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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.



Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story

Please join us for a movie showing of Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story. Cuba Gooding Jr. stars as real-life neurosurgeon Ben Carson in this made-for-TV biographical drama from TNT. Directed by Thomas Carter (Coach Carter), the film reveals Carson's inspiring life story as a poor, inner-city youth who overcame great odds to become one of the world's best surgeons, thanks to the love of his determined single mother (played by Kimberly Elise) and an unswerving Christian faith. Author: Sandra Bencic
Blackhistory1 JPL50

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -
4:30pm to 6:30pm

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What’s in a Name?

Inspired by Jax Reads NEA Big Read selection The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri and the Kesha exhibition, we will examine what names mean to us and the people around us? Did you know some countries have restrictions or traditions regarding names? Join us in the Jax Makerspace for the discussion and share the stories behind your names and more. (Read1 JPL50) (Kesha1) (Blackhistory1)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -
5:30pm to 6:45pm

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Movie Screening – Martin Lawrence: You so Crazy

Filmed at a sold-out Majestic Theater in Brooklyn, N.Y., veteran comedian Martin Lawrence delivers his first full-length stand-up special. This film is unrated. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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NEA Big Read/JaxReads Book: The Namesake

Malayalee Association of North Florida will be performing traditional cutural Indian dances.Read1 JPL50

Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Murray Hill Library Book Club Discussion

NEA Big Read/JaxReads Book Discussion: The Namesake
Join us for a lively discussion of the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri that “deftly demonstrates how the familiar struggles between new and old, assimilation and cultural preservation, striving toward the future and longing for the past, play out in one particular set of foreign-born parents and their American-born children.” (from NEA Big Read) This program is free and open to the public. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. Read1JPL50

Saturday, February 25, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

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Lawyers in Libraries:Living Wills, Medical Directives, Final Wills and POA

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, February 27, 2017 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

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Flamingo Book Club Jax Reads/ Big Reads

Join the Flamingo Book Club for a lively discussion of the book by Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri that “deftly demonstrates how the familiar struggles between new and old, assimilation and cultural preservation, striving toward the future and longing for the past, play out in one particular set of foreign-born parents and their American-born children.” (from NEA Big Read) A special evening is planned celebrating the rich culture of India with native foods, Mehndi skin painting, traditional Indian dance demonstration that will be led by Beaches Library employee, Padma T

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Get Financially Fit @ Your Library: Building and Increasing Credit

Get techniques to build or increase your credit score. Free and open to the public. Financiallyfit1JPL50

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 -
7:30pm to 8:30pm

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Cover of Introduction to the Internet for Adults 50+

Introduction to the Internet for Adults 50+

This class explains the concepts of the internet, URLs, browsers and the World Wide Web. Get tips on safe and secure internet usage. Adults 50+ will find these classes have helpful instructors and an appropriate pace for the novice learn. (JPL50, Topics1)

Thursday, March 2, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm

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Great Decisions - Conflict in the South China Sea

The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, March 2, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Celebrate Jane Austen!

Celebrate Women's History by discussing the works of Jane Austen and her continuing influence on today's literature. Womenshistory1 JPL50

Saturday, March 4, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

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Heartfulness Meditation

We're celebrating the JAX READS/NEA Big Read of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri! Learn to relax and regulate your mind in this free workshop presented by Certified Heartfulness Trainer Madhu Sindhuvalli. Discover natural ways to achieve balance, happiness, inspiration and productivity in your life. Free and open to the public. No registration required! Read1 JPL50

Sunday, March 5, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Get Financially Fit: Borrowing Basics

Borrowing Basics: Guard against predatory lending practices! Get information to distinguish between loan types and be wary of rent-to-own, payday loans, and refund anticipation services. Financiallyfit1 JPL50

Monday, March 6, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Cover of Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic devices? Then you need to 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. (JPL50, Topics1)

Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Great Decisions - Saudi Arabia in Transition

As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, Deputy Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman attempts to boldly transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. At the same time, many countries such as the U.S. point out the lack of democracy, women’s rights and human rights in Saudi Arabia, and blame its promotion of Wahhabism, an extremely conservative version of Islam, for creating jihadists. Bipartisan criticism of Saudi Arabia is rising in Congress. Both countries need each other, but they are at a crossroads in bilateral relations.

Thursday, March 9, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Film Screening and Book Discussion: The Namesake

Join us for the JAX READS/NEA Big Read film screening and book discussion of The Namesake. NOTE: The Namesake is rated PG-13 for sexuality/nudity, a scene of drug use, some disturbing images and brief language. The NEA Big Read finale takes place Saturday, March 11 at 1 p.m. featuring award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair. All programs are free and open to the public. No registration required. Read1 JPL50

Friday, March 10, 2017 -
6:30pm to 9:00pm

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Jax Reads/NEA Big Read Finale: An Afternoon with Mira Nair

Join us for a presentation and interview with award-winning filmmaker Mira Nair. The interview will be led by Parvez Ahmed, Ph.D. A skilled director, Mira Nair is equally adept talking to an audience; she began her career in front of the camera, not behind it. With sophistication, she discusses the craft of filmmaking as well as the issues she so passionately explores in her films: the tug of competing worlds felt by millions of immigrants, and ways to bridge the gap between cultures, races and genders.

Saturday, March 11, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

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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, March 11, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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A Study of "The Subjection of Women"

Have you read "The Subjection of Women" by John Stuart Mill? Celebrate Women's History Month by joining us for a discussion of this philosophical/historical treatise. Womenshistory1 JPL50

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Get Financially Fit @ Your Library: Paying for College and Cars

Get general information on installment loans, including car loans and student loans. This free program is specific to teens and young adults. Financiallyfit1JPL50

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Women's History Movie Screening of League of Their Own

"A League of Their Own" is a movie about the first season of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which ran from 1943 to 1954. Please join us to watch this movie in celebration of Women's History Month. Womenshistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm

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Turn It UP Thursday

NO WHISPERING ALLOWED!!!

The library will be transformed for an evening of games, workshops, demonstrations, meet-ups, art projects and more. Learn a new craft, make new friends and Turn It UP. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

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Great Decisions - Foreign Policy and Petroleum

What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, March 16, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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Women's History Program

In celebration of Women’s History Month, join us for an appearance by WTLV/WJXX First Coast News Anchor Jeannie Blaylock who will give an inspirational message about her flagship community project - Buddy Check 12. "Pink" refreshments to follow.
This program is free and open to the public. Womenshistory1 JPL50

Friday, March 17, 2017 -
1:30pm to 3:30pm

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JPL Authors and Artists

Title: JPL Authors and Artists
Description: Join us for a discussion of women’s lives in Native American reservations presented by Maryam Khazraee, author of “Realities of Living on a Reservation: A City Girl’s First Encounter.”
JPL50, Culturalfusion1, Womenshistory1

Saturday, March 18, 2017 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

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PRIDE Book Club featuring Dr. JefriAnne Wilder

Dr. Jeffrianne Wilder will discuss "Color Stories: Black Women and Colorism in the 21st Century." Womenshistory1 JPL50 Culturalfusion1

Saturday, March 18, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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I'm Carolyn Parker: The Good, the Mad, and the Beautiful

After Academy Award®-winning director Jonathan Demme met Carolyn Parker and gained permission to film her progress as she rebuilt after Hurricane Katrina, what began as a historical documentary morphed into a deeply personal character study of the courage and resiliency of this fierce, opinionated matriarch and community activist.

Monday, March 20, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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