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May 2021 New Book Releases for Adults

New Releases to put on Hold Now

April is almost over, which means it’s gonna be May (insert Justin Timberlake meme here) and time to start adding to your TBR summer reading list! Beach reads, incredibly moving memoirs, the first issue of a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) —  whatever usually makes it to the top of your list summer reading list, we have lots of books for you to explore. Here are our highlighted picks for the best new books to check out this May.

Children's Book Week 2021: Reading Is A Superpower

Children's Book Week

Children’s Book Week, established in 1919, is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. It originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers. 

Save Your Family History

Preservation Week April 25 through May 1, 2021 www dot ala dot org slash preservation week

There are lots of options for storing and preserving family memories captured in the digital age. But what about all those family photos and videos captured before digital cameras and smart phones? Schedule your appointment in the Library’s Digitization Station and let us help you pass down your preserve and pass down your family history for generations to come.

How Copyright Protects Creators

World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day is more than just a symbolic date, it’s a reminder. We love being the champion of books and reading and all the benefits a lifelong love of learning can bring. However, as a Library, we must also uphold and honor the copyright laws that project the creators of that work. As information moves from the printed page into digital formats, things like access and fair use become bigger concerns. But what does that mean to the average reader? Should everything just be “open access”? Answers to these questions and more can be found in today's blog!

Lit Chat with Therese Tappouni

Interested in learning more about authors from your community? What is their writing process and what inspires them? Learn more at Lit Chat with Therese Tappouni, who will talk about her book, Caught Between Worlds. Tappouni will be joined with moderator Stacey Horan, a local author and podcaster. Both authors reside in Jacksonville and are passionate about living creatively and helping others through their writing.

Teens, Coming-of-Age, and Arab-American Heritage

Arab American Heritage Month

Arab-American Heritage Month honors the rich culture and contributions of those Americans who trace their lineage to one or more of the 22 Arabic-speaking countries found throughout North Africa and Southwest Asia. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Mosaic.” Like all of us, each and every piece of a mosaic is unique. The books in this list are about finding your place in the larger world - as a young adult and Arab-American. Will you find a piece of yourself in their stories?

Online Learning, Upgraded

LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com content

Lynda.com just got upgraded! On Monday, April 19, your Lynda.com account migrated to the new LinkedIn Learning for Library platform. With an updated, easier-to-use interface, added and enhanced capabilities, and 16,000+ online courses in 7 languages from expert instructors with real-word experience, LinkedIn Learning with Lynda.com content will give you the career-boosting business know-how you need to accelerate your professional growth. Get the details and all the important notices here.

A Special Small Group Intensive Workshop For Fans Of Our Writer's Lab Series

Are you interested in writing poetry, but don't know where to start? Have you started, but you don't know where to go from there?

Join Dr. Laura Minor, an award-winning poet and poetry educator, for a three-week workshop series on the basics of poetry. This series includes hands-on work in generating ideas and revising drafts, as well as a discussion of the process of submitting and publishing poetry.

Earth-Friendly Books For Kids + A Party For The Planet!

With Earth Day around the corner, we've put together a booklist to help educate little ones about the importance of environmentalism. Whether for Earth Day or every day, here are some eco-friendly children’s books that will help foster a love and stewardship for our wonderful planet Earth. 

Beyond the Four Walls of a Building

Library Book Truck from 1928

What we do and where we do it can change from time to time. Library service doesn't always happen at the library and it certainly doesn't always occur inside the four walls of a building. Our job is about meeting, you, our customer, where you are. Sometimes, we have to take that show on the road! In the past, one of our more "novel" approaches to library service was our bookmobiles.

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