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Jax Book Fest returns to the Main Library in 2023

Jax Book Fest 2023 returning to the Main Library September 22-23 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

You've asked and you've waited... Now's the time for the BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! Join us September 22-23 for two days of pure, bookish delight at Jax Book Fest 2023! And that's not all... We have three featured Lit Chat authors. Want to know who they are?

Books to Celebrate Rainbow Book Month

Celebrating Rainbow Book Month

The Library has an AMAZING collection of books featuring stories and information written by and about people from varied backgrounds, races, ethnicities, life experiences, and viewpoints. We love to share selections that demonstrate the range of our collection all year and we encourage you to explore these books with us! This month, we are highlighting activities and books in our collection by and about people in the LGBTQIA+ community.

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!

DCAZ Fest 2023: Meet Local, Self-Published Zine and Comic Creators

Duval Comic and Zine Fest June 10 Main Library 1-5 p.m.

The next Duval Comics and Zine (DCAZ) Fest is coming to the Main Library on Saturday, June 10 from 1 – 5 p.m. Get to know dozens of local creators of independent and self-published zines, mini-comics, small press, alternative press, underground art and DIY media. Located in the heart of downtown Jacksonville, the Main Library boasts the largest public collection of zines in the Southeast.

Jax Stacks Book Recommendations: A book set in a place you want to visit

Jax Stacks Reading Challenge 2023

Welcome to a new month of the 2023 Jax Stacks Reading Challenge! We are going to give you suggestions for each* category in the challenge every month so that you always have a great library book waiting for you when you need it. Plus, you can share what you're reading with other Jax Stacks readers at our monthly Jax Stacks Reading Challenge Book Club. Note: Our June meeting take place at the Beaches Branch Library!

Lit Chat and Writer's Lab with NYT Bestselling Author Susan Orlean

Lit Chat with Susan Orlean

New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean joins us at the Main Library in June for two days of bookish excitement! Readers can check out our Lit Chat Interview with her on Friday evening, and writers can attend a Writer’s Lab workshop on Saturday morning. We’d love to see you at both!

Staff Picks Genre Study – Summertime Reads, Picture Books About Togetherness

Staff Picks Genre Study book list graphic

Summer is a time for adventure, exploration, and spending time with loved ones. It's a time when families and communities come together to create memories and share experiences. In this picture book list of reads, we explore the theme of "all together now" through stories that celebrate togetherness, teamwork, and inclusivity. From a wombat offering his home to unexpected guests to learning to say hello in different languages, these books are sure to inspire children to appreciate the beauty of working together and the importance of being kind and supportive of one another.

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!

Free Summer Lunch at the Library for Kids and Teens

Free Summer Lunch at the Library June 5 through August 4

The Free Summer Lunch Program at the Jacksonville Public Library will officially kick off on June 5! 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.


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