Rediscover Poetry All Over Again Multiple Dates & Locations
National Poetry Month is the largest literary celebration in the world. This month millions of people will mark poetry's important place in our culture and in our lives. Get in touch with your inner poet or rediscover something new to love about poetry with free programs such as Poet Talks, Surreal Poetics, a TED Talk, Blackout Poetry, Pixelated Poetry and great reading lists for all ages! Check it out!
Celebrate (at) Your Library All Week! Multiple Dates & Locations
Since 1958, a week in April has been designated as National Library Week— time to celebrate the contributions of libraries and librarians, and to promote library use and support. For JPL patrons, it means a customer appreciation celebration, cool book club discussions, Open Mic Night and more. Get involved! Read more about programs or simply read a book from your library.
WJCT First Coast Connect Book Club
Strong Women with Stacey Goldring Saturday, April 14, 1 – 2 p.m. Main Library, The Lounge at 303 North
Chapter Endnotes Book Club founder and literature expert Stacey Goldring is bringing her First Coast Connect Book Clubto the Main Library! She will lead a conversation focused on novels that encompass strong female characters. Grab a friend and enjoy a Saturday afternoon discussing the stories of powerful women. The event is free and tickets are not required, however reserving tickets will help us plan. Door prizes will be given away while supplies last. Borrow the books in various formats for your reading or listening pleasure: And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, and An Unnecessary Woman by Rabih Alameddine. This is no ordinary book club so reserve your free tickets today!
College and Career Fair for Ages 16 – 21
Saturday, April 28, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Main Library, Conference Center
Curious about options after high school? Want a summer job? Representatives from colleges, trade schools, military and local businesses will answer your questions, and help you start on your chosen path. Dress to impress and bring your resume. Learn about free pre-fair workshops for resume writing, interviewing and dressing for success to help prepare for this event and for your future.
Save the Date for Comic Cons
Don’t miss the fandom fun for all ages at two locations! Cosplay, costume contests, and a comic book page contest for a chance to win a cool prize. Get details now.
Gain tools to master the money game, find out how to get help if your FEMA claim was denied, and get finance tips you can really use. Youth can also learn about the value of saving, and receive a free coloring book in Community First's Be Smart, Save Money program. Read more.
Small Business Workshops and Advice Wednesday, April 18, 4:30 – 6 p.m., Main Library Wednesday, April 18, 6 – 8 p.m., Mandarin Branch Library
In this workshop hosted at the Main Library, Annette Paulson from the Small Business Administration will cover a variety of topics from planning and business development to financing your small business. The workshop at Mandarin Branch Library, led by SCORE, counselors to America's small businesses, will discuss how to start a home-based business in Jacksonville. Find out more about these free workshops.
Have Your Personal Taxes Prepared Free!
Through April 14, Multiple Library Locations
Don't wait any longer. Gather your documents and head to the library to get help with tax preparation. The library partners with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide to provide this free service by IRS-certified volunteers. Find out more details.
Tech Classes from Adobe to Word
From Adobe Photoshop 1 and 2, Coding, 3-D Printing, to Web Design and MS Office 2010 Word 1, 2 and 3, our free computer and tech classes offer it all. Earn a Certificate of Completion in three tracks: Basic Computer Literacy, MS Office or Digital Media and Design. Take a class to improve your skills, learn something new, or just for fun! Check the class schedule online. You may also sign up for free 1-on-1 tech tutoring to get personal assistance with downloadable media and more.
Music Happenings at Main
Music @ Main Intermezzo Concert Jacksonville University Voice Majors Sunday, April 8 , 3 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Enjoy a delightful afternoon of song with Jacksonville University voice majors led by Assistant Professor of Voice Kimberly Beasley. Beasley earned her master's in music from Valparaiso University and a certificate of vocal performance from Northwestern University. She has performed with the Jacksonville Symphony, Northwest Festival Orchestra in Chicago and the New Philharmonic Orchestra. Learn more.
Lunch @ The Lounge with Andrew Hammock Wednesday, April 11, Noon Main Library, The Lounge at 303 North
Originally from the New Orleans area, Andrew Hammock has been playing guitar for 24 years. He studied jazz and blues with artists Hank Mackie, the late Gene Pelas, Doc Flowers and Tommy Bush. Bring your lunch and kick back with an entertaining guitar performance in the Lounge.
Great Decisions Discussion
South Africa's Fragile Democracy –Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m., Southeast Regional Library
The African National Congress (ANC) party has governed South Africa since the end of apartheid in 1994. Today the party suffers from popular frustration over official corruption and economic stagnation, and faces threats from both left and right opposition parties. Kamele “Oupa” Seane, the director of the Intercultural Center for Peace and the Lufrano Intercultural Gallery at the University of North Florida, will lead this Great Discussions program. Oupa is honorably mentioned in the books God Has A Dream by Desmond Tutu and Failure Is Not An Option by Alan Blankstein.
Need a Good Read?
Hi $5 for Reading – Your $5 donation can help keep kids reading over the summer!
Summer is a much-needed break from the school drill, but kids who don't keep up their reading over the break can lose up to two months of skills and fall behind in school. The dreaded summer slide—or loss of skills over the summer—can be avoided when kids take part in the library's Summer Learning program. Your $5 donation helps keep kids safe, engaged and learning all summer long. Last year more than 113,300 books were read and logged during Summer Learning. And more than 55,200 youth attended Summer Learning programs. Please give a Hi $5 at a library branch or give online at giveahi5.com. Jacksonville's most valuable asset—our children—and the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation thank you for caring.
Holiday Hours – Closed for Easter Sunday
In observance of Easter, all libraries will be closed for Easter Sunday, April 1. We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, April 2. Remember, our digital library is available 24/7.