Please check the Calendar of Events for special events and other programs
Books and Beyond
Books & Beyond is a weekly series of after-school programs for kids in grades K – 3 only led by Miss Meg. Programs are planned around a dynamic theme and feature stories, crafts, cooking and other fun, seasonal and book-based events. Sessions run for 6 weeks on Tuesdays at 4:15 p.m. There are 5 sessions throughout the year and the child must be in the specified grade by the first date of the session.
is an early-evening weekly series for students in grades 4 & 5 only led by Miss Meg. Programs are planned around a dynamic theme and feature book discussions, movies, cooking and crafts. Sessions run for 6 weeks on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. There are 5 sessions throughout the year and the child must be in the specified grade by the first date of the session.
Saturday Special Events
Check the Calendar of Events for many one-of-a-kind programs for K-5 students and their families.
The Florida Public Library has been awarded a grant from Arts in Orange to provide a six-session series using Caldecott Award winning picture books to engage children in grades K-3 in exploring visual literacy. “Picture books not only provide children with their first art, but also provide images that help to interpret and add to the story,” said Librarian Terry Numa. “We live in an increasingly visual world and through picture books children can explore, reflect and critique an image through the various art elements.”
The program will kick off on Tuesday, April 2 at 4:15 p.m., with a visit and presentation by author/ illustrator Steve Light. This kickoff is open to the general public. Light has written and illustrated eight children’s picture books. He will read his latest book, Zephyr Takes Flight, and share his sketchbooks with the children.
Five consecutive Storybook Art Studio sessions will be offered on succeeding Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 – 5:45 p.m. starting April 9. Caldecott Award winning picture books will be the foundation of each week’s story time portion of the program. The children will have opportunity to study the elements of art, learn new art vocabulary and enjoy painting, drawing and creating their own art with local artist Heidi Bilezikian. The series will conclude with an Art Show on May 7 from 4 – 8 p.m. showcasing the art of the students.
Portions of each weekly session will be video recorded by teens in the community. The video recording will highlight children enjoying award winning literature and their skills gained in interpreting and analyzing visual literacy. This program affords the library the opportunity to create and encourage “visual thinkers”, said Numa. The Friends of the Florida Public Library is providing resources to purchase art supplies.
Questions may be directed to Terry Numa or Meg Sgombick by calling FPL at (845) 651-7659.
State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Program administered
by Arts in Orange.