Upcoming Events

Upcoming events from Friends of Mirror Lake Library with our community partner Keep St. Pete Lit:

Monday, November 14, 2016: “An Evening with…Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn.”

Saturday, December 3, 2016: Mirror Lake Library Book Sale.

Monday, February 13, 2017: “An Evening with…Cathy Salustri.”

Monday, April 10, 2017: “An Evening with…” author event as part of the Keep St. Pete Lit Sunlit Festival. Author to be announced.

 

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An Evening with…Lisa L. Kirchner

The unofficial election results say Lisa Kirchner was the funniest author we’ve ever had in our author series. Here are some photos from the September 12 event. If you missed her, get her book HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE from Amazon.

 

 

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An Evening With…Lisa L. Kirchner– September 12, 2016

The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit present:  An Evening With…Lisa L. Kirchner on September 12, on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg.  Open seating is available at 5:00 p.m.  Opening remarks and the lecture begin at 5:30.  The author reception and book signing is from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.LisaKirchnerreadingatStudio620

Lisa Kirchner hoped moving to Qatar would change everything. Until it did.  Unlike the most women’s travel memoirs, this is the story of the person left behind.  “Think Bridget Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia,” says Eric Weiner, the author of the best-selling GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS.

Lisa L. Kirchner is the author of the critically-acclaimed HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE:  WHAT I LEARNED AS A WOMAN IN QATAR.

Lisa Kirchner was 35 when she married the man of her dreams. Together they moved to Qatar for one last adventure before starting a family.  But things quickly derailed. Heading up the marketing department at a university in one of the world’s most patriarchal cultures brought unanticipated challenges.  Then she learned she’d never have children.  At least they had each other.
“He pulled me close and said, ‘Baby, I didn’t marry you for your ability to reproduce.’ I never wanted anything more than to be loved like that.”  If only the story ended there.
With powerful and frank insight, the author describes what it was like to lose everything in a land that was utterly foreign.  At the heart of this narrative is a magical place and time in history – Qatar at the turn of the 21st century – that shaped her own radical transformation.  It’s the author’s first book.
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Lisa L. Kirchner has been featured on FOX News, BBC Radio and on NPR stations.  Her writing has appeared in book anthologies, magazines & newspapers including The Washington Post, New York Times and Salon.com.  At one time she was simultaneously the dating columnist for an alternative newsweekly, bridal editor for a society rag and the religion reporter for a gay and lesbian newspaper.

Learn more about her at www.LisaLKirchner.com.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fall 2016 Author Events

The Friends of the Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit announce the next two events in our “An Evening With…” author series on Monday, September 12, and Monday. November 14.  All author events are from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on the second floor of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North, St. Petersburg.qatar

Lisa L. Kirchner, the author of the critically-acclaimed HELLO AMERICAN LADY CREATURE:  WHAT I LEARNED AS A WOMAN IN QATAR,  will speak on September 12.

Lisa Kirchner hoped moving to Qatar would change everything. Until it did.

Unlike the most women’s travel memoirs, this is the story of the person left behind. “Think Bridget Jones meets Lawrence of Arabia,” says Eric Weiner, the author of the best-selling GEOGRAPHY OF BLISS.

On November 14, we have two authors, Amy Krout-Horn and Gabriel Horn.

Amy Krout-Horn has resided in two worlds:  the world of the sighted and the world of the blind.  She has been a writer in both of them, creating novels (including DANCING IN CONCRETE MOCCASINS), essays, and short stories.  She is also a regular contributor to Slate and Style magazine.

Gabriel Horn’s publications span across four decades, and include MOTHERLESS, a novel that has won six book awards, including Winner of the 2016 International Book Award for Multicultural Fiction.

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Meeting minutes for April 6, 2016

The April 6th 2016 meeting of Friends of Mirror Lake Library was called to order by President Linda Sagese. A quorum was present.

February 3rd minutes were read and approved.

Treasury report was read and changes reported.

Sandy Allen read letter from Wayne Finley. Linda Sagese suggested that we express appreciation for Wayne’s tireless work.

Members were introduced:
Otto Dicepius
Matt Jackson
Sophie Cole
Courtney Walker

We had a surprise visit by Dwight Lane representative from district 68. He discussed the solar energy amendment that will be on the ballot in 2008.

We dicussed ways to recruit members. Sandy Allen will send membership list out. Our facebook page was discussed by Mauren Mcdole.

Sophie Cole discused new ways to get young people to Mirror Lake. Several ideas were passed around, Kawah coffee truck, Get “First Night” involved, other business pairings.

Sandy Allen is partnering with outreach to help with the homeless near Mirror Lake.

We agreed to meet in June 6 pm. Every board member will help with book sale in June.

Meeting was adjourned at 7pm.

Respectfully submitted,

Wickie Lofgren
Secretary, FoMLL

 

 

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Annual Book Sale – Saturday June 18, 2016

Mirror Lake Library
280 5th Street North, 3rd floor
St. Petersburg, Florida
Saturday, June 18, 2016
9 am – 5 pm
cash and checks only, please

It’s the Annual Mirror Lake Library Book Sale, sponsored by Friends of Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit.

To clear out some space on your shelves, please donate any books, CDs, or DVDs to the library between now and Friday, June 17.

Then come to the sale on the 3rd floor of the Mirror Lake Library on Saturday, June 18 and replenish those empty spaces!

We need a few volunteer cashiers during the day. If you can help, sign up at Our annual Mirror Lake Library Book Sale, sponsored by Friends of Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit, is Saturday, June 18, from 9 am to 5 pm, on the third floor (community room) of the Mirror Lake Community Library at 280 5th Street North, downtown St. Petersburg.

To clear out some space on your shelves, please donate any books, CDs, or DVDs to the library between now and Friday, June 17.  Then come to the sale on the 3rd floor of the Mirror Lake Library on and replenish those empty spaces!

We need a few more volunteers for the day of the sale.  If you can help, sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e044aafad28a3fa7-annual.

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Books by Nathan Van Coops

Join us for An Evening With…Nathan Van Coops, presented by Friends of Mirror Lake Library and Keep St. Pete Lit, on Monday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m.

Here are Nathan’s two books, available on Amazon:

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They have a dangerous past. They just haven’t lived it yet.

“We broke something. How do you break time? Can something so bad happen that you fracture the world?”

Benjamin Travers has been electrocuted. What’s worse, he and his friends have woken up in the past. As the friends search for a way home, they realize they’re not alone. There are other time travelers, and some of them are turning up dead.
When Ben meets an enigmatic scientist and his charming, time-traveling daughter, salvation seems at hand, but escaping the dangers of the past may lead to a deadly future.
If he hopes to save his friends, Ben must learn to master space and time, and survive a journey where past and future violently collide.

Action and romance heat up in this first book of the time travel adventure series.

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Run from the past. Run from the future. Run for your lives.

He’s a novice time traveler in a big universe.

Ben just wants time with the scientist’s daughter who got him into this, but when he’s rooked into competing in a chronothon–an Amazing Race through time–getting the girl means he’ll need to make the finish line. When he finds out this competition is more than just a sprint through history, winning takes a back seat to surviving. To save the people he loves, he’ll have to conquer the real dangers hidden in the shadows of the chronothon.

The world of time travelers expands in this next installment of the In Times Like These time travel series. Fans of book one will find more to love, but new readers can jump right in and enjoy this stand-alone time travel novel. Expect action, adventure, and romance on this journey through past and future. Fresh dangers will arise for Ben and company in a quest for the finish line, where failure to keep up will cost more than just a shot at glory—it could mean the end for them all.

 

 

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