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. 

“Life can be hard. I know how hard it can be. And then she said, ‘Déjate querer.’ Let yourself be loved.”

9781471171031The LGBTQ Book club met way back in March at the Central Library to discuss The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz. It follows Sal through his senior year in high school as he struggles with his identity as the adopted white son of a very supportive gay Mexican-American man, his place in his loving extended family and the trials faced by his best friends.

Book club members liked this poignant coming-of-age story. It isn’t plot driven, but the characters are so well conceived and complex and the story is so uplifting that the pace doesn’t flag. Even in a long book we wanted to hear more from Sal’s supportive family and his best friend, a girl named Sam. It was refreshing that Sam and Sal could be friends without romantic complications. However, we agreed that Sal’s father Vicente was the real star of the novel. His unending patience allowed him to embrace his ex-boyfriend Marcos, to take care of both Sam and Sal’s other friend Fito and to have a successful career as an artist. At times he seemed too saintly, but is certainly an aspirational character. His orientation was both slowly revealed and fully integrated into the story. He becomes the de facto dad to these three motherless teens.

Vicente gives Sal a letter Sal’s dead mother wrote to him. The plot hinges on Sal’s decision to open the letter but we all felt that was secondary to getting to know the characters. We were a bit surprised with what he does with it (especially in a world with social media) but thought the ending was deserved.

We also discussed intersex. Here’s one explanation.

Join us tomorrow for our final meeting as we discuss The House of Impossible Beauties by Joseph Cassara. We’ll also be hosting an LGBTQ book swap at Central on September 15 from 2-4. Bring your own books and leave with new-to-you  titles. 

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New Fit Kits Available

JMRL has added two more “fit kits” to the health library collection!

lighttherapylamp

Kit 7 consists of a light therapy lamp and the book The Short Circuit: Depression and Anxiety Exposed for What It Really Is: A Brand New and Inspiring Way of Looking at Depression and Anxiety by Dr Shammy Noor. Light therapy is one of the treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of seasonal depression that usually strikes during the winter months. Studies have suggested that exposure to bright light from a special lamp can help make up for the sunlight you’re not getting naturally when the days are shorter. 

resistancebandsKit 8 has 5 resistance bands, the book Fitness Sutra by Dr. Monika Chopra, guide sheets, and 10 exercise cards. Resistance bands can be used to perform exercises for every major muscle group or to challenge your existing routine. You can also use resistance bands to increase your range of motion, flexibility, and muscular endurance. 

 

 

Place a hold for either of these kits here. You can also call the Central Reference Department at 434.979.7151 ext. 4 with any questions, or send them an email.