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Best of Jax 2018

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We’re on the Folio Weekly Best of Jax ballot this year! Cast your vote for us in the following categories.

Jax Makes 2018

child dressed up for Maker Con at the library

Calling all makers, artisans, and creatives galore! Join us for this year's Jax Makes on Saturday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Main Library.

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.

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