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The Best Summer @ Your Library

Letter from the Library Director

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Debra Rhodes Gibson, Library Director

St. Johns County Public Library

The American Library Association defines literacy as the ability to use “printed and written information to function in society, to achieve one’s goals, and to develop one’s knowledge and potential.” The development of literacy skills is crucial in a child’s academic trajectory, especially during early childhood and elementary school years. Exposure to language and reading builds vocabulary and sets the stage for future learning and academic achievement.

Studies show that the end of third grade is a critical milestone for students. Up to that point, the curriculum focuses on teaching students to learn to read. In fourth grade, students transition to reading in order to learn. If students can’t read, they can’t learn, and they fall further and further behind—which forces them onto a nearly inescapable path to poverty. The door of opportunity closes on them when they are barely four feet tall!

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"The Best Summer" is Back!

SJCPLS is thrilled to announce our summer literacy program for the whole family, “The Best Summer at Your Library.” No matter where or how you read, your library has an option for you! From June 13 to August 6, we invite you to track your summer reading and attend one or all of our summer programs that are fun for the whole family!

The Best Summer starts @ your library!

Track Your Summer Reading

SJCPLS is inviting you to take part in our summer reading initiative and track your reading progress for a chance to win free books! Through the library's READsquared free app (for Apple and Android) or website, or on paper logs available at any library branch, readers of all ages across the county can log days read independently and as a family. Participants may earn free books for every six days read on logs or 60 points reached on READsquared. 

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Amp Up the Magic!

In addition, SJCPLS is hosting the second annual “Amp up the Magic” magic show with magician Mark Alan at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 30, at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, 1340C A1A S. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and attendees are encouraged to bring chairs or beach towels and bug spray for this free outdoor event. 

Register for the 10 a.m. show
Register for the 11:30 a.m. show
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Learn a New Language With Pronunciator

Planning for summer travel abroad? Let us introduce you to our online language-learning tool, Pronunciator. Pronunciator focuses on the language of everyday situations, so you can begin with the essentials like food or transportation, and then build on that foundation at your own pace. Get started with the 8-week Travel Prep Course and with only 30-60 minutes a day, 5 days a week, you'll be travel-ready in no time!

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New SSYRA Books Are In!

You want them and we have them -- SSYRA books are in! 2022-2023 Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books are flying off the shelves and you'll want to place holds ASAP for these popular titles. Remember, to help fulfill holds faster, all SSYRA books circulate for 14 days. Check out the Junior Grades K-2Grades 3-5, and Grades 6-8 lists.

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Florida Teens Read - Check Out the New List

The Florida Teens Read program is a student-choice reading award program to determine which YA book wins the annual award as the favorite of teens in Florida. The reading list is comprised of fifteen titles that have been chosen by a committee of twelve school librarians specifically to engage high school students in reading and reflect their interests as well as represent a variety of genres, formats, reading levels, viewpoints, and diverse perspectives. Students who would like to participate to select which title wins the student choice award for the state of Florida are encouraged to read at least three titles on the list. With so many great titles, it'll be difficult to vote for just one!

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