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Library Seeks Community Input for New Children's Departments

Highlands, Webb Wesconnett Regional Libraries Slated for Renovations; Will Host Public Meetings

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., July 23, 2018 – The Highlands Regional Library and the Webb Wesconnett Regional Library are each gaining a new Children’s Department, thanks to a joint partnership between the Jacksonville Public Library and the City of Jacksonville. The updated children’s areas will be designed to incorporate 21st century learning and literacy experiences for youth from early childhood to preteen, and will reflect the wants and needs of the neighborhood communities.

To kick off the design project, the community is invited to public meetings to share ideas and suggestions for the new children’s areas. Attendees can expect an evening of community camaraderie, an informational presentation, and participatory engagement with the Project Design Team, which highly encourages families who use the libraries to share their vision for the space. Light refreshments will be available.

Highlands Regional Library Community Meeting (904-757-7702)

WHEN:    Tuesday, July 31

                 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.


WHERE: Highlands Regional Library, Children’s Area

              1826 Dunn Ave. – 32218

Webb Wesconnett Regional Library Community Meeting (904-778-7305)

WHEN:    Wednesday, Aug. 1

                 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.     


WHERE: Webb Wesconnett Regional Library, Auditorium

                6887 103rd St. – 32210

Project Design Team

The Project Design Team comprises Raymond Albury, Assistant Director, Facilities Management and Planning, Jacksonville Public Library; Stephen A. Lazar, AIA, LEED AP, VRL Architects, Inc.; Margaret Sullivan, LEED AP, Margaret Sullivan Studio; and Janice Young, FASID, FIIDA,  NCIDQ, Janice Young & Associates.

Special Accommodations

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its public meetings accessible to all persons. If you need special accommodations, please ask for the Special Needs Library at (904) 630-2665 or email your request to 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 5.1 million times, and over 14,000 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

Monday, July 23, 2018

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