Officials: 'Suspicious package' at Willowbranch library in Jacksonville contained library supplies

Bomb squad investigating suspicious package

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A suspicious package found at the Willowbranch Branch Library on Thursday morning turned out to be library supplies, officials said.

The package delayed the library's opening, the Jacksonville Public Library said.


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The library said in a social media post that the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was called to investigate.

JSO's bomb squad detonated the package. Action News Jax showed you the detonation on CBS47 Action News Jax at Noon:

JSO detonates suspicious package found outside library

UPDATE: The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office has detonated the suspicious package found outside the Willowbranch Branch Library:

Posted by Action News Jax on Thursday, June 27, 2019

Chris Boivin, the Assistant Director of Community Relations and Marketing at Jacksonville Public Library, released the following statement to Action News Jax:

"We would like to thank the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office for their quick response this morning in detonating a suspicious package at Willowbranch Branch Library. The package contained a special audio book player for the visually impaired. We appreciate everyone's concern and patience."

The Willowbranch Branch Library was supposed to host a Storybook Pride Prom event on Friday for LGBT youth, but the library announced Monday that the event was canceled.

The library explained that "after careful and extensive deliberation" it chose to cancel the Friday event because a situation was created by people who wished to use the event for their own purposes. It added that, "It is unfortunate that this event became associated with political statement and shows of activism, as those are not part of the library's mission in any way."

JASMYN said it is now supporting a Pop-Up Storybook Pride Prom on Friday in response to the cancellation of the event.

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