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April 2013 Newsletter

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We are renovating the circulation desk area to serve you better. The free tax workshop on April 3 from 1 – 5 P.M. will be held as planned. We will reopen for regular hours on April 5.


The book drops will remain open during this time. The free tax workshops on April 9, 10 A.M. – 3 P.M., and April 13, 10 A.M. – 4:30 P.M., will be held as planned. The library will reopen April 23.


Libraries regularly open on Mondays will be closed April 15 for staff training. Book drops at all locations will remain open. The libraries will open as scheduled on Tuesday, April 16.

National Library Week

April 14 – 20

“Communities matter @ your library” is more than just the theme of this year’s National Library Week, April 14-20. It’s the spirit behind everything we do, every day, year-round, at Jacksonville Public Library. Communities do matter and that’s why JPL provides programs and services that foster youth and adult education and literacy, helps individuals and small businesses achieve economic success, and connects people to the technology they may otherwise not be able to access. Libraries today are more than repositories for books. They are catalysts for collaboration. JPL enthusiastically embraces community partnerships and brings diverse groups together. By championing cooperation, we strengthen our connection to the Jacksonville community through partnerships with schools, museums, performing arts centers, nonprofit organizations, major corporations, local governments, small businesses, media outlets, and sports teams.

Investing in public libraries offers a great return.  For every tax dollar received, JPL provides $4.04 in value. Library employees work hard to maximize the public funds entrusted to us. In fact, JPL was voted winner in the “Best Use of Public Money” category in a reader survey conducted in late 2012 by Folio Weekly magazine. Use our value calculator to estimate what your library is worth to you!

In celebration of National Library Week, and to recognize JPL for the important role it plays in the community, City Council Member Ray Holt, District 11, introduced a City Council Resolution, co-sponsored by Council Members Warren Jones, District 9, and John Crescimbeni, At-Large Group 2. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Councilmen Holt, Jones and Crescimbeni, to our other elected officials, to our Friends groups, and of course, to all our customers for their continued support.

Celebrate National Library Week:

Visit a library near you.

Check out our “virtual branch” at to download an e-book or discover valuable online resources.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Support the library with a tax deductible donation.

Urge elected officials to protect library funding.

Budget Process Begins

The Board of Library Trustees has directed the Jacksonville Public Library to prepare a budget for Fiscal Year 2014 that provides the same service level as this year, with the proviso that changes could be requested as the budget process continues this summer. The City of Jacksonville does not yet have final numbers for revenue, benefits, pension costs and other expenses, and those figures could impact the library’s funding.  As more information becomes available, we will provide updates on the ilovejpl blog and in this e-newsletter.

In the meantime, join us in celebrating National Library Week, and let our council members know just how much “Communities matter @ your library”!

Local musicians, take note
There’s a new gig in town

Are you or your band becoming a household name in the Jacksonville area? Are you booked at high profile venues every month? Have you made an awesome recording? If so, there might be a place for your album in Jacksonville Public Library’s new local music CD collection. JPL believes local musicians, record labels and music venues play an important role in the cultural and economic success of the community.  To support the local music scene, JPL collects and circulates locally produced music including rock, classical, hip-hop and everything in between.

In an article for American Libraries (Nov.-Dec. 2012), JPL employees, Matthew Moyer, popular media librarian, and Andrew Coulon, e-library specialist, wrote about the win-win situation of public libraries playing a role in distributing, promoting and archiving quality local music content.  As a result, they said, “libraries gain materials, musicians gain another outlet to the community, and the public gains access to new content.”

JPL has long partnered with local musicians for concerts, and sees the local CD collection as another way to foster support for area musicians and expose more people in the community to music. The collection will embody all different styles and genres, giving people a taste of something beyond tunes that are played relentlessly on the radio. In addition, a local music collection will serve to record what’s happening regionally, capturing the flavor of the city and its culture.

