Poem in Your Pocket Day Events

Poem in Your Pocket Day was created as part of the celebration of National Poetry Month in April and JMRL has been participating for over 10 years. Poem in Your Pocket Day will be celebrated on Thursday, April 25 and all branches of JMRL will be giving out poem scrolls. Besides passing out poems at the libraries, JMRL staffers will also be handing out poems at various locations throughout the community, including on the Downtown Mall and on the lawn.

JMRL will also be holding Poetry on the Steps at 7pm at the Central Library on Thursday, April 25. This is an open mic event available for anyone to come by and read an original poem, read their favorite poem, or just sit back and listen. Refreshments will be served and the winners of the library’s Adult Poetry Contest will be announced. Both events are sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, with WriterHouse serving as a co-sponsor of the Adult Poetry Contest. This year’s finalist judge is Virginia’s Poet Laureate Henry Hart.


How-To Festival 2018

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JMRL is hosting its 2nd Annual How-To Festival on May 5 from 10am-2pm at the Central Library. Learn a variety of subjects in 30 minute or less. This schedule is being finalized. The details below will reflect changes to the schedule as they are made.



  • How To Design Videos On Your Phone with Creative Might (Madison Room)
  • How To Sharpen Knives (McIntire Room)
  • How To Use Virtual Reality with Albemarle County Public Schools staff (McIntire Room)
  • How To Improve Energy Efficiency with LEAP (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Use Resources for the Public at UVA with the UVA Library staff (Main Floor)



  • How To Do Citizen-based Photojournalism with Jason Lappa (McIntire Room)
  • How To Perform a Tea Ceremony with The Radiant Leaf (Jefferson Room)
  • How To 3D Design with library staff (Madison Room)



  • How To Sew with Cville TimeBank (McIntire Room)
  • How To Play North Indian Classical Music with SPICMACAY (McIntire Room)
  • How To Audition for a Play with Miller Susen (Madison Room)
  • How To Draw In 3D with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To Repair a Bike with Community Bikes (Outside)


  • How To Be a Birder with Jim Nix (Jefferson Room)
  • How To Cross Stitch with library staff (Main Floor)
  • How To make a silhouette portrait with library staff (Madison Room)


  • How To Make Gelato with Splendora’s Gelato (Madison Room)
  • How To Podcast with library staff (Main Floor)

From 10am-2pm we will also feature:

  • How To participate in summer reading
  • How To get the most out of the library (learn about tech & other non-book items to check out)
  • How To use the bookmobile
  • How To put out a fire with the Charlottesville Fire Department (with a truck!)
  • How To join and support the Friends of the Library AND a mini book sale
  • How To 3D print

Hope to see you there!

Library-Related Reads


It’s National Library Week! What better way to celebrate the library than by reading about libraries and librarians all over the world? Here’s a compilation of books that revolve around libraries and the people who work within them:

This Book is Overdue! by Marilyn Johnson – In a celebration of libraries and the dedicated people who staff them, the author argues that librarians are more important than ever, and discusses a new breed of visionary professionals who use the web to link people and information.

The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman – An undercover librarian who works for an occult organization that collects books from different realities must determine what happened to a particularly dangerous book that has been stolen and becomes mired in a mystery infused with peril and conflicting clues.

Dewey: The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World by Vicki Myron – Traces the author’s discovery of a half-frozen kitten in the drop box of her small-community Iowa library and the feline’s development into an affable library mascot whose intuitive nature prompted hundreds of abiding friendships.

The Borrower by Rebecca Makkai – When her favorite patron, a book-loving 10-year-old, runs away from overbearing parents who force him to attend anti-gay classes with a celebrity pastor, children’s librarian Lucy Hull flees with the boy and discovers that they are being pursued by an anonymous adversary.

The Camel Bookmobile by Masha Hamilton – Establishing a bookmobile in a destitute Kenyan village, well-intentioned Fiona Sweeney inadvertently renews a decades-old tribal feud involving a camel-powered bookmobile and prior efforts to promote local education.

The World’s Strongest Librarian by Josh Hanagarne – Traces the public librarian author’s inspiring story as a Mormon youth with Tourette’s Syndrome who after a sequence of radical and ineffective treatments overcame nightmarish tics through education, military service and strength training.

Bibliotech by John G. Palfrey – Citing the cultural role of libraries as facilitators of information, argues for the importance of transitioning the works contained in libraries into accessible digital formats that can preserve functions and provide for evolving needs.

The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu by Joshua Hammer – Describes how a group of Timbuktu librarians enacted a daring plan to smuggle the city’s great collection of rare Islamic manuscripts away from the threat of destruction at the hands of Al Qaeda militants to the safety of southern Mali.