Community Pop-Up Programs

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In the wake of the events and tragic violence over the weekend of August 12 JMRL has decided to create Pop-Up Programs at the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville to create space for the community to come together and facilitate discussion and healing. Below is the schedule of events. We will list programs as we confirm them. All programs are free and do not require registration. We hope you will join us to begin moving forward together.

Upcoming Programs

Meet with a Counselor
JMRL has partnered with Resilient Charlottesville to offer counseling in response to the events of August 12. Drop by the Central Library during the following times to speak with a professional counselor.

August 19, 2017 from 9am-4:30pm
August 21, 2017 from 9am-12pm and 5pm-9pm
August 22, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 23, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 24, 2017 from 9am-6pm
August 25, 2017 from 9am-5pm
August 26, 2017 from 9am-3pm

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Northside Library
August 24, 2017 at 2pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Meditation
August 24, 2017 at 6pm

Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator, for this deep and engaging meditation workshop. During this workshop he will talk about the journey of finding lasting peace, happiness and a greater sense of well-being. Gerry will share a simple technique of meditation that can help achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness not found through any outer experience.

Poem In Your Pocket
August 25, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm

Join us for a special Poem In Your Pocket event where we’ll be distributing poems on civil rights, unity, and healing. Look for volunteers handing on poems on the Downtown Mall or pick one up at the Central Library.

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Central Library
August 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Relieving Stress in Children
August 30, 2017 at 6pm

Judy Henry, author of Corey’s Peaceful Heart, will hold a workshop focusing on how parents and caregivers can relieve stress and anxiety in children. The workshop will also teach how to strengthen positive feelings and coping skills in children.

Reading Lists

Now is the time to read about diversity, unity, and community. Check out our Booksite List and Overdrive for titles that highlight equality and encourage understanding. Learn about our history and work to honor our community. Our friends at OverDrive also donated this collection on tolerance.

 

Past Programs

Music On The Steps
August 17 at 12pm

Drop by for a Pop-up Music on the Library Steps with Bob Bennetta and Friends featuring the legendary Pianist with Susanna Rosen on Vocal, Tom Mix on Clarinet and Lesly Gourdet on Contrebasse focusing primarily on the great American songbooks and Jazz standards flavored by a few New Orleans swing.

Coloring 
August 19, 2017 all day, while supplies last

Come practice your mindfulness with some peaceful coloring. All coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided.

SPCA’s Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team
August 19, 2017 at 2-4pm

Join us in the children’s area and let your little ones hang out and pet the very large, very fluffy, Philemone the dog.

A Brave New (Virtual) World

readyplayeroneVideo games have come a long way since the very first console, the Magnavox Odyssey, was released in 1972. Augmented and virtual realities are now on the rise as gamers find more ways to distract themselves from their actual reality. But what happens when the line between real and virtual begins to blur? How will virtual realities shape our future? Explore these concepts by picking up one of these fascinating novels about video games and the people who play them:

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline – Immersing himself in a mid-twenty-first-century technological virtual utopia to escape an ugly real world of famine, poverty, and disease, Wade Watts joins an increasingly violent effort to solve a series of puzzles by the virtual world’s creator.

Lock In by John Scalzi – When a new virus causes one percent of the population to become completely paralyzed in body but not in mind, the United States pursues a scientific initiative to develop a virtual-reality world for victims, with unexpected consequences.

Reamde by Neal Stephenson – When his own high-tech startup turns into a Fortune 500 computer gaming group, Richard Forthrast, the black sheep of an Iowa family who has amassed an illegal fortune, finds the line between fantasy and reality becoming blurred when a virtual war for dominance is triggered.

Omnitopia Dawn by Diane Duane – Dev Logan, the genius programmer responsible for a popular, massive multiplayer online game, Omnitopia, guards a secret about his invention – it is no longer simply a program, it has become sentient.

Monkeewrench by P.J. Tracy – Grace McBride and the team at her software company are horrified when events in their murder mystery computer game are replicated in the real world by a ruthless killer, a situation that prompts them to analyze the game in order to anticipate his next move. Continue reading

Countdown to the Eclipse

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Image credit: NASA

There is less than a week until the much-anticipated solar eclipse. While the path of totality will pass through 14 states, Charlottesville will experience a partial eclipse with about 86% of the sun covered. Here’s some information to help you make the most of your eclipse experience.

Eighty-six percent sounds dramatic. But that means 14 percent of the sun will still be visible. The sun is 400,000 times brighter than the full moon. So 14 percent of the sun is almost 60,000 times brighter than the full moon. In other words, the day will not get noticeably dark. The eclipse itself will take place slowly over the course of about 3 hours between 1:15 and 4:01 pm. At no time will it be safe to look directly at the sun without eye protection.

Eclipse glasses
Eclipse glasses are one way to view the eclipse, though care must be taken to use them properly. Use only glasses that you are certain came from a reputable source. High demand for glasses has encouraged widespread counterfeiting.  Parents should be aware that glasses may not be sized for young children and need to ensure that no part of the sun’s rays gets around the sides of the glasses. Children may also get impatient if they have difficulty viewing and may try to remove the glasses to see better. Careful monitoring of children is essential.

The Jefferson-Madison Regional Library does have limited numbers of safe eclipse glasses available for participants in eclipse-related programming. Most will be distributed after the speaker at the Central Eclipse Viewing Party beginning at 1:30 pm on Monday, August 21. Glasses are not being distributed outside of eclipse events. Search for the term eclipse on the JMRL web calendar to find events at a library location near you: https://www.jmrl.org/calendar.html

Pinhole viewers
Instructions for a variety of pinhole viewers and projectors are readily available. You can find ideas on the NASA eclipse website (https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-viewing) or on the Exploratorium’s website (https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse/how-to-view-eclipse).

Live stream video
Both NASA and the Exploratorium will host live stream video of the eclipse.  NASA’s footage will be available at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/eclipse-live-stream, the Exploratorium’s at https://www.exploratorium.edu/eclipse

Apps
And of course, there’s an app for that! Check out the list on NASA’s website to find an app for your device to help enhance your eclipse experience: https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/apps

Find out more about this eclipse and solar eclipses in general at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/