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Summer Learning in Full Swing at the Jacksonville Public Library!

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!

JPL's 5 Ways to Head Off The Summer Slide

Beat summer brain drain!

Parents, have you heard of the “summer slide”? Research shows that children, especially new or struggling readers, who do not engage in fun or educational activities during the summer months are more likely to suffer from the "summer slide" — the learning loss of up to two months of educational progress that takes place during the summer months and the long break from school.

The Storybook Pride Prom at Willowbranch Library!

To celebrate National Pride Month, LGBTQ teens are invited create their own "happily ever after" at The Storybook Pride Prom! This event will be on Friday, June 28 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM at Willowbranch Library in Riverside. Come dressed inspired by your favorite book character– casual, formal, or in drag – whatever makes you feel great. Be you!

Free summer lunch program begins at Jacksonville libraries

Spread the word!  The Free Summer Lunch Program has officially kicked off in Duval County at the Jacksonville Public Library!  To help ensure that kids don't go hungry while school is out of session, free and nutritious meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many library locations.   

A Universe of Stories Awaits at JPL!

Get your library card ready! Join the Jacksonville Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, as we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing. All June and July there will be fun events, great books to read, awesome prizes, and it's all free! 

Lo que su Biblioteca ofrece en español

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¿Sabía usted sobre todos los servicios y libros en español que existen a su disposición en muchas de las bibliotecas a través de la ciudad de Jacksonville?

What To Read After The GOT Finale

JPL Game of Thrones booklist

With the popular HBO series coming to an end in its eighth season, there will be a hole left in both our hearts and our Sunday night schedules. Thankfully, while you wait for George R. R. Martin to finish book six in his Song of Ice and Fire, you can fill that fantasy-shaped void with plenty of works that will satisfy your craving for action, drama and epic world-building.

Calling all Florida Indie Authors...You could win $500 in a writing contest!

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If you’re a self-published indie author of Young Adult Fiction or Adult Fiction, submit your work for the Florida Indie Author Contest sponsored by Library Journal and BiblioBoard. The contest deadline is May 31, 2019.

April is National Poetry Month!

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It’s hard to imagine a world without the soul-stirring poems of Maya Angelou, the comic verse of Ogden Nash, or the influential works of Walt Whitman, the father of free verse. Now during National Poetry Month, you can kick up your own poetry appreciation—and enjoyment—with poetry programs and more. 

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