The Jacksonville Public Library’s (JPL) Main branch is an extraordinary building – a crown jewel of downtown. Walk through the front doors on Laura Street and be wowed by the expanse of the building, its elegance and charm. Nestled on the fourth floor of the building is another gem, the Morris Ansbacher Map Room which houses an extensive collection of maps known as the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection. The Ansbacher family has generously donated this collection of maps to the library to make them available to the community.
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.
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.
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!
Have you heard? Jacksonville is an emerging top tourist destination. Yes, really! According to TripAdvisor, millions of their users have named Jacksonville as “one of the top 10 destinations on the rise in the U.S. for 2016.”
Names. They tell the story of our existence without ever uttering a word. You are given one before you can say or spell it. They give us pride. They are passed down to us. My husband is the third. You may be named for someone close to you, most often your parents. Our names are personal. We wear them around our necks, get tattoos of lovers or lost ones. We are named for our heroes - an aspiration for our children. Your last name shows generations of those who were able to survive and continue their lineage.
Say it with me: “I. Feel. Great. YES!” On Fridays in the Main Library’s Teen Department, this is how we start off Shenanigans, a program of games and activities based on improv. To gear ourselves up for an hour of silliness and “shenanigans,” we all rub our hands together and shout the phrase together three times.