Come to the How-To Festival!

The How-To Festival is BACK for its 4th annual library takeover event this Saturday, May 14th, from 10-1. Join us at Central Library in downtown Charlottesville (201 E Market St, Charlottesville, VA 22902) for a fun, free, fast-paced learning event. You do not need to sign up or register to attend; stop by for one presentation, or hang out for all three hours! There will be a variety of demos, workshops, and presentations happening every half hour. If you have any questions about the event, please email reference@jmrl.org.

SCHEDULE

KEY: HOW-TO PRESENTATION / Presenting Group: Location

ALL DAY:

3D PRINT, MEET YOUR LIBRARY, DOWNLOADABLES, BOOKFACE/ JMRL: 3rd Floor elevator lobby

FIRE TRUCK TOURS/ Charlottesville Fire Department: Outside

FRIENDS OF JMRL MINI BOOK SALE: Outside

10:00

CELLO, VIOLIN + DRUM/ Cville Symphony: Jefferson

MEND CLOTHES/ Cville Timebank: Swanson

SUPPORT SURVIVORS + SELF CARE/ SARA: Swanson

YARN FROM PLASTIC BAGS/ Nealand Farm: Swanson

BORROW TOOLS FOR FREE/ Cville Tool Library: Outside

USE NATIVE PLANTS/ RMN: Outside

10:30

CELLO, VIOLIN + DRUM/ Cville Symphony: Jefferson

COSPLAY MAKEUP/ JMRL: Swanson

CANNABIS 101/ Albemarle Cannabis Co: Swanson

QIGONG/ Mindful Tai Ji: Outside

IDENTIFY GARDEN PESTS/ RMN: Outside

AFRICAN DRUMMING/ Cville Drum Choir: Outside

11:00

CELLO, VIOLIN + DRUM/ Cville Symphony: Jefferson

PRINT ON SMALL PRESSES/ VA Humanities: Swanson

HAPPY HOUSEPLANTS/ JMRL: Swanson

FOSTER POSITIVE IDENTITY/ CAFF: Swanson

COOK W/ WATER/ Culinary Concepts AB: Swanson

TUNE A GUITAR + MUSIC THEORY/ R. Dennis: Swanson

CHAIR YOGA/ SimplyYOGA: Main Floor Fiction Stacks

COMPOST/ Black Bear Composting: Outside

LITERACY TUTOR/ Literacy Volunteers: Outside

BOOKMOBILE TOURS: Outside

11:30

CELLO, VIOLIN + DRUM/ Cville Symphony: Jefferson

PRINT ON SMALL PRESSES/ VA Humanities: Swanson

REDUCE CARBON FTPRINT/ C3: Swanson

PERSONAL BOUNDARIES/ SHE: Swanson

HOME DNA TESTS/ Watershed DNA: Swanson

SELF-DEFENSE/ Cville Sheriff’s Office: Outside

WOODWORKING/ Judy Cahill: Outside

BOOKMOBILE TOURS: Outside

12:00

PRINT ON SMALL PRESSES/ VA Humanities: Swanson

SPANISH RESOURCES FOR ABUSE/ SHE: Swanson

ESSENTIAL OILS/ Flourish Essential Oils: Swanson

MAKE A FAMILY MEDIA PLAN/ ACPS: Swanson

WOODWORKING/ Judy Cahill: Outside

ELECTRIC BIKES HOW + WHY: Outside

BOOKMOBILE TOURS: Outside

12:30

FIND COMMON GROUND/ One Small Step: Swanson

SELF MASSAGE FOR HANDS, ARMS + FEET/ Exhortation Therapeutic Touch: Swanson

FLAMENCO DANCE/ Maria Flamenco: Swanson

VIRTUAL REALITY/ ACPS: Swanson

WOODWORKING/ Judy Cahill: Outside

ELECTRIC BIKES HOW + WHY: Outside

BOOKMOBILE TOURS: Outside

Many Thanks to the 2022 Presenters!

