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A boost to independent bookstores

Nassau County bookstore owner Donna Kaufman
Claire Heddles
Jacksonville Today
Nassau County bookstore owner Donna Kaufman says teachers regularly shop for books in her store, but she’s seen them become increasingly hesitant to purchase classroom books under new state laws.

A local couple teams up to help others who want to get into the book business. The owners of Story and Song Bookstore and Cafe on Amelia Island explain how they turned their own story into a pattern for others to follow.


Then, a local professor discusses his new grant to research sewage in waterways.

Plus, the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra features soloist Adelya Nartadjieva in her debut performance of The Lark Ascending.


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Anne Schindler joined WJCT News 89.9 as host of First Coast Connect in October 2023, after nearly three decades in Jacksonville print and television. Anne has worked in the Jacksonville media market since 1995, first as a reporter for the original Folio Weekly, then as the publication’s editor-in-chief from 2002 until her departure. In 2012, Anne transitioned to television as executive producer of special projects for First Coast News, Northeast Florida’s NBC and ABC affiliates. You can reach Anne at <a href=""></a>.