Apr 12, 2014

Friends 50th Anniversary Celebration

Join us for face painting, crafts, refreshments and fun for the whole family as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Friends of the Tarpon Springs Library.

Stop by the Friends Used Bookstore for 50% off of all items. This special will only be offered during the celebration.

National Library Week Sale


Monday, April 14th - Saturday, April 19th. All Friends of the Library merchandise (excluding the Friends Used Bookstore) will be 50% off the regular price only during National Library Week.

Become a member of the Friends of the Library from April 14,2014 to December 31, 2014 and receive an appreciation gift.

National Library Week Scavenger Hunt

In honor of National Library Week will be holding a scavenger hunt from Monday, April 14th to Saturday, April 19th. Learn more about your library and have a chance to win prizes!

Feb 20, 2014

Mardi Gras in Tarpon Springs

On Saturday, March 1st, Tarpon Springs will be celebrating Mardi Gras!

Festivities begin at the Union Academy Family Center with breakfast and mask decorating crafts.

At 11:00am, a parade led by New Orleans' own Hot 8 Brass Band will travel from Union Academy to the Tarpon Springs Public Library.

At the Library, the band will then play some more tunes outside, and our Youth Services Dept will host games, crafts, and refreshments.

At 7:00pm at the Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center, there will be a Cajun food tasting by Zante Cafe and a Hot 8 Brass Band concert. Tickets are available through the Performing Arts Center box office or online at tarponarts.org

Feb 19, 2014

Recruiting New Readers

The Tarpon Springs Public Library is partnering with Florida Hospital North Pinellas to promote early literacy. A tote bag is given to each new mother containing information on the importance of reading to babies, a new book, and a coupon to redeem at the library for another new book. It's never too early to develop new reading habits!

Feb 18, 2014

It's Tax Time Again

AARP Tax Aide helps seniors and low-to-moderate income taxpayers to do their taxes at no cost. These trained volunteers will be providing tax preparation at the Tarpon Springs Library again this year every Monday and Tuesday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm until Tuesday, April 15.

Assistance is given on a first-come-first-served basis. The AARP volunteers have no affiliation with the library and cannot be contacted by phone.

CLICK HERE to search for other AARP Tax Aide locations.

Jan 24, 2014

Happy Australia Day

January 26 is Australia Day, the official national day of Australia. It marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of Britain's First Fleet at Sydney Cave, New South Wales, and the raising of the flag of Great Britain at that site by Governor Arthur Phillip. Throughout the years, the day has also been called Anniversary Day, Foundation Day, and Invasion Day. Today, Australia Day is celebrated with community and family events that recognize Australia's history and its diverse society and landscape.

The library's Youth Services Dept is celebrating Australia Day with a craft project for all ages. Come in anytime on Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm to decorate a boomerang. No registration required.

Photo: Australia Day, Sydney Harbour, 2004 by Phil Whitehouse, aka Phillie Casablanca on Flickr. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Australia_Day.jpg

Jan 14, 2014

In Remembrance

The Library will be closed on Monday, January 20, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Free Business Seminar

Keys To Running a Successful Small Business

Avoid common mistakes and reach your goals! Attend this free seminar designed for both current and prospective business owners on Tuesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm in the Library's Friends Room. Presented by Larry Hunt of the Pinellas Chapter of SCORE. Please sign up at the Reference Desk.

Jan 3, 2014

Epiphany is January 6th

The Tarpon Springs Library and the city government of Tarpon Springs will be closed on Monday, January 6, in honor of Epiphany (also called Theophany).

Epiphany is a Christian feast day that, in the Greek Orthodox church, commemorates the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River. It has become a major celebration in Tarpon Springs that has garnered international recognition.

Check the schedule of events HERE.

Read the history of the Epiphany celebration and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral HERE.

Dec 27, 2013

On This Day In History...

On December 27, 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened its doors. Even though this was at the height of the Great Depression, thousands of people turned out to see this magnificent Art Deco theater. It was conceived by billionaire John D. Rockefeller, Jr as a place of beauty where ordinary people could see high-quality entertainment. Since then, over 300 million people have attended movies, concerts, and stage shows at Radio City Music Hall. The annual Radio City Christmas Spectacular debuted in 1933, and today the show draws over a million people from all over the world to see the famous Rockettes dance troupe.

Nov 22, 2013

50 Books That Define the Past Five Years in Literature

Flavorwire.com has compiled a list of fifty books that define the past five years in literature. The traditional book publishing industry has been challenged by the rise of indie presses, new literary magazines, internet self-publishing, and the explosive popularity of e-readers.

That said, it has been a fruitful time for book lovers. These 50 books reflect the injection of fresh voices and also gives a glimpse into what the future holds. The list is not ranked, nor is inclusion dependent on sales or awards. These are fifty books that "show what is great about literature here and now."

Nov 13, 2013

Beauty In The Deep

This 1961 film, courtesy of the State Library and Archives of Florida, showcases the famous Weeki Wachee mermaids. This Saturday, November 16, you can meet former mermaid Bonnie Georgiadis at 4:00 pm at the Tarpon Springs Historical Society (Train Depot). She will be signing copies of the book Weeki Wachee Mermaids : Thirty Years of Underwater Photography, which she co-authored with Lu Vickers.

Nov 9, 2013

Today in Literary History

Today's remembrance is from recent history. From history.com:
On this day in 2004, Swedish writer Stieg Larsson died suddenly of a heart attack at age 50, only months after turning in the manuscripts for three crime thrillers—The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl who Played with Fire and The Girl who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest—which would later become international best-sellers. Known collectively as the Millennium trilogy, the novels feature the characters Mikael Blomkvist, a middle-aged journalist, and Lisbeth Salander, a young pierced and tattooed computer hacker with a troubled past. Larsson, who never lived to see his books’ success, died without a will, setting off a protracted legal battle for the rights to his work.

Nov 6, 2013

November 6: On This Day In History

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected the 16th President of the United States. By the time of Lincoln's inauguration on March 4, 1861, seven states had seceded, and the Confederate States of America had been established under the leadership of Jefferson Davis. Only one month later, the American Civil War began when Confederate forces opened fire on Union-held Fort Sumter in South Carolina. For preserving the Union and bringing an end to slavery, and for his unique character and powerful oratory, Lincoln is hailed as one of the greatest American presidents. [Source]

The Tarpon Springs Library has many books and DVDs for all ages to further explore the life of Abraham Lincoln.