Main Library- News Update

Main Library  1960 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.  St. Augustine, FL 32084  … Submitted by: Amy Ackerman, Assistant Branch Manager  aackerman@sjcfl.us   904.827.6940

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I used to list their events at the library … now you can learn and have fun online —  upcoming virtual programs  https://sjcpls.org/upcoming-events/

Library News 9/1/20 … A message from the Library Director, September 2020 Newsletter

Your Library Card: The Best Supply of All
Message from the Director

Every parent wants their child to succeed, and one of the simplest ways to ensure a child’s academic success is by making a quick trip to the library. This September, the St. Johns County Public Library System joins with the American Library Association and public libraries across the nation to make sure all children have the most important school supply of all — a free library card.

The library is your community hub. We offer virtual programming for people of all ages. Plus, your library card gives you access to books and computers, homework help, assistance with resumes and job searches, accurate financial information, music, movies, magazines, and a broad assortment of online books, audiobooks, and databases.

Beginning September 15, SJCPLS libraries will re-introduce evening service hours. All six library locations will be open either Tuesday or Thursday evening until 7:00 p.m. Evenings will be staggered among the libraries so there will always be at least two library locations open each evening throughout the county. These revised library hours should make getting to the library a little easier for families, students, and working patrons. Specific branch location hours may be found HERE. Read more.

Library Adds Evening Hours Beginning September 15

The St. Johns County Public Library System is introducing evening hours at all facilities to accommodate the needs of working families and students beginning Tuesday, September 15. The Main Branch, Ponte Vedra Beach Branch, and Southeast Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays, and the Anastasia Island Branch, Bartram Trail Branch, and Hastings Branch libraries will now be open from 2 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays. All other library hours will remain the same, and libraries will remain closed on Sundays and Mondays. To further assist patrons, the library’s online reference service, Ask a Librarian, is also extending service hours to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, please visit www.sjcpls.org or call your local branch library.

Online Resources for Students

While 2020 may be a different school year, the one thing that hasn’t changed is SJCPLS is here for students, families, and teachers with resources, homework help, and research guidance to help students succeed. Visit our Kids and Teens pages on sjcpls.org for online resources such as live tutoring, virtual study rooms, trustworthy research databases, and more tools for students. Need additional help? Text, chat, or email us through our helpful Ask-a-Librarian service. Let the library be your partner in learning this year!

RBdigital Audiobooks Have Moved to the Libby App

Breaking news! Audiobooks from RBdigital have moved to the Libby app as part of our OverDrive collection. You will continue to be able to browse, borrow, and enjoy all the same great audiobooks you loved in the RBdigital app, now available in Libby. If you have already been enjoying the Libby app, there will be no change, other than you may notice even more great titles available for you to borrow.

If you currently have a book checked out in the RBdigital app, it will be available through the remainder of the lending period, so you can finish your title without disruption or risk of losing your place in the book. Holds will not be moved, but you may export your Transaction History from the Profiles section of the RBdigital app. You can place holds on those titles again in Libby. For the time being, you can continue to use the RBdigital app to access magazines through ZINIO.

Our library is proud to continue to offer you a wide selection of digital titles for you to access anytime, anywhere through Libby, the one-tap reading app. For those who have not yet tried the Libby app, all you need to get started is your library card number. The Libby app is easy to use and will guide you through the setup process and get you connected to our library in just a few minutes. You can find in-app support, or visit the Help site or Libby Academy within the app for assistance. In just a few taps, you can start reading or listening instantly on your phone or tablet. The digital library is available 24/7 without leaving home and is free from our library. Choose from bestsellers, fiction, nonfiction, books for kids, and more. Download the Libby app to get started.