Kanopy, the popular on-demand streaming service, is now available at your library. Use your library card to access thousands of classic and contemporary movies as well as documentaries. Choose from titles such as Lady Bird, Moonlight, The Florida Project and Of Fathers and Sons. Stream movies and more anytime, anywhere—on your TV, mobile phone, computer or online. Now that's quality entertainment—free!
Show your library card for a real treat.
Jacksonville Public Library and Sun-Ray Cinema have teamed up for National Library Card Sign-Up Month! Library card holders attending a movie in September can show their library card at the concession stand to receive a free small popcorn. Read the details and be sure to sign up for a library card if you don't have one.
Let the swashbuckling adventure begin.
Pirate lovers of all kinds take over the entire library! So climb aboard for a jolly good time with Frequently Arrrgh-st Questions, pirate authors and historians, local shipwreck scoop, Pillagin’ Pirates with Eco Relics, Sea Shanties, re-enactors, treasure hunt for teens, pirate-themed storytimes for kids, Treasure Island movie, antique maps and refreshments.
Dark. Gritty. Southern noir crime fiction.
Critically-acclaimed author Michael Wiley joins the West Branch Library Book Club to discuss Blue Avenue, a novel in his Daniel Turner Thriller series, set in Jacksonville. Publishers Weekly's starred review of the novel says, "New shocks occur all the way to the last page." Michael Wiley reveals that there's one line he will not cross in his novels, and you can find out what it is on our Completely Booked podcast episode.
Give kids a priceless gift—books.
It's National Literacy Month, a great reason to support United Way of Northeast Florida's ReadingPals Book Drive with donations of new or nearly new storybooks for children ages 3 – 4. Bring books to any library location, and sign a special bookmark to go inside your donated books for a ReadingPals child. Attend a party for International Literacy Day Sept. 7 at a library and bring your book donations.
Most challenged books in 2018?
Sept. 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week when libraries across the country celebrate the freedom to read. This year’s theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark” urges everyone to “Keep the Light On.” The Office of Intellectual Freedom composes a list of the most challenged books each year. Check out the 2018 list, which includes several popular children's books.
Discover light in the darkness.
In a stunning art exhibit that runs through Sept. 24 at the Main Library, artist River Dana captures in photographs what she describes as "no lies, no slants of truth, no opinions, no ego—nothing that can be misguided or misconstrued." She will discuss her photographs at an Artist Reception Sept. 4, from 5 – 7 p.m., during Wednesday Art Walk. Everyone is invited to attend.
Do you know your rights?
Landlords and renters have rights, obligations and protections under the law. In free workshops, licensed attorneys from Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Three Rivers Legal Services will give general advice and information about fair housing laws, leases, security deposits, inspections, late fees, eviction issues and much more. Education and empowerment—put Lawyers in Libraries to work for you.
Public speaking made easy.
Everyone is welcome to see how Toastmasters uses a club-based structure to teach leadership and public speaking skills. Meetings have three components: organized speeches, impromptu speeches, and evaluation with constructive feedback. Downtown Jax Toastmasters meets the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at noon at the Main Library.For information contact Michael Sullivan at 248-1703.
Stock up and save.
It's that time of year again, when the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library host one of their biggest book sales in September. The sale is open to the public for two days, and if you're a Friends' member—anyone can become a member right at the door—you can shop a day early and save even more!