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Food for the Creative Soul

Artist Day

Has the “Muse” been a little fickle (or absent) lately? Are you looking for inspiration or some fresh ideas to get your creative juices flowing again? Sometimes you get in a rut, encounter a block, or just stop enjoying what you do. Or maybe you’re already making art consistently but you realize that you have settled into a comfort zone that you’d very much like to step out of... If inspiration is lacking or you just want to try a new thing, you’ll find plenty of ideas and food for the creative soul in our stacks.

Lit Chat with Deesha Philyaw

Lit Chat with Deesha Philyaw

Deesha Philyaw, a graduate of Stanton College Prep and Yale University, is now a multiple award-winning author for her work, The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. Join us for an in-person and live-streamed conversation with Deesha about her book and her writing process at the Mandarin Branch Library!

Kanopy's Fright Fest

Kanopy's Fright Fest

Horror movie buffs: Are you looking for a good scare? ‘Tis the season for screaming! Or was that streaming?

Kanopy’s Fright Fest! has some of the most bone-chilling characters and memorable monsters to ever appear on screen. This thrilling collection is sure to provide plenty fiendish surprises and all of the heart-pounding moments any true fan of the genre craves.

Screening Room: Beyond the Battlefield

Screening Room: Beyond The Battlefield, Military Medicine

Screening Room: Beyond the Battlefield will include a screening of the documentary Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield followed by a group discussion. This program is a part of the Wreaths Across America celebration at the Beaches Branch Library.

Art & Conversations: Social Change 101 - Art and Advocacy

Art & Conversations: Social Change 101 - Art and Advocacy, October 28, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the MOCA Theater

Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA present Art & Conversations, a series of innovative programs focused on literacy and the arts. In this series, the Jacksonville Public Library and MOCA collaborate to provide the community access to a rich set of resources by partnering an educational library program with a museum exhibition.

This series of programs centers around MOCA’s current exhibition, Structure of Nature | Nature of Structure by Jacksonville artist Doug Eng. His art and advocacy highlights the need to preserve our endangered wetlands and forests in Northeast Florida.

Take the TeenTober Challenge

Take the Teentober challenge

TeenTober is a month-long celebration of teen services – and it’s happening in libraries across the country, including yours! Teens can swing by their favorite library branch or even log in from home (or on the go) to participate in #TeenTober events throughout October.

Not-Too-Spooky Books For Kids

Not-Too-Spooky Books For Kids

Have no fear, only friendly monsters here! These not too spooky bedtime stories will have your kids smiling even after you tuck them into bed. 

Bullying Prevention Month

Stop bullying. Speak up. Bullying Prevention Month.

We all know what bullying is and how detrimental it can be. Whether it’s on the school bus, in gym class, on social media, or even at your workplace water cooler – it’s never been more toxic or pervasive. Our online and interconnected world can make it hard for children and teens to find safe havens or the courage to speak up and speak out. Knowing how to start those conversations or where to turn isn’t always easy. That’s why the Library has several resources for children, teens, and parents to help prevent or stop bullying.

LGBTQ+ History Month

LGBTQ+ History Month

October is LGBTQ+ History Month, which celebrates the achievements and contributions of exemplary lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and other queer-identified role models throughout history. Like other celebration months, it is also an opportunity to highlight historic and current issues facing the community, celebrate milestones, and educate or welcome others who would become allies.


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