Parenting with Neuroscience program

Neuroscientist and mother Erin Clabough, PhD will discuss how parents can use neuroscience to help their children develop empathy, creativity, and self-control.

Dr. Clabough is a professor at UVa and the author of Second Nature, which can be downloaded as an eBook through JMRL’s eResources.

“I do research on brain development, neurodegeneration, and synaptic plasticity and studying the brain has dramatically changed the way that I parent,” Dr. Clabough said.

“Scientists actually know so much about the brain that doesn’t get widely applied to our daily lives, but this information is incredibly useful.”

Second Nature brings two worlds together, tying together basic neuroscience and everyday parenting.

“Parents can teach the skills of creativity, empathy, and self-control. The upcoming sessions will explain why these particular skills are so important for our kids to have and provide tools to start to cultivate them,” she said.

Upcoming sessions include:

Parenting with Neuroscience: Creativity – Friday, June 12 at 10-11am
Parenting with Neuroscience: Empathy – Friday, June 26 at 10-11am
Parenting with Neuroscience: Self-Control – Friday, July 10 at 10-11am

Registration is required to enter these Zoom webinars and recorded sessions will be posted on JMRL’s YouTube channel.


JMRL begins Summer Reading Challenge 2020

June 1 marks the beginning of JMRL’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Readers of all ages are invited to participate and all you have to do is download the challenge sheets from to get started!

There will only be two challenge sheets this year and participants can have both at the same time, and turn them in at the same time. A prize is earned after submitting each challenge sheet, along with a grand prize entry.

Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, said although this year’s challenge will be a little different, there is still plenty to enjoy and great prizes to be won.

“This year, there’s a brand new variety of challenges that give participants the chance to enjoy some great reading and other informational, educational, and recreational activities…along with a few old favorites.”

“As always, family members and friends can work on challenges together, even if it’s through virtual means,” Carrier said.

All prizes will be available for pickup when JMRL reopens to the public. However, the kids’ and teens’ prizes for completing the first sheet (beach ball for kids, pen for teens) can be picked up during curbside service with an advance phone call.

Winners of the grand prize drawings for adults, kids, and teens at each branch will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstores after the challenge ends on August 31.

Participants may enter themselves into the grand prize drawing via or, while JMRL is providing curbside service, they can call Central Reference at 434.979.7151 x4 for their entry.

In addition to the challenge, patrons of all ages can also enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances in a virtual format.

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers from June 9 to July 30.

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm. Check the Program Calendar at for event details.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit

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JMRL moves to curbside pick-up

*Updated: Tuesday, June 16 at 10am

Following the Governor of Virginia’s phase one guidelines, JMRL moved into Tier 4 of their COVID-19 response on Tuesday, May 26.

Tier 4 updated with Nelson (1)

JMRL branches (now including Nelson Memorial Library) are reopen with a contactless curbside pick-up only option for library holds from Tuesdays-Saturdays between 10am and 2pm.

Northside Library offers pickup at the drive-up window.

During this phase, no special kits (such as toy kits), will be available to check-out.

Patrons can place holds on the JMRL website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal.

Please be aware, 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.

Specific instructions are posted outside of each branch detailing how patrons will collect their materials and patrons can call their library branch for more details. Specific branch details are also located on (under the “Branches” green tab).

Book returns must be made through the book drops.

JMRL is still not accepting donations of books or media at this time.

More information, including access to virtual storytimes and virtual events, is located on

For information about resources (such as online databases and eBooks), visit

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

Saty Safe curbside services