Bi-Monthly Newsletter


Book Talk Cafe 

Each month, the Friends of the Library introduce our patrons to a different regional author at our Book Talk Cafe program.  Readers, writers and book lovers are welcome to join us each month in the FOL Community room for coffee, refreshments and conversation with the featured author.

FOL Ponte Vedra Forum

 The Friends of the Ponte Vedra Library wants to do its part to help explain the story behind the headlines with a series called the FOL PONTE VEDRA FORUM. The Forum will bring a different speaker to the library each month to discuss subjects both provocative and entertaining.

Adventures in the Arts

Programs and excursions in cooperation with FOCUS Cummer.

FOL Music Programs

An impressive series of artists grace the Friends of the Library Music Series.

St. Augustine's Celebrate450!

The first European settlement in America began with the landing of eight hundred colonists in St. Augustine to settle the New World in the name of Spain, led by Don Pedro Menendez, on September 7, 1565. This month St.Augustine starts its "Celebrate450!". 

Throughout 2015 the historical ships El Galeon and Nao Victoria are available for tours in St. Augustine's Bayfront. An exhibition at the Visitor Center shares the story of how three intertwining cultures - Hispanic, African and Native American came together to form today's American way of life. 

Most of the events will be in September, highlighted by visits from Pope Francis and King Felipe and Queen Letizia of Spain. Watch for more event details as 2015 progresses.


Book Talk Cafe


Popular Bookstore Proprietor Talks Summer Reads
Rona Brinlee
Monday, June 18, 6:30 p.m.

For twenty-five years The BookMark has been the go-to place for book lovers (other than the Ponte Vedra Library, of course) because of its knowledgeable proprietor Rona Brinlee. So it’s appropriate Ms Brinlee talks books at the final program of Book Talk Cafe before the summer break.

Founded in 1990 in Atlantic Beach, and moved to Neptune Beach in 2010, The BookMark is a full service independent bookstore known for its carefully curated selection of new fiction, non-fiction and children’s books, as well as hosting author readings, book clubs and special events. Ms Brinlee, who works closely with publishers and is a frequent contributor to NPR’s Independent Booksellers’ Recommendations, will discuss hot summer reads on Monday, June 18 at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Brinlee received her Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University and moved to Jacksonville in 1980 to start the anthropology program at UNF. Since opening The BookMark, she’s established a reputation for hosting major bestselling authors on a regular basis, including Harlan Coben, David Baldacci, Nikki Giovanni, Amy Bloom and Steve Berry.

FOL Ponte Vedra Forum


The Ponte Vedra Forum is one of a number of programs sponsored by the Friends of the Ponte
Vedra Library. Like all of its programs, this one is free and open to the public.

Adventures in the Arts

Adventures in the Arts is a monthly lecture series presented by Friends of the Ponte Vedra Beach Branch Library and FOCUS Cummer.

Over the past few years, the Friends of the Library's Art Series has presented lectures and demonstrations by many local artists working in all mediums, including sculpture, watercolor and oils.  The Adventures has even included the artistic realms of dance and music. The disciplines of art, dance and music (both vocal and instrumental) have been brought together into very creative programs. 

All programs are on Tuesdays. Please note that program times vary. All programs at the Ponte Vedra Library are free and open to the public. For further information, please call Marianne Stein, 280-2976, or Gerry Bialka, 285-1114.


FOL Music Programs

The Dr. Gerson Yessin Music Series

The popular music series sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Ponte Vedra Beach, was created and initiated by
Carolee Bertisch and Dr. Gerson Yessin in 2003. For the 2014-15 season, they pass the baton to FOL Board member Leslie Kleiman, who will continue chairing the standing room only series, featuring performances by the Jacksonville Symphony, UNF faculty, and other professional performers.

Leslie and her husband Mike moved to Nocatee from the Chicago area four years ago, and they have two children and three grandchildren. After 25 years of teaching, Leslie became the principal of the Hanover Countryside School,
part of No Excuses University System, where every child had goals that would move them on to college. She will bring her creative energy to the music program. Carolee and Gerson thank the enthusiastic audiences who have made this a wonderful experience for all. Come early for a seat!  All concerts are on Tuesdays at 6:30 PM and are free. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

2015-2016 Music Season

New Programs Coming in Autumn

All concerts start at 6:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. No reservations required, but seating is limited. These programs are made possible by the support of the Friends of the Library.