Welcoming Week 2019

WGC - Welcoming Week 19 - Flier-page-001Celebrate Greater Charlottesville’s diversity, starting this Friday!

From September 13-22, Charlottesville will be the home of Welcoming Week, where numerous events throughout the area will aim to bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.

Events include films, health screenings, cultural celebrations, panel discussions, and more!

JMRL will be hosting events in conjunction with Welcoming Week. Here are just a few:

  • Laughing Dragon Kung Fu: Friday, September 13 at 4pm (Northside Library)

o   Traditional Chinese dragon dance, followed by a traditional southern Chinese lion dance.

  • “Walk 6000 Miles in My Shoes”: A Refugee Resettlement Simulation        Experience: Monday, September 16 at 6-8pm (Northside Library):

o    Experience the resettlement process through a live-action role-play simulation and reflective group discussion. Ages 14+. Registration required at www.jmrl.org

  • On Her Shoulders: Thursday, September 19 at 6:30pm (Central Library)

o   Documentary film about Nadia Murad who survived genocide and sexual slavery committed by ISIS.

  • An Immigrant’s Story with Sonia Nazario: Wednesday, September 18 at 1pm

(Northside Library)

o   Pulitzer Prize winner Sonia Nazario discusses her National Bestseller, Enrique’s Journey, and its incredible relevance to the experiences of immigrants and unaccompanied minors seeking safety in the U.S. today.

For a complete list and description of JMRL’s Welcoming Week events, visit  www.jmrl.org and for a full list of events from around the region, visit www.wgcville.org. 

“Beware against the sweet person, for sugar has no nutrition.”

vinegar girl.jpgBooks on Tap read Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler at Champion Brewery on September 5. Anne Tyler’s retelling of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew was a delightful summer read in which everyone made it out happy (or happyish) ever after. Many participants had read Tyler’s other novels but only a few had read or seen the original play. As was pointed out, marriages don’t fare well in Shakespeare. This particular work seems ripe for adaptation because the original reads as cruel and misogynistic to the modern audience. 

In Tyler’s playful, broadly funny version, Kate is in her late 20s and  lives at home with her eccentric scientist father and 15 year old sister. Having dropped out of college after insulting a professor, she seems stuck. She is wildly out of sync with the ethos of the pre-school where she works, she follows her father’s bizarre efficeniety regime at home and is at odds with her outgoing sister. Her life is shaken up when her father strongly suggests she marry his Russian lab assistant Pytor, who is in danger of being deported when his visa runs out later in the year. 

Against her inclination, she begins to see the benefit in teaming up with Pytor. It’s not a fully emancipated stance, because she’s still viewing the marriage as a transaction and a fairly patriarchal one at that. However, she acknowledges that compromises are necessary in a relationship and that if she gives Pytor room to express all of his feelings (loneliness, joy, grief, curiosity) they can share the emotional work.

What we most enjoyed in this work was the call back to other adaptations (“Kiss me, Katya”), the comedy and the gentle, sympathetic touch Tyler took with all her characters. While it may not be a classic in it’s own right, it did spark some of us to check out her other novels.

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Library Card Sign-Up Month 2019

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at JMRL and across the nation! Library Card Sign Up Month 2019 poster
Signing up for a library card is the first step to accessing the exciting resources the library has to offer…all year long! From 3D printing to eBooks to storytime, the library has something for everyone.

Damaged or lost card? No problem! This is the perfect time to stop by your local JMRL branch and receive a new replacement card for FREE during September!

All patrons must register in person and provide a valid photo ID with correct address or a photo ID and one of the items listed on the JMRL website.

For more information and details about library cards, visit the JMRL website at www.jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151.