Sneak peek of upcoming new play, “Thirty-Seven”

As a special event, JMRL will be hosting author and playwright Leslie M. Scott-Jones and the cast of the upcoming play “Thirty-Seven” on Thursday, March 18 from 7-8pm.

This virtual event will feature an audio-recording excerpt from “Thirty-Seven”, scheduled to premiere on March 25 as a part of the Charlottesville Players Guild 2021 AMPLIFY Season, followed by a Q&A with the author and cast.

The play follows the life of a young Black man as he wrestles with the issues surrounding his involvement in the Movement for Black Lives.

Seth Cornelius Jefferson, played by Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, confronts his own beliefs as well as those closest to him. He is challenged by Caroline Genovese, a census worker who comes to his door whom he then befriends, and his fiancé Lilly, who is herself an activist.

To register for JMRL’s virtual sneak peek of “Thirty-Seven” and Q&A on Thursday evening, visit the JMRL website.

“Thirty-Seven” will run from March 25-28 at 7:30pm on the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center’s YouTube page.

Tickets for the show are available online and registered participants will be sent a private link to access and view the show.

For more information about “Thirty-Seven” and Leslie M. Scott-Jones, visit and

JMRL’s Same Page Program – March 2021

JMRL invites all book lovers to participate in the Same Page program throughout March, providing residents with the opportunity to read and discuss a single book within their community by an author appearing at the Virginia Festival of the Book.

Join your neighbors in exploring the themes of Jacqueline Woodson’s “Brown Girl Dreaming”, including touching and powerful poems about her childhood and growing awareness about the Civil Rights movement.

Same Page begins on Monday, March 1 and all JMRL branches will be offering free copies of “Brown Girl Dreaming” (while supplies last). Please contact your local branch to pick one up.

Same Page is generously funded by the Friends of JMRL, supported by the Art and Jane Hess Fund of the Library Endowment and Virginia Festival of the Book (a program of Virginia Humanities).

For more information about upcoming Same Page events, visit

Celebrating Black Trans Lives with JMRL

On Saturday, February 27 at 6:30pm, JMRL and partners will be hosting a live streaming of the award-winning documentary Mama Gloria followed immediately afterward by a Q&A with legendary trans activist, Gloria Allen.

Celebrate Black History and Black Trans Lives at this special community event.

“JMRL is honored to partner with such amazing organizations [listed below] to help highlight and address the challenges confronting Black Trans women, and the transgender community at large,” said Evan Stankovics, Northside Library Adult Programming Librarian.

“We are delighted that Gloria Allen, an activist and icon, will be joining us to enlighten, motivate, and inspire us during this special event.”

The documentary, Mama Gloria, focuses on Gloria Allen, a trailblazing 74-year-old Black transgender activist who started a charm school for homeless trans youth and is now aging with joy and grace.

At a time when Black transgender women face escalating violence and make up the majority of transgender people murdered each year, Gloria’s story is an inspiring portrait of aging seldom seen.

“Everyone no matter who you are should always be open to learn more about our Trans Community. Being open and willing will start the healing process and gain a better understanding of our past and current struggles,” said Charley Burton, Trans Community Outreach Coordinator for Cville Pride.

JMRL would like to thank our incredible partner organizations for making this event possible: Cville Pride, PFLAG, Black Transwomen Inc, Diversity In Recovery, and Charlottesville Trans Support Group.

Register online at or call 434.973.7893 x3.