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 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 or via mail to WriterHouse 508 Dale Avenue Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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

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