Programs, Events, Book Recommendations, Reading Challenges and Learning Activities for Kids

Upcoming Programs You Might Be Interested In

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# Adventure Begins at Your Library

Jacksonville Public Library has everything kids and their families need to make learning fun: from interactive storytimes for families with Little Readers (from birth to age five) to exciting hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM) activities for children ages 5-12. We also have art and science programs specifically for our homeschool community.

This Summer at Your Library, there's even more to explore! 

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Live from the Library is a series of engaging and educational performances - happening June-July at your local libraries! Designed for children ages 5-12 and their families, you'll meet and learn from exciting musicians, clever scientists, caring animal handlers, crafty magicians, and more!

There are also several educational games, databases, and homework help resources that you can access online, anytime - all FREE with a library card! Grownups can find tons of kid-friendly and age-appropriate content like e-books, movies, music and TV shows on popular Digital Library apps like Libby, Hoopla and Kanopy. Many even offer a Kids Mode or other parental controls for worry-free browsing. There are also e-book platforms like Tumblebooks that are just for kids (grades K-6)!

Explore the Digital Library! Find Educational Games!


# Library Programs

Early Literacy Programs (birth to age 5)

Little ReadersYou want your child to have all the tools they need to start school. Here’s the toolbox! We start with a story that your child will love, and add music, get everyone up and moving and then we sprinkle in other fun to make it all stick.

We also have a Sensory Friendly Storytime (at select locations) for children with sensory sensitivities. It combines traditional storytime components with supportive elements. We’ve also limited attendance to enhance the experience.

Find a Storytime Near You!


Reading & Hands-On Activities (for ages 5-12)

STEAM and StoriesCheck out STEAM & Stories, our newest afterschool program (for ages 5-12). It's an opportunity for your child to engage with their peers, enjoy a good story, and participate in themed games or crafts.

Your kids can also explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) with our other popular homeschool and afterschool programs like Junior Scientists, Junior Artists, Homeschool Art Club, and more! 

Find Elementary Age Programs!


Looking for programs and services for youth, ages 12-18? Check out our Teens page!


# Book Recommendations


Jewish American History Month for Kids



Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Little Learners (ages 0-5)


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month - Elementary (ages 6-10)


Looking for book recommendations for ages 11-18? Check out our Teens page!


Mayor Deegan's River City Readers: Read 20 minutes per day. Join the Challenge.Let's get reading Duuuval! Mayor Deegan’s River City Readers is a citywide literacy challenge for students of all ages that runs through 2024. Participants are asked to read 20 minutes a day and to log their reading in Beanstack, a reading challenge app. You'll be awarded digital badges for logging multiple days in a row and for completing other reading-related activities. At the end of the year, the city’s top young readers will be given prizes!

Click here to learn how to download and use Beanstack.


# Activities To Do At Home

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Make family time learning time when you bring the library home!

Traveling Tales Book bundles and activity kitsTraveling Tales are a collection of convenient book bundles and activity kits for parents of preschoolers, ages two to five, that you can take home! It's storytime, any time!

To get a Traveling Tales Kit, you'll first need to pick a theme and place a hold. Materials for each theme are contained in a sturdy bag and can be picked up (and returned) at any library location. 

Choose a Theme!

Library Academy

Make Learning Fun with the Library: Library Academy. Free events, storytimes, programs and hands-on activities

Be the first to hear about upcoming events or new services with our Library Academy email newsletters. You'll also get great book recommendations, engaging videos and sing-alongs, and themed activities that coincide with programs going on at the Library. It's the easiest way to encourage reading motivation and build literacy skills - all from the comfort and convenience of home. 

Pick a Newsletter!


Check out recent book recommendations and activities in our Library Academy archives!



#Upcoming Events and Programs

Get a Library Card

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Get email reminders about free events for kids and teens at the library.

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JaxKids Book Club has everything kids and their families need to make learning and reading fun!

A Library Card in Every Student's Pocket

Student Library Card

Simply enter a student ID to access a fine-free library card! The Student Card is available for free to all students at any public school system in Duval County.

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Traveling Tales are a collection of convenient book bundles and activity kits for preschoolers, ages two to five, that you can take home!

Science Fair Help

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You've got a science fair project to do, but now what? How do you get started?  Don't worry, the Library has your back! 

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy

Miss Humblebee's Academy prepares children ages 3-6 for kindergarten proficiency. The online curriculum provides strength in core subject areas.

1100+ titles for K-6, with unique animated and talking picture books, read-along chapter books, and more! In English, Spanish, and French.

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