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St. Johns County Public Library

July 2024 Newsletter






The St. Johns County Public Library System encourages a love of literature, the arts, and lifelong learning by providing a variety of information, resources, and entertainment to the community. 

Connect, Learn, Enjoy @ Your Library

New & Noteworthy

Message from Library Director Debra Rhodes Gibson

Expanding Our Reach @ Your Library

SJCPLS libraries are vibrant, busy places that accommodate a wide array of program opportunities and space to meet all our users' needs. The library system's growth in program attendance during the first six months of 2024 is 125% over the entire year's attendance during 2023! The current space for innovation and learning is inadequate within SJCPLS compared to other similar-sized library systems; program staff continuously compete for space, often preventing other programs and events from happening in our meeting rooms; and the current buildings no longer meet the demands of a growing St. Johns County.

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The Bookmobile is Back on the Road!

We are thrilled to announce that the Bookmobile has returned to service! After a brief hiatus for mechanical maintenance, our Community Outreach team revamped the summer schedule to ensure your browsing experience remains comfortable and enjoyable.

The new Bookmobile schedule and stops are as follows:

  • Mondays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Faith Community Church, 3450 County Rd 210, St. Johns
  • Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at UF Health Nocatee, 351 Town Plaza Avenue, Ponte Vedra
  • Fridays: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the WGV Convention Center, 500 S. Legacy Trail, St. Augustine

This schedule will be in effect through August 26. View the downloadable schedule here. We invite you to visit the Bookmobile at any of these locations to explore our collection and enjoy the convenience of our mobile library services. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Community Outreach Services at or call 904-827-6944.

Hastings Branch Closure

The Hastings Branch Library (6195 S. Main St.) will close at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3, for about one month to relocate. The library will reopen at the W.E. Harris Community Center (400 E. Harris St.) on Tuesday, Sept. 3. This move precedes the construction of a new community center and library, slated to open in Fall 2025.

Key Dates/Times:

  • Last day to place holds for pick-up: Monday, July 22
  • Library closure: 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3
  • Library reopens: Regular service hours on Tuesday, Sept. 3

During the closure, no items will be due, holds will be extended, and no late fees will accrue. The bookdrop will be inaccessible, and donations will not be accepted at either location. Patrons are encouraged to visit other branches or the Bookmobile, and use online resources at For more information, please email

Independence Day Closure

In observance of the Independence Day holiday, all SJCPLS libraries will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and Friday, July 5. Libraries will resume their normal operating hours on Saturday, July 6. Bookdrops will remain open, and our virtual services such as e-books, downloadables, and databases are available 24/7.

SJCPLS Highlights

Maximize Your Business Insights with Reference Solutions

Unlock a wealth of information with Reference Solutions, a comprehensive database featuring details on over 86 million businesses in the U.S. and Canada. Access executive names, SIC codes, employee numbers, financials, news articles, and job listings. Unlike basic search engines, Reference Solutions updates annually to ensure accuracy.

Additionally, explore the Consumer Lifestyle Database to identify target markets, research community demographics, and understand consumer demand. Transform raw data into easy-to-understand charts and summaries, making it a valuable tool for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

Interested in learning more about this powerful resource? Stop by any of our branches and talk to staff about how you can get started using Reference Solutions. You can also sign up for one of their free monthly webinars or contact one of their marketing experts to help get you started. Click the button below to start exploring Reference Solutions today!

Explore Reference Solutions

Strategies for Marketing a Small Business

Boost your business savvy with our engaging two-part workshop, "Strategies for Marketing a Small Business," designed for entrepreneurs, creatives, and small business owners. Learn how to create effective, budget-friendly marketing strategies and connect with fellow participants. The workshop will cover topics from branding and customer personas to loyalty programs and campaign building.


10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with a 45-minute lunch break) on Saturday, July 20 and 27, at the Southeast Branch Library, 6670 U.S. 1 S., St. Augustine

We encourage participants to attend both programs. Registration is required. Click here to sign up for both sessions.

Summer Days Book List

We love that sweet summer feeling! There's nothing quite like sitting by the pool or on the beach and enjoying a good book. We've compiled a list of titles that are sure to relax and transport you into that vacation state of mind. Check out the list here.

The Big Library Read Returns!

Discover the love, war, and resistance in post-World War II Vietnam. All SJCPLS card holders can dive into the first novel by award-winning author Andrew X. Pham during Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital book club. From July 11-25, Twilight Territory is available for free as an e-book and audiobook on the Libby app without waitlists or holds. This lushly panoramic, gritty, and profoundly moving novel is both a war story and a love story that offers a fascinating perspective on Vietnam's struggles to break free of its French colonial past.

The Big Library Read is an international reading program that connects millions of readers around the world with an e-book through public libraries. Readers can

participate in an online discussion about the book on the Big Library Read website.

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