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To celebrate National "Dress Up Your Pet Day" (January 14th), we put together a fun booklist of some of the highest-profile pets in the United States. Over the years, they've become some of our favorite White House residents and - through sheer cuteness - have won the hearts of a nation. Of course, if you want to celebrate the day at home: consider a visit to the groomer or dress your furry friends up in fun or fashionable outfits. With the cold weather we've been having lately, they might actually appreciate a cozy sweater! So, dress them up, let them strut, and let the children act as their personal paparazzi. Whatever you do, though: make sure your fur babies are safe and comfortable. And have fun reading!
It’s 2021 and many of us could use a fresh start. Whether it’s training for the career of your dreams, finally investing some time and energy into your art or music, or it’s about getting serious and opening that small business: Lynda.com and the Library can help you. If you’re pressed for time or just a little “Zoomed out” at this point (and let’s face it, most of us are)… and all you can commit to right now is “30 Minutes of Learning” a week, trust that you can still make incremental and meaningful progress toward that #goal.
Universal Letter Writing Week is recognized every year during the second full week of January and it encourages us all to pick up a pen and paper and write to someone. For inspiration, we’ve also put together a list of letter-writing themed books, including some how-to guides and popular fiction titles that expertly feature this fading method of communication. Keep the tradition of pen pals, postcards, and other personalized posts going strong this week and throughout the new year.
In previous years, you may have been able to catch your fellow Jacksonvillians reading their latest library book at places like the beach, your monthly book club, at a park, or at a Jacksonville Public Library branch. This year, due to Coronavirus, many of us have been spending our time social distancing and reading at home. Are you interested in knowing what your fellow Jacksonville residents have been reading?
Why do so many of our New Year's resolutions end up failing? In addition to commitment and accountability, you also need 1) to be Specific, 2) have some Measure for success, and you need to 3) make it Achievable, 4) and Realistic given the 5) Time frame in which you hope to complete said S.M.A.R.T. goal. It's best to start small. As we kickstart 2021, ask yourself: What 1-2 skills have you always wanted to learn? Accept the 30 Minute Learning Challenge.
Complex Characters, award-winning author Nikesha Elise Williams will help you make your characters more compelling in two virtual sessions and a final virtual workshop.
This character study is for writers who want to dig beyond the surface of common tropes and give their characters depth that make them feel like real people. People who are flawed, insecure, incomplete, and blind to their own behavior.
Dennis Hoffman’s education was put on hold when he decided to leave school to help take care of his teenage sister’s children. Through it all, he never gave up on his dream that “one day” he would continue his education. Finally, that day came when Dennis enrolled in the GED® Test Prep program at the Library’s Center for Adult Learning (CAL). Not only did he earn his GED® within six months, shortly thereafter he landed a full-time job!