Welcome to week three of Summer Reading. Be sure to track your reading to earn prizes! Do we have a treat for you this week! Are You Ready??? It's time for Jacksonville Public Library's second annual Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books is an exciting competition in which you read books across four categories as they compete to be the best. During each program in June and July, two books will compete from one category—nonfiction, realistic fiction/comedy, sci-fi/fantasy, and graphic novels. Teens will compete in Kahoot trivia challenges on the books and debate which book is the winner. In early August, a finale program will crown the winner and celebrate all of the summer’s books.
If you are thinking about going to college, you'll need to start volunteering. The selection process for most colleges and universities has become so competitive, that despite your class rank or grade point average, you'll still need some extra 'oompf' that'll set you apart from all the other applicants. Volunteering gives you a chance to find out what you're passionate about; not only will you gain work experience, you just might make a positive impact in someone's life and your community! It's definitely a WIN-WIN Situation! Join us this week as we talk more about VOLUNTEERING!
Sometimes it's hard to imagine that people are still treated negatively because of the way they look or speak or even what religion they practice. May is Jewish American Month and we will take time to honor the contributions that Jewish Americans have made, past and present, to this great Nation. This Jewish American Heritage Month takes its theme from the ancient sage Rabbi Hillel’s most well-known saying–“If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now—when?” Let's work towards a better tomorrow where we can celebrate our differences and find ways to understand different points of views without hatred or violence.
Thank goodness that we are finally moving in the right direction with the Pandemic. While we aren't completely out of the woods, we can now head outdoors and take in the great Florida weather! One of my favorite things to do, is to grab an old blanket, spread it out under a tree and READ! Not only does being outdoors reduce stress and anxiety, it gives you doses of Vitamin D—a much needed vitamin to support a healthy immune system! Armed with these excuses, I mean facts, you can totally get out of doing housework and chores (it's worth a shot)! We'll even help you out with a few suggestions sure to keep you out of the house all Summer long. . .reading of course!