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January Art and Artists:

Main Library: Penny Lowell and Dondi & John Allen’s Canada Photos
Community Room: Ed & Ruth Quillian’s Photography and Susan Pietrasko’s Acrylics
Display Case: Rock & Gem Club

Stay Healthy With Your SmartPhone
Friday, January 30 at 1pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

You can use your smartphone to keep track of your prescriptions, your health changes, your 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.

Free Friday Movies: Get With the Beat!
Fridays, January 16 – February 6 at 3pm

These movies, all based on true stories of legends and dreamers in the music industry, may have you dancing in the street. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
January 30: Young @ Heart, rated PG, 107 minutes
February 6: Get On Up, rated PG-13, 139 minutes

Healthy Planet Documentary Screening: Peaceable Kingdom
Saturday, January 31 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: Al Scortino & Friends
Sunday, February 1 at 2pm

Al Scortino is an award-winning songwriter from Sebastian who has performed around Florida for over twenty years. He and a guest list of talented and accomplished journeyman musicians will play folk music that takes you from the river road to the high seas.

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.

Paper Magic with Elizabeth Scholder
Mondays, February 2-23 from 1-3pm, in the Captain’s Room

Learn the diverse ways of creating art with the simplest of media: paper. It can be mixed with paste to sculpt, folded, scored, and cut to produce standing sculptures, molded into a relief design, and quilled for imagery that stands out from a background. Artist and instructor Elizabeth Scholder will demonstrate how to assemble each project. Cost is $28; all materials provided. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

LIKE Your Business: Intro to Managing Your Facebook Business Page
Tuesday, February 3 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

So your business has a Facebook page! Why aren't people using it? Social media marketer Ruth Bleakley will teach you what to post, how often to post, and how to attract new followers to your Facebook page and your business. Cost is $5. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Wednesday, February 4 at 10:30am for Apple devices
Thursday, February 5 at 10:30am for Android devices
Thursday, February 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.

Florida Mystery Author Tim Dorsey
Wednesday, February 4 at 2pm

The Cocoa Beach Library welcomes back the popular Florida mystery writer to speak about the writing process and introduce his new book, Shark Skin Suite, available January 27. Dorsey is the author of Florida Roadkill, Orange Crush, Atomic Lobster, and many other Florida novels featuring his popular duo, Serge Storms and Coleman. His stories are inhabited by a cast of characters who, in any other state, would be behind bars but in Dorsey’s world they roam free and wreak havoc with impunity up and down the peninsula. Florida noir writing at its best! Copies of Shark Skin Suite will be available for sale and signing.

Friends of the Library Travel Film Series
Wednesdays, February 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.
February 4: Rudy Maxa’s Best of Travel: Australia & New Zealand
February 18: Globe Trekker: Panama and Cuba

Urinary Incontinence: Causes, Diagnosis, and Treatment
Thursday, February 5 at 2pm

Urinary incontinence can be an embarrassingly common issue. Urogynecologist Dr. Katrina Davis of Central Florida UroGynecology clinic in Rockledge specializes in the treatment of bladder, pelvic floor and bowel issues in women. Her presentation will focus on different types of urinary incontinence, their diagnoses, and their treatment options.

Bestselling Author Jay Barbree: Neil Armstrong – A Life of Flight
Saturday, February 7 at 2pm

Longtime space correspondent for NBC News and New York Times bestselling author Jay Barbree will introduce his new book, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight. The book, which is already earning rave reviews, delves into the three passions that guided the legendary astronaut’s life –flight, family, and friends– and tells his remarkable story, including his feelings on that first moonwalk and his vision for the future of space exploration. Copies will be available for sale and signing and a portion of the proceeds will go to the library for books purchased at the event.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Sound Traveler
Sunday, February 8 at 2pm

Sound Traveler plays acoustic vocal and instrumental renditions of popular classics from genres as diverse as classic rock & pop, folk, standards, country, blues, light jazz, and gospel. Instrumentation includes guitar, trumpet, bass, mandolin, harmonica, concertina, and percussion.

Community HU Chant
Tuesday, February 10 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Singing or chanting HU can expand your awareness, help you experience divine love, heal a broken heart. Regardless of personal beliefs or religion, everyone is welcome to try this simple, brief spiritual exercise. Release your inner tensions and gain insight, peace, and comfort. There will be a brief introduction before the HU chant and a time for visiting and conversation immediately afterward. Hosted by members of Eckankar, a religious non-profit group.

Handmade Greetings with Ree Nathan
Wednesday, February 11 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 or calling 321-961-2350. Enrollment is limited.

Local Author John B. Davis: The Fruits of His Labor
Wednesday, February 11 at 2pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Local author and retired educator John B. Davis tells the story of the unparalleled service and commitment of one high school teacher in educating black people in the black community. Professor Edmond J. Oliver inspired his students to make a difference in the world at a time when their contributions were systemically undervalued, and many of his pupils went on to do the great things he encouraged. One of Prof. Oliver’s students himself, John B. Davis is proud to tell of The Fruits of His Labor. Copies will be available for sale and signing.

Healthy Planet of Brevard presents Heart Healthy Vegan Treats: A Food Demo
Wednesday, February 11 at 6pm

Learn how to make quick and delicious vegan meals that will help you boost your health and keep your heart happy. Healthy eating can be easy with these helpful hints and ideas. Snacks and samples will be served.

