The Volusia County Public Library system is celebrating Celeste Ng’s “Everything I Never Told You” with more than 130 programs through Feb. 29.

The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read encourages community reading through programs designed around a single book and offers grants to help pay for programs.

For more information, visit volusialibrary.org or call (386) 248-1745.

Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach programs

Genealogy resources

The Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave., is has launched a series on genealogy resources.

The schedule for “Climb Your Family Tree For Free” is:

•America’s Historical Newspapers: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18.

•Fold3 for Military Records: 10-11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25.

For more information, call (386) 257-6036.

Brush up on water safety

The tragic drowning of a 16-year-old girl shatters a family’s life in “Everything I Never Told You.”

The fictional family’s tragedy will serve as life-saving teachable moment with water safety programs at:

•Thursday, Feb. 20 at 4 p.m., Daytona Beach Regional Library

Big Read celebration

The Ormond Beach Regional Library is putting out the call to fans of the Celeste Ng novel “Everything I Never Told You” and other reading enthusiasts from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at 30 S. Beach St., for a celebration of the NEA Big Read.

Dress up in your favorite 1970s attire and come ready to have a good time. Celebrants will be able to play Bingo, win prizes and tasty treats at a cakewalk, and get their groove on to the tunes of the '70s.

For more information, call (386) 676-4191.

Coping with loss

The characters in the Celeste Ng bestselling novel “Everything I Never Told You” struggle to cope with the death of one of the book’s central characters.

A coping with loss presentation will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 2

Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

A representative from Halifax Health Hospice will be on hand to discuss how to deal with the stress and pressure associated with the grieving process following the loss of a loved one.

For more information, call (386) 257-6036.

Live jazz performance

Whether old or new, classic or contemporary, nothing quite sets the mood and gets the toes tapping like the silky smooth sounds of jazz.

Those silky, smooth notes will be filling the air when Rob’s JazzExpress gives a live performance at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Daytona Beach Regional Library, 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

The concert is free at 105 E. Magnolia Ave.

New Smyrna Beach and Edgewater programs

Exploring watercolors

The moving imagery stirred by the mystery novel “Everything I Never

Told You” will serve as inspiration for a class about exploring watercolors from 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

Instructed by Valerie Christine of Paint O Rama, adults will be able to

explore the world of watercolor pencils and create a distinctive piece of artwork through the inspiring imagery of the Celeste Ng best-seller.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910.

Professor to explore China’s evolution

The best-selling Celeste Ng novel “Everything I Never Told You” chronicles the lives of a blended Chinese American family and the struggles and changes they go through. China, too, has undergone major changes over the past 150 years.

Professor Emeritus Dr. Robert Bledsoe will discuss modern China’s evolution during a presentation at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24 at the New Smyrna Beach

Regional Library, 1001 S. Dixie Freeway.

In addition to being a Professor Emeritus at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Bledsoe is a lecturer whose teaching areas have included world political geography and global perspectives.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910.

Coping with loss

The characters in the Celeste Ng bestselling novel “Everything I Never Told You” struggle to cope with the death of one of the book’s central characters.

A coping with loss presentation will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

Nancy Dawson, psychosocial bereavement coordinator for Halifax Health Hospice, will share information about loss and grief and the steps to take to help with the bereavement process.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910.

Water safety

The tragic drowning of a 16-year-old girl shatters a family’s life in “Everything I Never Told You.”

The fictional family’s tragedy will serve as life-saving, teachable moment during an upcoming water safety programs.

Adults are welcome to join Chris Atkinson of Volusia County Beach Safety as she discusses water safety at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at Edgewater Public Library, 103 W. Indian River Blvd.

For more information, call (386) 424-2910.

Port Orange programs

Jazz concert

Smooth, stylish jazz music will fill the room when Allison Michele and the Howard Post Trio perform a free concert from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Port Orange Regional Library.

Vocalist Allison Michele Rodgers will be accompanied by Mr. Post on guitar, Ron Gilotti on bass and Robert Banks on drums. They’ll perform standards from the Great American Songbook and jazz pieces with original arrangements by the trio along with several of Mr. Post’s original compositions.

For more information, call (386) 322-5152.

Water safety

The tragic drowning of a 16-year-old girl shatters a family’s life in “Everything I Never Told You.”

The fictional family’s tragedy will serve as life-saving teachable moment during a series of upcoming water safety programs.

Officer Jonathan Merwin of Volusia County Beach Safety Ocean Rescue will discuss all aspects of beach safety at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, at the Port Orange Regional Library.

For more information, call (386) 322-5152.

West Volusia programs

Local women in medicine

Re-enactors from the West Volusia Historical Society will provide a look back in time when they portray local DeLand women in medicine as part of the NEA’s Big Read program.

The performance will be from 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

The local women include Amanda Worthy, a black midwife who became a certified nurse; Amy Mann, who also was a nurse and a force in medicine in the town; and Ms. Page, a snowbird from New York who kick-started fundraising efforts for the DeLand Memorial Hospital.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430.

Cooking with Chef Warren

Cooking with Chef Warren will be from 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 2150 Eustace Ave.

Chef Warren has studied at the Southeast Institute of Culinary Arts and is a food enthusiast, celebrity chef and award-winning author, best known for his “Table for Two” cookbook series.

The cooking show at the Deltona Regional Library, 2150 Eustace Ave., is free.

For more information, call (386) 789-7207.

Chinese square dancing

Best-selling author Celeste Ng taps into her Asian American roots for the backdrop to her blockbuster mystery, “Everything I Never Told You.”

Those same Asian roots produced a popular activity called Chinese square dancing, and a free demonstration will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at the DeLand Regional Library.

Chinese square dancing is usually performed to music in squares, plazas or parks. A local Chinese square dancing group will demonstrate.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430.

Coping with loss

The characters in the Celeste Ng bestselling novel “Everything I Never Told You” struggle to cope with the death of one of the book’s central characters.

A coping with loss presentation will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, at DeLand Regional Library, 130 E. Howry Ave.

Cintia Mancuso, a life coach at InnerShe, will discuss grief and the help that’s available for people dealing with a loss.

For more information, call (386) 822-6430.

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