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Jax Kids Book Club recognized at National League of Cities event

The National League of Cities (NLC) will recognize Jacksonville as one of 24 cities nationwide setting an example for creative collaborations, increased efficiency and enhanced quality of life for residents at its Congress of Cities and Exposition in Phoenix now through Nov. 12.

The NLC chose programs in key areas of interest to cities, and that will serve as models for other communities in the areas of economic development, sustainability, infrastructure and children and families. The Jacksonville Children’s Commission was selected to present on the Jax Kids Book Club, which has become a national model for 19 states and close to 40 cities across the U.S. during the past seven years.

“Jacksonville is a city where dedicated public servants work hard every day to ensure our young leaders have the tools they need to achieve in and out of the classroom,” said Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown. “This recognition is great for our city and it sets a higher standard for our future.”

This achievement will further promote Jacksonville and the Jax Kids Book Club on a national level and position the city as a leader in learning. Last month, the NLC, in partnership with The Wallace Foundation, recognized Jacksonville nationally for the priority it has placed on high-quality out-of-school programming. They selected Jacksonville as one of 27 cities they consider to be the most advanced in their out-of-school-time system building efforts. Additionally, the National Afterschool Alliance and jcpenney named Jacksonville as one of two cities nationwide to win the “Light Up a Landmark” award for its creative plans to shine a spotlight on area after-school programs that keep kids safe, inspire them to learn and help working families.

For sponsorship information, or to learn more about the Jax Kids Book Club, visit the Jacksonville Children’s Commission online at or call 904-630-6405.

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