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Lit Chat: Online Author Talk With Larry Tye

Lit Chat With Larry Tye

Bestselling author Larry Tye joins our Lit Chat series on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. He will be discussing his new book, Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joseph McCarthy. The book has been described as "A definitive biography of the most dangerous demagogue in American history, based on a first-ever review of his personal and professional papers, medical and military records, and recently unsealed transcripts of his closed-door Congressional hearings."

Books For Fans Of Weird Cosmic Sci-Fi Worlds Like Lovecraft Country

Weird Worlds Like Lovecraft Country: Read Alikes for Lovecraft Country

Howard Phillips Lovecraft created compelling horror fiction—much of which is rooted in his racist beliefs and other anxieties. This can make revisiting his classic works such as Mountains of Madness challenging for readers... luckily there are plenty of modern authors working either within Lovecraft’s established mythology or in worlds of their own drawing some inspiration from his style of weird fiction.

Books With Homeschool Characters

Youth Fiction with Homeschool Characters Jacksonville Public Library

2020 has been a year unlike any other and going back to school will be no different. If you are contemplating homeschooling and are wondering how to introduce this lifestyle to your children, we've got some fun reads that will help your children learn about characters who are navigating being at home for school too. Sometimes, it's nice for kids to see themselves in the books that they read; to know they are not alone and that there are others out there who have walked in their shoes.

So You Think You Can Tech: Email vs Texting

Tech Tuesday with Jacksonville Public Library

#TechTuesday with E-Services

Communication is an amazing concept. It allows us to convey ideas, emotions, and, occasionally, cute pictures of kittens. Back before all the modern wonders we now take for granted we communicated by actually talking to people or writing them letters or walking up to family members and showing them books of cute kittens. These days though we use our devices. Instead of talking, we text. Instead of writing, we email. And instead of cute kittens…well they are still cute, that’s how they trick you. What can be even trickier is the differences between email and texting. Those differences can lead to generational issues, ones I hope to help ease today.

Supplement Your Studies At Home With Our Homeschool Resources

Homeschool Resources with Jacksonville Public Library

We know that the 2020 school year will be challenging for many and that there are still many uncertainties when it comes to what learning will look like this fall, but we want to help get you through it as best we can. That’s why we’re making it easy for parents and kids to supplement learning at home by utilizing our electronic resources. Below is a list of our educational resources that you can use for free from home. 

Fine Free is Worry Free

Fine Free Jacksonville Public Library 2020

We want you back! Jacksonville Public Library is overdue fine free until at least December 31, 2020! All outstanding overdue fines have been erased from everyone's accounts and now you don't have to worry if you get a little behind schedule.

So You Think You Can Tech: Google Maps and Location Services

Tech Tuesday

#TechTuesday with E-Services

You may find yourself going to a lot of new and different places during the pandemic, or you may be staying inside more and calling places for takeout options. Either way, Google Maps has you covered with a variety of maps, directions, and other useful options. Check it out!

Lit Chat: Online Author Chat With Libby Copeland

Lit Chat with Libby Copeland

Have you ever wondered what your ancestry search will reveal? If so, join us for a special online author talk with award-winning journalist Libby Copeland and moderator Connie Bradshaw, a professional genealogist and owner of I Dig Your Roots on Tuesday, August 4 at 1 PM. Copeland will discuss how DNA testing has impacted many communities including adoptees, the donor-conceived, and those who didn't start out with questions about their families but found questions posed by their DNA results.

So You Think You Can Tech: Google Photos

Tech Tuesday with Jacksonville Public Library

#TechTuesday with E-Services

Hail and well met! Welcome back to another round of tips from me to you. Recently I have had several people come to me with questions regarding their pictures, specifically their pictures in the Google Photos app. Since there has been much confusion on this topic, I figured it best to have a look.  


We All Scream For Ice Cream! Ice Cream Books To Help Cool Us Off

National Ice Cream Day

July is National Ice Cream Month and Sunday, July 19th is National Ice Cream Day, which is very convenient because it is so incredibly hot out! Whether you prefer vanilla or chocolate, cone or cup, there is no denying our universal love of this delicious frozen treat. Cool off with these sweet reads for both kids and adults!

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