Real Mail Friday, JCBA, FAU Libraries

Carnevale Social

Friday February 7
2 to 6 PM in JCBA's Book Arts Gallery
at FAU’s Wimberly Library 3rd Floor East
Suggested Donation: $10 or more

In Venice, the Carnevale Season will begin this year on the 8th of February. Carnival isn’t celebrated much in the States but it has a long history in convivial American towns like New Orleans, Key West, and Mobile, Alabama. In other lands, though, Carnival is a very big deal. In Venice, it’s filled with elaborate masks and high Baroque fashion. How romantic! As luck would have it, we’re also just a week away from Valentine’s Day. So for February's Real Mail Fridays letter writing social, we’re focusing on both. Bring the spirit of whatever Carnival you choose, and bring a bit of Cupid’s vibe, too. We’ll set the scene with as much Venetian festivity as we can muster, with a distinctly Old Italian flair.

You’ll find our usual good company and good music… not to mention papers and pens and art supplies and even the postage stamps for your letters, and of course hot coffee and tea and treats to foster that letter writing creativity. In addition to that good spirit, bring your address book and a $10 or $15 donation. Every donation helps us keep Real Mail Fridays going month to month, but we also welcome you if you don’t have the means to chip in a gift.

Wear a mask, if you’d like to hide your identity. That, too, is perfectly fashionable. A plume pen would be a nice touch, come to think of it. Come when you can and leave when you must… we’ll be here writing letters from 2 to 6 PM, when the library closes.


On August 15, 2019, FAU Libraries initiated a new policy for improved building security. Everyone entering and leaving FAU’s Wimberly Library must be swiped in and out, using their FAU Owl Card. For visitors, once you’re inside the lobby of the building, wave at the folks at the front desk and let them know you are here for the Jaffe Center and they will grant you access. (Please be patient with us as the workings of this new policy unfold. Thank you.)


The Jaffe Center for Book Arts is located on the third floor east of Florida Atlantic University's Wimberly Library. From I-95 or the Florida Turnpike, exit Glades Road, east. The FAU campus is located just east of I-95. If you enter the campus at FAU's main entrance (the one furthest west on Glades Road... and the first one you get to approaching from I-95 or the turnpike), you will enter on West University Drive. Continue straight on West University Drive to the traffic light at its intersection with Volusia Street. Turn right onto Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage

The brand new I-95 interchange for Florida Atlantic University (Exit 48A) takes you directly from the interstate to FAU. Once you pass the traffic light at Spanish River Boulevard, you are on the FAU campus on FAU Boulevard. Continue to the traffic signal at the intersection of FAU Boulevard and University Drive (FAU Stadium will be on your right). Turn right onto University Drive. Turn left at the traffic signal at Volusia Street. You will see a parking garage on Volusia Street, and the Wimberly Library is the next building east of the parking garage.


Visitor Parking is available at the metered spaces in the library parking lot; there are “metered parking” signs posted at the head of these parking spaces. The meter system accepts payment with cash or credit card at the rate of $2 per hour. You may also purchase one day parking permit for $5 online directly. Easy!

Start here: Then click on “Visitor, Guest & Volunteer Parking / Permits” … you’ll find it with a yellow icon just below Student Permits and Faculty/Staff Permits. As far as the library goes, these permits are valid anywhere throughout our nearby parking areas (Library Lot, Parking Garage, and parallel parking on Volusia Street) but they are not valid at metered spaces.