April is National Poetry Month and we are featuring two awesome local poets in our Lit Chat Interview Series. It’s also a great month for Great Decisions, our film and discussion group about current events. And this month we welcome a new book club with a fantastic name – Shelf Conscious Book Club at Maxville! Check out all of our great adult programs programs below.
#Great Decisions (Discussion Series)
Each meeting begins with a 20-30 minute film on a critical global issue facing America today, followed by a facilitator-led discussion.
- Climate Migration — Wednesday, April 5, 7 p.m., at Southeast Library
- Politics in Latin America — Thursday, April 13, 7 p.m., at Southeast Library
- Global Famine — Monday, April 17, 7 p.m., at Webb Wesconnett Library
- China and the U.S. — Thursday, April 27, 7 p.m., online via Zoom
#Lit Chat Author Series
Lit Chat Interview with Aaron Woodson live at the Pablo Creek Library on Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 p.m. The Florida-based military combat veteran and poet will talk about his work including the new book, The Face of Expression 3, which is a poetry book that fuses storytelling and nonfiction.
Lit Chat Interview with Jessica Q. Stark, live at the Willow Branch Library on Tuesday, April 25, at 6:30 p.m. Jessica is a UNF professor and the author of the two poetry collections, Savage Pageant and the upcoming Buffalo Girl.
#Writer's Lab Workshops
The Publishing Dilemma with the Authors Roundtable, live at Main Library on Saturday, April 1 at 10:15 a.m.
Learn about the basics of indie publishing, the Big Five publishing companies, agents, and how to avoid scams.
It All Starts With An Idea: Writer's Lab workshop with Michael Regina at Beaches Branch Library Saturday, April 15, at 10:15 a.m. Learn how to nurture an idea from a nugget of inspiration into a book you can't wait to share with the world. Michael Regina is a graphic novelist and creator of the Webtoons.com featured comic Adamsville.
You can also catch Michael Regina at the Beaches Library Comic Fest on April 22, from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
# Life Lit Workshops
Our Life Lit series continues this month with two great gardening workshops from the trained professionals at Duval County UF Extension Office!
- 25 Habits of Highly Successful Gardeners: Tuesday, April 4, at 6 p.m. at Maxville Library
- Container Gardening with Native Plants: Monday, April 10, at 6 p.m. at Beaches Library
#Connect With Fellow Readers
April is a big month for readers! Not only are April showers the perfect excuse to cancel all your plans, stay in and read a great book, we've got a brand new Book Club at Maxville and a new location for our traveling Jax Stacks Book Club. So, what do you say? Want to join us at the Library to talk about books?
#Expand Your Reading Horizons
The 2023 Jax Stacks Reading Challenge is for anyone who wants to read more books, read outside their comfort zone, or find a community of readers looking to do the same! Books written by our Lit Chat authors or read by our monthly Book Clubs count!
There's also a monthly Jax Stacks Book Club where the group trades reading recommendations for one or more of the 16 categories. Join us Monday, April 3, at 6:30 p.m. at the Beaches Branch Library where we'll be discussing "A historical book set in Africa” and “A book in translation."
#Center for Adult Learning
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