Fernandina Beach Friends of the Library

2021 Meeting Dates

Meetings are from 9:30-11:30 am in the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room.

May 27, 2021
June 24, 2021
July 22, 2021
August 26, 2021 (if needed)
September 23, 2021
October 28, 2021
November 18, 2021
December 12, 2021

The Friends of The Fernandina Beach Library

Upcoming Events at Fernandina Beach

october, 2021

Folk Art Display in Fernandina
Author Talk with Christopher Balzano
Lucreaty Clark with an Oak Splint Basket

New Folk Art Exhibit at the Fernandina Beach Library

Free and Open to the Public

Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art

May 1- October 30, 2021

Fernandina Beach, FL (April 19, 2020) – Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL) are pleased to announce the upcoming art exhibit “Just Above Water: Florida Folk Art” on display at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library, 25 N 4th Street, from May 1 to October 30, 2021.

This exciting traveling art exhibit comes to Fernandina from the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee and includes a varied collection of objects made from diverse materials such as textile, metal, and wood. Most of the folk artists are self-taught and have been inspired by their customs and traditions. All have been recognized by the State of Florida with the Florida Folk Heritage Award and are residents of Florida.

FOL member Peggy Bulger will serve as guest curator. Ms. Bulger remains active as a Fellow in the American Folklore Society, Florida Folklife Council, and the Florida Humanities Council.

The Friends of the Fernandina Beach Art Committee will be looking for possible loans of folk art to be displayed with this exhibit. Please contact Christine Meehan (pcmeehan@comcast.net) or Peggy Bulger (peggy.bulger1949@gmail.com) if you have a Florida folk art item of note that
you are willing to loan for display at the Fernandina Beach Branch Library.

For further details on this exhibition as well as membership information and volunteer
opportunities with the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library. 

Art Exhibit is open to the public for viewing during regular Library hours:

Monday & Thursday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm



The Literary Book Club

FernandinaBeachLiteracyBookclubBanner Meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:00 pm in the Parlor Room at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Reading List 2020-2021

  • April. The Overstory by Richard Powers
  • May. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson
  • June. Beloved by Tony Morrison
  • July. Sapiens A Brief History of Mankind by Yuval Noah Harari
  • August. A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • September. Marie Antoinette, The Portrait of An Average Woman by Stefan Zweig
  • October. The Ice House by Laura Lee Smith
  • November. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  • December. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
  • January. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
  • February. Circe by Madeline Miller

Reading List 2019-2020

  • April:  An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (Lynne)
  • May: Milkman by Anna Burns (Susan)
  • June:  Brief and Wonderful Life of
    Oscar Wao by Jonot Diaz (Julie)
  • July:  Warlight by Michel Ondaatje (Andrea)
  • August: The Friend by Sigrid Nunez (Penny)
  • September: The Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson (Lila)
  • October:  Hidden Tapestry by Debra Dean (Vibeke)
  • November: The Razor’s Edge by Somerset Maugham (Anne)
  • December: The Untouchable by John Banville (Evelyn)
  • January: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz (Judy)
  • February:  Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (Larry)

Other Books Nominated:
Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline

Reading List 2018-2019

  • April: Radium Girls by Kate Moore (Sallie)
  • May: The Long Way by Bernard Moitessier (Carl)
  • June: Never Let Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (Evelyn)
  • July: Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks (Susan)
  • August: Sing Unburied Sing by Jesmyne Ward (Andrea)
  • September: Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Kay)
  • October: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy (Kathy)
  • November: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande (Penny)
  • December: Daisy Miller by Henry James (Anne)
  • January: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles (Lynne)
  • February:  The Noise of Time by Julian Barnes (Vibeke)

Reading List 2017-2018

  • April: Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara (Anne)
  • May: The Sellout by Paul Beatty (Susan)
  • June: All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy (Jerry)
  • July: In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson (Andrea)
  • August: American Gods by Neil Gaiman (Nancy)
  • September: The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Kay)
  • October: Billy Budd by Herman Melville (Evelyn)
  • November: Moonglow by Michael Chabon (Maddy)
  • December: The Daughters of Mars by Thomas Keneally (Lynn)
  • January: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Judy)
  • February:  The Light Between Oceans by M L Stedman (Larry)

Other suggestions:

  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi (Coates)
  • Virginia Width of the World by Baldacci (Dawn)
Mail to:

Friends of the Library
P.O. Box 17155
Amelia Island, FL 32035

Insight- Electronic Newsletter

Chuck Comeau, President
Jody Mackle, Vice President
Margaret Bellucci, Treasurer
Peggy Sauer, Secretary

Fernandina Beach Library

Meetings are monthly 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Library Community Room
25 N. 4th St.
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034