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Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Screening Room: Asian Americans – Breaking Through

Join the Jacksonville Public Library as we watch the last episode of PBS’ Asian Americans series! After the film, we will hear from guest speaker Dr. Tes Tuason from the University of North Florida who will talk about community building, identity, and cultural education in Asian American communities.    

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Pop-Up Storytime With Mr. Joe On The Riverfront Plaza

Are you looking for something fun and educational to do with the kids this summer? Start the week off right by joining Mr. Joe and library staff every Monday morning on the Riverfront Plaza! Gather around the lawn for singing, dancing, playing, and reading! We’ll read rhythmic stories together and add songs and movements to make it a wonderful time for all. Join us for a storytime they won’t forget!

Celebrating LGBTQIA+ Books, Authors And Readers

Rainbow Book Month

June is Rainbow Book Month – a nationwide celebration of the authors and writings that reflect the lives and experiences of the LGBTQIA+ community. An initiative of the American Library Association, it’s an opportunity for book lovers to discover diverse stories and for libraries to foster community, understanding and access.

Bicentennial Art Exhibition at Main Library

Jacksonville Past and Present Bicentennial Art Exhibition June 1 through June 30.

It's not everyday a city celebrates its Bicentennial! That's why Jacksonville Public Library is so pleased to host the "Jacksonville Past and Present" Bicentennial Art Exhibition featuring the work of Jax artists from June 1 through June 30 in the Gallery at Main Library. Six finalists will be announced at the Opening Reception on Wednesday, June 1 during Art Walk (6 - 8 p.m.). Light refreshments will also be served. The Best in Show, Second and Third Place, 3 "Judges' Recognition" and $2000 in prize money will be awarded on the main stage at the Bicentennial Street Festival & Fireworks event on Saturday, June 11 at 5:30 p.m. in Riverfront Plaza.

Jax Bicentennial Special Guest Speaker

Jacksonville Origins: A Talk with Emily Lisska June 11 1-2pm Conference Center at the Main Library
The countdown to our City’s bicentennial has begun! How will you celebrate Jacksonville’s 200-year anniversary? The Library’s doing what it does best: sharing and collecting stories! We hope you’ll join us for "Jacksonville Origins: A Talk with Emily Lisska" on Saturday, June 11 at 1 p.m. And leave your mark on Jacksonville's history: Add your story, your family history, and your vision for the future of this Bold City to the Library's permanent collection!

Books to Celebrate Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month

Throughout the month of May, and especially Memorial Day, we pause to appreciate all those who have stepped forward and answered the call to serve in our Armed Forces – sailors, soldiers, airmen, marines, and coastguardsmen. We also recognize the commitment and sacrifices of the entire military family: spouses, children and parents. Jacksonville is a proud military town! We salute each and every one of you.

Looking for ways to celebrate this weekend? Jacksonville Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. But there’s still time to visit!

Books And Music That Will Get You In The Mood For Jazz Fest!

Books And Music That Will Get You In The Mood For Jazz Fest

In just a few days the city will be filled with the sweet sounds of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival! To help get you ready for the festival, Jacksonville Public Library's reading experts have put together a list of books and music that will get you in the mood for Jazz Fest! This is just a small selection of the Library's collection, to see more book and music options be sure to check out the catalog.

Be a part of Jacksonville's Story

Be a part of Jacksonville's story

What do you like people to know about you another 80 years from now?

How have you shaped – or been shaped by – this Bold City?

To celebrate the City's upcoming Bicentennial, the Jacksonville Public Library will be doing what it does best: Collecting stories, preserving history, and sharing what it finds with the community. But we need your help!

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