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Banned Books Week - Exercise Your Freedom to Read

Banned Books Week.  Why do libraries celebrate it every year?  It's about the freedom to read.  Every American has the right to read what he or she wants to.  In this day and age, censorship can run down a slippery slope.  In other words, if one book is banned, why not another?  And another?  Soon, banning books and other forms of censorship would run amok in our society.  The rights guaranteed to us under the 1st Amendment are part of what makes America great.

You’ve Got the Resolve, We’ve Got the Resources

Updated December 2017

It’s 2018 and you are ready. Ready to make a change, and ready to do your best. While you are still trying to remember to write 2018 instead of 2017, let us be a partner in helping you to achieve your new goals this year!

Whether you have resolved to learn a new language, start a business, learn to code, read more etc., we have the resources you need to succeed. Below are some of the most popular resolutions - and how your local branch can help you stick to it!

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We Love JPL

Below, you'll find just a sample of the positive feedback we've received from our customers and visitors. Young and old, from all corners of Jacksonville and from many nations around the world--our customers rely on us as a vital community resource. Click here to discover more about our value in your home and take a moment to tell us why we matter to you. Then, contact your City Council member to let him or her know just how much you value your library!

Library’s 3D Printing Service is Sweet Deal

Cookies and 3-D printers may not have many things in common, but they do have one thing: baker Kealalani Baumann! Kealalani, or K as her friends call her, and her husband run Maddy D’s, a small sweets company, that specializes in unique, personalized cookies. Their cookies are often ordered for special occasions and holidays, which means the cookies need to reflect the festive theme of each event. That's where the 3-D printer comes in!

July Staff Picks

Each month we feature a series of books chosen by our fabulous staff. Once a week our literary mavens will be featured on our social media channels. At the end of every month we compile them for you right here; that way you won’t miss a single book! These choices are some of their favorite books and authors or reads they need to share with others.

State Aid to Public Libraries Approved at $21.3 Million

ilovejpl blog post imageGreat news for Florida's libraries: The Florida House and Senate budget chairs agreed to fund State Aid to Public Libraries at $21.3 million, a slight increase over last year. The Jacksonville Public Library depends on State Aid to fund some of what the City General Revenue Fund does not cover. In addition, federal funds we rely on for literacy programs are contingent upon the State Aid appropriation.

National Library Week Video Contest

During their recent stop in Jacksonville, the cast of the touring musical "Jersey Boys" stopped by the library to show us some love. Share your library love by creating your own short video in support of the Jacksonville Public Library. All entries will be featured on our official YouTube channel and the top three winners will have their videos featured on our website.

Show us some love at a great price!

Want to show your love for the library AND pick up books at a bargain?  Stop by the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library's Book Warehouse Sale at the University Park Branch Library in the Friends Book Warehouse. There are just two days left in the sale but you still have a chance to find your next favorite novel or a stack of picture books for your kids--a bag full of books is just $10. What a deal!  All proceeds support library programs and services. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon Thursday and Saturday.

Support for Florida libraries

A message from Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner. We appreciate his support of Florida libraries! 

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