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St. Johns County Public Library System Set to Kick-off National Library Week

The St. Johns County Public Library System invites the community to celebrate National Library Week beginning April 10th. National Library Week is an annual celebration of all types of libraries, with the theme this year being “Create Your Own Story @ Your Library.” This year’s library week honorary chair is one of the world’s most popular storytellers, best-selling author John Grisham.

Each branch library in St. Johns County has many different events planned throughout the week, including theater, genealogy class, parties with Cookie Mouse, Bingo for Books, storytimes and more.

St. Johns Libraries Discuss Adding Internet Filters to Block Porn

St. Johns Libraries Discuss Adding Internet Filters to Block Porn

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- A public workshop on internet filters on library computers Wednesday addressed several complaints from the community.

St. Johns County libraries currently do not have electronic filters on computers used by adults. But there are filters on computers used by children and teenagers in each of the county's branches, said St. Johns County Library Advisory Board Chairwoman Carolee Bertisch.

However, some have expressed concerns over the ability of adults to look up pornography on public computers.

Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson said Wednesday that the board voted to change its internet policy recently to prohibit use that would be considered "harmful to children," but that new policy is still under legal review.

Gibson explained this new policy would allow library staff to ask people to navigate away from porn sites, though it would not add electronic filters.

St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department Announces V.I.P Program

The St. Johns County Recreation and Parks Department has announced an initiative called the Volunteer in Parks (V.I.P) Program to recruit volunteers to assist throughout St. Johns County. The VIP Program is an effort to help maintain the quality of the programs and facilities, which include over 88 parks, seven community centers and ten department offices throughout the County.

Fort Matanzas Upcoming Torchlight Tour

Fort Matanzas Upcoming Torchlight Tour

Fort Matanzas National Monument will be offering torchlight tours Saturday March 12, 2011.  Tours will depart the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center dock at 6:00, 6:45, 7:30 and 8:15 PM.  Spanish re-enactors will be stationed at the fort and each tour will include cannon firing demonstrations of two six-pounder Spanish Iron reproduction cannons. Tickets will be available February 26th through 5:00 PM March 12th only at the Fort Matanzas Visitor Center and you must purchase your tickets in advance.  The cost will be $7.00 each and children three and under are free.  Each tour will be limited to 30 visitors and this will be the only winter torchlight event this year. 

Commissioner Miner to Host Community Meetings

St. Johns County Commissioner Mark P. Miner is holding a series of community meetings to re-connect with the community following his year-long deployment with the Florida National Guard. Miner returned to his post as the District 3 Commissioner in January. Ray Quinn, who was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist, served as Commissioner during Miner’s leave of absence.

Florida State Park Celebrates Black History Month

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Mose Historic State Park will celebrate the first free black community in the United States during Black History Month on Saturday, February 12, 2011.

This Weekend in St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Feb. 4 - 6

FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK

Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at more than 20 St. Augustine art galleries.  Park for free at the San Sebastian Winery, 157 King Street, where sightseeing trains and trolleys offer free round-trips to the heart of the art district - or go on your own self-guided art walk.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  For more information, call 904.829.0065 or visit www.artgalleriesofstaugustine.com.