JMRL begins Summer Reading Challenge 2020

June 1 marks the beginning of JMRL’s Summer Reading Challenge!

Readers of all ages are invited to participate and all you have to do is download the challenge sheets from to get started!

There will only be two challenge sheets this year and participants can have both at the same time, and turn them in at the same time. A prize is earned after submitting each challenge sheet, along with a grand prize entry.

Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, said although this year’s challenge will be a little different, there is still plenty to enjoy and great prizes to be won.

“This year, there’s a brand new variety of challenges that give participants the chance to enjoy some great reading and other informational, educational, and recreational activities…along with a few old favorites.”

“As always, family members and friends can work on challenges together, even if it’s through virtual means,” Carrier said.

All prizes will be available for pickup when JMRL reopens to the public. However, the kids’ and teens’ prizes for completing the first sheet (beach ball for kids, pen for teens) can be picked up during curbside service with an advance phone call.

Winners of the grand prize drawings for adults, kids, and teens at each branch will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble Bookstores after the challenge ends on August 31.

Participants may enter themselves into the grand prize drawing via or, while JMRL is providing curbside service, they can call Central Reference at 434.979.7151 x4 for their entry.

In addition to the challenge, patrons of all ages can also enjoy JMRL’s Summer Family Performances in a virtual format.

Each week, there will be three shows with at least two different performers from June 9 to July 30.

Shows will be held on Tuesday afternoons at 2pm, Wednesday mornings at 10am, and Thursday afternoons at 2pm. Check the Program Calendar at for event details.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit

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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

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