All County Library Branches will close at 5 PM on Wednesday, November 25 and will remain closed until Saturday, November 28th when normal hours will resume.


The library has changed over to a new phone system. To contact the branches please use the following numbers:

For more information and updates please see the Indian River County website at www.ircgov.com.


IRC Main Library
  • Monday, November 30th — 10:00 AM

Brighten up your holiday decor with this simple cross stitch. Stop by any time this week and pick up your kit at the Main Library's Circulation Desk. Each kit will contain all the items needed to make this project along with detailed instructions. These craft kits are intended for adults.  First come, first served.  Stop by early as supplies are limited.  Happy crafting!

Jessica   772-770-5060 ext. 4121   jmatthews@irclibrary.org


Online
  • Thursday, December 3rd — 10:00 AM

Every Monday through Wednesday, families can pick-up a Grab and Go Story Time packet at the IRC Main Library, Brackett or North IRC Library. This bag will include all the items needed to follow along with Ms. Patti and friends, during their weekly virtual Story Time. The weekly program will happen on Facebook Live on Thursdays at 10:00am on the IRC Main Library Facebook page. www.facebook.com/IRCmainLibrary

Due to copyright limitations, Story Time will only be performed live on Facebook. We will not be posting the video afterwards, as we did over the summer.

The Grab and Go packets will include a paper stick puppet, craft materials, and a list of all of the finger-plays and rhymes used in the Story Time, as well as suggested books on that week’s theme.

Patti Fuchs   772-770-5060 ext. 4132   pfuchs@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Monday, December 7th — 10:00 AM

Pick up your craft kit for an easy to make project.  Each kit will contain items needed to make that month's project.  Craft kits are intended for adults.  First come, first served.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Online
  • Thursday, December 10th — 4:00 PM

Join us on Zoom for some fun Holiday-inspired games and activities. Pick up your free Grab & Go Party Kit beginning December 7th at the Main, Brackett or North County Libraries.

Click here to join the party: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86335736503?pwd=eXFvSzNHNytoREQ1S1BnaFpOQm5VZz09

Patti Fuchs   772 400 6318   pfuchs@irclibrary.org


Online
  • Monday, December 14th — 10:00 AM

Stop by this week and pick up your kit at the Main, Brackett, or North County Library! Each kit contains all the items needed to make your own mug along with detailed instructions and several recipes for simple mug cakes to try out once your mug is ready! This kit is intended for teens (grades 6-12).  First come, first served.  Stop by early as supplies are limited. 

Jessica   772-770-5060 ext. 4121   jmatthews@irclibrary.org


Online
  • Wednesday, October 21st — 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday, November 18th — 6:00 PM
  • Monday, December 14th — 6:00 PM

Copies of this month's book are available from the Main Library Circulation Desk.  Read the book then join us on Zoom to share your thoughts. Registration is required!

Join us on MONDAY, December 14 at 6:00 pm to discuss Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur using Zoom. You must register by calling Jessica at 772-400-6310. 

If you would like to check out a print copy of the book, they are available from the Main Library Circulation Desk or call 772-400-6303 to arrange for a curbside pickup. The title is also available digitally on Libby and Hoopla.

If you have not used Zoom on your computer before, the desktop app is available for download here: 
https://zoom.us/download 

Discussion Questions:

1. What do we learn about the author from how she tells her tale — both what she chooses to tell and the tone of voice in which she tells it? Is this a story about her mother’s misbehavior, or about something else?

2. Malabar makes life more interesting for everyone, including us as readers. Do you feel a little bewitched by her charms? Would she be as compelling without her flaws? 

3. Revisit the Mary Oliver Poem,”The Uses of Sorrow,” that serves as an epigraph to the book. Do you see the darknesses in your own life as gifts, or would you wish some of them away? Is growth possible without suffering? Consider Margot’s advice to Rennie that happiness is a choice. Is gratitude in the face of life’s difficulties a habit of mind we can choose to cultivate?

4. Compare Ben’s conduct during the affair to Malabar’s. Who do you feel more sympathy for? When you look at all the adult characters in the book, is there a villain in this story?

5. Rennie is a victim of harm, a beneficiary of kindness, and an actor — for good and ill — in other people’s lives. Which of these roles does she have the most difficulty acknowledging? Do we learn more about how to live from our parents’ mistakes or from what they do right?

6. How does Rennie’s involvement in her mother’s deception hurt her relationship with herself? And how does it damage her relationships with other people in her life? By the end of the book, have all the wounded relationships been healed?

7. Rennie manages to separate from her mother, assume ownership of her own life, and chart a new path. What are her strengths, and how do we see her using them first to help her mother, and later, using them as a force for good in her own life? What other resources does she employ to help her become the person she wants to be? Does she inspire you to address aspects of your own life that are holding you back?

8. Rennie has two experiences where time collapses and the layers of her past rush in: just before her wedding and after she gives birth to her daughter (pp. 176, 223). What do these moments do for her? Have you had a similar experience that has granted you a profound glimpse of your life?

9. Is it fair of Malabar to demand that Rennie never sell the necklace? Which verdict of an appraisal would be worse: for the necklace to be valuable or valueless? Would you do as Rennie does and avoid the question? Is there an heirloom in your family that’s been divisive?

