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Medicare 101

Friends of the Library’s Adult Education Program is sponsoring an informative presentation exploring the many questions that arise in navigating the “ins” and “outs” of Medicare. The program, entitled Medicare 101, will be held on Tuesday afternoon, November 7th at 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room of the Fernandina Beach Library, 25 N. 4th Street, Fernandina Beach. Learn the basics with an experienced Medicare agent. Some of the many topics that will be addressed include Original Medicare and other options; the meanings of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D;...
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Woodblock Talismans Lecture, Film, Reception

Friends of the Library is pleased to announce a lecture, film and meet and greet reception for the current exhibit of “Dressing the Dead” in the community room of the Fernandina Beach Library on November 2, “All Souls Day” from 4 – 7 pm. The items on display are from the personal collection of James Kemp of Fernandina Beach. Professor James Kemp will explain how his printed Vietnamese talismans are employed in traditional Asian burials. Mr. Kemp first encountered the artwork of talismans when he was sent to Vietnam in...
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Burbank Net Making and Shrimping History Presentation

Come out for an informative evening with Mr. Billy Burbank III and his brother Frank Burbank who are part of Fernandina Beach’s renowned shrimping and net making family. Folklorist Dr. Peggy Bulger will interview the brothers in an informal and audience-participation evening that will explore Fernandina Beach’s history and heritage grounded in the shrimping industry. Join Dr. Bulger and the Burbank Brothers on Monday evening October 16th from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the Fernandina Beach Library Community Room, 25 N. 4th Street. A slide show and video clips,...
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Fall Exhibit of Woodblock Talismans from Vietnam

A new exhibit is now on display in the community room of the Fernandina Beach Library. The exhibition is entitled “Dressing the Dead: Woodblock talismans of Vietnam.” The items on display are from the personal collection of James Kemp of Fernandina Beach. Mr. Kemp first encountered the artwork of talismans when he was sent to Vietnam in 1967 with the US Navy at 20 years old. He returned and earned a BA degree in 1973 in Asian Studies from Florida State University. He began collecting talismans and woodblocks in 1973...
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