JMRL How-To Festival Call for Participation

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JMRL’s 2019 How-To Festival takes place on Saturday, May 4th from 10-2 at the Central Library. The How-To Festival is a drop-in Library takeover event with 15 minute presentations and demos on a variety of topics. The festival coincides with Free Comic Book Day at JMRL and attracts a diverse, growing crowd each year.

JMRL invites community members, businesses, and nonprofits to participate.

Share your knowledge/skills/services and promote your business, organization or cause.

Topics of interest include:

  • Technology
  • Arts + Crafts
  • Food + Drink
  • Repairs
  • Outdoors + Environment
  • Health + Wellness
  • Community Resources

Check here for a list of previous participants and sessions.

Guidelines for submissions:
Deadline for submission is Friday, April 5th, 2019 at 5pm.
Click this link to submit a request to participate for 2019.

Important dates:
Responses will be given by Wednesday, April 10th, 2019.
Final schedule will be ready by Friday, April 26th, 2019.

For any inquiries regarding the event, please email Heather Pehnec at volunteer@jmrl.org

We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 How-To Festival!

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.

Maker Kits

JMRL is now circulating maker kits! What is a maker kit? Maker kits are comprised of materials and instructions and allow you to learn a new technology or a skill at your own pace and in your own place.

JMRL is adding 10 unique kits to a special maker kit collection to help you discover your creative or technological talents. The kits have all of the supplies that you need.

There are kits for beginning knitters, calligraphy, coloring, embroidery, Makey Makey, a spirograph kit, origami, 3Doodler, Ozobot, and snap circuits. Each kit comes with all of the supplies you need and detailed instructions. Some kits also include books with more detailed ideas for projects.

View slides with all of the kits here. The maker kits will be housed at the Central Library, but can be placed on hold and sent to any branch.

Check them out for up to three weeks and place them on hold here.