Jacksonville Public Library Blog 2021 Archive

Best Books of 2021

Jacksonville Public Library Best Books of 2021

It’s the cusp of a New Year! A time for new beginnings, setting new goals… and for some, a time of reflection. As you look back at 2021: Are you celebrating your accomplishments? Or maybe planning your next big challenge?

Lit Chat With Gale Massey

Lit Chat with Gale Masset

In The Girl from Blind River, Gale Massey presents a thriller about a young woman trying to protect and escape her family at the same time. In Rising and Other Stories, she digs deep into the everyday lives of women overcoming obstacles. Join us for a chat with Gale Massey about these stories and her writing process!

Festive Cozy Mysteries for the Holiday Season

Cozy Christmas Mysteries

The holiday season is the perfect time to curl up in your favorite spot with a good holiday book. Cozy mystery novels, with their backdrops of snowy small towns, bed and breakfasts, coffee shops, village bakeries, and quaint book stores make for the perfect read this time of year.

January Book Clubs To Join Now

Join A Jacksonville Public Library Book Club
Is your New Year’s Resolution to read more books, read books outside of your comfort zone, or talk about books with others? We’ve got you covered! Our 10 book clubs run the gamut from true crime and mystery to graphic novels and Florida authors. We are also kicking off our Jax Stacks Reading Challenge book club, where you can come and learn about great books that other people are reading and share your own favorites.

Season's Readings! Holiday Books for Kids

Holiday Books

Whether you celebrate, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, or something else entirely, this list of holiday books for kids will put the whole family in a festive mood. Choose from this list picked by our expert librarians (or search our catalog and create your own list) and get lost in the memorable stories and magical illustrations that come with this special time of year.

Holiday Crafts and Cooking

Holiday Crafts and Cooking

Do you plan to skip the store-bought cookies and pre-made mixes and make something entirely from scratch this holiday? Looking for some new traditions, new decorations, or ways to make memories together with the kids? Get crafty and get cooking with help from the Library!

Make The Most of Winter Break! Free Holiday Activities For Kids At The Library

Winter Break Programs at Jacksonville Public Library

The kids are home from school, family is in town to visit and you need something fun for the whole family to do (or maybe just a quiet place to escape). Look no further than the Library for great ideas during your winter break! Make plans to read, play, create, and have fun with us either in branch or from the comfort of your home this holiday season.

Lights of the Holiday Season

Lights of the Holidays

In the days leading up to December 21 – the darkest day of the year – more and more people will be lighting candles, hanging twinkle lights, decorating trees (and bushes) and filling the skies with fireworks. It's quite the festive time of year! For more on celebrations of light and winter holidays all around the world, check out this family-friendly booklist. It's sure to deLIGHT!