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Books Dad Wants To Read This Father's Day

This Sunday, June 19th, is Father’s Day. What is a better way to celebrate dad than letting him relax on his special day? Allowing him to relax with an enjoyable book! If you do not know where to start, check out this list of books created with dad in mind. This list has books ranging from fiction to biography, and contains authors like Harlan Coben, Jim Gaffigan, Willie Mays, and more. 

Books Like the Movie Lightyear

Books to read if you like Lightyear

Disney and Pixar just released an animated sci-fi action-adventure and origin story for Buzz Lightyear, the character many of us know and love from the popular Toy Story movie franchise. Only, this time, it’s not about the toy. It’s the in-universe movie that inspired fans like little Andy to buy talking toys of the legendary space ranger in the first place. If you like the new movie Lightyear, or you’re a fan of science fiction in general, check out this month’s booklist!

Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Join the Jacksonville Public Library as we watch the last episode of PBS’ Asian Americans series! After the film, we will hear from guest speaker Dr. Tes Tuason from the University of North Florida who will talk about community building, identity, and cultural education in Asian American communities.    

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this summer? Start the week off right by joining Mr. Joe and library staff every Monday morning on the Riverfront Plaza! Gather around the lawn for singing, dancing, playing, and reading! We’ll read rhythmic stories together and add songs and movements to make it a wonderful time for all. Join us for a storytime they won’t forget!

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Books, Authors And Readers

Rainbow Book Month

June is Rainbow Book Month – a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. An initiative of the American Library Association, it’s an opportunity for book lovers to discover diverse stories and for libraries to foster community, understanding and access.

Bicentennial Art Exhibition at Main Library

Jacksonville Past and Present Bicentennial Art Exhibition June 1 through June 30.

It's not everyday a city celebrates its Bicentennial! That's why Jacksonville Public Library is so pleased to host the "Jacksonville Past and Present" Bicentennial Art Exhibition featuring the work of Jax artists from June 1 through June 30 in the Gallery at Main Library. Six finalists will be announced at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 1 during Art Walk (6 - 8 p.m.). Light refreshments will also be served. The Best in Show, Second and Third Place, 3 "Judges' Recognition" and $2000 in prize money will be awarded on the main stage at the Bicentennial Street Festival & Fireworks event on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Riverfront Plaza.

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