Summer Reading Challenge Countdown

Each year, JMRL hosts a Summer Reading Challenge as a way for people of all ages to engage and enjoy reading throughout the hotter months.

More than 900 challenge sheets have been submitted, but there is still time for participants to enter this year’s challenge!

Tim Carrier, Young Adult Services Manager, said that participants have until Monday, August 31 to complete challenge sheets and record their completion on jmrl.org/summer.

“After August 31, participants will be notified with information about picking up prizes during curbside service or will have the option to wait until the buildings open to retrieve their prize”, Carrier said. Light up pens

The grand prize winners will be selected from participating adults, teens, and children from each branch and each winner will be notified and will receive a $50 gift card to Barnes & Noble bookstore.

“Even though this year’s challenge looked a bit different, we still witnessed a large number of participants”, he said.

“A big thank you to everyone who participated this year!”

For more information about the JMRL Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer.

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 jmrl.org/summer 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 jmrl.org 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 jmrl.org/calendar.html for event details.

For more information about the Summer Reading Challenge, visit jmrl.org/summer

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More Summer Challenge Recommendations

We’re into month two of JMRL’s Summer Challenge! Finish any five challenges and bring your sheet into any of the branches for a prize! And for personalized book recommendations, fill out this form. Here are some recommendations for sheet 2:

Read about food:

The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen – Josey Cirrini is sure of three things: winter is her favorite season, she’s a sorry excuse for a Southern belle, and sweets are best eaten in the privacy of her closet. For while Josey has settled into an uneventful life in her mother’s house, her one consolation is the stockpile of sugary treats and paperback romances she escapes to each night. . . . Until she finds her closet harboring Della Lee Baker, a local waitress who is one part nemesis—and two parts fairy godmother.

Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal by Fran Berkoff – Researchers have continued to discover the crucial connections between diet and chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other serious illnesses, as well as the impact of food on stress, insomnia, and other common complaints.

Brain Food by Lisa Mosconi – Like our bodies, our brains have very specific food requirements. And in this eye-opening book from an author who is both a neuroscientist and a certified integrative nutritionist, we learn what should be on our menu. Dr. Lisa Mosconi, whose research spans an extraordinary range of specialties including brain science, the microbiome, and nutritional genomics, notes that the dietary needs of the brain are substantially different from those of the other organs, yet few of us have any idea what they might be.

Read about a migrant:

Don’t Tell Me You’re Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella –  Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. Despite the lack of resources, despite the war, and despite all of the restrictions imposed on Somali women, Samia becomes a world-class runner. As a teenager, she is selected to represent her country at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She finishes last in her heat at the Games, but the sight of the small, skinny woman in modest clothes brings the Olympic stadium to its feet. Samia sets her sights on the 2012 Games in London. Conditions in Somalia have worsened, and she must make the arduous migrant journey across Africa and the Mediterranean alone. Just like millions of refugees, Samia risks her life for the hope of a better future.

Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario – When Enrique was five, his mother, too poor to feed her children, left Honduras to work in the United States. She promised she would return quickly, but she struggled in America. After eleven years, he decided he would go find her. He set off alone, with little more than a slip of paper bearing his mother’s North Carolina telephone number. Without money, he made the dangerous trek up the length of Mexico, clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains. He and other migrants, many of them children, are hunted like animals. To evade bandits and authorities, they must jump onto and off the moving boxcars they call the Train of Death. It is an epic journey, one thousands of children make each year to find their mothers in the United States.

The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen – A collection of stories, written over a twenty-year period, examines the Vietnamese experience in America as well as questions of home, family, and identity.

Read a mysterious book:

Force of Nature by Jane Harper – When five colleagues are forced to go on a corporate retreat in the wilderness, they reluctantly pick up their backpacks and start walking down the muddy path. But one of the women doesn’t come out of the woods. And each of her companions tells a slightly different story about what happened. Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk has a keen interest in the whereabouts of the missing hiker. In an investigation that takes him deep into isolated forest, Falk discovers secrets lurking in the mountains, and a tangled web of personal and professional friendship, suspicion, and betrayal among the hikers. But did that lead to murder?

The Widows of Malabar Hill by Sujata Massey – Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity.

The Unquiet Dead by Ausma Zehanat Khan – Detective Esa Khattak is in the midst of his evening prayers when he receives a phone call asking that he and his partner, Detective Rachel Getty, look into the death of a local man who has fallen off a cliff. At first Christopher Drayton’s death–which looks like an accident–doesn’t seem to warrant a police investigation, especially not from Khattak and Rachel’s team, which handles minority-sensitive cases. But it soon comes to light that Drayton might have been living under an assumed name, and he may not have been the upstanding Canadian citizen he appeared to be. In fact, he may have been a Bosnian war criminal with ties to the Srebrenica massacre of 1995.