My Favorite Cookbook sizzles Lee Bros. visit, book signing & contest Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Grab your apron! This is your chance to see foremost Southern food experts, the Lee brothers, in person and at no cost. Famous food critics Matt and Ted Lee, known simply as the Lee Bros., will host the 2nd annual My Favorite Cookbook event at the library. The brothers have written three cookbooks, serve as contributing editors at Travel + Leisure, and perform as on-air commentators for the Cooking Channel’s Unique Eats. Read more.
Executive Chef & Restaurateur Dennis Chan serves up support for My Favorite Cookbook
Jacksonville chefs play a big part in making My Favorite Cookbook a success. Chef Dennis Chan, owner of the Blue Bamboo and author of Hip Asian Comfort Food, is thrilled to participate again this year. Chan, who cut his teeth in his family’s Chinese restaurants and apprenticed under the legendary Ming Tsai, has a surprising backstory, a novel way to shop for cookbooks, and a good reason to support the event. Read more.
Join New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Evanovich for a special book talk and signing! On tour promoting her latest book, The Sweet Spot, Evanovich will divulge secrets from her life leading up to becoming a New York Times best-selling author. Laugh out loud as she shares her hilarious and outrageous tales from the road. Read more.
Make plans for A Cook & A Book at the Southern Women’s Show featuring best-selling author Stephanie Evanovich and the library’s very own Circulation Services Supervisor Chef Ron Block. Together, they will take you on a literary and culinary journey that pairs Evanovich’s latest book, The Sweet Spot, with a recipe that’s just as spicy. Read more to save on tickets.
New Fiscal Year – New Budget
In the very early morning hours of Sept. 24, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the City of Jacksonville. After much debate, the Council voted to restore the previously approved budget lapse, which for the library would have meant $349,638 less to spend next year. Unfortunately, the across-the-board cut to overtime and the 10 percent reduction in the part-time budget remains. Read more.
Marking 100 years as federal depository library
In August the Jacksonville Public Library, the third oldest Federal Depository Library Program library in Florida, marked a centennial milestone in storing and sharing history. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and former State Senator Tony Hill attended the centennial celebration and presented a proclamation from Mayor Alvin Brown recognizing the library for a century of public access to government documents. These
important publications include everything from Continental Congress papers to the Warren Commission report to Watergate transcripts. Read more.
Board of Library Trustees welcomes new officers, new members
The Jacksonville Public Library Board of Library Trustees has announced its new officers and new members. Serving as board officers are Erin Skinner as chair, Guy Anderson as vice chair, and Jackie Perry as secretary. Timothy Anderson, Charles Kleeman and Joshua La Bouef have been appointed as new board members. Immediate past Board of Library Trustees Chair Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins will remain on the board as a member and will serve as the liaison to the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation. Read more about board members. Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings
Joshua La Bouef
Lifelong Learning & Enjoyment
Music @ Main Concerts Oct. 7, 12, 21 at Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
What’s your listening pleasure? From university voice students at Emergence to seasoned faculty artists at our Tuesday Serenade, there’s a free concert for every taste. Treat yourself to a “tour de force of vocal virtuosity married to a fabulous stage presence” with Regina Torres, mezzo-soprano, and Pablo Pomales-Ojeda, tenor, at the Intermezzo Sunday Concert. Read more.
Financially Fit @ your library: Small business resources Oct. 2 & 15 at Multiple Locations
Own a small business? Would you like to? Get the scoop on everything you need to know. In these workshops, experts will lead you through planning and business development to financing and resources and support. Register for a free workshop.
Lawyers in Libraries: Using online legal resources Oct. 8, 14, 22, 23 at Multiple Locations
October’s National Pro Bono Celebration focuses attention on the increased need for pro bono services during challenging times and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services. Through the Lawyers in Libraries series, attorneys provide free general guidance and advice. This month, bring out a little of the legal eagle in you as you learn about databases, e-resources, collections, legal blogs and more. Register for a free workshop.
The busyness of the holidays can be stressful. This workshop will help you plan a stress-free holiday and learn to focus on what really counts, while making memories and strengthening traditions. Register free.
In a one-hour workshop, learn how to use the JEA Backpack—a home energy and water evaluation kit—to perform your own home energy and water assessment. Check out the JEA backpack at the library. It’s filled with tips and tools to help you save on energy bills. Register for the free workshop.
A budget can be a powerful tool for achieving financial success, but creating one by yourself can be overwhelming. Mary Hayford, a Jacksonville area Dave Ramsey financial coach, can show you the strategies to make your financial plan a reality. Read more.
