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JPL50+

Jacksonville Public Library is pleased to offer programs with older adults in mind – JPL50+! Stay up-to-date with technology with classes on how to use the latest phones and tablets. Learn about social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more). Get information on finances and legal issues. Continue learning about health and culture. Check out live music performances and more - just for you!

All programs are free and open to the public.



"Suffragette" Movie Screening for Women's History Month

A brief discussion of highlights of the voting rights movement will precede watching the motion picture titled "Suffragette" about the right to vote for women. Womenshistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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The Making, Meaning, and Pleasure of Reading Historical Fiction

Author and Professor Emeritus of history, Dr. Robert Gold, will lead a presentation/discussion about creating a compelling historical novel. This program is free and open to the public. JPL50 Authors1

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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The Making, Meaning and Pleasure of Reading Historical Fiction

Author and Professor Emeritus of history, Dr. Robert Gold, will lead a presentation/discussion about creating a compelling historical novel. This program is free and open to the public. JPL50 Authors1

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Great Decisions - Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan

Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S.

Thursday, March 30, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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AARP Tax-Aide FREE Tax Assistance

The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide during the tax season each year to provide FREE TAX PREPARATION assistance at several library branches and other sites throughout the city. Visit http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/events/taxhelp for a complete schedule and list of documents to bring. Taxhelp1 JPL50

Saturday, April 1, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

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Life Stories

Join us for this educational and inspirational program where we hear stories from local people whose lives were changed by organ/tissue donation. Learn about the local organizations working to save lives and provide comfort. Free and open to the public. In recognition of Donate Life Month, the City of Jacksonville has partnered with Community Hospice, Donate Life Florida, Jacksonville Transplant Alliance, Katie Caples Foundation, Life Net Health, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, Lions Eye Institute for Transplant and Research, and RTI Donor Services to bring this program to the public.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Life Stories

Please join us for a wonderful celebration of Donate Life Month with Life Stories! JPL50

Wednesday, April 5, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic devices? Attend this class to obtain information on how to use the new device. If you are already well versed with mobile technology, but have specific questions about your particular product, this class can also be of help to you. Topics1 JPL50

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Introduction to Computers for Adults 50+

Learn the basics of using a personal computer and Windows navigation. Start a program from the Start Menu or desktop and learn the taskbar functions. Learn to resize windows and create shortcuts. These classes have helpful instructors and an appropriate pace for the 50+ novice learner. JPL50

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Great Decisions - Nuclear Security

Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, April 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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AARP Tax-Aide FREE Tax Assistance

The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide during the tax season each year to provide FREE TAX PREPARATION assistance at several library branches and other sites throughout the city. Visit http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/events/taxhelp for a complete schedule and list of documents to bring. Taxhelp1 JPL50

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

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Learn to Write Poetry People Want to Read

UNF Professor Mary Baron will take beginners through a guided Poetry workshop. You will learn what it means to say “I am a Writer” and how to avoid a “Hallmark card ” poem. Poetry1 JPL50

Saturday, April 8, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

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Pet Therapy and Pet Peace of Mind®

Statistics show that pet therapy provides psychological benefits, such as reduced stress, increased sensory stimulation, and relaxation and diversion from pain. At Community Hospice, pet therapy is a way for our volunteers to bring comfort and joy to our patients and their families. Learn about pet therapy and our patient support program, Pet Peace of Mind® that recognizes pets as family, too, designed to assist with the needs of patient’s pet, keeping them together as long as possible. This program is free and open to the public. DonateLife1 JPL50

Monday, April 10, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Introduction to Genealogy

Watching genealogy programs on TV is fun. Come and see how to start your own family history. This introductory program is primarily for beginners but all are welcome. (Topics1) JPL50

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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Poetry Open Mic Night for Teens and Adults

Poetry Open Mic Night for Teens and Adults:
Come celebrate National Poetry Month at the San Marco Branch Library inside the Balis Center on Tuesday, April 11th from 7:00-8:30.
Bring an original poem, song or an old favorite. Step up to the mic and read.
Poetry must be appropriate in language and content.
Poems must be under three minutes in length. Ages 12 and up.
Call 858-2907 to register.

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Surreal Poetics

Come celebrate National Poetry Month by joining us for an evening of creating surreal poetry. The techniques practiced in this workshop may also be applied to other writing endeavors. Poetry1 JPL50

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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National Library Week Program

Retired Jacksonville Librarian, Margaret Smith will speak on the history of Jacksonville's libraries with a special emphasis on the Beaches Branch Library. Libraryweek1 JPL50

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines

An adventurous former librarian sets out in search of the legendary mines of King Solomon in this epic sequel to The Librarian: Quest for the Spear starring Noah Wyle, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Newhart, and Olympia Dukakis. Flynn Carsen (Wyle) was a quiet bookworm whose 12 bachelor's degrees, six master's degrees, and four Ph.D.'s weren't earned by risking his life at the far corners of the globe. But now school is over, and the only way to uncover some of history's most exciting secrets is to travel into the field and set out on the adventure of a lifetime.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:45pm

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Presidential Libraries: What You Can Find in Them

In celebration of National Library Week, find out more about special libraries – the Presidential ones! Dr. Yanek Mieczkowski will share the history of Presidential Libraries and what they hold. This program is free and open to the public. Libraryweek1 JPL50

