COVID-19 Response & Available Online Resources

*UPDATE* Friday, September 25

JMRL moved into Tier 3 for some branches and updated Tier 4 hours at others.

For the current services and hours, visit the ‘Tier 3 and updated hours’ blog post.


If you need assistance, chat, email, text, or call JMRL using Ask a Librarian. You can still request personalized reading recommendations through What Do I Read Next?

During this time, patrons are encouraged to use the variety of eResources available on jmrl.org/on-download.htm.

This includes digital access to resources, such as books, magazines and movies, through the use of providers like Overdrive/Libby, RBdigital, Freading, Kanopy, and more.

Look for New Downloadable EBooks and New Downloadable Audiobooks.

Is your card expired? Contact reference@jmrl.org with your name and birthdate and we can renew it the same day.

Don’t have a JMRL library card? Sign up online for a temporary elibrary card!

  • To sign up for this card, please visit https://jmrl.org/librarycard.
  • If a patron already has a JMRL library card, they do not need to sign up for a temporary elibrary card.

For more information and to keep updated with future changes, visit jmrl.org/covid19.html and follow JMRL on social media.

If you are in the Charlottesville area and seeking aid or a place to offer aid, visit Support Cville.

For the list of digital resources previously listed in the post, please visit this page.

Saty Safe curbside services

Books & Authors For Women of Color

The following content was researched and compiled by JMRL-NAACP Intern Casey Alexander. You can view a related presentation that she created here.

The books listed below are Young Adult & Adult pieces of literature meant to educate, empower, and motivate women, specifically women of color. All of these works are sure to leave a positive impact on their readers, while opening the door to a world that may not be familiar to some. These books include rich language, excellent storytelling, personal freedom, and depict some of the struggles women of color face throughout their life. Whether you are looking for a quick read or something deep in description and complexity, you are sure to find it in one of the following books. Disclaimer: All books are based on and written by women of color. 

Age Level: 14+

Books Owned By JMRL Available to Checkout

Training School For Negro Girls – Camille Acker 

Letter to My Daughter – Maya Angelou 

The Toni Morrison Book Club – Juda Bennett 

A Black Women’s History Of the United States – Diana Ramey Berry

Black Girls Rock!: Owning Our Magic, Rocking Our Truth – Beverly Bond 

Eloquent Rage: A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower – Brittney Cooper 

Twisted: The Tangled History of Black Hair Culture – Emma Dabiri 

Well-Read Black Girl: Finding Our Stories, Discovering Ourselves – Glory Edim 

Why I am No Longer Talking to White People About Race – Reni Eddo- Lodge 

Badass Black Girl: Questions, Quotes,and Affirmations for Teens – M.J. Fievre 

Ordinary Hazards – Nikki Grimes 

The Sisters Are Alright – Tamara Winfrey Harris 

This Will Be My Undoing: Living At the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America – Morgan Jerkins 

Hood Feminism – Mikki Kendall

Becoming– Michelle Obama 

So You Want To Talk About Race – Ijeoma Oluo 

Small Doses: Potent Truths for Everyday Use – Amanda Seales

More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say) – Elaine Welteroth 

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“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Books on Tap met virtually to discuss Treasure Island  by Robert Louis Stevenson, as per our tradition of reading a classic at least once a year. Primarily remembered as a boy’s adventure story, it did lend itself to a lively discussion. 

Those of us reading it for the first time were put off by the nautical terms and more than one was confused by the staging of the action. Others were better able to engage by listening to the audiobook or watching a film adaptation (see below). 

We were surprised to find that many of the things we think of as pirate cliches are present already in this 1883 novel (serialized from 1881-1882). We encountered men with peg legs and one eyes, parrots on shoulders, mutinies, barrels of rum,  pieces of eight and undifferentiated “natives.” Hidden in this adventure tale is an anti-hero. Long John Silver is feared as a violent pirate before he shows up on the page. Jim, our young hero, is terrified of the man until they are thrown together and Jim recognizes the man’s cunning charm. Stevenson doesn’t make a moral judgement but does spotlight the way that greed overcomes ethics and creates shifting alliances. Due to the novel’s dense language, casual violence, sole woman character and questionable representation of “natives,” we wouldn’t recommend it to today’s young reluctant readers. 

Stevensons’s biography intrigued us as much as the novel. Born into wealth in Edinburgh in 1850, he had severe respiratory illness for most of his life. He frequently traveled to warmer areas in Europe, and the United States, dying in Samoa at 44. He followed a widow from Switzerland to the US and later wrote Treasure Island to entertain her son. We wondered if his imagination blossomed during periods of isolation while recovering. One of our members remembers visiting Robert Louis Stevenson-related sites while a child in Northern California. 

Books on Tap will meet again on November 5 via Zoom. For the link, please contact Krista Farrell (kfarrell at jmrl dot org).  We’ll be reading My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite,which the library owns in multiple formats. Email Sarah Hamfeldt (shamfeldt at jmrl dot org) for help accessing these titles for curbside pickup or by download. 

More Information:
About the Author
Biography (may require library card login)
Great Lives podcast
Wikipedia entry 

About the Novel
Synopsis  (may require library card login)
Wikipedia entry

Other works by Stevenson (including poetry)
Modern parrots who would be at home in a Stevenson novel 

Other Titles Discussed
English Passengers by Matthew Kneale
McTeague by Frank Norris 

Film Adaptations:
Available at JMRL
2012 series starring Eddie Izzard, recommended by a book club member 

Upcoming Meetings:
November 5: My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
December 3: Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck

Virtual Learning and Homeschooling Tips program tomorrow

Are you overwhelmed or confused about the current school situation?

JMRL is hosting a Virtual Learning and Homeschooling Tips program on Saturday, October 3, from 10:30am – 12pm to help answer your questions!

Scottsville Library Interim Branch Manager Anne Lindberg said the program will help guide families through virtual learning and/or homeschooling.

“JMRL is excited to partner with educational experts to provide resources and advice about virtual learning and homeschooling,” she said.

“Families are grappling for the first time with a new kind of education for their children and teens, so join us to learn tips, ask questions and find community in this new educational landscape. You’re not alone! “

Participants will also hear from individuals with firsthand experience in homeschooling and virtual learning.

For more information and to register for this virtual event, visit jmrl.org.