What makes a good library great? Without question, it is the support the library receives from private citizens who understand and value the essential role a library plays in the life of the community.
The Jacksonville Public Library faces a significant reduction in staffing, service hours and materials in Fiscal Year 2013 if the City Council approves the $4.66 million budget cut requested by Mayor Alvin Brown. He will present his budget to the City Council July 16; the council will discuss and debate the budget this summer, with a final vote due by Sept. 29.
Mayor Alvin Brown presented his Fiscal Year 2014 budget to the City Council yesterday. Faced with a $64 million shortfall, departments citywide have been required to take significant cuts and that includes the Jacksonville Public Library. The library’s budget as submitted by the mayor to the Council would be $31,420,192. This reflects a reduction of $2,896,659 from the current year, and is $517,801 more than the cut the Administration requested in June.
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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.
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.