Campfire Social

Friday June 7, 2019
2 to 6 PM in JCBA's Book Arts Gallery
at FAU's Wimberly Library 3rd Floor East
$10 donation + one letter to a summer camper

Well, ok, we can’t have a campfire (it is a library, after all), but we will be celebrating summer camp and the fun that comes with it. We’re also teaming up with the Delray Beach Historical Society’s 2019 Summer Snail Mail Camp for Kids, which is focused on something dear to us: letter writing! It’s the second year of this camp, called “Snail Mail Revolution”––and it was so popular last year that this year they’re offering THREE sessions through the summer. Our participation? We need each of you who attends our Campfire Social to write a simple letter to those kids to welcome them to camp. They’re all great kids and they’re all excited about letter writing and here’s our chance to foster that excitement. We will deliver those letters to the Delray Beach Historical Society’s Cason Cottage Museum, which is where these wonderful Snail Mail summer camps will take place.

At our Campfire Social, we’ll have yummy treats steeped in campfire traditions and we’ll also have good music, good company, note cards, papers and pens, art supplies, and postage stamps, too. All you need to bring is a festive spirit, your address book, and a $10 donation… and we’ll ask you, too, to write a quick little note to our young camper friends. Come when you can and leave when you must… we’ll be here writing letters and having fun from 2 to 6 PM, when the library closes.

And lest you think this is not an important cause, here’s a story for you: One of our Real Mail enthusiasts told us how just last week she had checked with a local middle school, inquiring about becoming a pen pal to some of the students. The principal and the communications instructor both waved her on, assuring her that their students would not be interested. A classic case of adults thinking they know best what kids want. But we’ve worked with these kids at the Delray Beach Historical Society last year and we know different: these kids are excited about letters and about real mail. Let’s encourage that excitement the best way we can. Come join us on June 7; you’ll be glad you did!

The Delray Beach Historical Society is offering three sessions this summer: July 8 to 11, July 22 to 26, and Advanced Snail Mail Camp August 5 and 6. Sessions are for kids ages 7 through 14. Scholarships are available. You’ll find full details here:

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 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; look for the spaces that have numbers posted on signs at the head of the parking space. 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.