Revisiting the Founding Era

grantees facebook 1200x630JMRL has been awarded a Revisiting the Founding Era Grant to implement public programming and community conversations that explore America’s founding and its enduring themes. As part of the grant, JMRL received $1,000 to help implement programs, and additional digital resources, training, and support from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Library Association. These resources will allow JMRL to launch a two-program series on the Founding Era. And local residents are invited to attend the following two free events:

Revisiting the Founding Era Panel on Saturday February 9, 2019, at 2 – 3:30PM
Clay Hansen, Executive Director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression and John W. Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, will join UVa’s Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation Professor of History, Alan Shaw Taylor, to talk about the Constitution writing process and founders’ intent through the lens of current events in Charlottesville and across the nation. The discussion will be moderated by local librarian and local historian Miranda Burnett at the Northside Library.

Constitution Community Discussion on Sunday 24, 2019, at 2 – 3:30PM 
Join your neighbors for a community discussion event reflecting on current events through a historical lens with a focus on the founding fathers. Discussion facilitator Dr. Michael Dickens will lead this event at the Central Library.

Revisiting the Founding Era is a three-year national initiative of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, presented in partnership with the American Library Association and the National Constitution Center, with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant provided 100 public libraries across the country the opportunity to use historical documents to spark public conversations about the Founding Era’s enduring ideas and themes.

Choose Privacy Week 2018


Choose Privacy Week is an initiative from the American Library Association that promotes the importance of individual privacy rights. It’s a time to engage each other in conversation about “big data” and ensure that your private information is protected. Due to the recent revelations regarding Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, and with data breaches becoming more prevalent, this topic is becoming increasingly more important.

Your library is here to help. Take a look at one of these books to learn about how your personal data can be stored, tracked, and utilized, and how you can protect yourself:

Data and Goliath by Bruce Schneier – Reveals the unsettling ways in which corporations and governments track and monitor everyday activities, profiling the technological, legal, and social solutions available for enabling better privacy and avoiding cybercrime.

The Aisles Have Eyes by Joseph Turow – Shows readers how merchants use data-mining to track shoppers and predictive analytics to change the way consumers buy, invade privacy, and define shopping reputations.

The Art of Invisibility by Kevin D. Mitnick – A world-famous hacker reveals unsettling truths about information vulnerability while outlining affordable online and offline strategies for maximizing privacy and computer security.

Everybody Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz – A former Google data scientist presents an insider’s look at what the vast, instantly available amounts of information from the Internet can reveal about human civilization and society.

Privacy in the Age of Big Data by Theresa Payton – Discusses the benefits of digital surveillance and data collection as well as the dangers associated with collection activities, and identifies the best protection measures against new technologies and surveillance measures.

Dragnet Nation by Julia Angwin – An investigative journalist offers a revealing look at the surveillance economy in America that captures citizens’ actions online and off, putting individual freedoms at risk, and discusses results from a number of experiments she conducted to try and protect herself.