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Clay County is extending hours at its public libraries, starting Thursday, Feb. 1. It’s a restoration of services following cuts during the recession a few years back and a standardization across the whole system.

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The Jacksonville Public Library is asking for a nearly $2 million increase in the mayor’s proposed budget, and several city council members say they may consider at least a smaller bump.

The library’s executive director stressed the growing demand for libraries during budget hearings Friday.

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Supporters of Jacksonville libraries are asking City Council to increase their budget against the recommendation of Mayor Lenny Curry.

Curry’s proposing a $500,000 cut from last year’s budget of $3.4 million.

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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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An enormous, 49-year-old, whole building thermostat control panel in the basement of the former Haydon Burns library will be salvaged and displayed by the company that built it.

City of Jacksonville

The Jacksonville City Council ended its meeting at 2:15 a.m. after only getting through about half of more than 40 proposed amendments.

They plan to reconvene at 2:00p.m. Wednesday and will continue to debate which services to restore and how much to raise property taxes.