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Happy Library Lover's Month!

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Valentine's Day isn't the only reason why love is in the February air— it's also National Library Lover's Month! The entire month of February is dedicated to celebrating libraries, librarians, book lovers and lovers of libraries.

Honor African American History Month with Programs & More

African American History Month, Jacksonville Public Library

Discover the many ways to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by African Americans, and to honor their struggles for freedom and equality. 

Children's Authors and Illustrators Week

Children's Authors and Illustrators Week

Children's Authors and Illustrators Week is the first week in February! This is a wonderful chance to really get in the spirit of encouraging a lifelong love of reading by participating in events such as author and illustrator visits to your school, story times, literary presentations, writing workshops, and more.

Free Tax Help Available at Your Local Library

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Jacksonville Public Library and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation partner each year to bring FREE tax preparation to the community. AARP Tax-Aide sites are serviced by IRS-certified volunteers that provide free tax counseling and preparation services to millions of low- and middle-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and older.

Meet Allison McGill, a Children's Author from Washington D.C.

Allison McGill, Duke the Therapy Dog, Completely Booked, Lola and Pear, Jacksonville Public Library, Podcast

Allison McGill is the founder of Lola & Pear Publishing and the author of The Adventures of Duke, the Therapy Dog: Duke Finds a Home. She chats with us about her writing process, starting her own publishing company and upcoming projects she has on the horizon on the latest episode of Completely Booked.

3 Ways to Celebrate Literacy Week at Your Local Library!

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January 27 - January 31, 2020 is Literacy Week! This year's theme is "Book Your Trip: Adventure Awaits!" Here are three ways to inspire young readers to go on an adventure of their own through the use of literature.

National #LibraryShelfie Day!

Library Shelfie Day, National Library Shelfie Day, Jacksonville Public Library

Wednesday, Jan. 22 is National #LibraryShelfie Day. The New York Public Library's official definition of a library shelfie is, "A photograph that one has taken of oneself at a library, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam, and shared via social media. Library Shelfie Day is celebrated on the fourth Wednesday of January and began in 2014." Book lovers from all over the world are invited to share their library shelfies on social media!

Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Exhibition Comes to Main Library

Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards, Gold Key Exhibition, Gallery at Main, Jacksonville Public Library, Student Art Gallery

Join us on Wednesday, February 5th during Artwalk from 5 - 8:30 p.m. for the opening of the Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards Gold Key Exhibition, featuring award-winning artwork by middle and high school student-artists from counties across northeast Florida.

Celebrate Your Favorite Fire-Breathing Creatures!

Appreciate a Dragon Day, Dragon Books, Fanstasy books, January 16

Every year on January 16, fantasy lovers are invited to celebrate their favorite fire-breathing creatures. This is a day to recognize all that dragons do to keep us reading! Celebrate dragons in literature by reading some of our best dragon-related materials:

Mapping Jax: Steve Williams' Vision for the Urban Core

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Steve Williams is well known throughout Jacksonville as the CEO of Harbinger Sign, the owner of Florida Mining Gallery, and a hard-core advocate of the arts and development in the urban core. He chats with us today about Mapping Jax, an initiative to inspire, preserve, educate, and advocate for our city's natural and built environments.

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