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Discover the Work of River Dana

Image representing the River Dana photographic art show at the Jacksonville Public Library

River Dana was born in an Alaskan log cabin that contained no running water nor electricity. Raised in poverty and forced to grow up in social isolation by religiously fanatic parents, she was constantly on the move, and books were her only escape. She devoured anything she could get her hands on, imagining the faraway places she knew she would see some day. She is no stranger to Jacksonville, moving here for the third time in 2018.

Her photography exhibition, From Here To Jacksonville, will be on display at the Main Library. View her work on the second floor and third floor Betty Francis galleries from August 14 to September 24, 2019.

Welcome: New Library Director Tim Rogers

Hello, I wanted to share a short message of introduction to let you know how excited I am to be joining the Jacksonville Public Library team. As you can imagine, my wife Carla and I have been pretty busy over the past month celebrating the holidays with family and prepping for our new life in North Florida.  We found a place to live on the Southside, got our Florida driver’s licenses and car tags, and most importantly, went to our new home branch, Southeast Regional, to register for library cards. We are officially Jaxsons (or Jacksonvillians, if you prefer)!

Oh the places you'll go...in an hour?!

There are plenty of exciting reasons to visit the Main Library downtown, but we know that finding parking can sometimes be a problem - especially with kids. We’ve got your back.  While the library is always free, Monday through Friday you can also get one hour of free parking in the Duval St. Parking Garage when you visit Main.

NEA Big Read

We've just announced the annual JaxReads! program, and we can't wait to share it with you! JaxReads! is a community reading opportunity where everyone in Jacksonville is invited to participate in reading the same book. It's designed to spark community discussion of the book’s themes, and here is your formal invitation to join the conversation! 

Books and Boos

“Trick or Treat!” While not usually a phrase often heard at a public library, we make an exception for the participants of the yearly Trick or Treat on the Street event hosted by Downtown Vision! This year Trick or Treat participants were able to do a building wide scavenger hunt where kids had to find answers to commonly asked library questions. After completing the scavenger hunt they were able to choose a small prize, a book, or a piece of candy. Our staff definitely dressed to impress.

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