September will be a busy month at the Port St. Joe Public Library, with activities on tap for all ages.

Here is a rundown of upcoming events:


Sept. 5: Tuesday Tales resumes: for youngters aged 0-3 with a caregiver. Tuesday mornings from 10:30-11:30 a.m. ET. There will be stories, songs, and poetry for instilling a love of literacy. Social time with free play follows the stories.

Sept. 7 and 28: The Art of Meditation and Happiness at 5:30 p.m. ET. Explore a simple meditation process to clear inner clutter and pain. No background needed and all paths supported.

Sept. 8: Fall vegetable gardening presentation by county Extension Director Ray Bodrey. Want to learn more about fall garden preparation? What to plant and when? Be the envy of the neighborhood. Please join us. Find out what fall vegetable varieties will grow best in the Panhandle andlearned what is needed to produce the best yield. The presentation is 11 .m. until 12 p.m. ET and is free and open to the public.

Sept. 11: The Friends of the Library meet at 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 12: Lunch & Learn -Marketing with Social Media 11:45 a.m. until 1 p.m. ET. The Gulf County Chamber of Commerce is thrilled have 6-time New York Times’ Best-Selling Author Michael Lister as the guest speaker. The celebrated author will discuss how he used social media to promote his work. He will share his tips and techniques about how to promote yourself, your business, and your events using similar techniques. Space in limited -- Reservations can be made through the Chamber. Lunch will be available for purchase and must be ordered in advance. Michael will also have books available for sale. (This is a Chamber of Commerce event that will be held at the library. More information can be found on the Chamber site:

Sept. 12: Pre-Diabetes Workshop at 2 p.m. ET with John Riggs of Sacred Heart. The diabetes prevention program is lifestyle change program for people at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. Participants can learn how to set goals, track food and activity, and solve problems in order to live a long and productive life.

Sept. 14: Adventures in Writing Workshop from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. ET for writers and lovers of writing. Children’s author Irene Latham shares ideas and tips. Light refreshments will be provided. Irene’s presentation is titled “Adventures in Writing” and includes information for students on writing as a career, personal stories about her journey to publication as well as interactive segments related to 1932 Gee's Bend, Alabama, as well as the working of a modern-day zoo. Irene includes participants in the presentation and further entertains and educates by sharing historic photos and special props.

Sept. 15: Memorial for Ken Dykes at 10:30 a.m. ET. Dedication of a hand-painted rocker in memory of Ken Dykes, who was born and raised in Port St. Joe. “ My grandparents lived in the house they built on Saunders Circle for 60 years! I (Irene Latham) am writing today because my father's greatest wish was to retire to Port St. Joe and build a library in his backyard. Unfortunately he died before that could happen. So we (the family) are now looking for other ways to make his wish come true and to honor him and his lifelong love -- books. He was an avid reader (he read on average a book a day), and kept a log of the books he owned and read. Here is a blog post I wrote about it: His collection includes thousands of books! I know I am a writer and word-lover because of him.”

Sept. 16: Adult Art Class from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. ET. Paper Making with Lynn Elliot. Please call 229-8879 to register; space is limited.

Sept. 18: Library Book Club at 10:30 a.m. ET; the club is discussing Accidental Saints by Nadia Bolz-Weber

Sept. 19: Visiting author Geanna Culbertson (Crisanta Knight series) at 4:30 p.m. ET. The Writing Experience: Explore storytelling, writing, literature, and the creative process in general, expect a free flowing experience where the participants are encouraged to come with questions, not just about my series, but about their own writing/dreams as well.

Sept. 26: Introduction to 3D Printing at the Library at 2 p.m. ET. Come learn about our new 3D printer and the printing process.