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Celebrate Picture Books With Your Little One at the Library

November is Picture Book Month

There's nothing quite like turning the page of a beautifully crafted picture book... In November and all year long, Jacksonville Public Library celebrates the power and beauty of picture books as well as their importance in building key early literacy skills. Whether you join us at your favorite branch for Little Readers storytime or create your own storytime at home with a free Traveling Tales book bundles and activity kit, the Library is here to support your child on their journey to reading readiness and success.  

Get Help Writing, Editing and Publishing Your Novel at the Library

National Novel Writing Month: Books for WriMos

Writing 50,000 words in a single month can be a daunting task... but it doesn't have to be a solitary one! There's a whole community of writers, right here in Jacksonville, and several ways to network and learn from them. Between monthly Writer's Lab workshops as well as Lit Chat Interviews and Author Talks, the Library is truly a local author's best friend. You never have to pay to attend these classes either, whether it's an up-and-coming local author or an international bestselling author. Not only that, the Library has tons of books on writing, publishing and more... and it's all completely free to use! 

November Art Walk and Zinester Meetup

We are open for Art Walk

Celebrate our community's deep pool of creative talent with us on the first Wednesday of each month in Downtown Jacksonville! The Main Library stays open until 9 p.m. for the festivities! We are conveniently located directly across from James Weldon Johnson Park, one of Art Walk's two major hubs of activity. Not only that, there is usually local art on display, zinesters meeting and collaborating on the first floor, tabletop gamers doing one-shot adventures, and special drop-in activities going on in the Teen Room.

Jax Stacks Book Recommendations: A Book With Illustrations

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 November meeting takes place at the West Branch Library!

November Life Lit Workshops: Winter Yard Prep, Curb Appeal & More!

Life Lit workshops

Looking for ways to increase your property value? Want to spruce up your home's exterior? Not sure how to prep your yard for winter? Learn everything you need for a successful, all-season yard from Master Gardeners and our friends at the UF Extension Office! Or get entrepreneurship basics and more from our partners at EY at a Life Lit workshop this November!

Join a Book Club at the Library this November

Join a Book Club

Fall is finally showing up in Jacksonville! Are you prepping for all those extra hours of darkness by building your to-be-read list? It'll be dark by 6 p.m. before you know it! You might also consider joining a Library Book Club! You'll get to talk about what you loved, what surprised you, and what you'd recommend for anyone looking for something similar. Of course, our librarians can recommend read-alikes too!

Book clubs are one of the best ways to discover what other people are reading (and what they think about the books everyone else is reading).

Staff Picks Book Review – The Culture Wars of Warren Folks by Tim Gilmore

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When we think of the study of history, many draw images of strangely dressed figures from hundreds or even thousands of years ago. When learning about American History, we learn about the Founding Fathers and the Civil War. When learning about Florida history, we learn about the Seminole tribe, Ponce de Leon, Ribault, and the founding of St. Augustine

Adult Programs at the Library this November Including Tips for Writers!

Library U: Adult Programs

November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Have you been planning and plotting your first novel? Or maybe you've been hoping to craft the next great American novel by the seat of your pants? Whether you're a plotter or pantser starting your first draft or you have a completed manuscript ready to go, the Library has some great workshops coming up that can help you cross the finish line to publication!

We start out the month with a Lit Chat Interview with local author, Tim Gilmore. He's written 22 books and even cofounded the Jax-by-Jax Literary Arts Festival. There are also free Writer's Lab workshops starting in November and continuing into early December that are focused on revising your first draft and then self-publishing the polished final product through Kindle Vella and Amazon KDP.

Writer's Lab: Self-Publishing with Kindle Vella and Amazon KDP

Writer's Lab with Mike Messier

If you plan to come out of National Novel Writing Month with a ready-to-publish manuscript (or you just want to plan your next steps), join us at Writer's Lab in December for a hands-on how-to session with Mike Messier. He will instruct you, step-by-step, on how to write and publish fiction and nonfiction on Kindle Vella & Amazon KDP. If you bring your finished manuscript, you could even leave with a published book!


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