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.

How-To Festival 2018

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JMRL is hosting its 2nd Annual How-To Festival on May 5 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 30 minute or less. This schedule is being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.

10am

10:30am

  • How To Design Videos On Your Phone with Creative Might (Madison Room)
  • How To Sharpen Knives (McIntire Room)
  • How To Use Virtual Reality with Albemarle County Public Schools staff (McIntire Room)
  • How To Improve Energy Efficiency with LEAP (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Use Resources for the Public at UVA with the UVA Library staff (Main Floor)

11am

11:30am

  • How To Do Citizen-based Photojournalism with Jason Lappa (McIntire Room)
  • How To Perform a Tea Ceremony with The Radiant Leaf (Jefferson Room)
  • How To 3D Design with library staff (Madison Room)

12pm

12:30pm

  • How To Sew with Cville TimeBank (McIntire Room)
  • How To Play North Indian Classical Music with SPICMACAY (McIntire Room)
  • How To Audition for a Play with Miller Susen (Madison Room)
  • How To Draw In 3D with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To Repair a Bike with Community Bikes (Outside)

1pm

  • How To Be a Birder with Jim Nix (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Cross Stitch with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To make a silhouette portrait with library staff (Madison Room)

1:30pm

  • How To Make Gelato with Splendora’s Gelato (Madison Room)
  • How To Podcast with library staff (Main Floor)

From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

  • How To participate in summer reading
  • How To get the most out of the library (learn about tech & other non-book items to check out)
  • How To use the bookmobile
  • How To put out a fire with the Charlottesville Fire Department (with a truck!)
  • How To join and support the Friends of the Library AND a mini book sale
  • How To 3D print
  • and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Hope to see you there!