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Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Life as a military spouse takes a lot of courage. For some, it’s as much a calling as it is a commitment. The work can be emotionally draining - as it too often involves hardship, separation, and loneliness. But it can also be incredibly inspiring and worthwhile: as their stories attest. Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the important role that military families, especially spouses, play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. Today, we honor all those who serve - in and out of uniform - with these stories of love, family, and duty.

Geek Out, Star Wars Style

Star Wars Day May the 4th Be With You

Are you a fan of space wizards who carry laser swords or are you just another scruffy-looking nerf herder? Catch up with your favorite characters from a galaxy far, far away or meet a whole different cast of characters and Jedi from the newly-expanded High Republic era with Star Wars books, audiobooks, and comics! Whether it’s those sassy, lovable droids from the Skywalker Saga; Ahsoka Tano, Rex, Grand Admiral Thrawn and others from the Clone Wars or Rebels series; Vader himself; or even those older Expanded Universe “Legends” you hope make a reappearance in the new canon… Light Side or Dark: The choice is yours! May the 4th (and the Force) be with you!

Art & Conversations: Screening Room

Mirror Windows at the Library

In connection with MOCA's current group exhibition, Romancing the Mirror(link is external), we present Mirrors to Windows: The Artist as Woman(link is external) for this edition of Screening Room. The film explores three generations of female artists from around the world who are forging their careers in the London art scene.

Every Day is Free Comic Book Day

100 percent off all items! Comic book day! Everything must go and then come back again on the due date.

Whether you’re a first-time comic book reader or a seasoned fan, Free Comic Book day is a great way to find new reads, revisit old favorites, or even explore some indie or niche creators. Of course, comics are always free to read at the Library and with Hoopla, you can enjoy instant digital access to hundreds of comics and graphic novels from top publishers like DC and Marvel. So, delve as deep as your heart desires into the fantastical worlds of those superheroes, villains, and even side characters from DC, Marvel, or Star Wars you already follow on the big and small screen.

May 2021 New Book Releases for Adults

New Releases to put on Hold Now

April is almost over, which means it’s gonna be May (insert Justin Timberlake meme here) and time to start adding to your TBR summer reading list! Beach reads, incredibly moving memoirs, the first issue of a new sci-fi epic from Al Ewing (Immortal Hulk) —  whatever usually makes it to the top of your list summer reading list, we have lots of books for you to explore. Here are our highlighted picks for the best new books to check out this May.

Children's Book Week 2021: Reading Is A Superpower

Children's Book Week

Children’s Book Week, established in 1919, is not only a celebration of books, but of connection. It is a vehicle to unite kids and adults with books, authors, and illustrators in order to foster a love of reading. It originated in the belief that children's books and literacy are life-changers. 

Save Your Family History

Preservation Week April 25 through May 1, 2021 www dot ala dot org slash preservation week

There are lots of options for storing and preserving family memories captured in the digital age. But what about all those family photos and videos captured before digital cameras and smart phones? Schedule your appointment in the Library’s Digitization Station and let us help you pass down your preserve and pass down your family history for generations to come.

How Copyright Protects Creators

World Book and Copyright Day

World Book and Copyright Day is more than just a symbolic date, it’s a reminder. We love being the champion of books and reading and all the benefits a lifelong love of learning can bring. However, as a Library, we must also uphold and honor the copyright laws that project the creators of that work. As information moves from the printed page into digital formats, things like access and fair use become bigger concerns. But what does that mean to the average reader? Should everything just be “open access”? Answers to these questions and more can be found in today's blog!

Lit Chat with Therese Tappouni

Interested in learning more about authors from your community? What is their writing process and what inspires them? Learn more at Lit Chat with Therese Tappouni, who will talk about her book, Caught Between Worlds. Tappouni will be joined with moderator Stacey Horan, a local author and podcaster. Both authors reside in Jacksonville and are passionate about living creatively and helping others through their writing.

Teens, Coming-of-Age, and Arab-American Heritage

Arab American Heritage Month

Arab-American Heritage Month honors the rich culture and contributions of those Americans who trace their lineage to one or more of the 22 Arabic-speaking countries found throughout North Africa and Southwest Asia. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Mosaic.” Like all of us, each and every piece of a mosaic is unique. The books in this list are about finding your place in the larger world - as a young adult and Arab-American. Will you find a piece of yourself in their stories?

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