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Back to School Books to Kick Off A New School Year

Back to School Books

The first day of school is upon us! As students start to prepare to return to the classroom, so do the first day of school jitters. While some kids welcome the start of the school year, others dread the end of summer. One way you can help beat the back to school blues is with books!

DC League of Super-Pets Book Recommendations

Books to read if you love DC League of Super-Pets

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Superman! Well, not exactly…

To be fair, Krypto the Super-Dog and “the last son of Krypton” have the exact same superpowers. Which is why you’ll see the caped, crime-fighting canine flying side-by-side with his best friend, the Man of Steel, high in the skies of Metropolis! And now, he’s the star of the new summer blockbuster DC League of Super-Pets – in theatres July 29. If you like Super-Pets, then we have good news for you (and several book recommendations)!

Join Us For A Back to School Bash At Brentwood Library!

Join Us For The 9th Annual Friends of Brentwood Public Library's Back To School Bash!

On Saturday, August 6th, join us at Brentwood Public Library as we celebrate and prepare our youth for the 2022- 2023 school year with backpacks for K-12th graders (while supplies last), school supplies, arts and crafts, food, games, a game truck and more! The opening ceremony begins at 10:15 and the festivities begin at 10:30.

Programs For Adults Coming To The Jacksonville Public Library In August

Programs For Adults Coming To The Jacksonville Public Library In August

August brings authors from near and far for interviews and workshops, gardening tips for growth, a brand-new book club, and more! Below you will find just a snapshot of some of our programs for adults. To see all of the programs happening at Jacksonville Public Library, take a look at our events calendar. 

Announcing the Winners: Jax Student Poetry Contest

2022 Jax Student Poetry Contest

Earlier this year, a simple call went out to local students: submit an original poem, not to exceed one page in length, celebrating Jacksonville’s Bicentennial. Students were given a simple prompt: "Looking back, moving forward. Take a look back at our City's history while imagining our bold future!” Last month, winners were notified and given the opportunity to read their award-winning poems on camera.

Books like Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Books to read if you like Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

Whether you’re a Francophile, a fashionista or just a fan of heartwarmingly good stories: Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris has a little something for everyone. This newest movie is the third adaptation of the beloved 1958 novel by Paul Gallico. It follows Ada Harris, a humble but determined housekeeper, whose one wish is to wear a couture Christian Dior dress of her very own. It's this seemingly impossible dream which takes her on an extraordinary, life-changing adventure.

Lit Chat with Marc Cameron

Lit Chat with Marc Cameron

New York Times bestselling author Marc Cameron joins us virtually in August to talk about his newest book, Cold Snap, and how his experiences in law enforcement have helped him write his wildly popular thrillers. Join us to learn more!

Get Back To School Ready With The Library's Back To School Boot Camp!

Get Back To School Ready With The Library's Back To School Boot Camp!

Join us for two weeks of back to school fun as we gear up and get excited for a new school year. In our various programs we will read stories, complete crafts, get organized, and learn mindfulness techniques to help you get ready for school! These programs are for ages 5-12 and will take the place of our regularly scheduled Junior Scientists, Junior Artists, and Junior Readers programs. You can join us either in branch or virtually. 

Lit Chat with Madeline Martin

Lit Chat with Madeline Martin

Lit Chat with Madeline Martin, Saturday, July 30, at 1 pm. This event will take place live at the Main Library’s Hicks Auditorium and will be livestreamed online via Zoom. Martin will sign books after the event. Books will be available to purchase on-site or in advance from sponsor San Marco Books or you can bring a book purchased from your favorite bookseller.

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