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Jacksonville: A Tale of My City

Three vertical photos on the left and Jacksonville: A Tale of My City on the right

Jacksonville: A Tale of My City features 13 local photographers who capture our city’s neighborhood identities and examine what it means to be a community. The exhibit runs through Oct. 21 and will be complemented with library programming and activities that focus on the civics, people, and history of our Jacksonville neighborhoods. Are you ready to tell your tale?

Featured artists are Laura Evans, Debra Heuskin, Wesley Lester, Malcolm Jackson, Ana Kamiar, Marc Mangra, Cheryl McCain, Khalil Osborne, Tenny Rudolph, Francesco Salomoni, Bob Self, Toni Smailagic, David Williams.

Jacksonville: A Tale of My City Events

Main Library
Aug 18 2018 -
11:00am to 12:30pm

Mapping Your Community

Represent where you live! Pin your neighborhood on our interactive map of Jacksonville. Find your district, City councilperson, and state representatives. Also take a tour of the Ansbacher Map Collection on the 4th floor followed by a discussion of how civic engineering is an essential component to neighborhood development, by HDR engineering. Jacksonville1

Brown Eastside Branch Library
Aug 21 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Meet your community organizations and the City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department to learn more about city services and how to improve your neighborhood. Jacksonville1
• Eastside Community Coalition
• COJ Neighborhoods Department
• Office of the State Attorney
• Jax PAL

Graham Branch Library
Aug 23 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Meet community organizations along with the City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department to learn more about city services and how to improve your neighborhood. Jacksonville1
• New Town Success Zone
• COJ Neighborhoods Department
• Office of the State Attorney
• Jax PAL

Main Library
Aug 25 2018 -
1:00pm to 4:00pm

Activist @ Work: Rodney L. Hurst

Civil rights activist, historian, and award-winning author Rodney L. Hurst is a neighbor to know. Join us for the commemoration of an important moment in Jacksonville’s Civil Rights History, the 58th anniversary of “Ax Handle Saturday.” Hurst will speak on Jacksonville’s history through the lens of activism. Jacksonville1

Main Library
Sep 5 2018 -
5:00pm to 8:30pm

Art Walk @ Main Library

Does your neighborhood have an association? How do you report neighborhood issues? How do you communicate neighborhood events? Engaged residents help drive a healthy community. Step up your civics game and meet your neighborhood organizations and other organizations that work to build community in our “Bold New City.”

Art Exhibitions:

• Jax Makerspace Gallery – Jacksonville: A Tale of My City
• 2nd Floor- Jacksonville: A Tale of My City, Photographs by Wes Lester

Main Library
Sep 12 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Artists @ Work: Tales of Photography

Meet the photographers behind Jacksonville: A Tale of My City. Panelists will discuss their mediums and use of Jacksonville as a subject. Jacksonville1

Main Library
Sep 15 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Artist @ Work:Cyanotypes

Create a memory collage of you neighborhood: Bring in a photo negative or everyday object and learn how to create a cyanotype. Participants will leave with their own photogram. All supplies provided. Jacksonville1

Main Library
Sep 19 2018 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Lasting Lavilla

The historic Lavilla neighborhood has a rich heritage which helped to form identities for renowned residents such as James Weldon Johnson (author of Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing) and humanitarian Eartha M.M. White. Few remnants of Lavilla’s past remain since it was destroyed in the late 90’s, but it continues to persevere. This two part program will discuss how Lavilla is becoming a historic district and how it has lasted through its trials and what lies in store for its future. Jacksonville1

Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library
Sep 20 2018 -
6:00pm to 7:30pm

Dear Jacksonville

The story of Jacksonville is incomplete without the stories of its residents. This program series will feature neighborhood tales from Jacksonville residents, spanning a timeline from consolidation to present day. Bring in your old photos and tales of your neighborhood to be recorded and stored for future residents. Jacksonville1

Brentwood Branch Library
Sep 27 2018 -
5:30pm to 7:00pm

Who Are the People in Your Neighborhood?

Meet community organizations along with the City of Jacksonville’s Neighborhoods Department to learn more about city services and how to improve your neighborhood. Jacksonville1
• Friends of the Brentwood Library
• State Attorney’s Office
• Jax PAL
• COJ Neighborhoods Department

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