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Screening Room: The U.S. and the Holocaust

Coming Soon to your library: Americans and the Holocaust Traveling Exhibition What did Americans Know? What More Could Have Been Done?

Jacksonville Public Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures, and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war, and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition runs from September 6 – October 12, 2023, at the Main Library. In addition to free, docent-led tours of the exhibit, there will be several public programs offred in connection to the exhibition at the Main Library including a special Screening Room program and discussion at your Southeast Regional and Mandarin Branch Library locations. 

Teen Lit Chat: Free Book and Talk with the Author of We Were Liars

Teen Lit Chat with E. Lockhart

Earning a Goodreads Choice Award for Best Young Adult Fiction, We Were Liars was the "sophisticated" suspense novel that took the world by storm in 2014. Now, after nine years, E. Lockhart returns to her New York Times bestselling phenomenon with a thrilling prequel that's just as scandalous and riddled with lies as the first! The Family of Liars takes readers back to the story of another summer, another generation, and the secrets that will haunt them for decades to come.

Meet the author and score your own, free copy of the brand-new book!

Junior Lit Chat: Get a Free Book and Talk to Children's Book Author Emily Jenkins

Junior Lit Chat with Emily Jenkins Upside Down Magic

It's never easy when your magic goes wonky. For Nory, this means that instead of being able to turn into a dragon or a kitten, she turns into both of them at the same time -- a dritten! A two-time Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor winner and recipient of the Sydney Taylor Book Award, author Emily Jenkins is a favorite with children for her humor and sensitivity. Join the Junior Lit Chat Tuesday, September 5 from 6-6:30 p.m. at Southeast Library (intended for kids ages 5-12). A limited number of copies of Harry Versus the First One Hundred Days of School will be given away to participants, first come, first served.

Is Your Small Business Dream Owning a Jax Food Truck?

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

This month, we're talking food trucks and there is no one better to answer our questions than Chef Andrew Ferenc of On The Fly Sandwiches & Stuff Food Truck. Voted "Best Food Truck" in Folio's Best of Jax poll (2012) and Jax Truckies Food Truck Champion & People's Choice Winner (2012), On The Fly Food Truck has been serving Jacksonville residents since 2011.

Library U: Adult Programs, Events and Monthly Newsletters

Library U: Never Stop Learning

Library U is a collection of programs and classes for adults as well as free email newsletters that keep you connected, sharing ideas and learning. Meet and learn from published authors, master gardeners, small business experts and other curious people, just like you!

Americans and the Holocaust: Traveling Exhibit (Now at Your Library)

Americans and the Holocaust September 6 - October 12

Jacksonville Public Library is one of 50 U.S. libraries selected to host Americans and the Holocaust, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum that examines the motives, pressures and fears that shaped Americans’ responses to Nazism, war and genocide in Europe during the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition will be at the Main Library from September 6 – October 12, 2023, in the fourth-floor atrium, next to the Library's Holocaust Collection, the Memory Lab and Special Collections Department.

Books You'll Love But Might Have Overlooked

Books You'll Love But Might Have Overlooked

Okay, so technically, National Book Lovers Day is an "unofficial" holiday... but it is officially one of the Library's favorites! Celebrated on August 9 every year, it's the perfect opportunity for librarians, book clubs, and your everyday bibliophile to talk about their favorite books with other, equally-excited book lovers.

Books to Get You Excited About Going Back To School

Books to Get You Excited for Back to School

Summer is almost over... and while that means an end to summer reading, there are several, genuine reasons for everyone to get excited about going back to school! So, make sure you have your library card (the most important back-to-school supply) and check out these book recommendations and all of the awesome events at a library near you!

Automatic Renewals at Jacksonville Public Library

Indoor shot of tired student sleeping on book in reding room, being exhausted of studying, falling asleep while reading tutorial material for classes.

Starting August 1, most physical materials checked out to your account will be renewed automatically at Jacksonville Public Library. This convenient service means one less thing for you to do - no need to renew your materials on your account. 

We Are Open for Photographers: August Art Walk 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. This month, we have two local art shows, a Drop-In Summer Closing Party for teens, 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.


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