Journal list

Lifetime: What’s New at the Jacksonville Public Library

“When the Meadow Blooms” by Ann H. Gabhart: Rose and her daughters came to her brother-in-law’s Kentucky farm, Meadowland, to recover from events of the recent past – the loss of her husband in the 1918 flu epidemic, her own battle with tuberculosis and her daughters’ experience in an orphanage during her illness. Will these visitors bring light back to this farmhouse and discover the secret to true healing?

Non-fiction for adults

“The Heart of American Poetry” by Edward Hirsch: In this landmark new book, Hirsch offers deeply personal readings of 40 essential American poems, exploring how those poems sustained his own life and how they could uplift our diverse and divided nation.


“President”: When Robert Mugabe was ousted from power, Zimbabwe’s military leaders promised they would not take control for themselves but would guarantee democracy in national elections. In a context of economic crisis, food shortages and political violence, the stakes could not be higher. Working to defeat the ruling party, which has controlled Zimbabwe since independence, is the young and charismatic Nelson Chamisa, who draws comparisons to a young Nelson Mandela in expressing the country’s desire to be ruled, not ruled.

Young adult fiction

“The color of the sky is the shape of the heart” by Chesil, Takami Nieda (translator): Ginny, 17, has always felt out of place. As Zainichi – a Japanese-born Korean – who later fled Japan for the United States, she tells her story through a series of diary entries and letters from her family in North Korea as she goes in search of a place where she belongs. Translated for the first time and inspired by the author’s own childhood, Chesil explores prejudice, diaspora, and the experiences of a girl growing up as a Korean Zainichi.

Children’s fiction

“Bathe the Cat” by Alice B. McGinty, David Roberts (illustrator): Dad has a list of chores for everyone in the house. But when it comes time to bathe the cat, the cat has a plan to change the list. Can the cat escape bath time while the family sweeps the dishes and vacuums the lawn? Or will Dad finally be able to get the chores back in order?

Did you know?

It’s back: The Friends of the Library book sale will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on July 9 in the library meeting room. Hundreds of books are available for purchase, with proceeds going to the library.