Sign up for Summer Learning and earn your way to fun and success one badge at a time. Challenge yourself to collect all the badges—over 100—or just the ones you want. Pictured above are badges for cool programs such as Jennifer Swanson Presents Brain Games, Mad Science: Build a Better World, and Building with STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Children, teens and adults can track reading and log books online to earn badges, weekly prizes, and a free book just for finishing your goal. Don't miss this fun and and educational way to keep kids engaged, learning, and using critical thinking skills all summer. Visit any neighborhood library or getSummer Learning detailsnow.
JPL Welcomes Interim Library Director
Library in Good Hands with Jennifer Giltrop
Jennifer Giltrop is not new to the Jacksonville Public Library—she has served as JPL's deputy director for public services for more than two years. However, she steps into a new role on July 1, 2017, as the appointed interim library director while the Board of Library Trustees and committee members begin the search for a new director, a position that became available when Barbara Gubbin retired after 12 years at JPL.
Since arriving at JPL, Giltrop has initiated and coordinated communitywide projects such as Jax Journey funded Project LEAP (Library Enhanced Access Program), the Jax Makerspace to bring creators and entrepreneurs into the library, and the first-ever Jax Book Fest. She oversaw operations of the Duval County Public Schools student card and educator card initiatives. A champion for literacy and lifelong learning, Giltrop has worked as a public library administrator since 1997, including the District of Columbia Public Library, Washington, D.C. and The Seattle Public Library, Washington. Read more.
Author Visit & Book Signing
Using the pen name Parker Francis, Vic DiGenti wrote three novels in the Quint Mystery series as well as a short story collection. Look for his books in the library's collection and join in for this lively discussion and Q&A with the author. Warning: You don't have to be a member but once you attend, you'll probably want to join the club!
On the Public Arts Side
Library Adds Sculpture to Special Collections View during regular business hours, Main Library, Fourth Floor
It's worth a trip to the Main Library just to see the newly displayed terra cotta portrait bust created by Augusta Savage (1892 – 1962), a Northeast Florida native and leading artist of the Harlem Renaissance. Hundreds from the community including staff from the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens and the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville attended the special unveiling on June 28 at the library. The sculpture will be on permanent display along with a timeline and information about her life in Special Collections at Main Library for all to enjoy.
Did you know Augusta Savage ... • Was born in Green Cove Springs and lived in Jacksonville for a while? • Was one of four women and the only black artist commissioned for art for the 1939 New York World's Fair? • Was a prominent artist in New York City during the Harlem Renaissance? • Was poor and worked mostly in clay and plaster so few of her works remain today?
Get ready for the Great American Solar Eclipse Programs: Multiple Dates and Locations
On August 21 we'll experience a total eclipse of the sun. It's predicted to be the most viewed eclipse in history. Learn all about the eclipse along with the best—and safest—way to view it in July and August programs led by a Jacksonville University professor, a NASA expert and others.
National Disability Voter Registration Week Are you prepared to vote? Pablo Creek Regional Library July 17, 1 – 4 p.m. Highlands Regional Library July 19, 1 – 4 p.m. Webb Westconnett Regional Library July 20, 2:30 – 5 p.m.
To prepare for National Disability Voter Registration Week (July 17 – 21), the Jacksonville Public library and Duval County Supervisor of Elections are partnering with the American Association for People with Disabilities to make voter registration services for people with disabilities easier and more pervasive. Learn about equipment for voters with disabilities through interactive tutorials. You can also register to vote on-site and take home information about regional resources you can use.
Dementia Conversation Workshops
6 – 7 p.m., Second Wednesday of the Month 11 a.m., Noon on Third Thursday of the Month University Park Branch Library
These workshops will offer tips on how to have honest and caring conversations with family members about going to the doctor, deciding when to stop driving, and making legal and financial plans. Get the help you need with those tough conversations. Join a free workshop, held twice a month at the library.
Caring for loved ones, from advance planning to pet therapy Multiple Dates and Locations
If you or someone you love is living with advanced illness, chances are you’ve got a lot of choices to make—choices about the care you want, the people who will provide it, and other resources to help you live the best life possible. Join us for our upcoming series of programs on end of life care for patients and caregivers alike. Topics range from advance care planning to myths and facts of care choices to pet therapy.
Jax4Kids.com is your What, Where & When for kids. Log on from any device to find events and activities for families, summer camps, classes and sports programs for kids, daycares and schools, restaurants where kids eat free, deals and discounts for families, resources for parents and much more. Get information you can use including notifications of new events, contests, and need-to-know-now information by connecting with Jax4Kids on Facebook at Facebook.com/jax4kids or signing up for their weekly e-newsletters on the bottom left of the Jax4Kids.com homepage or via Facebook.
Drop Everything And Read!
All July – All Library Locations
Take a break from the heat and join library staffers as they share some favorite books with you. They'll read aloud for 15 minutes every day at your neighborhood branch. If you like what you hear, check out a copy of the book to take home. Look for D.E.A.R. sessions through mid August.
Need a Good Read?
Tell us why you love your librarian. You could make their day and earn funds for the library.
Behind every great library are many, many great librarians. Jacksonville Public Library is no exception. Here's your chance to honor the JPL librarian who went the extra mile for you. Nominations can be submitted through Sept. 18, so take a few minutes to nominate your favorite librarian, and help support your library at the same time.
Take Note – Holiday Closure, Digital Library Open 24/7