JMRL begins Summer Reading Challenge 2020

June 1 marks the beginning of JMRL’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Readers of all ages are invited to participate and all you have to do is download the challenge sheets from jmrl.org/summer to get started!

There will only be two challenge sheets this year and participants can have both at the same time, and turn them in at the same time. A prize is earned after submitting each challenge sheet, along with a grand prize entry.

Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, said although this year’s challenge will be a little different, there is still plenty to enjoy and great prizes to be won.

“This year, there’s a brand new variety of challenges that give participants the chance to enjoy some great reading and other informational, educational, and recreational activities…along with a few old favorites.”

“As always, family members and friends can work on challenges together, even if it’s through virtual means,” Carrier said.

All prizes will be available for pickup when JMRL reopens to the public. However, the kids’ and teens’ prizes for completing the first sheet (beach ball for kids, pen for teens) can be picked up during curbside service with an advance phone call.

Winners of the grand prize drawings for adults, kids, and teens at each branch will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstores after the challenge ends on August 31.

Participants may enter themselves into the grand prize drawing via jmrl.org or, while JMRL is providing curbside service, they can call Central Reference at 434.979.7151 x4 for their entry.

In addition to the challenge, patrons of all ages can also enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances in a virtual format.

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers from June 9 to July 30.

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm. Check the Program Calendar at jmrl.org/calendar.html for event details.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer

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Local professors to visit JMRL for college chat

The transition from high school to college can be tricky to navigate. Get a head start at the Professors’ Tips for the College Bound chat at the Gordon Avenue Library on Wednesday, March 11 at 7pm.

During this insightful talk, authors and local professors Dana T. Johnson and Jennifer E. Price will outline some of the important concepts in their book “Will This Be on the Test? What Your Professors Really Want You to Know About Succeeding in College”.

As an experienced college professor, Price said that succeeding in college is more than just being book-smart.

“Over the years, colleagues and I have noticed students coming to college with less knowledge than ever about their professors’ expectations and of college in general,” Price said.

“The educational system in college is very different from that of high school, and most college freshmen expect it to be similar.”

The book focuses on how students can meet their professors’ expectations and how to develop healthy academic habits in college.

Price said only about 60% of students who begin college are expected to graduate within six years, and far fewer will graduate within four years.

“With high price tags on college tuition, room, and board, the cost of a few extra semesters or of beginning a degree with nothing to show for it is unfortunate,” she said.

“Simply understanding what is expected of you and having a plan for how to meet those expectations will greatly increase your chances of success.”

Community college students planning to transfer to a four-year college, current college students, and younger high school students are also invited to attend this chat and utilize the advice.

The Gordon Avenue Library is located at 1500 Gordon Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

For more information, visit jmrl.org.

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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.