COCOA BEACH PUBLIC LIBRARY

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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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March Art and Artists:

Main Library: Elizabeth Scholder’s Oils and Watercolors
Community Room: Cocoa Beach Watercolor Group
Display Case: Jamille Haddad’s Fused Glass


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.

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.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Wednesday, April 1 at 10:30am for Apple devices and 2pm for Android 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.

Easter Eggs Forever: Washi Craft Eggs
Wednesday, April 1 at 4pm or Thursday, April 2 at 10:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Create a beautiful springtime decoration to enjoy year after year by decoupaging a real eggshell with decorative Japanese origami paper. Cost is $10 and all materials are provided. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

World Mythology Classes
Thursdays through April 23, 3:30-5:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Explore the truth in story form. Mythologies of different cultures attempt to explain human origins and experiences. Learn more about the ways our past and present connect through world mythology. This class covers African, Chinese, Indian, Polynesian, Native American, Mayan and Aztec mythologies. Cost is $5 per session. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Free Friday Movies: Award-Losing Films
Fridays, April 3 – May 15 at 3pm

These nominees didn’t always go home with the gold, but each one shines in its own right. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
April 3: The Judge, rated R, 141 minutes
April 10: Into the Woods, rated PG, 120 minutes
April 17: Foxcatcher, rated R, 130 minutes
April 24: Whiplash, rated R, 107 minutes
May 1: The Imitation Game, rated PG-13, 113 minutes
May 8: The Theory of Everything, rated PG-13, 124 minutes
May 15: Selma, rated PG-13, 127 minutes

Hypnosis Works
Tuesday, April 7 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

If you’ve tried to change your habits but just can’t make it stick, something more subconscious may be at play. Clinical Hypnotherapist Rafael Musseb-Gil will discuss how hypnosis provides a natural and viable solution that allows you to achieve your goals. He will talk about the origins of the practice and demonstrate some fun basic exercises to help you re-train your brain.

Stay Healthy With Your SmartPhone
Wednesday, April 8 at 10:30am, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to keep track of prescriptions, health changes, vital statistics, and more. Find out the best apps and methods to track and improve your health using technology you can hold in your hand. 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; limited enrollment.

Space Tourism
Wednesday April 8 at 6pm

Are you ready to pack your bags for the final frontier? More and more companies are offering chances to invest and engage in space tourism— the opportunity for civilians to have an out-of-this-world travel experience. Former Accredited Space Agent and current KSC Educator Beverly Rother will speak about her experiences with the space tourism pioneers at Virgin Galactic, and about the market for space tourism and where the field is headed.

Handmade Books: Miniature Accordion Books
Thursday, April 9 or Saturday April 11 at 10:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will take the mystery out of handmade books as she helps you create an adorable miniature accordion book with a lovely washi tape cover – perfect to give as a gift. Her miniature accordion books were featured in The Little Book of Bookmaking. No experience needed – easy for beginners. Cost is $10 with all materials provided, though you can bring your own washi tape if you have it. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Food For Life: Diabetes Nutrition
Saturdays, April 11 – May 2 from 1-3pm

Diabetes is a major public health issue that is unfortunately becoming more and more common. Uncontrolled, it can lead to complications from head to toe, but different nutritional approaches can greatly benefit those living with the condition. Food For Life instructor Susie Fricker will teach you to implement a nutritional plan and cooking ideas filled with vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and legumes to help with diabetes prevention and treatment. Cost for the class series is $40. Please register in advance with Susie at susie.fricker@yahoo.com.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Margaret Cross
Sunday, April 12 at 2pm

Join Margaret Cross for an afternoon of music from the golden age of musicals, featuring songs by Rodgers & Hammerstein, Cole Porter, the Gershwins, and more. Ms. Cross performed for many years in New York City and in recent years has starred in a number of theatrical productions and cabaret shows locally.

Local Author Suma Nour: A Pissed-Off Saint
Tuesday, April 14 at 6pm

Local author Suma Nour was born in Lebanon amidst the battles and gunfire of a civil war. Her life followed a treacherous path through the traumas of abduction, forced marriage, abuse, and poverty, to end up with an education and two successful careers in the United States, achieving the American Dream through her tireless effort and unwavering vision. She captured her inspiring story in the book A Pissed-Off Saint. She’ll speak about her experiences, her writing, and how she has been able to overcome her past and flourish in her new life of peace, joy, and love. Copies of her book will be available for sale and signing.

Asian Cooking: Tips & Tricks
Wednesday, April 15 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.

