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5 Ways to Support Your Library for National Library Week!

It’s National Library Week and we want you to help us celebrate! Here are a few ways you can show your local library just how much you appreciate it – and you may get a few things out of the deal too!

LEAP in the Direction of Your Dreams

After Misty Jones served eight months in prison, she needed a boost to get back into the workforce. She found what she needed with the team from Operation New Hope and its Ready4Work program, which is designed to assist ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. During her time with New Hope, Jones discovered programs in the city that she never knew existed, including our digital literacy program through Project LEAP.

March Staff Picks

Each month we have started to feature a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff. Once a week our literary mavens will be featured on our social media channels. At the end of every month we will combine them into one spot for you right here; that way you won’t miss a single book! These choices are some of their favorite books and authors, or reads they need to share with others.

Unexpected Gifts

We’re always telling you just how much we appreciate you. We value your support, as customers, as readers, as general supporters for the library. Recently we got a little love back when Rita Offindani sent us some mementos all the way from Tenerife which is the largest of Spain’s Canary Islands! The box was filled with art. Each piece was so dynamic but don't just take our word for it, see for yourself!

Power UP

You’re never too old, or too young to learn new technology.

Women in Lit!

March is Women’s History Month. What’s the best way to celebrate? By giving major props to some of the best female authors and books about women…and maybe cheering on your fellow lady friends too!

While these two lists are nowhere near comprehensive, they are a great place to start!

Female Authors You Need To Read:

Maya Angelou

February Staff Picks!

This month we have started featuring a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff. Once a week our literary mavens will be featured on our social media channels. At the end of every month we will combine them into one spot for you right here; that way you won't miss a single book! These choices are some of their favorite reads, or reads they know they need to share with others.

What's in a Name

Lorena Inclán, a reporter with CBS47/FOX30 Action News Jax, delivered an inspirational message at the Main Library on Feb. 1 to help launch this year’s JAX READS!/NEA Big Read initiative. The event announced The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, the novel that the entire community will be reading and discussing together through March 11.

NEA Big Read

We've just announced the annual JaxReads! program, and we can't wait to share it with you! JaxReads! is a community reading opportunity where everyone in Jacksonville is invited to participate in reading the same book. It's designed to spark community discussion of the book’s themes, and here is your formal invitation to join the conversation! 

Galentine's Day!

February 14th is a day for romance, for chocolates and roses and Hallmark cards in the sacred tradition of St. Valentine…but the day before is for the time-honored tradition (you know, since 2010) of celebrating gals! First introduce by Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler, in Parks and Recreation, Galentine’s Day is a day anyone can celebrate by recognizing the women in your life who are like majestic winged unicorns.

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