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Writer's Lab: Change the Names and Make Stuff Up With Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Writer’s Lab: Change the Names and Make Stuff Up Darlyn Finch Kuhn

Have you ever wanted to tell your life story, but thought it wasn’t exciting enough? Are you trying to write your first novel but don’t know where to find a plot? An autobiographical novel might be the place to start? Join us for this workshop to learn how to use real things that have happened to you in fun, fictional ways!

Lit Chat with Kristy Cambron

Lit Chat with Kristy Cambron

Have you ever wondered how authors make the people and places in their books feel so real? For Kristy Cambron, it’s the research! Join Kristy and interviewer Madeline Martin for a live Zoom event to learn more about the painstaking process of researching a historical novel, and more! 

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week

Launched in 1982, Banned Books Week has become the official annual celebration of the freedom to read. Typically held the last week of September, it brings together librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types in shared support of free and open access to information.

Books celebrating Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month

National Hispanic Heritage Month highlights the histories, cultures and contributions of Americans who have Spanish and Latin American ancestry. Whether you’re celebrating your family’s heritage or hoping to learn more about people from other cultures, stories are a great way to explore what connects us and what makes each culture unique.

Jacksonville Public Library Book Clubs To Join This Fall

Jacksonville Public Library Book Clubs To Join This Fall

It’s finally fall and for some of us, it’s spooky season! Read on for some creepy, magical, thrilling, and comfort reads to curl up with and then discuss with our 13 book clubs.

Check out the list of book clubs below and join your fellow readers for a great chat!

Lit Chat and Writer's Lab with Elizabeth Gilbert

Bestselling author and renowned writing instructor Elizabeth Gilbert joins us in September for two days of bookish excitement! Readers can check out our Lit Chat Interview with her on Friday evening, and writers can attend a 3-hour Writer’s Lab workshop on Saturday morning. We’d love to see you at both!

September is Library Card Sign Up Month

This card makes me smarter #librarycardsignupmonth

Do you want to get smarter? Save money? Get good grades? Connect with your community? Be happy? Be the hero of your own story with your free Jacksonville Public Library card. 

September is Library Card Sign Up Month and we want to see your library card or help you get one you can show off. We've got a goal of getting 2,800 new cards during September (that's about at pre-COVID levels), and we know we can get there with you by our side.

Great Books About Libraries And Librarians For Library Card Sign Up Month

Library Card Sign Up Month

The last few years have been years like no others, but libraries have been there to help us get through them. From providing much-needed joy through an endless amount of reading material to offering socially-distant services like our Lit Chats and Writer's Labs, libraries have been a constant source of support for countless people.

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