Nancy Brockman’s goal for September is to provide plenty of reasons to be mindful of the Port St. Joe Public Library this month.

Consider that goal achieved.

Brockman, the Gulf County Coordinator for the public libraries, has lined up a full menu of offerings for all ages in the coming months, covering reading and science with a bit of gardening tossed in.

“My goal is to keep the library in people’s minds by highlighting the various resources and programs we are offering,” Brockman said.

The library is certainly central in the minds of many local parents and children, as evidenced by the turnout to Tuesday's first public hearing by the Board of County Commissioners on its 2018-19 budget.

"You have a gem at that library," said resident Jeff Harvey. "I can't tell you the difference that library has made for my family" as he noted the other parents in attendance.

"It is a good operation over there."


Programs for the younger set


The Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Library, in collaboration with The Artery art studio through support from Leslie Fedota, will offer a new program for the youngsters, broken down into age groups for 4-6 and 7-10.

The program, “Book Artists,” explores the art of illustration, incorporating the written and visual message found in young reader’s picture books.

The four hour-long sessions beginning Sept. 7 and continuing every other week through Oct. 20, will explore color and color mixing, Pointillism, collage and printmaking

Ages 4-6, with an adult, will meet 1-2 p.m. ET Saturdays at The Artery, located at 212 Williams Ave.

Ages 7-10, with an adult, will meet 3:30-5 p.m. ET Fridays at The Artery.

The workshops are free but both age levels have limitations on space so please call the library at 229-8879 to register.

In addition to “Book Artists,” the library will offer two continuing programs for the youngsters.

“Tuesday Tales,” held 10:30 a.m. ET Tuesdays for children ages 0-3, returns Sept. 18, offering stories, songs, finger play and free play after the stories.

And “Exploration Stations,” for ages 6 and up, returns 3:30-5 p.m. ET Sept. 25 with “coding,” including a variety of coding games and activities.


Adult programs


Two continuing programs return in September, with the Library Book Club meeting 10:30 a.m. ET Sept. 17 as it discusses, “Fallen Land: A novel” by Taylor Brown.

And the Friends of the Library community support organization meets 4:30 p.m. ET Sept. 10.

On Sept. 22, 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. ET, the Port St. Joe Garden Club will partner with the library on a “Kokedama Moss Ball Workshop.”

This is an opportunity to “play in the dirt” while learning the ancient Japanese art of Kokedama.

The workshop is free and open to all, but space is limited.

Please call the library at 229-8879 to register.