Donated recordings should include cover art that features the band name, album title, track listing and copyright date. Items can be on compact disc, vinyl or cassette. JPL cannot accept digital music at this time. So strike up the band and join the likes of Shawn Lightfoot, The 2416, Gizzard and a long list of other area musicians who have donated to JPL’s local music collection. To find out more, go to

Get Lost in the Stacks

Lost in the Stacks, a radio program on WJCT hosted by JPL’s own Matthew Moyer and Andrew Coulon, brings you all the overlooked and unheard tracks from JPL’s music collection. You never know what to expect. The program covers all genres and features interviews with local and touring DJs, musicians and tastemakers. Find out more at

Check out the complete list of the local music collection at the Lost in the Stacks blog:

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World

An exciting, new lineup of April events

The library, in partnership with the University of North Florida and the Istanbul Cultural Center of Jacksonville, continues the Poetic Voices of the Muslim World exhibit and program series for its second month.

The 18-panel exhibit will be on display during regular hours through April 28 at Southeast Regional Library. All programs and activities are free and open to the public; however, reservations are required for some events. Visit for more information and reservations. Save the date for these April events:


School’s Out Poetry Scavenger Hunt for ages 6–12, Southeast Regional Library, Children’s Dept. 2 p.m.


The Worlds of the Ghazal with Syed Akbar Hyder and ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia. Hear a brief history that demonstrates the beauty of this poetic form. The lecture will be followed by a performance by Indo-Canadian ghazal singer Kiran Ahluwalia and accompanist Rez Abbasi. UNF, Talon Room, Osprey Commons, Bldg. 16, Fourth Floor, 7 p.m.; Free but reservations required.


Family Night Art for ages 6 and older. Make a poetry bookmark, Southeast Regional Library, 6–8 p.m.


Conference of the Birds by Farid ud-Din Attar will be discussed. Main Library, Fourth Floor Atrium, 1 p.m.


Prince Among Slaves documentary screening and discussion. The film recounts the true story of an African Muslim prince who was captured and sold into slavery in the American South. Main Library, Hicks Auditorium, 7 p.m.

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World is presented by Poets House and City Lore, in partnership with the American Library Association and the Jacksonville Public Library along with the public libraries in Los Angeles, Detroit, Milwaukee, Washington, D.C. and Queens, N. Y. It is funded by the Bridging Cultures Program of the National Endowment for the Humanities, with additional support from the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

San Marco Branch Library

Dedicates new space just for teens

Jacksonville City Councilwoman Lori Boyer, Landon Middle School Assistant Principal David Cook and the Jacksonville Public Library celebrated the opening of the new Teen Scene space at the San Marco Branch Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on March 21.

As part of the library’s priority of ensuring educational success for youth, the Teen Scene provides a safe, inviting place for teens to gather after school to do homework, use laptops, or just relax and enjoy reading.

The Teen Scene houses computer stations for laptops, modular seating and lounge chairs, a bar-height work table with comfortable stools and outlets to charge laptops. The teen space was made possible by a gift from the trust of the late Gilbert Clarke, a longtime resident of Jacksonville and library supporter, and a State Aid to Public Libraries grant.

Cutting the ribbon for the new Teen Scene space, Councilwoman Lori Boyer (center) is flanked on the right by Library Director Barbara Gubbin and Board of Library Trustees member Guy Anderson and on the left by Board of Library Trustees member Ronnie King, and Marie Jones and Eric Evans from Perdue Office Interiors.

The Bradham & Brooks Branch Library

Celebrates completion of improvements

City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee, Board of Library Trustee members, library staff and supporters celebrated the completion of improvements to the Olga L. Bradham and Etta L. Brooks Branch Library at a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 13. Improvements include hurricane damage mitigation, installation of a metal roof and aluminum clerestory windows, and repair and painting of interior walls. 

Funding for the project was provided by The State of Florida, Department of Economic Opportunity, Community Development Block Grant Program, Disaster Recovery Program and from City of Jacksonville General Funds.

