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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.

Staff Picks Genre Study - Jacksonville Jazz Festival: A Jacksonville Tradition and an American Celebration

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Just as it was once a central location for the film industry before there was a Hollywood, Jacksonville was a sister city to New Orleans in ushering in the age of jazz. Before the suburbs expanded and Jacksonville grew to the county-wide residential area it is today, the vibrant downtown area between Ashley and Broad Street was known as the Harlem of the South. The heart of the jazz scene in north Florida, it would host the biggest names of the day and see the emergence of up and coming jazz artists such as Ray Charles.

Book Sales Galore in the Mandarin Neighborhood

Book sale presented by the Friends of the Library. Find a great read while supporting the Jacksonville Public Library.

Both Friends of the Library groups in the Mandarin neighborhood are excited to host their summer used book sales that start in early June. The Friends of South Mandarin Library's book sale will be on June 1-3 and will be located at 12125 San Jose Blvd, Jacksonville, FL 32223. The Friends of Mandarin Library will host their book sale on June 2-3 at 3330 Kori Rd, Jacksonville, FL 32257.

Join a Library Book Club in June

Join a Book Club

Whether it's a sizzling summer romance for that much-deserved day at the beach, a cozy mystery for that long flight or night in... or the perfect nonfiction audiobook for that cross-country road trip - you can count on the Library to have all of the hottest titles! And with all the money you save from those FREE books, that just means more money towards your next vacation (or stay-cation)! 

Book your next visit to the Library. Find your next read and chat with your fellow readers this summer at a Library Book Club near you!

Adult Programs this June: Lit Chats, Writer's Labs and More!

Adult Programs

Summer is almost here and so are a ton of great programs! There are three - count them THREE - awesome Lit Chats in June, a Writer’s Lab doubleheader, and our newest Book Club at Pablo Creek! If you're not sure what to read this summer, we've got some great book recommendations for you on our blog.

In June, we'll announce the dates for Jax Book Fest 2023 and the three authors who'll be headlining that event! Join us at Lit Chats and Writer's Labs this summer and be sure to follow our social media (and read your emails) for the BIG reveal.

Summer Reading Recommendations for Kids, Teens and Adults

All Together Now

Make the Library - and reading - part of your summer from June 1 through August 12! Our theme this year, All Together Now, invites you to read, play and explore together with fun shows, programs, hands-on activities and, of course, all kinds of books! 

Lit Chat Interview with graphic novelist Leela Corman at DCAZ Fest

Lit Chat Interview with Leela Corman at DCAZ Fest

Join us for a Lit Chat Interview with graphic novelist Leela Corman. She'll be in conversation with local podcaster Badr Milligan live at the Main Library during the second annual Duval Comic and Zine Fest on Saturday, June 10, at 1:30 p.m. Corman is a founding instructor of the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainesville, Florida, and an instructor at Rhode Island School of Design. DCAZ Fest is a celebration for self-publishing that brings together local comic and zine makers with fans of underground art, alternative press and DIY media. Chair seating will be guaranteed to those who register for the in-person program and there will also be standing room available at the event.

Level Up Your Small Business Marketing with Life Lit Classes

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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? In May, we're looking at the University of North Florida's Small Business Development Center (Florida SBDC) and the management, marketing and other assistance they provide for free to prospective and existing small business owners in North Florida. In June, they're hosting two Life Lit small business workshops at the Library!


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