Shaping A World View

Later this year, the Library of Congress will host its 13th annual book festival in Washington D.C. from September 21-22. As part of its festivities, the Library invites the public to participate in its “Books That Shaped the World” survey. To participate, access the survey here.

New Items For Check Out

Stop by Valparaiso Community Library to check out the latest items available to you.

DVDs: Werewolf, The Barrens, Flash Gordon, Red Lights, When I Find The Ocean, Hans Christian Andersen, Back To The Sea and more.

Books: Spillover, Angels at the Table, The Walking Dead: the Road to Woodbury, Black List, The Twelve, The Bourne Imperative, The Fallen Angel, Political Suicide and more.

And remember that your Valparaiso Community Library card is accepted at all members of the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative: Crestview, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther and Niceville!

Florida Presidential History

Florida’s landscape has been a natural attraction for generations of people from Spanish explorers to astronauts during the past 500 years. While in office, U.S. Presidents Harry Truman, John Kennedy and Richard Nixon enjoyed Florida’s coastal scenery of Key West, Palm Beach and Key Biscayne. Nixon’s former retreat has been developed for private use, but visitors can visit Truman’s Little White House  located in Key West. President Kennedy came to Florida to unwind, but the climate he faced was much different than that of Truman and Nixon. The  Palm Beach Maritime Museum  houses a nuclear fallout shelter that was to serve as the base of operations for Kennedy if the Cuban Missile Crisis resulted in nuclear war.  

Florida has served as more than a vacation destination in its 500 years.  Celebrate and learn about the state that we call home with Viva Florida 500.

Florida Writers

Explore Florida writers during 2013 as Florida celebrates Viva Florida 500. One of Florida’s most noted author was Patrick D. Smith. In his landmark novel,  A Land Remembered, Smith explores Florida through the eyes of a  pioneer family from the late 1800s through their descendants of the 20th Century. A Land Remembered is available for checkout through the Valparaiso Community Library and the Okaloosa County Public Library Cooperative. Stop by Valparaiso Community Library to survey our selection of Florida books.