Summer Reading

Pop-Up Storytime: Celebrate Summer At The Cummer With Mr. Joe

Kick-off your summer weekends in July with Mr. Joe! Join Mr. Joe and library staff on Friday evenings in July at  The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens for a special Pop-Up Storytime to celebrate Summer at the Cummer! Mr. Joe will present two Pop-Up Storytimes at 5:30 pm & 6:30 pm in the newly refreshed and nationally recognized education center, Art Connections. The Library will also have a table in Art Connections where you can sign up for a library card and check out books! Bring the family to experience stories, songs, art, culture, and community this Summer at the Cummer! 

New Book Releases At Your Library Just In Time For Summer Reading

June is a huge month for publishing so we asked our Readers' Advisory Committee to share some of June’s hot new releases that you need to look out for this summer. If you haven't signed up for our Summer Reading program yet, do so now! All of your reading fun adds up, helping you earn prizes. Plus, the programs are free and open to everyone. So grab your beach chair, pop that umbrella, and let's go!

Summer Learning in Full Swing at the Jacksonville Public Library!

Summer technically starts tomorrow, June 21, but Summer Learning has been in full swing here at the Jacksonville Public Library for a few weeks!  A main highlight so far has been Mr. Joe singing a stellar Summer Learning song on Facebook Live. Watch the video above to jam out with him!  Visit Mr. Joe, a storytime favorite, at the Children's department at Willowbranch Library.

How To: Get The Most Out Of Summer


We’re heading into summer and that means fun, sun, and NO SCHOOL! While your kids may think they are too cool for school it’s important to keep them reading. We went to expert Susan Mankowski, our Early Childhood Learning Specialist, to discover why it’s extra important to keep kids reading during the summer and ways to prevent the “summer slide.”

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