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Writer's Lab with Michael Regina: Play Your Story

Play Your Story: Writer's Lab workshop with Michael Regina

For many, learning to write and outline your story can be a daunting task. But what if it could be a game? Embark on a unique storytelling journey as we discover the art of crafting compelling narratives using the unique power of various tabletop roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons. Whether you're a brand new writer or a pro, this workshop is designed to unlock your creative potential and guide you in using solo roleplaying as a tool to outline and write captivating stories.

Junior Lit Chat with Author Angela Dominguez + Book Giveaway

Junior Lit Chat with Angela Dominguez

Moving into your middle school years can be challenging. Not only are kids hard at work figuring out who they are and their place in the world... They are also starting to read independently and select their own books. It can sometimes be hard to find reading material that's both interesting and relatable (not to mention developmentally appropriate). That's where middle-grade fiction and characters like Stella Diaz come in!

Kids and Teens: Win $100 for Writing the Best Book Review!

Book Review Writing Contest. Kids and Teens: You could win $100!

Do you love reading and talking about books? Are you the friend (or the influencer) with all the best book recommendations? Is your bookshelf a carefully curated trophy case of all your favorite reading adventures? This could be your time to shine! 

Win $100 in cash for writing the most persuasive book review and be one of our guests of honor at a special event downtown all about celebrating reading!

Lit Chat with Local Poet and Author Michelle Lizet Flores

Lit Chat with Michelle Lizet Flores

The Friends of the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Library are sponsoring a special Lit Chat Interview with local poet Michelle Lizet Flores live at the Library this February! Michelle will chat with fellow poet and Lit Chat alum, Jessica Q. Stark, about her latest book of poetry.

Celebrate Library Lovers Day with Great Books and So Much More!

Books for Library Lovers

February 14 is a very special date for libraries, librarians, and the people who love us! Library Lovers Day is dedicated to all of the book lovers here in Jacksonville (and around the world) who rely on their public library for their books, movies, music, and more!

Celebrate Your Love of Libraries at the South Mandarin Friends Book Sale

Graphic for Friends of the South Mandarin Library Book Sale.

Celebrate your love of books, libraries, and reading with the Friends of the South Mandarin Library's book sale on February 15-17.  The sale is open to all, but membership is encouraged and appreciated.  You can join at the door for $10. Proceeds from sales and memberships are used to enhance programs and services at the South Mandarin Library.

The sale will include gently used adult fiction, nonfiction, children and young adult titles, DVDs, CDs, audiobooks, and more.

Year of the Dragon: Lunar New Year Books for Kids

2024 Lunar New Year Books for Kids

Lunar New Year is the celebration of the arrival of spring and the beginning of the new year - based on the lunar calendar and solar year. The event is celebrated by numerous cultures in various ways and on different dates. Some people celebrate for a day, others for an entire week! The most well-known celebrations occur in China, Vietnam, Korea, and other Asian countries. But it's also celebrated by diaspora communities around the world, including families here on the First Coast.

The Screening Room: Watch and Discuss Just Another Bombing?

The Screening Room: Just Another Bombing?

Released in 2024 by Hal Jacobs, Just Another Bombing?: This is Donal and Iona's Story takes audiences on a poignant journey through a little-known incident of the 1960s Civil Rights era. Iona Godfrey King and her son Donal Godfrey share their deeply moving account of surviving the Klan bombing of their home with three other family members on February 16, 1964, in Jacksonville, Fla. The reason for the bombing? Six-year-old Donal was the first Black student to enroll in the neighborhood Lackawanna Elementary School. Watch and discuss at the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library this Black History Month.

America's Game: Books to Celebrate the Super Bowl

Books for Super Bowl Fans

Whether you're a lifelong football fan just hoping for a good game, plotting next year's fantasy football draft, or you've just discovered the joys (and heartache) of "America's Game" because your favorite pop star starting showing up on your TV screen... There are a lot of things to be excited about this Sunday. Whether it's Kansas City or the San Francisco 49ers who bring home the trophy, though, the good news is: the football fun doesn't have to end!

Junior Lit Chat with Author Brittany Jones + Book Giveaway

Junior Lit Chat with Brittany Jones

Step into a world where bravery, teamwork, and a pair of magic shoes unite for thrilling adventures that are sure to ignite readers' imaginations! Mike the Friendly Firefighter: The Wild Car Fire by Brittany D. Jones follows the extraordinary journey of a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department Engineer, who discovers that his job goes far beyond extinguishing flames. The first 50 children in attendance will receive a FREE copy of Mike the Friendly Firefighter: The Wild Car Fire, along with some other goodies!


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