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Lit Chat with Beatriz Williams for Historical Fiction Lovers

Lit Chat Interview with Beatriz Williams

Are you a fan of historical fiction? Then you'll want to register for our next Lit Chat Interview! We are excited to announce that Beatriz Williams has made Jacksonville Public Library an official stop on her latest book tour! She's got a brand new, ravishing summer read that transports readers back to a midcentury New England in the years following the Second World War. Rich with secrets and Cold War intrigue, The Beach at Summerly "weaves two standbys of summer fiction into one escapist story," (New York Times book review).

Join us for a Life Lit Program in July!

Life Lit

Do you have questions about invasive or aggressive plants? Curious about integrating wildflowers into your landscape to help pollinators? Avoid common garden mistakes and learn how to grow a Florida-friendly yard with help from Master Gardeners and our friends at the UF Extension Office! And if you want to be the first to know about new workshops and locations, sign up for our Life Lit mailing list!

JaxKids Book Club Summer Storytimes

Jax Kids Book Club: Find Storytimes near you

Make plans to read, play, explore and have fun with other Pre-K friends and families this summer at the Library! We will have a special JaxKids Book Club summer storytime every week just for you. Grab your friends and join us for storytime and activities based on your JaxKids Book Club books!

Join a Library Book Club this July

Join a Book Club

Building that TBR list for an upcoming vacation? Looking for more ideas for books to read for that one elusive Jax Stacks Reading Challenge category? Join a Library Book Club and get book recommendations from librarians and other book lovers! You might even make some bookish friends you can swap titles with! 

Harnessing the Power of Diversity in Small Business

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Is 2023 the year you... Make your hobby a side hustle? Start your own business? Or work on taking your business to the next level? This month is all about building and leading a diverse team and harnessing the strengths of being an outsider. We asked a local business owner a few questions. Plus, we've highlighted some books and other resources to help you out! 

A Lit Chat Interview with Camille Dungy

Lit Chat Interview with Camille Dungy

Jacksonville Public Library and St. Johns Riverkeeper are partnering up to bring you two great events with author and poet Camille Dungy on Saturday, June 24. In her newest book, Soil: The Story of a Black Mother’s Garden Dungy recounts the seven-year odyssey to diversify her garden in the predominately white community of Fort Collins, Colorado. When she moved there in 2013, with her husband and daughter, the community held strict restrictions about what residents could and could not plant in their gardens.

Books for Dads and Future Fathers

Books to celebrate Father's Day

Even dads like getting lost in a good book! At the Library, you'll find everything from thrillers like Harlen Coben's I Will Find You to classics like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee or even post-apocalyptic masterpieces like The Road from the late, great Cormac McCarthy. So, whether you're a dad yourself or just thinking about parenthood and the life lessons your father taught you... You'll find stories of strong fathers, patience, pride and more -right here at the Library.

Books to Honor and Celebrate Juneteenth

Books to honor Juneteenth

Juneteenth has been celebrated by African Americans since the 1800s and became a federal holiday in 2021. It is a combination of June and nineteenth and is celebrated on the anniversary of the order, issued by Major General Gordon Granger on June 19, 1865, proclaiming freedom for slaves in Texas. If you're still somewhat new to Juneteenth celebrations or you'd like to share the history with your children, the Library has books to help you out! Check out our book recommendations to learn more about the history of this holiday and the ways it's traditionally celebrated. 

Books and More for Sale at the Friends of Murray Hill Pop-up Sale

Friends of the Murray Hill Library book sale on Saturday, June 17, from 1 to 4 pm.

Join the Friends of the Murray Hill Library for a book sale! The Friends will be selling gently used materials on Saturday, June 17, from 1 - 4 p.m. Find some great books and great deals too!  The sale is open to all.  While membership is not required, it is encouraged and appreciated.

Dungeon Master Summer Academy for Teens

Wanted: Teen Adventurers (ages 12-17) Dungeon Master Summer Academy

Ever wanted to run your own Dungeon & Dragons adventures? Learn how to write, craft, and play in a world of your own making! Join us in the Teen Room at the Main Library on select Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays June 5 - July 12 for drop-in crafts, one-shot writing clinics, session zero prep and more at a DM Summer Academy just for teens (ages 12-18). If you're still new to D&D or just have no interest in running games, you can still stop by on Drop-In D&D days to play and give our DMs-in-training some practice!


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