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Friends seek petition help

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library plays an important role as an advocate for our libraries. Ongoing budget cuts have made this role even more important in 2013. One important effort is the ongoing petition drive for a straw vote on an independent tax district for the library, as recommended by a recent JCCI study. Volunteers are needed to help with the petitions. Find out what you can do to lend a hand at

More than just books!

Check out this post from a local realtor who found out recently just how much she values the library!

Today I showed property at 10am, and then had to get a contract inked by my buyer. Now, with the iPad, I can do so much more than I can, but since I don't have a portable printer (at least, not yet), when I had to print this morning 20 miles from my office, I opted for the Jacksonville Public Library. They have PC's and printers, and at 10 cents a page, it was a deal.

Bookstore at Main closes, but book sales continue!

The Friends of the Library bookstore at the Main Library has closed; however, the Friends will continue to operate a bookstore.

University Park Branch Library (3435 University Blvd. N.)

Open 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday.

The Friends will continue to have four Book Warehouse Sales every year at the University Park location. These book sales are a great way to help support the library while getting incredible deals!

Libraries helping libraries after Hurricane Sandy

Thanks to a donation by the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, Orange Park resident Skot Wilson is helping a school library in his former hometown of Union Beach, NJ, rebuild after Hurricane Sandy with an essential supply item: books.  Check out more details on First Coast News.

JPL voted Best of Jax!

The Jacksonville Public Library has been named "Best of Jax" by Folio Weekly readers in the publication’s annual survey. JPL was selected the winner in the "Best Use of Public Money" category. We appreciate the community's support and confidence in using taxpayer money wisely. Congratulations to the JPL staff!

Here's what appeared in Folio Weekly:
Best Use of Public Money: Jacksonville Public Library

Thank you!

We greatly appreciate the many supporters who spoke out at last night’s City Council meeting in support of funding for their libraries.  Your passionate pleas and moving stories about how the library has changed your life or positively impacts your children mean so much to the library staff. 

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.

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.

Survey says...

Thank you for the incredible response to the recent survey about the impact of the budget cuts proposed for the library.  Nearly 4,000 people completed the survey and 1240 people included additional comments. We are grateful for your participation and support!

Last chance to join in on the survey!

We are grateful to all who have completed the Board of Library Trustees Budget Survey so far. If you haven’t responded yet, you have until midnight August 23, so go to this link now to let the board know how the proposed $4.6 million in library budget cuts will impact you. 

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