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July Art and Artists:

Main Library: Central Brevard Art Association
Community Room: Cocoa Beach Youth Summer Programs
Display Case: Rolling Readers

Height and Denisty Policy Changes
Tuesday, July 28 at 6pm

The Cocoa Beach City Commission is reviewing an amendment to the city's Comprehensive Plan that affects Height and Density. Hear from guest speaker City Commissioner Skip Williams. This meeting is open to the public. Get informed before the City Commission addresses this issue again in their meeting on August 6 at 7pm.

Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear: Open Discussion
Wednesday, July 29 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Find answers to being afraid of death, of going beyond yourself, of losing love, of change, and much more. Find a voice of comfort, wisdom, and self-mastership, and a very special spiritual exercise to help you conquer fear and replace it with divine love. All are welcome to attend this open discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Conquering Fear booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge to attendees). Presented by local members of Eckankar.

Free Friday Movies: Small Town, Big Story
Fridays, July 10 – August 14 at 3pm

Sometimes the most hilarious, heartfelt, and surprising stories happen in places where you can’t meet a stranger. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
July 31: The Station Agent, rated R, 89 minutes
August 7: Lars and the Real Girl, rated PG-13, 106 minutes
August 14: Waiting for Guffman, rated R, 84 minutes

Fine Art Photography Classes taught by Mick West
Thursdays, August 6-27 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.

Smartphones and Tablets 101
Tuesday, August 11 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.

Handmade Books: Hemp-Leaf Pattern Bookbinding
Tuesday, August 11 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will help you create your own hand-sewn notebook using a hemp-leaf pattern variation of a Japanese method of binding, or “stab” binding, with different decorative papers for covers. No experience needed – easy for beginners. 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, August 12 from 9:30-11:30am, in the Captain’s Room

Paper artist Ree Nathan will help you give your greetings unique style. Create three elegant 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.

Spiritual Wisdom on Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation: Open Discussion
Wednesdays, August 12 & 26 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Trace the natural progression of building your relationship with God through prayer, meditation, and contemplation. It features spiritual exercises that can help you find the source of all truth, the most secret part of yourself, the heart of love. All are welcome to attend this open discussion using the Spiritual Wisdom on Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation booklet by Harold Klemp (provided free of charge to attendees). Presented by local members of Eckankar.

Food For Life: Nutrition & Cooking Classes for Cancer Prevention & Survival
Tuesdays, August 18 – September 8 from 12:30-2:30pm

Eat well, live well: These classes will focus on key nutrition topics, live cooking demonstrations and plentiful samples of delicious meal ideas. Cost is $40 for the four-week session, which is sponsored by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine. Please register in advance with instructor Susie Fricker at 321-652-0563 or email

iPhone Photography
Tuesday, August 18 at 6pm, 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.

Health for Life: The Answer to Your Health Problems
Friday, August 21 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

Do you ever feel sick even though you don’t really “have” anything? Dr. Sylvie Morin, DOM, of Health for Life Medical Clinic will help you figure out this mystery with a presentation about functional medicine. Learn how diet, environment, stress, and past traumas affect your overall health and hear about natural and alternative solutions to resolve the health issues you’ve been living with once and for all. Please register in advance for this free lecture.

Handmade Books: Tortoise-Shell Pattern Bookbinding
Tuesday, August 25 at 6pm, in the Captain’s Room

Bookbinder Ruth Bleakley will help you create your own hand-sewn notebook using a tortoise-shell pattern variation of a Japanese method of binding, or “stab” binding, with decorative papers for covers. No experience needed – easy for beginners. Cost is $10; all materials are provided, as well as instructions for you to take home. Please pre-register; enrollment is limited.

Listen Up: Face to Face Communication Skills
Wednesday, August 26 at 6pm, in the Jane von Thron Room

These days we have many claims on our attention and distractions during every day. Find skills to help you lighten the strain on your personal and professional relationships by putting down the cell phone to really listen. This class will get you excited about connecting with people in face-to-face conversations and help you better relate to friends, family, loved ones, and coworkers.

Free Friday Movies: Editor’s Picks
Fridays, August 28 – September 18 at 3pm

These films come from all different genres but they have in common singular characters, quirky resilient humor, and strong emotional foundations. Popcorn and refreshments will be served.
August 28: Bull Durham, rated R, 108 minutes
September 4: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, rated PG-13, 118 minutes
September 11: Strictly Ballroom, rated PG, 94 minutes
September 18: Rango, rated PG, 107 minutes

Food Is Our Best Medicine
Saturday, August 29 at 10am, in the Jane von Thron Room

What you eat affects all aspects of your health and wellness. Find out what foods can dramatically delay the aging process, help you lose excess weight, sleep better, and even heal most of your health imbalances. With her experience in acupuncture and herbal and nutritional medicine, Dr. Jeanne Maguire, AP, PhD, has helped thousands heal from chronic health issues.


