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Every Monday Hurley and Jenna team up to bring you lively discussions with interesting and inspiring local Jacksonville residents, and the latest happenings at the Jacksonville Public Library.

Hula Hoop Dreams - Cirque Du Soleil

Chris Boivin, Maxwell, Sante and Jenna Hassell in the lobby of the Lexington HotelCirque Du Soleil is back in Jax! We caught up with Circus Artist Sante and Corteo's publicist Maxwell at the Lexington Hotel. Sante tells us how her dance career evolved into a circus artist career, and what it's like to perform on a chandelier. Use promo code CORTEO15 to receive an exclusive discount for library customers on tickets for the Aug. 1 - 5 show at the Veterans Memorial Arena.

Hip Asian Comfort Food - Chef Dennis Chan

Image of Jenna, Hurley and Chef Dennis holding his cookbook Hip Asian Comfort FoodChef Dennis Chan is the owner of Blue Bamboo Restaurant on Southside Boulevard, and author of the Hip Asian Comfort Food Cookbook (in our collection, obvi). He is also a huge supporter of the Friends of the Library bookstore at the University Park Branch Library. Chef Dennis shares his families history with owning restaurants in Jacksonville and teaches Hurley and Jenna how to kill it in the kitchen with three simple ingredients. 

 

Great American Read

Photo of Jenna, Circe Le Noble and Hurley standing in front of the Great American Read book display at the Main libraryOur first BONUS episode! Circe Le Noble, the Grants and Education Outreach Manager for WJCT joins us to discuss the PBS Great American Read. The Great American Read eight-part television series and national voting campaign are designed to get the country reading and passionately discussing books. You can vote for your favorite title on the list of 100 books through Oct. 18. You can also check out every book on the list from our library collection!

Tenikka's Books for Kids - Tenikka Hughes

Jenna, Tenikka, and Hurley sitting in the boat in the Main Library Children's department holding children's booksAction News Jax Anchor Tenikka Hughes comes from humble beginnings. Her love of reading and desire to give back to her community inspired her to start the Tenikka's Books for Kids Book Drive. This fall she collected more than 3,000 children's book to give to students who complete their Summer Reading Goal at the library.

Catalina On Air - Catalina Alers-Alers

Hurley Winkler, Catalina Alers-Alers, and Jenna Hassell smiling in the Ansbacher Map Room at the Main LibraryCatalina Alers-Alers is the afternoon host for 97.9 Kiss FM, host of But First Brunch Podcast, and fellow book nerd. We talk about her journey to her dream job at Kiss FM, how books have helped her get in touch with her Colombian roots, and how the library has taken the place of Blockbuster with DVD rentals. 

 

Exploring Your Passion - Patrick Lane

Jenna Hassell with Patrick Lane in the Ansbacher Map Room. Jenna is wearing the Aira glasses and holding the At&T hotspot that goes with itPatrick Lane is an Agent Analyst for Aira, a company that provides video-equipped smart glasses, and one-button access to a network of trained professional agents. Patrick shares his personal connection to the company and how the Aira agents help their "explorers" navigate the world. The photo above shows the Aira smart glasses with the camera on the side and the AT&T wireless hotspot that all explorers get to make sure they are never out of reach of an Aira agent. 

Heartbeat of the Community - Social Grounds Coffee Co.

Photo of show hosts, Jenna and Hurley, with Jason Kelloway, the owner of Social GroundsJason Kelloway is a veteran, owner of Social Grounds Coffee Company, and creator of Cup of Love ministry. Jason discusses his journey from homelessness to starting his Springfield based coffee company.

Summer Adventures - Fun4FirstCoastKids

Photo of Hurley, Terri and Jenna jumping in mid air in front of the Children's Library at the Main Library

Terri Mashour is the co-founder of fun4firstcoastkids.com, which is your one-stop shop for kids events and resources in Duval County. Terri tells us about her plans for summer adventures with her two kiddos, and how the summer learning challenge at the library has sparked a reading habit for the whole family. 

 

Gateway Olives - Olive My Pickle

Photo of Charlotte Tzabari, Jenna Hassell, Hurley Winkler in front of the studio microphones

Charlotte Tzabari and her husband Shai moved to Jacksonville and started Olive My Pickle from the San Marco Branch Library in 2010. Charlotte comes in to tell us about their old-world fermentation process and Hurley and Jenna discover their gateway olive.  

Finding a Purpose - Kendra Turnage

Photo of show hosts, Jenna and Hurley, with Kendra Turnage and Joshua Turnage in Makerspace Gallery

Kendra Turnage is a veteran, critical-care nurse, and mother to artist Joshua Turnage. Kendra talks to Jenna and Hurley about how her wheelchair-bound, nonverbal son creates gorgeous artwork.

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