Summer Reading, Learning, Programs, Events and Activities for 2023

All Together Now! Summer at your Library June 1 through August 12

#Fun Shows, Hands-On Activities, Books & More!  

Follow along for a summer of reading, learning and fun at your Jacksonville Public Library! From June 1 through August 12, residents of all ages will be able to participate at their favorite library location (and even at home) with fun and educational programs, weekly drop-in activities, reading and other book-related challenges, scavenger hunts, and more! It's all FREE, all summer long!

#Get Your Summer Prize Books (While Supplies Last)!

Many of you joined us for your Drop-In Summer Kick-Off Party (June 1-9) and picked up your first FREE book start or add to your home library!

Your next opportunity for a FREE Summer Prize Book will be at a Drop-In Summer Closing Party, happening at all 21 library locations across Jacksonville between July 31 and August 12. Thanks to Tenikka's Books for Kids annual book drive as well as generous donations from the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and others, you'll be able to choose between everything from board books and picture books for the littlest readers to chapter books and graphic novels for teens! Don't miss it!

These end-of-the-summer celebrations will also include fun activities for kids as well as information about afterschool and other fun programs happening in the Fall!

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#Want an Extra Challenge (and the Chance to Win More Prizes)?

Pick up a Bingo Card or Summer Passport at your Library anytime during the summer. Then, check off a square or add an activity badge for things like: picking up an Art Kit, checking out an e-book, attending a program, or getting a book recommendation from a librarian! Return your completed Bingo Cards and Summer Passports (before August 12) for fun prizes and incentives.

Assorted summer prizes and incentives


#Live from the Library

#Your Library is Your New Favorite Performance Venue

Is there anything more magical than getting lost in a good book? Well, maybe an actual magician! Live from the Library brings entertaining and educational performers – including musicians, animal handlers, dancers and yes, even magicians! – to showcase their talents for children ages 5 to 12 and their families.

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#Literacy Does Not Take a Summer Break

We know the importance of reading and how it can set children on the path to success. Studies show that kids can lose significant knowledge in reading and math over summer break without opportunities to maintain some basic literacy skills.

That is why Jacksonville Public Library is a proud member of ReadJax, a community effort to improve third-grade reading outcomes. We’ve also adopted the slogan "Twenty Minutes a Day Paves the Way" because research has shown that reading (and being read to) just 20 minutes a day can:

  • Provide time for parents and caregivers to bond with children
  • Expose children to as many 1.8 million words per year
  • Help students reach the 90th percentile on standardized tests
  • Improve listening skills
  • Prepare pre-kindergartners for school
  • Improve your child's earning potential later in life
  • Lead to healthier lives.


Summer Reading Recommendations

Throughout the summer, you'll find great, themed books on display and hear amazing stories of kindness, friendship and unity at storytimes and other library programs (for all ages)! You can also find themed booklists on our blog.

#Want More Book Recommendations?

If you don't have time to browse, you can always: 

  1. Request a Personalized Booklist from Library staff
  2. Get the hottest titles in your favorite genres sent right to your inbox with The Book Hookup 

For adults, we're continuing our Jax Stacks year-round reading challenge! Not only that, more prizes (including Jax Stacks branded tumblers and sunglasses) are on the way! So, summer is a great time to start or complete those Jax Stacks bookmarks! There are also monthly Jax Stacks book recommendations and a Book Club to help you out.



#Keep Young Minds Active All Summer Long

Looking for more ideas? Sign up for our Library Academy email newsletters. 

Not only will you get reminders about upcoming library programs, you'll also receive age-appropriate book recommendations and tips for talking about books. Plus, there are fun craft ideas, games and other at-home activities that you can do as a family. 

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