Wednesday, April 27, 2016

May Friends and library programs

Finding Your Ancestors
May 5, 2016, 2pm
Did you know that with your library card, you can search some of the most important Genealogy research sites for free?  Join librarian Richard Burrow as he discusses search strategies and introduces three other genealogy sites available through the library.

Blood Pressure Screening with JoAnn Maurice
May 10 & 24, 2016, 9:30-10:30am
JoAnn Maurice of Volusia/Flagler YMCA offers free blood pressure screenings here in the library the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic
May 10, 2016, 2pm
Volusia County's Master Gardeners will share gardening tips and answer questions during this plant clinic.  Residents may bring their plants for a free check-up.

Adult Coloring Craft
May 13, 2016, 10am
Coloring isn't just for kids anymore!  Pull up a chair, grab some coloring sheets and pencils (or bring your own) and take a break from your busy day.  Call ahead for details.

The U.S. Lifesaving Service
May 24, 2016, 2pm
Have you ever wondered who watched out for sailors and ships before the U.S. Coast Guard was formed?  Ponce De Leon Lighthouse Historic Interpreter Allen Bestwick presents a fascinating program about the U.S. Lifesaving Service and its history.  Join us to learn about how the Service was formed and its day-to-day activities until it merged with the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service in 1915 to become the U.S. Coast Guard.

Nutrition as We Age
May 26, 2016, 2pm
Did you know there are seven critical nutrients that we need for good health, especially as we age?  Jill Taufer, Family Nutrition Program Agent from the University of Florida IFAS Division, will speak on this interesting topic.  Learn what nutrients we need to pay attention to at age 50 and beyond.

May movies

All films start at 2 p.m.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

The Look of Silence
May 1, 2016
Rated PG-13, 113 minutes
A family that survives the genocide in Indonesia confronts the men who killed one of their brothers in this documentary.

May 2, 2016
Rated R, 128 minutes
The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.  Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams star.  Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Picture.  Rated R for some language including sexual references.

May 9, 2016
Rated PG-13, 123 minutes
In Pittsburgh, accomplished pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu uncovers the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.  Will Smith stars.

Star Wars Episode 7:  The Force Awakens
May 16, 2016
Rated PG-13, 135 minutes
Three decades after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat arises.  The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.  Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford star.

The Choice
May 23, 2016
Rated PG-13, 111 minutes
Travis and Gabby first meet as neighbors in a small coastal town and wind up in a relationship that is tested by life's most defining events.   Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks.  Benjamin Walker and Teresa Palmer star.

May 30, 2016:  Library closed for Memorial Day.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

April movies

All Films Start at 2pm;  Doors Open at 1:30 p.m.

Love the Coopers
Aprils 4, 2016
Rated PG-13, 107 minutes
When four generations of the Cooper clan come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn the night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.  Diane Keaton and John Goodman star.

April 11, 2016
Rated PG-13, 143 minutes
The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.  Sylvester Stallone received a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nomination for his role.

In the Heart of the Sea
April 18, 2016
Rated PG-13, 121 minutes
A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Mobey Dick.  Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, and Brendan Gleeson star.

The Queen of Versailles
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Rated PG, 100 minutes
Kick off Money Smart Week @ the Library with this film, a documentary that follows a billionaire couple as they begin construction on a mansion inspired by Versailles.  Soon after the project begins, their empire, fueled by the real estate bubble and cheap money, falters due to the economic crisis.

April 25, 2016
Rated PG-13, 105 minutes
An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn where she quickly falls into a romance with a local.  The film received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actress for Saoirse Ronan.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

April Friends and library programs

April Showers Book Sale
Friday, April 1, 9am to 4pm
Saturday, April 2, 9am to 1pm
Shop early for the best selection of books, dvds, puzzles, and more.

Margaret Andersen as Jane Austen
Tuesday, April 5, 2pm
Step into the Regency Era with Margaret Andersen as she portrays Regency novelist Jane Austen.  You'll see reproduction hats and clothing from the era, watch scenes from Jane's novels, play Regency games, and hear music from the era.

