World War I and America

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JMRL is delighted to have the opportunity to take part in the national initiative World War I and America. This initiative coincides with the 100th anniversary of the nation’s 1917 entry into the war, and seeks to explore its lasting legacy.

We hope that you will join us in one or more of the events planned in this series:

Upcoming Events:

Read Local: William Walker’s Betrayal at Little Gibraltar
Sunday, October 22 at 2pm
Central Library
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I, join local author and educator William Walker as he discusses his book about the Meuse-Argonne Offensive in France, 
Betrayal at Little Gibraltar.

Page to Screen Movie Night
Wednesday, October 25 at 7pm
Gordon Avenue Library
Paths of Glory (1957)

Central Film Series
Thursday, October 26 at 7pm
Central Library
War Horse (2011)

Books on Tap
Thursday, November 2 at 7pm
Champion Brewing Company
Discussion of A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

Veterans and Mental Health
Sunday, November 5 at 2pm
Central Library
Join us for a presentation about mental health by the Mitchell Hash Foundation. The Mitchell Hash Foundation helps those who struggle with thoughts of suicide as well as educates the general public about suicide. This talk will focus on the mental health needs of veterans.

WWI and America Book Group
Tuesday, November 7 at 11am
The Haven
Join retired JMRL librarian and Vietnam veteran Bob Bjoring to listen to and discuss selected stories from the World War I and America reader in conjunction with veteran war experiences. No registration necessary. The World War I and America reader is also accessible online.

Film Screening and Discussion – All Quiet on the Western Front
Monday, November 13 at 6pm
Northside Library
Screening of All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) and discussion led by University of Virginia Associate Professor Carmenita Higginbotham.

The Human Side of War
Wednesday, November 15 at 6pm
CitySpace
Charlottesville High School students present excerpts from videos and podcasts produced in partnership with local Vietnam veterans.

Books Sandwiched In
Friday, November 17 at 12pm
Northside Library
A book review, usually of non-fiction titles, presented by a guest speaker. It is not necessary to have read the book to attend the program. Independent scholar Rick Potter will discuss the history and provide context for the book.
The Englishman’s Daughter: a True Story of Love and Betrayal in WWI by Ben Macintyre   



These programs are part of World War I and America, a two-year national initiative of The Library of America presented in partnership with The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National World War I Museum and Memorial, and other organizations, with generous support from The National Endowment for the Humanities.

Community Pop-Up Programs

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In the wake of the events and tragic violence over the weekend of August 12 JMRL has decided to create Pop-Up Programs at the Central Library in downtown Charlottesville to create space for the community to come together and facilitate discussion and healing. Below is the schedule of events. We will list programs as we confirm them. All programs are free and do not require registration. We hope you will join us to begin moving forward together.

 

Past Programs

Music On The Steps
August 17, 2017 at 12pm

Drop by for a Pop-up Music on the Library Steps with Bob Bennetta and Friends featuring the legendary Pianist with Susanna Rosen on Vocal, Tom Mix on Clarinet and Lesly Gourdet on Contrebasse focusing primarily on the great American songbooks and Jazz standards flavored by a few New Orleans swing.

Coloring 
August 19, 2017 all day, while supplies last

Come practice your mindfulness with some peaceful coloring. All coloring sheets and colored pencils will be provided.

SPCA’s Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team
August 19, 2017 at 2-4pm

Join us in the children’s area and let your little ones hang out and pet the very large, very fluffy, Philemone the dog.

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Northside Library
August 24, 2017 at 2pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Meditation
August 24, 2017 at 6pm

Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator, for this deep and engaging meditation workshop. During this workshop he will talk about the journey of finding lasting peace, happiness and a greater sense of well-being. Gerry will share a simple technique of meditation that can help achieve a lasting state of peace and happiness not found through any outer experience.

Meet with a Counselor
JMRL has partnered with Resilient Charlottesville to offer counseling in response to the events of August 12. Drop by the Central Library during the following times to speak with a professional counselor.

August 19, 2017 from 9am-4:30pm
August 21, 2017 from 9am-12pm and 5pm-9pm
August 22, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 23, 2017 from 9am-9pm
August 24, 2017 from 9am-6pm
August 25, 2017 from 9am-5pm
August 26, 2017 from 9am-3pm

Music On The Steps
August 25, 2017 from 12-1pm

Drop by for a Pop-up Music on the Library Steps with CASE (Charlottesville Albemarle Saxophone Ensemble) featuring Robert LaRue, soprano sax and alto sax; Glenn Lankford, alto sax; Brian Hamshar, baritone sax; and David Moody, tenor sax.

Poem In Your Pocket
August 25, 2017 from 12:30-1:30pm

Join us for a special Poem In Your Pocket event where we’ll be distributing poems on civil rights, unity, and healing. Look for volunteers handing on poems on the Downtown Mall or pick one up at the Central Library.

Active Bystander Intervention Training – Central Library
August 28, 2017 at 6:30pm

Lexie Huston, Prevention Educator at the Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA) presents nonviolent deescalation techniques for intervening when community members face threats and harassment.

Relieving Stress in Children
August 30, 2017 at 6pm

Judy Henry, author of Corey’s Peaceful Heart, will hold a workshop focusing on how parents and caregivers can relieve stress and anxiety in children. The workshop will also teach the HeartMath coherence process that also strengthens positive feelings and coping skills in children and adults.

Reading Lists

Now is the time to read about diversity, unity, and community. Check out our Booksite List and Overdrive for titles that highlight equality and encourage understanding. Learn about our history and work to honor our community. Our friends at OverDrive also donated this collection on tolerance.

Summer Reading 2017

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JMRL will begin its annual Summer Reading Challenge on June 1. Readers of all ages are encouraged to participate.

Simply pick up a challenge sheet at any branch or download one from jmrl.org/summer. Complete five library-related challenges to earn a prize each month. Turn in your sheet at any branch to claim a prize, and earn additional prizes with two more challenge sheets for July and August. 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 prizes will be drawn from entries for all participants after August 31. Children will receive Barnes & Noble gift cards, teens will receive Amazon gift cards, and an Amazon Kindle will be given away as the grand prize for adults.

Join your local JMRL branch for a fun party to kick off the summer: Continue reading