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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

There were plenty of great movies released in 2018, but Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was perhaps the most surprising; it had amazing animation, strong voice acting and complex characters. And Spider-people. So many Spider-people. While the critically and commercially acclaimed film was many people’s first introduction to the multi-dimensional cast of web-head heroes to bear the Spider-moniker, the Spider-Verse concept has been a pivotal part of Spider-Man’s mythology since 2014. In Spider-Verse, Marvel introduced hundreds of alternative versions of Spider-Man banding together to protect the mystical Web of Life and Destiny from the Inheritors, a family of vampiric creatures who feast on heroes connected to the web. This seminal comics event not only united Spider-Man across the multiverse, it also united all Spider-Man across all media. Every iteration of the wall-crawler, from Spider-Gwen to Spider-Ham, is now canon. 

An Inside Look at Congaree and Penn

Scott Meyer with a plant in a field

Most Jacksonville natives have at least heard of Congaree and Penn, whether you’ve seen their products in local grocery stores or on menus in independent restaurants. Aside from having fantastic produce and products, their farm is seriously swanky and their branding is gorgeous, which has helped them to expand their business exponentially over the years. We recently sat down with the owner of the farm, Scott Meyer, on the latest podcast episode of Completely Booked.

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood Inspired Reads

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Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood is full of tropes that take us back to 1969 Los Angeles. If you're longing for more content after watching the film that captures the essence of the '60s, we compiled a list including books about Sharon Tate, the Manson Family, the New Hollywood era, the counterculture movement, old westerns, the stuntman who inspired Cliff Booth's character in the film, and other titles that will take you back to this vibrant time in history:

Farewell to Summer Learning with Mr. Joe!

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Summer Learning is almost over and we want to celebrate your success! We hope you all have had fun exploring the universe with us. From reading books to building skills to exploring the stars, this summer has been out of this world! To close out Summer Learning, Mr. Joe is here to sing his last Summer Learning song and remind us that learning is fun all year long!

Meet 13 Romance Authors!

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Find love between the pages as authors discuss their novels, share writing and publishing tips.

Geek Out with Us at Tech Fair 2019

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Put your mad skills to the test!  Robots, R2-D2, Coding, VR & More!

Saturday, June 20th from 10 AM - 2 PM in the Makerspace at the Main Library.  

Take Digital Trip Down Memory Lane

Image of a postcard of the Jacksonville beach boardwalk for 1945 to 1950 at the Jacksonville Public Library

Remember when Jacksonville Beach boasted a lively boardwalk with a Ferris wheel? Do you recall the aftermath of Hurricane Dora in 1964? Look back at Jacksonville’s past through photographs taken from the 1940s – 1990s. Read actual telegraphs and see historic images from Jacksonville’s Great Fire of 1901. Browse vintage postcards that evoke memories of Old Florida from yesteryear. It’s all part of the Digital Library Collection.

Kindness Literacy: Amy Barnett & The American Civility Association

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“In our society it is important for us to fight the negativity intentionally and one of the ways we can do that is recommend books. We call it Kindness Literacy. ”

Kindness Literacy, have you heard of it? Neither had we.

Inside This Year’s Summer Reading Program

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The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program, A Universe of Stories, was chosen because reading takes you to new places and new universes—sometimes even to the world of superheroes.

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