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Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library

Your St. Johns County libraries are more than just books. People of all ages use the library to enrich their lives. You and your family come to the library for programs, stop by just to enjoy meeting friends and neighbors, and increasingly take advantage of rapidly expanding services available on computers, smart phones, and other mobile devices. The challenge to serve all age groups could easily strain our budget, but your librarians are listening to your needs and working each day to anticipate the next “big” thing, whether that is a new technology, a new program, or an additional library branch.

We have increased the eBooks budget based upon their significant popularity. We maintain free Wi-Fi connections to make the use of iPads, laptops, and other portable devices easy and convenient, even from outside our facilities. We have expanded our virtual and in-house programs based upon demand.

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Color Your World With EnChroma Receptor Glasses

Did you know about one in 12 men and one in 200 women have color vision deficiency? SJCPLS offers library patrons a new way to see the world with life-changing EnChroma receptor glasses, available for checkout at any of our library branches or Bookmobile. These unique glasses use a patented lens technology to show the colorblind brilliant color, helping bring more accessibility to our community. If you or someone you love wants to try the glasses firsthand, come pay us a visit!


Prep Your Books for Publication With Pressbooks Public

Local authors are invited to utilize our database, Pressbooks Public, to create, edit, format, and generate print-ready and eBook formats for their books. Whether you have written your first book or are just getting started, you can write, edit, and design digital and print copies of your book with ease using Pressbooks Public. Pressbooks Public delivers print-ready and eBook files optimized to look great in all eBook stores.

Don't forget to enter the Florida Author Project writing contest! Submissions are accepted through May 31. More information about prizes and incentives can be found here.


Hoopla Bonus Borrows Returns!

Hoopla Bonus Borrows are back through May with new themed collections! Numerous top titles are available across formats, and titles checked out do not count toward your monthly lending limits. So even if you're out of borrows for the month, there's no end to the reading, watching, and listening you can do with the Hoopla Bonus Borrows Collection.

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From the Collection: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and Jewish American Heritage Month

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the contributions of generations of Asian/Pacific Americans to American history, society, and culture. The month of May was chosen to pay tribute to the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. 

In addition, May was proclaimed as Jewish American Heritage Month by President George W. Bush in 2006. Jewish American Heritage Month celebrates Jewish Americans' contributions to America since they first arrived in New Amsterdam in 1654.

Explore the materials in our collection: fiction and non-fiction titles by and/or about Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, Jewish Americans, and their contributions to the American story.

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Libraries Closed for Staff Development Day and Memorial Day

In order to provide the best possible service to our patrons, all SJCPLS libraries and bookmobiles will be closed on Wednesday, May 4, for Staff Development Day. This will be the first time since 2019 that the Library has met for a staff training day. The goal of each Library Staff Development Day is to raise the bar on the abilities of library staff in order to maintain and improve library services for all of St. Johns County.

Additionally, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday, all SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Monday, May 30. Book drops will remain open, and our virtual services such as eBooks, downloadables, and databases are available 24/7.

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