Palm Bay Public Library in Port Malabar held a Welcome Back to the Library Open House on Sept. 1, heralding the reopening of its in-person programs.

Head Librarian Elanya Bairefoot announced that five adult programs have restarted. The yoga class did not because the instructor relocated. Youth services programs will restart at a

later date.

Book-lending services and summer youth programs were offered during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, all in-person programs were suspended.

Bairefoot said she’s looking for ideas for additional programs that the library might offer, while at the same time assessing the interest level for existing programs.

“I also look forward to creating some partnerships with other organizations in the community. This is an opportunity to bring the community together and share resources,” Bairefoot said.

One new adult program — Color Me Calm — was added, which provides materials for coloring accompanied by background music.

“Getting away might be attractive now,” Bairefoot said.

She hopes that this program will be a relaxing experience for users.

Amanda Lester, who attended with her sons, said she was drawn to the open house to learn about the coloring club.

“It’s beautiful,” she said. “It’s something to do with my kids. It’s my first time exploring this activity, and if able, I’ll definitely attend.”

Lester was particularly attracted to the intricate coloring sheets and wondered how she could incorporate that activity in her duties as a hospital CNA.

Another patron, Angela Yard, who played mahjong at the library prior to the pandemic, said, “I’m looking forward to the gathering. It’s nice to have camaraderie.”

Ivy Shin started the Mahjong Club at the library three years ago. “It’s convenient to meet at the library,” she said. “They have a community room.”

Shin is excited to be able to spend time with the group again. However, she did express some concern as to whether people are ready to return.

Open house attendees enjoyed live music by Kindred Spirit.

The adult programs are: Sit ‘n Knit; Cribbage; Mahjong; I Read Romance Book Club; and Color Me Calm. For more information, call 321-952-4519.