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Cozy Mysteries To Read This Holiday Season

Season's Readings

As the holiday season approaches, we take time to decorate the house with shining lights, listen to festive music, and sip peppermint-flavored drinks. So, it makes perfect sense for that same merry-making to extend to the books we are reading as well!

December 2020 New Book Releases

December New Releases

A new month means new books here at the Jacksonville Public Library! We've put together a booklist of December's most anticipated new releases for adults and youth. There are plenty of new titles released this month to check out. Don’t forget, curbside pickup is fast, stress-free and available to make all your reading quick, easy and safe!

Books For Learning A New Foreign Language

December is National Learn a Foreign Language Month and since much of the world is stuck at home because of the coronavirus pandemic, why not go fluent? We’ve put together a booklist that will motivate you to become bilingual (or multilingual!) during this new almost-always-home lifestyle. Whether you are new to learning a new language or just brushing up on your foreign language skills, we’ve got you covered! Profite bien!

So You Think You Can Tech: To Pie or Not To Pie (Chart)

Have you ever seen an Excel chart someone else has made and thought to yourself, “Wow, that looks great. They must have spent a lot of time and effort in creating that...” Even if charts don’t exactly thrill you, putting together a budget snapshot can help you to manage things like holiday spending and Black Friday shopping. You don’t have to stop there, though! Maybe you need to create a household budget or you might want to figure out the monthly revenue for your small business from this past year... Guess what? You can do the same fancy things with your data that you’ve seen other people doing – and you can do it with a few button clicks.

How Local Author Stacey Horan Uses the Library to Write Books That Get On The Shelves

Guest Blogger Stacey Horan

Our next featured author for NaNoWriMo is local author Stacey Horan. Stacey is no stranger to the Jacksonville Public Library; she has held many writers' workshops at various library branches, has attended Jax Book Fest for the past three years and has been a guest on our podcast, Completely Booked. Today she joins us as part of our NaNoWriMo series talking about how she uses the library to help her write her books.

Thanksgiving Picture Books For Kids

Thanksgiving Picture Books

Start some new traditions this Thanksgiving and read some great books on sharing, gratitude, family, the first Thanksgiving, and, of course, turkeys! These books are all about what make Thanksgiving one of the biggest family and community celebrations of the year. Some books you can download instantly. Others you can place on hold and have it sent to your local library for pick up.

So You Think You Can Tech: Downloads at the Library

Tech Tuesday

So you’ve navigated the Library catalog, searched its many tomes, and found your next great adventure. Joyous day! Only now you’re seeing half a dozen entries for the same book… Why does one title need so many entries? Some of them mention eBooks, others are eAudiobooks, and then there are just… books. Why is this so complicated? And what the heck is a Hoopla?! Well friends, if you have questions then you’ve come to the right place. Let’s journey through “Downloads at the Library.” It’s a whole new world to explore! And what reader doesn’t like adventure?

Join Us For Friendsgiving: A Virtual Thanksgiving Celebration

Friendsgiving With Jacksonville Public Library

The countdown to Turkey Day has officially begun! Traditionally this time of year many of us are busy prepping our Thanksgiving meal, making travel plans to visit extended family, and reminding grandma to make our FAVORITE kind of pie. Due to COVID-19, Thanksgiving 2020 is going to look and feel different than years before BUT this doesn't mean we can't have any family-friendly fun!

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