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Battle of the Books 2021

Battle of the Books Starting June 16 2pm live on Zoom

Calling all Duval County teens to Jacksonville Public Library's second annual Battle of the Books! This is an exciting book-based competition that you’ll play from home using Kahoot! Battle it out until the best book is crowned champion!

Thanks to the ADA

ADA Day: The Americans with Disabilities Act signed on July 26 Hashtag Thanks to the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. Over the last 31 years, the ADA has expanded opportunities for people with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life.

Hire a Veteran Day

Hire a Veteran Day: Tips for Vets and Employers

National Hire A Veteran Day on July 25 is an annual reminder and a call to action for employers and all those in hiring positions to seek out qualified veterans to hire and promote. It was founded by Marine Corps veteran Dan Caporale (who also founded the organization Hire Our Heroes). It is also a way to communicate to veterans the value and experience they bring to the table; veterans are highly trained, disciplined individuals with proven skills in communication and teamwork.

Book Clubs To Join In August

The Library is offering several monthly book clubs around the county and there is a little bit of everything in the month of August! We have investigative fiction, romance, love stories, and of course, true crime. Whether you are looking to connect with other readers and make new friends or if you are just wanting to establish a regular reading habit, join our book clubs and you are off to a great start! 

Back to School Like a Boss

Teens: Go Back to School Like a Boss Live on Zoom Friday August 6 at 4:30pm

Saying goodbye to summer is hard – But getting ready to go back to school doesn’t have to be! Go Back to School Like A Boss and with help from your Library. Get organized, manage stress, and improve your study skills.

Books For Kids To Put On Hold This Month

Books For Kids To Put On Hold This July

Fiction and non-fiction galore! July has new releases that are guaranteed to keep kids entertained!  A to Z Mysteries (Crime in the Crypt) by Ron Roy features familiar characters (Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose) going on strange, thrilling adventures! Snakes Smell With Their Tongues!: And Other Amazing Facts by Thea Feldman presents itself as a book full of exciting snake facts. The best part is we currently have our annual summer reading challenge, and these books can help you in your mission! Check out the full list below and be sure to put a few on hold. 

Lit Chat with Rochelle Alers

How do you keep the spark alive over three decades of writing romance fiction? Rochelle Alers clearly knows the secret, with over 80 published books, including her newest, The Beach House. Join us to chat with this prolific romance author!

Big Bag Book Sale Is Back!

Big Bag Book Sale

The Big Bag Book Sale Is Back!

It’s that time again for the Big Bag Booksale! You can shop great deals—not only on books, but music CD's, movies, audiobooks, records, and more. 

Books That Go Beyond The Binary

Beyond the Binary: Books about Gender Non-Conformity

First celebrated in 2012, International Non-Binary People’s Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who do not identify exclusively as male or female (masculine or feminine). Check out the blog for a breakdown of terms and pronouns as well as tips and resources for parents, friends, coworkers, and allies. You'll also find booklists for youth, teens, and adults with authors and characters who identify as non-binary, gender non-conforming, or transgender.

Books To Get The Whole Family Pumped For The Summer Olympics

If you are feeling pumped about the 2021 Summer Olympics, channel that excitement into these exhilarating books that commemorate the Olympics. We've put together a booklist for both adults and kids so that the whole family can get pumped for the Olympic Games together!

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