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Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library Celebrates 60 Years (Nov. 4, 2016)

City Council Proclamation and Mark Woods Author Talk and Book Signing Commemorate Event

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 4, 2016 – On Nov. 9, a special City Council proclamation will recognize the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library (FJPL) for being  champions for the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) since 1956. Many of the special library programs, resources and equipment available to the community would not have been possible without the significant financial support and advocacy of FJPL for the past 60 years.

Following the proclamation, the celebration will move to the Hicks Auditorium in the Main Library for an author talk by Florida Times-Union columnist Mark Woods. Woods wrote the new highly acclaimed Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks, his account of spending one year touring National Parks while dealing with his mother’s illness and subsequent death. Woods will discuss the book, answer questions and sign books, which will be available to purchase. The event is free and open to the public.

Multiple copies of Lassoing the Sun: A Year in American’s National Parks are available to borrow from the library.

       City Council Proclamation

WHEN:    Wednesday, Nov. 9, 5 – 6 p.m.                      

WHERE:  City Hall
                      Council Chamber
                      117 W. Duval St.– 32202

       Mark Woods Author Talk

WHEN:     Wednesday, Nov. 9, 6 p.m.                      

WHERE:   Main Library, Hicks Auditorium
                      303 Laura St. N.– 32202

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please call 630-2665 (TTY 630-1999) at least 72 hours prior to the event. 

About the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library

The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library encourages support of libraries, increases awareness of public libraries in the community, and raises funds to enhance library services for the good of the public library system. Fundraising events include book sales, author events and much more.

Within the last three years, monies raised added thousands of books to youth and adult book collections, made electronic classrooms possible in many branches throughout the system, kept kids learning during the summer with Summer Learning programs, and contributed to many other valuable resources.

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 5.9 million times, and nearly 11,000 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

1755 Edgewood Ave. W.
Jacksonville, Florida 32208

Friday, November 4, 2016

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