Gulf County’s public libraries are preparing to host a series of summer events for local children and adults this month.
All events are free of cost. The Gulf County libraries request that children ages 6 and under are accompanied by an adult.
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library in Port St. Joe
Oceans of Possibilities Art Contest for Kids
Submissions accepted July 1 – 30
Get creative by making an artwork out of any medium of what you see in the ocean or on the beach! Basic art supplies will be available to use at the library.
Each entry will receive a coupon for a free donut at Weber’s Little Doughnut Shop on Cape San Blas! Online and in-person voting during August 1st-13th. Art may be dropped off at the library, or emailed (file size under 5 MB) to [email protected].
Submissions MUST include: Student’s Name, Age, and Phone Number. A $25 VISA gift card prize will be awarded to a winner in each age category (ages 3-5, 6-8, 10-12, 12-18). Artwork on display at the library through August 31st and then picked up.
Gyotaku Workshop with Cyndi Lanier
Saturday, July 9 at 10:30 a.m. EDT
Gyotaku is a traditional form of Japanese art that began as a way for fishermen to keep a record of the fish they caught. They would apply sumi ink to one side of a freshly caught fish, then cover the fish with rice paper and rub to create an exact image of the fish.
Local artist Cyndi Lanier will lead this family-friendly workshop, and participants can choose whether to make a print using ink on rice paper, or on a t-shirt using fabric paint. Suitable for children ages 6 and up, with caregiver.
Registration is required. Call the library at 850-229- 8879 to register.
Chess Meet-Ups (All Ages)
Mondays, July 11 and 25 at 3:30 p.m. EDT
Saturdays, July 9 and 23 at 10:30 a.m. EDT
Chess is a great way to improve your critical thinking skills, and is a game that parents and children alike may enjoy together. All ages and abilities are invited!
Movie at the Library! Luca (Rated PG)
Tuesday, July 12 at 2 p.m. EDT
Beat the heat as you join us for a movie and popcorn! Luca is a 2021 animated film about the adventures of a sea-monster boy who is able to assume human form on land. Ages 4 and up with a caregiver; seating is limited.
Movie at the Library! Ponyo (Rated PG)
Tuesday, July 19 at 2 p.m. EDT
Cool off with a movie and popcorn! Ponyo is a 2008 animated film about Ponyo, a young goldfish princess who longs to become human.
Ages 4 and up with a caregiver; seating is limited. Film Programs funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida’s DLIS ARPA program is administered by the Dept. of States Division of Library and Information Services.
A School of Fish Tales with Storyteller Pat Nease
Tuesday, July 26 at 10:30 a.m. EDT
There’s something fishy about these stories from award winning storyteller Pat Nease, but they shore serve a porpoise! Suitable for ages 5 and up, with caregiver. Seating is limited.
Charles Whitehead Public Library in Wewahitchka
Chess Club (All ages)
Friday, July 8 at 3:30 p.m. CDT
Thursday, July 28 at 3:30 p.m. CDT
All levels of experience and ages welcome. Chess boards provided or you may bring your own. Registration required. Call the library at 850-639-2419 to register.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead (Grades 1 – 5)
Friday, July 15 at 3:30 p.m. CDT
Come play with our new S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) kits and learn with us!
A School of Fish Tales (Family Program)
Tuesday, July 19 at 2:00 p.m. CDT
Professional storyteller, Pat Nease, will present her summer program A School of Fish Tales. There’s something fishy about these stories, but for shore they serve a porpoise.
SpongeBob out of Water Family Movie
Friday, July 22 at 3:00 p.m. CDT
Join us as we celebrate summer with popcorn and a movie. This program was funded under the provisions of the DLIS Florida American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Florida’s DLIS ARPA program is administered by the Dept. of States Division of Library and Information Services.
July Scavenger Hunt
During the month of July, complete a library scavenger hunt to receive a prize from the treasure box.