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Clay Hackett

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.

Weekend Warriors: A Weekend for Giving Back

Jul 21, 2016
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As your work week comes to an end, let WJCT's interns Sarah De Nicolais and Kelsey Oates be your guides for art, culture and fun on the First Coast. This week's edition highlights ways to give back to your community.

22 Too Many

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Jacksonville’s Main Library hosted the naturalization of 30 new American citizens Friday. The ceremony was part of the city’s observance of World Refugee Day.

Lita Amin left Iraq in 2009. Being a Christian woman who worked with embassies in the region, she says was in “triple trouble.” But it wasn’t until she started a family that she says she felt truly in danger.

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Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown launched his teen summer-jobs program at the City’s downtown library on Monday.

Duval County students will receive job training and work experience through the program.

Mayor Brown talked to a huge room full of teenagers Monday morning.

“This is your launching pad. This is your opportunity to build on a strong foundation that you already have,” said Brown.

The Summer Jobs Program provides at least minimum-wage jobs to teenagers with the aim of developing young leaders and keeping juveniles out of the criminal justice system.

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The former Main Library in downtown Jacksonville is set to reopen as a nonprofit office building and cowork space.

The Jessie Ball duPont Center on East Adams Street is expected to house about 200 workers by the end of this year.

The 50-year-old former public library adorned with brightly colored tile will soon house 14 nonprofit organizations’ headquarters. Leading a tour of the building Thursday morning, was Mary Kress Littlepage.

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When it comes how people access information these days, American public libraries appear up to the challenge.

That’s according to the American Library Association’s annual State of America’s Libraries report released Tuesday.

Libraries are about more than just books. They’ve are increasingly used as community gathering places and technology hubs.

Jax Art Walk Celebrates 10 Years of Culture Downtown

Nov 6, 2013
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Thousands of First Coast residents look forward to the first Wednesday of every month for Jacksonville's Art Walk, a collaborative art market that spans 15 blocks of the downtown area and includes more than 50 venues and hundreds of local artists.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the signature event, which attracts more than 6,000 guests every month to Hemming Plaza to see artists, businesses and entrepreneurs present their work to the community.

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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.

Karen Feagins

WJCTNews.org's "Hidden Gems" is a web-only series checking out some of the great places in Jacksonville you may not know exist.

The massive Main Library in the heart of downtown Jacksonville is a gem, but it’s certainly not hidden. The 300,000 square foot structure fills the better part of a city block, and is the largest public library in the state.