Lifetime: What’s New at the Jacksonville Public Library: ‘Island Queen’, a gripping tale based on real life


“Island Queen” by vanessa riley: Born into slavery on a small Caribbean island, Dorothy bought her freedom – and that of her sister and mother – from her island planter father, then built a legacy of wealth and power as an entrepreneur, merchant , hotelier and landowner. From the bustling port towns of the West Indies to the forbidding saloons of London’s elite, Island Queen is a sweeping historical novel based on an incredible true story.

Non-fiction for adults

“Audubon Birdhouse Book: Building, Placing, and Maintaining Great Houses for Great Birds” by Margaret A. Barker and Elissa Ruth Wolfson: Birders know that you need the right home to attract the right bird. In this book, you will learn how to make safe, species-appropriate homes for your favorite birds. Information on migrating birds and nesting boxes, nesting boxes for the colder months, gardening for birds, and how birds teach us about the impacts of climate change are also included.


“How to Talk to Girls at Parties”: London, 1977. Enn is a shy suburban teenager who sneaks into late-night parties. One night, Enn and his friends encounter teenagers who seem to be from another planet. in fact, they come from another planet and visit Earth to perform a mysterious rite of passage. Enn falls in love with the beautiful alien Zan and embarks on a wild adventure.

Children’s fiction

“Simon B. Rhymin'” by Dwayne Reed: Meet Simon Barnes, a kid from Chicago who hopes to one day make it as a rapper who goes by Notorious DOG You wouldn’t expect a musician like Simon to be afraid of public speaking, but when Simon’s teacher assigns the class an oral report, his anxiety begins to set in. Despite his fears about the presentation, Simon chooses an important topic – homelessness – to discuss with his classmates and gains new friendships and a deeper connection to his community in the process.

Did you know?

Afternoon story time is back! Join our Children’s Librarian, Miss Courtney, at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays.


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