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

Digital Inclusion Week 2018

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What is digital inclusion?

Digital inclusion refers to the activities necessary to ensure that all individuals and communities, including the most disadvantaged, have access to and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Five elements of digital inclusion:

  1. Affordable, robust broadband internet service
  2. Internet-enabled devices that meet users’ needs
  3. Access to digital literacy training
  4. Quality technical support
  5. Apps and online content designed to enable and encourage self-sufficiency, participation and collaboration

What resources are available at JMRL?

  • Computers and WiFi for public use in every branch
  • WiFi hotspots to checkout
  • Equipment to scan or digitize personal materials
  • Downloadable ebooks, audiobooks, and magazines
  • Database resources
  • Chromebooks for use in the Central Library
  • Free computer tutorials at every branch

Want to build your skills?

Contact your local branch to find out about workshops or to set up a one-on-one tutorial. Visit JMRL’s website to browse a calendar of events. Special events happening this week are:

Apple Basics – Northside Library, 5/7, 2pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/7, 3-5pm

Creating a Digital Brand – Central Library, 5/7, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/8, 2-4pm

3D Printing 101 – Northside Library, 5/8, 6:30pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/9, 5-7pm

Tech Open House – Central Library, 5/10, 3-5pm

Tech Open House* – Central Library, 5/11, 11am-1pm

To build your skills on your own, try one of these websites: * or