Makers and cosplayers unite! The JPL Maker Con is a celebration of maker culture, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming and cosplay. All ages will have a blast!
♦ Bold City Cosplay Contest & Cosplay Mash-Ups Panel ♦ The Art of the Animatronic by Sally Corporation ♦ How to Build a Gene Gunby Scihouse ♦ MakeMe Designs Program & Renaissance Jax LEGO Robotics ♦ Marketplace – Shop for wares created by local makers, authors and artists
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2nd Annual Indie Author Day Saturday, Oct. 14 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Main Library
The local writing community comes together for video presentations and workshops on writing, publishing, printing and bookbinding, and an author panel featuring authors Marc Curtis Little, Kathryn J. Bain and J.R. Sharp (pictured from l to r). In addition, a SELF-e workshop will address self-publishing and how indie authors can be included in the library's digital collection. Find out more.
October Author Series
Get up close and personal with local historical fiction authors. Enjoy readings, lively conversation, and interesting subject matter including romance, Southern Gothic and more. Find an author talk at a library near you.
Exhibit & Program: What Does It Mean to Leave Everything Behind?
The Southeast Regional Library has been serving our community for 20 years, and that's something to celebrate! Get ready for a good time as you enjoy a brief program, guest speaker Councilman Danny Becton, Community Open House, special dance performances, face painting, crafts, robot demonstration and refreshments. Learn more.
Grand Reopening & Fall Festival
Brentwood Branch Library
Monday, Oct. 30, 3 – 7 p.m. Ceremony – 3 p.m. Trunk or Treat – Begins at 4 p.m.
Updates for new carpet, fresh paint, and space reorganization are nearing completion, and the Brentwood Branch Library is eager to show off its new look. Bring the entire family to the Grand Reopening and Fall Festival sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library. Kids, teens and adults can enjoy all kinds of activities including a costume contest, face painting, Trunk or Treat, refreshments, story time, prizes and much more!
Calling Local Artists and Authors
Jax Book Fest Needs You! March 3, 2018, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Main Library
Local Artists: You could win $500! Local Authors: You can sell your books!
Jax Book Fest is a literary celebration for all ages, featuring children's authors and illustrators, zine creators, local Florida authors, small publishers, writers groups and more. We need authors who want to promote and sell books and we need artists to help us promote the event by submitting original artwork for the Jax Book Fest 2018 poster contest. The winning artist will take home a $500 cash prize. The poster contest deadline is Nov. 30. Authors and artists can get all details at jaxbookfest.org.
Thank You for Library Support
Jacksonville Public Library Thanks Friends and City Council Budget Approval Means More Customer Access to More Materials
Jacksonville Public Library is grateful that City Council approved the fiscal year 2018 budget to include a requested JPL enhancement of $850,000 for library materials as well as $250,000 for conceptual design and program development for a future library in Oceanway. That means more e-materials, best-sellers, DVDs, and all the things you check out from your local library branch. We encourage JPL customers to email their City Council member to thank them for the budget increase, which helps all neighborhood libraries serve you better.
We also want to thank our JPL Friends Advocacy Group who attended the council meetings to voice their concerns and demonstrate the value of the library. In particular, JPL would like to give a shout out to Sharon Coon, Friends of the Brentwood Library; Harry Reagan, Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library; Judy Klein, Friends of the Murray Hill Library; Ed Zoller, Friends of South Mandarin Branch Library; Ruth Ann Hepler, Friends of the Willowbranch Library; and Roxanne Henkle, Friends of the Willowbranch Library for their unwavering support for the library. And thank you to all of you who called your elected officials, wrote letters, and helped champion the appeal for much needed funding.
The library will kick off its classical concert season with favorite Dr. Ann Adams, oboe, and musical guests including Don Casper, guitar; Ben Beck, piano; Jessica Wieland, clarinet; Carol Griffin, flute; and Ted Shistle, bassoon. Concerts are always free and open to the public. Find out more about free parking for these free concerts. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
Lunch @ The Lounge Wednesday, Oct. 11, Noon Main Library Lounge @ 303 North
Classical/Spanish/Flamenco guitarist Gladius will entertain you like no other. Join us as we celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs through Oct. 15, with this accomplished and talented musician. Bring your lunch and be transported by "this musical mad scientist who fuses elements into a refreshing formula—evoking the Spanish spirit, yet distinctly unorthodox—mixing influences ranging from classical to rock and beyond."
Kids & Teens
Teens, Submit Original Stories by Oct. 15. You Could Win $50 Cash Prize!
Teens ages 12 – 18, write an original story—either fiction or nonfiction—about your experience being an active bystander. First and second place prizes will be awarded. Find out what is meant by being an active bystander, get all details, and download an application. Take home the prize!
History Fair Help Multiple Dates and Locations
It’s History Fair time again! Come to a workshop at a library near you. You'll tap into a wealth of credible resources, explore innovative ideas, and learn how to complete a successful project step by step. Learn more.
Book Club Series – Join the Club! Main Library and Regency Square Branch Library
A facilitator and a science expert will lead discussions about featured books' themes regarding global warming and climate change. Join the club for meetings in October and November! Get details.
Learn about Future Best-Sellers Today!
Wednesday, Oct. 18, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. University Park Branch Library
Get all the buzz as a Penguin Random House rep gives readers the inside scoop on fall 2017 titles. Attendees will get excerpt samplers, book catalogs and tote bags. This program is free but you must register.
Support Us – Two Big Book Sales
Celebrate with Us!
Support and Celebrate Your Award-Winning Library Ticketed Event by the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Main Library, Betsy Lovett Courtyard
Jacksonville Public Library bested 800 other Florida libraries to win Library of the Year from the Florida Library Association. We'll celebrate in style with the North Florida Jazz Quartet, open bar, hors d'oeuvres and more! You'll be in good company with Mayor Lenny Curry and other notables. To purchase tickets and show your support for your library, visit 904tix.com/events/loty or JPLFoundation.org.
National Friends Week
We Get By with a LOT of Help from Our Friends
Oct. 15 – 21 is the 12th Annual National Friends Week, the perfect time to say thank you to our active and supportive Friends who give their time and talent to the Jacksonville Public Library. JPL is fortunate to have nine amazing Friends groups including Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and Friends representing Beaches, Bradham and Brooks, Brentwood, Dallas Graham, Maxville, Murray Hill, South Mandarin, and Willowbranch branches. Every year through book sales and other projects, JPL Friends raise thousands of dollars for library programming, for emerging technology, and to help support staff training. In addition, our Friends have rallied countless times to advocate for adequate library funding. We thank our Friends from the bottom of our hearts.They make a difference in what we do every single day at the library. Friends are always looking for new members and volunteers. Learn how you can be a Friend, make new friends, have fun, and give back to the library and your community.