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Lit Chat With Tim Barton

Tim Barton joins our Lit Chat series on Tuesday, August 24th, at 7 pm. Tim will be discussing his book The American Story: The Beginnings. Click here to register. 

Tim Barton is the President of WallBuilders, a national pro-family organization that presents America’s forgotten history and heroes, with an emphasis on our religious, moral, and constitutional heritage. WallBuilders has been recognized from coast-to-coast for its work in education, history, law, and public policy, integrating the elements of Biblical faith and morality throughout all aspects of American life and culture.

Book Lovers Unite!

Book Lovers Day

Do you love the look, touch, and smell of a leather bound classic? Does the thought of browsing the stacks at your local library thrill and delight you? Well, then… you might just be a bibliophile! Book Lovers Day is all about YOU and those books you just can't seem to get enough of! So, let's celebrate with some booklists, book clubs, and a few other fun things the Library offers you book lovers out there.

New Books Releases For Kids Coming August 2021

August is well-known for two distinctive features: the last month of summer and the first week of school. Although the approaching end of summer and the beginning of the new school year can be daunting for some, kids can look forward to unwinding with these new books available to check out at the library like Dead Wednesday by author Jerry Spinelli, Can You Net the Lochness Monster? by Brandon Terrel, and so many more! In the hustle and bustle of settling into a new routine, don't forget about August's new book releases for kids.

Battle of the Books 2021

Battle of the Books Starting June 16 2pm live on Zoom

Calling all Duval County teens to Jacksonville Public Library's second annual Battle of the Books! This is an exciting book-based competition that you’ll play from home using Kahoot! Battle it out until the best book is crowned champion!

Thanks to the ADA

ADA Day: The Americans with Disabilities Act signed on July 26 Hashtag Thanks to the ADA

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to ensure the civil rights of people with disabilities. Over the last 31 years, the ADA has expanded opportunities for people with disabilities by reducing barriers and changing perceptions, and increasing full participation in community life.

Hire a Veteran Day

Hire a Veteran Day: Tips for Vets and Employers

National Hire A Veteran Day on July 25 is an annual reminder and a call to action for employers and all those in hiring positions to seek out qualified veterans to hire and promote. It was founded by Marine Corps veteran Dan Caporale (who also founded the organization Hire Our Heroes). It is also a way to communicate to veterans the value and experience they bring to the table; veterans are highly trained, disciplined individuals with proven skills in communication and teamwork.

Book Clubs To Join In August

The Library is offering several monthly book clubs around the county and there is a little bit of everything in the month of August! We have investigative fiction, romance, love stories, and of course, true crime. Whether you are looking to connect with other readers and make new friends or if you are just wanting to establish a regular reading habit, join our book clubs and you are off to a great start! 

Back to School Like a Boss

Teens: Go Back to School Like a Boss Live on Zoom Friday August 6 at 4:30pm

Saying goodbye to summer is hard – But getting ready to go back to school doesn’t have to be! Go Back to School Like A Boss and with help from your Library. Get organized, manage stress, and improve your study skills.

Books For Kids To Put On Hold This Month

Books For Kids To Put On Hold This July

Fiction and non-fiction galore! July has new releases that are guaranteed to keep kids entertained!  A to Z Mysteries (Crime in the Crypt) by Ron Roy features familiar characters (Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose) going on strange, thrilling adventures! Snakes Smell With Their Tongues!: And Other Amazing Facts by Thea Feldman presents itself as a book full of exciting snake facts. The best part is we currently have our annual summer reading challenge, and these books can help you in your mission! Check out the full list below and be sure to put a few on hold. 

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