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What You and Bill Gates Have In Common

Last week, Bill Gates sent out his top book picks for 2016. Investing in Microsoft is a win, but so is investing in your brain. If Bill Gates can read a book a week, then we know the rest of us mere mortals can read at least four each year!

March Staff Picks

Each month we have started to 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 will combine them into one spot 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.


Last year we started a #JaxBookFace contest, and it's been a lot of fun to see some of your creative entries! We're pretty much in love with your book faces so keep them coming. You could be our next winner!

Local Author Collection at JPL

If it's always been your dream to see your published work on the shelves of your local library then we have a dream come true for you—submit your work for the Local Author Collection! Jax Library is working on developing a new collection—the Local Author Collection—and we want your work to be included. Here's what you need to know for your submission to be considered: ilovejpl blog post image

Bookmarks, bookmarks, bookmarks.

On Tuesday, we honored the winners of the biennial Design a Bookmark Contest during a ceremony at the Main Library. This year's theme was "Our World, Our Words, Our Future" and the winning bookmarks will be reproduced and distributed to library locations. Visit our Flickr page to browse pictures from the ceremony.

Become a JPL Advocate!

If you treasure the Jacksonville Public Library and believe that we're an integral partner in our city's future, we want you to consider contacting your local and state representatives to stress the importance of adequate library funding.

Ways to Advocate the Jacksonville Public Library:

City Council to Vote on Library Budget

On Aug. 24, the City Council Finance Committee approved returning $792,000 to the library budget: roughly $500,000 would restore cuts to the materials budget (books, periodicals, DVDs, CDs, etc.) and the remainder would restore 20 of the 264 hours that were proposed to be cut, adding back Sunday hours at five locations. If the full City Council votes to approve the Fiscal Year 2013 city budget at its Sept.

JPL’s Summer Reading Program is Out of This World: Fizz, Boom, Read!

By Julie Pactor, Youth Services Specialist
Julie Pic croppedAs area schools prepare to close their doors for summer vacation, JPL once again welcomes you and your children to walk through our doors and participate in the library’s Summer Reading Program.

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