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The Friends of the Library (FOL), Ponte Vedra Beach, provide financial support for our local library. Through your $30 annual membership contribution, the Friends provide children and adult programs, materials, equipment, and community space for all residents to enjoy.

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Welcome to our newly designed Webpage. We hope that it will be easier to use and keep everyone up to date. We are asking for all your emails to be able to remind you of upcoming events. We are trying to get information to you in a timely manner. These emails are only for FOL use and will not be shared outside the FOL.

Friends of the Library, Ponte Vedra Beach SPEAKER SERIES

All events are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

We welcome you back to the Speaker Series offering a variety of programs in 2023.
Our February program will also be on a Saturday at 2:00 pm. On
February 25, GAIL DUDACK, Chief Equity Strategist for the Dudack Research
Group, a division of Wellington Shields and CO., LLC, will speak about the current
US economy. Her topic is The 2023 Outlook for Stocks and a Discussion on
the US Economy and Stock Market.

The Dudack research group is an independent research firm that provides
economic, quantitative and technical strategy and tools to mutual funds, hedge
funds and private money managers.

Ms Dudack was a panelist on “Wall Street Week with Louis Rukeyser” for
over twenty years and on the PBS show “Wall Street Week with Fortune”.
She has received several awards  honoring her career and and contributed 
to many documentaries and books on the stock market and the industry.
The program is free and open to the public and doors open at 1:30 pm.
The Speaker Series program continues on March 21 from 6 – 8 pm at 
Crosswater Hall  in Nocatee, 245 Nocatee Center Way. At this venue 
we welcome seven local authors at an Author Symposium where they
will present their books and talk about their lives as an author. 
The seven authors are Vic DiGenti, Sohrab Homi Fracis, Ed Mickolus,
Nancy Quatrano, Elisabeth Randall, Kate Stollenwerck and Eleanor
Tremayne. Books will be available for purchase.
Our next program is on Tuesday, April 18 at 6:30 pm with a talk by
pop historian and asset manager SCOTT GRANT. His book, The
Merchant of Death is Dead: True Stories of the Progress of Humanity,
gives us an insight in the lives of famous people such as Alfred Nobel,
Tommy Hilfiger, general James Doolittle, golfer Jack Nicklaus and many
others, as well as famous events. Mr. Grant has a degree in economics 
and history, and earned a law degree from Rutgers University.
He is delighted to share his knowledge in history and  investments.
Our May Speaker Series program will feature JAN BIALKA on Tuesday,
May 16 at 6:30 pm. She will present a non-scholarly talk titled From
Known to Unknown Women Artists in the 19th Century.
Jan is a local artist and long time member of the FOL board. She earned
a BA in history and has spent the last thirty years increasing her knowledge
through travel and studies in the US and Europe. She feels that being an
amateur gives her a certain freedom of expression.
All programs, except the March program, are at the library’s FOL Room.
They are free and open to the public. The doors will open at 6:00 pm.

We are excited to announce that we are launching a Seymour’s Bookstore Facebook page!

Click on this Seymour’s Bookstore link and take a look!

or paste into your browser…

We hope it is a fun place for you to connect online with your FOL friends and hope you find it helpful in your used book browsing.

Seymour’s bookstore is:
• A Friends of Library (FOL) bookstore operated by volunteers
• Located in the lobby of the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library
• Open 6 days a week (M-F 10:00 – 6:00, Saturday 10:00 – 4:00)
• Seymour’s proceed go to the FOL Ponte Vedra Beach to support the Ponte Vedra Beach branch library of the St. John’s County Library system.
• Friends of the Library provide children and adult programs, materials, equipment, community space for all residents to enjoy, and many other resources.

Happy Valentine’s Day to our FOL members!

Mark your calendar for our BARGAIN BOOKSALE!

Our Valentine’s Day lobby bargain book sale is full of great quality books, puzzles, DVDs, Audio books, and CDs for all ages at great discount prices.

Be sure to visit Seymour’s while you are there. Our shelves are constantly replenished with your fine donations.

The famous LITERARY LION T-SHIRT is back!

A limited supply will be available in adult sizes.

The sale starts Friday, Feb 3rd and ends Saturday, Feb 18th

Open all library hours:

Mon-Wed 10-8, Thur-Fri 10-6, and Sat 10-5    Closed Sunday

Thank you for supporting our library and our organization.

See you at the sale!

Your Friends of the Library Booksale Team

Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series 2021-2022 | Sponsored by The Friends of the Library Ponte Vedra Beach Library


April & May– Artist Anna Miller

June & July– artist Jessica Hall

August & September– artist Marisa Yow

We are grateful for the continued commitment of the Friends of the Library members and patrons that make all our support of the library possible. If you are not already a member, please consider becoming a member by completing the form for that purpose available in the bookstore.

Seymour’s, the used bookstore at the Ponte Vedra Beach branch of the St. Johns County Library System, is open six days a week, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The bookstore offers fiction, non-fiction, childen’s books, classics, DVDs, puzzles, and more at reasonable prices.  Seymour’s is staffed by loyal volunteers who will help you find what you are looking for.  All materials are donated by members of the community.  The donation box is located inside the library lobby.  For large donations, please stop by the store on either Tuesday or Thursday in the early afternoon and the store clerk will direct you to the donation drop off area.  Please note that Seymour’s does not accept damaged materials, magazines, textbooks, dictionaries, or encyclopedias.

Your donations will serve the library, the bookstore and the community. The Friends of the Library has raised over a million dollars for the library in the last 25 years. This money was raised through memberships, book sales, and Seymour’s Bookstore. These funds have been used to build our community room, construct a new entrance to the library, purchase new furnishings, create a teen area, and buy computers for the children’s area. In addition, we provide each department of the library with an annual budget to purchase particular materials such as books, craft materials, games, software, or any item they might need for their children and adult programming. The FOL also provides the music and speaker series for the library which is free to the community.

Latest News

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Meet The Board of Directors

Kathleen Cohen & Laurie Kelly, Co-Presidents

Phil Smith, Treasurer

Michael Callaway, Assistant Treasurer

Estes Carns, Secretary

Jan Bialka

Danny Chu

Natalie Costello

Jan Crewson, Library Support

Judy Diffenderffer, Membership

Barbara Donnelly

Sally Fernley, Landscaping

Jennifer Hoag—Manager, Seymour’s Bookstore

Leslie Kleiman—Music Series

Felicia Mashin—Publicity

Lydia Michalsen

Paula Nardon—Asst. Manager, Seymour’s Bookstore

Bill Oppenheimer

Marianne Stein—Speaker Series

Sharon Van Hees—Art Wall

Maureen Wildey—Editor, Check This Out

Alice Wilson—Book Sales Manager