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Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA Art & Conversations: Lit Chat with Jennifer Hochschild

Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA present Art & Conversations, a new series of innovative programs focused on literacy and the arts. In this series, Jacksonville Public Library and MOCA will collaborate to provide the Jacksonville community access to a rich set of resources by partnering an educational library program with an interactive museum exhibit. 

February 2021 New Book Releases For Adults

February is full of new book releases here at Jacksonville Public Library! We've put together a list that highlights some of the most anticipated books you can borrow this month.

February's New Releases For Young Adults

February's New Releases For Young Adults

Prepare your library cards because this list of 2021 young adult book releases for February will have you adding several to your TBR! With new releases from best-selling authors such as Angie Thomas, Ransom Riggs, and Neal Shusterman - to name just a few! Plus, the YA genre is on point with delivering phenomenal book covers! If you can't get the book right away, be sure to check out our read-alike's to see what you can get your hands on while you wait for your new release.

How to Get Your Holds Curbside at Jacksonville Public Library

Get your Library materials in a socially distant fashion, with grab-and-go curbside pickup service. 

We know that most people who check out physical books, DVDs and CDs from the Library are dying to get their hands on those materials again. You may have been on the hold list for weeks or even months and are looking for the satisfaction that comes from that almondy-vanilla-like scent of an old book or that clean smell of a new book that awakes your passion for reading and transports you to far away worlds.

What Do You Love About the Library?

Library Lovers Month

It's February and there's always a lot of love in the air and so much to go around! But we're not just talking about romantic love - the kind we celebrate on Valentine's Day. Did you know that February 14 is also Library Lovers' Day?! Not only that, but the entire month of February also just happens to be National Library Lover’s Month! So, it's the perfect time to show your love for your favorite Jacksonville Public Library branch. You can even give us a Valentine's card if you want. And in turn, we'll show you how much we love our customers by showing you everything the library has to offer. There are so many ways to celebrate!

Library Shelfie Day: When A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words

Library Shelfie Day was founded by the New York Public Library in 2014 and takes place on the fourth Wednesday in January. It is a chance for book lovers everywhere to share their love of reading with others. All you have to do is simply snap a selfie in front of a bookshelf. We asked the staff at Jacksonville Public Library to share their library shelfies with us and boy oh boy the Library staff showed up.

Pro Tip Tuesday: What's Your Why

Pro Tips Week 4: What's Your Why. Stay Motivated and Keep Moving.

Hopefully by now, you've identified the 1-2 skills you've always wanted to learn (the what), turned those hopes and dreams into S.M.A.R.T. goals (the how), set aside at least 30 minutes a week for learning (the when), and started a course or learning path on Lynda.com (the where). What we haven't talked about a lot in this series is "the why." If at any point you're struggling to stick to those goals it's "the why" that will help you put and keep all of that into perspective. And it might just help you get across the finish line.

So, what's your motivation for learning?

Monday Motivation: Poster Child

Monday Motivation: Learn English, Pass the GED Exams, Get Practical Nurse License, Become a Registered Nurse

You could say Khadidiatou “Khadi” Ndiaye is a “poster child.” The Jacksonville Public Library’s Center for Adult Learning (CAL) proudly displays two separate promotional posters for our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Langauges) and GED® programs with Khadi’s smiling face on them. Khadi was a real CAL student, not a model for a stock photographer, chosen because her story has a powerful message of hope for other adults who missed out on a high school diploma or put their education on hold. “It’s never too late to learn, to pursue your dream, and to succeed.”

Celebrate Literacy Week: Youth For Change

Youth for Change youth activism booklist

January 25-29 is 2021 Celebrate Literacy Week in Florida! Created to promote literacy and excellent reading habits in the students of Florida, this year’s theme was “Humanity tells a story: What’s YOUR chapter?” The youth of today are not just “future leaders” – many are effectively advocating for and affecting change right now. Thanks in part of social media and technology, these children and teens are using their voice, tech-savvy, and social influence to bring about positive change in their schools, communities, and the country at large. Examples of youth activists, inventors, business owners, and thought leaders are abundant and growing.

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