How-To Festival 2019

JMRL is hosting its 3rd Annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of skills in just 30 minutes!

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The schedule is still being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.






  • Documentary Filmmaking with Lifeview Marketing (McIntire Room)
  • Gentle Chair Yoga with SimplyYoga (McIntire Room)
  • How to Build Robots with BACON (McIntire Room)
  • How to Apply Cosplay Makeup with Marien Villaman-Chodl (Jefferson Room)




From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

  • Free Comic Books (Main Level)
  • Meet Your Library (Main Level)
  • See the 3D printer in action (Elevator Lobby, 3rd Floor)
  • How to join and support the Friends of the Library AND a mini book sale (Outside)
  • Tour the Bookmobile (Outside)





Wakanda Forever: Afrofuturism and Afrofantasy

If you just saw or are about to go see Black Panther and want some more fantasy and futuristic stories featuring African or African American characters try one of these books.

Fifth Season by NK Jemisin

Binti or Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Parable of the Sower or Dawn by Octavia Butler

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

Children of Blood and Bones by Tomi Adeyemi

The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

And, of course, if you’d just like to read Black Panther comics, we have those too!