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Juneteenth Reading Lists for Adults and Kids


This collection of books for adults and children touch on the history of Juneteenth, the lasting effects of Juneteenth and celebrate fiction and nonfiction by African American authors that continue to influence and shape our culture over 150 years later.

Jacksonville Public Library's Battle of the Books 2020

Battle of the Books
Calling all Duval County teens to Jacksonville Public Library's first ever Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books is an exciting book-based competition that you’ll play from home using Kahoot!, a game-based learning platform.

Show Your Pride: Celebrate Pride Month With Books And Virtual Events

This month marks the 50th anniversary of Pride Month, but many celebrations are going to look different this year. The Jacksonville Public Library is celebrating their Pride Month programs with two virtual events, Rainbow Storytime: This Day in June and Read the Rainbow: Teen Book Club.  You can also find book lists that contain notable LGBTQ+ reads for all ages. Show your pride and celebrate Pride Month with Jacksonville Public Library!

How to Get Your Holds Curbside at Jacksonville Public Library

Curbside pickup of holds at Jacksonville Public Library

Get your Library materials in a socially distant fashion, with grab-and-go curbside pickup service. 

We know that most people who check out physical books, DVDs and CDs from the Library are dying to get their hands on those materials again. You may have been on the hold list for weeks or even months and are looking for the satisfaction that comes from that almondy-vanilla-like scent of an old book or that clean smell of a new book that awakes your passion for reading and transports you to far away worlds.

Storytime Underground: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Storytime Underground: Aru Shah and the End of Time

Lean into this social distancing world with Storytime Underground! It starts with a great young adult book and ends with a bunch of different ways to make the story come to life right in your own room. Made for young adults or young adults at heart!

Storytime DIY: Paper Airplanes

Making Paper Airplanes

Are you ready to get your hands [safely] dirty?

Honorary children's librarians (that's YOU!): get ready for Storytime DIY. This do-it-yourself afternoon is a great way to make a book come to life with hands-on crafts, cooking, science and more.

Made for kids age 5 – 12, but good for kids of all ages and kids at heart. Don't miss these - get them each week in your email by subscribing heresign up for social stories email

Supercharged Stories: Sofia Valdez, Future Prez

Supercharged Stories: Sofia Valdez Future Prez

KABOOOOOOOM! You're now an honorary children's librarian! Time for you to employ Supercharged Stories: fully-packed programs for kids age 5 - 12 that jump off from a great book into all kinds of fun and engrossing activities and challenges. 

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Have a blast!  

Storytime at Home: Perfect Square

Perfect Square by Michael Hall

You've been dubbed an honorary children's librarian! Here's everything you need to host your own storytime at home for ages birth to five. Feel free to send us any cute pics or videos at jplpromotions@coj.net.

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