Albemarle Cannabis Company

Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS)

Black Bear Composting

Judy Cahill

Joshua Carp

Center for the Book, Virginia Humanities

Charlottesville Fire Department

Charlottesville Sheriff’s Office

Charlottesville Symphony

Community Attention Foster Families (CAFF)

Community Climate Collaborative (C3)

Culinary Concepts AB

Cville Drum Choir

Cville Timebank/Repair Cafe

Cville Tool Library

Ryan Dennis

Exhortation Therapeutic Touch

Flourish Essential Oils

Friends of JMRL

JMRL Bookmobile

Literacy Volunteers

Maria Flamenco

Mindful Tai Ji

Nealand Farm

One Small Step @ UVA

Rivanna Master Naturalists (RMN)

Sexual Assault Resource Agency (SARA)

Shelter for Help in Emergency (SHE)

Simply YOGA

Watershed DNA

Borrowing Digital Titles 101

Although JMRL is currently offering curbside pickup for physical items (see more details in this blog post), now is still a great time to consider borrowing a downloadable ebook or audiobook. Take advantage of JMRL’s digital collections and explore thousands of titles all from the comfort of your own home. Don’t know where to start? No problem! The following is an overview of JMRL’s digital collections and links for getting started. 

JMRL’s eLibrary consists of several digital collections that are available anywhere, anytime with a JMRL library card. The three most popular collections are Overdrive/Libby, RBdigital, and Freading.

Overdrive/Libby 

overdrivelibbyiconOverdrive contains both ebooks and audiobooks that are compatible with many different devices. Libby is the updated and user-friendly version of the Overdrive app that can be downloaded to your phone or tablet from your device’s app store. Whether you are browsing for titles from the Libby app or Overdrive.com, you will sign in using your library card number. Note that Overdrive/Libby recently introduced an “Instant Digital Card” feature, but we encourage you to use your existing JMRL card number to sign in and borrow titles.

For step-by-step instructions on getting started, visit Overdrive’s Getting Started page. You will also find detailed instructions for specific devices, including Androids, Kindles, Kobos, Macs, and Windows devices. Detailed instructions on borrowing, downloading, returning, and other actions in the Libby app are available here.

RBdigital

logo_RBdigital_verticalLike Overdrive/Libby, RBdigital contains downloadable books and audiobooks, but also houses magazines and comic books. There is an app version of RBdigital that is compatible with different devices so you can listen or read on your phone or tablet. Unlike Overdrive/Libby that only requires a JMRL card to sign-in, new RBdigital users will need to register and create an account with a username and password. Although the app is not quite as user-friendly as Libby, RBdigital is used less frequently so there may be shorter waiting periods for titles.

For help on getting started or troubleshooting, visit RBdigital’s Help page for step-by-step instructions and video tutorials. 

Freading

dl-freadingLast but not least, Freading contains a selection of ebooks that, unlike Overdrive/Libby or RBdigtial, are available at all times with no wait lists and can be accessed through the Freading app or on a computer. Like RBdigital, new Freading users will need to register to create an account. Freading is also unique in that their ebooks are wrapped in Adobe software so users will need to take the additional step of downloading Adobe Digital Editions on their device and creating an Adobe ID. For more information on using Freading, visit their FAQ page.

While JMRL branches are currently closed to the public, Reference staff are working remotely and are available to answer any questions you may have about borrowing digital titles. Visit the eLibrary page on the JMRL website and look under the Need Assistance? section for ways to reach out to staff via chat, email, or text. 

Happy Reading!

Let’s Get Digital!

Do you have any old VHS tapes, film negatives, or home cassette tapes that you want to look at again? At the Central Library we can help you convert your old film to digital format!

The reference staff at Central can help you

  • Scan your photographs, using a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner
  • Convert film negatives and slides using a Wolverine F2D Mighty 20MP 7-in-1 film to digital converter
  • Convert your old mix tapes and cassettes to MP3
  • Transfer video from VHS tape to a digital format

You have the option of receiving a brief tutorial and continuing on your own or you can get step-by-step assistance the entire time. For your appointment, bring your film/VHS/cassette tapes/photographs, and an USB/SD storage drive of at least 8 GB (preferred) or have a Cloud account to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive.

Scanning is by appointment at the Central Library- call 434.979.7151 x 4 or email reference@jmrl.org to set up a time.