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To partner with the North Indian River County Library to improve, enhance and expand the materials, services, and programs provided at the Library to members of our community.

Pick up your Zentangle bookmark kits for adults -

October 1 - 31

Library staff are collecting holiday cards for isolated seniors.  Handmade card kits and holiday cards can be picked up after Nov. 16th & returned to the Library by Dec 19th for distribution to seniors in our community.


Sponsored in part by the Friends of the North Indian River County Library

October 2020

  • Classic Films with a Twist : Zoom: Oct. 1st, 1:30 pm

  • Zentangle Bookmarks: Adult Take & Make

  • Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Oct. 1st - 24th

  • Trick-or-Treat at the Library, Oct. 31st

  • Teen Take & Make: Sewn Circuit LED Skulls

  • Teen Book Box

  • Children’s: I Survived Zoom Event, Oct. 1st, 4 pm

  • Children’s: Halloween Zoom Party, Oct. 29th, 4 pm


November 2020

  • Classic Films with a Twist: Zoom: Nov. 5th, 1:30 pm

  • Fall Luminaries: Adult Take & Make

  • Teen Take & Make: Sharpie Mugs

  • Teen Book Box

  • Children’s: Fun with Food Zoom Event, Nov. 19th, 4 pm


December 2020

  • Classic Films with a Twist: Zoom: Dec. 3rd, 1:30 pm

  • Christmas Cards for seniors, Nov. 16th – Dec. 19th

  • Christmas Ornament: Adult Take, Make & Give

  • Teen Book Box

  • Children’s: DIY Gifts Zoom Event, Dec. 10th, 4 pm


Visit or call 772-400-6360 for more information

Fall Programs for Children

Just because we can’t conduct any programming inside the library doesn’t mean Story Time has stopped. Thanks to Facebook live, Story Time still happens every Thursday at 10:00am. Each week a new “Grab & Go Story Time Kit” is available for pick-up. The kits include a stick puppet, a list of rhymes  and suggested books, instructions for a STEM activity and the supplies needed to make that week’s craft.

Recently we’ve hosted other online events including a NASA@My Library sponsored event about comets. Ms. Patti hosted the event that included a special guest from the Johnson Space Center. An “I Survived” Zoom event is planned for Oct 1st that will feature crafts, games and a special guest from the St Sebastian River Preserve State Park. This program will also feature a “Grab & Go Event Kit” that patrons can pick up at the North IRC and IRC Main Libraries.

Halloween will also feature a Zoom/Grab and Go event on October 29th at 4:00pm. We look forward to seeing all of our friends in costume, even if it has to be virtually this year.

"Classic Films with a Twist"

Dear Movie Lovers,

I think some of you must miss CLASSIC FILMS WITH A TWIST as much as I miss hosting the films and leading the discussions. It looks like it’s going to be a while before we can do it again.


In the meantime, I have come up with an idea to keep our group together. I am sending an invitation out to all Friends for whom we have email addresses to join me in a ZOOM meeting on Thursday, August 6 at 1:30 pm.  The meeting will be very informal and short. (The free Zoom app only allows 40 minutes).


Many of you may already have taken part in ZOOM meetings and know what to do. For those of you who are new to it, you may find  simple (I hope) instructions on the left side of this webpage on how to use Zoom.


Unfortunately,  it’s impossible to run a movie on Zoom, but I will be talking to you about the possibility of using our library’s Hoopla system for a future Zoom meeting. We wouldn’t be able to watch together, but we can all watch the same movie and discuss it after. I’m excited about that idea. Hope you are too!


Your Pal, Joe Gramm, the Movie Man


First Thursdays: 1:30 p.m.


 2020 Schedule of Hoopla Movies to be discussed

Plan 9 from Outer Space                           

  (1959 Cult Classic)      ZOOM discussion Thurs., Oct 1 @1:30 pm


(1:19) Often called “The Worst Movie Ever Made” it’s written & directed by the very strange Hollywood legend Edward D.Wood Jr. (You may remember Johnny Depp playing him in a 1984 film.) This was Bela Lugosi’s last movie. Also starring Tor Johnson, Lyle Talbot, and Vampira. Wood was determined to make a low budget, really scary movie. But trust me. You will laugh a lot. Perfect Halloween escapism.


Inherit the Wind

(1960)     ZOOM discussion Thurs., Nov. 5 @1:30 pm


(2:08) Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Florence Eldridge, Dick York, Harry Morgan. Based on a true event (the infamous1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial” in Tennessee), this movie is brilliant film-making and very entertaining. Tracy & March are especially outstanding as real-life famous attorneys Clarence Darrow & William Jennings Bryant. This battle of wits between old friends is a must-see movie.



