Affordable Housing Resource Fair – November 9 2019

Whether it’s legal aid or emergency housing, visit the Affordable Housing Resource Fair on Saturday, November 9 for advice from local organizations.Housing Fair (2)

Held at the Central Library from 10am-12pm, attendees can chat with representatives about legal aid for housing-related issues, emergency housing, home rehabilitation services, housing counseling, and financial education.

Participating organizations include Piedmont Housing Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, LEAP, Coalition for the Homeless, and Project ID.

For more information or a list of upcoming events, visit the JMRL website at

Snuggle Up for Early Literacy


Most people underestimate how early a child’s language development begins. Interactions with a child begin to impact language skills beginning not at 6 months, not at 3 months, but from the day the baby is born. That doesn’t mean you should try to recreate preschool in your home. Helping your child be ready to learn to read is as simple as Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, and Playing!

JMRL’s Winter Reading Program is designed to help you do just that. Pick up a Winter Reading Activity Sheet at any JMRL location, or download it here: Activity Sheet. As you complete the fun activities, let your child color in the bunnies. When all 11 are complete, bring the sheet back to the library and your child can choose a free book. So brush off your memories of nursery rhymes and head to the library for some fun books to share. The program runs from February 1 to March 2 for ages birth to 5 years old.

For more early literacy activity ideas, check out the Family Literacy Calendar at DayByDayVA. Also, coming soon to JMRL – 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.


Learn to Code

To go along with Computer Science Education Week, and just in time for Hour of Code, we’ve collected a few free sites that will help you learn some new computer programming skills. is a non-profit site that organizes the annual Hour of Code. It is dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented minorities.

codecademy is an education company that lets you learn a variety of coding languages for free. They are committed to making their site the best place to learn, teach, and create the online learning experience of the future.

khan Khan Academy is a free, educational site that offers practice exercises and instructional videos on a variety of topics – one  of which is computer programming. Their site includes a personalized learning dashboard that encourages learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. Mobile apps are available in the iOS and Android app stores.

tynker Tynker is a creative computing platform primarily aimed at children which teaches them to build games, apps and more. It offers self-paced online courses for learning at home, as well as an engaging programming curriculum for schools. A mobile app is available on iOS and Android, but will offer slightly different content than the website.

If you’d like some assistance trying any of these resources out, come to the Central Library on December 8 at 6 pm for our Hour of Code program. No registration or computer is necessary.