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Halloween Costume and Makeup Tips for Teens

Haunted Happenings: A Spooky Teen Halloween October 23 - November 3

Scare up some friends (ages 12-17) and join us for budget-friendly costume tips, practice with special effects makeup, spooky book recommendations, themed games, treats, and more!

It's a complete takeover of the Teen Advisory Board from October 23 through November 3!

Small Business: Running a Successful Local Restaurant

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

It's fall, y'all! With October comes cooler temperatures and probably thoughts of pumpkin spice pancakes and muffins! It's fitting then, that this month, we were able to speak with the owners of Cool Moose Café, a Riverside staple since the summer of 1998. They talk about what it's like owning a business and what advice they'd give to their fellow entrepreneurs.

Halloween Happenings and Books for Kids and Teens at the Library

Halloween Books for Kids

Halloween is almost here! Before you know it, the ghosts and goblins will be showing up at your doorstep, with trick-or-treat bags in hand! It can be a fun time for horror fans and pranksters alike. And we can't forget about all of the yummy fall treats like pumpkin pie, caramel apples and free, full-sized candy bars from your favorite neighbor down the street! But with all of the masks and monster makeup, strange noises and zombie movies... It can also be a scary time for kids. While it can definitely be fun to be scared... Sometimes you want a not-so-scary alternative! And the Library has plenty of both! 

Lit Chat with Prolific Local History Author Tim Gilmore

Lit Chat Interview with Tim Gilmore

A prolific local history author, Tim Gilmore, has written extensively about Jacksonville. The writer and creator of www.jaxpsychogeo.com, he has told more than 700 stories of strange and historic locations in and around Jacksonville, Florida. He is also the founder of JaxbyJax. A literary arts festival, now in its 10th year, JaxbyJax was built on the theme of “Jacksonville Writers Writing Jacksonville.” Few have written about Jacksonville more. He joins us this November to talk about his latest book, The Culture Wars of Warren Folks.

Get Free Help on Your Path to U.S. Citizenship

On the path to United States Citizenship?

"I have lived in this country for a long time and [until now] I could not vote. I didn't have a voice," Milu Benko said. "As a high school teacher, I would always encourage my students to vote and register to vote. But I myself couldn't do that. One summer, I took my daughter to the Southeast Library and saw a flyer for classes for citizenship... I decided it was time." Now, Milu has a voice and with FREE help preparing for the U.S. Naturalization Test and Interview, you can too!

Kids Financial Adventure with Kash Kids

Kids Financial Adventure: Join us at a Library Near You!

Imagine your kids, stronger, smarter and empowered economically to make all the right financial moves, all the right financial choices. We'll read books, play games and do fun hands-on activities. Kids will discover the importance of setting goals, making wise spending choices, savings and more. This captivating and educational four-week program is presented by Kash Kids. They believe that teaching your kids how to manage their money is one of the best ways for them to become financially independent adults.

Pass the GED and Earn Your Diploma with Help from the Library

It's Never Too Late to Earn Your Diploma

Abigail Ricketson said that she'd given up on herself until she had kids. "I have a three-year-old and a two-year-old and it's just us at the moment. I was trying to get a job but... a lot of the higher-paying jobs require a diploma," she said. Thankfully, she heard about the GED Test® Prep program at the Jacksonville Public Library from her sister. "I made the call... and it's honestly one of the best decisions I ever made," she said.

Jax Pop Con

Jax Pop Con: An All Ages Pop Culture and Fandom Event coming to the Main Library Saturday, March 23, 2024

Join us on Saturday, March 23 at the Main Library for an all-ages pop culture and fandom event featuring cosplay, gaming, artists, vendors and more!

Fabulous Deals at the Friends of the Beaches Branch Library Used Book Sale

Shop the Friends of the Beaches Branch Library Book Sale on October 17 from 4 pm to 7 pm for members and on October 18 to October 21 from 10 am to 5 pm for everyone.

The Friends of the Beaches Branch Library invite you to stock up on your favorite authors and discover new ones at their fall book sale on October 17-21, 2023. The sale will include gently used adult fiction and nonfiction titles, books for children and young adults, vinyl records, DVDs, CDs and more!  Proceeds from sales and memberships are used to enhance programs and services at the Beaches Branch Library.

Join Us in Thanking Our Friends of the Library

Graphic for Happy Friends of the Library Appreciation Week, October 15 through 21, 2023.

At several Jacksonville Public Library locations, there are dedicated volunteers working long hours to raise money through book sales, engage in advocacy, and plan pro-literacy events – all for the betterment of the Library and community. We call these volunteers and the groups they are a part of "Friends of the Library."


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