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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.
"For some people the Talking Books service has functioned as a lifeline of sorts," said Chris Eaton, Librarian with the Jacksonville Public Library's Special Needs Library. "These books take them places when they feel like they have nowhere else to go." If you live in Florida and have trouble reading print as the result of an eye problem, a reading disability, or difficulty holding a book because of arthritis, a stroke, or an accident, you may apply for Bureau of Braille and Talking Books Library services. This library service is free and is supported by your tax dollars. Currently, the Jacksonville Public Library has a little over 1000 active users but there's capacity for many more.
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:
Marsha Dean Phelts joins us this week to chat about American Beach and her two books, An American Beach for African Americans and The American Beach Cookbook. Phelts will cover the myths of the beach -- what is the first, the most, the oldest? -- and the informational treasures unearthed there. She will also talk about the women of American Beach, including Miss Martha, Emma Morgan, Beach Lady, Annette Myers, and Hurricane Dora.
For Black History Month 2021, Kanopy has featured "11 Films to Watch." These included important films like Oscar-winner Moonlight, The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, and Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro. Black history shouldn't be confined to just one month. So, even if you're starting late or you missed the celebration entirely, rest easy. There's really no deadline on this list. They are, however, a great addition to #theblackfriendchallenge and any other self-education you may be doing on anti-racism and social justice.
Fairy tales are often thought of as children’s stories involving magical lands, fantastical beasts, and imaginary creatures like witches, goblins, elves, and sorcerers. While this is true, there are plenty of fairy tales for adults that can create that same feeling of wonder and escape from reality. So, for the adults that love to get lost in a magical tale, here’s a list of fables and folktales to read on National Tell a Fairy Tale Day. We also put together a list of fairy tales to read with the little princes and princesses in your life too. Have a happily ever after kind of day!
Digital Learning Day celebrates the use of digital technology in learning. While libraries have always been centers for lifelong learning, it has been our embrace of technology over the last several decades that have kept us both relevant and essential in this new age of hand-held devices and instant access to information. That is also why, this past year, libraries were able to shift quickly to virtual programming and add more digital resources in response to the pandemic. Things have changed so fast. It's easy to forget that just 30 or 40 years ago, many of us had never even used a personal computer. The appearance of desktop computers in libraries was still somewhat novel in the 1980s and 90s. Now, computers and the Internet are essential to library operations and the services we provide to the public.
In January of 2021, Jacksonville teen Taylor Richardson started a GoFundMe campaign and reading challenge called #TheBlackFriendChallenge in the hopes of starting a dialogue to combat racism. Her original goal was to get 100 copies of The Black Friend by Frederick Joseph. She's since raised over $22,000 and has distributed books to schools and libraries in over 30 states and 40 US Embassies. The Jacksonville Public Library accepted the challenge and her generous donation - making sure the book is available for pickup at all 21 Library locations.