The vast majority of our collection comes from a generous donation by Bill Maxwell, who donated books from his personal library. Bill Maxwell is a member of UUC, a St. Petersburg Times Columnist and a college teacher. Our library is named in honor of Bill Maxwell's daughter, Anastasia. The Anastasia Maxwell Library is located in the Social Hall and is open to UUC members and friends on Sundays after worship services. We use the honor system for checkout and return of books.
We do ask that you always sign your books in and out and limit your checkout duration to 30 days. Our Collection of over 4,000 books includes: Biographies, American and World History, African-American, Studies, Civil Rights, Social Justice, Education, Ethnic Studies, GLBT, Government, Politics, Jewish History and Culture, Nature and Science, Philosophy, Social Science, Theology and Religion (including Unitarian Universalism), Women’s Studies For more information, please contact our librarian.
Our Octagon building hosts weekly Sunday services, and can be rented out for events. The walls and entryway are decorated with art from the community. If you are interested in showing your work in our gallery, producing your theater production, or showcasing your musical talent, please contact us today to reserve the Octagon Arts Center. Visit our Calendar to view upcoming events! For more information about the Octagon, head over to our history page.
We are proud to be a Green Sanctuary. Here are some of our "green" efforts:
Community Vegetable Garden: Beacon Food Forest
Energy Efficient bulbs and equipment
Recycling + Composting on Campus
Originally nurtured and managed by the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, the program was designed to give roots and wings to the vision that, together, we can create a world in which all people make reverence, gratitude, and care for the living Earth that is central to our lives. The Green Sanctuary Program is voluntary and participation provides a framework for congregations and congregants to proclaim and live out their commitment to taking responsibility for our planet. It is a way for all Unitarian Universalists' to join our efforts, both symbolically and explicitly, in becoming stewards of the Earth. Please join us as we strive to preserve our community and our planet. Our Environmental Policy.
BEACON FOOD FOREST + COMMUNITY GARDEN
Beacon Food Forest Gardens is a permaculture food forest community garden located on our campus, on the opposite side of the parking lot from the Octagon building.
The mission of Beacon Community Garden is to foster intergenerational, multiethnic, multicultural, interfaith, lifestyle accepting, cohesive community centered around localization of wholesome organic food production.
The vision is: Provision of garden space, materials and community support to anyone without charge to foster food security and strong, local, social bonds and resilience. Intention is the key to participation.
Three basic principles apply: Care For The Earth, Care For People and Share The Bounty!
These principles are drawn from Permaculture, which was the driving force behind the initiation of the demonstration gardens that have thrived since their inception, without added inputs of fertilizers. Anyone who is invited to the group is also invited, indeed encouraged, to establish a plot of their own (upon consultation with the organizer, Jay Hardman) and to use whatever organic practice that they see fit.
Find the "Beacon Food Forest" on Facebook to stay connected with the latest news and events at the community garden.