Celebrate National Library Week

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National Library Week is April 7-14 and the best way to celebrate is to visit your local library! We offer free programs for all ages and books and materials all year long.

Don’t forget that you can download eBooks and audiobooks, check out toys and exercise equipment, and learn a new skill with your library card. Visit your local branch when you need to access the internet, or check out a hotspot to use the internet at home. Join a book club, or use one of our meeting rooms to host your own! Libraries provide a safe space for the community.

Another way to celebrate is to post photos or videos on social media sharing what you love about your library. Use the hashtag #MyLibraryMyStory on Twitter or Instagram.

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Just a dinosaur using an old card catalog at the Central Library

Winter Weather

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Occasionally there is bad weather in JMRL’s service areas. When this happens, library branches may have reduced hours or even be closed. JMRL uses a few ways to let patrons know if a branch will have changes in regular hours. Patrons can check NBC29, WINA NewsRadio, Newsplex, or JMRL’s Facebook page for updates about library hours. If the Albemarle County schools are closed due to bad road conditions, the Bookmobile will not run that day.

So, if you can’t get to the library because of bad weather, try downloading an ebook or audiobook at home. With your library card you can check out books from Overdrive, RBdigital, and Freading. When using a mobile device, you’ll need to download an app from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. For help with downloading, check out these helpful videos and tutorials about downloading here. If you’re reading on a computer, you may need to install Adobe Digital Editions. If you need any book recommendations, fill out this form and receive personalized book recommendations from the Reference staff. Happy reading!

Still Time for the Summer Challenge

The JMRL Summer Challenge ends on August 31, so you still have time to turn in your challenge sheets (and be entered to win the grand prize!).

There will be grand prizes at each of the branches. The grand prize for children will be a gift card to Barnes and Noble (or another local bookstore- check with your local branch). The grand prize for teen will be an Amazon gift card, and the adult grand prize will be a Kindle. The drawings will be held after the program ends on August 31.

One of the challenges for Sheet 3 (also available in Spanish) is to download an eBook or audiobook. JMRL has several digital collections located in the eLibrary, one of the most popular is OverDrive.

To get started using OverDrive you’ll need to set up an account using your library card number. If you want to read or listen to a book on your tablet or phone, it’s best if you download the Libby app from OverDrive through the app store or play store. There are also videos and tutorials linked on the eLibrary page that can take you through the process. If you’re going to read or listen to a book on your computer, you’ll just need to go to the OverDrive website and login to your account.

There are thousands of titles available, both fiction and nonfiction, for all ages. There are bestsellers, classics, test prep books and travel guides- something for every reader!

Follow these steps to use the Libby app:     libby

STEP 1
Install the Libby app from your device’s app store.

STEP 2
In Libby, follow the prompts to find your library and sign in with a valid library card (we are part of the Southwest Virginia Public Libraries).

STEP 3
Browse JMRL’s collection and borrow a title.

STEP 4
Borrowed titles appear on your Shelf and download to the app automatically when you’re connected to Wi-Fi, so you can read them when you’re offline.

From your Shelf, you can:
Tap Open Book, Open Audiobook, or Open Magazine to start reading or listening to a title. Tap Manage Loan to see options like Renew, Return, or Send to Device to send a book to Kindle

If you have questions, you can always call the Central Reference department at 434-979-7151 ext. 4 or email us. You can also stop by any library with your device and ask for help with downloading (some branches require an appointment- so call ahead)!