Jacksonville Public Library

Wednesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with JEA employee unions leaders Randy Hilton, President of the local Professional Employees Association and Valerie Gutierrez, President of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 2358 about their opposition to a possible sale of the utility (01:01).  

In our latest Going Green segment we spoke with Groundwork Jacksonville CEO Kay Ehas about the proposed Emerald Necklace (29:58).

Donna Fenchel, the owner of several local Orangetheory Fitness franchises and Flagler College’s Leslie Gordon talked to us about an upcoming fundraiser for Volunteers in Medicine (38:30).

We heard about how the Jacksonville Public Library is commemorating National Library Week from Assistant Director of Community Relations Chris Boivin (46:00).        

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Thursday on First Coast Connect in the wake of the mass school shooting in Parkland we spoke with WLRN Miami Reporter Caitie Siwalski who was on the scene and Chad McIntyre, manager of TraumaOne Flight Services at UF Health Jacksonville Medical Center (01:03).       

We heard an update on the Medical Marijuana dispensary business in Jacksonville with Daniel Locke from Compassionate Alternative Care (30:14).

Jacksonville Business Journal Editor Timothy Gibbons told us about a story this week looking at the rise of craft breweries in Jacksonville (38:03).   

On the heels of a $2 million Bansky work of art on display at the downtown Main Library we spoke the Executive Producer of the film Saving Bansky (46:00).  


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Student creativity and talent are being showcased this month in downtown Jacksonville as part of the Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards. 

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Anonymous street artist Banksy’s Haight Street Rat will be on display in the Jax Makerspace Gallery at the Jacksonville Main Library from Feb. 14 – April 14.

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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with UNF professor Dr. Jim Gelsleichter about the research vessel W.T. Hogarth that he and some students will be using this spring for ocean research (01:12).

We heard about an event this weekend at the University of North Florida to prevent teen suicides with UF Health Jacksonville Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Dr. Allison Ventura (26:35).    

Generous Pours founder Ellen Cottrill told us about this week’s fundraiser at HOBNOB for Feeding Northeast Florida (35:02).

Jacksonville Public Library Special Collections Manager Laura Minor and Antiques Roadshow appraiser Christopher Lane told us about an event this weekend highlighting the library’s map collection (46:00).   


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Tuesday on First Coast Connect we spoke with author Sasha Polakow-Suransky on the rise of white nationalism in Europe (01:24).  

Book Club blogger Stacy Goldring and Jenna Hassell with the Jacksonville Public Library talked about the fifth anniversary of the regular segment on First Coast Connect (30:16).         

David Brown, CEO of Web.com and chair of this year’s Heart Walk and Dr. Amy Pollak, cardiologist at the Mayo Clinic, talked about Sunday’s walk in downtown Jacksonville and the changes in guidelines by several medical groups as what blood pressure level should be considered as hypertension (46:00). 


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Lego Robotics, 3-D printing and local films are just a fraction of the events scheduled Saturday at the Jacksonville Public Library downtown.


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we spoke with WJCT’s Corporate Secretary Carlos Semidei and local resident Elisha Sosa. Both have relatives and friends in Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria (01:02).

Local Fraternal Order of Police President Steve Zona joined us to talk about his call for the resignation of two city council members after they had an altercation with police (11:11).       

We heard about this being Banned Book Week in America with First Coast Connect Book Club leader Stacey Goldring and Keli Likins, who is the regional manager of the Jacksonville Public Library (30:33).

Kelly Mannel with Jacksonville’s Image Partners discussed a national conference coming to Jacksonville focusing on mindfulness (42:44).  


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The Jacksonville Public Library gave out about 5,000 solar eclipse glasses earlier this month, and now it’s asking for them back — as well as any others people might be holding onto — after the August 21 eclipse.

Library spokesman Chris Boivin said the donated glasses will be sent to other countries set to experience a total eclipse much sooner than Florida.

  Today on “First Coast Connect,” we discussed the opening of Jacksonville’s first medical cannabis dispensary with Trulieve spokeswoman Victoria Walker (01:09). Terrell Hogan attorneys Matt Sowell and Fadi Chakour (23:47)  joined us to discuss Medical Malpractice Awareness Month. IKEA spokesman Joseph Roth (35:04) told us how the store opening in Jacksonville this year will use environmentally friendly building techniques, including the installation of solar panels. Finally, recently retired Jacksonville Public Library Director Barbara Gubbin (41:30) talked about her career and future plans. 


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The Jacksonville Public Library unveiled a piece of art Wednesday from Harlem Renaissance sculptor and Jacksonville native Augusta Savage.

Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the proposal by President Donald Trump to eliminate federal funding for libraries, museums and artists with Jacksonville Public Library board member Brenda Simmons Hutchins. April is National Donate Life Month and we spoke about an upcoming encouraging becoming an organ donor with Mayo Clinic Department of Transplantation Dr. Katherine Oshel and David Caples, founder of the Katie Caples Foundation and Katie Ride for Life. ”Jeopardy!” winner Jacksonville University professor Julie Brannon joined the show to talk about her experience and we heard a live in-studio performance by Barbra Streisand tribute artist Sharon Owens.  


Tuesday on “First Coast Connect” we discussed the future of Jacksonville’s waterways with City Council President Lori Boyer and Downtown Investment Authority CEO Aundra Wallace. Interfaith Coalition for Action, Reconciliation & Empowerment co-President Geneva Pittman, former ICARE President Pastor Bruce Havens and Folio Weekly editor Claire Goforth discussed a dispute between the organization and Mayor Lenny Curry, and local authors Brenda Jackson and V. Brooks Dunbar joined the show to talk about Saturday’s Jax Book Fest at the Main Library.   

 

Our weekly Media Roundtable on Friday featured Tessa Duval from the Florida Times-Union, Florida Politics reporter A.G. Gancarski, WJCT Business Analyst John Burr and WJCT reporter Lindsey Kilbride. We also spoke by phone with award winning movie director Mira Nair and CEO of Volunteers in Medicine Mary Pat Corrigan and Lisa Weatherby from Wells Fargo joined us to talk about the Women with Heart fundraising campaign. 

    

Thursday on First Coast Connect, we spoke with local residents Judy Sheklin and Lori Shad who will be attending Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington. As part of NPR’s “A Nation Engaged” collaboration with local stations we asked listeners what they want the new president to know about themselves and their community as he takes office. We also spoke with Read 66 spokesman Chris Boivin and Jacksonville Public Library regional manager Keli Mathis about their initiative to get more people to read. Gregory von Hausch, president and CEO of the St. Augustine Film Festival, talked about this weekend’s films and events. 

      

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