Read your way to a healthy habit Fun and prizes for all ages
Research shows it takes 66 days to form a habit. Help yourself and our community develop a healthy habit—reading daily—when you join the Read 66 challenge at Jacksonville Public Library. Start in January by reading 15 minutes a day each day. To track your reading progress and earn prizes, simply sign up/log in for free to ReadSquared.com, pick up a Roadmap Reading Tracker at any library or download a tracker online. Celebrate with a party at the end of the Reading Challenge and see some of your favorite authors at our Jax Book Fest, March 25, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., at the Main Library. Learn more about Read 66, see book suggestions and select a book to start your journey. Reading 66 days is ideal but reading as much as you can is what counts.
Get your kicks on Read 66: Sign up, track your reading, pass mile markers to earn badges and prizes, attend a fun party, and join the Jax Book Fest finale in March. Read more.
Calling All Local Authors
Jax Book Fest wants you! (Author/Exhibitor – Only $30 with Early Bird Discount by Jan. 6 deadline)
If you're an author, drop your pen now! Visit ilovejpl.org to find out how you can showcase your work at Jacksonville Public Library's inaugural Jax Book Fest for all ages on March 25, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Library. You'll be in good company with authors and illustrators such as Karen Beaumont, David Catrow, Leela Corman, Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., Brenda Jackson, Ethan Long, Maggie Stiefvater, zine creators, young poets, national and local authors, and more. Enjoy presentations, book sales, and lots of children's activities. Don't miss this great opportunity to market your books at the literary event of the season. Find out more.
Something big Is coming ...
Get excited Jacksonville! In February our community will be taken over by hundreds of people doing the same thing during the same time period. What is it? It's engaging, educational and entertaining! Can you "name" it? Stay tuned to find out more and how you can be a part of something big!
Honoring Memories • Educating Generations • Celebrating Life
Exhibit: Lawyers without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany under the Third Reich Jan. 9 – Feb. 4, View during operating hours, Main Library, 4th Floor Atrium
More than 70 years after its horrors unfolded, the Holocaust still has stories to reveal and lessons to share. This exhibit begins to provide a portrait of the fate of Jewish lawyers in Germany—stories that speak to how the Nazis purged Jewish lawyers as one of the early steps to attack the rule of law in their country. Read more about the exhibit here and watch our website for additional information.
Jacksonville Black History Calendar Unveiling Thursday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Join us for the 28th Annual Unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History Calendar! A timely keepsake for Black History Month, the calendar also serves as a vital resource and inspiration to celebrate black history year-round. The title sponsor for the calendar is Burger King, in collaboration with Florida State College at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Public Library, WJXT News 4 Jax and the James Weldon Johnson Branch of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History. This event is free and open to the public. Click here for the event listing where you can set up a reminder or download a calendar placeholder. (Pictured: Unveiling of last year's Black History Calendar, Hallowed Grounds theme, at the Main Library.)
Lifelong Learning and Enrichment
Author Donn R. Colee Jr. discussion: Broadcasting's Proudest Moments
Our Authors & Artists series features Donn R. Colee Jr., author of Towers in the Sand: The History of Florida Broadcasting, a comprehensive history of Florida's broadcasting industry from 1922 –2016. The book features stories from more than 80 Florida broadcasting pioneers and current leaders. It recalls hard-hitting journalism, and editorials, lifesaving moments through decades of hurricanes, and lighthearted moments with favorite personalities and promotions. The program is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library and The Jacksonville Historical Society. Enjoy the book from the library.
Great Decisions Is Back
Jacksonville Public Library is proud to host Great Decisions again in 2017. Great Decisions is America's largest discussion program on world affairs. The program model involves reading the Great Decisions Briefing Book, watching the DVD, and meeting in a Discussion Group to discuss the most critical global issues facing America today.
From Ben Franklin to Benghazi America's Diplomats takes you inside the Foreign Service and behind the scenes of U.S. Foreign Policy. Discover the role our diplomats play in shaping American history. Uncover the origins of our Foreign Service and the danger American diplomats face far from home.
You design it. We print it for you with our 3-D printer!
Design your own 3-D object from anywhere using 3-D modeling software that you choose (there are several free, open source programs), email your design to us, and we'll print it for you. There is a small fee and you must pick up your object within 14 days. Also, if you want to learn more about 3-D printing, take one of our many 3-D design classes. You might even want to earn a Certificate of Completion in the Digital Media and Design track. Learn more about 3-D classes, our new Certificate of Completion tracks, and details and procedures for sending in your 3-D printing request.
Music and Art at the Main Library
Lunch @ The Lounge Featuring Musical Guest Jessica Menke Wed., Jan. 11, Noon, Main Library, Lounge @ 303 North
Singer Jessica Menke and an accompanying guitarist will delight and entertain with a variety of songs including seven lively Spanish folk songs. Bring your lunch—bagged, boxed or bought from a local eatery and sit back, relax, and listen to the music. Always free.
These quilts by Vicki Zoller of the All Stars Quilters Guild of Mandarin are a feast for the eyes. Quilted by hand, her motifs include hearts, bees, flowers, bows, arcs, circles, geometric designs of all kinds, numbers, alphabet, hidden words and more! There's even a quilt made of selvages. Take your time enjoying the colorful quilts. After all, the quilter spent three to nine months quilting each finished work by hand.
We'll ring in the New Year with song and music featuring acclaimed mezzo-soprano Regina Torres, baritone Stephen Mumbert, and pianist Bonita Sonsini Wyke. Learn more about the artists and parking for the free concert.
From Facing the Frontlines gallery exhibit to knitting a scarf, you'll find something creative to do in the Jax Makerspace. Build it with LEGOS or Little Bits. Make music. Tinker with Makey Makey (if you don't know what that is, come and find out). Race robots. Delve into digital image editing. It's all happening in the Jax Makerspace.
Kids & Teens
Snack Attack: Six-Week Program for Teens
Saturdays beginning Jan. 7, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Main Library, Teen Department
Come feed your face as we tackle tasty topics such as debunking food myths, food science, supertasters, difference between organic and nonorganic, food play and mixology. Read more.
Learn about comprehensive library resources to help you prepare for success and take some of the dread out of the college entrance tests. You'll also learn how to access to sample tests and get valuable test taking tips and strategies. Find out more details.
Every Wednesday at 4 p.m. we will set up a different gaming system, PS4, PS2, Xbox or Wii, for tournament play. Signups will start on Monday and continue until 4:15 p.m. Wednesday for the gaming bracket. Tournament play will be point based. The player with the most points at the end of the month wins a prize, has his/her picture taken, and automatically earns a seat to the end of the year Tournament of Champions event. Tournament play is for ages 12 – 18. Read more.
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Celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.