Celebrate the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection – All-Day Event, All Ages Free and Open to the Public
♦ PBS Antiques Roadshow's Christopher Lane
♦ Local Appraisers – free appraisals, two items
♦ Expert Panel – Ennis Davis and others ♦ Map Presentation and Map Room Tour ♦ Activities for children and teens Find Mapping Our Past schedule of events.
Jacksonville Public Library Foundtion Ticketed Event – Dinner in the Maps
The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation, which enhances library programming, is hosting a ticketed event, Dinner in the Maps, an exclusive dining experience featuring cocktails, dinner, dessert and lively conversation with Christopher Lane, on Friday, Jan. 26, at 6:30 p.m., the evening before the free Mapping Our Past event. Dinner in the Maps will take place in the exquisite setting of the Morris Ansbacher Map Room of the Main Library. For more information or to purchase tickets to Dinner in the Maps, please call (904) 630-1995 or visit jplfoundation.org/dinner. Thank you for your support.
Welcome New Library Director
Library Rings in New Year with New Director
After extensive efforts by a search committee and voting by the Board of Library Trustees, Jacksonville Public Library proudly announces a new library director to begin Jan. 29. Tim Rogers, previous executive director of the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, succeeds Barbara A. B. Gubbin who retired last year. The entire library staff extends a warm welcome to our new library director! Read more in the recent news release.
January Author Talks
Romance is in the air—at least when it comes to these local romance writers. It's the subject of their best-selling novels and their favorite topic to discuss. Don't miss your chance to hear the authors talk about their novels and writing processes. Look for their books in our catalog: Barbara Cameron: Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award, author of Coming Home series Brenda Jackson:New York Times and USA Today best-selling author, most recent novel is His Secret Son and check out the Westmoreland series
It's one of the most anticipated events of the year—the annual unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar. Each year the calendar presents fresh biographical sketches of African-American citizens who contributed to the growth and development of the city of Jacksonville. Don't miss this inspirational program with opening remarks by Channel 4 News Anchor Joy Purdy, take home a free calendar with Burger King coupons, and enjoy light refreshments. Look at past calendars, filled with historical and important information, in the library's digital collection.
Hamilton Day: Celebrate Alexander Hamilton's Birthday Saturday, Jan. 13, Noon - 4 p.m., Main Library, Jax Makerspace
It's a mash-up celebrating Hamilton's 260th birthday and the Broadway musical play of the same name. Meet and greet Hamilton himself, compete at Hamilton Trivia with Kerry Speckman, enter the Hamilton look-alike contest, and karaoke sing-along. It's great fun for everyone! This program complements the Living History: A Cultural Mosaic art exhibit that runs through Jan. 28 in the Jax Makerspace Gallery. Learn more about the Hamilton event and other Jax Makerspace happenings.
Coming Soon ... Save the Date
Discover Banksy's Haight Street Rat at Main Library Banksy Piece on Tour and Writing on the Walls Local Art Exhibit Opening Reception – Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m. Banksy and Local Street Artists Exhibit – Runs through April 14
Thanks to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and VyStar Credit Union, artwork created by anonymous street artist Banksy, and estimated to be worth $2 million, will be on loan at the Main Library for all to see. We'll also celebrate and exhibit local street artists in Writing on the Walls. This may be your best chance to see a Banksy piece up close so make plans to view the famous artwork during the library's operating hours.
JPL Looking Back, Moving Forward
Find Out Why We're Florida's Library of the Year Read Our FY 17 Annual Report to the Community
Jacksonville Public Library is your library! We invite you to take a few minutes to browse through the Annual Report, which highlights some of our accomplishments from the past year. We are proud to have helped nearly 50 adults earn GEDs or high school diplomas, put 130,000 students on track to succeed with Student Cards, provided a curated space for local artists, and more. Take a look; you'll see why the Florida Library Association voted us as the Library of the Year, and how the library plays such an important role in our community. Let us know what you think.
New Catalog E-Improvements
Borrowing E-Books Just Got Easier!
Now it's easier than ever to find what you're looking for in our library catalog—especially e-books! You won't need to go to the separate digital collections of Hoopla, OverDrive or Axis360 anymore; just look in the catalog (yes, where you browse physical books) for e-books, audiobooks, movies and more—all in one place. It makes checking out e-books and other materials much more convenient. Use filters such as "everything" to find all formats or select "e-content" for the digital titles only. Look for symbols such as an arrow to download an e-book or headphones for an audiobook. Find, check out, place holds or download your favorite digital e-items directly from the catalog on your computer, smartphone or tablet. You'll find most e-books and other formats just by searching the catalog, but you can also referto our e-content page for RBDigital e-books (to be added to the catalog soon), digital magazines and more.
Classical guitarist Jeff Bianchi will showcase the beauty of the classical guitar through a variety of works, including a series of lute pieces from the Renaissance and Leo Brouwer's Cuban Inspirations. Bianchi has performed at the Rantucci International Guitar Festival as well as the nationally recognized Ithaca Guitar Festival.
Music @ Main Intermezzo Concert Series Vivace Trio
Sunday, Jan. 7, 3 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Back by popular demand, the Vivace Trio will leave you smiling and glad you got out for an afternoon of music! Members of the ensemble include Gia Sastre, flute; Carolyn Snyder-Menke, soprano and flute, and Denis Wright, piano. Learn more about Vivace Trio, parking and other concerts.
Great Decisions Is Back
The Waning of Pax Americana? Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Southeast Regional Library
Welcome to the first Great Decisions 2018 discussion at the Jacksonville Public Library, facilitated by Matthew Corrigan, Ph.D., and chair/professor of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Florida. We'll look at how—since Donald Trump’s presidency—the U.S. has begun a historic shift away from Pax Americana, the liberal international order that was established in the wake of World War II. What does it mean for America, geopolitical allies and challengers? The Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book, a companion book to the series, is available for purchase online from the Foreign Policy Association, but is not necessary for participation in the program. All are welcome to participate.
Kids & Teens
Free Help for SAT and ACT Test Prep Multiple Dates and Locations
Get ready for the big test! College-bound students will benefit greatly from workshops as they learn strategic tips and take practice tests for the SAT and ACT exams. Find a workshop near you. And remember, Brainfuse HelpNow has free, online study guides and practice tests for the ACT, SAT and other tests you need to succeed.
Need a Good Read?
Help Students Make Music! Drop Off Used Instruments at the Library.
During Duval County Public Schools' Instruments for Change campaign, new and gently used instruments will be accepted at Jacksonville Public Library and other locations through Jan. 26. Donated instruments will be sent to schools for students who need them for musical studies. Click here for more information.
The library will be closed for MLK Day but check out an e-book, music and more from our digital collection anytime.
Find out how to purchase tickets to the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 12, Prime Osborn Convention Ctr.