Sign the petition to save your library

Save date for big book warehouse sale

Volunteers will be asking shoppers at the annual Book Warehouse Sale this month to sign petitions, supporting the effort to hold a straw vote on creating a special tax district for libraries. Registered voters can sign the petitions to get the proposal placed on the 2014 ballot.

As of July 28, there have been 12,205 petitions collected and 7,019 verified (verification of registered voters in Duval County had been running at about 91%, according to Bill Brinton, but as time goes on a higher proportion are invalid, due to people who sign more than once or are not registered voters).

Barbara Barsh gets a signature from a visitor at the Riverside Arts Market while Stan Porter encourages passers-by to sign the petition for a special library tax district

Barbara Barsh gets a signature from a visitor at the Riverside Arts Market while Stan Porter encourages passers-by to sign the petition for a special library tax district

Book bargains – a whole warehouse full of them – will be available for shoppers at the Book Warehouse Sale scheduled Aug. 22-31 by Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library at the at the University Park Library Book Warehouse, at 3435 University Blvd. North.

The University Park Library is one of six targeted for possible closing due to a proposed budget cut, as is the Willowbranch Library in Riverside.

This special event for book lovers all over Jacksonville includes an opening night buy-one-get-one-free offer for FJPL members. If you’re not already a member of FJPL, simply pay the $10 membership fee at the door on opening night. The popular $10 bag (all the books you can stuff into a brown grocery bag) starts on Aug. 25 and continues for the rest of the sale.
FJPL President Harry Reagan said the warehouse has been restocked and volunteers are ready to hold another big sale. “Our Book Warehouse Sales have become very popular and they help us raise some money to supplement the Library budget,” Reagan said. Hours vary, so visit www.fjpl.org for specific times for each date of the sale.

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