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FOUND: This nickel

We're taking a short break this week, so to hold you over until next week's update, here's an adorable note found on the desk of the children's department of another library. Makes your heart happy, doesn't it? Have a great week, everybody! :-)

Destination: Library

Have you heard? Jacksonville is an emerging top tourist destination. Yes, really! According to TripAdvisor, millions of their users have named Jacksonville as “one of the top 10 destinations on the rise in the U.S. for 2016.”

Donor Spotlight: At Home in the Grand Reading Room

Naming Opportunities
The Jacksonville Public Library Foundation provides naming opportunities at the library and strives to match philanthropic donors with projects representative of their values. To find out more about naming opportunities at Jacksonville Public Library, please contact the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation.

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.

"The library is a priceless resource to me"

What role does the library play in your quality of life and personal enrichment?  How much money do you save by visiting the Jacksonville Public Library? Every day, customers and library visitors let us know how much JPL means to them and their families. Here's one testimonial from a library customer who used our Value Calculator to tabulate how much they would spend if they paid for our free programs and services:

City Council members present resolution at Main Library

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Yesterday, the library marked National Library Workers Day and National Library Week with the presentation of a City Council resolution recognizing the library's contributions to the community. Council members Doyle Carter, John Crescimbeni and Jim Love presented a framed resolution to Jim Selzer, chairman of the board of library trustees.

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

New report on the value of libraries--do you agree with it?

According to a new Pew Research Center study, Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.

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