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April Library Programs for Adults: Authors, Writer's Lab and More!

Library U Adult Programs

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 happening this month!

25 Habits of Highly Successful Gardeners and More This April

Life Lit

Learn all about container gardening (with native plants) and other habits of highly successful gardeners with help from our friends at the UF Extension Office! And if you want to be the first to know about new workshops and locations, sign up for our Life Lit mailing list on the Library U enrollment page!

Drop Everything And Read in Downtown Jax April 1

Celebrate Reading Week Family Day April 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at James Weldon Johnson Park

Join us at James Weldon Johnson Park, across from the Main Library, on Saturday, April 1 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for Family Reading Day with free book giveaways, fun activities, special guests and more! Come dressed as your favorite book character and join us for a parade around the park. Enjoy fun activities, face painting, balloon twisting, and so much more! Plus, start building your own home library you can read anytime you want with a free Book Giveaway sponsored by READ USA (until they run out)! Free boxed lunch from Firehouse Subs will be provided!

Join a Book Club this April

Join a Book Club at Jacksonville Public Library

April is a big month for readers! Not only are April showers are the perfect excuse to cancel all your plans, stay in and read a great book, but it's also National Poetry Month! Plus, there's World Book Day on April 23! We're also partial to National Library Week (April 23 - 29). This year, the theme is "There's More to the Story" and libraries are full of them (and a lot of other very cool things). 

So, what do you say? Want to join us at the Library to talk about books?

Help Your Kids Capture Their Big Ideas and Tell Their Story

Bigger Better Story Ideas: Junior Lit Chat Author Talk with Patricia J. Murphy

March 27 - April 1 is Celebrate Reading Week in Jacksonville! As an adult who loves reading, you already know the power of stories! You also know how important it is for everyone, but especially for children, to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read. Books can be mirrors for a child wondering where they fit in. They can also be windows, giving them a look at the lives of others. When we all have the power to tell our own stories, in our own voices, that's really something special.

Patricia J. Murphy is an award-winning children's author and a passionate literacy advocate who believes in giving children the tools they need to capture their big ideas and share them with the world.

Ladies Who Launch - Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs

Small Business and Side Hustles - a Library U newsletter

It's 2023! Is this the year you... Make your hobby a side hustle? Start your own business? Or work on taking your business to the next level? This month's featured titles are full of practical advice and inspirational guides designed to help you achieve your goals — whether you're a #GirlBoss opening the door for future generations, a fledgling entrepreneur building your business, or a woman in the workforce looking to stand out.

A Celebration of Childhood and Creativity

Best of Elementary Art Show. March 21 - April 25, 2023. 16 Library Locations.

Get inspired by the imaginative artwork of local school children! The Best of Elementary Art Show will be on display at most of your local libraries starting March 21, 2023.

Grab Your Brackets And Some Books: It's Time for March Madness!

Books to prepare for March Madness

March Madness has begun! Are you ready? The climax of the college basketball season brings with it great games, amazing athletes, and ultimately, an exciting Final Four showdown! Will your favorite team come out on top? Will their game be one for the history books?

Reading & Savings Are in Full Bloom at the Friends' Big Bag Book Sale

Big Bag Book Sale on March 23 through 25

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library's Big Bag Book Sale will be back on March 23-25.  There will be fabulous deals on books, movies, audiobooks, records, jigsaw puzzles and more. The bookstore is located at the University Park Branch Library at 3435 University Blvd. N.


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