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Mission Statement

To promote education and a higher quality of life through a strong library system, advocate for neighborhood libraries, strengthen support of the Murray Hill branch, and ensure that the Murray Hill branch library is open to all 7 days a week.

Major Accomplishments for 2014

Donated a coffee pot for library staff.

Gifted a Wii –U for the children of Murray Hill Library.

Gifted a popcorn machine to our library.

Supported progressive change for all of Jacksonville libraries by assisting with Save Jax Libraries campaign to contact registered voters to support the Library Straw Ballot Petition.

Communicated with our council members about the importance of our libraries.

Traveled to Tallahassee in March for Library Legislation day, speaking with our State Senators and Representatives.

Facilitated the washing of the library windows by the City’s Public Works.

Attracted new dues-paying members.

Supported the Summer Reading Kick-off Party with volunteer help, refreshments, and a Magician.

Over 100 children enrolled for the Summer Reading Program here at our library.

Actively participated at the Board of Library Trustees monthly meetings and communicated to them and the library administration about our activities.

Actively participated in The Friends’ Council that was spearheaded by The Library Foundation.

Assisted in broadening the special programs hosted by our library - such as the Big Bang Science and River Otter Academy.

Promoted JPL programs and events via e-blasts, Facebook, and Next Door Murray Hill and MHPA’s newsletter.

Participated during Local Author Day at Riverside Arts Market.

Brought in new Friends of the Murray Hill Library members from across the county.

Hosted a craft table at Murray Hill Preservation’s A Very Murray Christmas in Four Corners Park.

Hosted a Mini Book Sale during our Membership Drive.

Participated in Board of Library Trustees Work Day in 2014 and 2015.

Donated $100 to the Carolyn Shehee Williams Staff Appreciation Fund to support library staff enrichment.

Recognized Library Staff during National Library Week with gifts from our local merchants.

Partnered with Murray Hill Preservation Association for the Madness and Whimsy Pop-up Dinner and Auction. The fundraiser brought in a bit over $900 to our organization.

Murray Hill Library not mentioned for possible closure during the Summer budget process. ;-)

Assisted our sister branch library, the Willowbranch Branch Public Library, and its Friends group, by providing an alternative home for library patrons while repairs continued to keep service suspended at that branch.

Major Accomplishments for 2013

Attracted over 100 people to the Memories of Old Murray Hill programs during September.

Donated storage containers for the children's programs and a new Samsung 43" Plasma HDTV.

Supported progressive change for all of Jacksonville libraries by assisting with Save Jax Libraries petition drive throughout the year.

Communicated with our council members about the importance of our libraries.

Traveled to Tallahassee in March for Library Legislation day. We spoke with our entire Duval Delegation State Senators and Representatives.

Facilitated the donation of a television stand to our branch for the new tv.

Mediated partnerships and relationships between our library and local businesses.

Presented an informative talk to the Westside Business Leaders Associations about the history of Jacksonville Public Library, our branch and friends' organizations.

Actively participated at the Board of Library Trustees monthly meetings and communicated to them and the library administration about our activities.

Assisted in broadening the special programs hosted by our library branch, such as the Vintage Players Theatre group and musical performances.

Promoted Jacksonville Public Library programs and events.

Established new partnerships in the community to support libraries, such as our collaboration with Metro Jacksonville and Murray Hill Preservation Association.

Partnered with MHPA for an evening dinner at the library.

Brought in new Friends of the Murray Hill Library members from across the county.

Worked on developing a relationship with the Library Foundation.

Engaged with other memmbers of the community by participating in library focused events across the county.

Were honored to have our president Helene Kamps-Stewart recognized for her outstanding commitment and support for Duval libraries by the North East Florida Library Information Network. She was awarded the Library Champion Award.

Held a very successful Silent Auction and raised nearly $1,000.

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