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Join the virtual book club & discussion; May’s selection delves into Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow

Tuesday, May 19, 9 a.m. – Discussion on First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM

Virtual Book Club and Discussion — 'The Photograph' by Penelope Lively

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 9 a.m. – Discussion on First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM

11th Annual Teen Battle of the Bands

In the 11th year of the Teen Battle of the Bands competition, the Jacksonville Public Library is taking it to the next level. This year’s competition will feature the same live show in Hemming Park, but if you want to play in the big league, you have to please the fans first. Not only do the contestants have to battle it out on the live stage, they have to first be chosen through an online voting process by fans. Bands will submit a video of their band playing via YouTube, then the videos will go up on the I Love JPL blog for fans to vote for their favorite.

Voting Matters

The Jacksonville Public Library has always promoted art, culture, and civic duty. This election season we combined all three facets into one project, our Voting Matters Exhibit. A visual experience that encourages you to make your voice heard, and get out to vote.

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.

You like us, you really like us!

Robot wars, GED graduates, 3-D printer services, just a few reasons why we've been named the 2017 Library of the Year by Florida Library Association! Among 800 libraries in Florida, including public, academic, special and school libraries, we are thrilled to be recognized among the best and we can't wait to share this news with our community. In fact, the award recognizes the particular work that libraries do in the community it serves. This award comes right on the heels of the American Library Association’s announcement that JPL Director Barbara Gubbin earned the 2017 Ernest A.

Brentwood Closure

Final Update 11/3/2017: Brentwood is now open! Big thanks to community partners and the Friends of Brentwood who helped make the Fall Back Into Brentwood party a success!

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UPDATE 10/13/2017: Brentwood will be open as of 10/14/2017! Celebrate the grand reopening with a fall festival on Monday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m.

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