City Council Districts 8, 10 and 14 and At-Large Groups 1 and 3 face runoff races in the May 14 Duval General Election. To ask candidates about issues important to you, submit your questions online through April 8. Then, attend a Candidate Forum April 18 to hear the answers. Forums, hosted by the Jacksonville Public Library and the League of Women Voters of Jacksonville First Coast, will be held at three library locations and moderated by local journalists. Here's your chance to get informed before you vote.
Something to celebrate!
Each year since April 1996 National Poetry Month highlights the extraordinary legacy and ongoing achievement of American poets and encourages the reading of poems. From digital storytelling to Hope at Hand and Griot Power Hour at Art Walk to P.O.M.E. Poetry Workshops to good reads—check out the awesome booklist—there's a cool way to celebrate the poet in all of us all month!
Calling all superheroes...
It's a blast for the whole family as the Beaches Branch Library hosts its 7th Annual Comic Con with a costume contest, DJ Mario Lambert, Ghostbusters, Jedis and plenty of local vendors. Save the date for April 13, and don't forget the Comic Book Cover Contest: The deadline, April 6, is fast approaching. Stay tuned for more Comic Cons coming your way in May!
Being a parent or caregiver is fun but also a lot of hard work! The library wants to help make it a little easier by bringing experts together to share valuable tips you need for children from birth to age 2. Learn about sleep safety, lactation, family yoga, storytimes, art, sign language and more.
Nuclear Negotiations: Back to the Future?
Nuclear weapons have not gone away, and the Trump administration has brought a new urgency, if not a new approach, to dealing with the issue. To what degree should past nuclear talks guide future U.S. nuclear arms control negotiations? Can the art of the deal apply to stabilizing our nuclear future? Join the discussion, facilitated by J. Patrick Plumlee, Ph.D., retired associate professor of political science at the University of North Florida. Get more info and recommended reading.
Many library locations will serve as early voting sites for the Duval General Election. Beginning April 29 you can find a list of early voting sites at duvalelections.com. Many races were decided in the first election, but some City Council seats face runoffs. Attend a Candidate Forum April 18(see first article above) to learn more about the issues before you vote. Early voting will run through May 12.