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Maps: Bringing People Together Since Forever

The Jacksonville Public Library’s (JPL) Main branch is an extraordinary building – a crown jewel of downtown. Walk through the front doors on Laura Street and be wowed by the expanse of the building, its elegance and charm. Nestled on the fourth floor of the building is another gem, the Morris Ansbacher Map Room which houses an extensive collection of maps known as the Lewis Ansbacher Map Collection. The Ansbacher family has generously donated this collection of maps to the library to make them available to the community.

Naomi Shihab Nye on the Importance of Libraries

On Wednesday, May 11 2011, poet, writer and educator Naomi Shihab Nye performed readings at the Main Library as part of the Language of Conservation initiative. Nye has spent 35 years traveling the country and the world to lead writing workshops and inspire learners of all ages. And indeed, attendees at both the morning and evening readings were inspired by Nye's insight, openness, wit and writerly gifts.

How to help: Writing your elected officials

This is National Library Week, the perfect opportunity to write your elected officials to let them know how important libraries are to you and your community.

Your message will make a difference! Please take just a few minutes to send a quick message to them from your state library association's take action page: http://capwiz.com/ala/fl

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. 

Why we are here...

book heartIn a time when people wonder why we still have libraries, this column by author Wiley Cash expresses it beautifully.  We'd love to know why you visit your library.

Budgeting and the library’s future…

budgetYour voice makes a difference

The story of becoming an American...at the library

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.

Tech Tip

When you are using MS WORD, and you need to change some text to ALL CAPS, here’s the simple solution:

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