Search the Catalog

Educational Success

April is National Poetry Month!

Image representing April as National Poetry Month and all the programs happening at Jacksonville Public Library

It’s hard to imagine a world without the soul-stirring poems of Maya Angelou, the comic verse of Ogden Nash, or the influential works of Walt Whitman, the father of free verse. Now during National Poetry Month, you can kick up your own poetry appreciation—and enjoyment—with poetry programs and more. 

Jacksonville’s Best Book Warehouse Sale

stack of books with text Support your Library! Buy Books!

Who says good hardbacks are too expensive to buy? Shop the Warehouse Book Sale for an affordable way to add to your personal library or to pick up a nice gift book. The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Bookstore is located at the University Park Branch Library. You can shop cheap, used books during these open hours:

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. to noon, and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The truck stops here! Digital Bookmobile National Tour

Image of the exterior of the OverDrive Digital Bookmobile

Get ready for an all-day tech fest as the Digital Bookmobile, a traveling exhibit decked out with the latest in library e-books and e-services, opens its doors to all ages.

GED Graduate Back On Track

Dennis Hoffman at graduation

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).

September Staff Picks

Each month we feature a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff. Once a week our literary mavens will be featured on our social media channels. At the end of every month we compile them for you right here; that way you won’t miss a single book! These choices are some of their favorite books and authors or reads they need to share with others.

 

The Brinkman Legacy: Championing Adult Literacy

The library’s Center for Adult Learning wouldn’t be what it is today—a place where adults can learn to read, learn English as a second language, prepare for GED classes and testing—without the vision, innovation and passion of Jean Ulmer Brinkman. Jean, the founder of CAL and Learn to Read, which are located at the library, had a big dream—to give every adult the opportunity and right tools to learn to read.

5 Ways to Support Your Library for National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week and we want you to help us celebrate! Here are a few ways you can show your local library just how much you appreciate it – and you may get a few things out of the deal too! Take Our Survey! We are working on improving our services for the upcoming year and we’d love to hear what you have to say! Take a moment to take this short(ish) survey and share what you love about the library and what you don't. Even if you don't use our services, tell us why.

LEAP in the Direction of Your Dreams

After Misty Jones served eight months in prison, she needed a boost to get back into the workforce. She found what she needed with the team from Operation New Hope and its Ready4Work program, which is designed to assist ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. During her time with New Hope, Jones discovered programs in the city that she never knew existed, including our digital literacy program through Project LEAP.

You’ve Got the Resolve, We’ve Got the Resources

Updated December 2017

It’s 2018 and you are ready. Ready to make a change, and ready to do your best. While you are still trying to remember to write 2018 instead of 2017, let us be a partner in helping you to achieve your new goals this year!

Whether you have resolved to learn a new language, start a business, learn to code, read more etc., we have the resources you need to succeed. Below are some of the most popular resolutions - and how your local branch can help you stick to it!

Computer Classes:

What You and Bill Gates Have In Common

Last week, Bill Gates sent out his top book picks for 2016. Investing in Microsoft is a win, but so is investing in your brain. If Bill Gates can read a book a week, then we know the rest of us mere mortals can read at least four each year!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FW00Osyz_IA

Jacksonville Public Library