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Brentwood Branch Library to Celebrate Grand Opening With Fall Festival (Oct. 25, 2017)

Special Guest Councilman Reggie Gaffney to Speak

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Oct. 25, 2017 — The Brentwood Branch Library reopened its doors Saturday, Oct. 14 following a two month closure to replace carpet, repaint the interior and add six computers. To celebrate the reopening, a grand reopening ceremony is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 30 at 3 p.m. with the Friends of the Brentwood Library’s Fall Back into Brentwood fall festival immediately following.

The carpet replacement was generously funded by a combination of Community Development Block Grants and State Aid funds. The City of Jacksonville Public Buildings Division also funded a full asbestos abatement of the building.

WHEN:      Monday, Oct. 30

                   3 p.m.

WHERE:    Brentwood Branch Library

                   3725 Pearl St. – 32206

Speakers at the ceremony include District 7 City Council Member Reggie Gaffney; former Chair of the Jacksonville Housing and Community Development Commission Philip Mobley; Interim Library Director Jennifer Giltrop; and Founder and President of the Friends of the Brentwood Library, Sharon Coon.

The Friends of the Brentwood Library’s fall festival will feature a costume contest, Halloween crafts, outdoor games, trunk or treat, refreshments and much more. This event is free and open to the public.

About the Brentwood Branch Library

The Brentwood Branch Library opened in the 9,200-square-foot Brentwood Theatre building in 1961 to replace the 1,200-square-foot Springfield Library. The last major renovation occurred in 1996 when the branch closed to update the restrooms and entrance and add an elevator.

Brentwood and the Urban Core libraries’ hours were reduced by budget cuts in 2012. Since restoring the hours in 2015 to provide six-day service, the Urban Core libraries (Brentwood, Brown Eastside, Dallas Graham and Westbrook) have had the greatest growth. Brentwood itself has experienced triple-digit increases in visitors.

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-BOOK (2665) at least 72 hours prior to the event.

About the Jacksonville Public Library

The mission of the Jacksonville Public Library is to enrich lives, build community and foster success by bringing people, information and ideas together. Last year, more than 3.4 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 5.7 million times, and over 13,000 programs and services were offered to Duval County residents at the Main Library and 20 branch locations. For more information about the Jacksonville Public Library, call 630-BOOK (2665) or visit

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

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