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Giving Thanks @ My Library

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library System

November is a month for reflection. It’s a time when our thoughts turn inward to focus on the goodness in our lives. It’s a time to be with our friends and our families, and to share food and conversation. It’s a time for togetherness and a time to give thanks.

During this season, my focus will be on the things for which I am thankful. I'm thankful I get to live in such a beautiful area. I’m thankful I get to work for the library. I'm thankful for the residents of St. Johns County who support and use the library. I am especially thankful that we have such a strong library system, with a large collection of materials and great staff who focus on quality customer service. I'm thankful for good library board members and commissioners who support us as we strive to make the library a valuable part of the community.

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Your Writing Journey Begins with Your Public Library...

National Novel Writing Month began in 1999, challenging people to write 50,000 words of a novel in thirty days. Interested in joining the thousands of people from around the world in beginning your novel? We can help with that! Visit our Writer's Resources page, where we gather all of our writing resources together on one page. With Pressbooks Public, you can create, edit, and format your book and even share your work through BiblioBoard's Indie Author Project for even more exposure!

Through BiblioBoard Library's easy-to-use website or app for Apple, Android, or Kindle, you can enjoy digital books, images, videos, and more from libraries, artists, authors, and others from your community and around the world. Even better, there are never holds, waitlists, or complicated checkout processes. All items on BiblioBoard Library are always available.


Big Library Read Returns with "Five Total Strangers" by Natalie D. Richards

Join the Big Library Read digital book club! From November 1 to 15, you can borrow the ebook or audiobook of "Five Total Strangers" by New York Times Bestselling Author, Natalie D. Richards, from our digital collection/Libby with no waitlists or holds. Join the Big Library Read discussion board to see what other readers are saying. Also, be sure to use #biglibraryread on social media for a chance to win Libby swag, a tablet, and author signed books.

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Celebrate the History and Culture of America's Indigenous Peoples

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 as “National American Indian Heritage Month.” We take this time to recognize the significant contributions America’s indigenous peoples made to the establishment and growth of the United States, as well as help share their history and commemorate their enduring culture. Celebrate native voices by checking out a few of the books found on the list linked below.

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Hoopla's Bonus Borrows Are Back!

Mark your calendar! Hoopla Bonus Borrows returns on November 1 with new themed collections! Numerous top titles are available across formats and titles checked out do not count toward your monthly lending limits. You can check out Bonus Borrows titles without using up any of the Hoopla checkouts you get with your library card! 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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Upcoming Closures

In honor of the national observance of the Veteran's Day holiday, all of our library branches will be closed on Thursday, November 11. Libraries will reopen on Friday, November 12.

In addition to the Veteran's Day holiday closure, our libraries will also close on Thursday, November 25, and Friday November 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. All libraries will reopen on Saturday, November 27. Book drops will remain open during all closed days and, of course, 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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