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Teen Lit Chat Online Author Talk with Mackenzi Lee

Teen Lit Chat Author Talk with Mackenzi Lee

Celebrate Pride Month and the kickoff of our brand-new Teen Lit Chat series with our upcoming interview with author Mackenzi Lee. Her book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, was declared by Teen Vogue to be "the queer teen historical you didn’t know was missing from your life."

Forward Thinking: Preserving Historic Neighborhoods

Celebrate Historic Preservation Month at the Brown Eastside Library on Tuesday, May 24! A panel of preservation experts will discuss the various processes that go into preserving historic neighborhoods, challenges, and preservation trends in our city. The program will wrap up with an audience Q&A session! 

Lit Chat with Brit Bennett

Lit Chat with Brit Bennett at The Jacksonville Public Library

Brit Bennett wowed readers in 2016 with her debut novel, The Mothers, and again in 2020 with her New York Times number-one bestselling novel The Vanishing Half. If you were one of those readers, you now have a chance to meet Brit Bennett in person at the library! Come hear about her books and writing process, and get a chance to ask her questions during our Q&A session.

Free Summer Lunch At The Library

Free Summer Lunch at Jacksonville Public Library

Spread the word! The Free Summer Lunch Program at the Jacksonville Public Library will officially kick off on June 6th! To help ensure that kids don't go hungry while school is out of session, free and nutritious meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many library locations.

Get Free Comic Books at the Library

Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day, held the first Saturday in May, is great for attracting new comic book readers. It’s often cross-promoted with a new superhero film. This year, of course, it coincides with release of Dr. Strange and the Multiverse of Madness and the season finale of Moon Knight.

But what do you do when all those free comics have been given away? Get free comics at your library, of course!

Books For Mom To Read This Mother's Day

Books for Mom on Mother's Day

What's a Mother's Day gift that Mom can never have too many of, never goes out of style, and always fits? Answer: a good book!

This Mother's Day, gift the busy mom in your life a quiet place to read, unwind and catch up on the to-be-read pile. If Mom needs help choosing a book, guide her toward this blog post that contains a list of Mother's Day must-reads hand-picked by our expert Readers' Advisory Committee.

Lit Chat with Jada Wright-Greene

Lit Chat with Jada Wright-Greene

In her new book of historic photographs, Jada Wright-Greene celebrates the homes of African Americans throughout the state, including cabins, shotgun homes, and two-story residences in Jacksonville and beach homes in American Beach and Butler Beach. Join us to learn more about these homes and the process of researching their histories!

Books to Celebrate Star Wars Day

Star Wars Day: May the Fourth Be With You

Whether you’re celebrating Star Wars Day (May the fourth be with you!) or just looking to get back to your favorite characters in a galaxy far, far away: the Library has the books you’re looking for!

Books to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Every May, the U.S. pays tribute to the generations of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who’ve become a part of this country’s history. What better way to celebrate than with books about these rich, diverse cultures?

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