Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call: JMRL’s Summer Reading Recommendations

Did you tune into the Memorial Day edition of 94.7’s Sunday Morning Wake-up Call on May 26? A few of us JMRLians had a chance to sit down and talk with host Rick Moore to talk about our summer reading recommendations – you can listen to the podcast of that episode here.

Sunday Morning Wake-up Call host Rick Moore looks for summer reading recommendations from Jefferson-Madison Regional Library librarians Lindsay Ideson, Hayley Tompkins and Megan England.

Lindsay Ideson, Northside Library Branch Manager Recommends:

Hayley Tompkins, Crozet Library Branch Manager recommends:

Megan England, Crozet Library Young Adult Librarian recommends:

2019 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

Each March, I am floored by the talent that floods my inbox as poets from the area submit their verse to the JMRL-WriterHouse Adult Poetry Contest. This is the fourth year that JMRL and WriterHouse have partnered to offer this contest, which accepted entries from March 1-30.

The contest this year was judged by the esteemed Henry Hart, current Poet Laureate of Virginia and Professor of English and Humanities at the College of William and Mary. The winner and runner-up were announced at the Poetry on the Steps open mic poetry event on Thursday, April 25 at JMRL’s Central Library. Continue reading

2018 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

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2018 Adult Poetry Contest winner Erin Newton Wells reads her poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads” at Poetry on the Steps

This year was the most successful yet for our third annual Jefferson-Madison Regional Library/WriterHouse Adult Poetry Contest. With 108 entries, it’s easy to see that poetry is near and dear to the hearts of those in the Charlottesville area. Former Poet Laureate of Virginia, Ron Smith, judged the contest this year and selected the winner as Erin Newton Wells with her poignant poem “Nevertheless, Isabella Gibbons Reads.” For this poem, Erin won a $200 Visa gift card as her prize, along with a yearlong membership to WriterHouse. Congratulations, Erin! Pictured here, Erin reads her poem at Poetry on the Steps on April 26. Continue reading