2019 Summer Reading Kickoff events

Summer Kickoff 2It’s that time of year again when each library branch hosts their own special event to celebrate the beginning of summer reading!

From a butterfly release to an ice cream social, there’s no shortage of fun activities to get you and your family pumped for another great summer with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Other activities (depending on the kickoff event you attend) include live music, face painting, balloon animals, snacks, and games.

And, while you’re hanging out, grab a Summer Reading Challenge sheet to begin your quest to win some great prizes!

Check out the dates below for the Summer Reading Kickoff events and don’t miss out on this annual get-together.

  • Central Library: Saturday, June 8: 10am-12pm
  • Crozet Library: Monday, June 10: 5:30-6:30pm
  • Gordon Avenue Library: Wednesday, June 12: 6:30-8pm
  • Greene County Library: Monday, June 3: 6-8pm
  • Louisa County Library: Tuesday, June 4: 2-3pm
  • Nelson Memorial Library: Tuesday, June 4: 5-6:30pm
  • Northside Library: Tuesday, June 11: 3:30-6pm
  • Scottsville Library: Tuesday, June 4: 5-7pm

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

For more information about the events, visit the programs webpage at ww.jmrl.org.

Summer Reading Challenge 2019

Get in quick and grab your first summer challenge sheet because the JMRL Summer Challenge is back!

This reading program is suited for all ages and there are some great prizes to be won.

Prizes include:

  • Adult – free book (one for each challenge sheet)
  • Teen – zipper backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)
  • Children – backpack (1st sheet), free book (2nd & 3rd sheet)

As long as you complete any five challenges on each sheet and bring it back to any JMRL location, you will receive a prize and a grand prize entry for each sheet you return!

The turn in dates include any time after:

  • June 1 (sheet 1)
  • July 1 (sheet 2)
  • August 1 (sheet 3)

But you don’t have to do it alone! You can complete challenges with family members or friends.

Grand prize drawings will be held after the program ends on August 31. Winners of the items listed below will be drawn at each JMRL location for children, teens, and adults.

  • Children: Gift card to Barnes and Noble or another local bookstore (check with your local branch)
  • Teen: Amazon gift card
  • Adult: Amazon Kindle

Want to complete more than five challenges on your sheet? No problem! Earn an extra grand prize entry for each additional five challenges you complete on each month’s sheet.

For more information about this year’s Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer

Snuggle With a Book: Winter Reading Program

snuggleMost people underestimate how early a child’s language development begins. Interactions with a child begin to impact language skills beginning not at six months, not at three months, but from the day the baby is born. That doesn’t mean you need to try to recreate preschool in your home. Helping your child be ready to learn to read is as simple as talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing!

JMRL’s Winter Reading Program, which runs from February 1 to March 2, is designed to help you do just that. Pick up an activity sheet at any JMRL location, or download it here to get started. This program is for children from birth up to 5 years old.

As you complete the fun activities, let your child color in the mittens on the sheet. When all 11 are complete, bring the sheet back to the library and your child can choose a free book. So brush off your memories of nursery rhymes and head to the library for some fun books to share! For more early literacy activity ideas, check out the family literacy calendar at DayByDayVA.

Don’t forget that your library card gives you free access to great children’s books and activities online as well. If you haven’t already, visit jmrl.org/databases and click “Kids and Teens” on the left-hand side. There you’ll find encyclopedias and other materials made specifically for children.


If you’re looking for a way to keep the momentum going once the Winter Reading Program ends, check out JMRL’s 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program. Books read during the Winter Reading Program may also be counted toward the 1,000 books challenge. Stop by any JMRL branch or visit jmrl.org/kids to learn more.