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Good news: Mayor wants investment in libraries

Mayor Alvin Brown presented his proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the City of Jacksonville on July 14. The mayor spoke at length about what a dynamic time it is for our city and how we are all working to make Jacksonville “a city of opportunity.”

Want a great read, guaranteed? Look for these Carnegie medal winners!

"A library outranks any other one thing a community can do for its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert."─ Andrew Carnegie

Budgeting and the library’s future…

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By Lynn Jacobson, Library Supervisor, Integrated Library Systems

Guest Column: Library offers summer reading program

Barbara A.B. Gubbin, director of the Jacksonville Public Library

(Published in the Florida Times-Union Tuesday, June 17, 2014)

Every Jacksonville resident should be concerned after reading the headline May 23:

“FCAT: 1 in 5 fail to make grade; 22% of third-graders in Duval schools below test reading standard.”

Poor reading skills affect everyone, regardless of whether you have children in school.

As the article pointed out, children who struggle with reading in third grade have an incredibly difficult time in later grades.

Friday Afternoon Chess at Southeast Regional Library

When the chess pieces were in place on all seven boards, Hugo Mattern-Ortiz began asking questions.

“What’s this game called? “ Mattern-Ortiz asked the young children around him. He proceeded to name the pieces, holding up each piece and then explaining how it could be moved on the board.

Ten Great Reads for the Beach

By the “JPL Bookfinders”book 1

In today’s world of automated phone systems and computer-generated responses—with little chance of connecting with a human being—Jacksonville Public Library offers something quite surprising: real people who provide customers with personalized booklists.

They call themselves the JPL Bookfinders.

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.

It’s a dog’s life this June during the Big Library Read

Tongues are wagging about the Big Library Read.Image If you are interested in going undercover and sniffing out a killer, you will want to fetch this e-book by Laurien Berenson: A Pedigree to Die For.

A Look Back at the Jacksonville Jazz Festival

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