How-To Festival 2018

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JMRL is hosting its 2nd Annual How-To Festival on May 5 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 30 minute or less. This schedule is being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.

10am

  • How To Foster Animals with Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA (McIntire Room)
  • How To Make Ice Cream with library staff (McIntire Room)
  • How To Make Chocolate with Chocolatesville (McIntire Room)
  • How To Become a Foster Parent with Marnie Allen (Madison Room)
  • How To Bullet Journal with library staff (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Compost with Panorama Paydirt (Outside)

10:30am

  • How To Design Videos On Your Phone with Creative Might (McIntire Room)
  • How To Sharpen Knives (McIntire Room)
  • How To Use Virtual Reality with Albermarle County Public Schools staff (Madison Room)
  • How To Improve Energy Efficiency with LEAP (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Use Resources for the Public at UVA with the UVA Library staff (Main Floor)

11am

11:30am

  • How To Be An Active Bystander training with SARA (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Do Citizen-based Photojournalism with Jason Lappa(McIntire Room)
  • How To Perform a Tea Ceremony with The Radiant Leaf (Madison Room)

12pm

  • How To Be An Active Bystander training with SARA (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Improve Health Literacy with UVA’s Patient and Family Library (Madison Room)

12:30pm

  • How To Be An Active Bystander training with SARA (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Sew with Cville TimeBank (McIntire Room)
  • How To Play North Indian Classical Music with SPICMACAY (McIntire Room)
  • How To Audition for a Play with Miller Susen (Madison Room)
  • How To Draw In 3D with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To Repair a Bike with Community Bikes (Outside)

1pm

  • How To Be a Birder with Jim Nix (Madison Room)

1:30pm

  • How To Make Gelato with Splendora’s Gelato (Madison Room)
  • How To Podcast with library staff (Main Floor)

From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

Hope to see you there!

“So I wondered what was different about us-”

hillbilly elegyThe Brown Baggers met on April 19th and discussed J.D. Vance’s bestseller Hillbilly Elegy. Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir of Vance’s time growing up in Ohio and how Appalachia shaped his life.

The Brown Baggers had mixed feelings about the memoir. Many readers thought the book was depressing and hopeless, while others enjoyed the story and how Vance overcame poverty. However, all agreed that the story was interesting.

Most readers thought that the strongest characters in the book were the women in Vance’s life. Readers especially liked Vance’s grandmother, Mamaw, and how she raised Vance when his mother was not able to. Mamaw was extremely loyal to her family and she was the one who encouraged Vance to go to college and pursue higher education. Vance’s sister and aunt were also bright and capable women who helped Vance throughout his life.

Readers had a few criticisms of the book- mainly that some of Vance’s stories and claims seemed exaggerated and even far-fetched. Others found it odd that Vance had no trouble moving in various social circles and never seemed to struggle to fit in. Several readers also pointed out that Vance lumped all of the inhabitants of Appalachia into one group, when in actuality, the Appalachian population is diverse in terms of both race and economics. And, some thought that Vance might not be the best person to speak for an entire group. Some mentioned that Vance even seemed to resent his neighbors.

It was pointed out that Vance did not technically live in Appalachia, but rather a few counties over from the Appalachia border. However, the culture is what was important, not the where he actually lived, some readers noted.

There were some positive values of the Appalachian culture mentioned in Vance’s book- mainly Vance’s family, especially his grandmother and sister. These women were always there for Vance and helped him to succeed. There was also the support structure that enabled Vance to step out of poverty, along with a fierce loyalty to family, and love for the country.

Titles Mentioned:
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Ramp Hollow by Steven Stroll

More Information:
Review from the New York Times
Review from the Los Angeles Review of Books
Article from the Oxford University Press
Article from the Washington Post

The Brown Baggers will meet again on May 17 at 12pm to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.

Finance Apps

This week, April 21-28, is Money Smart Week and it is a great time to give your financial skills a boost with one of these helpful free apps.

mint

Mint (available on iOS and Android) is a great app for overall money management of your spending, bills, and account balances.


dollarbird

Dollarbird (available on iOS and Android) is great if you prefer to plot your finances out on a calendar.


goodbudget

 Good Budget (available on iOS and Android) is useful if you like to budget using the envelope method.


clarity

Clarity Money (available on iOS and Android) is also an excellent budgeting app choice.


acorns

Acorns (available on iOS and Android) lets you invest small amounts on an ongoing basis if you want a simple way to begin investing.


digit

Digit (available on iOS and Android) will help you save by monitoring your accounts to see what “extra” money is usually there and not being spent and transfer it to a savings account.


splitwise

Splitwise (available on iOS and Android) lets you divvy up costs between friends, family, or roommates overtime so you can reimburse them in larger chunks.


bstow

Bstow (available on iOS and Android) helps you help others by rounding up your purchase amounts and donating the change to a charity of your choice.


If these aren’t enough or you’d rather up your financial IQ before downloading try this free Smart About Money course.