Library Resource Highlight: UniversalClass

January is a great time to learn something new! Check out UniversalClass for over 500 online courses that you can access with just your JMRL library card.

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Go to JMRL Databases– Encyclopedias and General Information- UniversalClass to get started. You’ll need to sign up with your library card number and create a username and password.

There are classes on a wide range of topics, including computers, crafts, pet care, and spiritual studies. You can take a class on women who have changed American history, or a class on retirement planning. Most courses take 10-20 hours to complete, but some are as little as 4 hours long. You can access all the courses you are taking at UniversalClass under “My Classes.”

You’ll need to complete the course within 6 months once you sign up for it. Most of the coursework, exams, assignments, activities, and class participation is recorded and assessed by an instructor. Based on the grading guidelines that your instructor uses, all of your coursework grades and final assessment are displayed in the “Report Card” area. But, there are some classes that also offer a “video audit” option (for example, knitting), where you do not have to submit assignments or take exams, but you won’t receive a certificate at the end of the course. So take a class and learn a new skill!

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Brown Bagger’s Book Club Selections

bookstack_112044239The Brown Baggers met on December 20 to select books for the upcoming months. Many new and classic titles were suggested by members, but after only one exciting round of voting there were some clear winners. Upcoming titles that the group will read include both fiction and nonfiction books.

Here are the upcoming titles for July 2019- May 2020:
The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe 
A Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza 
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata
Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian
Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan
Educated by Tara Westover
There There by Tommy Orange
The Soul of America by Jon Meacham

If you’re interested in joining the Brown Baggers Book Group, you’re welcome to come to the Central Library on the third Thursday of the month from 12-1pm and participate in our lively discussion. You can call 434.979.7151 ext. 4 for more information or send an email. Also, check out JMRL’s wiki for the book club picks from previous years.

The Brown Baggers will meet again on Thursday, January 17 at 12pm to discuss Friends Divided by Gordon S. Wood.

Special Enrollment Period for Healthcare Marketplace

Open enrollment for health care ended on Saturday, but you may still be able to get Marketplace health coverage if you qualify for a 2019 special enrollment period. There are life changes that qualify for this special enrollment. These life changes include: changes in household, changes in residence, and loss of health insurance, among others. Check here for more details and to find out if you qualify. You can also call 1-800-318-2596 with any questions you have.

Visit your local library branch if you need internet access to find out if you qualify for the special enrollment period.NT01 two ways to enroll

You can apply for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) any time of year, you don’t need to wait for open enrollment. Medicaid and CHIP provide free or low-cost health coverage to millions of Americans, including some people with limited income, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly, and people with disabilities. If you qualify, your coverage can start right away. Here’s more information about Medicaid and CHIP. And here’s information about Cover Virginia.