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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.

Treat Your Pets Like Presidential Pets

Presidential Pets

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!

Pro Tip Tuesday: Learning Paths to Success

Pro Tips: Learn a new skill now, reap the benefits for life

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.

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