Winter Community Programs, at 10 a.m. Wednesdays through Feb. 27, are designed to have educational and entertainment value as participants learn about our community and neighbors.

These programs are sponsored by Friends of Coastal Branch Library. For more information, call Linda Thompson at 850-267-2809. The Coastal Library, 437 Greenway Trail in Santa Rosa Beach, is behind the South Walton Government/Education Complex on Hwy. 331 South. The programs are free for the public with limited seating.

“Poor Smart Rich, Moving from Poverty to Middle Class and Beyond”

This popular book describes six simple goals for young Americans, which enable them to reach an exciting and successful life. Those who care for, mentor, and teach young people will want to know these principles and pass them on. You will learn on Feb. 6 how to talk to young people so that they will listen, how a “special order” of life allows advancement to the middle class and beyond, and how young people learn to take responsibility for their own lives. John Segal, a lawyer and successful business owner who rose from poor surroundings, developed these goals while teaching Sunday school classes to middle and high school students for 19 years and while chairing the National Fatherhood Initiative for 18 years. A proven life changer for young people, this book has plenty of value for adult readers regarding life goals, strong faith and financial intelligence. This book will show you how to positively influence the young people in your life.

Discover the “Silverlinings” in Your Everyday Life 

Tolliny Rankins is a certified life coach, consultant and adjunct professor. She has been an entrepreneur for over 20 years, owning and partnering in several successful businesses. She has her Th.B. and Th.M. in Christian Theology. In 2015, Rankins completed and received her Th.D., in Christian Theology from International Miracle Institute in Pensacola. She is passionate about empowering others towards their destiny. Her talk Feb. 13 will offer everyday tools that assist us to create a more fulfilling lifestyle. You will hear how to motivate yourself to bring out the best in you! By simply applying useful yet practical information along with a positive attitude, new life can be discovered. Learn how to make and take the time to discover the ‘Silverlingings” in your everyday life.

Great Art Rescues

Everyone knows the names of great artists, but how many of the names and stories do you know about the people who over the centuries have rescued great art? One may question then, who is more important, the artist or the collector? Is art and culture worth saving? Helen Ballance, who works and lives in the Panama City Beach area, presents her program Feb. 20. Her passion for painting led to the creation of the Beach Art Group and The Sunshine Arts Center in Panama City Beach with the mission of growing the arts and culture in our community. Her work is currently on display at The Palms Conference Center. Since Hurricane Michael, she has spearheaded Project Jumpstart Art, designed to collect funds for local artists and to create installation opportunities.

A Musical Presentation, “Living the Dream”

Since 1988, Cheryl Jones and a merry band of gentlemen, Jones and Company, have been making funky music together on the Emerald Coast, music that reflects her Detroit roots. Music lifts us. It soothes us, distracts us and keeps us company. Good times or bad, at peace or at play, there’s a soundtrack to our lives. And Jones has made it her life’s mission to find or write the perfect song to suit every moment. “Music is a conduit for me,” Jones said. “It flows through me and takes a part of me with it. And I take a part of it with me.” Her music has provided a soundtrack for people along the Emerald Coast, when, at the urging of a cousin who had already relocated here, Jones and her husband, Denny, left their hometown of Detroit and put their roots down in the Florida sand. They formed their band, Jones and Company, the following year. “This community allows us to live the dream,” she said. “The sea breeze is really inspiring. People here are calm, accepting and ready to just go with the flow.” Jones and Company is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with the release of a new CD titled, “Raise the Roof.