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Staff Picks Genre Study - First Do No Harm: Doctors and Medicine in Popular Fiction

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Medical science fiction, those books dealing with fictional practitioners of medicine or aspects of human physiology, are among the most compelling titles in the science fiction genre. From the reanimating of dead matter by Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's 1818 groundbreaking novel Frankenstein to the unethical harvesting of patient organs in Robin Cook's novel Coma, the power a doctor has to heal or harm will always make them fascinating characters.

Kids Books About Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Books for Kids

For many, Thanksgiving is a time of cherished traditions. Across the nation, we gather, give thanks, and share what we’re most grateful for. Menus will vary from table to table – as will the faces around them. But for those who celebrate, Thanksgiving is a day to spend time with the ones you love, tell stories and make new memories.

Books to celebrate the World Cup

Books to celebrate World Cup 2022

This weekend, the 2022 FIFA World Cup kicks off in Qatar. This international men’s association football championship features the best soccer players in the world (32 teams) going head-to-head. It’s the most widely viewed and followed single sporting event in the world! Whether you just getting into the game or you're a long-time fan, you can find some great books about the best soccer players and coaches that the world has to offer - right here at the Library!

Writer's Lab with Jennifer Ziegler

Writers Lab With Jennifer Ziegler

Are you an adult writing for a teen audience, but you’re not sure you’re doing it quite right? Join Worser author Jennifer Ziegler for a workshop all about diving into the mind of a teenager!

Books for fans of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Books to read if you love Black Panther Wakanda Forever

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is more than just a comic book movie or the thirtieth film set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe; it is a cultural phenomenon. In the much-anticipated sequel to the 2018 global blockbuster, the people of Wakanda must fight to protect their home as they mourn the loss of their beloved King T’Challa (aka the Black Panther). If you're a new and existing fan of the franchise and you're looking for more Black Panther content, the Library has some recommendations you just might love!

Book Clubs To Join This December At Jacksonville Public Library

This month we’re celebrating great books and readers! Close out the year with a comforting read or a challenging one, and come talk about it with other book lovers! Check out our newest book club, Top Shelf, at the South Mandarin Library, and make sure to keep an eye on the meeting dates this month as some have changed due to holiday closures.

Staff Picks Genre Study - Books with Unusual Narrators or Perspectives

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Whether it is Budo, the imaginary friend in Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend, or the recently deceased Susie Salmon in The Lovely Bones, the presence of a great narrator or unusual perspective makes for a better read. Some authors choose the story within a story like Princess Bride where you and a character are being told the story. Other authors use a journalistic account of part of someone’s life such as in Time Traveler’s Wife.

Check out a laptop and/or hotspot for FREE

Connect to the web for free with your library card

Check out a laptop and/or a Wi-Fi hotspot from your neighborhood library and connect to the internet on your terms! Devices are available for eligible customers at seven of our library locations. You can check availability online or just stop by in person to learn more about this exciting new opportunity!

Staff Picks Genre Study - Teen Mystery

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The weather is getting cooler, everyone is thinking about mysterious happenings. What better time of the year than now to cuddle up with a twisty mystery! If you haven’t tried one before, teen mysteries offer not only the excitement of a who done it; but also, a dash of drama and maybe some light romance. This is the season to lock the doors, put on your thinking cap, and untangle mysteries that come with a side of fun. Keep reading for a plethora of titles that will spark your inner YA detective and keep you guessing until the end!

Picture Book Month Book Recommendations

To celebrate Picture Book Month and our love for these great books, Jacksonville Public Library staff have rounded up a list of some of our favorite picture books that you can put on hold with your library card now.

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