10. Rennie actively reads to help her clarify and articulate her experience. Margot tells her, “You have no idea how much you can learn about yourself by plunging into someone else’s life (138).” What light does this story shed on your own experience as a parent or a child? Have books helped you make sense of your own life?

Book club questions courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Jessica   772-400-6310   jmatthews@irclibrary.org


IRC Main Library
  • Monday, December 14th — 10:00 AM

Beginning December 14th, while supplies last, check out a Holiday Bedtime Stories Kit. The kit will include three holiday themed picture books, crafts, hot chocolate and candy canes. You must have a library card to check out a kit. Only the books need to be returned, the rest is yours to keep. Kits can be checked out at the IRC Main, North IRC, or Brackett Libraries.

Patti Fuchs   772 400 6318   pfuchs@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Thursday, December 17th — 3:00 PM

Copies are available for the month's selection from the Brackett Library.  Read the book and peruse the provided discussion questions.  Join us on Zoom on the date of the meeting to share your thoughts and discuss with the group.  The Zoom meeting details are available at https://irsc.libguides.com/brackettbookclub. 

Happy Reading!  

Hollie   772-226-3080 ext. 4550   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Thursday, December 17th — 3:00 PM

Rudolph really loves games!  His favorite is Hide-n-Seek.  He is hiding all over the North Pole and leaving clues to help others find him.  See if you can Breakout of Rudolph's Reindeer Games!  This game is geared toward students in elementary school.  Registration is required.  Please email Hollie @ hjenkins@irclibrary.org to register.  The game link will be emailed on December 17th @ 3:00 PM.  You can play anytime!  

Hollie   772-226-3080 ext. 4550   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Friday, December 18th — 3:00 PM

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, people were playing a Breakout Edu digital game based on the classic poem by Clement C. Moore.  The game is free to play.  Game link will be emailed on December 18th @ 3:00 Pm.  You can play anytime! Registration is required.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Monday, January 4th — 10:00 AM

Pick up your craft kit for an easy to make project.  Each kit will contain items needed to make that month's project.  Craft kits are intended for adults.  First come, first served.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Mondays — 10:00 AM

Are you missing human connection?  Are you a writer, an artist, a thinker, a dreamer, or just someone who wants to see what others in our community are passionate about?  Take home one of our journals, read what others in our community have written or sketched, add your own thoughts and creative energy, then return for the next person to enjoy!  Each journal has a theme.  Some are serious, some fun, some are to write about your favorite books and genres.  There is a topic for everyone!  All entries must be G-Rated and kind or they will be removed.  Journals check out for one week.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Mondays — 10:00 AM

Get into the spirit of the holidays with our take home bag of cheer!  Kits are geared for families of all ages!  Each kit will include a holiday movie, craft, sweet treats and more! Kits will be available November 16th - December 21st while supplies last. First come, first served.  One per family.  Library card is required. 

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Tuesdays — 10:00 AM

Bring a little sunshine to our senior community members!  Pick up a kit @ the Brackett Library and make a homemade paper art piece for seniors living in local facilities.  Kits include materials and instructions for making a paper art project.  Take your kit, make the project, and return back to us at the Brackett Library.  The completed art projects will be delivered to local senior facilities to brighten the resident's day!  Kits are geared for all ages and skill levels.  Kits will be available until supplies run out.  Kits do not include scissors and glue.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Tuesdays — 12:00 PM

Can you break the code?  Try out our code breaking kits!  Each kit contains a book and a locked box.  It's up to you to open the box with the clues given.  These kits are geared towards adults and teens.  The book, lock and box must be returned to the library.  There will be a limited number of kits available for check out.  First come, first served.  

Hollie   772-400-6366   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


Brackett Library
  • Wednesdays — 10:00 AM

Join us each week to play a virtual puzzle game!  Putting the pieces together will reveal scenes from around the Brackett Library.  New puzzles will be shared every Wednesday @ 10 AM via email with a link to play!  Please register by emailing Hollie @ hjenkins@irclibrary.org.  Screenshot your completed puzzles and email to Hollie for a small prize.  

Hollie   772-226-3080 ext. 4550   hjenkins@irclibrary.org


North IRC Library
  • Wednesdays — 10:00 AM

Handmade card kits and holiday cards are available at the North IRC Library or make your own. Return it to the library by December 19, and we will make sure it is delivered to a senior in the community.

North IRC Library   772-400-6360  


North IRC Library
  • Wednesdays — 10:00 AM

Not sure how to send a letter to Santa Claus? Not able to get a picture with Santa this year? We've got you covered. We've setup cardboard cutouts for you to use as props for your own holiday pictures!

North IRC Library   772-400-6360  


North IRC Library
  • First Thursday of the Month — 1:30 PM

First Thursday of each month, 1:30 pm. Free. Short movie trivia contest with prizes. Subscribe to the Friends of the North IRC Library newsletter and events mailing list at https://friendsncl.org for instructions on how to connect. Look for "Get Updates" at the bottom of the page.

North IRC Library   772-400-6360  


Brackett Library
  • Second Friday of the Month — 10:00 AM

Registration is required for this online event.  Please email or call Hollie to register.  Registrants must have Zoom with audio and video capability.  You will receive your Zoom invitation once registered.  Bingo Cards and Chips will be available for pick up at the Brackett Library  prior to the  program.  Limited space is available.  Small prizes for the winners will be available for pick up following the program.  

Hollie   772-226-3080 ext. 4550   hjenkins@irclibrary.org