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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.”  

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.

Local Crime Fiction Author - Michael Wiley

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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.

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.

Loyd Sandgren's Legacy

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Going through a day-to-day routine, most of us don’t typically ponder the history of our own surroundings. And if we do, it can be hard to visualize what various elements of a city would have looked like during a time outside of our own existence. With photography, we get a little closer to achieving this feat. Seeing just one old image of a structure that still remains from the past can unlock a new understanding of a moment in time that would have otherwise been lost. When you consider what over 14,000 photos of a city spanning decades would reveal, history begins to unravel like twine.

This was the legacy of Loyd Sandgren.

Jacksonville Journal: Back to School Edition 1969

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1969 - Flared pants, tape recorders, wispy hair styles, and so much more. Here's what the Jacksonville Journal: Back to School Edition looked like 50 years ago:

Book Lovers Day 2019

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Fellow bibliophiles, August 9 is your day! Happy National Book Lovers Day!

Get Your Kids (and You!) Ready for Back to School

Back to School

To help parents and kids get back in the groove of a school routine, we sit down with Rebecca McNeil, an early educator at Riverside Presbyterian Day School, on our latest episode of Completely Booked to help inspire you to start the year off right. We cover the things to do, read and say to make this transition a confidence-building experience for both you and your child.

What Will Be Your Legacy?

What will be your legacy?

For Lewis Ansbacher, it was maps– rare, collectible, and antique ones. It started in the 1980s with an antique map gifted by his son. From there the fascination continued, resulting in a collection of more than 240 maps from around the world.

National Spider-Man Day!

National Spider Man Day

Celebrate the day by watching Spider-Man movies and reading some of the comics. We’ve even come up with a list for you! Use your spidey senses and choose wisely.

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