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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!

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?

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.

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.

Pro Tip Tuesday: Keep Track, Keep Moving

Pro Tips Week 3: Get closer to your goals by tracking your progress

One of the best ways to be ensure you’re closer to achieving your goals is to keep track of progress over time. Now, that doesn’t mean your goals have to be lofty or even long-term. Short-term goals can still involve several steps. So how do you keep your eye on the prize? After you break those S.M.A.R.T. goals down to steps, then mark each of these tasks as “completed,” “in progress,” or “not started.” It’s also not a bad idea to set up some type of reward system. Celebrate each step, each milestone. Setting and achieving long-term goals can go a long way to giving you a sense of purpose and a path. But don’t discount the power of small wins or the sense of accomplishment you feel checking off a task as done.

Monday Motivation: From Dead End to Dream Career

Pass the GED, Earn a Mortuary Science degree, Comfort people for a living

When Jacqueline was in 6th grade and the question was asked, “Who wants to become a mortician?” she was the only student in the class to raise her hand. “I heard the whispers from my fellow peers of ‘oh she's weird,’ and ‘that's morbid.’ I didn't care what they said or the looks I received.” It was an unlikely choice for most people, maybe, but a good fit for her. Years later and true to her word, Jacqueline enrolled in Florida State College at Jacksonville’s Mortuary Science program. However, she only had her “Certificate of Completion” from Mandarin High School, which, she learned, was not enough to pursue the dream career she had planned.

Books For All Ages That Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr Booklist

Many decades have passed since the world lost Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., yet his trail-blazing legacy still lives on. As a celebrated nonviolent resistance organizer, Martin Luther King Jr. fought against racial inequality and segregation. He was a talented orator and many of his speeches are still relevant and revered today, especially his I Have A Dream speech. Pictures of him leading the march on Selma are frequently shared on social media as inspiration that his dream still lives on. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King's legacy, look back on his life, his hopes, and his dreams, with these reads that will inspire us all to continue the work that Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s started for us.


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