Textile arts have a long history of tradition and utility. This exhibit explores the dynamic relationship between tradition and modernity, and shows how textiles expand beyond functional art into the realm of fine art. The reception will feature performances by The Florida Ballet and a jazz band! The fun begins in the Jax Makerspace Gallery at 6 p.m. (Scroll below to see info about free movie screening.)
Want to hook up with a good book?
What's your reading pleasure? No matter if your preference is historical fiction, romance, travel or something else all together, our reading lists can hook you up with the books you want to read. Give the Book Hook Up a try and let us know what you think.
Meet thriller author Steve Berry.
Steve Berry, American author and former attorney who resides in St. Augustine, has had dozens of books on the New York Times, USA Today and Publisher's Weekly best-seller lists. Hear him in person as he talks about The Bishop's Pawn at the Beaches Branch Library. And be sure to check out Berry's other novels in various formats at the library.
There's a spot for your child.
Library storytimes are all about learning, having fun, and developing critical social and developmental skills at the same time! Activities include science, art and other age-appropriate activities for young children up to age 5.
Rub elbows with R.L.Stine.
Jax Book Fest will be back February 2019 at the Main Library with keynote speaker and Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine. The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is accepting nonrefundable applications through Nov. 30 for authors who meet criteria. Join local and nationally acclaimed authors to interact with fans, and sell and sign books at Jax Book Fest.
Music from West Africa and beyond.
You're in for a treat as Sean Gaskell, a seasoned musician who plays in festivals in the U.S., Gambia and Senegal, performs on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. Enjoy traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora's repertoire and original compositions. Catch his performance at three locations.
Your vote counts.
It's time for the general election so be sure to get out and vote. Early voting will be offered through Nov. 4 at early voting sites around town, including many library locations. General Election Day is Nov. 6 and you must vote at your voting precinct.
Inquiring minds tune in weekly.
Enjoy weird, wild and wonderfully entertaining podcast episodes such as Who Ya Gonna Call? (all about paranormal activity), Will Robots Take over the World? (this guy knows Bill Gates), and Have You Seen Kamiyah? (a Times-Union investigative reporter tells all). Give a listen and get hooked on Completely Booked, the library's free podcast with original, ear-catching episodes every week!
Take it to the next level.
Look to the library for multiple workshops to help start or grow your business. The Small Business Administration Workshop at the Main Library will be presented by Thaddeus Hammond. E-3 addresses what to do if you're on the fence about turning a hobby into a business. And SCORE covers face-to-face selling techniques.
Thanks for the memories.
The library's new online digital collection, the Jacksonville Florida Neighborhood Project, is filling up with images from residents' old photo albums and with info about neighborhoods. Look through your stockpiles of old photos and see what you can add to the collection. Here's what we need and here's what we have to date. Help us preserve our past to share with all! Call 630-2409 for details.