How-To Festival

How To Festival (1)Come one, come all to JMRL’s Inaugural How-To Festival on May 6 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 15 or 30 minute periods.

Topics will include:

We’ll also feature a DIY selfie/bookface station, summer reading info, a mini Friends of the Library book sale and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Hope to see you there!

Selling Your Creative Projects Online

handmademarketplaceTurn your favorite hobby or craft into a way to earn some extra cash — or even start your own online store — with these guides available from the JMRL catalog:

The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin – Presents advice on turning a creative interest into a profitable craft business, covering basic business start-up practices, marketing, networking, advertising and publicity, blogging, participating in craft fairs, and online selling.

Crafter’s Market 2016 edited by Kerry Bogert – Whether you’re looking to expand your online presence or you’re just beginning to think about how to turn your weekend hobby into a side business, this comprehensive guide is the complete resource for crafting professionals.

Handmade to Sell: Hello Craft’s Guide to Owning, Running, and Growing Your Crafty Biz by Kelly Rand – An all-encompassing guide to starting and running a successful craft business provides authoritative coverage of everything from developing successful product lines and preparing taxes to forming LLCs.

How to Make Money Using Etsy by Tim Adam – Presents advice on selling handmade items using the web site Etsy.com, describing how to create a well-designed shop, create photographs that enhance sales, optimize search options, and use social media to increase customer contacts.

How to Sell Your Crafts Online by Derrick Sutton – This step-by-step guide to successful sales on Etsy and beyond will show you how to stand out, attract more customers, and expand your online presence. Continue reading

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

Andrea Rowland

Andrea Rowland reads her winning poem “These Same Fields”

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Adult Poetry Contest a success! This is the second time JMRL has offered a poetry contest for adults in partnership with WriterHouse, and once again,  it was a big hit. Thank you so much to WriterHouse for helping us with this, and to our judge, Annie Kim for her hard work in selecting our winners out of a huge number of amazing poems.

At our Poetry on the Steps event at the Central Library on Thursday, April 20th, both contestants were on hand to read their wonderful poems and receive their prizes – a $100 Visa gift card to our runner-up and $200 Visa gift card to the winner. And now what you’ve all been waiting for: the winning poems!

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Runner-up:  Sharon Ackerman

Sharon was the runner-up with “The Mourning Dove.” Judge Annie Kim says of her selection: “Elegy unites these vivid portraits of a mourning dove, a great-grandmother, and the speaker as a young child, reminding us that the source of all elegy is love.” Continue reading