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Votes for Women! Books That Commemorate The 100th Anniversary of The 19th Amendment

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Today marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. This historic centennial offers a unique opportunity to celebrate a milestone of democracy and to do so, we've put together a list of books for both adults and kids to commemorate and explore the importance of the 19th Amendment.

So You Think You Can Tech: Basic Computer Troubleshooting – My Computer Won’t Turn On

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It happens to all of us at one point or another. Maybe your computer starts slowing. Maybe the ‘W’ on your keyboard stops working. Maybe your printer won’t connect. Is it the WiFi Goblin messing you’re your machine? Have vaguely defined ‘hackers’ taken over your computer to launch satellites and spy on your credit?! Regardless of the issue, or its cause, you have probably looked at your computer, sighed, and started mentally shelling out for the hundred-dollar Geek Squad appointment. Did you know that isn’t necessary though? Did you know that many of your computer’s problems can be easily fixed?

Brace Yourself, This Only Goes Through September! #Challenge2020: Library Edition Pandemic Books & Movies

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A new meme that perfectly summarizes the vast array range of emotions felt this year is going viral on social media. The #2020Challenge, supposedly started by celebrity Reese Witherspoon, has sparked other celebrities like Jennifer Gardner, Oprah Winfrey and Kerry Washington to share their own hilarious versions online too. So, of course, we had to join in on the fun too using titles that you can check out from our collection! Below is our version of the #2020Challenge meme but library edition with a link to check out each of the books below. What are your picks for October and beyond? Would you change anything?

So You Think You Can Tech: Viruses and Malware

Tech Tuesday with Jacksonville Public Library

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You hear about them all the time. Your favorite tv characters battle them while tense music enhances the drumbeat of fingers pounding on keys. They are Viruses and, if you were to believe some people, they are out to steal your cat (they aren’t by the way). What Viruses and their less spoken of cousins, Malware, ARE after is your personal information and to make your life difficult, sometimes in the pettiest of ways.

New! Boost Your Kids Studies At Home With Library Academy

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Now that the 2020 back-to-school season is here, we know that the return to school is unlike any other that has come before it for teachers, students and parents. That is why Jacksonville Public Library is here to help with activities and tips you can use to play and learn at home with your child. 

Lit Chat: Online Author Talk With Larry Tye

Demagogue Lit Chat with Larry Tye

Bestselling author Larry Tye joins our Lit Chat series on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. He will be discussing his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The book has been described as "A definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on a first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings."

Books For Fans Of Weird Cosmic Sci-Fi Worlds Like Lovecraft Country

Howard Phillips Lovecraft created compelling horror fiction—much of which is rooted in his racist beliefs and other anxieties. This can make revisiting his classic works such as Mountains of Madness challenging for readers... luckily there are plenty of modern authors working either within Lovecraft’s established mythology or in worlds of their own drawing some inspiration from his style of weird fiction.

Books With Homeschool Characters

Youth Fiction with Home School characters
2020 has been a year unlike any other and going back to school will be no different. If you are contemplating homeschooling and are wondering how to introduce this lifestyle to your children, we've got some fun reads that will help your children learn about characters who are navigating being at home for school too. Sometimes, it's nice for kids to see themselves in the books that they read; to know they are not alone and that there are others out there who have walked in their shoes.

So You Think You Can Tech: Email vs Texting

Tech Tuesday with Jacksonville Public Library

#TechTuesday with E-Services

Communication is an amazing concept. It allows us to convey ideas, emotions, and, occasionally, cute pictures of kittens. Back before all the modern wonders we now take for granted we communicated by actually talking to people or writing them letters or walking up to family members and showing them books of cute kittens. These days though we use our devices. Instead of talking, we text. Instead of writing, we email. And instead of cute kittens…well they are still cute, that’s how they trick you. What can be even trickier is the differences between email and texting. Those differences can lead to generational issues, ones I hope to help ease today.

Supplement Your Studies At Home With Our Homeschool Resources

Home School Resouces

We know that the 2020 school year will be challenging for many and that there are still many uncertainties when it comes to what learning will look like this fall, but we want to help get you through it as best we can. That’s why we’re making it easy for parents and kids to supplement learning at home by utilizing our electronic resources. Below is a list of our educational resources that you can use for free from home.


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