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.


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.


Summer 2019 programs announced!

Wish you had a list of all the amazing events happening this summer at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library (JMRL)?Beyond the Books Summer 2019 front cover

Your wish has been granted!

Beyond the Books – Summer 2019 edition is now available at your local library branch and on the JMRL website!

The guide serves as a great resource for patrons of all ages to check out what’s happening at the library from June until August.

  • Some activities you will find include,
  • Developing early literacy skills with young children,
  • Book clubs,
  • Bilingual storytimes,
  • Food tastings,
  • Movies,
  • Technology tutorials,
  • Painting workshops,
  • Game nights,
  • Origami making,
  • Yoga,

And so much more.

Some of the activities require registration, so don’t delay in checking out what’s available.

Summer programming is funded by the JMRL Friends of the Library.

For more information about upcoming events at JMRL, visit www.jmrl.org.

Northside Library’s Film & Lecture Series

This evening’s (July 24th) screening of John Ford’s 1962 classic The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance will be preceded by a lecture from the University of Virginia’s Dr. Carmenita The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance PPT (July 24, 2018)Higginbotham. This will mark the fifth occasion that Dr. Higginbotham has participated in this series (and we hope there will be many more occasions to come!) Having had an opportunity to sit in on each lecture, I am always astonished at what I learn. While I hardly profess to be a “movie buff,” I have seen a fair share of “classics” – those films comprising the canon of cinematography. But I saw them through very different eyes until a couple of years ago. I was a passive observer, spellbound by a story. Perhaps what most impresses me is the variety of techniques a director can employ to tell that story. Many of these techniques were first brought to my attention by Dr. Higginbotham. Take the famous hall of mirrors sequence in The Lady from Shanghai – a dizzying and unprecedented cinematographic feator the low-level shots throughout Hitchcock’s Notorious. Take the widescreen panoramic shots in All Quiet on the Western Front, or the uncomfortably close shots in the gritty Angels with Dirty Faces. The camera work: sometimes subtle, sometimes grossly exaggerated and making little effort to conceal an effect.

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The more I watch, the more I pick up on these little things, and begin to question why a director selected one angle over another, or a series of shots as opposed to one lengthy sequence. While I profess to only be scratching the surface here, it is exciting nonetheless, and it is a whole new way of experiencing movies.

(-Evan Stankovics)