Cuentos, Viva Panama, Pura Belpré and Danza PeruJax Multiple Dates and Library Locations
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month and the library is hosting a variety of programs to celebrate the culture, customs and contributions of Hispanic Americans who have positively influenced and enriched our nation. Discover a world of music, colorful dances and folktales from Danza PeruJax, a Peruvian Dance Group. Connect with Hispanic culture in ¡Cuentos! (stories) through storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar. Explore Hispanic genealogy, hands-on folk art, the Latin beat of Tito Puente, The King of Latin Music, Pura Belpré LEGO building and book activities, and more. Programs are for all ages and run Sept. 15 – Oct. 15. Read more now.
Celebrate Banned Books Week Sept. 24 –30
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. It highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community— librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers—in shared support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. It's for all ages, too.
Author Larry Baker Discusses His Banned Book Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 – 3 p.m., Main Library
Banned Books Week kicks off with author Larry Baker, whose first novel The Flamingo Rising—also made into a movie—was challenged at an Illinois high school in 2010. Baker will explain what happened, read from the chapter that led to the book being condemned, and tell us the outcome. His visit coincides with the release of his latest novel, From a Distance!, which he will have for purchase. Check out The Flamingo Rising, set in Florida in the '50s and '60s and other novels by Baker in our catalog.
Exhibit & Program: What Does It Mean to Leave Everything Behind?
What We Carried – World Relief Program
Saturday, Sept. 16, 2 p.m. Main Library, Third Floor Atrium
Jax Makerspace Happenings
JSO K-9, Brass Quintet and Moxie McGriff Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:30 – 8 p.m., Main Library, Jax Makerspace
Art Walk rocks at the downtown library. Enjoy the sounds of the Florida Brass Quintet in The Lounge at 303 North, art gallery tours, author table with Moxie McGriff and more. A K-9 officer from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Canine (K-9) Unit, will be accompanied by his trained police service dog, to give a presentation about how they work as a team. The public is also invited to take part in technology, and arts and crafts activities going on throughout this time. Learn more about special library events during Art Walk. Learn more about September Jax Makerspace events.
Expand your horizons with guitar, embroidery, Robot Derby, coding classes, digital photography, computer hardware: assembly and disassembly this month.
Are You Up for the Challenge?
Sept. 11, 20, 26 and 30, Multiple Library Locations
It’s not a box, it’s a building! It’s also a contest and you could win! Design, create and decorate original buildings from cardboard using tape, 3-D printed tools, markers, paint and a variety of other materials. The best building from each branch will be displayed in the Main Library’s Jax Makerspace. All ages can participate. We provide the cardboard and all materials—you provide the imagination. Get details.
Library Card Sign-Up Month
Power Tool for School and More!
DCPS students enjoy the benefits of Student Cards to JPL. However, all students need a public library card. It's the first step toward academic achievement and lifelong learning. Throughout the school year, public librarians and library staff will assist parents and caregivers with saving money on educational resources and services for students. From free access to STEAM programs/activities, virtual homework help, technology workshops and more, a library card is one of the most cost effective back-to-school supplies you can have. Library Card Sign-Up Month is a great time for adults to get a library card too, and save money on books, movies, music and more! Find out how to get a library card.
Celebrate Our Graduates
Save These Dates in October and November
JPL Maker Con Oct. 14, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Main Library, Jax Makerspace
• Sally Corporation Artist • Cosplay contest and panel • Don't Miss a Beat All Stars • Make Me Designs • Dungeons & Dragons • Indie Author Day • Make with Words? • Zines, gaming and more!
Intermezzo Concert with Dr. Gary Smart Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Dr. Gary Smart composes and improvises a music that reflects an abiding interest in Americana, jazz, and world musics, as well as the Western classical tradition. Smart's work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.His work has beenperformed in major venues in the U.S., including the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, as well as venues in Europe and Asia.
Lunch @ the Lounge with Al Monte Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, Main Library, Lounge @ 303 North Laura
Treat yourself to a great concert with Atlantic Beach singer/songwriter Al Monte. He plays everything from folk to jazz to blues and rock, and performs many popular songs and standards from the Great American Song Book. His set list includes songs from the ‘60s to present, with all types of influences. A writer of all styles and genres, Monte will entertain and impress you with his talent. Be sure to bring your lunch.
Author Talk and Book Signing with J.R. Sharp Wednesday, Sept. 6, 6 – 7 p.m. South Mandarin Branch Library
A retired Mustang Naval Officer (Commander) with more than 32 years of service, author J.R. Sharp will discuss his debut novel, Feeding the Enemy, based on a true story of an Italian family's difficult survival during the Nazi occupation of their country during World War II. Books will be available to purchase with cash or credit card at the event.
Workshops: How Do I Determine My Product's Potential & Target Customers?
Kids & Teens
Get a Jump on Science Fair Projects Multiple Dates and Locations
When you need a project that's fun, engaging and grade appropriate, look to the library. Library staff can help students find inspiration, guide them through the entire process using excellent library resources, and even demonstrate a fun, sample experiment. Find a free workshop near you.
Book Club Series – Join the Club, Free! Main Library and Regency Square Branch Library
In these book-club-meet-science cafés, we’ll explore what outcomes could become a reality with climate change. Read a different book and attend the meeting each month. A science expert will join us to discuss the book and possible implications for humankind. It’s a fun, informative way to explore one of today’s most debated topics—climate change. If you missed the first meeting, no worries—join in the next sessions! Get details.
Last Chance to Nominate Your Favorite Librarian
It takes only a few minutes to nominate your favorite librarian, and help the library earn much-needed funds. But don't delay—nominations can be submitted through Sept. 18 only. If you think your nomination can't win, think again. In 2015 a loyal JPL customer entered a similar contest, told why she loved her library, and won a handsome donation for the Pablo Creek Regional Library.
Remember, you can still get movies, audiobooks and more. Our digital library is open 24/7.
The Brentwood Branch Library is being renovated. Follow the blog for updates.