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Cocoa Club

Cocoa Club In-Person

Ages 6-9

In this weekly program for kids, enjoy some cozy hot chocolate as we read aloud from an exciting children's novel. This session we're reading aloud from Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo.


The summer Opal and her father, the preacher, move to Naomi, Florida, Opal goes into the Winn-Dixie supermarket—and comes out with a dog. A big, ugly, suffering dog with a sterling sense of humor. A dog she dubs Winn-Dixie. Because of Winn-Dixie, the preacher tells Opal ten things about her absent mother, one for each year Opal has been alive. Winn-Dixie is better at making friends than anyone Opal has ever known, and together they meet the local librarian, Miss Franny Block, who once fought off a bear with a copy of WAR AND PEACE. They meet Gloria Dump, who is nearly blind but sees with her heart, and Otis, an ex-con who sets the animals in his pet shop loose after hours, then lulls them with his guitar.

Opal spends all that sweet summer collecting stories about her new friends and thinking about her mother. But because of Winn-Dixie or perhaps because she has grown, Opal learns to let go, just a little, and that friendship—and forgiveness—can sneak up on you like a sudden summer storm.


Dates & Times:
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, November 1, 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, November 8, 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, November 15, 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, November 22, 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, November 29, 2023
4:00pm - 4:45pm, Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
Program Room
Merritt Branch
  Reading & Writing  
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Today's Hours

Time Zone: Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

10:00am - 11:00am, Program Room, Dr. Huq Family Library Branch.
10:00am - 10:40am, Mills Room, Central Library.
4:00pm - 5:00pm, Rotary/Bankers Room, Central Library.