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The Great American Read

Illustration of books representing the Great American Read

Designed to spark a national conversation about reading, literacy, and the books that have inspired, moved, and shaped us, The Great American Read is an eight-part PBS series and nationwide competition that explores the joy of books and the power of reading through the lens of America’s 100 best-loved books, as voted on by the public.  There are two ways to vote for America's favorite book.

Summer Beach Reads 2018

Summer is the perfect time to dig into a juicy read. Beach reads come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, check out some great choices for the sand and sun (that are available online and in person). Toss one in your beach bag and log those summer reading hours!! Don't forget the sunscreen! 

Fight The Stigma: People Living With Depression


No matter who you are and what you are going through, there is someone out there battling a similar situation. Find comfort in company with these great reads about those battling and living with depression.

A Chef's Tour: Anthony Bourdain Reads


Anthony Bourdain was more than a cook. He was a cook turned writer turned travel host. Read his breakout book, Kitchen Confidential and pick up some books by fellow chef's he admired greatly.

Listen Up: Jacksonville Jazz Festival 2018

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Get your dancing shoes on, it's Jacksonville Jazz Fest Weekend! Prepare for the 2018 Jacksonville Jazz Festival with the library's collection and stop into the Main library to explore the artists more and learn more about  the history of the Jacksonville Jazz Festival.

5 Mysterious Jameses: Must Read Noir Detectives

Names aren’t destiny—unless you name your child John Wayne Gacy or Lizzie Borden. Which you shouldn’t. No matter what. In a strange coincidence of literary history, a lot of the darkest crime fiction has been written by guys named James."

Astonishing Legends: Top 10

Several of our staff have a giant nerd crush on the good people running the fabulous research-based podcast, Astonishing Legends. Find out what makes it to the top of Astonishing Legend's spookiest reading list!

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