Book bargains – a whole warehouse full of them – will be available for shoppers in November at the big Book Warehouse Sale scheduled by Friends of the Jacksonville Public Library.
FJPL’s have become a special event for book lovers all over the city.
The sale starts Nov. 7 and runs through Nov. 16 at FJPL’s Book Warehouse at University Park Library, 3435 University Blvd. N.
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.
The sale will include a special buy-one-get-one-free offer for FJPL members on opening night. Anyone who is not already a member of FJPL can pay the membership fee at the door and shop on opening night. FJPL is offering a 14-month membership for the regular price of $10. The membership covers the last two months of 2013 and all of 2014.
The popular $10 bag (all the books you can stuff into a brown grocery bag) starts on Nov. 10 and continues for the rest of the sale.
Here’s the complete schedule:
Nov. 7 (Thursday) 4:00 to 7:00 Member Night (Buy one / Get one free)
Nov. 8 (Friday) 4:00 to 7:00
Nov. 9 (Saturday) 10:00 to 4:00
Nov. 10 (Sunday) 12:00 to 5:00 ($10 for a bag of books)
Nov. 12 (Tuesday) 4:00 to 7:00 ($10 bag)
Nov. 14 (Thursday) 4:00 to 7:00 ($10 bag)
Nov. 16 (Saturday) 10:00 to 4:00 ($10 bag)
Meanwhile, shop at our bookstore (same location) – 9:00 to 12:00, every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
After many weeks of uncertainty, Library budget is finally approved
(Editor’s Note: It was another traumatic budget for the Library. Would six libraries be closed? Would the Main Library be closed on Saturdays? When it was all over, the news was good (No libraries closed and the Main Library will be open on Saturdays), but not great. Mark Merritt, the Library’s deputy director or Administration & Finance, sums it up for us.)
The Jacksonville City Council restored $2,205,488 of the $2,378,858 of cuts requested by the mayor earlier in the year.
That still leaves the Library with cuts equaling $173,370. This cut will result in the elimination of $173,370 from the materials budget. This continues a trend of decreases in materials since 2005 and with this cut we are at a funding level 44.6% less than what we had in 2005.
While we are lucky to have most of the more draconian cuts restored, we are, in fact, operating at a level slightly worse than we were at the beginning of last year. And this continues a downward trend that the Library has experienced since 2005. Some specific items of note:
In 2005, the Library had:
• 432 full-time positions
• a system open 1,103 hours
• a material Budget that was $5,300,000
In 2014, the Library will have:
• 282 full time positions
• a system will be open 868 hours
• a materials budget of $2,934,849
The Library’s budget for fiscal year 2014 is $33,607,650. Last year (fiscal year 2013) the budget was $34,316,851.
These are significant declines which erode the impact that Library is making in the community.
Fewer hours open mean fewer people can utilize Library services.
Less money for materials means there is less to choose from as a customer, less of a reason to come to a Library at all.
Fewer full time professional staff mean fewer programs and interactions with the public that make all the difference between a library and a large chain bookstore.