Everyday Birding with Ray Scory
Friday, April 8, 2pm
Ray Scory says he evolved into a suburban birder/photographer.  First interested in birds as a Boy Scout, he presents 81 species of Florida bird in this eye-catching presentation.

Your Reads
Monday, April 11, 10:30am
You're invited to come and share what you're reading and discover new authors at our monthly meet-up.  We'll be meeting the second Monday of each month.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Tuesday, April 12, 2pm
Bring your sick plants for care-taking tips form the Master Gardeners of the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension.

Bishop's Glen
Wednesday, April 13, 2pm
Judith Yost of Bishop's Glen Retirement Community speaks on the many options available for senior living arrangements, from Independent Retirement Communities to Nursing Home facilities.

Stand Up Poetry:  Stand Up Comedy That Uses Poetry
Thursday, April 14, 2pm
Join us as Dr. David B. Axelrod, one of Volusia County's Poets Laureate, delights, amuses, and entertains in this stand up poetry performance.

Science Fiction Book Club
Thursday, April 21, 6pm
This month's book is Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.

Money Smart Week Programs

Documentary:  The Queen of the Damned
Sunday, April 24, 2pm
Follow billionaires David and Jackie Siegel as they try to build the largest house in America, only to face challenges as the 2008 global economic crisis threatens their fortune.

Getting Out of Debt
Tuesday, April 26, 2pm
Join us as Heather Williamson of Seacoast Bank presents a simple plan on how to reduce debt.  Ms. Williamson discusses reviewing and reducing household expenses and provides suggestions for saving even on a tight budget.

Introduction to Annuities
Thursday, April 28, 10:30am
Certified Financial Planner Scott Weidman explains how different types of annuities work and identifies appropriate uses of annuities within a retirement plan and their associated costs.

Financial Planning with David Holland
Thursday, April 28, 2pm
David Holland, CEO of Holland Financial, discusses different financial products and services included retirement income planning and fee-based money management.

Estate Planning and How to Avoid Probate
Friday, April 29, 2pm
Randal L. Schecter, a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and the Academy of florida Law Attorneys, discusses estate planning and how to avoid probate.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

March Friend and library programs

Dancing the Divine with Surapsari
March 1, 2016, 2 p.m.
This program introduces the audience to the storytelling element of Bharatnatyam, the oldest style of Indian classical dance.  Surapsari expresses multiple characters and storyline through her facial expressions, movements, poses, and symbolic hand gestures called mudra.  The stories are usually taken from popular Hindu myths and epics.  The dance presentation is accompanied by an interactive lecture on Indian culture, myths, and philosophy.

Linda Gray Kelley as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell
March 4, 2016, 2 p.m.
Please join the Friends of the Port Orange Library as they welcome actress Linda Gray Kelley performing as Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, the first American woman doctor.  After being rejected by all the leading medical schools, Miss Blackwell was accepted by Geneva Medical College where she graduated first in her class in 1849.  As the first woman doctor of the modern era, Dr. Blackwell became a social activist for women and children and went on to start her own medical school for women in New York City.  With an incredible set, period costumes, and larger-than-life acting, this one-woman show is not to be missed.

Master Gardeners Plant Clinic
March 8, 2016, 2pm
Bring your sick plants and your gardening questions to this one hour session with Master Gardeners of the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension.

Author Sharie Spironhi 
March 10, 2016, 2 p.m.
Please join us as motivational speaker and author Sharie Spironhi discusses her book Why We are Wired to Worry and How Neuroscience will Help You Fix It.  She will also provide tips on how to get off the worry-go-round.

Your Reads
March 14, 2016, 10:30 a.m.
You're invited to share what you're reading and discover new authors at this monthly meet-up.  We'll share what we're reading too and give you a sneak peek at upcoming books.