Getting ready to cut the ribbon, Chair of the Board of Library Trustees Dr. Brenda Simmons-Hutchins (center front row) is flanked to the left by City Councilwoman E. Denise Lee, Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library President Harry Reagan and Library Deputy Director Carolyn Williams. To the right are Library Director Barbara Gubbin, Branch Manager Elaine Randolph and Region Manager Marshelle Berry. In the back row, left to right:  Tom McKnight, Public Works; Frank Anderson, ACON Construction; Steve Lazar, VRL Architects; Christina Stallings, Secretary, Board of Library Trustees; and Ronnie King, Board of Library Trustees.

Muito obrigado Clube do Livro

For donation of Portuguese children’s books

Thanks to fundraising efforts of the Clube do Livro, a social/educational organization for Portuguese families, the Jacksonville Public Library has a growing collection of Portuguese children’s books. For the fourth consecutive year, the group has hosted a dinner featuring feijoada, Brazil’s national dish, to raise money for the library.

In March, club co-founders Suzanna Siebert and Daniella Williams presented Southeast Regional Library with more than $2,100 worth of children’s books and gibis—Brazilian comic books—for the library’s Portuguese language book collection.  In past years, books focused on Brazilian themes of carnival and surfing; famous Brazilian authors; and translations of children’s classics such as Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree.

Visitors can find Portuguese books for children at the Main Library, and the Southeast Regional Library.  Many other library locations offer a variety of foreign language books for children. For information about Clube do Livro, go to or

Children of Clube do Livro show off the new Portuguese children’s books that were donated to the Southeast Regional Library.

Support Teen Literature Day

With activities all month long for ages 12–18

Support Teen Literature Day is April 18 and Jacksonville Public Library is celebrating all month long. We have a variety of programs and activities to interest even your pickiest teen. Click the dates below to get the scoop on just some of the things we have planned. Look for more activities on our JPL April events calendar. And check out more ongoing teen programs and teen anime clubs at the library.

So Many Cool Events!

Main Library

April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 ................................................................... Math Homework Help
April  23 ................................................................. Pizza and the Pursuit of Resources
April 3 & 17 ............................................................................. Teens Heart Books Club
April 3 & 17 ........................................................................................... Graphic Attack!
April 10 & 24 ................................................................................ Teen Advisory Board

Argyle Branch Library

April 13 ......................................................................... Earth Day Craft: Create fossils

Mandarin Branch Library

April 9 .............................................. Literary Teen Book Club, “The Name of the Star”
April 24 ........................................................................... Teen movie: Brave screening
April 25 ............................................. Teen Advisory Board: Teens discuss direction of future teen library activities.

South Mandarin Branch Library

April 11 ........................................................................................ Teen Advisory Group
April 18 ..................................................... All-day Teen Scavenger Hunt with winners.
Match a line of a book with its cover, and make up a spine label poem.

West Regional Library

April 10 ..................................... Wacky Wednesday – Earth Day Craft: Create fossils
April 27 ........................................................................................................ Quilt Camp
April 30 ........................................ Anime and Doodle Club: Watch anime and work on doodles and magna drawings

The Big Read

$1,000 scholarship awarded

WJCT hosted a live conversation via Skype with A Lesson Before Dying author Ernest J. Gaines on March 7. Mr. Gaines shared his motivation to write the book, how his life was impacted by the book, and how much he appreciates libraries. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Danielle Brianna Thomas, a senior at Paxon School for Advanced Studies, for her essay based on the book. Read her essay and a related editorial that ran recently in Folio Weekly.  

The teleconference was the culmination of The Big Read, presented by WJCT and JPL in partnership with Duval County Public Schools. Additional support was provided The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library, School District of Clay County, Cultural Fusion, JCCI, Theatre Jacksonville, and The 5 & Dime. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Support Us

Looking for a rewarding experience?

