Let’s Get Digital!

Do you have any old VHS tapes, film negatives, or home cassette tapes that you want to look at again? At the Central Library we can help you convert your old film to digital format!

The reference staff at Central can help you

  • Scan your photographs, using a Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100 wireless mobile scanner
  • Convert film negatives and slides using a Wolverine F2D Mighty 20MP 7-in-1 film to digital converter
  • Convert your old mix tapes and cassettes to MP3
  • Transfer video from VHS tape to a digital format

You have the option of receiving a brief tutorial and continuing on your own or you can get step-by-step assistance the entire time. For your appointment, bring your film/VHS/cassette tapes/photographs, and an USB/SD storage drive of at least 8 GB (preferred) or have a Cloud account to upload to Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, Box, Amazon Cloud Drive.

Scanning is by appointment at the Central Library- call 434.979.7151 x 4 or email reference@jmrl.org to set up a time.

Stay Safe (Online) in the New Year

With all the talk about hacking and internet security recently, we thought we’d highlight some products designed to keep you safe online.

1280px-tor-logo-2011-flat-svgThe Tor Browser is an internet browser that lets you explore the internet without tracking your activity (sites you visit, searches you perform, login information, files you download). Easy to install, this program can be kept on and run from a portable USB drive. It works on all major operating systems and is pre-configured for ease of use.


ddg-icon_256x256DuckDuckGo is a search engine that doesn’t keep track of any search that you perform or the location you are searching from. It won’t follow you across sites with ads or remember any personal information. You don’t have to install anything, just go to their website before you search.


signal_blue_iconSignal app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a free messenger app that allows you to send private messages,  photos, and video to your current contacts without a separate login. You can also place calls. All calls and messaging are encrypted and completely protected from Signal as well as outside parties. No call or message logs are maintained by the company.


Go ahead and give any of these a try for a more secure web presence in 2017.