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Blind Date With a Book

Blind Date With a Book

This year, Valentine's Day might look a little different. What's usually a big date night out might just be a cozy night in. Galentine's Day might just be you and your favorite female authors. That doesn't mean Valentine's has to turn into "Single's Awareness" night. If you're looking for love this Valentine's - look no further than the Library. Not only is February 14 also Library Lovers' Day... we've got you covered with books that will warm, steal, and maybe stop your heart. And who knows? You might just find the perfect literary companion.

February's New Releases For Young Adults

February's New Releases For Young Adults

Prepare your library cards because this list of 2021 young adult book releases for February will have you adding several to your TBR! With new releases from best-selling authors such as Angie Thomas, Ransom Riggs, and Neal Shusterman - to name just a few! Plus, the YA genre is on point with delivering phenomenal book covers! If you can't get the book right away, be sure to check out our read-alike's to see what you can get your hands on while you wait for your new release.

When Jacksonville Hosted The Super Bowl

Remembering Super Bowl 39

The Super Bowl is one of America’s most-watched and most popular sporting events for one of our all-time-favorite pastimes. Even if you’re not a football-fanatic, you might look forward to the half-time show and the Super Bowl commercials. In this “year like no other,” with COVID-19 mostly keeping spectators out of stadiums and live broadcasts having to pump in “crowd noises” to make it all sound and feel a little less weird, fans and players have had to make some major adjustments. You may even be forgoing the traditional big parties with family and friends in an effort to be safe and social distance... For our part, the Library decided to take look back to a different Super Bowl and one that's particularly close to our hearts.

Play Outside Day: StoryWalk® in Klutho Park

National Play Outside Day with StoryWalk at Klutho Park

Did you know that February 6 is both "National Play Outside Day" and "Take Your Child To the Library Day" this year? So, how do you choose which one to celebrate? After all, they are both great ways to spend a Saturday! Well, this year, you don't have to choose. While there are no scheduled events or activities... there is something you can do that's both Library-related and involves playing in a park! Have you heard about StoryWalk® in Klutho Park?

Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA Art & Conversations: Lit Chat with Jennifer Hochschild

Jacksonville Public Library + MOCA present Art & Conversations, a new series of innovative programs focused on literacy and the arts. In this series, Jacksonville Public Library and MOCA will collaborate to provide the Jacksonville community access to a rich set of resources by partnering an educational library program with an interactive museum exhibit. 

February 2021 New Book Releases For Adults

February is full of new book releases here at Jacksonville Public Library! We've put together a list that highlights some of the most anticipated books you can borrow this month.

How to Get Your Holds Curbside at Jacksonville Public Library

Get your Library materials in a socially distant fashion, with grab-and-go curbside pickup service. 

We know that most people who check out physical books, DVDs and CDs from the Library are dying to get their hands on those materials again. You may have been on the hold list for weeks or even months and are looking for the satisfaction that comes from that almondy-vanilla-like scent of an old book or that clean smell of a new book that awakes your passion for reading and transports you to far away worlds.

What Do You Love About the Library?

Library Lovers Month

It's February and there's always a lot of love in the air and so much to go around! But we're not just talking about romantic love - the kind we celebrate on Valentine's Day. Did you know that February 14 is also Library Lovers' Day?! Not only that, but the entire month of February also just happens to be National Library Lover’s Month! So, it's the perfect time to show your love for your favorite Jacksonville Public Library branch. You can even give us a Valentine's card if you want. And in turn, we'll show you how much we love our customers by showing you everything the library has to offer. There are so many ways to celebrate!

Pro Tip Tuesday: What's Your Why

Pro Tips Week 4: What's Your Why. Stay Motivated and Keep Moving.

Hopefully by now, you've identified the 1-2 skills you've always wanted to learn (the what), turned those hopes and dreams into S.M.A.R.T. goals (the how), set aside at least 30 minutes a week for learning (the when), and started a course or learning path on Lynda.com (the where). What we haven't talked about a lot in this series is "the why." If at any point you're struggling to stick to those goals it's "the why" that will help you put and keep all of that into perspective. And it might just help you get across the finish line.

So, what's your motivation for learning?

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