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Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library

April and libraries go hand-in-hand. Spring is the season for renewal and making new connections. April for libraries means the annual National Library Week celebration, taking place from April 3 to 9. This year’s theme, “Connect with Your Library,” was selected to spotlight libraries as places users get connected when they use broadband, computers, and other technology resources. It also reinforces the idea that libraries are places to connect with media, programs, ideas, and classes, and, of course, books! Moreover, it’s a call to action: an invitation for community members to visit, use, and advocate for their libraries.

The role of SJCPLS continues to evolve, responding to the changing needs of our community. In response to community input gathered during the updating of our Master Plan for Libraries in 2019, our branch libraries increased and enhanced services and programs, resulting in a dramatic increase in program attendance. Without enough square footage systemwide, programs competed for space regularly, inhibiting our abilities to meet public demand. The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners first recognized the need for additional libraries within our library system in 1999, and in 2020, the Board approved moving forward with a new branch library facility in the World Golf Village area. 

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Celebrate National Library Week 2022 with SJCPLS!

It's almost time for our favorite celebration, National Library Week! The library has something for everyone. During National Library Week, from April 3 to 9, visit your library online or in person to find books, audiobooks, virtual programs, and resume help. Celebrate from home with a fun coloring page activity provided to us by the American Library Association. Finally, be sure to visit our Facebook and Instagram during this week for a chance to be a winner in our National Library Week giveaway, with three prizes graciously donated by our Friends of the Library groups.

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St. Johns County to Hold Open House for Future Public Library

St. Johns County is hosting an open house regarding the planned public library in World Golf Village. Staff from St. Johns County Public Works and SJCPLS will be available to answer questions and share details about this future asset to our community.

  • When: 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, April 7.
  • Where: Pacetti Bay Middle School, 245 Meadowlark Ln.

One or more County Commissioners may be present. Please note no action will be taken during the open house. For more information, please call 904-209-0193.

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Continue To Learn with Universal Class

Learn something new today! SJCPLS now has Universal Class, a program that offers over 500 lifelong learning courses in over 30 subject areas, many of which offer Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Access each informative and engaging course 24/7 from your phone or tablet. These courses include computer literacy, career training, cooking & baking, self-help, and many more. All courses are self-paced, and you do not need to be online at a specific date or time. Access with your library card and find it in the Libby app. Look for “Extras” to discover Universal Class. 

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Support for Veterans with Brainfuse VetNow

We are pleased to announce that SJCPLS has partnered with Brainfuse VetNow to offer support for our community's veterans and their families. VetNow provides St. Johns County veterans and their families with crucial access to live online assistants who are trained to help navigate VA bureaucracy and connect them to benefits and community resources. In addition, VetNow’s job tools and educational resources are designed to assist veterans with career coaching, resume building, live interview preparation, live tutoring in a wide range of college level subjects, and more. VetNow is available to all SJCPLS library cardholders and may be accessed from any computer or mobile device.

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Calling All St. Johns County Indie Fiction Writers!

Do you love writing but aren't sure how to get into the publishing pool? Here's your chance! The Florida Author Project writing competition begins April 1, 2022. Finalists in this competition will be reviewed by The Library Journal, one of America's oldest and most renowned trade publications for library news. Winners will receive $500, a full-page feature in The Library Journal, their work included in Indie Florida (a digital collection available on Biblioboard), and more. Submissions must be indie-published, in the adult or young adult fiction genre, written by a Florida resident, and in an e-pub or PDF format. Entries are due by May 31, 2022. SJCPLS has tools readily available to assist authors with formatting and publishing here: Writer's Resources. We can't wait to see what stories our St. Johns County writing community shares.

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Protect Yourself from Property and Mortgage Fraud for Free

The St. Johns County Clerk of Courts now offers a free property fraud noticing service. Through this service, an alert will be sent to your email inbox any time an Official Record document is recorded in your name with the Clerk’s office. Visit the St. Johns County Clerk of Courts website for more information.

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Good Friday Holiday Hours

All SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Friday, April 15, in observance of the Good Friday holiday. Normal operating hours will resume on Saturday, April 16. Book drops will remain open, and our virtual services such as ebooks, downloadables, and databases are available 24/7.

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