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

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.

Mondays at 4:30pm, Healthy Weight Loss. Accountability and Support. Get the right tools, guidance, and support to help you lose weight in a healthy way and learn how to keep it off. For more info contact Health Coach Catrell Cooney at 321-848-8823.

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 August 11 in the Captain's Room and the selection will be The Art Forger by B.A. Shapiro.

Wednesdays, 9am-4pm by appointment, Health Insurance Enrollment. Get help signing up for insurance through the ACA Healthcare Marketplace. For more info or to set up an appointment, contact Navigator Teri Rice at 321-544-1153 or email

Wednesdays, 2-4pm, Socrates Café. Engage in stimulating conversation on a variety of philosophical and existential topics. No reading or preparation required. Topic for July 29: Is poverty genetic? If not why does it affect multiple generations?

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 August 28.


Fridays, 10:30am or 12pm: Senior Fitness for Fall Prevention. Exercise physiologist Kent Dobbins specializes in biomechanics and exercises designed for people over 60. This hour-long class increases stamina, strength, energy, balance, and helps reduce risk of falls. Movements are low-impact and can be adapted for sitting or standing participants. FREE; all equipment provided.

Click here to see the 2015 Youth Summer Programs Brochure.

Bring the kids to Summer Programs at the Cocoa Beach Library: Games, activities, crafts, stories, and snacks for children of all ages, Tuesdays through Fridays, June 9 – July 30.

Preschool Story Hour (Ages up to 6)
Tuesday Mornings at 10:15am, through July 28
Join us for books and activities designed for your preschool-aged child. Ages up to 6 will love these story experiences.

July 28, You Can Be a Hero

Fun and Entertainment (For All Ages)
Tuesday Afternoons at 3pm, through July 28
These programs pack Tuesday afternoons full of education and adventure. Magic, animals, games, and crafts will keep any child of any age entertained.

July 28, Brevard County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit: Corporal Hill and his canine, Rocco, will join us.

LEGO Club (For All Ages)
Wednesday Afternoons at 2pm, through July 29

Join in for weekly building challenges, individual and team projects, contests and themed events. You can bring your own bricks or dig into our large collection to create unique designs.

Free Family Movies
Wednesday Afternoons at 3:15pm, through July 29

These free family movies show how the adventures of heroes can be hip, hilarious, heartfelt, and fun. Free popcorn and refreshments will be served.
July 29, The LEGO Movie, rated PG, 101 minutes

Make It – Take It! A Craft and Game Program (Ages 6-12)
Thursday Mornings at 10:30am, through July 30
Channel your inner artist with these craft-packed programs for ages 6-12. Games, contests, puzzles, and more! Please register for these programs by calling 321-868-1104.

July 30, You Can Be a Hero: Fill in your Superhero Profile and create a picture of that hero; Join the Bucket Brigade for a fun team game; Create your own trail mix for a tasty, healthy snack; Be a recycling hero; Create a work of art from clay; make a fleece scarf; Decorate a miniature car.

Teen Programs (Ages 10+)
Thursday Afternoons at 2pm, through July 30
Learn a new craft or hone an old skill… these programs instruct exciting techniques and allow kids ages 10 and up to take home their own exquisite creations.
Pre-registration is required. Please call 321-868-1104.

July 30, Superhero Party! Enjoy popcorn and a superhero movie at this end-of-summer event.

Heroes: An Artistic Approach
Fridays from 10:30am-12:30pm, through July 31

Learn about heroes by participating in a variety of art lessons. Each session begins with a brief presentation on different types of heroes throughout civilization. Students will develop skills in multi-media format, metal tooling, constructing with cardboard, and assembling 3-D objects. Instructor Elizabeth Scholder has over 20 years of experience teaching students of all ages. She demonstrates each project and guides the students as they progress. Cost is $36 for the 6-week series. Contact Mrs. Scholder for more information at 321-292-9782 or

Win a Bag of Library Bucks!
Attend one of our programs on Tuesday or Thursday and enter your name to win one of our bags of bucks. One bag will be given out at each program but you must be present to win.

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