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Early Learners

stack of blocks with the text early learners programs for babies toddlers and more

Calling all parents, grandparents, and caregivers to little learners—we're not your average storytime! At the Jacksonville Public Library, we're focused on appealing to every type of early learner at every age.

Kids' Books for Hispanic Heritage Month

5 books for kids that celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month begins on September 15! Read along with us to celebrate the generations of Hispanic Americans who have contributed greatly to our nation. Put these titles on hold today and read them aloud to your family during Hispanic heritage Month!

New Year, New App

Our new Jacksonville Public Library App has arrived and we’re pretty excited to share it with you. The app takes ease of access to our materials and pushes it to the max. Find it in the Apple Store and the Google Play Store and start getting all the materials you love all in one place.

Hoppin' Halloween

This blog post advertises Halloween related events at the Jacksonville Public Library that happened in 2017.  

For events in 2019 and all other current events see our new event calendar software.

June Staff Picks

Each month we feature a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff, and this month our patrons too! At the end of every month we compile them for you right here; that way you won’t miss a single book! These choices are favored books and authors, or reads that just need to be shared with others. Pick up your next summer read and share it with us!

Flex Those Summer Reading Muscles

We love summer because our buildings are bursting with excited book lovers fresh out of school, who come to hang out, read, and participate in programs. Summer also means we start to talk a lot, A LOT, about summer reading and how important it is.

What to Expect at the Young Adult Job Fair

With over a 1,000 eager job seekers coming through the library for the 2016 Young Adult Job Fair, it was a historic event and we can't for this year's Young Adult Job Fair happening this week on Tuesday, June 6th.

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! 

You’ve Got the Resolve, We’ve Got the Resources

Updated December 2017

It’s 2018 and you are ready. Ready to make a change, and ready to do your best. While you are still trying to remember to write 2018 instead of 2017, let us be a partner in helping you to achieve your new goals this year!

Whether you have resolved to learn a new language, start a business, learn to code, read more etc., we have the resources you need to succeed. Below are some of the most popular resolutions - and how your local branch can help you stick to it!

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Our Top Picks: Perfect Pairings of Books & Toys

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!  Family, friends, gatherings, festivities, and shopping for loved ones.  While books are a frequent gift in and of themselves, they can also expand and enhance your child’s toys, too!  Both books and play allow children to learn about the world around them, so pairing a book with a toy can inspire and deepen play experiences.

Here are some traditional gifts for children and books that go along with them.

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