Friends of the Library to host luncheon for award winning author . . .

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Susan Hardee Steger

Margaret Ross Tolbert
Margaret Ross Tolbert

It has been told the reason two pulp and paper mills arrived in Fernandina in the late 1930’s is not only because of the abundance of pine forests but also because of the the plentiful supply of water that was available in our area aquifer.

Local residents have the opportunity to learn more about Florida’s aquifers on Friday, January 25 as Margaret Ross Tolbert, author of AQUIFERious an award winning book that documents the urgent need for preservation of Florida’s priceless fresh water springs will be guest speaker.

The luncheon sponsored by the Friends of the Library will be held at Bonito Grill on Centre Street. Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance at the Fernandina branch of the Nassau County Library by the 24th by noon.

“Twelve North Florida Springs–and the aquifer that feeds them–form the nucleus of this book through the art and writing of artist Margaret Ross Tolbert. But the aesthetics and science of this book speak to all of the freshwater springs in Florida-as well as to those readers who would experience, explore, and acknowledge the sublime qualities of these unique natural systems,”  according to a book description available on

For further information on the author, visit her website at

January 23, 2013 5:18 p.m.