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What’s Cooking?

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If you’re a fan of Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party—and even if you haven’t seen the TV show on VH1—you’ll love the collection of Martha Stewart cookbooks (yes, we have Snoop’s cookbook too) available at the library.

Pure Barre Pop-Up Coming to Main Library

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Whether you’re a daily Pure Barre regular or want to try Pure Barre for the first time, join us on December 4, at 6:30 p.m. in the Main Library's Betsy Lovett Courtyard for a FREE Pure Barre class!

Looking Back at the Jacksonville Fair's History

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Fairs have been a cherished American pastime for generations. Pulsing neon lights, garish signs, the hypnotizing orbit of a Ferris wheel, the magical mouthfeel of cotton candy, the slew of chaotic noises, and the enticing smell of fried dough are familiar memories to many. It’s an assault on the senses that can elicit a deep feeling of nostalgia. 

15 Books That Teach Kids to Be Thankful

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Many celebrate Thanksgiving with turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie and football— but teaching children that the meaning of Thanksgiving is more than just a home-cooked meal and time off from school is essential. Here are 15 recommended books for kids that celebrate sharing, practicing gratitude, reflecting on history, community, and family.

Celebrating Veterans Day - An Interview with Joe Tillman, President of the Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society

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In honor of Veterans Day, we interviewed Joe Tillman, President of the Buffalo Soldiers Historical Society, on our latest episode of Completely Booked. We explore the history of African American soldiers, and discuss ways to express appreciation for veterans on this special day.

Hot Releases: November 2019

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With November's arrival finally bringing sweater weather to Jacksonville, it's the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and an even hotter book. Here are some of the newest titles to look out for this November.

Honoring Native American Heritage Month

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National Native American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories of Native American people. To properly celebrate Native American heritage, it's important to acknowledge and educate ourselves on the contributions and sacrifices they have made throughout history.

Celebrate National Author's Day!

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November 1 is National Author’s Day, a day to acknowledge all of the blood, sweat and tears that go into writing. Authors give us access to endless amounts of knowledge, and allow us to transcend our own perspectives through storytelling. While we’re grateful for all authors, we'd like to highlight local authors here in Jacksonville this Author's Day. 

Mark Your Calendar for Beaches Reader Fest

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Book lovers rejoice! The first-ever Beaches Reader Fest will be held at the Beaches Branch Library on November 16, 2019. With the intention of connecting readers with authors, the festival will include panel discussions, well-known writers' groups, and a writing workshop.

JaxbyJax Comes to Main Library Saturday, Nov. 16

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Each year JaxbyJax hosts a literary arts festival, and this year one of its main venues is the Main Library. You can hear readings from established and up-and-coming writers in the library’s Conference Center Multipurpose Room and the Hicks Auditorium.

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