Category Archives: Membership
Our next author event, An Evening with Craig Pittman on April 10, is part of Keep St. Pete Lit’s 2017 Sunlit Festival. The SunLit Festival is run by our community partner, Keep St. Pete Lit.
The SunLit Festival was featured in the Tampa Bay Times on Sunday, April 2, in this article by book editor Colette Bancroft.
Find out details about the festival’s other events here: http://keepstpetelit.org/sunlit-festival/
Our next author event, February 13 at 5:30 p.m., is An Evening with Cathy Salustri. Here’s what people are saying about her book, BACKROADS OF PARADISE: A JOURNEY TO REDISCOVER OLD FLORIDA.
Join us for the next event in our Centennial Year author series, An Evening With…Bruce Stephenson, PhD, Professor of Environmental Studies at Rollins College. The event is held on the second floor of the Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street N, St. Petersburg. Seating will be available at 5 p.m., with the talk starting at 5:30 p.m.
Bruce Stephenson has worked as a public planner, consultant, and professor. His research and teaching focus on the intersection of regional planning, environmental protection, and urbanism. He has written three books, over forty editorials, and published articles in a range of professional journals.
Stephenson will be discussing his new book, “John Nolen, Landscape Architect and City Planner,” which informed his consultancy for the Winter Park SunRail Station and the Genius Preserve and earned the 1000 Friends of Florida Community Betterment Award.
Stephenson is best known locally for his book “Visions of Eden: Environmentalism, Urban Planning, and City Building in St. Petersburg, Florida, 1900-1995.” Since the turn of the century, the opportunity to design a city nestled in a subtropical garden has attracted the nation’s preeminent planners to St. Petersburg. The most ambitious plan was developed in 1923 by John Nolen, who believed that an interconnected system of preserves and parks would enhance the city’s development and attract tourists for generations. His initiative failed miserably at the polls, however, because it threatened the conflicting notion of paradise held by hundreds of investors, who were profiting from the greatest real estate boom in the nation’s history and feared that planning would curtail speculation. As Stephenson points out, a half century would pass until a series of ecological disasters in the 1970s finally compelled city officials to adopt an environmentally sound development plan that reflected Nolen’s original vision. Stephenson carefully explores St. Petersburg’s slow awakening to ecological responsibility – to the importance of designing a community that meets both human needs and economic demands. As the debate over the “New Urbanism” moves forward, this book will serve as a useful guide for those who will plan, build, and inhabit the cities of the twenty-first century.
Stephenson is a scholar for the Florida Humanities Council, contributing to its “Imagining a New Florida” documentary series. He is also the Principal Investigator for an EPA Sustainability Curriculum Grant, Sustainable Enterprise: Activating SunRail in Winter Park, Florida. The research team of Rollins instructors and students completed is informing projects to improve bicycle and pedestrian mobility in Orlando and Winter Park.
Enjoy this music video parody made by the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. The link was sent to us by Brenda Riontino, a constant advocate for our library and libraries in general.
Join us Saturday, April 26, from noon to 2 pm on the front lawn of Mirror Lake Library, 280 5th Street North. Bring your own picnic lunch and the Friends will provide drinks, desserts and entertainment.
What to bring: Bring your lunch, chair, blanket, umbrella, hat, and insect repellent.
Book swap: Bring three books and take one home. The leftover books will be donated to the library book sale onSaturday, June 7.
Open mic: Maureen McDole from Keep St. Pete Lit will host. Sign up between noon and 1; the readings will be from 1 – 2 pm. We encourage a five-minute time frame for your reading.
The Friends provide: You can enjoy ice tea, lemonade, water, baked goods, and watermelon. We’ll have music between noon and 1 pm. Restrooms are available inside the library.
Your free gift: All existing members and those who sign up at the picnic will receive a gift book bag.
The picnic is open to the everyone, but please consider joining the Friends of Mirror Lake Library and be a part of our “100 in 100” campaign as we try to have 100 members by the library’s 100th anniversary in 2015. Annual memberships are $15 for individuals, and $20 for families.