22 ways to use your Library in 2022

February 2, 2022 | By: Communications Staff

Make the most of your library this year!

While there are thousands of resources at the Library, here are 22 of them to start your new year.

1. Come visit us!

Head to your local library branch to browse thousands of free print resources.

2. Enjoy your library fine-free

The St. Joe County Public Library is now fine-free! This means that you will no longer be charged a late fee when you return a book past its due date. In addition, the Library is removing all preexisting late fines for all library accounts – so that everyone gets a fresh start!

3. Join us for exciting events

From children’s dance events to genealogy discussion groups and everything in between, it’s easy to find something at the St. Joe County Public Library that sparks a connection.

4. Check out the digital lab

Studio 304 is a unique public space that offers tools and tech to create and produce print, video, and audio projects and a knowledgeable staff ready to help your ideas become reality.

5. Expand your skills with an online course

LinkedIn Learning is an online learning platform for learning business, software, technology and creative skills, taught by recognized industry experts.

Take one of LinkedIn Learning’s courses on graphic design or audio production, then come test out your new skills on professional equipment in Studio 304!

6. Reserve a room

Book a study session or group meeting in one of the eight study rooms at Main Library.

7. Book your next event at the Community Learning Center

Whether you’re planning a wedding, business conference, or reception, the Library has the right space for you.

8. Peruse new e-magazines

Digital magazines are now available on Libby. In partnership with Zinio, patrons will have access to over 3,000 magazine titles through our OverDrive/Libby digital collection right alongside eBooks and eAudiobooks!

9. Find even more e-books!

Enjoy access to even more eBooks, Audiobooks, eMagazines, comics and more using Hoopla, Kanopy, and Flipster.

10. Read with your community

Every year in April, the community comes together for a chance to read and discuss one book together. This year’s book is Just Mercy: A Story of of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson.

11. Find your Next Great Read

Tell us what you like to read and we’ll create a personalized reading list just for you.

12. Grab and Go Books

Fill out our short survey with information about what you or your family would like to read, and SJCPL librarians will put together 5-10 books for you to pick up in person or via curbside service.

13. Join a book club

Connect with readers online or in-person and chat about what you’re reading. Upcoming Book Club dates can be found here.

14. Storytime

Enjoy books, rhymes, and songs which build on practices that prepare children to learn to read!

15. Get free tax assistance

Need help with your taxes? The St. Joe County Public Library is collaborating with the Mendoza College of Business and Goodwill Industries to offer free tax assistance from an IRS-certified volunteer.

16. Try Bendable

Bendable is a free learning platform that allows residents of all ages to acquire new knowledge and skills through online courses, in-person events, and other learning resources.

17. Learn a new language

Learn a new language using library databases! Use your library card to login to Gale Courses and enroll in one of their language classes, or check out the incredible language tools available through Rosetta Stone.

18. Discover your roots

Are you interested in putting together your family tree? Curious about the history of the places you pass in your daily life?

Visit the Local and Family History department to utilize our digitization stations, a huge microfilm collection of local newspapers, more genealogy resources, and check out our great assortment of genealogy databases online.

19. Get free Ancestry access

There’s no more powerful genealogy database than Ancestry, and you can access it at any St. Joe County Public Library location.

20. Access our free wifi

Did you know our WiFi reaches far beyond the walls of our library branches? Come use our parking lots if you’re in need of a free WiFi connection with social distance.

21. Use Home Delivery

Our library staff and volunteers can deliver materials to those unable to leave their homes or comfortably navigate our collection. To find out more about this service, give us a call at 574-282-4646.

22. Pick from a book list

Still looking for a great book? Here are some our staff recommend. We love to read, and we especially love to recommend a reading list. Check out Readers’ Services for other recommendations.

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