Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale through April 16

Also, a list of literary events, activities and releases

Published: Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12:50 p.m.

The Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale continues through April 16 with more than 700,000 items in more than 60 categories — most priced from 25 cents to $4.

The collection includes classical and modern fiction, children's and young adults' books, textbooks from preschool through graduate school, large-print books, cookbooks, hobby books, audio books, music CDs, videotapes and DVDs, manga, comic books, magazines, framed artwork, posters, records, games and puzzles, video games, computer software, art and more.

The Collector's Corner is open through Tuesday and features special items including first editions, signed copies and rare books for purchase at fair prices.

All proceeds from the Book Sale help to purchase library materials, support children and adult library programs countywide, fund scholarships for library staff and special land purchases as well as remodeling projects for the library.

The Spring Book Sale takes place at the Friends of the Library Book House, 430 N. Main St. Hours: 1-6 p.m. April 13, noon-7 p.m. April 14 and April 15 (general collection is half price), and noon-6 p.m. April 16 everything is 10 cents).

For more information, call the Friends of the Library, 375-1676, or go to or the Alachua County Library District's website at


■ Poetry Month: Mary Bast and Tad Karmazyn will share their writing experiences, 2:30 p.m. April 13, Millhopper Branch Library, 1345 NW 43rd St. The free event is sponsored by the Writers Alliance of Gainesville.

Bast will share examples of how to find poetry in anything from a soup label to a political manifesto in her presentation called “Found Poetry: A Literary Rorschach.”

Karmazyn will read short poems, sing poems/songs accompanied by his wife, Anna, and will share his experience translating poems from English into Polish in a presentation called “Between Tongues.”

Bast writes poetry, memoir and flash fiction, and she was one of 85 poets from seven countries to write a poem a day in 2013 from one of 85 Pulitzer Prize-winning works of fiction for Pulitzer Remix, a National Poetry Month initiative. Her poetry has been published in Bukowski on Wry, The Found Poetry Review, right hand pointing and Pea River Journal's “Remaking Moby Dick.”

Karmazyn moved to the U.S. in 1982 from his native Poland, where he was recognized by the Ministry of Culture and Art for his work. His Polish-English book of poems, “Powroty/Returns,” was published by the Polish Agency Marpress in Gdansk in 2013.

■ Laura Lee Smith: St. Augustine author Laura Lee Smith discusses her debut novel, “Heart of Palm,” 7-9 p.m. April 14, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St.

“Heart of Palm,” which recently won Florida Book Awards' Silver Medal, is a portrait of a small town north of St. Augustine and one dysfunctional, unforgettable family.

Smith is a former Gainesville resident, attended classes at UF and worked as a medical transcriptionist in the general surgery department at Shands Hospital. She is working on a new book, set in Jacksonville.

An Alachua County Library District Book Club Kit for this title is available to library cardholders. For additional information, visit the Library District's eBranch at or contact Nickie Kortus at 334-3909 or

■ Jennifer Van Bergen: Local author and former New School University professor Jennifer Van Bergen discusses “archetypal thinking,” 4:30 p.m. April 24 at the Headquarters Library. Free.

Van Bergen taught the archetypal-thinking approach for writers in the Writing Program at the New School University in New York City from 1993 to 2003. Prior to that, she developed and taught the approach from 1983 to 1993 in her own business.

Her book “Archetypes for Writers: Using the Power of your Subconscious,” was published in 2006 by Michael Wiese Productions. Copies of her book will be available for purchase online and at the event.

Van Bergen is semi-retired and lives in Gainesville where she runs a small indoor/outdoor sanctuary for ferrets and cats under her nonprofit, the 12th Generation Institute, which is dedicated to promoting the principles of archetypal thinking.


■ “Harmonizer”: Gainesville author Daniel Blumberg has published his first book, “Harmonizer” (Createspace, $16.79 paperback, or $3.99 ebook on Amazon), the first in a five-book series.

“Harmonizer” tells the story of Dan Corden, who, after an earthquake destroys his military school, discovers a beautiful extraterrestrial buried underneath the rubble with him. Aelita Godhes frees them, sparking a series of international incidents.

Blumberg is an avid fan of anime, fantasy and science fiction. He also enjoys reading scientific research. He lives with his wife in Gainesville, where he has gained the rank of master of knowledge in the Santa Fe College Society For NERDS and takes part in a weekly champions role-playing game.

