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Summer in the South

Books celebrating Summer in the South

Can you think of something more refreshing -- on a long, sweltering summer day in the South -- than sipping on a tall, icy-cold glass of satisfyingly sweet tea and reading that Carolina swamp-girl mystery everybody’s been talking about and you just can’t put down? Whether you’re alone (engaging in some much-needed self-care), beachside and pouring over the latest bestseller or you’re chatting about your next book club read with your bestie from the comfort of well-used front porch swing: Southern-style sweet tea and sizzling summer reads just go hand in hand. So, this Iced Tea Month enjoy this short list of cool classic and contemporary Summer/Southern reads.

Rainbow Reads

Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Among other things, it’s a great time to learn more about and honor key figures in the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and the fight for full equality. For those in the community, it can also be a personal or even communal celebration of self-worth, dignity, and visibility. Read the rainbow! And, if you find a book you connect with, be sure to share it with friends and family!

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Rainbow Reads for Pride Month

Rainbow Reads

Pride Month is celebrated each year in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Among other things, it’s a great time to learn more about and honor key figures in the LGBTQ+ Rights Movement and the fight for full equality. For those in the community, it can also be a personal or even communal celebration of self-worth, dignity, and visibility. For more, including a few highlights in Jacksonville's own LGBTQ+ history, read on! Happy Pride!

The American Jewish Experience

On April 20, 2006, President George W. Bush proclaimed for the first time that May would be Jewish American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the American Jewish experience as well as the contributions they have made, and continue to make, to our nation’s history, culture, and society. Those looking for role models or inspiration will find a wealth of worthy choices in the library’s collection. Here are just a few such quintessential American stories of resilience, aspiration, imagination, determination, and achievement.

New YA Books to Read in May 2021

From a book about twin witches beginning their training as the protectors of Gates to different worlds to a new book by three-time National Book Award finalist and Coretta Scott King Award-winning author, Rita Williams-Garcia, there are some real YA gems coming to your library this month. Add in a summer reading challenge and your summer just got that much better! Here are a few new YA books to check out with your library card this month.

Telling Their Own Stories

In May, we celebrate Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians and their contributions to the history, traditions, and culture of these great United States. Members of this diverse community have helped shape American life for almost two hundred years. By hearing other's stories and uplifting different voices within the AAPI community, we can all reach a greater understanding of and appreciation for the experiences of this diverse group of people as well as the positive impact they’ve had (and continue to have) on our country.

To Know a People, Know Their Stories

Asian Pacific Island Appreciation

In May, we celebrate Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians and their contributions to the history, traditions, and culture of these great United States. Members of this diverse community have helped shape American life for almost two hundred years. By hearing other's stories and uplifting different voices within the AAPI community, we can all reach a greater understanding of and appreciation for the experiences of this diverse group of people as well as the positive impact they’ve had (and continue to have) on our country.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Life as a military spouse takes a lot of courage. For some, it’s as much a calling as it is a commitment. The work can be emotionally draining - as it too often involves hardship, separation, and loneliness. But it can also be incredibly inspiring and worthwhile: as their stories attest. Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the important role that military families, especially spouses, play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. Today, we honor all those who serve - in and out of uniform - with these stories of love, family, and duty.

Military Spouse Appreciation Day

Life as a military spouse takes a lot of courage. For some, it’s as much a calling as it is a commitment. The work can be emotionally draining - as it too often involves hardship, separation, and loneliness. But it can also be incredibly inspiring and worthwhile: as their stories attest. Traditionally set for the Friday before Mother’s Day, Military Spouse Appreciation Day recognizes the important role that military families, especially spouses, play in keeping our military strong and our country safe. Today, we honor all those who serve - in and out of uniform - with these stories of love, family, and duty.

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