Happy Birthday America! Independence Day Books for Kids

Monday, July 1, 2024


#Celebrating America's 248th Birthday!

There are so many traditions when it comes to the Fourth of July. Why not create a new one by adding a few books to your day with family wherever you may find yourself? At Jacksonville Public Library we have a variety of books you can choose from chosen by our awesome librarians! You'll be sure to find something you love to read with your little ones.

Whether you are eating an apple pie in the A/C or reading in the shade at the family barbecue - we have something for everyone. We've highlighted a few of these books for young readers to help you get the party started! Are you interested yet?! Read on!

Reminder: All Jacksonville Public Library locations will be closed on July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. We will reopen on Friday, July 5, for normal business hours. 


#Book Recommendations

We love to share selections that demonstrate the range of our collection all year and we encourage you to explore these books with us this month!


Little Learners (ages 0-5)


Elementary Age (ages 6-10)



Attention River City Readers:

Are you participating in Mayor Deegan's River City Readers challenge? Through the Beanstack app, children and their caregivers will be able to log their reading minutes with an individual goal of reading at least 20 minutes per day. Our citywide goal of reading a million minutes in 2024 was completed this month! Will you help us to reach our new goal? At the end of the year, the city’s top young readers will be given prizes!

Join the Challenge

  1. Go to the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. Download and open the Beanstack Tracker app.
  2. You can also register and log your reading minutes on the Beanstack website at https://jaxpl.beanstack.com.
  3. Using the Find a Site search bar, type Jax Library or River City Readers