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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!

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.

Junior Lit Chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney

Junior Lit Chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of nearly 50 books for young readers, among them The Red Pencil and A Poem for Peter, as well as several collaborations with her husband Brian Pinkney, including Sit-In and Hand in Hand, which received the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Join us for a Junior Lit Chat with Andrea Davis Pinkney, Friday, June 16, from 4:30-5 p.m. live at the Brentwood Library. Intended for kids, ages 5-12. The first 50 kids in attendance will get a FREE copy of A Poem for Peter to take home. A reception and book signing will follow.

We Are Open for Art Walk: June 7 at the Main Library

We are open for Art Walk

Celebrate our community's deep pool of creative talent on the first Wednesday of each month in Downtown Jacksonville! The Main Library is directly across from James Weldon Johnson Park, from one of Art Walk's three major hubs of activity. We host student art shows, teen open mic nights and more! Plus, it's the perfect time to take a self-guided tour of murals, maps and public art found throughout your library headquarters.

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.

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 takes 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.


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