Thanks to a budget approval for fiscal year 2019, many Jacksonville Public Libraries will be open more hours. Nine branch libraries, which were open five days a week, will now be open six days a week. Four high-traffic regional libraries also gained more hours. Customers can enjoy more time to visit, more convenient hours—we're open when you use us the most—and more consistent schedules across the board.
Help kids read. Donate books!
Kids in the library's Summer Learning program who reach their reading goals get big rewards. Not only do they keep up their academic skills and go back to school better prepared in the fall, they also earn free books to keep them reading at home. Please join CBS47/FOX30 News Anchor Tenikka Hughes' book drive: Tenikka's Books for Kids (#TB4K). Donate new books at any library location to help kids start or build their own home libraries and read year-round.
Kahlo, Queen of Katwe, Malala and more!
Celebrate the accomplishments of women who have informed history through art, literature, education activism, social justice, sports and more. Watch a movie with us, learn self-defense, explore five critical money questions, hear and be inspired by real-life stories of champions for peace and nonviolence.
New books for spring.
Women's History Month is a great time to brush up on some cool reads by women. You'll find great books by men too. Take a sneak peek at some hot new titles that our librarians are recommending—and our customers are loving. Happy reading!
Tax help continues!
The tax filing deadline, April 15, will be here before you know it. No worries! The library is partnering with AARP Tax-Aide during tax season to help you get your taxes prepared. This free service is provided by IRS-certified volunteers. Don't delay—get a jump on your taxes today at a library near you.
Get ready for a gourd time!
Feast your eyes on colorful, bright, bold folk art created by nine local artists. But don't stop there! Come out for Art Walk March 6 and enjoy hands-on art making demos. On March 31 Artist Mindy Hawkins holds a gourd workshop—reserve your spot now, space is limited. Save the date, March 31, for an author talk.
Life and legend of a local hero.
Local author and journalist Bruce Horovitz discusses his book, Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour’s Life. He will regale you with this never-before told story of local folk musician and hero, the late Gamble Rogers, who was loved by many in and around Jacksonville. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Do you make junk art?
The Jax Makerspace Gallery is accepting submission applications through April 6 for Reclaimed, an exhibition that opens June 5, featuring assemblage or sculpture art. Reclaimed highlights artists who re-imagine discarded materials, which otherwise would contribute to pollution and landfills, by assembling objects into original works of art, giving items a second life.
How does rising populism affect the U.S.?
Great Decisions brings it again with a program facilitated by Nancy Soderberg. Soderberg was an American foreign policy strategist who served on the Clinton Administration's National Security Council from 1993 to 1997 and as an Alternate Representative to the United Nations as a Presidential Appointee, with the rank of Ambassador, from 1997 to 2001. Join the conversation and learn how populism affects the national security interests of the U.S.
Your vote. Your voice.
Early voting runs March 4 –17, and many library locations serve as early voting sites. You can also vote on Election Day, March 19, at your precinct.Offices up for election include Mayor, Sheriff, Supervisor of Elections, Property Appraiser, Tax Collector and City Council.