Thursday, April 13, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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AARP Tax-Aide FREE Tax Assistance

The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to partner with the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide during the tax season each year to provide FREE TAX PREPARATION assistance at several library branches and other sites throughout the city. Visit http://www.jaxpubliclibrary.org/events/taxhelp for a complete schedule and list of documents to bring. Taxhelp1 JPL50

Saturday, April 15, 2017 -
10:00am to 2:00pm

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Lawyers in Libraries:How to Help When Domestic Violence is Suspected

Pro Bono Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Three Rivers Legal Services and Jacksonville Public Library have partnered to bring "Lawyers in Libraries” to the community. These workshops feature attorneys who can provide guidance on a variety of Topics. All programs are free and open to the public. NOTE: The lawyers in this program have generously volunteered their time; however, they should not be considered as personal lawyers. No attorney-client relationship is being created with this free service. The lawyers are there to provide general guidance and advice only. Lawyers1 JPL50

Monday, April 17, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Life Stories

Join us for this educational and inspirational program where we hear stories from local people whose lives were changed by organ/tissue donation. Learn about the local organizations working to save lives and provide comfort. Free and open to the public. In recognition of Donate Life Month, the Jacksonville Public Library has partnered with Community Hospice, Donate Life Florida, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, and the Duval County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring this program to the public. Donatelife1 JPL50

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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BEOWULF (DOMESTIC)

Inspired by the epic Old English poem of the same name, director Robert Zemeckis's digitally rendered film follows the Scandinavian hero Beowulf (Ray Winstone) as he fights to protect the Danes from a ferocious beast named Grendel (Crispin Glover). Though at first Grendel seems invincible, Beowulf eventually manages to defeat him in a desperate battle to the death. Devastated by her son's violent demise at the hands of Beowulf, Grendel's mother (Angelina Jolie) sets out in search of revenge.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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Life Stories

Join us for this educational and inspirational program where we hear stories from local people whose lives were changed by organ/tissue donation. Learn about the local organizations working to save lives and provide comfort. Free and open to the public. In recognition of Donate Life Month, the Jacksonville Public Library has partnered with Community Hospice, Donate Life Florida, LifeQuest Organ Recovery Services, and the Duval County Medical Examiner’s Office to bring this program to the public. Donatelife1 JPL50

Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Money Smart for Small Business: Record Keeping

Learn or improve your overall recordkeeping practices; apply tricks and tools relevant to your business; choose among various software to support your recordkeeping. FREE, but call (904) 390-3282 or email realsensejax@uwnefl.org to register! Financiallyfit1 JPL50

Thursday, April 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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iPhones and iPads for Adults 50+

Do you have an iPad? Would you like to obtain information on how to use it? If you already know how to use your device, but have specific questions about it, this class can also be of help to you.
Topics1 JPL50

Friday, April 21, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Come out to celebrate National Poetry Month and learn to write poetry – yes, you! Hope at Hand will guide you to bring out your inner poet – no writing experience necessary! The program is for tweens, teens and adults. Free and open to the public. Poetry1 JPL50

Friday, April 21, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Heartfulness Meditation

Come to the library and learn to relax, integrate your inner and outer lives, and enter a state of peacefulness. Indrani Sindhuvalli, Ph.D., will lead us in this Heartfulness Meditation workshop. Free and open to the public. Read1 JPL50

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Android Smartphones & Tablets for Adults 50+

Do you own an Android phone or tablet, and need help learning how to use it? If you know how to use it, but have some specific questions about your device, you will also benefit from this class. JPL50 Devices1 Topics1

Saturday, April 22, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm

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Get Financially Fit: Money Smart for Young Adults

Money Smart for Young Adults—Pay yourself First: Identify ways to save money and options to save toward your goals. Financiallyfit1 JPL50

Monday, April 24, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic devices? Attend this class to obtain information on how to use the new device. If you are already well versed with mobile technology, but have specific questions about your particular product, this class can also be of help to you. Topics1 JPL50

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Poetry Writing Workshop

Come out to celebrate National Poetry Month and learn to write poetry – yes, you! Hope at Hand will guide you to bring out your inner poet – no writing experience necessary! The program is for tweens, teens and adults. Free and open to the public. Poetry1 JPL50

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
5:00pm to 6:00pm

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Willowbranch Poetry Festival

Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Willowbranch Library! Poets and poetry lovers of all ages are invited to read their favorite poems, written by themselves or other poets. If you would like to sign up to read poetry, contact Alison McCarty at 904.381.8490.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:30pm

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Money Smart for Adults

This program will offer individuals information on how to enhance their money management skills, understand financial services, and build financial confidence. Money1 JPL50

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

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Money Smart for Small Business: Financial Management

Understand the essentials of financial management; learn financial management practices, rules, and tools most relevant for small businesses; prepare for common business financing needs: start-up finance, working capital, and fixed asset loans. FREE, but call (904) 390-3282 or email realsensejax@uwnefl.org to register! Financiallyfit1 JPL50 Libraryweek1

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Money Matters

Identify ways to decrease spending and increase income. Financiallyfit1 and JPL50.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Money Smart for Adults

This program will offer individuals information on how to enhance their money management skills, understand financial services, avoid financial pitfalls and build financial confidence to use banking services effectively. Money1 JPL50

Thursday, April 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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