(1970)      ZOOM discussion Thurs. Dec. 3rd @1:30 pm


(1:18) Albert Finney, Alec Guinness, Edith Evans, Kenneth More. This terrific, almost-forgotten treasure is a musical version of “A Christmas Carol”. Its many wonderful tunes include the hit song: “Thank You Very Much”. Albert Finney, of course, gives a spectacular performance as Scrooge. Music by Leslie Bricusse.



You need a computer, a smart phone, a tablet, or a laptop to join a meeting

Any of these devices must have an internet connection. Most have cameras, but if you don’t have one you can enter the meeting without a camera, but no-one will be able to see you or hear you. (But you can watch & hear)


It is easier to use Zoom if you install a Zoom App on your device. It is free—no charge.


For iPhones or iPads (Apple) install the free Zoom App from the App Store.   (You will probably need your Apple ID and password to install.)


For Android tablets and phones, install the free Zoom app from the Play Store.  


For Kindle Fire tablets, install the free Zoom app from the Amazon Appstore


If you want to install on your desktop computer go to ZOOM.US  This takes you to the Zoom homepage. In the upper right-hand corner, you will see an orange button saying, “Join up for Free”. Hit that and  follow the instructions all the way thru. Then the Zoom Icon should appear on your Computer desktop for future use.


NOTE: It is possible to join meetings without installing the Zoom App, but it is a bit trickier.  (Essentially you go to ZOOM.US homepage and hit the “Join a Meeting” button & follow instructions.)




I will send you an invitation by email. It will look something like this: (example only)


Joe Gramm is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.


Topic: Classic Films with a Twist

Time: Jul 11, 2020 01:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 726 1705 6654

Password: 5MJCij


You will need to copy the Meeting ID number and the Password. (or print the invite out to refer to when you need it)


On the day and time of the meeting you open the Zoom icon on your desktop. (You can go in a bit early or late. You don’t have to go in on the dot at 1:30 pm)


When you open it, you will see “Join a Meeting” Hit that button and it will ask you to enter Meeting ID. (ignore “or personal link name”). Enter the ID on the invitation (in example above the Meeting ID is 726 1705 6654)


That will take you to a second page. Somewhere on that page it will have a space to enter the Password. (Example above: 5MJCij) The password IS case sensitive.


When you enter it, you will be in the waiting room of the meeting until I let you into the meeting. If you are too early and I haven’t started yet, don’t worry about it. Just wait.


Once you are in, you may have to hit the Camera Icon on your page to turn on your camera. (It will have a red line through the picture of the camera meaning your camera isn’t on. Just hit that icon with your mouse).

THAT’S IT. Really quite simple. You can leave the meeting at any time or at the end I will close the meeting for all.

Borrowing movies via Hoopla

WHAT IS HOOPLA?  Hoopla is a groundbreaking digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, e-books, comics, and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone – and even your TV! With no waiting, titles can be streamed immediately, or downloaded to phones or tablets for offline enjoyment later. There are hundreds of thousands of titles to choose from, with more being added daily. Hoopla is like having your public library at your fingertips. Anytime. Anywhere.

To use on your TV you need to have Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, or Chromecast on that TV. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work on regular smart TVs. But it will work on your computer, tablet, or phone.


The easiest way to join Hoopla now is to go to:

Follow instructions to sign up. You will need your library card number. Also, don't forget when any choices come up enter "Indian River County Library" (Hoopla does not recognize "North Indian River County Library")

Once you are signed up, go to “Browse” and pick what you are looking for (Movies, books, etc.)

Generally, books can be borrowed for 21 days and movies can be borrowed for 3 days. At this point you are limited to 5 or 6 checkouts per month.

To borrow one of the movies in my series (“Moonstruck” for instance), type in the name of the movie in the white search field at the top of the page. It will offer several choices including “Music from Moonstruck”. Just select the one that says Movie. Hit the “borrow” button and it is yours to watch at your leisure for the next three days. Don’t worry about the message that says “This title is available for streaming and downloading (mobile devices only).” It will download to any device including your computer. At the end of 3 days, it will be automatically removed.

Captions for the hard of hearing (subtitles) seem to be available for all the movies (Including the four I’ve chosen for the remainder of the year (Moonstruck, Plan 9 From Outer Space, Inherit the Wind, & Scrooge.) Just look around the bottom of the screen as you are watching the movie for how to turn them on or off.


There is no limit to how many people can borrow at the same time, so we can all watch the movie at the same time if we wanted to. We just won’t physically be together in the same room.


As Al Jolson says in THE JAZZ SINGER (1927) the first full-length talking picture, "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothing yet!” 

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After an extended closing, we are pleased to announce that the Used Book Area, at the North County Library, has reopened.  There are lots of books to choose from so come in to browse.  We’ll be looking forward to seeing our old and new patrons.

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