Jacksonville Public Library Blog 2022 Archive

Book Clubs To Join This December At Jacksonville Public Library

This month we’re celebrating great books and readers! Close out the year with a comforting read or a challenging one, and come talk about it with other book lovers! Check out our newest book club, Top Shelf, at the South Mandarin Library, and make sure to keep an eye on the meeting dates this month as some have changed due to holiday closures.

Staff Picks Genre Study - Books with Unusual Narrators or Perspectives

Staff Picks Genre Study book list graphic

Whether it is Budo, the imaginary friend in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, or the recently deceased Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones, the presence of a great narrator or unusual perspective makes for a better read. Some authors choose the story within a story like Princess Bride where you and a character are being told the story. Other authors use a journalistic account of part of someone’s life such as in Time Traveler’s Wife.

Check out a laptop and/or hotspot for FREE

Connect to the web for free with your library card

Check out a laptop and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot from your neighborhood library and connect to the internet on your terms! Devices are available for eligible customers at seven of our library locations. You can check availability online or just stop by in person to learn more about this exciting new opportunity!

Staff Picks Genre Study - Teen Mystery

Staff Picks Genre Study book list graphic

The weather is getting cooler, everyone is thinking about mysterious happenings. What better time of the year than now to cuddle up with a twisty mystery! If you haven’t tried one before, teen mysteries offer not only the excitement of a who done it; but also, a dash of drama and maybe some light romance. This is the season to lock the doors, put on your thinking cap, and untangle mysteries that come with a side of fun. Keep reading for a plethora of titles that will spark your inner YA detective and keep you guessing until the end!

Picture Book Month Book Recommendations

To celebrate Picture Book Month and our love for these great books, Jacksonville Public Library staff have rounded up a list of some of our favorite picture books that you can put on hold with your library card now.

Stock Up On Your TBR Pile At Not One But Two Jacksonville Public Library Used Book Sales!

Stock Up On Your TBR Pile At TWO Friends Of The Jacksonville Public Library's Used Book Sales!

The Big Bag Book Sale at University Park Branch will be back for a limited time from November 17 - 19. You can shop great deals — not only on books, but movies, audiobooks, records, and more. The store is located at University Park Branch at 3435 University Blvd. N Jacksonville FL 32277.

The Friends of the South Mandarin Library are excited to host their fall used book sale that starts on November 17. The store is located at 12125 San Jose Blvd Jacksonville FL 32223.

Books to honor Native American Heritage Month

Books to celebrate Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time to recognize and center the history and contributions of Indigenous people and tribes of the United States. Whether you're looking for pictures books celebrating Native American culture to read with kids, a bestselling book written for teens to check off for your Jax Stacks Reading Challenge or just books by Native authors, the Library has some recommendations this month.

Resources for Writers

National Novel Writing Month

If you’re a writer, you know that November is National Novel Writing Month. Though, you might call it “NaNoWriMo” – either affectionately or, let’s face it, out of sheer necessity. Because really, if you’ve committed to writing 50,000 words in 30 days, who’s got the time?! But if you need some motivation, inspiration, writing resources, or just some quick tips to get you started, the Library has you covered.