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 jmrl.org/summer 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:

CENTRAL LIBRARY

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: *digitallearn.org or gcflearnfree.org

“So I wondered what was different about us-”

hillbilly elegyThe Brown Baggers met on April 19th and discussed J.D. Vance’s bestseller Hillbilly Elegy. Hillbilly Elegy is a memoir of Vance’s time growing up in Ohio and how Appalachia shaped his life.

The Brown Baggers had mixed feelings about the memoir. Many readers thought the book was depressing and hopeless, while others enjoyed the story and how Vance overcame poverty. However, all agreed that the story was interesting.

Most readers thought that the strongest characters in the book were the women in Vance’s life. Readers especially liked Vance’s grandmother, Mamaw, and how she raised Vance when his mother was not able to. Mamaw was extremely loyal to her family and she was the one who encouraged Vance to go to college and pursue higher education. Vance’s sister and aunt were also bright and capable women who helped Vance throughout his life.

Readers had a few criticisms of the book- mainly that some of Vance’s stories and claims seemed exaggerated and even far-fetched. Others found it odd that Vance had no trouble moving in various social circles and never seemed to struggle to fit in. Several readers also pointed out that Vance lumped all of the inhabitants of Appalachia into one group, when in actuality, the Appalachian population is diverse in terms of both race and economics. And, some thought that Vance might not be the best person to speak for an entire group. Some mentioned that Vance even seemed to resent his neighbors.

It was pointed out that Vance did not technically live in Appalachia, but rather a few counties over from the Appalachia border. However, the culture is what was important, not the where he actually lived, some readers noted.

There were some positive values of the Appalachian culture mentioned in Vance’s book- mainly Vance’s family, especially his grandmother and sister. These women were always there for Vance and helped him to succeed. There was also the support structure that enabled Vance to step out of poverty, along with a fierce loyalty to family, and love for the country.

Titles Mentioned:
Radiance of Tomorrow by Ishmael Beah
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain
Gray Mountain by John Grisham
Ramp Hollow by Steven Stroll

More Information:
Review from the New York Times
Review from the Los Angeles Review of Books
Article from the Oxford University Press
Article from the Washington Post

The Brown Baggers will meet again on May 17 at 12pm to discuss The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu.