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Books To Read During German American History Month

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October is German American Heritage Month in recognition of the founding of Germantown, Pennsylvania in October 1683. Fifteen percent of Americans are of German descent, which is the largest ancestral group in the United States. We owe a huge amount of gratitude to these intellectuals who have shaped American culture including authors such as Stephen King, Dr. Seuss, and John Steinbeck. Read about some of these great authors and more with this list that celebrates the strength of German-Americans who triumph over hardship.

New! Homework Helpline For Parents!

Homework Helpline

Struggling to help a child with their homework? The Jacksonville Public Library is here to help! Our new virtual service, the Homework Helpline, is ready to help you better support your students and alleviate some of your household homework headaches and assignment anxiety.

Must-Read Books About LGBT History Month

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October is LGBT History Month! The Stonewall uprising is well known as a significant catalyst for LGBT equality. Patrons of The Stonewall Inn were moved to take a stand after experiencing police brutality on the basis of their sexual orientation. Since then, there have been many activists who have tirelessly fought for LGBT rights. As you look back on the inspiring heroes of the past, consider all the opportunities there are to inspire a new generation that is committed to visibility for this community.

Celebrate Computer Learning Month With Jacksonville Public Library!

Computer Learning Month

It’s Computer Learning Month! Learn some new tips and tricks that will help you perform tasks and solve problems more efficiently. These books will provide you with the ideal place to start if you want to add some new tools to your tool belt like Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Excel and more.

October 2020 New Book Releases

October New Releases

A new month means new books here at Jacksonville Public Library! We've put together a booklist of October's must-read new releases for adults and young adults. There are plenty of new titles released this month to check out.

So You Think You Can Tech: Flipping PDF’s

Tech Tuesday

It can happen at any time. Someone sends you an important file saved as a PDF. You open it to read and maybe sign. Only it is completely, utterly, upside down. Or maybe you’re the one who made it upside down by mistake. Maybe you were scanning a document at home or in the Library and now it’s wonky. What do you do? What can you do? Do you have to redo all the work? If you made it at the Library is it going to cost you more money to scan it right way up? The answer to all these is an easy one. And no, it doesn’t involve turning your computer monitor or standing on your head. At least not entirely… 

Lit Chat: Online Author Talk With George Dekle

Six Capsules Lit Chat with George Dekle

George Dekel joins our Lit Chat series on Monday, September 28, at 1 pm to discuss his new book Six Capsules: The Gilded Age Murder of Helen Potts. Click here to register. If you'd like to research author George Dekle and this topic before participating in the author talk, follow the activites below.

So You Think You Can Tech: Basic Computer Troubleshooting – My Computer has a Virus

Tech Tuesday with Jacksonville Public Library

It happens to all of us at one point or another. Maybe your computer starts slowing. Maybe the ‘W’ on your keyboard stops working. Maybe your printer won’t connect. Is it the WiFi Goblin messing you’re your machine? Have vaguely defined ‘hackers’ taken over your computer to launch satellites and spy on your credit?! Regardless of the issue, or its cause, you have probably looked at your computer, sighed, and started mentally shelling out for the hundred-dollar Geek Squad appointment. Did you know that isn’t necessary though? Did you know that many of your computer’s problems can be easily fixed? If not, then this is the post for you.

Expand Your Mind at Library U

Get Smarter with the Library at Library U

You got a library card because you wanted to expand your mind and connect with your community. For some of you that means reading books or watching movies that you can discuss with your friends. Others of you are looking for a job or starting a small business. And some of you just want to know how that iPad you have works so you can stay in touch with your grandkids without fumbling all over the place.

Jacksonville Public Library's New Online Book Club You Can Join Right Now

The Bear by Krivak

Do you happen to be one of those people that when you are reading a good book you spend every waking second wanting to talk about that book? The trouble with this is, most of the people around you are not reading the same book, and they have no interest in hearing all your feelings about said book. That's where our NEW library book club comes in handy!

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