Slime, Medieval Times and More ... Libraries Rock Galore! It's not too late to register for our awesome Summer Learning and Reading Challenge. Throughout July you can collect cool badges, get weekly prizes, and log your reading for chances to win an iPad. Kids can rock out with music, puppets, Harry Potter, balloons and more. Teens and tweens can Rock the Canvas, exploring expressionism, surrealism, Calder and Basquiat. Adults can enjoy rockin' performances by local folk legend Al Poindexter July 12, 24 and 25. Sign up now and be sure to stop by a branch for your free activity book with coloring pages, crossword puzzles and more. Learn more.
Summer Fun. Summer Yum! Free Lunches.
Thanks to Summer BreakSpots, kids and teens up to age 18 can enjoy a free lunch at 16 library locations. Lunch consists of a sandwich, fruit, veggie and drink. Get times and locations for free lunches.
Easy, Breezy Author Talks
►Terri Talley Venters & Leslie S. Talley Wednesday, July 18, 7 – 8 p.m., University Park Branch Library This mother-daughter duo will delight with readings and writing tips. Venters is the author of Carbon Copy, Tin Roof and Silver Liningand Talley has written Make Old Bones,Bred in the Bone, and other books.
►Sharon Harris Warrick Thursday, July 19, 7 – 8 p.m., Southeast Regional Library Author, poet and playwright, Warrick will dive into her debut novel, The House That Jack Built, a modern day fairy tale for grown-ups, albeit a cautionary tale with an unexpected twist.
Getting Down to Business
Small Business Workshop: How Do I Develop a Product to Sell? Wednesday, July 18, 6 – 8 p.m., Mandarin Branch Library
Entrepreneurs must have a well-defined product or service to sell. This month's workshop led by SCORE, counselors to America's small businesses, will cover generating new product ideas, building product concepts, and finding methods to test your product. Learn more about this workshop and other free business workshops at the library.
Designing or launching a new business? Or growing your small business? Monthly E3 Workshops can help put you on the path to success. Find out more.
Lunch @ The Lounge with Al Monte Wednesday, June 11, Noon, Main Library, Lounge @ 303 North
Change up your workday lunch routine. Join the lunch bunch at the library the second Wednesday of July for the sounds of Al Monte. He plays the full spectrum of music, including jazz, blues, folk, gospel, pop, rock, Broadway and songs from TheAmerican Songbook. Bring your lunch—and friends or workmates—and enjoy great entertainment in the cool, comfy lounge at the library. Learn more.
Need a Good Read?
How Many Have You Read?
How many books have you read from the list of 100 best-loved books? Check out the list, and stay tuned to PBS' The Great American ReadonWJCT. The series runs through Oct. 23, when America's Favorite Book, chosen by the most votes, will be revealed. Borrow the books from your library and vote for your favorite. Watch for next month's e-newsletter for details about library programs that correspond with The Great American Read.
Introducing Completely Booked, a New Podcast from Jacksonville Public Library Subscribe to our free podcast and listen in on lively, unexpected conversations; get the scoop on cool happenings at the library; and make friends with hosts Jenna and Hurley. Find out more. Warning: You could get hooked on Completely Booked.
Download Two Popular Titles Every Week! Free, No Wait Time. Yes, audiobooks count toward Summer Learning and Reading, so take advantage of these great reads from OverDrive for teens. Read the titles and start downloading today. Then log your listening minutes.