Revisiting the Founding Era

grantees facebook 1200x630JMRL has been awarded a Revisiting the Founding Era Grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes. As part of the grant, JMRL received $1,000 to help implement programs, and additional digital resources, training, and support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association. These resources will allow JMRL to launch a two-program series on the Founding Era. And local residents are invited to attend the following two free events:

Revisiting the Founding Era Panel on Saturday February 9, 2019, at 2 – 3:30PM
Clay Hansen, Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, will join UVa’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Alan Shaw Taylor, to talk about the Constitution writing process and founders’ intent through the lens of current events in Charlottesville and across the nation. The discussion will be moderated by local librarian and local historian Miranda Burnett at the Northside Library.

Constitution Community Discussion on Sunday 24, 2019, at 2 – 3:30PM 
Join your neighbors for a community discussion event reflecting on current events through a historical lens with a focus on the founding fathers. Discussion facilitator Dr. Michael Dickens will lead this event at the Central Library.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provided 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes.

African-American History Month

African-American History Month is an annual celebration of the accomplishments and achievements by African Americans and is celebrated every February. This event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the creation of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans in 1926. The second week in February was chosen because it coincided with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln on February 12 and of Frederick Douglass on February 14. Black communities had celebrated these dates together since the late 19th century. The first celebration of Black History Month took place at Kent State in 1970. In 1976 Black History Month was being celebrated all across the country when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month, during the celebration of the United States Bicentennial.

The 2019 theme is: Black Migrations. This theme highlights the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and consequently to new social realities.

Here are some of the special programs celebrating African-American History Month at JMRL:
You, The Inventor (for ages 8-11) February 2 at 2-3pm
Traffic lights, folding chairs, super soakers and potato chips. We can thank African American inventors for these creations and more. Through games and activities, learn about some of these inventors and their imaginative inventions, then try out your own inventing skills at the Crozet Library.

Drumcall & Friends Workshop (for ages 8-12) February 7 at 4-5pm
Drum in Black History Month and groove to the beat of African drumming with drummer Whit Whitten. Learn how to celebrate with rhythm and sound at the Gordon Ave Library.

Queen Charlotte: The History of the Black Queen of England (for adults) February 2 at 2-3:30pm
Leontyne Clay Peck, author, educator, and family genealogist will discuss Queen Charlotte’s unique history and legacy (especially in light of the recent marriage of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry) at the Louisa County Library. Mrs. Peck is the author of Our Mother’s Dresses, Silver Children, and Paxton Street.

Black Genealogy Course (for adults) February 9 at 11am-1pm
The Louisa Historical Society will sponsor a beginner’s course in black genealogy to get you started with a working genealogy session. Experienced volunteers will be available to help you learn more about your ancestors.

Buffalo Soldiers (for ages 10+) February 9 at 2-3pm
Trooper George Grady Sr. will be at the Louisa Library to give a historical presentation about the Buffalo Soldiers and their brave past.

Nathaniel Star: Music I Breathe (for adults) February 19 at 6-7pm
Soul singer and songwriter Nathaniel Star discusses the rich history of American-American music and the artists who influenced his own unique and multi-faceted sound. Hear Star perform original songs influenced by multiple genres spanning from funk to jazz to hip-hop at the Northside Library. CDs will be available for purchase.

Bet You Can’t Eat Just One (for ages 5-11) February 21 at 4-4:45pm
Learn about the invention of the potato chip and crunch on some samples at the Northside Library.

Gordon Parks: American Photographers (for adults) February 21 at 6-7pm
Dr. John Edwin Mason, an associated professor with UVa’s Department of History, discusses the impact of Gordon Parks, the acclaimed African-American photographer, writer, and filmmaker at the Northside Library.

And check out the book displays highlighting works by African-American authors at the Central Branch and the Roland E. Beauford Sr. African-American Collection at Gordon Ave.

Welcoming Week at JMRL

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Welcoming Week is September 14-23 and JMRL has activities planned for all ages! During this annual series of events, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone to our community.

The purpose of Welcoming Week to to reach across the community to reduce the barriers that immigrants face to fully participating in the community. It also serves to build bridges between newcomers and long-time residents. Last year there were over 700 Welcoming Week events across the country. Here are the events planned for our area:

Programs at the Central Library:
Lunchtime Presentation by the IRC
Friday, September 14 at 11:30am
Learn about the services the International Rescue Committee (IRC) provides to refugees in the Charlottesville area.

