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The ‘Joy of Discovery’ 50-Foot Mural to be Unveiled at Main Library (Sept. 28, 2016)

Joy G. Korman Will Be Honored for Endowment to Enhance Children’s Programming

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 28, 2016 – The Jacksonville Public Library and the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation will celebrate the completion of an 18-by-50-foot children’s mural titled “The Joy of Discovery” located in the Joy G. Korman Discovery Zone of the Children’s Department at the Main Library on the second floor.

The 3-D mural, which complements the Florida native flora and fauna theme décor in the Children’s Department, was created by three local artists—Jim Smith, Thom Buttner, and Mary Atwood, along with students from The Bolles School. The mural is in recognition of the generous gifts from the friends and family of Joy Korman, which resulted in the Joy G. Korman Endowment to the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation to enhance children’s programming at the library.

Joy G. Korman will be recognized at the event. The public and media are invited to attend. There will be a private reception following the unveiling.


WHEN:         Thursday, Sept. 29,  5 p.m.
                     Private reception following event                   

WHERE:       Main Library, Children’s Department
                     303 Laura St. N. – 32202

Korman served on the Board of Library Trustees for the Jacksonville Public Library for 10 years, and also served as the board chair. An educator for more than 35 years, Korman taught at The Bolles School for 13 years. She currently serves as chair for the University of North Florida’s Board of Trustees. She is an advocate for literacy, and for her birthday last year, her family chose to honor her love of children, education, and the library by creating the endowment.   

About the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation

The Jacksonville Public Libraries Foundation, Inc. (d/b/a Jacksonville Public Library Foundation) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation. The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the ability of the Jacksonville Public Library to serve as an educational and cultural resource for our community, and promote the use of library resources, enthusiasm for reading, and increased literacy for all Jacksonville residents. 

The JPLF provides the residents, corporations, and other stakeholders with opportunities to invest in the success of the Library. Managed by the Board of Directors, the Foundation is wholly independent of the the City of Jacksonville, the Library, and the Library Board of Trustees. Gifts to the Foundation are tax-deductible.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than
3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.9 million times, and nearly 11,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit

Image: Section of the 18-by-50-foot 3-D mural.


303 Laura St. N.
Jacksonville, Florida 32202

Jacksonville Public Library