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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.



Get Financially Fit @your library: 3 Keys to Successful Saving

Three Keys to Successful Saving outlines how to set a goal, make a plan and save automatically. Free and open to the public. No registration required. This program is a part of the Get Financially Fit and JPL50 series. Financiallyfit1 JPL50

Wednesday, January 25, 2017 -
12:00pm to 1:00pm

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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, January 26, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Great Decisions - America's Diplomats (54-minute documentary)

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.

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

Thursday, January 26, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:30pm

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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, January 28, 2017 -
1:00pm to 2:00pm

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Seven Sixty-One: The Works of Anne Frank

Jacksonville University Theatre students will present selected excerpts from the famed, “The Diary of a Young Girl”. The performers will mount diary entries and stage fables , all of which were penned by Anne Frank while she and her family spent 761 days in hiding. Please join us for this unique experience and the rare opportunity to hear the writings of Anne Frank come to life. There is no charge for attendance, but seating will only be available on a first-come basis. Culturalfusion1 JPL50

Saturday, January 28, 2017 -
2:00pm to 3:30pm

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Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a new tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic device? Attend this class to obtain information on how to use it. 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)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a new tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic device? Attend this class to obtain information on how to use it. 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)

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:30pm

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Funding Your Dream: Small Business Strategies

The Small Business Administration and the Jacksonville Public Library are conducting a free workshop for small business owners or potential owners. Learn how to develop your business, where to get financing, and what agencies you can contact for assistance.FinanciallyFit1 JPL50

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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Celebrate Jimi Hendrix

In celebration of Black History Month please join us for a movie showing of Jimi Hendrix. The film combines live footage of Hendrix in concert with interviews with Hendrix's friends and contemporaries. Rated R(great for adults 18+) #AAHistory1#jpl50

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:30pm

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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. (JPL50, Topics1)

Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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Introduction to E-Mail for Adults 50+

In this class we’ll help you set up a free email account. You’ll learn how to send, receive, reply to, and forward messages. You’ll also learn to organize your mail and attach documents. (JPL50, Topics1)

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

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Introduction to E-Mail for Adults 50+

In this class we’ll help you set up a free email account. You’ll learn how to send, receive, reply to, and forward messages. You’ll also learn to organize your mail and attach documents. (JPL50, Topics1)

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

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Throw Back Thursday

Come join us for a viewing of the movie Labyrinth (rated PG). All ages welcome! Light snacks and beverages. Picnic style seating. Movie1 JPL50

Thursday, February 2, 2017 -
4:00pm to 6:00pm

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Great Decisions - The Future of Europe

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

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

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Great Decisions - The Future of Europe

The outcome of the United Kingdom referendum on EU membership sent shockwaves across the globe. It even caught British voters by surprise. The European Union has helped secure peace in Europe for the past 70 years. Now it faces an uncertain future. Amid a refugee crisis, lingering financial recession and the constant specter of terrorism, unity seems more imperative than ever. But the Brexit vote underscores the complexities of integrating an extremely diverse continent. What will post-Brexit Europe look like, and how can U.S. foreign policy adapt?

Greatdecisions1 JPL50

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

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From Abroad to America: Stories of Immigration and Cultural Identity

"From Abroad to America: Stories of Immigration and Cultural Identity" kicks off the Jax Reads/NEA Big Read of "The Namesake" by Jhumpa Lahiri. Come hear stories of how First Coast residents came from Germany, Haiti, India and Ireland. Keynote presenter Mona Bhan, Associate Professor of Anthropology at DePauw University, shares her story. Free and open to the public. Read1 JPL50 Culturalfusion1

Saturday, February 4, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:00pm

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Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

Join us in the Jax Makerspace for a preview of the documentary airing on PBS Frontline as we celebrate the life and works of Maya Angelou. Learn how to write poetry – it’s easier than you think! – with Hope at Hand. (Kesha1)
(Blackhistory1) (Culturalfusion1) (JPL50)

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:00pm

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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

Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:30pm

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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

Thursday, February 9, 2017 -
6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Great Decisions - Trade and Politics

The U.S. political mood toward trade has gone sour. One need look no further than the 2016 presidential contest for the popular narrative: trade means that China wins, at America’s expense. But do the numbers support that conclusion? The metrics used to gauge economic strength—Gross Domestic Product and balance of trade—have not kept up with the realities of modern manufacturing. Obtaining an accurate picture of U.S. economic stature requires a critique of those numbers. Only then can the U.S. develop appropriate policy solutions for the challenges at hand.

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

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

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Black History Program

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month featuring vocalists, the Fletcher High School Step Team, and more. Free and open to the public. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Black History Program

Join us for a celebration of Black History Month featuring vocalists, the Fletcher High School Step Team, and more. Free and open to the public. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

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Hidden Histories

Celebrate Black History Month @ the Library! Learn about the contributions African Americans made in the field of science and inventions. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
3:00pm to 4:00pm

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PRIDE Book Club featuring Charlie E. Cobb, Jr.

Join the PRIDE Book Club for a discussion with Charlie E. Cobb, Jr. Mr. Cobb is an icon of the Civil Rights Movement as one of the organizers of Freedom Summer in Mississippi and author of, "This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed". He was the first black staff writer for National Geographic magazine and a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists. This program is free and open to the public. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
3:00pm to 5:30pm

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A History of the Bands at Jacksonville's Historically Black High Schools

Join us in the Jax Makerspace for this look at the effects of segregation and integration on bands at black high schools in Duval County Public Schools. Presented by Timothy J. Groulx, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Music Education, University of North Florida School of Music.

(Blackhistory1) (Culturalfusion1) (JPL50)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

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Jacksonville Urban League: Empowering Communities

Join us as we commemorate Black History Month with a program presented by the Jacksonville Urban League. Learn about the League's history and empowerment of communities through social justice advocacy, education advancement, career development and economic guidance.Blackhistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

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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

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

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Movie Screening: Disney's Ruby Bridges

When bright six year old Ruby is chosen to be the first African-American to integrate her local New Orleans elementary school, she is subjected to the true ugliness of racism for the very first time.
NOTE: Not Rated Free and open to the public. Blackhistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:45pm

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"To Be Heard" Black History Month Presentation

"To Be Heard" is a tale of lives and language on the edge. Three South Bronx teens - Pearl, Anthony, and Karina use their poetry to tell us their life stories. Can a radical poetry class inspire lives and empower young people? BlackHistory1 JPL50

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:45pm

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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, February 16, 2017 -
4:00pm to 7:00pm

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Jax Reads Movie Night: The Namesake

Join us for a very special Monday Movie Night! The Highlands Regional branch is proud to present the feature , The Namesake, a film adaptation of the novel of the same name by Jhumpa Lahiri. Read1. JPL50

Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
6:30pm to 8:00pm

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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. Read1 JPL50

Thursday, February 16, 2017 -
7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Mobile Devices for Adults 50+

Got a new tablet, e-reader, smartphone or other electronic device? Attend this class to obtain information on how to use it. 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)

Saturday, February 18, 2017 -
10:30am to 12:00pm

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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)

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

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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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