All Kinds of Families Storytime
Saturday, September 15 at 10:30am
This special Storytime is offered in partnership with the Charlottesville Pride Festival. Celebrate the beautiful diversity in all of our families with stories, songs, and dance. Create a rainbow craft that you can take to the Festival where you can add more decorations. Best for families with children ages 7 and under, but everyone is welcome.

Where I’m From Bookmaking
Monday, September 17 at 6pm
Explore your roots and poetic abilities using a template inspired by George Ella Lyon’s poem “Where I’m From.” Create a keepsake accordion book to preserve your words. Ages 14+.
Register here.

Mehndi Workshop
Tuesday, September 18 at 6pm
Mehndi is a form of body art in which decorative designs are applied on skin using a paste created from the powdered dry leaves of the henna plant. Come learn about the origins of this art form from ancient India and witness the preparation of henna paste. The program concludes with an opportunity to create lovely henna tattoos and sends you off with safety and care instructions. Ages 14+.
Register here.

The Good Lie (2014)
Sunday, September 23 at 1:30pm
A group of Sudanese refugees given the chance to resettle in America arrive in Kansas City, Missouri, where their encounter with an employment agency counselor forever changes all of their lives. The film will be followed by a speaker. In partnership with the Girl Scouts. Rated PG-13.

Programs at the Northside Library:
Here I Am with Terry Samala de Guzman
Friday, September 14 at 1:30pm
Life coach and former COO of Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Terry de Guzman, shares her story and life tenets – insights that carried her through a complicated childhood, immigrating from the Philippines, overcoming personal and professional challenges, to build a successful career and a fulfilling life. Books available for purchase and on sale at New Dominion Bookshop.

Laughing Dragon Kung Fu (CANCELED)
Friday, September 14 at 4pm
Join us as Laughing Dragon Kung Fu presents a traditional Chinese dragon dance followed by a traditional southern Chinese lion dance.

Around the World Storytime and Crafts
Saturday, September 15 at 10:30am
Join us for a whirlwind trip around the world with stories and crafts for school-aged children. Ages 5-11.

Bollywood Fitness with Kumud Vanderveer
Saturday, September 15 at 2pm
A Bollywood dance-fitness program combining dance choreography and the music from Bollywood. This 45-minute cardio workout between changing intensity dance sequences will get you moving, sweating and feeling good. Burn calories, release stress hormones, all while having fun! No prior dance experience required. Dress comfortably. Please check with your physician for any medical conditions before registering. Ages 18+. Required Registration begins August 25.
Register here.

Telling Our Stories
Monday, September 17 at 6:30pm
Hear students working with the Thomas Jefferson Adult and Career Education (TJACE) tell their personal stories. Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Coco (2017)
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30pm
A boy journeys into the Land of the Dead to seek forgiveness from his ancestors and lift a curse. Refreshments served. Rated PG.

Spotlight on Immigration
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30-8:45pm
Deena Sharuk from the Legal Aid Justice Center will discuss immigration law prior to a screening of the documentary Who is Dayani Cristal?: the story of a migrant who found himself in the deadly stretch of desert known as “the corridor of death.”

The Music of Appalachia: A Global History
Thursday, September 20 at 6:30-8pm
Join Emily Morrison, founder of Charlottesville’s roots music school The Front Porch as she discusses the roots of Appalachian Music traversing numerous continents and cultures. Hear guest artists play folk instruments from all over the world, and maybe get a chance to try one yourself! Be amazed at the diverse influences and extraordinary sounds influencing much of today’s modern music.

Arabic Calligraphy   
Saturday, September 22 at 10:30am
Celebrate Welcoming Week and learn about the art of calligraphy. Hafidha Bouzidi and Mouadh Benamar from the Islamic Society of Central Virginia will teach the class. All supplies provided. Required registration begins September 1.
Register here.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (2018)   
Saturday, September 22 at 2pm
Filmmaker Morgan Neville examines the life and legacy of Fred Rogers, the beloved host of the popular children’s TV show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rated PG-13.

Programs at other branches:
Crozet Library
U.S. Immigration: An Overview
Monday, September 17 at 6:30pm
How has the U.S. immigrant population changed over time? Presentation and discussion by Alyson Ball, member of humanitarian group Green Valley-Sahuarita Samaritans in Arizona and of the Charlottesville area International Rescue Committee.

Gordon Ave Library
Bilingual Storytime: La hora de los cuentos
Tuesday, September 18 at 3pm
Enjoy listening to favorite stories, rhymes and songs in both Spanish and English during this special bilingual storytime.
Register here.

Visit wgcville.org for events happening around the City of Charlottesville.

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