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SIS at Bok Tower Gardens, 27 September 2014 (Saturday)

Continuing education program at Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida

2014-09-27 Bok Tower Gardens


This special program is being offered in lieu of the regular October SIS meeting. The event at Bok Tower Gardens includes lunch, presentation by librarian Joy Banks, tour or the library and tower, carillon concert, and open access to the Gardens throughout the day. Enjoy access to the Singing Tower, Pinewood Estate, Window by the Pond, Endangered Plant Garden, Visitor Center, Blue Palmetto Café, Tower & Garden Gift Shop, Pine Ridge Trail, Preserve Trail, and other beautiful garden areas.

Bok Tower Gardens is a National Historic Landmark, contemplative garden, and bird sanctuary located north of Lake Wales, Florida. It was established in 1929, by Edward W. Bok as a gift to the American people, the 50-acre garden  was designed by noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting.

Participants are welcome to arrive earlier to explore the Gardens. The entrance gate opens at 8:00am, but the buildings (Visitor Center, Café, Gift Shop, Magnolia Room) don’t open until 9:00am. As participants arrive, the Gate Attendant will simply check off the names, provide complimentary admission, and direct everyone to parking. Guests are welcome as space permits.

Date and Time:

Saturday, September 27, 2014

11:30 AM - 3:30 PM (scheduled program)


Host, Joy Banks, Bok Tower Gardens Librarian. Always be prepared:  A librarian’s guide to new beginnings – focusing on her career path, how she became a carillon librarian, and what she does to keep her skill set relevant for the rest of the information world.

The program fee cover the expenses involved in the meeting room and tour, and includes admission to the park, program, and tour of the tower. $10.00 required. If you RSVP to attend, you are obligated to pay unless you cancel before the deadline.


Bok Tower Gardens

1151 Tower Blvd.

Lake Wales, FL 33853

Program to be held in the Visitor’s Center Magnolia Room


11:30am - 11:45am - Registration, seating, lunch served

11:45am - 12:30pm - Lunch

12:30pm - 1:00pm - Business Meeting

1:00pm - 1:30pm - Presentation by Joy Banks

1:45pm - 2:45pm - Tour of the Tower with Joy

3:00pm - 3:30pm - Carillon concert, which can be heard while strolling the Gardens or from bench seating located around The Tower


Catering is by the Blue Palmetto Cafe, and will include an assortment of sandwiches,salads and drinks. The meal is optional and costs $10.00. If you RSVP and pre-order a meal, please consider it an obligation to pay, even if you cannot make the meeting. We must turn in the headcount for meals in advance. Thank you.


$20.00 - includes lunch, presentation, tour of the tower, and all-day admission to the park.

$10.00 - No food; program and admission to the park only.

Payable by check or cash at the meeting or by credit card in advance (see link below)

If you wish to pay in advance for the meal by credit card, please continue to to the PayPal site. Be sure to indicate each Member/Guest name(s) when you pay.




Please RSVP on-line and indicate if you will be ordering a meal by Tuesday, September 23, 2014. For questions regarding the program or to delete your RSVP, contact Denise Shereff,


Online RSVP form: Click here


Bok Tower Gardens is centrally located between Tampa and Orlando in Polk County, Florida.

It is approximately 65 miles from Tampa and 100 miles from Sarasota.

Google Map

Note: Please also keep in mind that there is a tiny elevator to reach the various floors of the Tower and there are also lots of metal stairs to climb.  If anyone has issues with claustrophobia or heights, this full tour isn’t suitable for them.  Those people with issues can get a tour of the first floor of the Tower, which is the most beautiful area and is called the Founder’s Room.  They would then be let out of the Tower before continuing on up for the full tour of the Tower.