Celebrate CVille PRIDE with JMRL

The community can celebrate CVille PRIDE from anywhere this year by attending JMRL’s virtual film discussion about an award-winning documentary.

On Thursday, September 17 at 7pm, the “Celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE” event will focus on “The Lavender Scare” (Not Rated, 2017, 77min).

Narrated by Glenn Close, this is the first film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting mid-20th century campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. This gripping work details the untold story of a brutal witch hunt, and the courageous few who fought back.

This community discussion will be moderated by Gary Nimax, Chair of UVA’s LGBT Committee for faculty and staff.

“In 2020, we were pleased to see the passage of the Virginia Values Act and recent Supreme Court ruling that finally provide some employment protections to the LGBTQ community,” Nimax said.

“Prior to these milestone legal actions, not only could members of our community be fired simply for who they are, we sometimes were proactively targeted for outing and termination.”

“While we celebrate recent progress, it is critical that we understand the long path that led to this moment. This film provides an important look into our history.”

For more details, registration, and how to access the documentary, visit http://www.jmrl.org or call 434.973.7893 x3.

While CVille PRIDE celebrations are virtual this year, you can still access online PRIDE and other programs by visiting http://cvillepride.org/pride-events/

A Virtual Exploration of Race and Representation in JMRL’s Collection

Join JMRL for the timely and important virtual program “Race and Representation in JMRL’s Collection” on Wednesday, August 5 at 7pm.

This panel discussion on racial diversity and representation in library collections, namely the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library system will be moderated by Siri Russell, Albemarle County Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Panelists will include four representatives from JMRL:

David Plunkett: Library Director
Angela Critics: Children’s Services Manager
Hayley Tompkins: Crozet Branch Manager
Meredith Dickens: Collection Manager

“JMRL looks forward to this opportunity to discuss the issues that must be confronted when reconciling the past practices of public library collections in America with the very real and diverse needs of the people of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson,” said David Plunkett, JMRL Library Director.

This virtual discussion will explore current trends in collection development and Race & Representation (August 5, 2020)-page-001materials selection, how JMRL is endeavoring to break with the traditional white perspective/narrative to broaden its collection to ensure an inclusive body of own-voice materials that fairly reflect the opinions and stories of marginalized communities.

Discussion will also examine how literature and media can perpetuate racial stereotypes and the challenges libraries face in establishing a fluid and evolving collection of materials that meet the needs of ever-diverse communities seeking to speak on their own behalf.

Registration is required via http://www.jmrl.org or by calling 434.973.7893 x3. The program will be accessible on Zoom (online) or by a toll-free phone number.

This event will also be recorded and published on JMRL’s YouTube channel.

Virtual Summer Programs 2020

Patrons of all ages can still enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances, now in a virtual format!

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers until July 30.

Angela Critics, Children’s Services Coordinator, said weekly performances for families have been a big part of Summer at JMRL.

“The library wanted to continue the tradition in a way that helps children and families connect through the shared experience of watching a show, be it music, magic, or puppets,” Critics said.

“Many performances will also be available afterward as a recording accessible through the library’s social media.”

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm.

For upcoming events, like the one pictured below, visit JMRL’s website and click the green “Programs” tab.

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