Santa Rosa County library events

Press Gazette staff

MILTON  — These library events are scheduled throughout Santa Rosa County. Check the library website for additional details at

Library locations:

  • Milton — 5541 Alabama St.
  • Pace — 4750 Pace Patriot Blvd.
  • Jay — 5259 Booker Lane
  • Gulf Breeze — 1060 Shoreline Drive
  • Navarre — 8484 James M. Harvell Road



Libraries will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas holiday.



"Book a Trip" with Family Story Hour! Join us as we journey to all seven continents. There will be stories, activities, and more related to each destination on our trip. This month we will explore Europe. Come each month to receive a stamp in your Family Story Hour passport. Family Story Hour will be presented during the following times this month:

  • 4 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 3 at the Navarre library
  • 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7 at the Milton library
  • 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Gulf Breeze library
  • 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Jay library
  • 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18 at the Pace library

FRIENDS OF THE GULF BREEZE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE: 4-7 p.m. Dec. 14 and 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dec. 15, join the Friends of the Gulf Breeze library for their book sale in the Gulf Breeze library meeting room. There is something for everyone, so check it out. This event is open to the public. Support your local Friends group!


  • Dec. 8, 10 a.m. at the Gulf Breeze, Jay, and Pace libraries
  • Dec. 15, 10 a.m. at the Milton and Navarre libraries

Santa will take a break from his preparations at the North Pole to visit Santa Rosa County Libraries. You'll be treated to a Christmas story, festive snacks, and a gift from Santa. Please bring your camera if you would like a picture taken with Santa. All ages are welcome! Special thanks to area Friends of the Library for sponsoring this spectacular visit.

CHRISTMAS MOVIE MADNESS: 3 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Navarre library, celebrate the first afternoon of Christmas break with a movie. Join us as we watch Jack Skellington's attempts to bring Christmas to Halloween Town (rated PG). Costumes are encouraged. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.


PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Storytime programs are for preschool children ages 3-5 and include stories, finger plays and action rhymes. Caregivers must remain in the library during storytime. However, they cannot accompany children into the programs. Programs start promptly at the assigned times. Latecomers are not admitted.

First timer? Visit the library to meet the storytime presenter, pick up a welcome packet, explore the children's area, and enjoy a tour of the library.

Storytime will be presented during the following times Sept. 17 through Dec. 7:

  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at the Jay Library
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Navarre and Milton Libraries
  • 11 – 11:30 a.m. on Fridays at the Gulf Breeze and Pace Libraries

Check the library website for additional details at

READING WITH GABBY: 10 a.m. Dec. 1 at the Pace library, read with Gabby the therapy dog! Space is limited; registration is required. Speak with a staff member to sign up.

REFRESHING READS BOOK CLUB: 3 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Jay library, enjoy an uplifting book club where one can talk about books in a spirit of fun and sharing. Refreshing Reads meets the first Tuesday of every month. See a staff person to sign up. This month choose one of our Christmas cookbooks and bake one of the Christmas treats in them to share at the meeting.

READING WITH SUMMIT: 4 p.m. Dec. 4 and 18 at the Milton Library, visit the library to read with Summit, the K-9 Literacy Dog! Space is limited. Registration is required. Speak with a staff member to sign up.

THE ILLUSTRIATES GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB: 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Navarre Library, sixth through 12th graders can join fellow graphic novel enthusiasts on the first Wednesday of each month to discuss the book of the month. Members can suggest reading ideas, interests, and discuss the world of the graphic novel. This month’s selection is “Estranged” by Ethan Aldridge. Speak with a staff member to sign up.

BOOK CHAT: 4 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Pace Library, one of the next best things to reading a good book is chatting about it. Join the conversation on the first Wednesday of every month at 4 p.m. This month's selection is “The Widows of Malabar Hill” by Sujata Massey. Registration is required.

FOR THE WIN! GAMES DAY: 9 a.m. Dec. 8, at the Milton library join us for game day. You can bring your own games from home or play those provided by us. There will also be an ongoing Dungeons & Dragons campaign. This event is open to all ages, and game groups are welcome.

FRIENDS OF THE NAVARRE LIBRARY BOARD MEETING: 10 a.m. Dec. 10 at the Navarre Library, 8484 James M. Harvell Road, Navarre.

THE INKLINGS: 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Milton Library, sixth through 10th graders are invited to share their ideas about the book of the month. This month we will have a “book tasting” featuring “Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan, among others. Speak with a staff member to register.

FRIENDS OF THE GULF BREEZE LIBRARY BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Gulf Breeze library, 1060 Shoreline Drive. Details:

PAGE TURNERS: 1 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Gulf Breeze Library, the fiction book club meets on the second Friday of every other month for a brown bag lunch and book discussion. This month's selection is “An American Marriage” by Tayari Jones. There is a limit of 20 participants, so call or visit the library to sign up.

FAMILY MOVIE MONDAYS: 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at the Navarre library, family movies will be shown the third Monday of every month at 3 p.m. Join us this month as we watch the adventures of a boy and his sister as they set out to recover their new puppy after their father's girlfriend steals it (rated PG). Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Navarre Library.

GAME NIGHT: 3 p.m. Dec. 18 at Jay library, bring games from home or play those provided by the library. All ages and game groups are welcome.

ANIMANGA CLUB: 4 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Gulf Breeze Library, bring your art; discuss techniques of drawing, cartooning, anime and manga, as well as your favorite titles and artists in those genres. Open to sixth- through eighth-graders. Join us on July 17 for a special two hour meeting as we watch Miguel journey to the Land of the Dead. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Gulf Breeze Library.

THIRD THURSDAYS WITH YOUR COUNTY MASTER GARDENER: 11 a.m. Dec. 20, the county master gardeners will present a monthly series on a variety of interesting topics with solutions for your gardening life. This month’s topic, “Pruning,” will be presented by Mike Burba.

ROBOTICS AND TECH FOR TWEENS & TEENS: 4 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Gulf Breeze Library, tweens and teens ages 10-17 who are interested in robotics, coding, Arduino, virtual reality, and all things tech-related are invited to join us for a robotics and tech club. Meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month. Beginners through expert level are welcome.

BIBLIOBABBLERS TEEN BOOK CLUB: 6 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Gulf Breeze library, ninth through 12th graders who are 14-18 years old can discuss the read-of-the-month with friends at the Gulf Breeze Library. Bibliobabblers meets at 6 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. This month’s book is “Children of Blood and Bone” by Tomi Adeyemi.


READING FANATICS BOOK CLUB: 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Navarre library, join us for a new book club. Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5 p.m. Come tell us what you’d like to read. Fiction and nonfiction titles are welcome!

GRAPHIC NOVEL BOOK CLUB: 5 p.m. Jan. 22 at Milton library, due to the Christmas holiday, there will be no meeting in December. Join us in January for “Supergirl: Being Super” by Mariko Tamaki.