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Lit Chat with Nikesha Elise Williams

Lit Chat with Nikesha Elise Williams, Thursday, July 14, at 6:30 pm

Nikesha Elise Williams has been featured at the library as a Writer’s Lab workshop instructor and Lit Chat interviewer many times over the last two years. Now she takes on the role of featured author in our next Lit Chat! Join us at the Highlands Library to learn about Nikesha’s journey as an award-winning self-published author, journalist, and podcaster.

Pop-Up Storytime: Celebrate Summer At The Cummer With The Library

Pop-Up Storytime: Celebrate Summer At The Cummer With The Library

Join library staff on Friday evenings in July and August for a special Pop-Up Storytime to celebrate Summer at the Cummer! Library staff will present two Pop-Up Storytimes at 5:00 pm & 6:00 pm in the The Cummer Gardens. The Library will also have a table where you can sign up for a library card and check out books! No registration required. Bring the family to experience stories, songs, art, culture, and community this Summer at the Cummer! 

4th Of July Books For Kids!

4th of July Books For Kids
Happy Birthday America! Hopefully, your plans to celebrate include reading a book with a Fourth of July theme! It does not matter if these books are read in between fireworks, during cookouts, or lying on the beach, these children’s books will entertain and educate.

Writer’s Lab: Building a Profitable Indie Author Business

Writer’s Lab: Building a Profitable Indie Author Business, on Saturday, July 9, at 10am, online via Zoom.

You’ve written a polished story or two or ten and you feel confident that it’s time to share your work with the world. You’ve heard about self-publishing, but is it the right fit for you, financially? Join us for a Writer’s Lab with local author Siera London that covers the basics of the indie publishing business and what you should consider before jumping in.

Online Author Talk with Chris Crutcher

Teen Lit Chat Author Talk with Chris Crutcher

Teen Lit Chat returns this July with a visit from Chris Crutcher! Chris is a longtime writer of teen novels covering serious topics but not actually a very serious person. Read on to learn more about Chris and check out his recommendations for things to read, write and do, and then join Chris to talk about his books and writing process, live on Zoom!

10 Children's Books Honoring Juneteenth

Books to honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Black Independence Day, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 since 1865 in various parts of the country. Juneteenth became an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021. If you’re attending your first Juneteenth jubilee or looking for ways to celebrate, check out this booklist!

Books Dad Wants To Read This Father's Day

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day. What is a better way to celebrate dad than letting him relax on his special day? Allowing him to relax with an enjoyable book! If you do not know where to start, check out this list of books created with dad in mind. This list has books ranging from fiction to biography, and contains authors like Harlan Coben, Jim Gaffigan, Willie Mays, and more. 

Sci-Fi Books for Buzz Lightyear Fans

Books to read if you like Lightyear

Disney and Pixar just released an animated sci-fi action-adventure and origin story for Buzz Lightyear, the character many of us know and love from the popular Toy Story movie franchise. Only, this time, it’s not about the toy. It’s the in-universe movie that inspired fans like little Andy to buy talking toys of the legendary space ranger in the first place. If you like the new movie Lightyear, or you’re a fan of science fiction in general, check out this month’s booklist!

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