JMRL and WriterHouse Poetry Contest

Enter the 2021 JMRL and WriterHouse Poetry Contest for Adults and you could win $200!

This year’s Poetry Contest winner will receive a $200 gift card and the runner-up won’t be going away empty-handed either, landing a $100 gift card for their entry.

Crozet Library Branch Manager Hayley Tompkins said the Poetry Contest is a great way to express your emotions, especially during this turbulent time.

“This will be our fifth year collaborating with WriterHouse on this Poetry Contest for adults, and I am always blown away by the talented poets in our area,” she said.

“Poetry is a very powerful and healing way to process all of the things the world throws at us.”

“We are looking forward to seeing what this year’s participants have in store!”

The due date for submissions is March 31 and finalists will be selected by Poet Laureate of Virginia, Luisa Igloria.

The JMRL and WriterHouse Poetry Contest for Adults is open to ages 18 and older, with one submission allowed per person.

Entries can be submitted online at https://jmrl.org/poetry-contest.php or via mail to WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22902.

For more information and a full list of contest guidelines, visit jmrl.org

How to Learn a Second Language

Welcome to 2021! You may be juggling half a dozen New Year’s Resolutions already, but may I add one more to your list? Start learning a new language. Here’s why. 

Why Learn a Language

There are so many reasons to pursue language learning. If you’re looking to sharpen intellectual skills, learning a language will help you improve your memory, as well as problem solving and critical thinking skills. If you’re seeking a new career or promotion, learning a second language is a highly desired skill. It will also get you ready for video conferencing calls with clients and colleagues who speak other languages. Learning another language now will prepare you for future travels, whether they be for business or for pleasure. Closer to home, it may surprise you, but the more you practice another language, the more words you will learn in your native tongue. 

Learning a new language will also take you beyond book smarts; studies show that learning a new language boosts your ability to empathize with others. This is because being exposed to other languages can enhance your ability to parse out another person’s intentions, take another person’s perspective, and patiently work through ambiguity. In addition, every language has abstract concepts and notions that are very difficult to translate into another language. This is because those hard-to-translate words or phrases hold deep cultural meaning. Learning those words and phrases gives us a peek into another culture — those peeks add up and help contribute to greater empathy.

How to Get Started

JMRL offers two language learning programs: Rocket Languages and Transparent Language. Each platform operates in a different style and has its own strengths. Check out this short video to help you choose which program to try first.

Learn More

In doing my deep-dive I learned a LOT about these two databases, and there are some nifty tips, tricks, and important caveats I wasn’t able to go over in this brief overview video. For example, what about each database’s ability to review the work you’ve completed? Which database has a better mobile experience? Which database is right for me if I want to learn English? What about KidSpeak, offered by Transparent Language? What about setting goals, earning points, leaderboards, forums, and the like? If you’d like any of those questions answered, or would like to learn more about a different aspect of either these databases, sign up for our upcoming zoom program. During the program, I’ll answer any questions you have, and offer more information that is tailored to your needs.

As always, we’d also love to answer your questions over email, text, or chat. If you’d like to connect that way, email the reference staff at reference@jmrl.org, text us at 434-236-8611, or chat us using this link: https://chat.mosio.com/par/chat/new_chat/AskJMRL 

JMRL to offer Free Comic Books

This year, Free Comic Book Day will be Free Comic Book November at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library!  

In partnership with Telegraph Art & Comics, the Library will offer a variety of free comics for kids, teens, and adults to be selected online and picked up during curbside service from November 9 – 30, while supplies last.

Patrons can choose up to five comics starting November 9. Then contact their branch to pick them up via contactless curbside service.

“JMRL has participated in Free Comic Book Day for many years,” said Young Adult Services Manager Tim Carrier.

“We’re delighted to be able to observe the event this year, even though it’s a little different from the past.”

For any questions, please contact the Library at 434.979.7151 x4.