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Now Available: Get Library Books By Mail Delivered FREE to Your Home

Get Library Books by Mail

Are you or someone you know unable to visit the library due to a temporary or permanent disability or illness? Jacksonville Public Library now offers a FREE service that delivers books and other library materials by mail to Duval County residents via the United States Postal Service. Available materials include regular print books, large print books, audiobooks on CD, magazines, music CDs and DVDs.

Lit Chat Interview with Writer & Musician Daryl Gussin

Lit Chat Interview with Daryl Gussin

Daryl Gussin is a writer and musician who has been awkwardly standing around at punk shows for the last twenty-something years. Thankfully at some point in his late teens, he decided to become a little more productive and has been working on zines, setting up shows, and playing in bands consecutively since then. In 2006, Daryl Gussin became integrally involved in the Razorcake fanzine where he is currently the managing editor.

Writer's Lab: Music Fanzine Workshop with Daryl Gussin

Writer's Lab: Music Fanzine Workshop with Daryl Gussin

Are you a big music fan? Do you go to concerts, join fan groups, and actively seek out other fans (in person or online) to geek out with about your favorite lyrics? Have you ever considered making your own fanzine? In this workshop, you'll tackle "fandom" as a creative avenue and learn how to build community through collaborative projects. Instructor Daryl Gussin will offer a historical and personal background on the medium and then guide participants through the hands-on process of zine-making.

Adult Programs in July: Two Lit Chats, A Fanzine Writer's Lab & More!

Library U: Adult Programs

This month, catch up with Little House on the Prairie star Dean Butler for the release of his memoir and the show's 50th anniversary. Later in the month. learn how to make your own music fanzine with instructor Daryl Gussin in our Writer's Lab series. He returns later that same day for a Lit Chat Interview about music, zines and finding your community. Plus, there are 15 Library Book Club meetings, three Life Lit skills workshops, and more! 

Books for Muslim American History Month

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This month, we've put together a list of books by and about Muslim Americans. These books are available in multiple formats and cover various topics, from history and biography to fiction and poetry. 

Happy Birthday America! Independence Day Books for Kids

Independence Day Books for Kids

There are so many traditions when it comes to the Fourth of July. Why not create a new one by adding a few books to your day with family wherever you may find yourself? At Jacksonville Public Library we have a variety of books you can choose from chosen by our awesome librarians! You'll be sure to find something you love to read with your little ones.

Find Your New Favorite Book Club this July

Join a Book Club

Looking for some great reads and good company? Find your community at a Library Book Club this July. Whether you're participating in our Jax Stacks Reading Challenge or you just want to know what other book lovers in Jacksonville are reading (and discussing), you're bound to find something to enjoy!

Shop the Big Bag Book Summer Sale and Support the Library!

Friends of Jacksonville Public Library Big Bag Book Sale July 18-20

Summer and reading just go together! But now, so do HOT deals on literal bags full of books! The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library's semi-annual Big Bag Book Sale returns July 18-20 with fantastic deals on books, movies, audiobooks, records, jigsaw puzzles, and more. Not only can you fill a paper bag full of books for just $15 (already a great deal), but you can also get free bags of books, too! That's a lot of books!

July Art Walk: Art Tours, Zinester Meetup, Board Games & More!

We Are Open for Art Walk

Celebrate our community's deep pool of creative talent with us on the first Wednesday of each month in Downtown Jacksonville! The Main Library stays open until 9 p.m. for the festivities! We are conveniently located directly across from James Weldon Johnson Park, one of Art Walk's two major hubs of activity. This month, check out local art in the gallery, join the zinesters meeting and collaborating in the Zine Zone, or sign up for an art tour.

Lit Chat Interview with "Prairie Man" Author Dean Butler

Lit Chat Interview with Dean Butler

Dean Butler is an actor, producer, and director best known for his role as Almanzo Wilder (the man Laura Ingalls married) in Little House on the Prairie, based on the beloved Little House book series written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. He appeared in the final four seasons of the show, the spin-off show Little House: A New Beginning, and the three post-series TV movies. Meet him live on Zoom as he talks about his new memoir, Prairie Man.

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