Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” our weekly media roundtable included Florida Times-Union columnist Ron Littlepage, Folio Weekly Editor Claire Goforth and Timothy Gibbons, editor of the Jacksonville Business Journal (01:12). We heard about the upcoming TEDxJacksonville event with director Sabeen Perwaiz and Dr. Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa, or “Dr. Q,” who will be one of the speakers (35:04). We head a preview of this weekend’s China Cat Sunflower Festival with organizers Christina Parrish and Brenda Walker. Christina’s daughter, Hadley Parrish-Cotton, will perform at the festival and gave us an in-studio musical preview (43:37).   


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Book lovers can grab a grocery bag and head to the Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library’s book sale this weekend.

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The Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library is having a warehouse sale this weekend.

The non-profit is selling books, records, CDs and other donated items to raise money for the city’s public library.

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The Beaches Branch Library located in Neptune Beach is getting some renovations in the near future.

A meeting about the planned library improvements is scheduled for Monday at 6 p.m.

The meeting is at the Beaches Branch Library on Third Street, blocks away from downtown Neptune Beach. City officials will be giving a presentation about upcoming changes to the library.

The library was partially renovated last year. But the city terminated the contractor and is now seeking a new one.

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After the legalization of same-sex marriage in Florida, many family layers are predicting a boom in adoption by gay couples. We speak with Jacksonville family and marriage attorney Lawrence Datz.

Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville executive director Tony Allegretti joins us with a preview of next week's talk by internationally renowned futurist Vito DiBari as part of the VyStar International Artist Lecture Series.