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OneBlood bus highlights Apalachicola library’s February

February is Love Your Libraries month, and to celebrate, the Apalachicola Margaret Key Public Library is reminding residents that digital ebooks, audiobooks, emagazines, and elearning classes are available with their free library card.

Libby (previously known as Overdrive) operates as both a website and downloadable app. If you normally listen to podcasts, or pay regularly for a subscription service like Audible, let Libby launch you into something new. An Apalachicola library card grants access to over 32,000 digital items through the Panhandle Library Access Network, a service made possible through a generous donation from the Billings family of Apalachicola.  

Everyone is invited to visit libbyapp.com/library/panhandle to see what’s available and learn more about how Libby can lead into your next article, book, or even hobby. 

This Saturday, Feb. 12 from noon to 4 p.m., the library will be open for a special “$5 Fill-A-Bag Book Sale” benefitting the library, and sponsored by the library’s re-energized Friends group: P.A.L.S. (Patrons of the Apalachicola Library Society).

Swing by anytime on Valentine’s Day, Monday, Feb. 14 to craft a free Valentine for the sweetheart in your life. All supplies, including old-fashioned doilies, construction paper, and glitter glue will be available, along with help on love sonnets and poetry to charm that special someone. Kids are invited from 4 to 5 p.m. for a read-aloud and treat decorating to celebrate the day.

On Wednesday, Feb. 16, the OneBlood bus will be parked from 1 to 7 p.m. for a Blood Drive, benefitting the area hospitals now experiencing a blood shortage. Donors will receive a $20 gift card, snack, and long sleeved t-shirt, in gratitude. Stay to participate in the popular Library Book Club, convening at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the collected stories in ”Krik? Krak!,” a work by Florida author Edwidge Danticat.

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 3 to 5 p.m., kids and teens are invited to come out for a beginning songwriting class. The library will introduce some apps, and a volunteer will be on hand to help kids craft their music.

On Friday, Feb. 25 from 4 to 5 p.m. the second “Teen Craft & Chat” will be held for ages 12 and older to chat with friends, create a take-home craft item, and snack on pizza.

Bring Me A Book – Franklin continues to offer “Books for Babies” every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m., and “Sunset Stories” each Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. Reading, crafts, songs, and Free books will be offered at each program, all month long!

A volunteer Master Gardener continues to answer gardening, landscaping, and any plant-related questions every Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m..

Special interactive displays, and $1 “Blind Date” books, are featured all month long in the lovely library on 12th Avenue. If those New Year’s resolutions for fitness are feeling stale, try a resolution to visit the local library, get a library card, read more regularly, and invest in the community.

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Meet the Editor

David Adlerstein, The Apalachicola Times’ digital editor, started with the news outlet in January 2002 as a reporter.

Prior to then, David Adlerstein began as a newspaperman with a small Boston weekly, after graduating magna cum laude from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. He later edited the weekly Bellville Times, and as business reporter for the daily Marion Star, both not far from his hometown of Columbus, Ohio.

In 1995, he moved to South Florida, and worked as a business reporter and editor of Medical Business newspaper. In Jan. 2002, he began with the Apalachicola Times, first as reporter and later as editor, and in Oct. 2020, also began editing the Port St. Joe Star.

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