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April Staff Picks

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If you're like us then you are always looking for your next great read. As always, we're here to help! Once a month we compile weekly suggestions from our staff right here for you. Find out what our librarians are reading, who their favorite authors are (and why) and more! Follow along with #JPLPicks on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and right here on our blog!

How To: Get The Most Out Of Summer

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We’re heading into summer and that means fun, sun, and NO SCHOOL! While your kids may think they are too cool for school it’s important to keep them reading. We went to expert Susan Mankowski, our Early Childhood Learning Specialist, to discover why it’s extra important to keep kids reading during the summer and ways to prevent the “summer slide.”

GED Graduate Back On Track

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Dennis Hoffman’s education was derailed when he quit school to help take care of his teenage sister’s children. Even though he dropped out after failing ninth grade, he never gave up on his dream to continue his education “one day.” That day finally came when Dennis enrolled in GED studies through LEAP—Library Enhanced Access Program—at the library’s Center for Adult Learning (CAL).

How To: Use the Jax Makerspace

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The Jacksonville Public Library’s Jax Makerspace is a place for making things, for hands-on opportunities to explore, collaborate and create. A multi-purpose creative space, the Jax Makerspace is located at the Main Library and features the Jax Makerspace Gallery with rotating exhibits that highlight the local arts community. 

 

March Staff Picks

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If you're like us then you are always looking for your next great read. As always, we're here to help! Once a month we compile weekly suggestions from our staff right here for you. Find out what our librarians are reading, who their favorite authors are (and why) and more! Follow along with #JPLPicks on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and right here on our blog!

Jacksonville Public Library Travels to Kenya with Grad Student

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8,000 miles from home. No access to a public library. And desperately in need of a good read. It’s an easy fix for Sarah Davis, a graduate student from Jacksonville, Florida, studying at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. With Jacksonville Public Library’s digital collections—even across the world—she enjoys 24/7 access to e-books and databases simply by logging onto her account from her iPhone and iPad.

February Staff Picks

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If you're like us then you are always looking for your next great read. As always, we're here to help! Once a month we compile weekly suggestions from our staff right here for you. Find out what our librarians are reading, who their favorite authors are (and why) and more! Follow along with #JPLPicks on our FacebookInstagram, and Twitter and right here on our blog!

To Infinity and Beyond

Taylor Richardson at Pablo Creek Library holding the book Star WatchIt all started with a book for local teen Taylor Richardson and now her sights are set on Mars, with a couple of stops in between. It's all about the impact for Taylor, when she says “I want to make an impact,” she isn’t just saying it, she’s doing it.

How To: Access Free Tutoring

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  Alex Bishop here from the Teen Department at the Main Branch of the Jacksonville Public Library! I work with teens ages 12 – 18 in the Teen Room located on the ground floor near Jax Makerspace. Teens don't always want our help, but one of the most common issues teens come to me with are questions on homework help and applying for jobs.

Books For Kids

Tennika Hughes, Action News Jax, Books for Kids, March 3-17th

Literacy is a vitally important tool for kids to succeed yet many underprivileged children in our area don't have books of their own. 

Action News Jax Family Focus, 95.1 WAPE and the Jacksonville Public Library are teaming up to change that with Tenikka's Books for Kids. 

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