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Banned Books

Text of Banned Books overlayed on books that have been banned

Words have power—read a banned book! Each September, the Jacksonville Public Library celebrates First Amendment rights during Banned Books Week. At this time, we encourage readers to pick up books that have been banned or challenged in the United States. 

Lasting LaVilla with Bob Self

LaVilla rowhouses.

Jacksonville’s historic LaVilla neighborhood was our city’s first suburb.

Kids' Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

5 books for kids that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15! Read along with us to celebrate the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed greatly to our nation. Put these titles on hold today and read them aloud to your family during Hispanic heritage Month!

Programs for History Lovers

Map of the Southeastern United States with compass near Florida.

At our upcoming history programs, we’re discussing Giant Ground Sloths and Bermuda Triangle extraterrestrial activity. Bet you didn’t think you’d learn about these topics at the library. These aren’t your average history lectures!

7 BBQ Cookbooks for Football Season

seven bbq cookbooks for football, grill in the background

Ready to watch the Jags crush it this season? Then you're also probably ready for some BBQ! Boost your grilling chops this football season.

Put one of our favorite BBQ cookbooks on hold today! #DUUUVAL!

ReadingPals Book Drive

Volunteer putting donated books into a bag

Jacksonville Public Library is teaming up with the United Way ReadingPals program once again for a book drive! Jacksonville Public Library and United Way of Northeast Florida are asking for donations of new or nearly new storybooks for children ages 3 – 4. Bring books to any library location, and sign a special bookplate.

Cannibals and Sea Monsters in the Map Collection

Map of Florida in the Ansbacher Map Collection.

What did Florida look like on a map in 1522?

Unless you’ve journeyed up to the fourth floor of our Main Library, you may not know about our extensive map collection. The Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection features over 240 antiquarian maps from all over the world.

A Tale of My Cameras

Polaroid cameras on display in Jax Makerspace Gallery

Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, a new exhibit at the Main Library, explores Jacksonville’s past and present through the lenses of over a dozen local photographers. In addition to the images on the library’s walls, the exhibit shines a spotlight on the evolution of cameras. Featured photographer Cheryl McCain has generously loaned her expansive vintage camera collection to the Jax Makerspace Gallery for display during the exhibit’s run.

Back to the Past

Jacksonville Neighborhood Photo Project logo

Jacksonville, the largest city in Florida, is a jewel of the Sunshine State that has changed so much over the years. Founded in 1791, it is important for Jacksonville to have an abundance of photographs to archive the city’s rich history. By viewing old photos of Jacksonville, people can learn about the history of the city and how much it has changed from its founding to the present. That’s where the Jacksonville Neighborhood Photo Project comes in.

Teen Zine: Congregate, Collaborate, Create

Cover of a collaborative zine from a teen zine workshop.

Teen Zine is a series of workshops made to encourage teens to get creative, to collaborate, share ideas, and have their voices heard. The series was hosted on Saturdays in the Teen Department of the Main Library from May 5th to June 16th. The workshops allowed teens to congregate, talk to artists and zine writers, and work together to make their very own zine.

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