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Creative Ink

Creative ink. Explore art. Find your style. Part of Library Academy.

Are you craving an outlet for your creativity? We’ll get inspired by books, famous artists or movements, experiment with new creative techniques, play games, and use a variety of materials to express ourselves. Our new teen art program is meeting in person every other week at 4 p.m. at various library locations. Registration is required.

Kids Programs Are Back In The Branch!

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This fall, bring the kids to the Jacksonville Public Library for an afterschool program! We have programs for kids age 5-12 happening every weekday at multiple branch locations and you can choose from an in-branch program or a virtual program! Join us for a fun and educational activity and check out some books to bring home.

Art & Conversations: Screening Room, Wild Florida

WILD Florida

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

September 2021 New Book Releases for Adults

Find your new favorite fall reads coming to the library this month! This collection of new releases was put together by our expert librarians and in this list you will find tons of books that are perfect to add to your to-be-read pile.

Science Fair Help

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You've got a science fair project to do, but now what? How do you get started? Don't worry, the Library has your back!

Lit Chat with Michael Ray Fitzgerald

Lit Chat With Michael Ray Fitzgerald

Willow Branch Library sits in a corner of Willow Branch Park, a popular location for local musicians during the late 1960s to develop and expand their audience. Named after the “Human Be-In,” San Francisco’s 1967 counterculture celebration, Jacksonville’s “be-ins” spawned several notable acts, including the Allman Brothers Band.

In Jacksonville and the Roots of Southern Rock, Michael Ray FitzGerald digs into the history of bands like the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd and how Jacksonville played a role in bringing these bands to a national audience. FitzGerald and Alan Bliss, CEO of the Jacksonville Historical Society, will talk about this and more live at the Willow Branch Library!

Book Clubs To Join This September

September Book Clubs

This fall the Library is offering several monthly book clubs, both in-branch and virtual and there are tons of genres to choose from! Some books that are featured this month are 1984 by George Orwell, The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell, Every Vow You Break by Peter Swanson, Squeeze Me by Carl Hiaasen, The Less People Know About Us by Axton Betz-Hamilton and Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano. Be sure to check out our newest book club, Nuts About Reading at the West Branch! 

The Power of Youth

International Youth Day

International Youth Day is an annual reminder and the perfect opportunity to uplift and center the voices of young people, encourage them to take action, and to champion their efforts to engage in local, national, or global affairs. For some great examples of youth leaders and change makers doing good around the world, check out this blog and booklist!

Small Business & Side Hustles: Are You Ready to Start a Small Business?

The Library U Small Business and Side Hustle newsletter connects you to resources within the Library and community programs. If you would like to sign up to receive the Library U Small Business and Side Hustles quarterly newsletter, click here.

Links to the Library’s collection (READ), online programs through the Library (WATCH), and local non-profits and other community resources (EXPLORE) designed to assist you with your small business needs are part of the newsletter. Small Business and Side Hustle is delivered to your inbox in August, November, February, and May. 

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