It takes a village of volunteers to help keep everything running smoothly and efficiently at the Main Library and the 20 branch locations. So if you’d like to make a difference and put your skills to use—or learn something new—look to your neighborhood library. The library averages about 240 volunteers donating around 1,965 hours a month. That adds up to a lot of volunteer manpower, and it’s needed more than ever to fill the staff shortages due to budget cuts. It’s been rewarding for Ken and Linda McEnery, who have volunteered at the San Marco Branch Library for more than five years. They enjoy helping out and being “part of the team,” and encourage others to give it a try. To find out more about the many volunteer opportunities at the library, click here.

Friends of the Bradham & Brooks Branch Library

The Friends of the Bradham & Brooks Branch Library have been busy raising money through book sales and drumming up support through community outreach—all to help their neighborhood library. In February, Friends’ president Alisa K. Harrell presented a $1,200 check to the branch manager to help the library purchase electronic equipment for Children, Teen and Adult programming. Harrell was recruited into the Friends when it was noticed she took her middle-school aged daughter to the library weekly. More than 10 years later, she’s still active with the Friends because “it’s a good cause and a lot of fun.”  Thank you to the Friends of the Bradham & Brooks Branch Library for the generous donation and all of their hard work! Click here to find out how you can become a Friend of the Library.

JPL Bookfinder Pick of the Month

We simply cannot get enough of Game of Thrones on HBO! The premier was March 31, and this series is everything we hoped for season after season. Therefore we recommend, to everyone who has still not read the books:   

A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R. R. Martin
Game of Thrones(Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)
Clash of Kings(Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)
Storm of Swords(Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)
Feast for Crows(Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)
Dance with Dragons(Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)

And if you have read the books and loved them, here are a few more epic fantasy titles we hope you will enjoy:
Wizard’s First Ruleby Terry Goodkind (Book | eBook | Audio | eAudio)
Name of the Windby Patrick Rothfuss (Book | eBook)
Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson (Book)
Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb (Book)

As you may know, England’s War of the Roses is the true story that inspired some of the machinations in the Song of Ice and Fire Series. Try these titles to read more about the war:
Wars of the Roses by Alison Weir (Book)
Red Queenby Philippa Gregory (Book | LargePrint | Audio)

If you need more TV series to fill the hours before the next episode of Game of Thrones, try these:
Battlestar Galactica (DVD)
Rome (DVD)
Tudors (DVD)

To request a personalized reading list of suggested titles crafted just for you by our expert librarians, follow this link.

Great Decisions 2013

Learn about the world!

What in the world do you know about world affairs? Now you can learn more and take part in interesting discussions about world affairs in an intimate setting led by scholars. Great Decisions is an ongoing program held at the Jacksonville Public Library, designed to engage citizens in learning about the world. Sponsored by the World Affairs Council – Jacksonville, discussions for Great Decisions 2013 will focus on some of the most pressing global issues and hot-spot regions with topics ranging from “China in Africa” to “Iran” to “Future of the euro.” The program is free and open to the public. Click here for more details. If you’d like a briefing book, you may order one from the Foreign Policy Association. Purchase of a briefing book is not necessary for participation.

“Never Forget”

Holocaust Remembrance Day – April 8

See and hear the testimonies of local Holocaust survivors in the library’s Shoah Collection. Visit the Holocaust Collection in the Grand Reading Room of the Main Library to learn more through books, photographs, recordings, films and other materials. The Holocaust Collection is made possible in partnership with Remembering for the Future Community Holocaust Initiative, which has compiled a list of commemorative events that are free and open to the public. April events include a service at Beth El, The Beaches  Synagogue in Ponte Vedra Beach, testimony by a SS St. Louis survivor at the Jacksonville Jewish Center, and the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s exhibition, The Courage to Remember: The Holocaust 1933 -1945, at Florida State College at Jacksonville.


