Library Gala celebrates programs, awards and supportive patrons

Proving that libraries are more than repositories of books, the Jacksonville Public Library’s programming contributed to many of the reasons why it bested 800 other Florida libraries to become 2017 Library of the Year.

Supporters of the award-winning public library celebrated the honor at a cocktail reception Nov. 9 in the Makerspace at the Main Library in downtown Jacksonville. Joining the Jacksonville Public Library Foundation’s Chair Emeritus Betsy Lovett was Charles Moreland on behalf of the Mayor’s Office and current Foundation Board Chair Kevin Hyde.

Over the past several years, programs such as the Career Online High School and a partnership with Duval County Public Schools to give library cards to more than 130,000 students and thousands of teachers helped the struggling JPL turn the page and transform itself into a relevant resource for the community.

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