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Five reasons Stan Lee has a library card in his wallet

September 2014 is Library Card Sign-Up Month and legendary Marvel comic creator Stan Lee is serving as the Honorary Chair of the program for the American Library Association. His quote for the campaign: “The smartest card in my wallet? It’s a library card.” What's in your wallet?

We <3 JPL

Welcome to the companion blog for Jacksonville Public Library's celebration of National Library Week 2011! This blog is a way to showcase everything our libraries and librarians do to serve the communities of Jacksonville. Stay tuned for branch spotlights, customer testimonials, and fun facts that illustrate the value of our libraries.

While you're here, feel free to show us some love and let us know why the Jacksonville Public Library matters to you. We <3 JPL!

The Rest of the Story

The Florida Times-Union published an article on Sept. 21 titled “Library down to last page in budget: Patrons could be final chance for system to avoid big cuts.” While it was accurate and we appreciate the Times-Union bringing the library’s budget crisis to the attention of readers, the figures in the accompanying chart were based on Fiscal Year 2009 data contained in the Capacity Plan Study by Godfrey’s Associates.

Library Faces Significant Budget Cuts

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.

Under the proposed budget:

Six libraries to close under proposed budget

On June 14, the Jacksonville Public Library, on behalf of the Board of Library Trustees, submitted to the City Budget Office a plan to meet a requested 13.88% (or $2,378,858) cut to the Fiscal Year 2014 library budget. Departments citywide are being asked to reduce their budgets to meet a projected $63,971,895 shortfall next year.

With deep regret, the Board was left with no choice but to recommend the closure of six libraries, reduce service hours further, and cut the materials budget once again.  The proposed reductions include:

August is American Artist Appreciation Month

By Marie Myers, Art Educator/Library Associate
Marie Myers

Jacksonville Public Library is many things to many people: a repository of information in a variety of printed and digital formats, a center of the community and a showplace for art—yes, art. Our library locations, if you didn’t already know, showcase a wealth of art created by a variety of artists.

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