Hola! Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month and the Power of Reading Saturday, Oct. 11, Main Library, The Lounge at 303 North
Each culture has its stories, letters, poems and folklore to express its sense of identity. Join the cast of Before E-Mail: A Reader’s Theater as they celebrate Hispanic life through literature, images and music through the diaspora of Puerto Rico, Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Cuba. Find more Hispanic Heritage Month resources.
Get excited! Join us as we celebrate 10-year anniversaries of two libraries
Help us celebrate 10 years of service to the communities of University Park Branch Library and Pablo Creek Regional Library. Now a decade since the libraries opened their doors, we invite everyone to meet their neighbors, library staff and elected officials. University Park Branch Library will host an Open House Saturday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., with the main event at noon. Pablo Creek Regional Library will kick off four days of river-themed events starting Saturday, Oct. 4 with a grand finale celebration Thursday, Oct. 9, beginning at 2:30 p.m. Then at 3 p.m. we will welcome special guests. Read more.
Kids & Teens
Musical Storybooks for Preschoolers Saturday, Nov. 1, 11 a.m., Main Library, Children’s Dept.
Musical Storybooks is an interactive musical program for preschoolers designed to foster a love of reading and books. The featured storybook, Mole Music by David McPhail, teaches vocabulary, listening skills, math, art and more, as the story is interwoven with live music and interaction with a string quartet from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Read more.
Teen Read Week – Vote for Videos Oct. 12 – 18
Check out some great video shorts and cast your vote for your fave at JPL for Teens Oct. 12 – 18, during Teen Read Week. The original two-minute videos were created by local teens for the My Favorite Book Teen Video Contest. Judges select first and second place winners; your online votes determine the People’s Choice winner. All winners will be announced and prizes awarded at a special reception. Read more.
My Life in Rhymes for Teens Oct. – Dec., Main Library, Teen Dept.
Create a chapbook—a collection of poems that reflects your life—in this workshop series led by Tonya Smart, founder of the Jax Youth Poetry Slam. Learn about timelines, data, visual history, copyrighting and self-publishing. Explore writing and performance. Noon – 2 p.m., Oct. 4 and 18; Nov. 1, 15 and 29; and Dec. 13 and 27. Ages 12 – 18. Call 502-7444 to register.
Science Fair Help Saturdays, Oct. 4, 11 & 18, 11 a.m. at Multiple Locations
We can help you get a jump on your student’s science project. Kids will explore interesting ideas, learn research techniques and discover online resources for a wide range of topics. For students in grades 6 – 12. Read more.
Thanks to Our Friends
October 19 – 25 is National Friends of the Library Week, a good time to thank our Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library for their unwavering support! You can become a Friend and help promote the literacy efforts of the Jacksonville Public Library! Find out more at the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.
Friends’ members can enjoy shopping on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4 – 7 p.m., and new members are welcome to join at the door. Everyone saves on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 – 4. Shop from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and while you’re drumming up book bargains, enjoy a special performance by the Fletcher High School drum line Thursday at noon.
City Councilman Bill Gulliford receives NEFLIN award. Read more.
Naturalization Ceremony at Main Library. Read more.
Spotlight on history: 100th Year Commemoration of the Great War
WWI had a profound impact on the entire world. From an image gallery to periodical blogs, and soon-to-come dispatches from the front, you can get up to speed and gain insights about the “War to End All Wars” in a A Distant Sound of Thunder.
Want to sweeten your holidays this fall?
Visit the library’s online Culinary Arts Collection, sign in with your library card, and dip into a smorgasboard of recipes, cooking tips and step-by-step instructions. Learn how to create baked goods, prepare fast meals, choose the right wine and more.
StART Here Discover a gallery of art at your library!
The Pathway to Consciousness (2005) Dana Chapman (Jacksonville, Florida) Clay (20 pieces, minimum size: 9" x 1' x 1', maximum size: 3' x 2' x 1') West Regional Library
Big Library Read features Anatomy of a Misfit Oct. 13 – 28 with no holds, no waits
As part of the Big Library Read program, the Jacksonville Public Library will feature Anatomy of a Misfit, by Andrea Portes. From Oct. 13 – Oct. 28, e-book and audiobook formats will be available to every customer who wishes to read it—no holds, waitlists or late fees. Beginning Oct. 13, click here to get started.
Bookfinder Pick of the Month: Scary Stories for the Whole Family
The Beaches Branch Library will remain open as improvements continue throughout the month.
Service at the Willowbranch Branch Library has been suspended until further notice due to water intrusion. The public is invited to a meeting for an update from the Public Works Department on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Ave Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave. Councilman Jim Love is scheduled to attend.