Art Exhibit – Living History: A Cultural Mosaic Through Jan. 28, Main Library Jax Makerspace Gallery
Find your way to the Jax Makerspace for ornament making, guitar lessons, sewing, robotics, arts and crafts, and an awesome art exhibit that you won't want to miss. (Painting shown: Corta Lo by Perla Reyes Oneida Lopez)
Feast your eyes on a decorated lifeguard chair at your Beaches Branch Library and Pablo Creek Regional Library. See more decked out lifeguard chairs, including one decorated by the library, at the annual display at Jacksonville Beach. Jacksonville Public Library is the defending champion, so cheer us on to a repeat victory to raise money for the Volunteer Life Saving Corps of Jacksonville Beach. Find out more about this fun event that features music, dance and more!
Save the Date
You're invited to purchase tickets for a special fundraising event:
Dinner in the Maps with Christopher Lane Friday, Jan. 26 at 6:30 p.m. Ansbacher Map Room, Main Library
Cocktails, dinner, dessert and lively conversation with Christopher Lane. Call 630-1995 for details.
Music Happenings at Main
Lunch @ the Lounge with Meridian Wednesday, Dec. 13, Noon, The Lounge at 303 North
Get into the holiday spirit with Celtic Christmas Carols from Meridian, an acoustic folk band based in Jacksonville. The considerable experiences and backgrounds of these musical artists make for an eclectic repertoire, which includes Celtic music, along with old-time and contemporary folk. Bring your lunch, kick back and relax.
Music @ Main Intermezzo Concert
The Florida Brass Quintet
Sunday, Dec. 3, 3 p.m., Main Library Hicks Auditorium
Don't be surprised if you find yourself tapping your feet to the sounds of lively Dixieland and swing tunes. Pictured are members of the quintet from left to right: Kurt Zeigler, tuba; Bob Gauger, trombone; Cliff Newton, trumpet; Susan McGee, French horn; and Dr. Bill Prince, trumpet. Learn about parking and other free concerts at the library.
Kids & Teens
Merry Winter Happenings for Kids and Teens
Multiple Dates and Locations!
Smile! It's time for Santa Stops and Photo Ops. Kids will love hearing winter-themed stories, singing holiday songs, and getting their photo snapped with St. Nick. Check Santa's schedule and be sure to bring your smartphone or camera. Kids and teens can enjoy a whole month of winter programs such as STEAM: Shapes of Flakes, STEM Lab: Igloos, Snow-White Sculptures, Ornament Making, Holiday Fest, Gingerbread Houses, 3-D Tinkercad Holiday Ornaments, Teen Holiday Craft and more, including cool reading lists.
Need a Good Read?
Check out the 2017 National Book Award Winners at your library:
Library Foundation - Two Ways to Shop Online and Support the Library
The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation enhances the quality and quantity of library programs. When you shop smile.amazon.com and designate the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation as your charity, you support the library. And now you can shop the Foundation's online gift catalog for great items such as branded mugs, magnets, jewelry, book nerd T-shirts, totes of all kinds, and original art. Check it out for unique holiday gifts and more at ShopJPL.com.
Prevent Summer Slide with Hi $5 for Friends Reap Big Benefits for You—and Students!
During the Hi $5 with Friends Membership Drive, you're invited to become a sustaining member of the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library. Your contribution $5 a month for one year provides annual support for 10 children to participate in Summer Learning, a valuable reading program that ensures students don't fall behind during summer break. Your FJPL membership includes discounts and early bird shopping times for book sales, plus the newsletter. Find out more.
Help Students Make Music! Drop Off Used Instruments at the Library.
Duval County Public Schools is hoping to make sweet music again with its annual Instruments for Change campaign. Donations of new and gently used instruments are being accepted at Jacksonville Public Library locations and throughout the community through Jan. 26, 2018. All donated instruments will be inspected, repaired (if necessary), and sent to schools where students need them in order to continue their instrumental music studies. Don't miss this opportunity to foster the creative talents of Jacksonville's youth! Click here for more information.
Holiday Hours for Christmas and New Year's
Sunday, Dec. 24 – Christmas Eve ................Closed Monday, Dec. 25 – Christmas Day ...............Closed Tuesday, Dec. 26 ..........................................Closed Sunday, Dec. 31 – New Year's Eve ..............Closed Monday, Jan. 1, 2018 – New Year's Day ......Closed