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Secrets...for a Brighter New Year!

Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library System

New beginnings, fresh starts, and promises for a brighter future all come to mind as we ring in a new year. We resolve to get in shape, lose weight, improve career paths, and make heartfelt promises to others, whether aloud or in our minds. The turning of the calendar from one year to the next gives us a moment to reflect, remember, and recognize our accomplishments and the resolutions left behind. We resolve to do better.

Your library’s programs and resources can help you fulfill your resolutions. Take time to learn a new language with our free online database, "Pronunciator," learn to be a better floral arranger at one of our "Sisterhood of the Travelling Plants" workshops, browse our print and online collections for a new hobby or skill, or make an appointment with one of our librarians to learn how to use your new device. Let your local library help you keep your resolutions.

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"St. Johns Reads: Secrets" Kicks Off

St. Johns Reads is the St. Johns County Public Library System’s annual “Community Reads” program. In its 17th year, the 2022 program features four different books unified by the theme “secrets”: “The Vanishing Half,” by Britt Bennett, “Crossing the Creek: The Literary Friendship of Zora Neale Hurston and Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings,” by Anna Lillios, “Little Fires Everywhere,” by Celeste Ng, and a title for young adults, “Children of Blood and Bone,” by Tomi Adeyemi.

The four featured titles are available to enjoy in print, large print, audiobook on disc, digital audiobook, and ebook formats. “St. Johns Reads: Secrets” also presents a variety of both in-person and virtual programming inspired by the selected books. Special thanks to our generous Friends of the Library groups for sponsoring our St. Johns Reads program.

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3rd Annual "Lace Up For Libraries" 5K Walk/Run

The St. Johns County Public Library will host the third annual “Lace Up for Libraries” 5K event as the big finale to St. Johns Reads 2022. The race will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 29, at the Nocatee Station Field, 400 Nocatee Center Way. Participants will help raise funds for programming and author visits for future St. Johns Reads events. Register before January 6 to receive the official race t-shirt.

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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.

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From the Collection: New Year, New You

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 2022 be your year to shine!

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Libraries Closed for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Holiday

All SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Monday, January 17, in observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday. Browse some of the materials in our collection celebrating Dr. King's legacy.

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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