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Books About Libraries And The People Who Love Them

Our favorite books about libraries and librarians

If you're reading this, chances are you love libraries! But did you know there's a whole month dedicated to Libraries Lovers? That is why this month, we're featuring some of our favorite books about libraries and librarians! 

Award-Winning Student Art at the Main Library

2023 Scholastic Art Awards February 11 through March 7 in the Gallery at Main (303 N. Laura St.)

The 2023 Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Exhibition opens Saturday, February 11 and runs through March 7. You'll be absolutely floored by the hundreds of "Gold Key" (or first-place) paintings, photographs, sculptures, and other mixed-media masterpieces on display. You might even need to make more than one trip. At the very least, you'll need to visit the galleries on the Library's first, second and third floors just to see everything!

Fall in Love With Romance This Valentine's

Romance Books You'll Love

Whether you're looking for a blind date with a book, a comforting little cozy romance, or a literary tryst with your favorite rogue from the Bridgerton series, February is a perfect time to visit your Library!

Books to Celebrate the Super Bowl

Books for football fans

If you're a football fan, living in Jacksonville, you'd probably agree that the 2022 season was one to remember! Whether you're #DTWD or more of a casual fan, watching the Jaguars come back from their third-worst season in 2021 to finish with a 9-8 record and make the playoffs for the first time since 2017, was, in a word, exciting. Celebrate their comeback and NFL's biggest event with these great books for football fans!

Meet Romance Author Jessica Hatch

Lit Chat Interview with Jessica Hatch

Lit Chat Interview with Jessica Hatch, Thursday, February 23 at 6:30 p.m. This event will take place live at the Southeast Library and will be livestreamed online via Zoom. Books will be available to purchase on-site from Femme Fire Books or you can bring a copy purchased from your favorite bookseller.

Get a Plan for Your Small Business in February

Small Business and Side Hustles - a Library U newsletter

This month we are hearing from local business woman Chanel Lee of Living Beauty Florals. February is a great month to hear from a florist. Chanel’s answer to our inspiration topic question focuses on purpose. This month’s books, LinkedIn Learning, and Kanopy videos are all about that all-important business plan.

Editing Workshop for Writers with Jessica Hatch

Writer's Lab: I've Written a Book... Now What? Workshop with Jessica Hatch.

You’ve crafted your characters or researched your subjects, found a great hook, and written tens of thousands of words in the process. Are you done with your book? Not quite yet! Now it’s time to look over every chapter and edit it to make it shine! You can do this yourself or bring in the professionals, and one of those professionals is here to help you figure it out!

Staff Picks Book Review - The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune

Library Staff Picks graphic for a book review

T.J. Klune’s 2021 novel The House in the Cerulean Sea is about a middle-aged man who finds belonging where he least expects it. It won the RUSA Reading List award for outstanding fantasy fiction, as well as the Alex Award for its appeal to young adults. The story follows Linus Baker, a scrupulous caseworker for DICOMY, the Department in Charge of Magical Youth. His job is to inspect schools for the magical, ensuring that everything is up-to-code per RULES AND REGULATIONS.

Celebrating Black History and Imagining a Better Future

Black History and Futures Month

Black History Month is a celebration of the achievements and contributions of Black individuals and a reminder to us all that to learn from and about our history. Black Futures Month takes a forward-looking spin, focusing on uplifting contemporary Black creators and leaders and the ongoing work of racial justice. Both are observed in February. Throughout the month, the Library will highlight books in our collection by and about people in the African American community. Check a few of these out below and join us at one of our Kids and Teens programs, with themes and stories in celebration of Black History (and Black Futures) Month.

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