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Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library System

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and romance is in the air. It is the time for expressing our love and affection for those who are most important to us, including your public library. My romantic hero often sang me the refrain from Jimmy Buffett’s song, Love in the Library, “…surrounded by stories surreal and sublime, I fell in love in the library once upon a time.” 

In February, we recognize Library Lovers’ Month, which encourages the celebration of libraries of all types. It is a time to highlight and appreciate the value libraries bring to a community. Libraries serve thousands of people every day – including you. The library, at its essence, is a community place. It is something special to everyone who uses it and even to those who don’t. Libraries and their communities enjoy a mutually beneficial relationship; the library provides resources to support the community, and the community devotes a portion of its resources to support the library.

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SJCPLS Patrons Donate More Than 3,500 Food Items Through the Library

Fitting for Library Lovers' Month, our patrons showed their love to their community in a big way through our annual Food for Fines program! We were able to donate more than 3,500 non-perishable food items for St. Johns County’s Health and Human Services Food Pantry through your generosity. We are so thankful for you all!

The Food for Fines annual program enables patrons to donate food to local families in need and help “pay down” their overdue fines during the holiday season. This program is one of several collaborative efforts that the St. Johns County Public Library System participates in with other County departments, extending its reach to St. Johns County residents. 

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Celebrate Black Authors on Libby

This Black History Month tap into Libby, by Overdrive, to discover books and audiobooks from some of the most celebrated and well-known African American writers, political figures, and artists.

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From the Collection: All About Love

February is the perfect time to cozy up with a romance novel. SJCPLS has a robust list of books that will satisfy any fan of the genre. From historical, paranormal, to contemporary romance, and more, we've got you covered!

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Free Tax Assistance at Hastings, Main, Ponte Vedra Beach, and Southeast Branch Libraries

The AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program offers free tax preparation help to anyone who needs it, with special attention to those who are 50 or older or have low-to-moderate income. This service is free, and appointments are required.

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Hoopla Bonus Borrows Return!

Hoopla Bonus Borrows are back through February 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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Library Lovers' Month

We love hearing from you! Let us know what you love the most about your library. Is it the collections of books, digital resources, DVDs, or one of our numerous programs? Maybe it is simply a quiet escape from the daily grind. Commemorate Library Lovers' Month with us and share your fond stories on our Facebook or Instagram, and use the hashtags #ILoveSJCPLS and #MySJCFL.

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Libraries Closed for the Presidents' Day Holiday

All SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Monday, February 21, in observance of the Presidents' Day holiday. Book drops will remain open, and our virtual services such as ebooks, downloadables, and databases are available 24/7.

We value and respect your privacy. SJCPLS will not publish, share, or sell your email address in any way.

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