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Kindness Literacy: Amy Barnett & The American Civility Association

“In our society it is important for us to fight the negativity intentionally and one of the ways we can do that is recommend books. We call it Kindness Literacy. ”

Kindness Literacy, have you heard of it? Neither had we.

Born out of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy of December 14, 2012 when 20 children and 6 adults were killed in a violent gunman attack, Amy Barnett founded the American Civility Association, Inc. The ACA creates brain-building programs, leadership training and safe school intervention events for students K-12. These educational programs include training components for educators, school counselors and parent/guardians. Amy and her team of educators, medical experts, neuroscientists, mental health specialists, authors and concerned business professionals have been on a mission to end school violence and bullying.

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Take Digital Trip Down Memory Lane

Image of a postcard of the Jacksonville beach boardwalk for 1945 to 1950 at the Jacksonville Public Library

Remember when Jacksonville Beach boasted a lively boardwalk with a Ferris wheel? Do you recall the aftermath of Hurricane Dora in 1964? Look back at Jacksonville’s past through photographs taken from the 1940s – 1990s. Read actual telegraphs and see historic images from Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. Browse vintage postcards that evoke memories of Old Florida from yesteryear. It’s all part of the Digital Library Collection.

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Inside This Year’s Summer Reading Program

Image representing the blog article,  Inside This Year’s Summer Reading Program by Sade Robinson, a summer intern at the Jacksonville Public Library

The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, was chosen because reading takes you to new places and new universes—sometimes even to the world of superheroes.

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Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Sweet Reads!

July is National Ice Cream Month! Sometimes these "national holidays" can seem silly, but President Ronald Reagan actually designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He recognized ice cream as a fun food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population, which makes it a little more legitimate– right? Here are some sweet reads to help you celebrate!

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