Celebrate Black History Month at JMRL

Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing their central role in U.S. history.

Throughout the month of February, there are a number of book clubs and events being held at the JMRL branches to help celebrate.

For a list of what’s happening, visit JMRL’s Black History Month 2020 webpage.

There are other resources on this webpage, such as lists of African American authors and books, eBooks/Audiobooks, and resources for historical research.

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The poster above is an example of one of JMRL’s Black History Month events. This event will be at the Northside Library and more information can be found by visiting JMRL’s Facebook page.

 

It’s Library Card Sign-up Month!

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month, a time when the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL) joins with the American Library Association and public libraries nationwide to make sure that our students have the most important school supply of all: a library card.

JMRL encourages parents to give their children this key to lifelong learning. Resources at the library are available to anyone who has a library card, no matter how young. Students can turn to the library for materials, programs and services that support academic achievement. In an effort to promote lifelong reading, the library system has also abolished overdue fines for children under the age of 16.

If you or your child has already received a library card and the card is currently lost or worn down, the library will be giving away free replacement cards throughout the month of September.

In addition to borrowing books, audiobooks, music and DVDs, library card holders also have free online access to databases containing thousands of newspaper and magazine articles, as well as other trusted and reliable information sources to help with homework or research. These databases can be accessed at www.jmrl.org/databases.

Using your library card, you can also download digital audiobooks, eBooks, and cover-to-cover magazines from the library’s website. Access these resources for free from www.jmrl.org/download.

Before they start school – and after – children with library cards may also attend library programs such as storytime classes that encourage growth of motor, cognitive and pre-literacy skills.

Getting a library card is simple. Visit your local JMRL branch and fill out a short registration form. Be sure to bring an ID with your address or other proof of residence. Sign your child up for a library card today and see how it brings them into a world of opportunity.

JMRL Summer Challenge – Read a Mystery

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Have you taken the JMRL Summer Challenge yet? One of the June Challenges is “Read a Mystery.” As you decide what to read this weekend, here are some suggestions of books you could use to fill that challenge.

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Cassie has a knack for reading people. It makes her a natural at profiling. When she is recruited by the FBI, she finds herself part of a group of teens with unusual gifts similar to hers, investigating old, unsolved murders. Soon it becomes clear that there is a new killer on the loose and the danger is much closer than Cassie ever imagined. The descriptions of the murders from inside the killer’s head are not for the faint of heart.

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason
Sherlock Holmes’ niece and Bram Stoker’s sister team up in an effort to solve the mysterious disappearances of some of English society’s most prominent young women. Can they save the missing girls before they become victims themselves? This book is a mystery set in Victorian England with some supernatural elements.

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Tandy Angel was the last person to see her parents alive. The police have no suspects in their murder except Tandy and her three siblings. All of the children bear scars from being raised in a pressure cooker by parents who demanded absolute perfection. Who knows what they are capable of. Tandy only knows that she doesn’t trust anyone – maybe not even herself.

Jackaby by William Ritter
Jackaby is a sleuth whose skills rival Sherlock Holmes’, but with the added ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail Rook is Watson to Jackaby’s Holmes as they race to solve a series of murders that Jackaby believes were committed by a nonhuman creature. This is another great book if you like a little of the supernatural mixed with your mystery.

Visit the JMRL Reads wiki for more suggestions: Mystery Booklists

Learn more about the JMRL Summer Challenge at Read For the Win. You can pick up your June Challenge sheet at any JMRL location or download and print it yourself: English |  Spanish