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The “Save Our Libraries” Straw Ballot election is on August 26!

On August 26, Jacksonville voters will vote on a straw vote about a local tax district for libraries, a first step in changing the way our public libraries are funded.

We need your help in getting out the vote and explaining what’s happening.  Please review the schedule and pick the best time for you to make phone calls to voters.

Schedule and more here…


Library addressed in Mayor’s budget

Mayor Alvin Brown presented his proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2015 on July 14.

In his remarks he said: “Our public libraries are vital educational institutions in the community—serving people of all ages, from all walks of life and from all across the city.  This budget will help restore service hours at the Main Downtown Library.  And we propose to help our libraries invest in new materials after years of budget cuts.”

According to the mayor’s staff, the budget proposal contains more…Read more here


“Save Our Libraries” Straw Ballot Initiative
On Aug. 26, a straw vote on an alternative means of funding Jacksonville Libraries.

Thanks to a successful petition drive, Jacksonville voters will be voting on a straw vote on the Aug. 26 election ballot to voice their opinion on creating an independent library district.   Volunteers for Friends of Jacksonville Public Library and many others helped gather more than 26,000 signatures, which were verified by the Supervisor of Elections.

We need your help, urging people to vote on Aug. 26 and explaining this straw vote.  To help you explain it, here are some FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Initiative.

Read more here…


Get ready for another Book Warehouse Sale

Time to mark your calendar for the next Book Warehouse Sale, brought to you by Friends of Jacksonville Public Library.  Starting July 31…Read more here.


Do you know you don’t have to wait for a book warehouse sale for great bargains?

SHOP THE BOOKSTORE YEAR-ROUND.

Click here for more information.


Not a member?

Starting July 1, 2014, memberships will be $5 for the rest of the year.
Just in time for the July 31 members only Book Warehouse Sale.

Join here.