Don't miss a beat! During May 1 Art Walk, our Folk It Up Music Festival features a lineup of popular folk musicians. North Florida Folk Network's Tamara Colonna entertains May 11 in a musical presentation about Zora Neale Hurston. And May 18, Al Poindexter, with bottleneck guitar and claw hammer banjo,regales with stories about life in old Florida and the history of folk music.
Catch a couple of cool Comic Cons.
It's double the fandom fun with two Comic Cons this month. Grab your cape and head to the Main Library for the Stranger Things Escape Room, Kahoot Trivia!, a costume contest with First Coast News' Eric Alvarez, vendor market and more! Expect awesomeness at South Mandarin Branch Library, too, with Ghostbusters, workshops, artists, author panel, crafts galore and a costume parade.
Could you get hooked?
Dr. David Courtwright specializes in drug history, and also has a wide range of expertise in U.S. and world history. His latest book, Age of Addiction: How Bad Habits Became Big Business, will be released May 6. Hear this riveting presentation about the drug-like influence of cell phones, social media, video games, junk food, binge-watching and more.
During the Trump administration, many positions in the State Department have never been filled, and meetings with foreign leaders have been undertaken with little advance planning. Austin Trantham, Ph.D., assistant professor of political science at Jacksonville University, will facilitate a discussion about the effects of these changes.
When school's out for summer, the library is essential to ensure kids avoid the summer slide—the loss of academic skills that happens over the break. For a $5 donation, you can help children participate in the library's Summer Learning and Reading program and send them back to school prepared and ready to learn.
Bag some bargains.
The Friends of Jacksonville Public Library Big Bag Book Sale is back! Friends members (you can join at the door for $10) shop May 16, and everyone is invited to shop the sale May 17 and May 18. Buy one bag of books and get another bag of books free. It's a great way to stock up and save and support the library!
Your vote counts.
Early voting for five City Council races runs through May 12 and many library locations serve as early voting sites. You may also vote at your precinct May 14 on Election Day.