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Batter Royale Dessert Decorating Challenge For Teens

Let's get ready to CRUMBLE! Batter Royale Dessert Decorating Challenge for Teens.

Cakes, cookies and creativity will clash this December in Batter Royale — the Library's first-ever Dessert Decorating Challenge run by teens, for teens! Want to be the next cake boss? Looking for something fun to do with friends over the winter holiday? Want a greater voice in what kinds of programs are offered at the library? It's time to BAKE IT HAPPEN. Join us at Teen Advisory Board. You could even earn volunteer hours!

Join a Book Club this January

Join a Book Club at Jacksonville Public Library

Kick off the new year with one of our 15 great book clubs! Start a new habit with us, whether it’s reading more, discussing more, making new friends, or visiting all of our library branches. Check out the list of book clubs below and join your fellow readers for a great chat!

Books That Read Like Hallmark Movies

Books to read if you love Hallmark movies

Looking for a light-hearted holiday romance novel (with a few “festive” twists and turns)? Well, grab a big cup of hot cocoa and get cozy! The Library has a few Hallmark movie-inspired book recommendations that are sure to make you merry.

Close Out The Year With A Jacksonville Public Library Book Club

This December we’re celebrating great books and readers! Close out the year with a comforting read or a challenging one, and come talk about it with other book lovers! Check out our newest book club, Top Shelf, at the South Mandarin Library, and make sure to keep an eye on the meeting dates this month as some have changed due to holiday closures.

Adventurers Wanted for Dungeons & Dragons at the Library!

Main Library Dungeons and Dragons for teens 12-18

November is International Games Month, a celebration of games and gaming culture in libraries around the world. It’s also the perfect opportunity for libraries, like ours, to showcase their game collections and related programs and activities like our Drop-In Dungeons & Dragons!

Staff Picks Genre Study - First Do No Harm: Doctors and Medicine in Popular Fiction

Staff Picks Genre Study book list graphic

Medical science fiction, those books dealing with fictional practitioners of medicine or aspects of human physiology, are among the most compelling titles in the science fiction genre. From the reanimating of dead matter by Dr. Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's 1818 groundbreaking novel Frankenstein to the unethical harvesting of patient organs in Robin Cook's novel Coma, the power a doctor has to heal or harm will always make them fascinating characters.


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