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Remembering Dora, Preparing for Dorian

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55 years ago, Hurricane Dora battered the coast of Northeast Florida and dismantled the myth that Jacksonville was immune to the wrath of hurricanes. A lot has changed since 1964, and here are some things to consider as we prepare for Hurricane Dorian:

A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir

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Chris Gabbard is a local author and UNF professor who recently published his first book, A Life Beyond Reason: A Father's Memoir. It's an incredibly poignant story about his son, August, whose life began and ended with medical malpractice.

New! Look what your library card can do.

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Kanopy—think of it as Netflix on steroids. And now it’s absolutely free with your library card! The popular on-demand streaming service gives you access to 30,000 classic and modern movies and documentaries, as well as other digital offerings. Stream movies and more anytime, anywhere—on your TV, mobile phone, computer or online. Download the Kanopy app for iOS, Android, Apple TV or Chromecast.

Stellar Summer Reading Stats 2019!

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A little bit of reading each and every day seriously goes a long way, and you can see that in our Summer Reading Program 2019 stats. This summer, we invited children, teens, and adults to embark on a journey into A Universe of Stories. We read stellar books, enjoyed out-of-this-world programs, and successfully stopped the summer slide!

Celebrate National Literacy Month

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September is National Literacy Month, a great time to celebrate the joy—and importance—of reading! Encourage reading by visiting the library as a family, inspire your children to read by example, bring toddlers to library storytimes, make time to read aloud, and donate to the ReadingPals Book Drive.

Open Call for Yearbook Donations

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The Jacksonville Public Library is initiating a project to expand our Yearbook Collection that is currently housed in Special Collections at the Main Library. Our goal is to gather as many of these time capsules as possible to curate an extensive collection that will be available to everyone in the Jacksonville community. But to do this, we need your help!

Banned Books Week: Keep the Light On!

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Sept. 22 – 28 is Banned Books Week when libraries across the country celebrate the freedom to read. This year’s theme “Censorship Leaves Us in the Dark” urges everyone to “Keep the Light On.” The Office of Intellectual Freedom composes a list of the most challenged books each year. Check out the 2018 list, which includes some popular children's books.

Celestial Farms: A Sanctuary for Both Animals and People

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Animal lovers of Jacksonville— Celestial Farms is the spot for you. It's a farm that wears many hats, operating as an animal rescue, petting zoo, educational organizaiton, animal adoption agency, rehabilitation center, event venue, a fun place to bring the family, and so much more.

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.”  

Discover the Work of River Dana

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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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