Jacksonville Public Library Blog

October Art Walk and Duval Art Downtown: An Exhibition for Educators

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. Don't forget to pick up a Map & Guide to the Main Library on your way in! You'll find murals and other public art, a huge vintage map collection, and more!

Fall Into Savings at the Friends of Bradham & Brooks Library Book Sale

Graphic for Friends of the Bradham and Brooks Library book sale on October 13 and 14, 2023 from 10 am to 3 pm

Find your next great read at the Friends of the Bradham & Brooks Library's book sale! Both days of the sale are open to all, but membership is encouraged and appreciated.  You can join at the door for $15. Proceeds from sales and memberships are used to enhance programs and services at the Bradham & Brooks Library.

The sale will include gently used adult fiction, nonfiction, children and young adult titles, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks.

Resisting Hate, Repairing the World Panel Discussion

Americans and the Holocaust September 6 - October 12

Join us for Resisting Hate, Repairing the World -- a panel discussion and open dialogue that focuses on the impact acts of hate have on the individuals and communities being targeted, whether Jewish, Black, LGBTQ+, or others, and how we, as a larger community, can work together to provide mutual support. This program was made in partnership with LJD Jewish Family & Community Services (JFCS) and will be moderated by Hope McMath, Curator of the JFCS's Frisch Family Holocaust Memorial Gallery.

Celebrate the Freedom to Read with the Library

Let Freedom Read: Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week (October 1-7, 2023) is an annual event highlighting the value of free and open access to information that brings together the entire book community -- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types. Want to celebrate the freedom to read and support your local library? Check out books on topics that are frequently targeted for censorship that have been on your TBR (to be read) list. It's a simple act - that could result in you finding your new favorite book or author - that shows unequivocally that our community is interested in reading these books.

Writer's Lab: Getting Into Your Characters' Heads and Readers' Hearts

Writer's Lab with Karen Chow: It's All About Character

There's no question that characters drive a story. In this writing workshop, author Karen Chow will guide writers to develop interesting characters, create active goals for them, and get into their heads, so readers will want to know more. Bring your writing tools because we will be writing!

Jax Stacks Book Recommendations: A Book Banned in the Last 10 Years

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 October meeting takes place at the West Branch Library!

Adult Programs for October + Jax Stacks Reading Challenge Tips

Library U: Adult Programs

It's October... which means you have just three months left to finish the 2023 Jax Stacks Reading Challenge. But don't worry. You've got this! There are three Lit Chats Interviews coming up soon. Besides the obvious ("A book by a 2023 Lit Chat author"), their books could fit a few different categories. Plus, there are thirteen Library Book Clubs meeting and discussing their recommendations this month! There's even a book club dedicated solely to recommending and discussing books that meet the Jax Stacks Reading Challenge categories. We also have a new community partner offering free workshops for budding entrepreneurs!

Lit Chat with Author and Journalist Mark Woods

Lit Chat Interview with Mark Woods

Join the Lit Chat Interview with Mark Woods on Tuesday, October 10 at 6 p.m. live at the Mandarin Library or live online via Zoom. Books will be available to purchase on-site from San Marco Books and More or you can bring a copy purchased from your favorite bookseller. This Lit Chat Interview is sponsored by the Friends of the Mandarin Library.

Small Business HR: How to Find, Manage and Keep Staff

Small Business and Side Hustles Library U newsletter

Every year after Labor Day, the American Payroll Association (APA) hosts National Payroll Week to celebrate payroll professionals. But what comes first, the payroll professional or the staff? This month, we're taking a deeper look at hiring and managing. Been looking for resources to help you find, manage, and keep your staff? The Library has free on-demand video courses and plenty of books to help you and your small business grow.


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