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

How-To Festival

How To Festival (1)Come one, come all to JMRL’s Inaugural How-To Festival on May 6 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 15 or 30 minute periods.

Topics will include:

We’ll also feature a DIY selfie/bookface station, summer reading info, a mini Friends of the Library book sale and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Hope to see you there!

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

Andrea Rowland

Andrea Rowland reads her winning poem “These Same Fields”

Thanks to everyone who made this year’s Adult Poetry Contest a success! This is the second time JMRL has offered a poetry contest for adults in partnership with WriterHouse, and once again,  it was a big hit. Thank you so much to WriterHouse for helping us with this, and to our judge, Annie Kim for her hard work in selecting our winners out of a huge number of amazing poems.

At our Poetry on the Steps event at the Central Library on Thursday, April 20th, both contestants were on hand to read their wonderful poems and receive their prizes – a $100 Visa gift card to our runner-up and $200 Visa gift card to the winner. And now what you’ve all been waiting for: the winning poems!

2017 Adult Poetry Contest Runner-up:  Sharon Ackerman

Sharon was the runner-up with “The Mourning Dove.” Judge Annie Kim says of her selection: “Elegy unites these vivid portraits of a mourning dove, a great-grandmother, and the speaker as a young child, reminding us that the source of all elegy is love.” Continue reading