New Maker Kits Available

JMRL has added four more kits to the maker kit collection!

The squishy circuit kit uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits. Be inventive with this kit! 

A lap loom, yarn, and the book Little Loom Weaving: Quick and Clever Projects for Creating Adorable Stuff by Andreia Gomes will allow you to create wonderful projects. 

The bird watching kit has binoculars, National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, and a pocket guide to Virginia birds, perfect for the beginning birder! 

The writer’s block kit will inspire you to write by using story cubes and the book Kicking In the Wall: A Year of Writing Exercises, Prompts, and Quotes to Help You Break Through Your Blocks and Reach Your Writing Goals. 

Place a hold for any 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.

A Day in the Life of a JMRL Intern

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Over the last decade, JMRL’s Central Library has participated in the annual CommunityAttention Youth Internship Program through the City of Charlottesville.  The program provides employment and workplace skill opportunities for area youth, and past interns have provided a great deal of help with numerous projects. This year’s intern has done some writing for the Grow.Learn.Connect blog, and as this summer’s program winds down, she offers some thoughts about her experience at the Central Library.

Every day I tend to wake up at six o’clock and get ready for the day. At 7: 45, I call my aunt to pick me up from home and drop me off at work. Once I get here, I tend to place my small bag away. Then, I put my Library Volunteer badge on and do my daily work of the Pick List, which includes picking up books from the shelves that people have requested to read. I enjoy doing this, because I can become familiar with the books that are in this library.

My job as an intern is to shadow various departments, so I work all over the library. Down in the reference area, I fold booklets and write blogs. In the central area, I tend to help with the pick list, along with the laminating machine, I shelve books sometimes, and get the books out of the book drop. And in the third floor of this library, I tend to shred papers, work with the Ellison die-cut machine, and do some work in the technical services department, which tends to be routine, and involves scratching the barcode off the books and stamping them in order for them to be withdrawn. I like the fact that I get to work everywhere in this library, because it helps me get to know the library better.

Working in this library makes me feel calm, because there isn’t a lot of hectic events that occur here. Because of this calm environment, I tend to do my job better without getting stressed about anything. And the people I have met here are very friendly, which is always a good thing. I would say that working in a library was a dream come true for me, because I hope to be surrounded by books. And I also have aspirations to become an author one day.

 

New book club kits available

 

On a hot summer day, what do you like to do? Drink lemonade? Stay indoors because you know the heat outside will kill you? Or, maybe you like to sleep? But, for those of you who love to read, I have a special surprise- new book club kits.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – Viann and Isabelle have always been close even if their age difference sets them apart. When World War II strikes, Antonie, Viann’s husband is called away to fight and Isabelle is sent to live with Viann. During this event in their lives, not only will the relationship of the sisters will be tested, but also their personal opinions on what is right and what is wrong.

She has her Mother’s Laugh by Carl Zimmer –  This nonfiction book tells the history of human understanding when it comes to hereditary and how that has shaped this society. It tells the transitions of genetic research and makes predictions on how our evolution will impact the future. If you enjoy science, you will most likely enjoy this book. This kit was funded by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Place a hold for The Nightingale here and for She has her Mother’s Laugh here.