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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Library Card Sign-Up Month 2019

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month at JMRL and across the nation! Library Card Sign Up Month 2019 poster
Signing up for a library card is the first step to accessing the exciting resources the library has to offer…all year long! From 3D printing to eBooks to storytime, the library has something for everyone.

Damaged or lost card? No problem! This is the perfect time to stop by your local JMRL branch and receive a new replacement card for FREE during September!

All patrons must register in person and provide a valid photo ID with correct address or a photo ID and one of the items listed on the JMRL website.

For more information and details about library cards, visit the JMRL website at www.jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151.

Craving a new book but not sure what to read?

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Staff at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library are always testing out and sharing their favorite ‘good reads’ with patrons! Check out some of the books on this month’s staff picks list.

The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls by Gray, Anissa

“If you enjoyed An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, read The Care and Feeding of Ravenously Hungry Girls…an absorbing commentary on love, family and forgiveness.”

-The Washington Post

**recommended by Meredith Dickens, Collection Manager

Becoming Mrs. Lewis by Callahan, Patti

The love story of C.S. Lewis and his wife, Helen Joy Davidman Gresham, was improbable–and seemingly impossible. Their Eros-story led to some of Lewis’ greatest works, yet Joy is most commonly known for how she died. “Becoming Mrs. Lewis” allows readers to see how this brilliant and passionate woman lived, and why she stole Jack’s heart.

**recommended by Gail Ott, Branch Manager – Gordon Avenue Library

The Fifth Season by Jemisin, N. K.

Awards: Nebula Awards (2015)

“At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this “intricate and extraordinary” Hugo Award winning novel of power, oppression, and revolution.” -The New York Times

**recommended by Willow Gale, Branch Manager – Bookmobile

The Last Place You Look by Lepionka, Kristen

“Roxane is a wonderfully complex character…This is a remarkably accomplished debut mystery, with sensitive character development and a heart-stopping denouement. Let’s hope there are more Roxane Weary novels on the way.”–Booklist (starred review)

**recommended by Megan England, Young Adult Librarian – Crozet Library

The full list of staff picks, as well as information about upcoming events, can be found on www.jmrl.org.