PSJ library to host learning series, concerts

Any questions regarding whether public libraries remain just about books need only check out the coming slate for the Port St. Joe library’s Tuesday afternoon programs.

Tuesdays @ 2 arrives next Tuesday (see related story A2) and continues over eight weeks though Feb. 27.

The diversity of programs is rather remarkable for a small rural library.

Attendees can learn about the culinary history of Florida, artificial reefs and their importance, tips on personal health, fishing and preserving the environment.

And there is an added bonus for this continuing education: each one-hour presentation, which begin, naturally, each Tuesday at 2 p.m. ET at the Corinne Costin Public Library, is free and open to the public.

The series is all about “celebrating the joy of learning while (discovering) more about our community.”

The upcoming programs include:

Jan. 9 – Joy Harris, author of Florida Sweets discusses the state’s culinary history. (See Things to Do A2);

Jan. 16- Debbie Maulding with the MyGULFCare program at Sacred Heart on the Gulf will discuss chronic health issues and prevention. A registered nurse, Maulding will teach the value of recommended health screenings and provide strategies and tools for preventing worsening health conditions.

Jan. 23 – Joseph Mitchell, with the Department of Environmental Protection at T.H. Stone Memorial St. Joseph Peninsula State Park, will discuss protecting and preserving natural communities. Mitchell will talk about endangered species, beach erosion and its impacts and how folks can work to protect the natural environment.

Jan. 30 – Dr. Milinda Jay Stephenson, a professor of creative writing at Florida State University in Panama City, provides a workshop on writing a memoir, emphasizing the value of story, the heart of any fiction or non-fiction “that sells.”

Feb. 6 – Bob and Carol Cox from the Mexico Beach Artificial Reef Association will offer a presentation on the work of the organization, the value of artificial reefs and their role in conservation, ecology and the economy of Bay and Gulf counties, sharing plenty of stories and photos.

Feb. 13 – Lynda White, a retired Eagle Watch Coordinator and member of the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey, will offer a presentation on radical raptors, a.k.a birds of prey. Attendees will learn about the diversity of raptors and their place as apex predators in the environment and role as sentinel species.

Feb. 20 – Shad Smith, program director for sports medicine and community health at Sacred Heart on the Gulf, will offer tips on the importance of exercise and eating healthy, explaining the key is not joining a gym, but planning and incorporating exercise as part of daily life.

Feb. 27 – Capt. Phil Cox will provide a quick overview of fishing secrets to improve success finding and landing fish, including tips on equipment, knots to know, cast net basics and where to find the fish.

For more information on Tuesdays @ 2 or the Port St. Joe Library call 229-8879 or visit or check out the library’s Facebook page.