Brevard Museum Presents the Native Americans of Florida’s East Coast
Wednesday, April 15 at 6pm

Sue Perry of the Brevard Museum of History & Natural Science will speak about our earliest residents, the Native Americans of Florida’s East Coast. Incorporating information and materials from exhibits at the museum, she’ll talk about the 7000 years of local Native American heritage beginning with the Windover Civilization and covering a selection of native peoples who experienced and affected landmark events in Florida’s history.

Spiritual Wisdom on Dreams: Open Discussion
Wednesdays, April 15 & 29 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Learn techniques to help you remember and interpret your dreams, research past lives, and even reunite with a departed loved one. Gain a deeper understanding of your hidden life and how it can aid you in learning to manage stress with more foresight and grace. All are welcome to attend this open discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Dreams booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge to attendees). Presented by local members of Eckankar.

Fall Recovery
Thursday, April 16 at 10:30am

According to the CDC, falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries among older adults. A fall can be devastating both mentally and physically. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. He will talk about exercises, tools, and information to help recover from a fall in body and mind.

Local Author Patrick Pesce: Blue Memories
Thursday, April 16 at 2pm

Local author Patrick Pesce’s book Blue Memories is the true story of one New York City police officer’s career in law enforcement during some of the city’s toughest times. His life has included experiences both heartwarming and heartrending, and his career includes remarkable assignments with the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Southern District of New York, and working under Rudy Giuliani to investigate corruption within the NYC criminal justice system. Mr. Pesce will speak about his life and his book and copies will be available for sale and signing.

Health for Life: Solutions to Carpal Tunnel and Repetitive Strain Injury
Friday, April 17 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Carpal tunnel and repetitive strain injuries can cause symptoms ranging from tingling and numbness to permanent muscle or nerve damage. Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will discuss the causes and alternative, non-surgical solutions to these conditions. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

iPhone Photography
Saturday, April 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.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: The Dick-Doc Duo
Sunday, April 19 at 2pm

Hear the harmony created by the unlikely duo of former homicide detective and author Marshall Frank and retired medical examiner Jay Barnhard, who together make up the Dick-Doc Duo. They combine their talents into a fun-loving forum that features gypsy, tango, showtunes, movie themes, ethnic, and classical music.

Paper Crafting: Easy Gift Envelopes
Tuesday, April 21 at 6pm or Thursday, April 23 at 10:30am

Paper crafter Ruth Bleakley will help you create 5 tiny envelopes of beautiful decorative papers, perfect for giving gift cards or for scrapbooking. Cost is $10 with all materials provided, but bring your favorite scissors and any fun paper you’ve been wanting to use. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

It’s Your Lagoon: Conserve & Protect
Wednesday, April 22 at 6pm

Maria Lombardo of the Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program will talk about the characteristics of the estuary that is such an integral part of our county and state ecosystem. Learn about the effect stormwater pollution and algae blooms have on the delicate balance of all kinds of life in the Indian River Lagoon.

Local Author Glenn Painter: Beyond the Sentence
Thursday, April 23 at 2pm

In Beyond the Sentence, local author Glenn Painter has written a legal thriller in the style of John Grisham’s most eye-opening work. The first in a series, this novel shines a light on the failures of the justice system in American society. The story of a wrongly convicted man fighting his captors despite impossible odds, this page-turner is based on a true story. Mr. Painter will talk about his experience writing the book and what he’s working on now. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon SEASON FINALE: Highway 1
Sunday, April 26 at 2pm

Highway 1 plays an eclectic mixture of music with tropical rock charm. They put together an amalgam of beach, Buffett, classic rock, folk, Caribbean, and country played in a relaxed and easy-going style.

Interested in Pinterest?
Tuesday, April 28 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.

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.

1st & 3rd Mondays (4/6 & 4/20), 2-3:30pm, Smartphone Q&A. Get answers to simple, persistent questions about how your phone works. Come when you like and stay as long as you want. Cost is $5 per session.

Tuesdays through April 15, 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 April 14 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Orphan Master's Son by Adam Johnson.

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 April 21 in the Jane von Thron Room. Contact Shirley Finke for details at 321-613-2667.

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for April 1: Do we romanticize the past instead of remembering the realities? Does that impede our ability to learn from the past and build a better, more ethical future?

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place April 8 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys.

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 April 24.

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.

YOUTH DEPT. PROGRAMS

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

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.

LEGO Club
Wednesday, April 8 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, April 26 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.

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