Celebrate CVille PRIDE with JMRL

The community can celebrate CVille PRIDE from anywhere this year by attending JMRL’s virtual film discussion about an award-winning documentary.

On Thursday, September 17 at 7pm, the “Celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE” event will focus on “The Lavender Scare” (Not Rated, 2017, 77min).

Narrated by Glenn Close, this is the first film to tell the little-known story of an unrelenting mid-20th century campaign by the federal government to identify and fire all employees suspected of being homosexual. This gripping work details the untold story of a brutal witch hunt, and the courageous few who fought back.

This community discussion will be moderated by Gary Nimax, Chair of UVA’s LGBT Committee for faculty and staff.

“In 2020, we were pleased to see the passage of the Virginia Values Act and recent Supreme Court ruling that finally provide some employment protections to the LGBTQ community,” Nimax said.

“Prior to these milestone legal actions, not only could members of our community be fired simply for who they are, we sometimes were proactively targeted for outing and termination.”

“While we celebrate recent progress, it is critical that we understand the long path that led to this moment. This film provides an important look into our history.”

For more details, registration, and how to access the documentary, visit http://www.jmrl.org or call 434.973.7893 x3.

While CVille PRIDE celebrations are virtual this year, you can still access online PRIDE and other programs by visiting http://cvillepride.org/pride-events/

JMRL to offer UVA Library materials

As libraries in Central Virginia continue to adjust their services based on ever-changing health regulations, JMRL and UVA Libraries have revised existing interlibrary loan services (ILL) in order to provide increased access to materials.

This service will make the University’s circulating collections available to the community through JMRL while UVA Libraries remain closed to the public.

JMRL’s Library Director, David Plunkett, said the partnership will be a positive addition to the resources already being provided to patrons.

“JMRL is thrilled to be able to partner with UVA libraries to make so many great resources available to the people of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa and Nelson, especially now when access to information is more important than ever,” Plunkett said.

Carmelita Pickett, Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources & Content Strategy, said, “UVA Libraries values and supports the role of public universities. This partnership represents an exciting opportunity to further public access to research collections.”

“We value this partnership and the waived fees ensures equitable access to community members experiencing financial hardships,” she said.

For this service, only materials from UVA Libraries will be available, patrons can request that UVA materials be picked up at any JMRL branch, and JMRL’s $3 fee will be waived during the Library’s COVID-19 response period.

“A special thank you to JMRL and library personnel from UVA Libraries Access Services and Collections for making sure this partnership moved from an idea into a service,” Pickett said.

To make an interlibrary loan request, call the Library on 434.979.7151 x4, email ill@jmrl.org, or visit jmrl.org/ill

Summer Reading Challenge Countdown

Each year, JMRL hosts a Summer Reading Challenge as a way for people of all ages to engage and enjoy reading throughout the hotter months.

More than 900 challenge sheets have been submitted, but there is still time for participants to enter this year’s challenge!

Tim Carrier, Young Adult Services Manager, said that participants have until Monday, August 31 to complete challenge sheets and record their completion on jmrl.org/summer.

“After August 31, participants will be notified with information about picking up prizes during curbside service or will have the option to wait until the buildings open to retrieve their prize”, Carrier said. Light up pens

The grand prize winners will be selected from participating adults, teens, and children from each branch and each winner will be notified and will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble bookstore.

“Even though this year’s challenge looked a bit different, we still witnessed a large number of participants”, he said.

“A big thank you to everyone who participated this year!”

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