Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

San Marco Library to Reopen Next Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

San Marco Library to Reopen Next Week

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After about two months of being closed for renovations, the San

Marco branch library is scheduled to reopen next week. Library

officials have begun restocking shelves for when the doors open

at 1 p.m. March 25.

The city's Public Buildings Department spent $30,000 renovating

the restrooms and wheelchair entrance ramp to comply with the

Americans With Disabilities Act. Construction began Jan. 20.

The closing forced those who use the branch to take advantage

of branch stops made by the Jacksonville Public Libraries'

Bookmobile.

The San Marco branch will return to its regular hours: 1 to 9

p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through

Saturday, and closed Sunday and Monday.

According to library spokeswoman Victoria Alexander, the

renovations were necessary because the wheelchair ramp was too

steep and the restrooms were too small.

SUPERIOR BAND: Band students at James Weldon Johnson Middle

school in Northwest Jacksonville received four superior ratings

over the weekend during a district concert in Jacksonville.

On Saturday, 55 band students from Johnson and middle school

students from 30 other schools in Duval, Clay and Nassau

counties performed for judges at the Florida Bandmasters

Association District Concert Festival, held at Raines High

School.

Four superiors is the highest rating a band can receive, said

Gail Henley, band director at Johnson.

Henley said students practice at least three times a week after

school, using less-than-adequate equipment compared to other

schools.

"We get lots of volunteer help," she said. "We're able to

accomplish things by being diligent at school rehearsals."

Terrance Patterson, the school's assistant band director,

credits Henley for their success.

"Ms. Henley is such a good teacher," he said. "Most of our

beginners are doing advance work. It's amazing the quality of

education she provides for them."

CLAY DEPUTIES: The Clay County Sheriff's Office soon will have

nearly twice as many deputies on the streets at night, when most

crimes occur. But no additional officers are being hired. …

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