If you're like most of us, you'll be outside on the afternoon of Aug. 21 witnessing a rare phenomenon—the Great American Eclipse! Before you head outdoors, it's important to learn how to view the eclipse safely. Leading up to the eclipse, the library has programs for every age from children to teens to adults. Find a program near you (Aug. 1 – 21) and enjoy the spectacular solar show—safely!
♦ Learn about eclipses from a JU physics professor and a NASA Solar System Ambassador ♦ Make your own pinhole viewer or receive eclipse goggles at some programs ♦ Get the little ones excited with eclipse-themed Storytime activities ♦ Attend one of more than 20 programs at various library locations
On Oct. 14 the JPL Maker Conwill celebrate maker culture, comic books, sci-fi, fantasy, gaming and cosplay. All makers, artists and authors are invited to apply to market and sell their products at this event. Get details and an application to take part in JPL Maker Con at jplfoundation.org/makercon. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 1, 2017. If you're interested in participating as a speaker or presenter at the event, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet the Authors!
Michael Brady Discusses New Spy Thriller Tuesday, Aug. 8, 7 p.m., Southeast Regional Library Wednesday, Aug. 16, 7 p.m., Murray Hill Branch Library
Former career intelligence officer Michael Brady will discuss Into the Shadows, The Fever. The book dives into the story of Michael Brennan, a career CIA non-official cover (NOC) intelligence officer and his mission to identify and destroy a plot crafted by the Islamic State terror group. Books will be available for purchase and to have signed by the author. For insights into the world of modern espionage and intelligence collection, attend this talk. Read about the Southeast or Murray Hill program.
First Coast Romance Writers Featuring Brenda Jackson
Saturday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., West Branch Library
All are invited to attend the First Coast Romance Writers meeting for a special craft talk with New York Times best-selling author Brenda Jackson. Known as the Queen of Romance, Jackson will speak on Connecting the Dots in a Family Saga. Make plans to join the free workshop. And before you go, check our catalog for more than 100 novels by Jackson from the Bachelors series to the famous Westmoreland series and everything in between. Read more.
Artist at Work: Devil in the Baptist Church Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
The Lounge at 303 North, Main Library
As part of the Survive to Thrive: Life Beyond Sexual Violence exhibit, author and historian Tim Gilmore will read from his book Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray's Unholy Trinity. A discussion will follow the reading. Books will be available for purchase and to have signed by the author.
Back to School Basics
Library Card Just for Teachers
Student Card Just for DCPS Students
If you're a teacher in Duval County, be sure to renew your Educator Card, or get one for the first time, so you can take advantage of all the benefits. You can check out more materials—up to 100 books, including audiobooks and CDs—for longer periods of time and keep your classroom stocked with a variety of great resources. With the start of the new school year, it's good to remind DCPS students that their student IDs are actually virtual library cards. There's no card for kids to carry or lose, but a lot of free resources, including free live, online tutoring right at their fingertips. Learn more about Educator and Student Cards now.
Salute to Adult Finishers
You're Invited ... GED Celebration Wednesday, Aug. 23, 5 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Pomp and Circumstance! The Jacksonville Public Library will be hosting a commencement ceremony for 20 graduates of the GED program. The students studied and passed the rigorous GED exam, thanks to LEAP—Library Enhanced Access Program—and the library's Center for Adult Learning (CAL), which provides help and test preparation classes. Please join us as we celebrate these students' hard-earned accomplishments. Motivational speaker Greg Gaines will give the keynote address. Remember, if you know an adult interested in improving their future by earning a GED high school equivalency credential, call CAL at 630-2426 for information.
Lifelong Learning and Enrichment
Lunch @ the Lounge Featuring Al Poindexter Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, Main Library, Lounge @ 303 North Laura
When folk musician and balladeer Al Poindexter strikes up his banjo or bottleneck slide guitar, you'll catch yourself nodding your head and tapping your foot. A fan favorite who sings about the people and places of Florida, Poindexter guarantees an entertaining mix of songs, stories, humor and history. Lunch @ the Lounge is held the second Wednesday of every month and is free and open to the public. Bring lunch, bring a friend, but most of all bring yourself.
Workshops: How Do I Develop a Product or Service to Sell? Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.
Kids & Teens
Meet TV Host and Author Lisandra Alvarez Saturday, Aug. 5, 2 p.m., Pablo Creek Regional Library
Lisandra Alvarez, author of the children's Spanish language fantasy book Me Lo Contó La Paloma (The Dove Told Me), will share her book and talk with children and families. Alvarez is the host of Contingo en la Communidad on U18 Jax. Books will be available for purchase and to have signed. Read more.
Need a Good Read?
Book Club Meets Science Cafe: Free Books, Great Discussions, Hot-Button Topic Three-Month Book Club Series – Join the Informational Meetings Saturday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m., Main Library, Jax Makerspace – Check out this lineup. Thursday, Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., Regency Square Branch Library – Check out this lineup.
Friends of JPL Bring Back the Big $15 Bag Sale Books, DVDs, CDs – $15 Bag
Friday, Aug. 4 –Shop 4 – 8 p.m., FJPL Members Night (Join at door for $10) Buy One Bag, Get Second Bag Free
Saturday, Aug. 5 –Shop 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Buy One Bag, Get Second Bag Free Sunday, Aug. 6 – Shop Noon – 5 p.m., Buy Two Bags, Get Third Bag Free
FJPL Bookstore is located at University Park Branch Library. Get details.
It's Win-Win for Librarians and Library!
Was it the personal attention you received to learn a new computer skill? Or was it the extra care a librarian took to answer your questions, or find the right book for your child? Our librarians are passionate about putting customers first. And now you have a chance to reward them, and help earn much-needed funds for the library. Please take a few minutes to nominate your favorite librarian, and help support your library at the same time. Nominations can be submitted through Sept. 18.