Join the Community to Support Your Library!

The Friends of the Library (FOL), Ponte Vedra Beach, provide financial support for our local library. Through your $35 annual membership contribution, the Friends provide children and adult programs, materials, equipment, and community space for all residents to enjoy.

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 https://www.facebook.com/SeymoursFOL 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.

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.

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY SPEAKER SERIES

2024 FOL Speaker Series returns with Florida Times-Union Sports Columnist Gene Frenette

 The FOL Speaker Series returns with a wide-ranging and impressive line-up of speakers. Each of the programs is free and open to the public, made possible by the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library. Each of the Speaker programs begins at 6:30 p.m. in the library’s FOL Community Room. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, January 23 with Florida Times-Union sports columnist Gene Frenette. Serving as a columnist since 1988, Frenette has covered everything from college football to the Summer Olympics, along with several Super Bowls and World Series games. A native of Vermont, Frenette moved to Florida in 1978 to take a sports writing job at the Fort Pierce News Tribune, then moved to the Palm Beach Evening Times in 1980 before being hired by the Jacksonville Journal in 1981 to cover high school sports. Married for 32 years to his wife Dot, they have four children ranging in age from 22 to 36. They reside in Ponte Vedra Beach.

In his talk, Gene Frenette will provide insights to the Jacksonville Jaguars season and share stories of the athletes and sports he’s covered.

Future speakers include New York Times bestselling author Lisa Black, Timothy J. Corrigan, the Chief Judge for the Middle District of Florida, Jacksonville Mayor Donna Deegan, former Duval County Sheriff Nat Glover, and local historian, entrepreneur, and storyteller Gary Sass.

Meet The Board of Directors

Leslie Kleiman. Presidents

Laurie Kelly, Editor Check This Out

John Mencke, Treasurer

Natalie Costello, Assistant Treasurer

Estes Carns, Secretary

Jan Bialka

Jan Crewson, Library Support

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

Marianne Stein—Speaker Series

Sharon Van Hees—Art Wall

Maureen Wildey—Editor, Check This Out

Kathleen Cohen – Director