Willow Branch Library will be closed for approximately 2-3 weeks starting February 22 to upgrade the air handlers. Visit www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/locations to find library services.
We're upgrading the "My Account" service this week. During this process some account information may not be displayed but will return when the upgrade is completed.
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.
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!
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.
2021 is kicking off with some amazing new book releases here at Jacksonville Public Library! The month promises new releases from fan favorites, such as Tim Dorsey and Tom Vanderbilt, as well as debut releases from Ashley Audrain and Eley Williams! There’s certainly something for everyone in this list of new book releases!
What will this year be like for you? If you're looking to break away from scrolling through news feeds and getting lost in endless casual games on your phone, check out this walk through your day. If the Library can help you be more successful in 2021, we'd love to be part of your story.
May 2021 be filled with health, happiness, and many memorable library experiences! Happy New Year from the Jacksonville Public Library!
Many adult learners in Jacksonville look to the Library for help. Because of the pandemic, students were relieved when the Library's Center for Adult Learning launched virtual classes and Conversation Groups. They were able to reconnect with classmates and instructors and regain momentum as soon as the library was able to reopen. "Unintended Consequences of Learning at the Library" is a series of stories highlighting student achievement in the face of unexpected obstacles. Sometimes, it is the students who end up doing the teaching - as instructor Naomi Chase points out in this #MondayMotivation blog.