LOOK WHAT YOU MADE POSSIBLE IN 2018!
SUMMER LEARNING $35,000
Summer Learning programs offer extensive entertainment, enrichment and educational activities, an incentive for reading and logging books. With a goal of eliminating the summer slide, it results in improved literacy skills and a lifelong love of learning to ensure Jacksonville children succeed in school. Summer Learning was a big success: Nearly 5.89 million minutes were read and logged by children, teens, and adults. More than 48,000 youth attended Summer Learning programs.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT/TRAINING $15,000
This money helps underwrite an educational staff in-service day for all JPL staff. Funds will go toward planning for the next Staff Development Day so employees can learn, share and grow together. Funds also were used for webinars and other important staff training, as well as staff training equipment.
JAX MAKERSPACE $10,000
The Jax Makerspace at the Main Library is a hit, thanks to the Friends providing funds for technology needs, furniture, fixtures, and equipment. The space is open to anyone who wants to explore, collaborate, and create with programs, activities, demos, and more that run the gamut from arts and crafts to music and robotics. More than 3,600 people attended 490 Jax Makerspace programs in FY18.
LIFELONG LEARNING PROGRAMS $10,000
The Friends helped fund a variety of programs to enrich the lives of adults. These included regular series programs like Art Walk performances, Great Decisions, Financially Fit, Lawyers in Libraries, Special Collections Speaker series, Author Talks, and Chair Yoga. Friends' funding provided support to the Jax Book Fest, the annual unveiling of the Jacksonville Black History calendar, and commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of Consolidation of the City of Jacksonville. Other programs provided by Friends included Jax Makerspace workshops, live music concerts, history presentation, live animal encounters and more.
EARLY LEARNING TOYS $9,000
Through the use of the money, the Library was able to replenish early learning toys and manipulatives that aid in early literacy activities, as well as support the Play and Learn spaces in the Children's Department areas.
LIBRARY AWARE $6,440
The Friends helped fund the second year of a three-year renewal subscription to Library Aware, the Library’s main promotional tool used to create flyers, e-blasts, bookmarks, the Library e-newsletter, and other marketing collateral. Library Aware is also the platform for NoveList e-newsletters, which help customers learn about—and connect to—Library books that appeal to their special interests.
REFRESHMENT FUND $5,000
These funds are used to support customer-focused activities as part of our ongoing strategy to build and maintain strong customer relationships, infuse more fund into our programs, and say thanks to customers. COmmunity residents and Library supporters were treated to refreshments at a number of programs including the lively Art Walk activities and gallery openings and more.
ROUNDABOUT BOOKS $3,000
Roundabout Books, a successful program for k-12 students, provides access to high-interest reading materials for youth in afterschool programs and summer camps. The funds were used to expand and refresh the book collection.
ONLINE STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY $2,400
Using Friends' funding, the Library was able to renew its subscription for a wide selection of stock images, which are used in digital and printed materials to promote out Library's resources, services, and programs.
VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION $2,000
Jacksonville Public Library loves its volunteers, and last year, thanks to the Friends, we hosted a special Volunteer Recognition reception at Southeast Regional Library for our valued volunteers.
PROGRAM ENHANCEMENTS $1,160
Thanks to the Friends, when it comes to programming, JPL can kick it up a notch to make every event as special as it can be. Funds can be used as determined for a variety of ways to enhance programs. Examples from the past include purchasing a popcorn machine and a portable microphone.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS $1,000
Professional membership opportunities help strengthen our Library by bringing people together, providing leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of Library and information services. This funding goes toward staff whose positions require participation in organizations outside their profession such as the assistant director of Community Relations & Marketing’s membership to the American Library Association.