Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Get in quick and grab your first summer challenge sheet because the JMRL Summer Challenge is back!

This reading program is suited for all ages and there are some great prizes to be won.

Prizes include:

  • Adult – free book (one for each challenge sheet)
  • Teen – zipper backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)
  • Children – backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)

As long as you complete any five challenges on each sheet and bring it back to any JMRL location, you will receive a prize and a grand prize entry for each sheet you return!

The turn in dates include any time after:

  • June 1 (sheet 1)
  • July 1 (sheet 2)
  • August 1 (sheet 3)

But you don’t have to do it alone! You can complete challenges with family members or friends.

Grand prize drawings will be held after the program ends on August 31. Winners of the items listed below will be drawn at each JMRL location for children, teens, and adults.

  • Children: Gift card to Barnes and Noble or another local bookstore (check with your local branch)
  • Teen: Amazon gift card
  • Adult: Amazon Kindle

Want to complete more than five challenges on your sheet? No problem! Earn an extra grand prize entry for each additional five challenges you complete on each month’s sheet.

For more information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer

DIY at JMRL

If you can’t make it to the annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4 at Central Library, never fear! There are plenty of DIY books you can find at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library!

Check out some of the ‘how-to’ books offered online or in hard copy:

30-Minute Yoga by Viveka Blom Nygren (eBook)
With full-color photographs of yoga positions to help guide you through your home workout, Nygren explains what it means to practice yoga and how to breathe correctly, then walks readers through various yoga movements–basic positions, forward bends, relaxation poses–and closes with an exploration of how to make your yoga practice truly individual for you, through mantras and meditation.

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri (eBook)
Nick Malgieri shares scores of mouthwatering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies.

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners by Blake Brocksmith, Gary Dorfman, and Douglas Lichterman (book)
One note at a time — Bending notes — Understanding rhythm — Playing in different key positions — Songs you can play in first position — Improvisation — Practicing — Gear and accessories.

How to Taste: The Curious Cook’s Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond – with Recipes by Becky Selengut (book)
Principles of taste — Salt — Acid — Sweet — Fat — Bitter — Umami — Aromatics — Bite — Texture — Color, booze, temperature, sound, and the company you keep — The total dish.

For more information about upcoming events and services, visit www.jmrl.org.

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