Fine Art Photography Classes taught by Mick West
Thursdays, February 12–March 5 from 1-3pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Learn the fundamentals of composing a photograph for maximum impact and explore the benefits of Picasa, a free, user-friendly imaging program. This class is about art and seeing, not how to operate your camera. Prerequisites: a point-and-shoot digital camera, the ability to transfer digital images to a flash drive, and a desire to take great photos and have fun. Cost is $20 for the 4-class series. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited. View Mick’s work here.

Seagrapes to Silk: A Silk-Painting Workshop
Thursday, February 12 from 2–5pm

Learn mono-printing on silk using seagrape leaves and branches. This is a great introduction to the art of silk-painting and an opportunity to learn new techniques. No experience needed, just come and have fun! The cost for this workshop is $35, due in advance, to cover materials and fees; students must pre-register with instructor Jo-Ann Jensen at 321-543-6338.

World Mythology Classes
Thursdays, February 12–March 5 from 3:30-5:30pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

Explore the truth in story form. The mythologies of different historical cultures and peoples often share striking similarities and telling differences, because each set of stories is an attempt to explain our origins and experiences. Learn more about the different ways our past and present connect through world mythology. Cost is $20 for the 4-week series. Please register in advance; enrollment is limited.

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! The Glass Bank: The History of an Icon
Friday, February 13 at 2pm

Historian Dr. Lori Walters of UCF’s Institute for Simulation & Training will discuss the history of a Cocoa Beach landmark: the Glass Bank. Though its recent past has been marked by controversy, the Glass Bank was once a shining representation of the futuristic science industry that gave the Space Coast its name. Dr. Walters will talk about the building's construction, its tenants and uses, its impact on the community, and its changes over the years. She will also describe her project to virtually recreate the Glass Bank as it was in its heyday using a combination of historic images, anecdotes, 3-D laser scans, and your own memories. Check out her project on facebook. She needs your help-- if you have pictures of the Glass Bank's interior/exterior or stories of events, interactions, or careers there, she invites you to bring them to the program to share in the history of an icon.

Love Your Library – 6th Annual Wine Tasting Benefit
Saturday, February 14 from 6–8pm, Hosted by the Cocoa Beach Daybreak Rotary Club

Let us be your sweetheart – spend Valentine's Day with your true love, local libraries! Fine wines and hors d'oeuvres will be served at this benefit for an invaluable resource in our communities. Local artists will be on display, musical entertainment will gladden your heart, and you may win one of the beautiful silent auction baskets. Tickets are $20 and available at the Check-Out Desk at the Cocoa Beach Library and at the Brevard Library Foundation. All proceeds will benefit the Cocoa Beach Library and the Brevard Library Foundation for the purpose of promoting literacy and helping the library with funds for resources.

Music on a Sunday Afternoon: Austin Church
Sunday, February 15 at 2pm

Austin Church’s crowd-pleasing music demonstrates a remarkable versatility. He plays with elements of folk, country, Americana, and rock-a-billy that are reminiscent of Johnny Cash, and his Caribbean and pop/rock influences come out in tunes like “Brand New Country Star,” which was co-written with Jimmy Buffett.

Interested in Pinterest?
Tuesday, February 17 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 almost 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, February 18 at 11am for Nooks; 1pm for Kindles; and 3pm for Tablets

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.)

Asian Cooking: Tips & Tricks
Thursday, February 19 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.

Health for Life: 5 Secrets for Correcting Type II Diabetes
Friday, February 20 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the USA. Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will dispel confusion regarding the effects of calories, hormones, food, exercise and pain on diabetes and teach the participants the five secrets to not only losing weight, but also becoming as healthy as possible. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Brevard County’s Historic Homes & Buildings
Friday, February 20 at 2pm

Local author and historian Roy Laughlin details the unique history of Brevard County through its architectural heritage. Long before the area was the gateway to space, our local communities provided the gateway to the Florida frontier. Remnants of that pioneering past still exist in the structures and homes built by Brevard County’s first settlers from 1880 onward. He will talk about the lives of our first residents and how you can encounter the past by visiting some of their historic homes and buildings. Copies of his books will be available for sale and signing.

Healthy Planet presents Feeding Frenzy
Saturday, February 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: Robert Rowlette & Friends
Sunday, February 22 at 2pm

Lively and talented keyboard player Robert Rowlette is back to walk his fingers through the genres, covering styles from doo-wop to jazz, and playing it all with flair. He and his friends play a fun show that keeps you clapping the whole way through.

Aging Matters: Planning for Tomorrow
Wednesday, February 25 from 1:30-3:30pm

Steve and Jerry Allender of the non-profit organization Aging Matters in Brevard will address awareness and advance planning to protect your assets in the event you and/or loved ones are faced with entering an assisted living or nursing home facility, including information on how to qualify for Medicaid and the Aid and Attendance Benefit offered through the Veterans Administration; and Estate Planning for Death and Incapacity.

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.


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 February 10 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel.

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 February 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 February 4: Is who we help and who we punish an indication of who we are?-->

2nd Wednesday, 11:30am, Morning Book Discussion Group. Newcomers are welcome to attend. The next meeting takes place February 11 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler.

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

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.


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.


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

Valentine’s Day Puppet Show
Tuesday, February 10 at 6:30pm

Join us for a puppet show that celebrates the friendship and fun of this holiday all about love. Please RSVP with the Youth Department to reserve your seat for this free performance. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, February 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.

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