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Your Success is Our Passion! Celebrate National Library Week With Us

Welcome To Your Library! The Library extends far beyond the four walls of a building. Whether you visit us online or in person, we want you to find whatever you need to succeed. This National Library Week, we celebrate the ways our community is meeting the challenges of this changing world together at the Library.

Find Poems that Resonate

Books to read for Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! This 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind us that poets have an integral role to play in our culture. And what better time than Spring to promote artists and an art form that’s given us so much beauty? Whether you’re looking for a new poet, revisiting old favorites, or composing your own haiku, freeform poem, rhyme, or blank verse: the Library’s collection is a great place to find something that resonates with you.

Easter Books Kids Will Love To Read

Easter is quickly approaching! Now is the time to help your child discover the magic of Easter with stories about the first Easter, friendship, working together, and hunting for Easter eggs. Reading an Easter story is a lovely way to add a special touch to your family’s festivities and create memories to brighten your Easter celebrations! Here are some great Easter books for babies, toddlers, and early readers. 

Lit Chat with Tiffany Melanson

Have you ever wondered how a poem gets from a spark of an idea to a written work of art? Find out at our next Lit Chat celebrating National Poetry Month with local poet and educator Tiffany Melanson. Melanson will talk about her poetry and the process of writing in conversation with Yvette Angelique, a local poet and artist.

Clear Your Space, Spread Your Wings

Organizing for Spring 2021

Spring has officially sprung! And with all that warmth and sunshine comes a need to transform. So, open those windows, clear the STUFF out those corners, and shed that cramped cold-weather cocoon! While you’re at it, grab a few of these books on organizing. Whether you’re planning a big “Spring Clean-Up” or just need help with those few problem “junk” drawers and catch-all rooms… You can make the inside of your house as fresh and bright as everything does on the outside.

Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Youth Books to Celebrate Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

Developmental Disability Awareness Month raises awareness about the barriers people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) face in connecting to the communities in which they live and making sure they are included in all areas of community life. The following booklist is one place to start for building that understanding and awareness. Be sure to check out Dr. Tracy Packiam Alloway’s books. Like many of the books in the list, they are about “boosting the confidence and strength-awareness of children” with intellectual and developmental disabilities “while also allowing for better understanding and positivity among their peers.” Bonus: She’s a local author and award-winning psychologist.

Irish-American Films to Enjoy on Kanopy

Irish American Films on Kanopy

Most people know that St. Patrick’s Day is March 17 – thanks in large part to very green parades and other annual events. Originally, a religious celebration to honor the Catholic saint, St. Patrick, the day has evolved into a celebration of all things Irish-American (including our fascination with leprechauns and their lovely pots of gold). The New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade is usually one of the biggest ones in the US. COVID has put a damper on parades and other large celebrations in recent years, of course. But there are many ways to celebrate. In that spirit, we offer you this short list of films – available right now for streaming, free with your library card on Kanopy.

Lit Chat with Frederick Joseph

Frederick Joseph joins us to discuss his book The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person. This book serves as a conversation starter, tool kit, and invaluable window into the life of a former "token Black kid" who now presents himself as the friend many readers need. Frederick Joseph chats with Jacksonville teen, Taylor Richardson who made The Black Friend available to all 21 library locations in Jacksonville. Learn more about Taylor Richardson here.

St. Patrick's Day Books for Little Leprechauns

Celebrate both Irish American Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day with this list of books for kids! Whether it’s a book from an Irish author, a book about the significance of the holiday, or a romping adventure with a leprechaun, there’s something here for every child.  Fortunately, there are plenty of great books to help your child both understand Irish culture and enjoy St. Patrick’s Day. 

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