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Celebrating Woodstock 50

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“They came in numbers no one could have anticipated to a field in upstate New York for three days of 'music and peace.' Now [half a century] has passed. The children of ‘69 have grown older; most have grown richer; a few perhaps, have grown wiser. They look back across the years and remember an event that some say defined their generation. And they wonder what it meant to have been at... Woodstock.”  

What did it mean to be at Woodstock? The quote above was published by the Florida Times-Union in 1994 commemorating the 25th anniversary of the iconic music festival, and now here we are at the 50th anniversary still as fascinated with Woodstock as ever. Whether it be aerial photos of the massive 400,000 person crowd that flooded Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York, or portraits of attendees holding peace signs in the air, clothed in fringe and flowers— Woodstock was the quintessential snapshot of 1960s counterculture.


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Discover the Work of River Dana

River Dana was born in an Alaskan log cabin that contained no running water nor electricity. Raised in poverty and forced to grow up in social isolation by religiously fanatic parents, she was constantly on the move, and books were her only escape. She devoured anything she could get her hands on, imagining the faraway places she knew she would see some day. She is no stranger to Jacksonville, moving here for the third time in 2018.

Her photography exhibition, From Here To Jacksonville, will be on display at the Main Library. View her work on the second floor and third floor Betty Francis galleries from August 14 to September 24, 2019.


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Local Crime Fiction Author - Michael Wiley

If you love the mystery and suspense of a gripping crime fiction novel, you must check out Michael Wiley. Dr. Wiley is a local author and literature professor at the University of North Florida. He sat down with us recently on our Completely Booked podcast to chat about his latest novel, Monument Road, and yes– that's the Monument Road here in the Arlington area of Jacksonville leading up to the once bustling and beloved Regency Mall.


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Let the swashbuckling adventures begin!

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Pirate lovers of all kinds take over the entire library! Frequently Arrgh-st Questions, pirate authors and historians, Pillagin’ Pirates with Eco Relics, treasure hunt for teens, pirate-themed storytimes for kids, Treasure Island movie, antique maps and refreshments.


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