experienced writers are welcome to these meetings in the Captain's Room. Call Mary Burruss at 321-783-6997 for more information.

Tuesdays, 4pm, Al-Anon Family Group. Friends and family of alcoholics meet every Tuesday in the Captain's Room.

2nd Tuesday, 1pm, Tuesday Beach Readers Book Club. The next meeting takes place March 10 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Red Garden by Alice Hoffman.

3rd Tuesday, 2pm, PlayReaders Group. All attendees are provided with a copy of the play and are encouraged to participate. The next meeting takes place on March 17 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Jean Whitfield for details at 321-784-1105.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for March 4: If you were president what would you do about ISIL? Immigration? Income inequality?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place March 11 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory.

Thursdays, 1-4pm, The Watercolor Group. This social, non-instructive painting group is open to anyone with an interest in watercolors. Bring your materials and paint with fellow artists. For further information, contact Cathy Brion at 321-258-2011 or Jo Lincoln at 321-868-0163.

Fridays, by appointment only, SHINE Individual Counseling. Trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) counselors assist seniors and the disabled with their Medicare and Medicaid questions in Study Room 4. SHINE one-on-one counseling is free, unbiased, and confidential. For more info or to schedule a counseling session call 321-323-9418 or email shinecocoabeach@gmail.com.

Fridays, 10am-1pm, Master Gardening Clinic. Master Gardeners answer questions about plants, pests, diseases, etc, in this open house held each Friday in the Captain's Room. Contact Marion Anderson for details at 321-784-1874.

4th Friday, 10am-12pm, Open House with Commissioner Jim Barfield in the Captain’s Room. Citizens of District 2 can address issues of concern with their County Commissioner. The next open house will be held on February 27.

FITNESS PROGRAMS

Tuesdays, 2-3:15pm: Gentle Yoga with Emily Hain. This relaxing, non-competitive class is appropriate for beginners and those experienced with a gentle, mindful practice. Students must bring a yoga mat and be comfortably able to get up and down from the floor. Cost is $5 per session.

Wednesdays, 9-10am: T’ai Chi with Dianne Douglass. This ancient martial art incorporates principles of health and meditation into its practice. Cost is $5 per session.

Fridays, 11am-12pm: Chair Yoga with Emily Hain. No experience or special equipment is necessary; chairs are used for support. This class is designed for those with mobility or balance issues. Cost is $4 per session.

YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS

StoryTime Tuesdays, beginning January 6
10:15am, Toddler Time
(ages 5 and under)
4:30pm, StoryTime (ages 4-7)

LEGO Club
Wednesday, March 11 at 4pm

Join in for building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. Bring your own bricks or dig into our collection to create unique designs. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Department.

Read to a Space Coast Therapy Dog
Sunday, March 29 at 1:15pm

The Space Coast Therapy Dogs are coming to the Cocoa Beach Library - cuddle up with a furry friend to read a favorite story. Please sign up in advance with the Youth Dept.

Easter Puppet Show
Tuesday, March 31 at 6:30pm

Join us for a puppet show that will have you hippity-hopping with excitement for this celebration of Spring. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Please reserve your seat for this free performance in advance with the Youth Dept.

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