Historian Richard Webb chats about his book Boats Against the Current. He presents a case for Westport, Connecticut as the real setting of one of America's most famous novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Boats Against the Current is a large-format book that includes compelling stories about Scott, Zelda, and their wealthy neighbor the model for Jay Gatsby. Illustrated with period newspaper clippings, items from Fitzgerald family scrapbooks, and never-before-seen photos, the book also recounts Webb’s process of making a companion documentary film with Robert Steven Williams.
Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates date in 1865 – nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation – when the last of the enslaved communities in Texas learned the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth and has become a celebration of independence, the fight for equality, and Black culture.
Do you know a Dad that loves to read to his kids? Or do you have a father in your life that needs a new piece of fiction to get lost in? Read on to find our list of the best books for Father's Day that will give Dad a reason to relax in his favorite spot with a book that is guaranteed to make his Father's Day.
The month of June just got even hotter with the newest YA releases! From a chilling murder mystery like The Box in the Woods to an action-packed graphic novel Warriors: Winds of Change to a heartwarming LGBTQIA+ romance Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, there is something exciting for everyone. As an added bonus, these books can aid you in our annual Summer Reading program. Our Summer Reading program is available for all ages and you could win awesome prizes!
Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Among other things, it’s a great time to learn more about and honor key figures in the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and the fight for full equality. For those in the community, it can also be a personal or even communal celebration of self-worth, dignity, and visibility. For more, including a few highlights in Jacksonville's own LGBTQ+ history, read on! Happy Pride!
Jax Kids’ Book Club (first formed more than 15 years ago as Mayor Peyton’s Book Club) is a FREE early literacy summer reading program for all Duval County Pre-Kindergarteners who are preparing to enter kindergarten in the fall of each year. gives rising kindergarteners a set of books of their very own to build their home libraries. If you have a child entering Kindergarten this fall, come into any Jacksonville Public Library for a free set of Jax Kids Book Club books
Are you ready to start your Summer Reading? June is a huge month for publishing so we asked our Readers' Advisory Committee to share some of June’s hot new releases that you need to look out for this summer. If you haven't signed up for our Summer Reading program yet, do so now! All of your reading fun adds up, helping you earn prizes. Plus, the programs are free and open to everyone. So grab your beach chair, pop that umbrella, and let's go!
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