Those Dog Days of Summer

The phrase “dog days of summer” describes the most oppressive period of summer each year. In the northern hemisphere, it extends from the summer solstice to the autumnal equinox, typically the period between July and early September.

Summer is winding down, vacations and trips to the beach are fond memories, and the kids are once again gearing up for school. The youthful cry of “Are we there yet?” has morphed into the plaintive wail of “I’m sooooo booooored,” while parents are searching for first-day-of-school outfits. So, why not add a little fun to your to-do list with some crafts? Your local library or bookmobile has craft books for kids of all ages. Can’t get to the library? There are numerous websites offering a variety of back-to-school craft ideas for kids. Some of our favorites include:

And, speaking of sharing stories, has a librarian made a difference in your life or gone above and beyond to serve your local community? The I Love My Librarian Award invites library users like you to recognize the accomplishments of exceptional public, school, college, community college, or university librarians. Since the award was established in 2008, 130 librarians have received this distinguished honor. In that time, library users nationwide have shared more than 21,000 nominations detailing how librarians have gone above and beyond in their commitment to inclusivity, literacy, and digital access. Look for further information on how to make a nomination within this newsletter or visit

With six branch locations throughout St. Johns County, and two traveling Bookmobiles, there are plenty of opportunities for you to connect, learn, and enjoy at your library. Check us out!


Debra Rhodes Gibson

Library System Director, St. Johns County Public Library System