Virtual Summer Programs 2020

Patrons of all ages can still enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances, now in a virtual format!

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers until July 30.

Angela Critics, Children’s Services Coordinator, said weekly performances for families have been a big part of Summer at JMRL.

“The library wanted to continue the tradition in a way that helps children and families connect through the shared experience of watching a show, be it music, magic, or puppets,” Critics said.

“Many performances will also be available afterward as a recording accessible through the library’s social media.”

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm.

For upcoming events, like the one pictured below, visit JMRL’s website and click the green “Programs” tab.



JMRL partnering with VDH for reusable mask distribution

Starting Tuesday, June 16, JMRL will partner with the Virginia Department of Health to serve as a reusable mask distribution center.

Patrons will be able to receive free masks during JMRL’s curbside services, Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am-2pm, at all branch locations.

“Wearing a cloth face covering is an important way to help prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said Rebecca Schmidt, Population Health Manager for the Thomas Jefferson Health District (TJHD).”

“TJHD is dedicated to making sure that everyone in the community has access to masks and we are excited to partner with JMRL to make masks available at local libraries,” she said.

David Plunkett, JMRL’s Library Director, said the partnership will help the Library’s efforts to keep their staff and the community safe during curbside services.

“TJHD has really gone above and beyond to provide access to personal protective gear and other resources in the fight against COVID-19 for the people of Central Virginia,” Plunkett said.

“JMRL is glad to be able to partner with the Health Department in this endeavor to help keep our communities healthy.”

For more information about JMRL’s curbside services, visit

Nelson Memorial Library to launch curbside services

Following months of closure due to ongoing construction and COVID-19, the Nelson Memorial Library is ready to offer curbside services starting Tuesday, June 16.

Curbside services will be provided using the same schedule as the other JMRL branches, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Library Director David Plunkett said both staff and patrons are excited for this next step.

“While the renovated building is not quite ready for public use yet, the Nelson Memorial Library is thrilled that construction is at a point that curbside service for library materials will be available starting June 16th,” Plunkett said.

“Patrons have been patiently waiting to be able to get their books, and the Nelson Memorial Library can’t wait to be able to provide that service!”

Patrons are still able to place holds on JMRL’s website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal (three weeks from checkout).

There may be delays in holds due to the 72-hour quarantining of materials and limited delivery.

If patrons no longer want their holds, they should cancel them by going online or calling their branch.

Patrons should continue to follow social distancing guidelines while participating in the curbside pickups, including no contact and no access to the library buildings.

For specific information about curbside services at Nelson Memorial Library, please visit

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