A Virtual Exploration of Race and Representation in JMRL’s Collection

Join JMRL for the timely and important virtual program “Race and Representation in JMRL’s Collection” on Wednesday, August 5 at 7pm.

This panel discussion on racial diversity and representation in library collections, namely the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library system will be moderated by Siri Russell, Albemarle County Director of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Panelists will include four representatives from JMRL:

David Plunkett: Library Director
Angela Critics: Children’s Services Manager
Hayley Tompkins: Crozet Branch Manager
Meredith Dickens: Collection Manager

“JMRL looks forward to this opportunity to discuss the issues that must be confronted when reconciling the past practices of public library collections in America with the very real and diverse needs of the people of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson,” said David Plunkett, JMRL Library Director.

This virtual discussion will explore current trends in collection development and Race & Representation (August 5, 2020)-page-001materials selection, how JMRL is endeavoring to break with the traditional white perspective/narrative to broaden its collection to ensure an inclusive body of own-voice materials that fairly reflect the opinions and stories of marginalized communities.

Discussion will also examine how literature and media can perpetuate racial stereotypes and the challenges libraries face in establishing a fluid and evolving collection of materials that meet the needs of ever-diverse communities seeking to speak on their own behalf.

Registration is required via http://www.jmrl.org or by calling 434.973.7893 x3. The program will be accessible on Zoom (online) or by a toll-free phone number.

This event will also be recorded and published on JMRL’s YouTube channel.

Nelson Memorial Library to launch curbside services

Following months of closure due to ongoing construction and COVID-19, the Nelson Memorial Library is ready to offer curbside services starting Tuesday, June 16.

Curbside services will be provided using the same schedule as the other JMRL branches, Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-2pm.

Library Director David Plunkett said both staff and patrons are excited for this next step.

“While the renovated building is not quite ready for public use yet, the Nelson Memorial Library is thrilled that construction is at a point that curbside service for library materials will be available starting June 16th,” Plunkett said.

“Patrons have been patiently waiting to be able to get their books, and the Nelson Memorial Library can’t wait to be able to provide that service!”

Patrons are still able to place holds on JMRL’s website and the return due date for all library materials is back to normal (three weeks from checkout).

There may be delays in holds due to the 72-hour quarantining of materials and limited delivery.

If patrons no longer want their holds, they should cancel them by going online or calling their branch.

Patrons should continue to follow social distancing guidelines while participating in the curbside pickups, including no contact and no access to the library buildings.

For specific information about curbside services at Nelson Memorial Library, please visit https://www.jmrl.org/br-nelson.htm

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JMRL begins Summer Reading Challenge 2020

June 1 marks the beginning of JMRL’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Readers of all ages are invited to participate and all you have to do is download the challenge sheets from jmrl.org/summer to get started!

There will only be two challenge sheets this year and participants can have both at the same time, and turn them in at the same time. A prize is earned after submitting each challenge sheet, along with a grand prize entry.

Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, said although this year’s challenge will be a little different, there is still plenty to enjoy and great prizes to be won.

“This year, there’s a brand new variety of challenges that give participants the chance to enjoy some great reading and other informational, educational, and recreational activities…along with a few old favorites.”

“As always, family members and friends can work on challenges together, even if it’s through virtual means,” Carrier said.

All prizes will be available for pickup when JMRL reopens to the public. However, the kids’ and teens’ prizes for completing the first sheet (beach ball for kids, pen for teens) can be picked up during curbside service with an advance phone call.

Winners of the grand prize drawings for adults, kids, and teens at each branch will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstores after the challenge ends on August 31.

Participants may enter themselves into the grand prize drawing via jmrl.org or, while JMRL is providing curbside service, they can call Central Reference at 434.979.7151 x4 for their entry.

In addition to the challenge, patrons of all ages can also enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances in a virtual format.

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers from June 9 to July 30.

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm. Check the Program Calendar at jmrl.org/calendar.html for event details.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer

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