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Geek Out with Us at Tech Fair 2019

Tech Fair, Jacksonville Public Library, Video

Put your mad skills to the test!  Robots, R2-D2, Coding, VR & More!

Saturday, June 20th from 10 AM - 2 PM in the Makerspace at the Main Library.  

Kindness Literacy: Amy Barnett & The American Civility Association

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“In our society it is important for us to fight the negativity intentionally and one of the ways we can do that is recommend books. We call it Kindness Literacy. ”

Kindness Literacy, have you heard of it? Neither had we.

Born out of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy of December 14, 2012 when 20 children and 6 adults were killed in a violent gunman attack, Amy Barnett founded the American Civility Association, Inc. The ACA creates brain-building programs, leadership training and safe school intervention events for students K-12. These educational programs include training components for educators, school counselors and parent/guardians. Amy and her team of educators, medical experts, neuroscientists, mental health specialists, authors and concerned business professionals have been on a mission to end school violence and bullying.

Take Digital Trip Down Memory Lane

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Remember when Jacksonville Beach boasted a lively boardwalk with a Ferris wheel? Do you recall the aftermath of Hurricane Dora in 1964? Look back at Jacksonville’s past through photographs taken from the 1940s – 1990s. Read actual telegraphs and see historic images from Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. Browse vintage postcards that evoke memories of Old Florida from yesteryear. It’s all part of the Digital Library Collection.

Inside This Year’s Summer Reading Program

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The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, was chosen because reading takes you to new places and new universes—sometimes even to the world of superheroes.

Celebrate National Ice Cream Month with Sweet Reads!

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July is National Ice Cream Month! Sometimes these "national holidays" can seem silly, but President Ronald Reagan actually designated July as National Ice Cream Month in 1984. He recognized ice cream as a fun food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation's population, which makes it a little more legitimate– right? Here are some sweet reads to help you celebrate!

Stranger Things Book List

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Stranger Things Season 3 drops tomorrow on Netflix and although the show flows so much like a horror novel, the show is not based on a book.  That isn’t stopping us from recommending some great similarly-themed reads!  As fans get ready to travel back in time to Hawkins, Indiana for Stranger Things Season 3, which drops on Netflix tomorrow, here are twelve books to get back into the ‘80’s monster movie groove.

Graphic Novels in Libraries Month

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July 2019 marks the very first Graphic Novels in Libraries Month! To kick off this month, we teamed up with Shawn Norton. Shawn is the manager of the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library and a graphic novels enthusiast. He chats with us about his personal graphic novel recommendations, as well as the process behind creating graphic novels of your own in Episode 56 of Completely Booked.

On The Road: Audiobooks for Your Summer Road Trips

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Are you headed on a road trip this summer? Don’t forget the audiobooks! You can use your library card to create free accounts on Overdrive and Hoopla to unlock tons of popular audiobooks and ebooks.

Summer Learning in Full Swing at the Jacksonville Public Library!

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Summer technically starts tomorrow, June 21, but Summer Learning has been in full swing here at the Jacksonville Public Library for a few weeks!  A main highlight so far has been Mr. Joe singing a stellar Summer Learning song on Facebook Live. Watch the video above to jam out with him!  Visit Mr. Joe, a storytime favorite, at the Children's department at Willowbranch Library.

Stellar Summer Reads 2019!

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Here are some stellar summer reads to feed your curiosity about infinity and beyond!

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