A Life of Sorrow:  the Life and Times of Carter Stanley
March 15, 2016, 2 p.m.
Actor, bluegrass enthusiast, and historian Gary Reid performs his one-man play about this legendary mountain musician who played the music, wrote the songs, and . . . self-destructed.  This program touches on a variety of aspects from the rich and colorful life of this talented musician.  With his brother famed Appalachian performer Ralph Stanley he fronted a bluegrass-styled band from 1946 until his untimely passing at the age of 41 in 1966.  As the Stanley Brothers, they were the second professional band to perform the style of music that came to be known as bluegrass.

Database Fair
March 17, 2016, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Reference staff members will each have a table to demonstrate a particular database and provide related bookmarks and handouts.  Those databases highlighted:, Gale Legal Forms, Novelist, Chilton Auto Repair, Mango Languages,, and more.  While you're here, enter to win our raffle, it could be your lucky day.

Saxophonist Daniel Bennett
March 30, 2016, 2 p.m.
New York Saxophonist Daniel Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe.  He performs modern Jazz fused with elements of American Folk and experimental classical music.  He recently played woodwinds in Blank! The Musical, the first fully improvised Off-Broadway musical to launch on a national stage.

Coming the first weekend in April:  April Showers Book Sale
Friday, April 1, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday, April 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Shop our Friends of the Library Book Sale early for the best selection of books, videos, puzzles, and more.

March movies

Afternoon at the Movies
All films start at 2 p.m.  Doors open at 1:30 p.m.

Monkey Kingdom
March 6, 2016
Rated G, 81 minutes
A nature documentary that follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive within the competitive social hierarchy of the Temple Troop.  Tina Fey narrates.

Bridge of Spies
March 7, 2016
Rated PG-13, 142 minutes
During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot Francis Gary Powers.  Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, and Alan Alda star.  Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor.

A Walk in the Woods
March 14, 2016
Rated R, 104 minutes
After spending two decades in England, Bill Bryson returns to the U.S. where he decides the best way to connect with his homeland is to hike the Appalachian Trail with one of his oldest friends.  Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, and Emma Thompson star.  Rated R for language and some sexual references. 

Love and Mercy
March 21, 2016
Rated PG-13, 121 minutes
In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece.  In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.  John Cusack, Paul Dano, and Elizabeth Banks star.

Steve Jobs
March 28, 2016
Rated R, 122 minutes
Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint a portrait of the man at its epicenter.  The story unfolds backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.  Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet received Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominations for their roles.  Rated R for language.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

February Friends and library programs

Your Reads
Monday, February 8, 10:30am
You're invited to share what you're reading and discover new authors at this monthly meet-up.  We'll share what we're reading, too, and give you a sneak peak at upcoming titles.

Master Gardener Plant Clinic
Tuesday, February 9, 2pm
Bring you sick plants and your gardening questions to this one hour session with Master Gardeners of the UF/IFAS Volusia County Extension.

Sweetheart Button Ring Craft
Friday, February 12, 10:30-12:30
Make a "button ring" along with a box and a tag for your sweetheart or yourself!  Sign up at the Information desk - space is limited.

Science Fiction Book Club
Thursday, February 18, 6pm
This month's book is The Shining Girls by Lauren Beukes.

Beatles:  Band of the 60s
Friday, February 19, 2pm
America's only Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz explores the music of the Beatles with a multimedia presentation spanning the 1960s.

To Kill a Mockingbird Presentation
Tuesday, February 23, 2pm
Dr. Andrew Gordon, Professor Emeritus of English at UF, discusses the meaning and societal impact of Harper Lee's classic novel.

Adult Coloring for Relaxation
Wednesday, February 24, 10:30am
Coloring isn't just for kids anymore!  Color together in this group meet-up.  Call ahead for more details.

Storytelling Sims--"Mark My Word"
Friday, February 26, 2pm
Adapted from Mark Twain's Diaries of Adam & Eve, this performance epitomizes the eternal friction between man and woman.

Black History Month:  Song and Story
Sunday, February 28, 2pm
Join us for a presentation by Bill and Eli Perras about notable Civil Rights figures, the Underground Railroad, and other important facts and events related to Black History Month.