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Get Money Smart this April

Books for financial literacy

Adulting can be hard. "Talking cents” with your spouse, children, or aging parents can cause major stress if you don’t think you have the knowledge or skills. But that’s why we have Financial Literacy Month! It’s all about getting the tools you need to make informed decisions and take control of your personal finances. Even a modest savings cushion can make a big difference when those inevitable emergency expenses come rolling in. Learn how to better manage those ups and downs with some handy how-to books from the Library.

Against All Odds: Student Art in the Library

The Best of Middle School Art Exhibit

This Spring, Jacksonville Public Library will have had the unique pleasure of hosting “The 2021 Best of Elementary Art Show" and "The Best of Middle School Art Exhibit." These annual art shows are extra special this year, after having been cancelled by the pandemic last year. Not only that: students and teachers had to overcome a lot of obstacles in their art-making when COVID safety protocols changed how art was taught in the schools. The Elementary art show wraps up April 14 and the Middle School art exhibit starts April 17 and runs through May 9.

Lit Chat with Tyler Gillespie

We all know a “Florida Man”, but how many of us want to admit to being one? In The Thing About Florida, author Tyler Gillespie takes on the strange people and stories of the Sunshine State from the perspective of a fifth-generation Florida native. Gillespie joins us to talk about what he discovered in his quest to learn more about the state we all call home.

Book Your Next Safe Meeting Here

Meet Safely at the Conference Center at Main

March 2020 brought new challenges to the meeting and event industry as COVID-19 brought everything to standstill. A year later, professionals in this industry have united – stronger and more determined than ever to demonstrate the value of meetings for local business, government, and yes, even libraries. By following local, state, and federal regulations; performing regular and deep cleaning regimens; rethinking layouts; encouraging social distancing; and continuing to meet and exceed customer expectations: Event hosts and conference center staff can offer in-person, hybrid, or virtual meetings and celebrations safely.

Ten Memorable Books To Get Kids Excited About National Library Week

As parents, we are always interested in learning new ways to make our parenting better. Your local library may be an answer. A habit of regular library visits is a great way to help children develop a love for reading. If you haven’t stepped foot inside a library lately, you might still think of them as just a quiet room with books. But, libraries are so much more! 

April 2021 New Book Releases For Adults

April is a great month for new book releases here at the Jacksonville Public Library! We're welcoming in the month with a list of new reads you can borrow with your library card.

Your Success is Our Passion! Celebrate National Library Week With Us

Welcome To Your Library! The Library extends far beyond the four walls of a building. Whether you visit us online or in person, we want you to find whatever you need to succeed. This National Library Week, we celebrate the ways our community is meeting the challenges of this changing world together at the Library.

Find Poems that Resonate

Books to read for Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month! This 25th annual celebration of poets and poetry was launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996 to remind us that poets have an integral role to play in our culture. And what better time than Spring to promote artists and an art form that’s given us so much beauty? Whether you’re looking for a new poet, revisiting old favorites, or composing your own haiku, freeform poem, rhyme, or blank verse: the Library’s collection is a great place to find something that resonates with you.

Easter Books Kids Will Love To Read

Easter is quickly approaching! Now is the time to help your child discover the magic of Easter with stories about the first Easter, friendship, working together, and hunting for Easter eggs. Reading an Easter story is a lovely way to add a special touch to your family’s festivities and create memories to brighten your Easter celebrations! Here are some great Easter books for babies, toddlers, and early readers. 

Lit Chat with Tiffany Melanson

Have you ever wondered how a poem gets from a spark of an idea to a written work of art? Find out at our next Lit Chat celebrating National Poetry Month with local poet and educator Tiffany Melanson. Melanson will talk about her poetry and the process of writing in conversation with Yvette Angelique, a local poet and artist.

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