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What To Read After The GOT Finale

JPL Game of Thrones booklist

With the popular HBO series coming to an end in its eighth season, there will be a hole left in both our hearts and our Sunday night schedules. Thankfully, while you wait for George R. R. Martin to finish book six in his Song of Ice and Fire, you can fill that fantasy-shaped void with plenty of works that will satisfy your craving for action, drama and epic world-building.

Downtown Jax - Jake Gordon

Completely booked podcast host, jenna posing with Downtown Vision, Inc. CEO Jake Gordon in the Jacksonville Public Library podcast studio. They are holding pieces of paper with blue writings of Jake's kids favorite booksJake Gordon is the CEO of Downtown Vision, Inc., a not-for-profit 501(c)6 organization whose mission is to create and support a vibrant Downtown and to promote Downtown as an exciting place to live, work, visit and invest. 

Jake tells us all about what Downtown Vision is currently working on, and what the goals are for the future. He gives us some updates on big projects like the future of the Jacksonville Landing and the Laura Street Trio renovation. We also get some stellar book recommendations from his kids!

New Books for Spring 2019

woman sitting on a dock reading, new books for spring

The best part about a new season? New books! Here are the hot new titles our librarians are recommending most.

NEW BOOKS 2019! - Jill Haile + Alison McCarty

 

We love books around here, especially new books. Our resident Librarian Ninjas are telling us what's hot in 2019, and how the library decides which books to buy.

Staff Picks: January 2019

open books stacked in the background, staff picks January 2019

It's a well-known fact that librarians have great taste in books. Here's what our staff has been reading lately.

Best Books of 2018!

Jenna and Hurley hiding their faces behind booksSome incredible books were released in 2018; Becoming by Michelle Obama, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and so many more! Hurley and Jenna, and several library staff members tell us about their favorites from the year!

America's Favorite Book Is ...

Jenna and Hurley with Cheryl Goodman

This class novel has impacted generations and was voted America’s best-loved novel during The Great American Read. We spoke with Cheryl Goodman, English teacher at Nease High School, about the ways this book stays relevant in the 21st century. Listen on to discover which book won!

 

Elbows Deep in Pimento Cheese - Chef Kenny Gilbert

Jenna and Hurley with Kenny GilbertCeleb chef Kenny Gilbert is here to share his top BBQ secrets.  He discusses his journey to becoming a multi-restaurant owner and contestant on Top Chef and Beat Bobby Flay, plus his experience writing his first book, A Chef’s Journal. We also get into a heated round of rapid fire questions, plus a pimento cheese and smoked conch dip tasting that leaves Hurley and Jenna (and even Producer Bryan) speechless.  

October Staff Picks

brown and yellow October staff pick logo

Get recommendations from our library staff!

Banned Books

Text of Banned Books overlayed on books that have been banned

Words have power—read a banned book! Each September, the Jacksonville Public Library celebrates First Amendment rights during Banned Books Week. At this time, we encourage readers to pick up books that have been banned or challenged in the United States. 

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