Saving Our Streams: Water Quality in Albemarle County

Join the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (VA DEQ) and Wild Virginia as they chat about water conservation and quality in Albemarle County on Wednesday, February 5 at the Crozet Library.IMG_0230

From 6:30-8pm, the VA DEQ will discuss a new study and (along with Wild Virginia) will provide information about causes of impairments on streams and what citizens can do to help.

Nesha McRae, TMDL Coordinator at VA DEQ, will share information about the department’s biological monitoring program and some of their findings in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed, including several streams in and around Crozet.

“Participants will learn how we identify problems with respect to stream health in our waterways, along with the process that we use in Virginia to improve stream health and water quality,” McRae said.

“The presentation will also include some information about how local stakeholders can get involved in this clean-up process, which will begin in the South Fork Rivanna River watershed this spring.”

For more information, visit www.jmrl.org.

Celebrate Black History Month at JMRL

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Throughout the month of February, there are a number of book clubs and events being held at the JMRL branches to help celebrate.

For a list of what’s happening, visit JMRL’s Black History Month 2020 webpage.

There are other resources on this webpage, such as lists of African American authors and books, eBooks/Audiobooks, and resources for historical research.

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The poster above is an example of one of JMRL’s Black History Month events. This event will be at the Northside Library and more information can be found by visiting JMRL’s Facebook page.

 

“Libraries were havens for everyone, he might’ve told her, not just the clean and productive.”

midnight book coverThe Brown Baggers met on Thursday, January 16 to discuss Matthew Sullivan’s novel, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore.  Sullivan, a short story writer and former bookseller at The Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver and Brookline Booksmith in Boston, pays homage to his bookselling days with this literary mystery set in a Denver bookstore. 

When Joey, a regular patron at the Bright Ideas Bookstore, commits suicide in the shop, the life of bookstore clerk Lydia is turned upside down. Bequeathed with Joey’s possessions, Lydia finds herself unraveling a series mysterious clues Joey has left hidden in books. As she gets closer to deciphering Joey’s message, Lydia must confront a violent memory of her own past with unanswered questions, including the identity of a murderer known as the Hammerman.

Many of the Brown Baggers noted that as a mystery, the book kept them on their toes. Like any good psychological thriller, Sullivan keeps his readers guessing as he balances two puzzles: Joey’s cryptic messages and the cold case from Lydia’s childhood.  No one was able to identify the murderer before they were identified, which kept them wanting to read on. As a “literary mystery,” however, the book felt too contrived and not as well written as others in the genre. Despite the intricate plot, or perhaps because of it, there were too many coincidences and the connections between seemingly unrelated characters too farfetched to be realistic. 

The Brown Baggers will discuss The Woman in the Dunes by Kobo Abe on Thursday, February 20 at 12pm in the Central Library and newcomers are always welcome.

Other Books Mentioned:

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

 

Links:

https://www.bigbend.edu/7-questions-for-matthew-sullivan-author-of-midnight-at-the-bright-ideas-bookstore/