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Prime Time Literacy Program

JPL reaches out to families 

JPL has just concluded another session of Prime Time Family Reading Time, a six-week reading program for children ages 6 through 10 and their families. Targeting the underserved, the goal of the program is to develop communication skills, foster a love of reading, improve critical literacy skills, and instill knowledge of library resources. The program focuses on award-winning children’s books, and was led by a storyteller to model effective reading, along with a scholar to stimulate discussion. The program was funded by a grant from the Florida Humanities Council and held in partnership with the Northside Community Involvement Center.

Scholar Robert Kelly and Storyteller Debra Keels read to families.

Discover more great books you’ll like

With Read-alikes and Reviews 

The Read-alikes and Reviews feature on the new catalog is bound to become an indispensable reader resource. When you go to the library’s catalog, and click on a book, you’ll find reader ratings and reviews (you can add your own review), and other recommended books and authors you might like. What’s more, when you click on the suggested book titles or authors, you’ll find out why they were recommended. There’s even a book discussion guide for many of the titles. So whether you’re looking for a great new read (just go to a favorite old read and find recommendations) or you have a book on hold but need something to read in the meantime, Read-alikes and Reviews might be your new best friend.

Branching Out


Reading Lessons for Deaf Children
Saturday, April 13, 10 A.M. – Noon

Pablo Creek Regional Library
13295 Beach Blvd.

Be a STAR Reader. University of North Florida graduate students majoring in Deaf Education will engage in free
mini-reading lessons and fun activities with children who are deaf or hard of hearing, their siblings, and children of deaf adults. Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) Services for captioning will be provided.

For school aged children K through sixth grade. Parents who attend can receive free training on how to download free e-books and audiobooks from the library. For more information call 992-7101.

New E-Classroom Opening
Saturday, April 13 @ 10:30 a.m.

Charles Webb Wesconnett Regional Library
6887 103rd Street

Join us as we celebrate the opening of a new e-classroom at Webb Wesconnett Regional Library with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The e-classroom will give Westside residents convenient access to computer classes at their neighborhood library. For more information, call 778-7305.

Library embraces community collaboration

Serves as headquarters for One Spark festival

One Spark, the world’s largest crowd-funding festival to focus on science, technology, and the arts, is going to electrify the downtown area—and the Main Library, home of the One Spark Headquarters—April 17 through 21. Hundreds of Creators—the artists, inventors, and entrepreneurs participating in the event—are expected to draw thousands of visitors to more than 65 venues and spaces including the library. The purpose of One Spark is to support local talent and generate funding for innovative ideas. Creators will be vying for a share of $250,000 determined by attendee votes plus $1 million in capital investments, and other funding from private investors. As part of its economic success priority, the library is excited to play a major role in the One Spark effort by providing a platform for entrepreneurs to share ideas and enrich our community.

Here are just a few One Spark displays you can visit at the library:

Biblio Connection
Blue Dog Aerial Photography
Creative Community
Jacksonville Eco Village for Green Urban Revitalization
Tiger Trail by the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Wordshop Literary Arts Center Jax

Get down with digital downloads

Learn how to enjoy free e-books

If you have a Nook, Kindle, or laptop and want to learn how to download free library e-books, these classes will answer your questions. No registration is required, so drop by the library with your device and get started on your favorite e-book today.

Digital Downloads for OverDrive, Nooks, Kindles

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 & 18, 3 – 5 P.M.
Mandarin Branch Library, Community Room
For information call 262-5201.

Digital Downloads Questions and Answers

Southeast Regional Library, e-classroom
For information call 996-0325.

Mandarin Branch Library, Conference Room
For information call 262-5201.

San Marco Branch Library, Study Room
For information call 858-2907.

SATURDAY, APRIL 20,  3 – 5 P.M.
South Mandarin Branch Library, e-classroom
For information call 288-6385.

Learn to Read’s
Spring Fundraising event

“Read Between the Wines”

Enjoy wine, music, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction while supporting Learn to Read, a volunteer-driven adult literacy organization that has served the Jacksonville area for more than 40 years. Author Dodie Cantrell-Bickley will read from her book, The Reason of Fools. The event will be held at the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens, Thursday, April 18, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $50. For more information call 238-9000.

