DIY at JMRL

If you can’t make it to the annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4 at Central Library, never fear! There are plenty of DIY books you can find at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library!

Check out some of the ‘how-to’ books offered online or in hard copy:

30-Minute Yoga by Viveka Blom Nygren (eBook)
With full-color photographs of yoga positions to help guide you through your home workout, Nygren explains what it means to practice yoga and how to breathe correctly, then walks readers through various yoga movements–basic positions, forward bends, relaxation poses–and closes with an exploration of how to make your yoga practice truly individual for you, through mantras and meditation.

How to Bake by Nick Malgieri (eBook)
Nick Malgieri shares scores of mouthwatering recipes for plain and fancy cakes; breads, biscuits, muffins, and scones; sweet and savory pies and tarts; brownies, macaroons, rugelach, and all manner of cookies.

How to Play Harmonica: A Complete Guide for Beginners by Blake Brocksmith, Gary Dorfman, and Douglas Lichterman (book)
One note at a time — Bending notes — Understanding rhythm — Playing in different key positions — Songs you can play in first position — Improvisation — Practicing — Gear and accessories.

How to Taste: The Curious Cook’s Handbook to Seasoning and Balance, from Umami to Acid and Beyond – with Recipes by Becky Selengut (book)
Principles of taste — Salt — Acid — Sweet — Fat — Bitter — Umami — Aromatics — Bite — Texture — Color, booze, temperature, sound, and the company you keep — The total dish.

For more information about upcoming events and services, visit www.jmrl.org.

How-To Festival 2018

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JMRL is hosting its 2nd Annual How-To Festival on May 5 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 30 minute or less. This schedule is being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.

10am

10:30am

  • How To Design Videos On Your Phone with Creative Might (Madison Room)
  • How To Sharpen Knives (McIntire Room)
  • How To Use Virtual Reality with Albemarle County Public Schools staff (McIntire Room)
  • How To Improve Energy Efficiency with LEAP (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Use Resources for the Public at UVA with the UVA Library staff (Main Floor)

11am

11:30am

  • How To Do Citizen-based Photojournalism with Jason Lappa (McIntire Room)
  • How To Perform a Tea Ceremony with The Radiant Leaf (Jefferson Room)
  • How To 3D Design with library staff (Madison Room)

12pm

12:30pm

  • How To Sew with Cville TimeBank (McIntire Room)
  • How To Play North Indian Classical Music with SPICMACAY (McIntire Room)
  • How To Audition for a Play with Miller Susen (Madison Room)
  • How To Draw In 3D with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To Repair a Bike with Community Bikes (Outside)

1pm

  • How To Be a Birder with Jim Nix (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Cross Stitch with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To make a silhouette portrait with library staff (Madison Room)

1:30pm

  • How To Make Gelato with Splendora’s Gelato (Madison Room)
  • How To Podcast with library staff (Main Floor)

From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

  • How To participate in summer reading
  • How To get the most out of the library (learn about tech & other non-book items to check out)
  • How To use the bookmobile
  • How To put out a fire with the Charlottesville Fire Department (with a truck!)
  • How To join and support the Friends of the Library AND a mini book sale
  • How To 3D print
  • and FREE COMIC BOOK DAY!

Hope to see you there!

Eco-Friendly Homemade Gifts

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Are you tired of buying gift cards for your friends and family during the holidays? Do you want to give them something special that will be easy on the environment as well as your wallet?

Check out these books available from the JMRL catalog for ideas on eco-friendly DIY gifts for this holiday season (or next year!):

Half Yard Gifts by Debbie Shore – Contains 22 projects to sew using fabric scraps and give away, each made using less than half a yard of fabric, and provides easy-to-follow instructions and step-by-step photography for creating a vast array of meaningful gifts.

Jewelry Upcycled! by Sherri Haab – Offers instructions and color illustrations for projects that demonstrate how to transform recycled materials (metal, plastic, glass, fiber, and other found objects) into beautiful jewelry pieces.

Wise Craft by Blair Stocker – With an emphasis on recycling and transforming, this innovative book shows crafters how to infuse old items, such as thrift store staples and fabric scraps, with new life.

A Greener Christmas by Sheherazade Goldsmith – A collection of simple, seasonal projects reveals how to create an eco-friendly Christmas celebration, including instructions for craft, gardening, gift, decorating, cooking, and entertaining projects.

Upcycling Celebrations by Danny Seo – A use-what-you have guide that presents over 100 projects for creative “upcycling,” in which used and recycled products are crafted into decorative items for celebrations and gift-giving.

I’m Dreaming of a Green Christmas by Anna Getty – Provides advice on how to best choose a tree (real or fake?), organize and recycle post-holiday, and create gifts and recipes that use less and mean more.

The Organic Artist by Nick Neddfo – Offers information on making art supplies such as paint, paper, pens, pigments, and prints from ingredients in the natural world.