Love, power and passion, murder and the supernatural, even a Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers–the November author series offers a mixed bag to delight any reader. These local authors will regale you with behind-the-scenes stories and read their favorite excerpts. Read up, (check out Given, Not Taken, Killer Instinct, Matanzas Bay and Trommler Bitterfeld from the library), get your questions ready, and meet the novelists in person! Learn more.
Welcome to another typical summer in Florida, the season of the storms. Serge Storms.The pace picks up. Winds howl, TV reporters fly around the beach, the Party Parrot parties on, and questions mount: Who's stalking Tampa Bay's most sensitive journalist? Did Tom Cruise go too easy on Matt Lauer? ... and the pressing question on everyone's new-millennium lips: What would Serge do?
Art Exhibit Opening, Performances, Activities – Art Walk Wednesday, Nov. 1, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m., Jax Makerspace, Main Library
Wow! So much to do in the Jax Makerspace during Art Walk. It's opening night for Living History: A Cultural Mosaic with drums and dance, modular house/short stories, Vietnam War era songs and music with WJCT's David Luckin (6 – 8:30 p.m.), exhibits on the second and third floors, digital photography portraits (5:30 – 7 p.m.), green screen and more. Hands-down the best hands-on fun at Art Walk!
Novel Idea for Writing
Advice and Inspiration to Get You Writing! Multiple Dates and Library Locations
National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a fun, by-the-seat-of-your-pants approach to creative writing. The goal is to write a 50,000-word novel between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30. Valuing enthusiasm, determination and a deadline, NaNoWriMo is for anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Programs to jump-start your writing are offered all month at library locations. Jump in and surprise yourself by starting—and completing—a novel. Learn more and download a booklet.
Calling Local Artists and Authors
Jax Book Fest Needs You! Author Application & Art Deadline – Nov. 30, 2017
Local Artists: You could win $500! Local Authors: You can sell your books!
Jax Book Fest, scheduled for March 3, 2018 at the Main Library, is a literary celebration for all ages featuring children's authors and illustrators, zine creators, local Florida authors, small publishers, writers groups and more. The 2017 event drew more than 3,000 people. The 2018 Jax Book Fest needs authors who want to promote and sell their books, and artists who want to submit original, digital artwork for the 2018 poster contest. The winning poster art will be used to promote the event, and the artist will receive a $500 cash prize. Get details at jaxbookfest.org.
Small Business Matters
How to Generate Sales to the Government Monday, Nov. 20, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Southeast Regional Library
The U.S. federal government buys nearly $100 billion worth of goods and services from small businesses each year. In fact, a significant share of Uncle Sam’s budget is specifically set aside for small businesses. This workshop facilitated by SCORE will feature a speaker from the SBA to discuss how to get registered as a government contractor and the process of bidding for contracts.
Did you know the library has a Small Business Center?
We'll show you how to make colorful 3-D ornaments and more using Tinkercad or other 3-D design software with the library's 3-D printers. Explore 3-D printer pens to draw on flat surfaces or create objects in the air. Explore digital photography, LEGO Ev3 robots, web design, coding and more. And Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Publisher? We've got that. Pick up a catalog at any branch or look on our website to find a computer/technology class near you.
Music Happenings at Main
Lunch @ the Lounge with Al Monte Wednesday, Nov. 8, Noon, The Lounge at 303 North
Treat yourself to a fun concert with Atlantic Beach singer/songwriter Al Monte. Monte 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. Bring lunch, kick back and relax.
Music @ Main Intermezzo Concert with Dr. Simon Shiao and the UNF Violin Studio
Sunday, Nov. 19, 3 p.m., Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
Dr. Simon Shiao, associate professor of violin for 15 years at the University of North Florida, will lead the UNF Violin Studio in a performance that includes works by Bach, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Elgar and more. Shiao holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music and Master and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, has served as soloist and co-concertmaster with Miami’s New World Symphony, and currently performs with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Read more.
Kids & Teens
Native American Heritage Month Multiple Dates and Locations
Book Club and Climate Change Main Library and Regency Square Branch Library
Library staff and a science expert will lead a lively discussion about a featured book's theme regarding global warming and climate change. Join the conversation! Get details to get in on the discussion.
Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Big $15 Bag of Books Sale
Friday, Nov. 17: 4 – 8 p.m. Members only. Join at door. $15 a bag – Buy one bag, get second bag free Saturday, Nov. 18: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. $15 a bag – Buy two bags, get third bag free Sunday, Nov. 19: Noon – 5 p.m. $15 a bag: Clearance – Buy one bag, get one bag free
The FJPL Book Store is located at 3435 University Blvd. N. (University Park Library) Get details.
Ticketed Event by the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation Thursday, Nov. 9, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Main Library Betsy Lovett Courtyard
Jacksonville Public Library was named the 2017 Library of the Year by the Florida Library Association. Join us for this grand celebration to find out why, and enjoy an exciting, new art exhibit, North Florida Jazz Quartet, open bar, hors d'oeuvres and more! To purchase tickets and show your support for your library, visit 904tix.com/events/loty or JPLFoundation.org.
Smile! Show Your Support when You Shop Online
The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation enhances the quality and quantity of the programs at the library. When you shop smile.amazon.com and add the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation to your list of charities, a percentage of your eligible purchases will go to the Foundation, which helps support the library. Use the link every time you shop!
New! Just in Time for the Holidays ... Shop the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation's Gift Catalog Online
From original art to JPL branded items, magnets to mugs, necklaces to nightlights, and T-shirts to totes, you can support your library when you shop the new online gift catalog at ShopJPL.com.
Cyber Monday (Nov. 27) Good Deals for You and Your Library
If you're planning to shop Amazon.com on Cyber Monday or any day, you can support the library at the same time. Use this link or simply click the Buy It Now button in the catalog next to book titles. It redirects you to Amazon.com. Proceed normally as you would to shop on Amazon.com—even on your Amazon Prime account. The link is not just for books; it can be used for anything you buy. Bookmark the link (or enter through the library's catalog each time you shop). It doesn't cost anything extra, and the more you shop using the link, the more it benefits the library. Thank you!
Brentwood Branch Updated and Ready for You!
After closing for a couple of months for new carpet, paint, and to add new computers, the Brentwood Branch Library reopened Oct. 14. A grand reopening and fall festival sponsored by the Friends of the Brentwood Library was held on Oct. 30 to mark the special occasion. Ribbon-cutting celebrants pictured from left to right: Interim Library Director Jennifer Giltrop; Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins; Branch Manager Kathleen Krizek; Friends of Brentwood Library President Sharon Coon; At-Large Council Member Sam Newby; Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission Former Chair Philip Mobley and Councilman Jim Love.