Every branch offers stories, songs, and photo ops with Santa. On Dec. 8 only, the Jax Mayorthon Kids Club partners with the Main Library's Santa Stops and Photo Ops to promote bicycle safety with games, giveaways and prizes. Pics with St. Nick are from 11 a.m. – noon only, and Kids Club Safety Stop runs 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Find dates and locations for more Santa Stops and other cool stuff such as an ice cube challenge, holiday movies, gingerbread house making, and crafts all month.
Party like it's 1968!
Put on your tie-dye and bell-bottoms for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Murray Hill Branch Library Dec. 15. The fun starts at 11 a.m., and everyone is invited to hear special guest speakers, take part in groovy activities, watch a brief video, enjoy refreshments and music, and be surprised by an awesome reveal.
Local author talks and book signings.
Author Beth Davis will share how she created a suspenseful romance novel that you simply can't put down. Also meet award-winning journalist Bruce Horovitz, who penned the story of local folk musician and hero Gamble Rogers. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Place a hold on A Glimmer of Hope or Gamble Rogers: A Troubadour's Life at your library and enjoy a great read on us.
Dreaming of streaming?
Bad Santa, Only You Can Save Christmas, and Hannukkah for Kids—that's just a sample of the holiday movies you can stream using Hoopla from the library. All you need is a library card to watch hundreds of free movies. With Hoopla, there's no waiting, no late fees. Visit your library to borrow a fave on DVD and keep for a week.
Save the date!
It will be here before you know it. Bring in your antique treasures, take a map room tour, hear best-selling author Miles Harvey, and see our newly refurbished gallery that houses the Le Moyne/De Bry Collection. Children can take part in mapping and coding activities during the event.
What does it really mean?
Many have heard the saying, "40 acres and a mule," but few know the real story behind it. In this Special Collections Speaker Series program, you'll watch a 30-minute docudrama, followed by a discussion that not only fascinates, but also informs about the significance of what was an unprecedented historical event.
Mark your calendar now.
Make plans to bring the entire family to Jax Book Fest at the Main Library. Meet more than 80 local and national authors, including the king of creep, Goosebumps series author R.L. Stine, who Guinness Book of World Records cited as the best-selling series author in history.
Librarians read and recommend.
Librarians across the country recommend their favorite books every month. Find out what they are by subscribing to the LibraryReads NextReads newsletter. Take a look at the sample newsletter, and borrow the books from your library. Or never miss a book; sign up for LibraryReads and get the newsletter emailed to you every month.
Tap into your water awareness.
The best solution to the water crisis might be the simplest and least expensive. As a green movement builds awareness about energy and sustainability, so a blue movement will reconnect Americans to their water, and help us value our most life-giving resource. Check out Blue Revolution: Unmaking America's Water Crisis and enjoy this discussion led by award-winning journalist and author Cynthia Barnett.
Get the experts in on it from the start.
E3 Business Group, Inc., and Jacksonville Public Library are conducting free workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs and established business owners. Ask your questions and get the help you need. Make the most of this opportunity to learn from experienced, successful business owners. Look for other business resources too.