Patrons “mad” about Murray Hill Library invited to fundraiser

Fundraising and advocacy can be fun, as friends of the Murray Hill Library will find out at 8 p.m. on Apr. 7 at Blue Fish Restaurant in Avondale. A watch party of the Season 6 premiere of AMC’s popular Mad Men series will be hosted by Friends of the Murray Hill Library (FMHL) to raise awareness – along with donations – of the non-binding straw ballot petition currently circulating. The petition will help gauge public interest in allowing Duval County voters to establish an independent tax district for libraries. If passed, the taxes will create a dedicated revenue stream for Jacksonville’s public library system.

FMHL vice president of social media John Meeks, Jr., said “I want our guests to be able to make a difference in our community in a meaningful way that fosters literacy and learning for everyone in Duval County. If we can sweeten the pot with a chance to party with Don Draper and Peggy Olson [referring to characters on Mad Men], we can engage supporters in a novel way that allows them to be entertained and enlightened.”

Petitions are currently available at The Growing Tree at 1080 S. Edgewood Ave. for those who are unable to attend the Mad Men party but wish to sign a petition for the non-binding ballot proposal (hours are Tues-Fri 9:30-4:30 and Sat 10-3). Details of the petition may be viewed at SaveJaxLibraries.com.
“This is a multi-faceted movement that needs our support in many ways,” said Meeks, who plans to incorporate social networking to bring FMHL greater visibility through Facebook and Twitter. He has created a Twitter account (@FMHLJAX) that he plans to use for immediate communication to supplement the existing Facebook group.

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