Summer Reading Challenge 2018

 

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

Simply pick up the first challenge sheet at any branch or download it from jmrl.org/summer to get started. Complete five library-related challenges to earn a prize each month, June through August. Turn in the sheets at any branch to claim a prize, and 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 prize winners will be drawn after August 31. One child at each branch will receive a gift card to either Barnes & Noble or a local bookstore, one teen at each branch will receive an Amazon gift card, and one adult at each branch will receive an Amazon Kindle.

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

CENTRAL LIBRARY

Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo
Saturday, June 9 at 10am-12pm
Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Snack on donuts, enjoy juggling and face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends’ mini-book sale and visit with the riders of Books on Bikes, too. 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

How-To Festival 2018

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JMRL is hosting its 2nd Annual How-To Festival on May 5 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 30 minute or less. This schedule is being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.

10am

10:30am

  • How To Design Videos On Your Phone with Creative Might (Madison Room)
  • How To Sharpen Knives (McIntire Room)
  • How To Use Virtual Reality with Albemarle County Public Schools staff (McIntire Room)
  • How To Improve Energy Efficiency with LEAP (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Use Resources for the Public at UVA with the UVA Library staff (Main Floor)

11am

11:30am

  • How To Do Citizen-based Photojournalism with Jason Lappa (McIntire Room)
  • How To Perform a Tea Ceremony with The Radiant Leaf (Jefferson Room)
  • How To 3D Design with library staff (Madison Room)

12pm

12:30pm

  • How To Sew with Cville TimeBank (McIntire Room)
  • How To Play North Indian Classical Music with SPICMACAY (McIntire Room)
  • How To Audition for a Play with Miller Susen (Madison Room)
  • How To Draw In 3D with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To Repair a Bike with Community Bikes (Outside)

1pm

  • How To Be a Birder with Jim Nix (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Cross Stitch with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To make a silhouette portrait with library staff (Madison Room)

1:30pm

  • How To Make Gelato with Splendora’s Gelato (Madison Room)
  • How To Podcast with library staff (Main Floor)

From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

  • How To participate in summer reading
  • How To get the most out of the library (learn about tech & other non-book items to check out)
  • How To use the bookmobile
  • How To put out a fire with the Charlottesville Fire Department (with a truck!)
  • How To join and support the Friends of the Library AND a mini book sale
  • How To 3D print
  • and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Hope to see you there!