Blumberg graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He also has a State of Florida Law Enforcement Certificate.

■ “Buckingham County”: Patti Gallo, a former sheriff's detective, has published a new mystery and detective novel, “Buckingham County” (Tate Publishing).

The book presents an interwoven story of seemingly separate events. Inside a holding cell at the U.S. Marshall's Service, a homeless man awaits an appearance before a magistrate judge.

In Gainesville, a young attorney enters a federal courthouse expecting a routine appointment to represent an indigent man charged with bank robbery. In a small Florida Panhandle town, a beloved shewriff publicly protects the residents who have elected him into office and privately watches over a reclusive and mystical tribe of people.

The book is available at bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, and

Gallo, a former sheriff's detective, is an investigator for a large law firm in North Central Florida.

■ “Attachment Parenting”: In her book, “Attachment Parenting: Advice, Tips and Solutions for Caring for Your Baby” (Ryland Peters and Small), Lacie Rader focuses on the how-to of attachment parenting and offers solutions that are gentle, natural and straightforward.

Rader, a teacher, reading specialist and mother living in Gainesville, uses her own experience as the mother of a high-need, highly-sensitive child, to provide down-to-earth, engaging and accessible advice for other child-centered attachment parents. She writes a blog ( and directs The Holding Hands Preschool in Athens, Ohio (opening in August 2014).


■ Talking Service: A reading and discussion program for veterans, their family and friends meets 7-8:30 p.m. the third Monday of every month, Beltram Peace Center, 1236 NW 18th Ave. (376-0044 or

■ The Book Rack Book Club: Meets 3 p.m. the first Thursday of every month. The Book Rack, 4936 NW 39th Ave. (224-3945)

■ Gainesville Poets & Writers: Meets 6:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Books-A-Million, 2601 NW 13th St.

■ Weekly Poetry Jam: Gainesville's longest-running open poetry reading, 9 p.m. Thursdays, Civic Media Center, 433 S. Main St. (373-0010,

■ Writer's Alliance of Gainesville: Anyone interested in the written word is welcome; see for exact dates, Millhopper Branch Library, 3145 NW 43rd St. Free.

■ Tempting Reads Book Club: Group meets 6 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of every month. Newberry Branch Library, 110 S. Seaboard Drive, Newberry. Open to the public. (472-1135)


Celebrate Earth Day

■ Spirit Dancers: Michelle Harris of Jordan Glen School directs the Spirit Dancers in a celebration including song, dance and poetry readings, all ages, 3 p.m. today, Archer Community Center, hosted by the Archer Branch Library.

■ Clever Crafts: Create a craft from recycled materials, for teens, 4 p.m. Wednesday, Headquarters Library.

■ LOVE the Earth: Children, tweens and teens are invited to learn how to recycle everyday items into something new and useful. Participants will plant their own seedling, 3:30 a.m. April 21, Library Partnership.

■ Butterfly Release: Stories about butterflies will be read, then butterflies will be released in the courtyard, followed by a butterfly craft program, ages 3-11, 10:30 a.m. April 22, Headquarters Library.

■ Get Wild on Earth Day: Learn about Florida’s natural wildlife with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission, ages 5-11, 3 p.m. April 22, High Springs Branch.

■ Greathouse Butterfly Farm: Learn all about butterflies with the Greathouse Butterfly Farm. See butterflies up close, and learn more about life on a butterfly farm, ages 1-11, 2 p.m. April 26, Tower Road Branch Library.

Revel in spring and poetry

■ Poem in your Pocket: Share your favorite poem or find a new one to carry in your pocket. Create your own poetry artwork to take home, for teens, 3:30-6:30 p.m. April 21-24, Millhopper Branch Library.

■ Poem in Your Pocket Day: Children will select a poem, carry it with them and share it with others throughout the day, 2 p.m. April 24, Cone Park Branch Library.

■ Poets and Writers Among Us: Poets and writers meet monthly to inspire and be inspired, adults, 4 p.m. April 24, Alachua Branch Library.

■ Poetry and Fiction: UF MFA@FLA reading: MFA@FLA reading from the Spring 2014 graduating class of poets and fiction writers, for adults, 3-5:30 p.m., April 25, Headquarters Library.

■ River of Words: Create a word collage to be displayed in the library and then create your own personal river of words collage to take home. Discover the book “A River of Words” by Jen Bryant to become inspired, ages 5-11, 3 p.m. April 30, Hawthorne Branch.

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