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New Fiscal Year — New Budget

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In the very early morning hours of Sept. 24, the City Council approved the Fiscal Year 2015 budget for the City of Jacksonville. After much debate, the Council voted to restore the previously approved budget lapse, which for the library would have meant $349,638 less to spend next year. Unfortunately, the across-the-board cut to overtime and the 10 percent reduction in the part-time budget remains.

Free Music @ Main & More Concerts in November

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 7 p.m. – Emergence Student Concert Join us for an evening of chamber music performed by the talented student musicians from the University of North Florida. Ensembles include a flute quartet with music of Mozart, a Brahms piano quartet, violin sonatas featuring works of Beethoven and Franck, and clarinet pieces.

Virtual Book Club & Discussion

Tuesday, July 21, 9 a.m. – First Coast Connect, 89.9 WJCT-FM, Discussion 9:30 a.m.
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Listen to the First Coast Connect interview on Great Decisions, 2016

Great Decisions is America’s largest discussion program on world affairs; organized by the Foreign Policy Association and locally held at the Jacksonville Public Library’s Southeast Regional library near JTB and Gate Parkway (10599 Deerwood Park Blvd.).

Give and Get Thanks

At JPL we’ve got a ton of valuable resources that we encourage you to take advantage of, but our best resources by far are our fabulous librarians. This Thanksgiving week we checked in with some of our team to see what elements of JPL they are most thankful about. Now, it’s time to turn the tables. Read on to discover a little bit about what makes some of our staff members unique, and why we are so thankful to have them on our team.

LEAP in the Direction of Your Dreams

After Misty Jones served eight months in prison, she needed a boost to get back into the workforce. She found what she needed with the team from Operation New Hope and its Ready4Work program, which is designed to assist ex-offenders re-enter the workforce. During her time with New Hope, Jones discovered programs in the city that she never knew existed, including our digital literacy program through Project LEAP.

Support Your Library Today

Want to be generous? Support your library through the Technology Resources campaign, Educational Success for Children campaign, or with a Golden Book Society membership.

Flex Those Summer Reading Muscles

We love summer because our buildings are bursting with excited book lovers fresh out of school, who come to hang out, read, and participate in programs. Summer also means we start to talk a lot, A LOT, about summer reading and how important it is.

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