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Lit Chat with Rahman Johnson

Lit Chat with Rahman Johnson

Celebrate National Poetry Month and learn about publishing your own poetry with local author Rahman Johnson, in our first Lit Chat live from the Main Library's Hicks Auditorium!

Be a part of Jacksonville's Story

Be a part of Jacksonville's story

What do you like people to know about you another 80 years from now?

How have you shaped – or been shaped by – this Bold City?

To celebrate the City's upcoming Bicentennial, the Jacksonville Public Library will be doing what it does best: Collecting stories, preserving history, and sharing what it finds with the community. But we need your help!

Springing the Blues

Celebrate Springing the Blues with the Library

If you’re a music fan, you might be heading to Jacksonville Beach this weekend (April 1-3) for “Springing the Blues” at Seawalk Pavilion. This free, three-day festival boasts an impressive lineup of national, regional, and local blues legends along with several emerging artists.

Listen to the blues anytime! Stream full albums instantly with Hoopla. It’s FREE with your library card! And if you’d like to learn some music history, the Library has you covered there, too.

Check out Life Lit, our new series bringing you the workshops you need to improve your day to day life!

Check out Life Lit, our new series bringing you the workshops you need to improve your day-to-day life!

The first skills we’ll help you learn or hone are the ones you need in your own yard or outdoor space! Join us for a variety of workshops with our friends from the UF Extension office that will teach you all about gardening, from choosing the right plant to making sure you keep the pests away and the beneficial bugs happy.

Books to Read if You Love Bridgerton

Books to read if you love Bridgerton

Already binging the new season of Bridgerton? Can't get enough of the rakes, rogues and Regency Era? We've got some readalikes you'll love. Treat yourself to some historical romance!

Lit Chat with Dawnie Walton

Dawnie Walton left Jacksonville after high school to pursue a successful career in magazines. Now she returns to town to chat with us about her first novel, which features a music magazine editor on a mission to discover the truth about an enigmatic music duo – a mission which includes a quick trip to Northeast Florida!

Friends of the Mandarin Library Book Sale

Friends of the Mandarin Library Book Sale

Join the Friends of the Mandarin Library for a book sale! The Friends will be selling gently used materials on March 25 & 26 starting at 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the staff parking lot. Find some great books, and great deals too! Fill a plastic bag for $5 or a paper bag for $10! 

Calling All Kids! Join Us For Our Special Reading Celebration Week Programs!

Join Us For Our Special Reading Celebration Week Programs!

Kids Hope Alliance and the Jacksonville Public Education Fund invite everyone to participate in the kick off of a community-wide literacy initiative aimed at improving third grade reading proficiency and literacy for local youth. This initiative is designated as "Reading Celebration Week" and takes place from March 21st - 25th.

As part of this exciting week, the Library is hosting three free events that you and your family are invited to! Keep reading to learn how you can join in on the fun!

Books to Celebrate Women's History Month

Books to celebrate Women's History Month

Women’s History Month is a great opportunity to celebrate the lives and achievements of trailblazing women and girls throughout history, in the present day and all over the world. It can also be a time to reflect on both the progress made and the battles left to fight. What “glass ceilings” are still left to shatter? Who is being represented and whose stories still need to be told? Get inspired by women from all walks of life with the diverse collections available at your libraries.

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