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The "Just Write" Books for Writing Your Story (Day)

Write Your Story

Everyone has a story to tell. If you’re on social media, you’re most likely already “micro-blogging” in the form of daily updates, posting photos, and sharing milestones and moments with friends and family. Why not grab a pen and paper, open your laptop, or (heck) bring out the old typewriter if you’re so inclined and just write? Your life story may also end up being a family treasure one day, a record of you and of family history that might otherwise get lost or forgotten. If you need some inspiration or direction, these books are a great place to start.

Trailblazers of Women's History and Today

Women's History Month

For the last 34 years, the month of March has been designated “Women’s History Month” by Presidential Proclamation. It is designed to “celebrate the contributions women have made to the United States and recognize the specific achievements women have made over the course of American history in a variety of fields.” This celebration, though, is not just about honoring the past. It is also an opportunity and annual reminder to reflect, to learn, and to grow. Some of the women featured in these booklists might just change the way you see history. Others may help you better understand the current state of women’s rights and the issues facing women and girls here domestically and globally.

They Called Her Harry

Henrietta C. Dozier, a.k.a. "Harry"

Recently, there has been some discussion about and renewed interested in Jacksonville’s first female architect, Henrietta Dozier aka “Harry.” This Women’s History Month, the Library dug into its Special Collections and a few old Florida Times-Union articles as well. Just what was there about this woman’s story that’s so compelling that we come back to it, decade after decade? Was it her determination to succeed in a field dominated by men? Was it her approach to life or the boundaries she pushed? What more can we learn from her?

Challenge Gender Inequity on International Women's Day

Happy Women's Day

International Women's Day is a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The first gathering was held in 1911. It’s not just a look back, though. It’s a day very much focused on the present, with specific calls to action for accelerating gender parity. The booklist below is filled with fearless pioneers of Science, bold women in Black History, and empowered breakers of glass ceilings in every profession and field. Our goal is that you read about them, learn from them, and then go do something inspiring.

Jacksonville Public Library Associate, Joseph Gaskin, Receives 2020 ALA Spectrum Scholarship

If you know Joseph Gaskin, otherwise known as Mr. Joe, a Library Associate at Willow Branch Library and a student in the Master of Science in Information program at Florida State University, you would not be surprised to hear that he was awarded the 2020 American Library Association (ALA) Spectrum Scholarship. In July 2020, the American Library Association's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services awarded 2020 Spectrum Scholarships to 61 exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in library and information studies, and Joseph Gaskin was one of them. Check out the video and listen to Joseph Gaskin talk about his passion for libraries and his vision for the future of libraries.

Five More Flavorful Trends And The Cookbooks To Make Them

Another 5 Flavorful Trends Blog
Spring of 2021 promises warmer weather, vaccines, increased visits with loved ones, and a gradual return to normal. Jacksonville Public Library recently reopened the Main Library’s third floor, home of its nonfiction collection and its large, cookbook section.

Writer’s Lab with M. M. Schill: Selling Genre Short Fiction

You’ve got a great story. You’ve made your characters complex. You’ve put everything on the page, with a great fantasy world or a murder mystery hook (or both!), and your word count comes in at a tight short story or novella length. Now what? Author and PseudoPod associate editor M. M. Schill will tell you how to make your short fiction shine above the rest and how to sell it to the right publications.

The Most Popular eBooks—Chosen By You

The most popular ebooks, chosen by you!

We all know the basic benefits of borrowing eBooks. They are incredibly portable and available for free, 24/7 with your Library card. You have instant access to thousands of the Library’s most popular books with the push of a button and you can take them with you practically anywhere. Celebrate "Read an eBook Week" with us and check out these great eBooks popular with Jacksonville Public Library readers in 2020 and 2021:

March 2021 New Book Releases For Adults

A new month means new book releases here at Jacksonville Public Library! We're welcoming in March and the spring season with a fresh list of anticipated new reads you can borrow this month with your library card.


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