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Lit Chat with Rochelle Alers

How do you keep the spark alive over three decades of writing romance fiction? Rochelle Alers clearly knows the secret, with over 80 published books, including her newest, The Beach House. Join us to chat with this prolific romance author!

Big Bag Book Sale Is Back!

Big Bag Book Sale

The Big Bag Book Sale Is Back!

It’s that time again for the Big Bag Booksale! You can shop great deals—not only on books, but music CD's, movies, audiobooks, records, and more. 

Books That Go Beyond The Binary

Beyond the Binary: Books about Gender Non-Conformity

First celebrated in 2012, International Non-Binary People’s Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate those who do not identify exclusively as male or female (masculine or feminine). Check out the blog for a breakdown of terms and pronouns as well as tips and resources for parents, friends, coworkers, and allies. You'll also find booklists for youth, teens, and adults with authors and characters who identify as non-binary, gender non-conforming, or transgender.

Books To Get The Whole Family Pumped For The Summer Olympics

If you are feeling pumped about the 2021 Summer Olympics, channel that excitement into these exhilarating books that commemorate the Olympics. We've put together a booklist for both adults and kids so that the whole family can get pumped for the Olympic Games together!

Call for Zines

Attention Jacksonville: We want your self-published zines, comics, booklets, and mini magazines for the Library’s Zine Collection! Whether you’re new to the medium, established zinester, or somewhere in between, submit a copy of your work to the Library. We accept zines of different shapes, sizes and formats. Whether hand drawn or hand written, photocopied and stapled, or professionally-printed: we want to see it all!

Animal Advocate Mini Camp

Animal Advocate Mini Camp July 19-23 11 am on Zoom

CALLING ALL TEENS: Join us for an Animal Advocate Mini Camp this summer and explore ways to help all animals lead happy, cruelty-free lives. You'll get tools and tips, talk with other teens and even make pet toys to donate to local shelters. Make a positive impact in the lives of ALL our furry (and even those not-so furry) friends.

Pop-Up Storytime: Celebrate Summer At The Cummer With Mr. Joe

Kick-off your summer weekends in July with Mr. Joe! Join Mr. Joe and library staff on Friday evenings in July at  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a special Pop-Up Storytime to celebrate Summer at the Cummer! Mr. Joe will present two Pop-Up Storytimes at 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm in the newly refreshed and nationally recognized education center, Art Connections. The Library will also have a table in Art Connections where you can sign up for a library card and check out books! Bring the family to experience stories, songs, art, culture, and community this Summer at the Cummer! 

Lit Chat with Michael Regina

Jacksonville artist Michael Regina published his first books with Kickstarter money back in 2013, and now his newest book, The Sleepover, is being published by a major imprint. Find out how he achieved this success at our next Lit Chat!

Writer's Lab: Graphic Storytelling

Have you always wanted to write and/or draw comics? Are you interested in partnering with an artist to form a creative team to craft a graphic narrative? Learn some key lessons in creating your own comics with artist and educator James Greene in this three-part workshop. Exploit the real-estate of the blank page while yielding to the collaborative virtues of words and pictures where image is text, too.

Taking Another Look at Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels in Libraries Month July 2021

Comics – and their longer-form siblings, graphic novels – are much more than just books with pretty pictures. There may have panels instead of paragraphs but they actually share a lot in common with their prose (or text-only) counterparts. You can find graphic novels covering just about every conceivable genre and subject matter. For struggling young readers, graphic novels can act as a gateway into a world of reading; they build confidence, comprehension and vocabularies. With so many reasons to give graphic novels a try and with so many great titles to choose from… now is the perfect time to head on over to your local library, to the Library’s catalog or our app.

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