This year, the State of Florida is celebrating the 500 anniversary of Juan Ponce de Leon’s arrival in 1513 with Florida Viva 500. Ponce de Leon’s arrival charted a new course for the land he would name La Florida. To learn more about Florida Viva 500, click the state seal below. Discover the native authors, history, folklife, and more, by visiting the library and checking out our Florida section. Ask about applying for a library card while you’re here.