Make a Date with Banksy this Valentine's Day. You'll Love What You See!
$2 Million Banksy Art Piece on Tour & Writing on the Walls Local Art Exhibit Opening Reception – Wednesday, Feb. 14, 6 p.m., Main Library, Jax Makerspace Gallery Banksy and Local Street Artists Exhibit – Runs through April 14
It's not every Valentine's Day you'd want to spend time with a rat. But we're talking about the Haight Street Rat, created by none other than the famous—and infamous—anonymous street artist Banksy! The artwork is estimated to be worth $2 million! Thanks to the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville and VyStar Credit Union, it will be on loan at the Main Library for all to enjoy. We'll also exhibit local street artists in Writing on the Walls. Don't miss all the excitement at the reception on Feb. 14. View the Banksy artwork and exhibit during the library's operating hours through April 14.
Introducing New Library App
Download Our New App. You Might Win a New Samsung Galaxy Tablet!
The Jacksonville Public Library mobile app delivers all the content you love, all in one place! Now you can do more from your smartphone:
• Browse all e-content right in the catalog.
• View your digital loans and holds in your account.
• Find your nearest library, and scan your library card from the app at checkout. Find out how to get the new app, and watch a video to see the new features.
1. Visit the app launch table at the Main Library during Art Walk on Feb. 7 and show us the app on your phone to receive three entries. 2. Take a screenshot of the app on your phone and email to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight,
Feb. 9 to receive one entry. Winner will be notified via email Feb. 12.
Black History Month: Authors, Movies, Martin & Mahalia and More!
♦ Kids and Teens: Artrageous programs, Cook-a-Book, Books and Bricks about Booker T. Washington, Game On about Jackie Robinson, Sculpture of Edmonia Lewis, NASA Mathematician and Art Club.
♦ Adults: Book Clubs, Book-to-Film, Movies, Digitizing Photos, Crafty Journaling, Buffalo Soldiers and Expert Speaker Series.
Delve deeper! Find a complete list of activities along with recommended reading and viewing.
Free Jacksonville Black History Calendar
All Library Locations
The 2018 Jacksonville Black History Calendar highlights African-Americans in Times of War. The calendar is full of historic dates and information for every day of the year and Burger King coupons. Pick up a calendar at any library or at select Burger King Restaurants while supplies last. Look back at all of the historical calendars since 1989.
Dynamic Duo – Expert Speakers at Main Library, Feb. 6 & 10
Buffalo Soldiers: Times of War Multiple Dates and Library Locations
In 1866 Congress authorized six regiments of black soldiers to protect the Great Plains. The cavalrymen, along with other black soldiers, came to be known as Buffalo Soldiers. Buffalo Soldiers would go on to serve in the Army, Navy, U.S. Marines and Air Force throughout history including World War I and II, until the military was desegregated in the 1950s. The Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society brings the Buffalo Soldiers' stories of bravery and courage to life. Find a presentation near you.
Did you know?
Bob Marley wrote and recorded a song titled Buffalo Soldier. It was released posthumously in 1983 on the album Confrontation, and is one of Marley's best-known songs. Find it now in our catalog and enjoy the catchy refrain—Woe! yoe! yo!
Words of Wisdom from Authors
Insights, hindsights and more! Accomplished authors tell it like it is.Find out more.
Meet and hear writers of every genre, incuding New York Times best-selling authors Nicola Yoon, Kimberla Lawson Roby and Brenda Jackson. Bring the entire family for a day of fun! There's something for everyone—writers and book lovers young and old. And new this year, educators are invited to enjoy a free breakfast just for educators, along with great educational workshops. San Marco Bookstore will be here!Read more about Jax Book Fest—the literary event of the year.
Music @ Main Intermezzo Concert Lucy Chen's Piano Keys on Parade With Students
Sunday, Feb. 11 , 3 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Spend an afternoon listening to the delightful sounds of Lucy Chen's piano students who attend Keys on Parade, a nonprofit after school program that provides group piano classes to children in Duval County Public Schools. Children enrolled in the program are stimulated and nourished with much needed exposure to music education. Learn more.
Lunch @ The Lounge With Musical Guest Friction Farm Wednesday, Feb. 14, Noon, The Lounge at 303 North, Main Library
Blending country, folk and pop, Friction Farm combines storytelling, social commentary, and humor to create ballads and anthems based upon books, everyday life and quirky observations. Bring lunch to the Lounge and settle in for a good time.
Free Tax Prep Assistance
Have Your Personal Taxes Prepared Free!
Through April 14, Multiple Library Locations
Don't delay. Get all your documents together and plan a trip to a participating library to get help with your tax preparation. The library is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Tax-Aide during tax season to provide this free service. IRS-certified volunteers provide free tax counseling and preparations to millions of low and middle income taxpayers each year. Find out more details and a location near you.
Conference Center Open House
Once You See It, You'll See
Your Event Here Too!
The Conference Center at the Main Library is downtown Jacksonville's Unique Event Destination! We want you to picture your next event or meeting here! Join us during Art Walk to tour our beautiful meeting and event spaces.
Each room will be staged so you can see just how your event will look! No registration necessary. Tours will leave from the Lounge at 303 North on the ground floor of the Main Library. If you have any questions, please contact us at email@example.com.
How does Putin conceive of national interests, and why do Russian citizens support him? How should the U.S. respond to Putin’s foreign policy ambitions? These are just a few of the questions that will be explored at the discussion led by David Schwam-Baird, Ph.D., an associate professor of political science at the University of North Florida. The Great Decisions 2018 Briefing Book, a companion book to the series, is available for purchase online from the Foreign Policy Association, but is not necessary for participation in the program. All are welcome to participate.
Scholastic Art Exhibit
Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition Opening Saturday, Feb. 3, 1 p.m., Main Library
Come out and see the best of the best in student art! The Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards is a regional visual arts competition for middle and high school students. Awards are distributed in a variety of media in the following categories: Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention. Regional Gold Key winners advance to the national competition. The award ceremony is at the Florida Theatre at 10 a.m., followed by the Art Exhibition opening at the Main Library at 1 p.m. You may view the exhibit through Feb. 26 on the second and third floors during normal operating hours.
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