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.

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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!