From Page to Screen in 2019

Check out these novels before their movie adaptations hit theaters this year:

A Dog’s Way Home by W. Bruce Cameron – Traces the story of Bella, a dog who is drawn to Lucas Ray, only to be separated from him by rules that disallow pitbulls in their community, a situation that compels the puppy to travel back to the person she loves.
Movie release date: January 11, 2019
Starring: Ashley Judd, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edward James Olmos

How to Train Your Dragon series by Cressida Cowell – When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World,” a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.
Adapted movie title: The Hidden World
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America Ferrara

The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell – When Stephanie Patrick learns that a terrorist bomb was responsible for the plane crash that killed her family, she embarks on a plan for revenge that includes training to become a terrorist herself.
Movie release date: February 22, 2019
Starring: Blake Lively, Jude Law, Sterling K. Brown

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness – Todd and Viola are pursued by power-hungry Prentiss and mad minister Aaron as they set out across New World, searching for answers about their colony’s true past and seeking a way to warn the ship bringing settlers from Old World.
Movie release date: March 1, 2019
Starring: Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley, Nick Jonas

The Aftermath by Rhidian Brook – Assigned to oversee the reconstruction of Hamburg in the tumultuous year following World War II, Colonel Lewis Morgan grieves the loss of his son while living with his family in the home of a German widower, an arrangement that forces both families to confront their passions and true selves.
Movie release date: March 15, 2019
Starring: Keira Knightley, Alexander Skarsgård, Jason Clarke Continue reading

Health Library/Fit Kits

JMRL now has a circulating Health Library, also known as Fit Kits, to help promote healthy living in the area. There are six kits available, including kits for yoga, blood pressure monitor, hand therapy, cardio, foam roller, and pilates. These kits were made possible by funds from the Friends of the Library. And, JMRL received a grant from the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, with this money a 6th kits was added, pilates for breast cancer survivors.

Each kit has at least one book that explains the health objective in greater detail. Some kits have instructions in multiple languages. They are all housed at the Central Library as a special collection, and anyone in the system can check them out. This is a great way for people to try out exercise and health equipment without having to buy anything.


Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.

Maker Kits

JMRL is now circulating maker kits! What is a maker kit? Maker kits are comprised of materials and instructions and allow you to learn a new technology or a skill at your own pace and in your own place.

JMRL is adding 10 unique kits to a special maker kit collection to help you discover your creative or technological talents. The kits have all of the supplies that you need.

There are kits for beginning knitters, calligraphy, coloring, embroidery, Makey Makey, a spirograph kit, origami, 3Doodler, Ozobot, and snap circuits. Each kit comes with all of the supplies you need and detailed instructions. Some kits also include books with more detailed ideas for projects.

View slides with all of the kits here. The maker kits will be housed at the Central Library, but can be placed on hold and sent to any branch.

Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.