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Top Book Releases Coming To The Library In July

July has an abundance of new, highly anticipated book releases! USA Today's bestselling authors Heather Webb and Hazel Gaynor wrote a historical fiction book called Three Words for Goodbye. Additionally, Brian Staveley continues his wildly popular epic fantasy series, the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, with the fifth latest installment, The Empire’s Ruin. Are you excited yet? Many excellent books like these will be arriving at the library in July.  Also, remember to check out the Summer Reading program if you have not already!

Children's Books For Fourth Of July

With America’s birthday approaching, why not up the fun of the festivities with some great Fourth of July reads? We’ve compiled a list of Fourth of July books for kids that are both educational and entertaining. While Independence Day is a great day to celebrate with fireworks and fun, it’s also important to educate children on what the day is truly all about. Fictional books such as July Jitters and Fireworks at the FBI are packed with compelling Fourth of July adventures while non-fictional books such as Fourth of July Fireworks and Independence Day explain the history behind the holiday and its importance. Do not forget these books can help you succeed in our annual Summer Reading Program!

Authors Roundtable of Florida, Inc. 2021 Schedule

Whether you are curious about writing or a seasoned author, the Authors Roundtable welcomes writers at all stages to provide education, information, networking, and support. We invite you to attend and participate in educational forums, workshops, classes, and events. Join us on the first Saturday of each month, from 10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. You must have a library card and pre-register to attend.

Summer in the South

Books celebrating Summer in the South

Can you think of something more refreshing -- on a long, sweltering summer day in the South -- than sipping on a tall, icy-cold glass of satisfyingly sweet tea and reading that Carolina swamp-girl mystery everybody’s been talking about and you just can’t put down? Whether you’re alone (engaging in some much-needed self-care), beachside and pouring over the latest bestseller or you’re chatting about your next book club read with your bestie from the comfort of well-used front porch swing: Southern-style sweet tea and sizzling summer reads just go hand in hand. So, this Iced Tea Month enjoy this short list of cool classic and contemporary Summer/Southern reads.

Lit Chat with Richard Webb

Historian Richard Webb chats about his book Boats Against the Current. He presents a case for Westport, Connecticut as the real setting of one of America's most famous novels, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Boats Against the Current is a large-format book that includes compelling stories about Scott, Zelda, and their wealthy neighbor the model for Jay Gatsby. Illustrated with period newspaper clippings, items from Fitzgerald family scrapbooks, and never-before-seen photos, the book also recounts Webb’s process of making a companion documentary film with Robert Steven Williams.

Book Clubs Are Back

Join A Jacksonville Public Library Book Club

Want to discover new and exciting books? Want others’ opinions on books they have read? Good news: book clubs are back in the branch! See the list below to sign up. Happy reading!

Juneteenth: Freedom Deferred But Found


Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day or Emancipation Day, commemorates date in 1865 – nearly two and a half years after President Abraham Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation – when the last of the enslaved communities in Texas learned the Civil War had ended and that they were free. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a combination of June and nineteenth and has become a celebration of independence, the fight for equality, and Black culture.

Best Books For Dads To Read On Father's Day

Do you know a Dad that loves to read to his kids? Or do you have a father in your life that needs a new piece of fiction to get lost in? Read on to find our list of the best books for Father's Day that will give Dad a reason to relax in his favorite spot with a book that is guaranteed to make his Father's Day.

June 2021 YA Books To Add To Your Summer Reading Pile

The month of June just got even hotter with the newest YA releases! From a chilling murder mystery like The Box in the Woods to an action-packed graphic novel Warriors: Winds of Change to a heartwarming LGBTQIA+ romance Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun, there is something exciting for everyone. As an added bonus, these books can aid you in our annual Summer Reading program. Our Summer Reading program is available for all ages and you could win awesome prizes!

Rainbow Reads for Pride Month

Rainbow Reads

Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Among other things, it’s a great time to learn more about and honor key figures in the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and the fight for full equality. For those in the community, it can also be a personal or even communal celebration of self-worth, dignity, and visibility. For more, including a few highlights in Jacksonville's own LGBTQ+ history, read on! Happy Pride!


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