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Murray Hill Library to Celebrate 50th Anniversary

City Councilmen Jim Love, John Crescimbeni, Tommy Hazouri

Will Rededicate Branch, Reveal New Branch Name

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 11, 2018 – Flash back! The Murray Hill Branch Library will celebrate 50 years of service with a commemorative ceremony to rename the branch, and with a ‘60s-themed party that includes music, vintage cars, arts and crafts, and a brief video that will take you on a trip down memory lane to when the branch opened in 1968. The public is invited to attend the free event. Tie-dye and bell-bottoms are optional; door prizes will be given for the best dressed. Cake and refreshments will be served.

WHEN:        Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018

      11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Remarks begin at 11 a.m.               

WHERE:     Murray Hill Branch Library

      918 Edgewood Ave. S. – 32205

City Councilman Jim Love, representing District 14 and the Murray Hill area, and Councilmen John Crescimbeni (At-Large, Group 2) and Tommy Hazouri (At-Large, Group 3) will speak about Murray Hill and the initiative to rename the branch as the Bill Brinton Murray Hill Branch Library. Dr. Charles Moreland, director of Community Affairs for the City of Jacksonville, will introduce a video about the history of Murray Hill. Jay Stuckey, president of the Friends of Murray Hill Library, will pay tribute to the library’s namesake, the late Bill Brinton, who served as a strong library advocate and devoted member of the community. Signage with the new name will be unveiled at the event.

The Jacksonville Public Library is committed to making its programs 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 Murray Hill Branch Library

The 7,315-square-foot Murray Hill Branch Library, designed by architectural firm Hardwick & Lee, opened to the public in December 1968 as the last branch built pre-consolidation. The branch was renovated in 2004 as part of the Better Jacksonville Plan. Last year more than 71,000 people visited the branch to check out more than 77,000 items. Customers logged nearly 18,600 computer sessions at the library, which offers regularly-scheduled children’s storytimes, tech tutoring, and other programs. The library boasts an active group of volunteers, the Friends of Murray Hill Library, who help support the programs of the library.

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 3.1 million visits were made to Jacksonville Public Libraries, items were checked out more than 4.7 million times, and nearly 15,000 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  

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jacksonville Public Library