Jacksonville Public Library Blog 2022 Archive

Online Author Talk with Chris Crutcher

Teen Lit Chat Author Talk with Chris Crutcher

Teen Lit Chat returns this July with a visit from Chris Crutcher! Chris is a longtime writer of teen novels covering serious topics but not actually a very serious person. Read on to learn more about Chris and check out his recommendations for things to read, write and do, and then join Chris to talk about his books and writing process, live on Zoom!

10 Children's Books Honoring Juneteenth

Books to honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States. Also known as Emancipation Day, Freedom Day or Black Independence Day, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 since 1865 in various parts of the country. Juneteenth became an official federal holiday on June 17, 2021. If you’re attending your first Juneteenth jubilee or looking for ways to celebrate, check out this booklist!

Books Dad Wants To Read This Father's Day

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day. What is a better way to celebrate dad than letting him relax on his special day? Allowing him to relax with an enjoyable book! If you do not know where to start, check out this list of books created with dad in mind. This list has books ranging from fiction to biography, and contains authors like Harlan Coben, Jim Gaffigan, Willie Mays, and more. 

Books Like the Movie Lightyear

Books to read if you like Lightyear

Disney and Pixar just released an animated sci-fi action-adventure and origin story for Buzz Lightyear, the character many of us know and love from the popular Toy Story movie franchise. Only, this time, it’s not about the toy. It’s the in-universe movie that inspired fans like little Andy to buy talking toys of the legendary space ranger in the first place. If you like the new movie Lightyear, or you’re a fan of science fiction in general, check out this month’s booklist!

Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Join the Jacksonville Public Library as we watch the last episode of PBS’ Asian Americans series! After the film, we will hear from guest speaker Dr. Tes Tuason from the University of North Florida who will talk about community building, identity, and cultural education in Asian American communities.    

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this summer? Start the week off right by joining Mr. Joe and library staff every Monday morning on the Riverfront Plaza! Gather around the lawn for singing, dancing, playing, and reading! We’ll read rhythmic stories together and add songs and movements to make it a wonderful time for all. Join us for a storytime they won’t forget!

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Books, Authors And Readers

Rainbow Book Month

June is Rainbow Book Month – a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. An initiative of the American Library Association, it’s an opportunity for book lovers to discover diverse stories and for libraries to foster community, understanding and access.