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Introductory Computer Training Classes
The library offers free introductory computer training classes to the public utilizing a laptop computer lab. Please note: due to the limited number of lab computers, pre-registration is required for these classes.
But that's not all. Click here for more technology-related classes and workshops.
Book Discussion Groups
A limited number of books for both groups are available to check out at the Check Out counter.
Call for availablility: 727-369-0669.

Evening Book Club  Afternoon Book Discussion 
Wednesday
July 12, 2017
6:30pm
The Last Runaway
by Tracy Chevalier
Thursday
July 20, 2017
2:00pm
The Signature of All Things
by Elizabeth Gilbert
Book List Book List
 

Adult Summer Reading Raffle
Begins June 3, 2017
Ends July 22, 2017 

Visiting the library this summer gets you the chance to win great prizes including tickets to LEGOLAND, a Trader Joe's gift basket, Lowe's gift card, and more. The more often you visit, the better your chance to win.

Requirements:
1. Age 18 or older.
2. Eligible for a Pinellas County Public Library card.

Get a raffle ticket from staff at the Information desk for:

  • Attending any or all library-sponsored programs from June 3rd through July 22nd.
  • Connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #BSPLReads (tell us what you are reading) or #BSPLRocks (post a picture when you find a painted rock from the library). One raffle ticket per post per day. See staff at the Information desk with proof of your post.
  • Check out a book that satisfies one requirement of the Adult Summer Reading Challenge. Click here for details.
  • Donating food and personal hygiene items to the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Please contact staff at the Information desk for more details.
Put your raffle tickets into the hollow globe at the Check Out counter.

Weekly drawings for a goody tote bag will be held on June 5, 12, 19, & 26 and July 10 & 17. Winners will have 2 days to respond before we choose another.

Grand Prize winners will be announced at our Summer Wrap-Up Party on July 22nd.  


American Sign Language Classes - Summer Series
Thursdays, June 15 - August 3, 2017
ASL Tutoring (All Ages): 4:30 - 5:30PM
Level I: 6:00 - 7:00PM
Level II: 7:00 - 8:00PM

Free ASL classes presented by the Pinellas County Deaf Literacy Center. These classes provide the opportunity to interact with Deaf individuals and to learn about the Deaf culture.

  • ASL Tutoring is for all ages.
  • Level I includes basic vocabulary, daily phrases and facts about the Deaf community and culture.
  • Level II includes conversational Sign Language, stories, songs and skits.

One-on-One Technology Clinic
Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00PM
Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00PM


Bring your SPECIFIC questions about your e-reader, tablet, and/or laptop and we’ll do our best to answer your technology-related queries. Help is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a drop-in service and begins exactly at 3pm on Tuesdays and 6pm on Thursdays. 

Registration is not required.

Click here for a full list of computer classes.  


PPK Writers Group
Saturday, June 24, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm  

Talk shop with this group of enthusiastic writers in an encouraging atmosphere. Bring your writing to get critiqued by the group. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is not required.

Optional prompt (What's a prompt?): 
A message from the grave.

This group is intended for adults ages 18+. Click here for information on our Teen Writers Group.


Color Your Cares Away
** Ages 16+ **
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
6:00PM 

Remember the coloring books from your childhood? Well, they have matured, too. Join us for refreshments and a calming coloring session that may help you reduce stress and and start a new hobby.

All materials provided or bring your own.

Ages 16+.


Afternoon Movies
Wednesday, July 5, 2017
2:00PM

On the first Wednesday of the month the library presents a free showing of the latest and/or greatest film. Join us for refreshments, trivia, and discussion.

In the Chinese-U.S. coproduction The Great Wall (rated PG-13), Matt Damon stars as a European mercenary travelling in China during the Song Dynasty who becomes embroiled in a battle between man and giant beast along the Great Wall.


Keeping Your Life Stress-Free Through Meditation
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
6:30PM 

Presented by the professionals at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Learn the basics of meditation, practical advice on how to begin, and meditation's many stress-relieving benefits.

This is Part Three in a series entitled Build a Better You.
Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.
Click here for the next class in this series: Simple Steps to Improving Your Fitness.


Evening Book Club

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30PM 

The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier


Simple Steps to Improving Your Fitness
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
6:30PM 

Presented by the professionals at the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Learn how easy it is the begin a fitness routine and the many benefits regular exercise provides your body as well as your mind.

This is Part Four in a series entitled Build a Better You.
Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.
Click here for the next class in this series: Keeping Your Children Safe and Happy.


Building Your Family Tree: Introducing Genealogy
Tuesday, July 19, 2017
6:30PM
Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.

Genealogist Karen Fortin walks you through how to begin constructing your own family tree.


Afternoon Book Discussion
Thursday, July 20, 2017
2:00PM  

The Signature of All Things by Elizabeth Gilbert


PPK Writers Group
Saturday, July 22, 2017
10:00am - 12:00pm  

Talk shop with this group of enthusiastic writers in an encouraging atmosphere. Bring your writing to get critiqued by the group. Newcomers always welcome. Registration is not required.

Optional prompt (What's a prompt?): 
All the apologies in the world wouldn't make up for what happened.

This group is intended for adults ages 18+. Click here for information on our Teen Writers Group.


Summer Wrap-Up Party: Alternate Endings
Saturday, July 22, 2017
1:00 - 4:00PM

We're bringing some of your favorite alternate worlds off the page and screen to end the summer. Join us for activities, snacks, and crafts inspired by Game of Thrones, The Night Circus, Stranger Things, Fantastic Beasts, Twin Peaks, and The Wizard of Oz. Summer Reading raffle winners will be announced at the party.


Color Your Cares Away
** Ages 16+ **
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:00PM 

Join us for refreshments and a calming coloring session that may help you reduce stress and start a new hobby.

All materials provided or bring your own.


Keeping Your Children Safe and Happy
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
6:30PM 

Presented by the St. Petersburg Free Clinic. Learn about the physical hazards your children face every day and how to educate them about safety so they can protect themselves.

Call 727-369-0667 to Register.
Walk-ins Welcome.


This is the final part of a series entitled Build a Better You.


ONE-ON-ONE TECHNOLOGY CLINIC
Tuesdays: 3:00 - 4:00PM
Thursdays: 6:00 - 7:00PM

Bring your SPECIFIC questions about your e-reader, tablet, and/or laptop and we’ll do our best to answer your technology-related queries. Help is offered on a first-come-first-served basis. This is a drop-in service and begins exactly at 3pm on Tuesdays and 6pm on Thursdays. 


Zinio Digital Magazine Workshop
Date: TBA

In this workshop, guests will learn about our free Zinio database which can be used to view magazines on a PC or tablet device. Attendees will learn how to register an account, download magazines, and search for issues. Handouts with details on the registration process will also be provided for guests to take home. Participants are encouraged to bring their library cards and computer/tablet devices, but a valid email that is unassociated with Zinio is required to create an account.

Instruction on how to use your laptop or other device is not part of this workshop, though participants are welcome to stay after class to share tips and advice with one another.


E-book Training Workshops 
Date: TBA

During this workshop, you'll learn about the library's services that give you access to our free e-book and downloadable audio collection. You'll learn how to search for titles, how to place a request, and how to check out a title. 

A brief presentation of the download process will be provided along with user-friendly handouts for future reference. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their library cards.
 
Instruction on how to use your laptop or other device is not part of this workshop, though participants are welcome to stay after class to share tips and advice with one another.