New Fit Kits Available

JMRL has added two more “fit kits” to the health library collection!


Kit 7 consists of a light therapy lamp and the book The Short Circuit: Depression and Anxiety Exposed for What It Really Is: A Brand New and Inspiring Way of Looking at Depression and Anxiety by Dr Shammy Noor. Light therapy is one of the treatments for seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a type of seasonal depression that usually strikes during the winter months. Studies have suggested that exposure to bright light from a special lamp can help make up for the sunlight you’re not getting naturally when the days are shorter. 

resistancebandsKit 8 has 5 resistance bands, the book Fitness Sutra by Dr. Monika Chopra, guide sheets, and 10 exercise cards. Resistance bands can be used to perform exercises for every major muscle group or to challenge your existing routine. You can also use resistance bands to increase your range of motion, flexibility, and muscular endurance. 



Place a hold for either of these kits here. You can also call the Central Reference Department at 434.979.7151 ext. 4 with any questions, or send them an email.

Health Care Special Enrollment

Your library is here to help you with your health information needs! Our library staff can help you identify local resources to address your health needs. 

JMRL can help you with access to technology. There’s free wi-fi and computers available at all of our branches. (Did you know that health information is the 2nd most popular online search category?) 

JMRL staff can also tell you about the Special Enrollment Period on the Insurance Marketplace. A Special Enrollment Period is a time when you can sign up for health insurance through You only get a Special Enrollment Period if you lose your insurance or experience a major life change. If you lose your insurance, such as through a work lay-off or turning 26 and aging off your parent’s plan, you have 60 days before or after your coverage ends to enroll on If you experience a major life change, you have 60 days after the event to enroll in a health plan.

Some of the most common major life changes include:

  • Moving to a new zip code or county
  • Getting married or divorced
  • Having a baby, adopting, or becoming a foster parent
  • Becoming a U.S. citizen or getting a green card

To  apply for a Special Enrollment Period visit and follow instructions to see if you can enroll for 2019 coverage. You can also call at 1-800-318-2596. (TTY 1-855-889-4325). Visit your local library branch if you need internet access to find out if you qualify for the special enrollment period.


JMRL How-To Festival Call for Participation

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JMRL’s 2019 How-To Festival takes place on Saturday, May 4th from 10-2 at the Central Library. The How-To Festival is a drop-in Library takeover event with 15 minute presentations and demos on a variety of topics. The festival coincides with Free Comic Book Day at JMRL and attracts a diverse, growing crowd each year.

JMRL invites community members, businesses, and nonprofits to participate.

Share your knowledge/skills/services and promote your business, organization or cause.

Topics of interest include:

  • Technology
  • Arts + Crafts
  • Food + Drink
  • Repairs
  • Outdoors + Environment
  • Health + Wellness
  • Community Resources

Check here for a list of previous participants and sessions.

Guidelines for submissions:
Deadline for submission is Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 5pm.
Click this link to submit a request to participate for 2019.

Important dates:
Responses will be given by Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.
Final schedule will be ready by Friday, April 26th, 2019.

For any inquiries regarding the event, please email Heather Pehnec at

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 How-To Festival!