It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!


September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most important school supply of all: a library card.

JMRL encourages parents to give their children this key to lifelong learning. Resources at the library are available to anyone who has a library card, no matter how young. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. In an effort to promote lifelong reading, the library system has also abolished overdue fines for children under the age of 16.

If you or your child has already received a library card and the card is currently lost or worn down, the library will be giving away free replacement cards throughout the month of September.

In addition to borrowing books, audiobooks, music and DVDs, library card holders also have free online access to databases containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as other trusted and reliable information sources to help with homework or research. These databases can be accessed at

Using your library card, you can also download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and cover-to-cover magazines from the library’s website. Access these resources for free from

Before they start school – and after – children with library cards may also attend library programs such as storytime classes that encourage growth of motor, cognitive and pre-literacy skills.

Getting a library card is simple. Visit your local JMRL branch and fill out a short registration form. Be sure to bring an ID with your address or other proof of residence. Sign your child up for a library card today and see how it brings them into a world of opportunity.

Northside Library’s Film & Lecture Series

This evening’s (July 24th) screening of John Ford’s 1962 classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance will be preceded by a lecture from the University of Virginia’s Dr. Carmenita The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance PPT (July 24, 2018)Higginbotham. This will mark the fifth occasion that Dr. Higginbotham has participated in this series (and we hope there will be many more occasions to come!) Having had an opportunity to sit in on each lecture, I am always astonished at what I learn. While I hardly profess to be a “movie buff,” I have seen a fair share of “classics” – those films comprising the canon of cinematography. But I saw them through very different eyes until a couple of years ago. I was a passive observer, spellbound by a story. Perhaps what most impresses me is the variety of techniques a director can employ to tell that story. Many of these techniques were first brought to my attention by Dr. Higginbotham. Take the famous hall of mirrors sequence in The Lady from Shanghai – a dizzying and unprecedented cinematographic feator the low-level shots throughout Hitchcock’s Notorious. Take the widescreen panoramic shots in All Quiet on the Western Front, or the uncomfortably close shots in the gritty Angels with Dirty Faces. The camera work: sometimes subtle, sometimes grossly exaggerated and making little effort to conceal an effect.

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The more I watch, the more I pick up on these little things, and begin to question why a director selected one angle over another, or a series of shots as opposed to one lengthy sequence. While I profess to only be scratching the surface here, it is exciting nonetheless, and it is a whole new way of experiencing movies.

(-Evan Stankovics)


Summer Reading Challenge 2018


JMRL will begin its annual Summer Reading Challenge tomorrow, June 1. Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Simply pick up the first challenge sheet at any branch or download it from to get started. Complete five library-related challenges to earn a prize each month, June through August. Turn in the sheets at any branch to claim a prize, and receive an entry into the grand prize drawing at the end of the summer for every five challenges you complete. With up to a total of 25 challenges on each of the three sheets, you can earn up to 15 grand prize entries.

Grand prize winners will be drawn after August 31. One child at each branch will receive a gift card to either Barnes & Noble or a local bookstore, one teen at each branch will receive an Amazon gift card, and one adult at each branch will receive an Amazon Kindle.

Join your local JMRL branch for a fun party to kick off the summer:


Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo
Saturday, June 9 at 10am-12pm
Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Snack on donuts, enjoy juggling and face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends’ mini-book sale and visit with the riders of Books on Bikes, too. Continue reading