• Have you heard about Miss Mallory's Sensory and Art Class? They are fairly new and lots of fun! We will have a special preview of the fun that she has on June 17th at 9:30am! Registration is required and starts June 6th! Inquire at the Youth Services Desk! The class is for kids 3-5 years old.

  • The store in our new play area will be a consession stand for the summer! We will have cotton candy, hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, ice cream and even a grill you can use to cook up orders as they come in! Join us this summer as we Read S'more Books!

  • We are kicking off Summer Reading Story Times with books about camping! We are going to make a nifty lantern craft!

    Summer Reading starts Tuesday, June 6th and our first story time in on Wednesday, June 7th at 10am and 3pm!


  • Last week we read about dinosaurs that went camping and this week we will read about . . . Pirates! Pirates camping?!?!? This you must see!

    Join us on July 5th at 10am and 3pm as we Read S'more Books about pirates!


  • What is the one thing that you will almost always see when you’re camping? The stars! Join us as we learn about the stars in the sky and try our hand at making our own constellations!

    Join us on Wednesday, July 19th at 10am or 3pm.


  • Tents can be a problem sometimes, but they are just want you need when you Read S'more Books this summer! You can make your own tent and put anything you want inside!

    Join us on Wednesday, June 14th at 10am or 3pm for stories about tents!


  • Summer Reading is coming soon! Our theme is Read S'more Books so we are all about the great outdoors this summer! We have lots of fun new felt things to play with in our new play area so make plans to join us this summer!

  • If you are going hiking, what do you need? Hiking shoes? Check. Map? Check. Water? Check. Binoculars? No? Well, then you had better join us for stories about hiking on Wednesday, July 12th at 10am and 3pm! We will be making some nifty binoculars!

  • Do dinosaurs go camping? I have never seen one, but we will read some stories and find out this summer as we Read S'more Books on June 28th at 10am and 3pm!

This week in the Youth Services Department

The week of May 29th - June 2nd

This will be a fairly quiet week in Youth Services. We have our big Bike Safety Course for kids on Wednesday, May 31st from 10am - 12pm. Bring your bike, if you can, and try your hand at our safety course!

We have Garden Club on Wednesday at 9:30am as well! We will learn all about worms!

On Friday, we will have Lap Sit at 10:15am. Story Time will be on Wednesday at 10am and 3pm. We will read stories about Bike Safety.

Summer Reading will start on Tuesday, June
6th with Storyteller Heather Harlan at 10AM!
You can sign up anytime that day for Summer Reading, but if you can't make it that day, don't worry! You can sign up for Summer Reading anytime!


Felt Food for sale!

Help support the library!

We will selling some of our famous felt food again! Place your order anytime before June 15th for our summer goodies. You can order ice cream cones and treats, a grill with a hamburger and hot dog, buns and a spatula or a garden with radishes, carrots, potatos, lettuce and onions. All proceeds benefit the Friends of the Library, who support a variety of library programs. You may pick up you order form at the Youth Services Desk.


Bike Safety for Kids

Stay safe and have fun!

Join us on Wednesday, May 31st from 10am-12pm for our first Kid's Bike Safety event. We will have the Jacksonville Police Department here to talk about safe biking practices, information on Project Melon and our own safety course set up in the parking lot located to the East of the library. Bring your own bike, if you can, otherwise we will have bikes you may borrow.

Garden Club 2017

Garden Club
The Jacksonville Public Library's Garden Club has begun for 2017! We meet every Wednesday at 9:30AM, rain or shine, for information on plants, animals and the world around us.
May 31st - Learn about worms
June 7th - Play Insect Bingo
June 14th - Learn about butterflies.
June 21st - Learn about leaves.
June 28th - Learn about bees.
July 5th - Learn about birds.
July 12th - Go on a Scavenger Hunt.
July 19th - We have been measuring the sunflowers all summer long. Now we will look at how different they are.
July 26th - Do we eat the leaf, stem or seed of plants?
August 2nd - To be determined
August 9th - What have we learned about gardening over the summer?