In August the Jacksonville Public Library, the third oldest Federal Depository Library Program library in Florida, marked a centennial milestone in storing and sharing history. U.S. Rep. Corrine Brown and former State Sen. Tony Hill attended the centennial celebration and presented a proclamation from Mayor Alvin Brown recognizing the library for a century of public access to government documents. These important publications include everything from Continental Congress papers to the Warren Commission report to Watergate transcripts.
Help us celebrate 10 years of service to the communities of University Park Branch Library and Pablo Creek Regional Library. Now a decade since the libraries opened their doors, we invite everyone to meet their neighbors, library staff and elected officials.
Congratulations to more than 120 people from more than 50 countries who became new American citizens at the Main Library Friday. The naturalization ceremony was presented by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) and the library’s Center for Adult Learning. Library Director Barbara Gubbin delivered the welcome address and Betzy Santiago, special assistant to the Mayor and International Officer for the City of Jacksonville, was the keynote speaker.
When representatives of the Mandela delegation came to Jacksonville, the Sister City of Mandela Bay Municipality, South Africa, to celebrate the life of Nelson Mandela at an event planned by the City of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Sister Cities Association, the guests were also treated to a tour of a Mandela exhibit in the Special Collections department at the Main Library.
The Beaches Branch Library will remain open as improvements continue throughout the month.
Service at the Willowbranch Branch Library has been suspended until further notice due to water intrusion. The public is invited to a meeting for an update from the Public Works Department on Thursday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at Riverside Ave Christian Church, 2841 Riverside Ave. Councilman Jim Love is scheduled to attend.