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New Year, New You @ Your Library!

Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library

New beginnings, fresh starts, reaffirmations of love, and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a New Year. There are the superficial, yet purposeful promises we make to ourselves. We resolve to get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and so on. Then there are the heartfelt promises we make to others, whether aloud or in our minds. The beginning of each new year provides us with a few moments to reflect on our previous 12 months and gives us meaningful time to plan out an even more extraordinary year to come.

Thanks to supporters like you, 2022 was a successful year for SJCPLS! We were able to meet and exceed many of our operational goals, and even expand a few of our services through the generosity of our library Friends, Patrons, and dedicated library staff. We sincerely thank you so much!

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Meet Author of "Buttermilk Graffiti," Edward Lee

Join SJCPLS at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the First Coast Technical College Character Counts Conference Center, 2980 Collins Ave., for a special St. Johns Reads event featuring the author of our 2023 book pick! We are pleased to host Chef Edward Lee and discuss his book “Buttermilk Graffiti: A Chef’s Journey to Discover America’s New Melting-Pot Cuisine,” talk about his writing process, and explore his passion for food and culture. This event is free and registration is not required. For more information, visit our St. Johns Reads webpage or email

Funding for this program was provided through a grant from Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities. St. Johns Reads is generously supported by the St. Johns County Public Library System’s Friends of the Library groups.

Digital Access to The Wall Street Journal

SJCPLS library patrons can now read The Wall Street Journal anywhere, anytime! To sign up, simply visit our subscription access link and create an account. You will instantly receive a three-day subscription to After your three-day subscription expires, renew your access to The Wall Street Journal by visiting the account creation link and login with the username and password you originally created. There is no limit to the number of times you can renew this access.

Simplify Your Research

Need help finding credible sources for a research paper or homework assignment? "Gale In Context: Opposing Viewpoints" simplifies your search by bringing together thousands of resources to provide authoritative articles, research reports, videos, and statistics. This database steers you away from unreliable content that online browsers sometimes serve up and helps you draw your own conclusions on hundreds of widely debated topics. View this database with your library card here.

New Year, New You Book List

If you have healthy changes in mind for the new year, turn to SJCPLS and our comprehensive collection of inspiring reads. Keep those resolutions, and let 2023 be your year to shine!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Monday, Jan. 16, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Browse some of the materials in our collection celebrating Dr. King's legacy.

Book drops will remain open during all closures and our virtual services such as ebooks, downloadables, and databases are available 24/7.

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