There’s never a better time to…
Get Financially Fit @ your library

Take advantage of free workshops throughout the year and learn smart strategies to make financial decisions for yourself and your family. The courses vary, so sign up for one that meets your needs or take them all and become an expert on money matters.

Building/Rebuilding Your Credit
Get techniques to build your credit or increase your credit score.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 6 – 7:30 P.M.
Southeast Regional Library, Community Room B

Investing Basics - Part II
Find out how to use stocks, bonds, and mutual funds to reach your long-term investment goals.

TUESDAY, APRIL 9, 6 – 7:30 P.M.
Southeast Regional Library, Community Room B 

Main Library, Room G-4, Conference Center Level

You can still get tax help
AARP Tax Aide at the library

The Jacksonville Public Library is proud to partner with the Real$ense Prosperity Campaign and the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) TaxAide during the tax season to provide free tax preparation assistance at several libraries throughout the city. Click here to find the library location nearest you and to find out exactly what you will need to bring with you when you come to the tax site.

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Join poetry lovers nationwide in carrying around a poem to share with others on Poem in Your Pocket Day, April 18, in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Library staff will be handing out pocket-sized poems at all library locations. Read a poem about a pocket or discover a new poem. You can share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. 

Second Annual MoneyWi$e Week
April 28 – May 5

During MoneyWi$e Week, you’ll learn strategies to achieve more balance in your financial life, steps to build a spending and saving plan, and tools for spending wisely. Find out about Social Security benefits, estate planning, and how to get your credit score.The more you know, the better decisions you can make with your money. Click below to register for a free workshop or call 630-4655. Feel free to bring your own lunch to Lunch and Learn Workshops.


Lunch and Learn – What’s Your Money Personality?
Lunch and Learn – Managing Your Money in Tough Times
Lunch and Learn – Building/Rebuilding Your Credit
Free Credit Report and Master Money Mentor



Highlands Branch Library

Murray Hill Branch Library

Dallas Graham Branch Library


Highlands Branch Library

Murray Hill Branch Library


South Mandarin Branch Library


Pablo Creek Regional Library


Pablo Creek Regional Library

South Mandarin Branch Library

Did you know…
You can attend free concerts at the Main Library? JPL hosts First-Wednesdays Promenade during Wednesday Art Walk. This month’s concert is April 3, so make plans now! You won’t want to miss Krzysztof Biernacki, baritone, and Denise Wright at the piano.  And enjoy a Music @ Main evening concert on April 9, featuring the UNF String Students.

Upcoming Board and Committee Meetings

Meeting times and locations are updated regularly. Check our Board of Library Trustees page for updates.

Budget Workshop
Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: 11 a.m.
Location: Westbrook Branch Library
2890 Commonwealth Ave.
Contact: Andi Hammond

Governance Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 4
Time: Noon
Location: Westbrook Branch Library
2890 Commonwealth Ave.
Contact: Andi Hammond

Finance Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: 11 a.m.
Location:Main Library,
Board Room
303 Laura St. N.
Contact: Andi Hammond

Board Meeting
Date: Thursday, April 11
Time: Noon
Location:Main Library,
Conference Center,
Multipurpose Room 1
303 Laura St. N.
Contact: Andi Hammond, 630-8717

Database Spotlight: Science in Context
The Science in Context database is a lot of things but boring is not one of them. Here, you can find in-depth bios on cool people from the past like Louis Pasteur (did you know he saved the French wine industry?), and today’s well-known theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, considered a pioneer in the study of black holes and often compared to Albert Einstein. Get solid research and interesting articles on hot topics such as virtual reality and nanotechnology. If you’re into earth and environmental sciences, you’ll enjoy reading about rainforests, geologic time, and environmental economics. Topics range from acid rain to zoology, so browse away, and get your smarts on!

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