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Jacksonville Lights and Luminaries: Dorcas Drake

Lights and Luminaries: Dorcas Drake

Jacksonville judge, justice of the peace, and philanthropist Dorcas Drake was perhaps best known for starting the Dorcas Drake Christmas Party and Toy Drive, which made the holiday season a little brighter for Jacksonville’s children from 1957 until 2003. This special "Throwback Thursday" celebrates this remarkable and kind woman. The toy drive and party was eventually replaced by the Children's Christmas Party of Jacksonville (which was first held in 1999). But Dorcas Drake's light and legacy is undeniable.

Monday Motivation: Library Learning On-Lock(Down)

Monday Motivation. 2021 Goals: 1) Attend virtual ESOL class, 2) Practice English with friends, 3) Start a family in America

Many adult learners in Jacksonville look to the Library for help. When the pandemic forced cancellation of ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and GED® classes, instructors in the Library’s Center for Adult Learning guided their students to try other online library resources. Stories in this series entitled, “Unintended Consequences of Learning at the Library,” describe some of our successes in light of 2020’s greatest challenge.

Monday Motivation: Getting Comfortable With Technology

Monday Motivation ESOL Stories of Learning at the Library

When the Jacksonville Public Library shut down in March of 2020 due to the global pandemic, students in our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) classes at JPL's Center for Adult Learning (CAL) were hit especially hard. Fortunately, CAL responded to the disruption soon after the Library began its reopening processes. We launched our pilot Summer Session of ESOL Virtual Classes in August.  Despite the somewhat steep learning curve, CAL staff and its students comfortably navigated this new technology, specifically virtual meetings and Google Classrooms. We believe this is a testament to the connections we made prior to the shutdown and the resiliency displayed by our students.

Fa La La La Festive Dishes with Fun Holiday Cookbooks

Food Friday: Holiday Cookbooks

The holiday season may look a lot different this year. That doesn’t mean we can’t find reasons to celebrate, though! The Library has got you covered with a multi-cultural holiday booklist with recipes that are sure to liven up your festivities. There’s even plant-based and vegan options. Whether you learn how to re-create some of those traditional dishes your family has made over the years or you find something new to experiment with this year, you'll find tons of delicious recipes to keep you inspired and well-fed.

International Human Rights Day

International Human Rights Day

Human Rights Day is observed every year on December 10 — the day the United Nations General Assembly, in 1948, proclaimed the inalienable rights to which everyone is entitled as a human being and adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The purpose of the document was to create equal opportunities for all - regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status - and to re-build the world through this lens of interconnectedness and shared humanity.

Holiday Books For Kids To Read This Season

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year but it can also be extremely stressful, even for kids. Luckily, we have a way to help you and the family get into those feelings of comfort and joy in no time and that is of course through BOOKS! We’ve put together a booklist that explores traditions from different cultures, takes you on a life-changing quest to the North Pole, and sends you on an enchanting adventure as the lead ballet dancer in The Nutcracker. So, get the pine-scented candles going, light the tree, find the most comfortable spot in the house and start reading your way through these holiday books.

Monday Motivation: Getting the Confidence to Get Hired

Monday Motivation Unintended Consequences of Learning at the Library blog series

When the Jacksonville Public Library shut down in March of 2020 due to the global pandemic, students in our ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language) classes at JPL's Center for Adult Learning (CAL) were hit especially hard. Their learning was truncated and more importantly, our students who are adult immigrants were also suddenly separated from friends and teachers they’d come to rely on in a country that was still foreign to them. When CAL launched its pilot Summer Session of ESOL Virtual Classes in August, this critical lifeline was restored, literally and linguistically.

5 More Tasty Trends And The Cookbooks To Make Them

5 More Tasty Trends Blog

Imagine being stuck at home and eating the same foods again and again and again. Did this happen to you in 2020? If so, it is understandable because 2020 was a year in which we mostly focused on staying alive and staying healthy, but our food choices can be about something more now that we are adjusting to this new stay-at-home lifestyle: FLAVOR! If you no longer find the foods you’re eating a joy to make or delicious to eat, it is time to up your kitchen game and try a new recipe, and you can find tons of them in one of Jacksonville Public Library’s cookbooks. To give you some ideas on where to start, I’ve listed 5 more food trends with some options from JPL’s catalog.

So You Think You Can Tech: Complex Passwords

Tech Tuesday with e-services: Complex Passwords

It happens all the time, you sit down to use the fun, shiny new thing and the system asks for a password. Now you’re stuck. You’re at the part of the process we all dread. How am I supposed to remember something that is 18 characters long?! What is a special character? And why is this so gosh dang complicated?! Well, dear readers, I have some good news for you. Strong passwords aren’t hard to master if you follow a few simple tricks. There is a method to the madness.


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