Top 19 Highlights of '19

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

As 2019 comes to a close, here are the top 19 highlights of the year. Thank you for all the memories!

#1. Longer Library Hours

On March 2 we extended our library hours giving our patrons more times to visit us.

Extended Hours


#2. Jax Book Fest

R.L. Stine, bestselling author of the Goosebumps series, joined us this year as our keynote author at Jax Book Fest 2019.


#3. Best of Jax

Folio Weekly opened the Best of Jax poll to give readers a voice and thanks to you, the Jacksonville Public Library won for Best Use of Public Money.

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We added to our digital services, giving cardholders access to more than 14,000 online courses taught by real-world professionals.

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#5. Spooktacular October

In October, the Jacksonville Public Library offered fun fall activities and events for the whole family. Just in time for Halloween, it was a Spooktacular month indeed!

spooktacular october


#6. JaxbyJax Literary Arts Festival

Each year JaxbyJax hosts a literary arts festival, and this year one of its main venues was the Main Library.

Jax by Jax Festival


Our librarians proved that they are also gift oracles and are a great source to find books for all the people in your life. 


#8. Pure Barre Pop-Up

We hosted a Pure Barre Pop-up during December ArtWalk.

Pure Barre in the library courtyard


#9. Creative Displays at Library Branches 

Our wonderful library associates may also be the most crafty library associates around. 

Book Tree, Book Display, Book Lovers, Holiday Decorations, Holiday Book decorations


#10. Free Popcorn

We provided really fun incentives for having your library card, like FREE popcorn at Sun-Ray Cinema during the month of September to celebrate National Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Free popcorn at Sun-Ray


#11. Kanopy

We added Kanopy to our digital resources, giving cardholders free access to classic cinema, indie films and top documentaries.

Kanopy logo


#12. Big Bag Books Sales

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library held book sales throughout the year that helped raise tons of money for library improvements, plus gave customers a great deal on books!

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#13. Timely Book Lists

We love being able to suggest materials that align with popular topics and upcoming events. Be sure to check out our book lists if you ever need some reading inspiration!

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#14. A Universe of Stories Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program was top notch and helped kids beat the “summer slide.” Also during the summer months, we helped ensure that kids don't go hungry while school is out of session by hosting free and nutritious meals for children at many library locations.

universe of stories summer reading


#15. Author Talks

#From the Special Collections Speaker Series at Main to local author talks at various branches, library customers got to hear from some seriously talented writers!

Oh Florida, Craig Pittman, Author Talks, Jacksonville Public Library


#16.  Big Events at the Main Library

Main hosted tons of awesome events throughout the year like Comic Con, Books & Buccaneers, and a Tech Fair!

Comic Con 2019


#17. Completely Booked Podcast

Every Monday the Completely Booked hosts, Amanda and Gabby, shared lively discussions with interesting and inspiring local Jacksonville residents, and the latest happenings at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Completely Booked Podcast

#18. JPL Employee Saved a Boy from Choking

We have really amazing librarians who save lives, literally.


#19. Cheers to 2019!

The Florida Times-Union gave us a shout-out for being on a roll this year, but we'd like to thank our customers for a wonderful 2019. We are lucky to have you and are doing our best to give you what you want.

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