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Lit Chat with Erik Slader

Sometimes an epic fail can become an epic success. The Space Race in the US started with a failed satellite launch nicknamed “Kaputnik” and the Wright brothers had many mishaps on their way to their first powered flight. For Erik Slader, writing and talking about these epic fails has led to a successful podcast and children’s book series!

Erik will share his experiences in writing and talking about history at our next Lit Chat, so be sure to join us!

Celebrating Jewish American Heritage

Jewish American Appreciation
On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed for the first time that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the American Jewish experience as well as the contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society.

New YA Books to Read This Month

From a book about twin witches beginning their training as the protectors of Gates to different worlds to a new book by three-time National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, Rita Williams-Garcia, there are some real YA gems coming to your library this month. Add in a summer reading challenge and your summer just got that much better! Here are a few new YA books to check out with your library card this month.

To Know a People, Know Their Stories

Asian Pacific Island Appreciation

In May, we celebrate Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians and their contributions to the history, traditions, and culture of these great United States. Members of this diverse community have helped shape American life for almost two hundred years. By hearing other's stories and uplifting different voices within the AAPI community, we can all reach a greater understanding of and appreciation for the experiences of this diverse group of people as well as the positive impact they’ve had (and continue to have) on our country.

Art & Conversations: Lit Chat with Dylan Allen

Join us for Art & Conversations, by registering for Lit Chat with Dylan Allen Thursday, May 20, at 7 pm. Author Dylan Allen will chat about her experiences with the romance genre with romance author Brenda Jackson and connect it to MOCA's current group exhibition, Romancing the Mirror.

Free Tax Preparation Available With AARP

Free Tax Help through AARP

The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide during the tax season each year to provide FREE tax preparation. Taxes will be prepared BY APPOINTMENT ONLY. Call (904) 513-8627 now or beginning February 9 you can visit aarpfoundation.org/taxaide and submit your ZIP code for the nearest location to schedule an appointment.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Life as a military spouse takes a lot of courage. For some, it’s as much a calling as it is a commitment. The work can be emotionally draining - as it too often involves hardship, separation, and loneliness. But it can also be incredibly inspiring and worthwhile: as their stories attest. Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the important role that military families, especially spouses, play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. Today, we honor all those who serve - in and out of uniform - with these stories of love, family, and duty.

Geek Out, Star Wars Style

Star Wars Day May the 4th Be With You

Are you a fan of space wizards who carry laser swords or are you just another scruffy-looking nerf herder? Catch up with your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away or meet a whole different cast of characters and Jedi from the newly-expanded High Republic era with Star Wars books, audiobooks, and comics! Whether it’s those sassy, lovable droids from the Skywalker Saga; Ahsoka Tano, Rex, Grand Admiral Thrawn and others from the Clone Wars or Rebels series; Vader himself; or even those older Expanded Universe “Legends” you hope make a reappearance in the new canon… Light Side or Dark: The choice is yours! May the 4th (and the Force) be with you!

Art & Conversations: Screening Room

Mirror Windows at the Library

In connection with MOCA's current group exhibition, Romancing the Mirror(link is external), we present Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman(link is external) for this edition of Screening Room. The film explores three generations of female artists from around the world who are forging their careers in the London art scene.

Every Day is Free Comic Book Day

100 percent off all items! Comic book day! Everything must go and then come back again on the due date.

Whether you’re a first-time comic book reader or a seasoned fan, Free Comic Book day is a great way to find new reads, revisit old favorites, or even explore some indie or niche creators. Of course, comics are always free to read at the Library and with Hoopla, you can enjoy instant digital access to hundreds of comics and graphic novels from top publishers like DC and Marvel. So, delve as deep as your heart desires into the fantastical worlds of those superheroes, villains, and even side characters from DC, Marvel, or Star Wars you already follow on the big and small screen.

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