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Book Recommendations for Rings of Power Fans

Books to read if you love Lord of the Rings the Rings of Power

If you’re a fan of J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic books and (especially) Peter Jackson’s epic fantasy-adventure film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (from the early 2000s), you might just be watching the first two episodes of Amazon Prime Video’s newly released The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power this weekend. But with a weekly release schedule, you might be looking for fantasy book recommendations between premiere dates. The Library has you covered!

Shop The Friends of the Mandarin Library Used Book Sale

 Shop The Friends of the Mandarin Library Used Book Sale

Join the Friends of the Mandarin Library for a book sale! The Friends will be selling gently used materials on September 16 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and September 17 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the community room. Find some great books and great deals too! 

The Memory Lab opens September 7

Richard T. Marchionda watches footage of a 1964 football game. Text reads: Memory Lab.

Do you have boxes of old photographs? Home movies on VHS? Mixed tapes on cassette? Have you ever wanted to convert them to an easily stored and sharable digital format? How does "for FREE" sound?

Junior Lit Chat and Teen Lit Chat with Matt de la Peña

Junior Lit Chat and Teen Lit Chat with Matt de la Peña

Matt de la Peña is a New York Times bestselling and Newbery Award-winning author for youth, and he joins us at the library for two days in September to talk to kids and teens about his books and writing! Check out our two events with him below and register now to reserve your seat, and a book!

Book Recommendations for She-Hulk Fans

Books to read if you like She-Hulk

While Marvel’s newest Disney+ series, She-Hulk: Attorney at Law, is faithful to its comic-book counterpart in many ways, it’s also a departure from “the formula.” Jennifer Walters, a.k.a. She-Hulk, is not like other Marvel heroes. Unlike her cousin, Bruce Banner, she doesn’t lose herself to the “monster.” And unlike fellow lawyer (and vigilante) Matt Murdock/Daredevil, she doesn’t have a secret identity. But maybe a female-led comedy/legal drama (albeit with a healthy dose of action and adventure) is just what the Doctor (Strange) ordered?

If you’re new to the Jade Giantess or just find yourself wanting more than an episode a week, the Library has you covered.

Lit Chat with Julie G. Delegal

In her self-published novel, Seen, Julie G. Delegal takes a story straight from Jacksonville’s headlines and tells a fictional version that explores a similar event from two perspectives. Join us to chat with Julie about the process of fictionalizing true events and how she was inspired to write this novel!

Ways to Celebrate Book Lovers Day

August ninth is National Book Lovers Day

At the Library, we celebrate books and book lovers every day. But for the rest of the country, August 9 is the “unofficial” annual holiday dedicated to readers. We've got some recommendations for new readers, teens and adults.

Books for Fans of The Sandman Series

Books to read if you love The Sandman

The long-awaited small-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman just dropped on Netflix! And we've got some great book recommendations to keep you up late reading. Why count sheep when there's one more comic or one more chapter?


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