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Why Google Will Never Replace Libraries

It seems like every year libraries across the country are faced with the daunting task of justifying their need for existence. There’s a misconception by some that because of Google, libraries are no longer relevant.

That couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, when we hear that position we simply remind people that libraries have one thing that Google doesn’t have --librarians.

8 Days of Holiday Cheer!

This year we wanted to give our staff a chance to share some of their favorite holiday memories. It was a great chance for staff to share stories from their past, and some really beautiful memories came up. We've compiled them for you right here, with a little background on their stories!

 

 

Our Value

Click here to download the Jacksonville Public Library's Value Sheet

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.

December Staff Picks

We've made it a whole year with our #JPLPicks, and we have featured some great reads! We'll continue on in 2018, but check out our last picks for 2017 below! Follow along with us in the new year, once a week our literary mavens are 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!

 

Send a Message for State Aid

EDIT: State Aid for Public Libraries was approved by Senate and House Budget Chairs at $21.3 million–an increase of $100,000 over the current year. Click here to send a thank-you note to legislators and leaders!

Creating a first-class library system

What will it take to bring Jacksonville's libraries to the next level? The Florida Times-Union published an editorial exploring this issue following a recent meeting of the JCCI study group examining library funding. Read it here:

http://jacksonville.com/opinion/editorials/2012-03-25/story/great-library-or-just-mediocre-one#ixzz1qE23BHv4

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. 

Here’s what some of you are saying:

We won...again!

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