Last year more than 4,000 people attended Jax Book Fest. The wildly popular community event returns to the Main Library Feb. 29, 2020. If you're a published local author who would like to meet fans and sell your books, please submit your application by Nov. 30, 2019. Jax Book Fest 2020 will feature New York Times bestselling authors Brad Meltzer, Karma Wilson, Neal Shusterman and others.
JaxbyJax comes to the Main Library.
This is your chance to hear established and up-and-coming writers who were either born in Jacksonville, live here now, write about Jacksonville or use the River City as a setting in their book.Poets, novelists, short-story writers, memoirists, and student writers will read from their work highlighting Jacksonville stories and settings.
Learn about important legal tools.
Whether you're single, married or in a relationship, it's valuable to know how estate planning documents can work for you and those you care about. In these informative workshops, attorneys from Pro Bono Jacksonville Area Legal Aid and Three Rivers Legal Services will offer free general advice you can put to use.
Local history comes alive.
Timucuan Preserve Park Ranger Emily Palmer tells the riveting story of Anna Kingsley—princess, slave and plantation owner—who was married at age 13 to slave trader Zephaniah Kingsley. She gained her freedom and oversaw the planting operation of the Kingsley Plantation on Fort George Island. For a triple treat, attend the program, read an excellent book about Anna Kingsley, and tour the nearby Kingsley Plantation.
Make 'em smarter by the book.
Reading aloud to children improves thinking, problem-solving and decision-making. It also helps increase concentration and attention spans. With the library's Book Hookup, a list of the best Picture Books, along with summaries, can be sent right to you. See the Picture Books e-newsletter andsubscribeto start receiving your own
e-newsletter next month. Then snuggle up for reading and all of its rewards!
Go behind the scenes.
Norman Studios hosts four programs in November, including a screening and panel discussion of The Flying Ace filmed in the Arlington and Mayport area, and another a program with UNF professor Frank Goodin, contrasting aspirational films such as The Flying Ace and Black Panther to egregious racist films. The traveling exhibit chronicles the story of one of the nation’s first motion picture studios to produce all African-American cast films. The exhibit's video is a must-see!
What's your story?
From animatronics and cooking to paranormal investigations and the Southern Living Idea House, hosts Amanda and Gabby bring it home with up close interviews with some of the most likely—and unlikely—people around town. Get ready to be entertained, fascinated and downright surprised at times! If you have an idea for a thought-provoking podcast episode, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stock your home library on the cheap.
The Friends of the South Mandarin Branch Library are hosting a one-day Fall Book Sale. That means you can get some great book bargains at a fraction of the cost. Find fiction and nonfiction books for children, teens and adults. Shop for CDs and DVDs also. Your purchase helps support the library!