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10 Cool Things to Do at JMRL in August

1. Visit the Bookmobile and earn bonus points for JMRL's Summer Reading Challenge!  Come by Westhaven Community Day (8/6) or any published Bookmobile stop

2. Read to a therapy dog. Sign up for a 15-minute Paws to Read slot at Crozet Library (8/6), or Northside Library (8/11, 8/18, 8/25).

3. Start a Summer Scrapbook. Teens and adults can sign up for a Summer Scrapbooking workshop that meets at Central Library every Monday in August (8/8, 8/15, 8/22, 8/29).

4. Get crafty. BYOC (Bring Your Own Craft) at Louisa County Library (8/10, 8/17, 8/24, 8/31), try a Paper Embroidery Craft at Northside Library (8/18), make a Seashell Bottle Stopper at Nelson Library (8/25), or ask about Take & Make craft kits at your local branch. 

5. Improvise. Join Crozet Library for Improv Games, grades 5-8, (8/12). 

6. Watch a film. Attend a lecture followed by a screening of "A Matter of Life and Death" at Northside Library (8/11), or spend An Afternoon at the Movies at Crozet Library, ages 6-11, (8/17).

7. Learn about pollinators. Choose from two screenings of "My Garden of a Thousand Bees" at Nelson Memorial Library (8/15). Attendees get free packets of wildflower seeds.

8. Play detective at Crozet Library's Murder Mystery Party, ages 13-18, (8/16).

9. Meet a snake. Slither on down to Louisa County Library for Snakes in Suburbia (8/27).

10. Visit a Fire Truck. Explore all the bells and whistles on the big red machine at the Scottsville Library (8/26).

11. *Bonus* Get prizes for reading. It's not too late to participate in JMRL's Summer Reading Challenge. Earn points for completing challenges in Beanstack to receive badges AND prizes for earning 10, 20, and 30 points. The Challenge ends 8/31, followed by Grand Prize drawings for kids, teens, and adults at each branch. 

Coming soon @ your library

Drop by for Music On The Steps with Cville Band's Saxophone Ensemble on Central Library's front steps. Free. Saturday, August 13, 12-1pm. 

Read Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are and then watch the film adaptation. Was the book better? Are they just different things? There's much to discuss!

Registration required. All ages welcome. A copy of the book will be provided to the first 10 families to register. Questions? Email

Try a recipe from Bobby Flay's Brunch @ Bobby's cookbook and bring it to share with the group at the Greene County Library Cookbook Book Club on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 6 – 7:30. Registration required. The library has a copy of the cookbook and will make a copy of the recipe you'd like to prepare.

Find more programs, classes & events.   
JMRL Calendar of Events

There's a storytime for everyone! Become a regular at your local branch's weekly storytime, make a special trip for a unique story event, or choose your own story by calling JMRL's Dial-A-Story service at 434.443.2300. Learn more about storytime offerings and other Programs for Kids.

New writers' groups are forming—at Louisa County Library on fourth Thursdays, and at Northside Library on first Wednesdays. Contact the libraries for more information.

Poetry Collab Series: Exquisite Corpse, Thursday, Aug. 25, 6 – 7pm, Northside Library. 

What's the Buzz? An Adult Spelling Bee, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 7 – 8pm, virtual.

Take care of business at a DMV Connect event to get a variety of services, including REAL ID, Drivers’ licenses, ID cards, vehicle titles, vehicle registrations, and more. Make an appointment for one of two branch events: Monday, Aug. 8 at Northside Library, or Wednesday, Aug. 10 at Crozet Library.

Library stories

Cross Training Gives JMRL Staff Inside Look At How Other Branches Operate  

JMRL recently began a new cross training program that gives staff the opportunity to work a shift at a different branch to learn how circulation works at another location. Two staffers who traded places for the day shared their thoughts on the experience. 

Kaylin Preslar (pictured above), part-time branch support at Scottsville Library, did her cross training at Northside Library.  She said that despite the notable differences due to the size of the branch, she noticed a common culture in "the willingness of every employee I met to do all they can for the well-being of the library and its patrons."

"Like at Scottsville, I witnessed patrons of all ages at Northside excitedly leaving the library with books and smiles," said Preslar. "I was reminded again of how essential every branch of JMRL, from one of the biggest to one of the smallest, is to the community!"

Mary Beth Perry, part-time circulation support at Northside Library, said she "realized the uniqueness of the [Scottsville] branch when I talked to patrons who regularly walk there. It was great to see families with kids of all ages, folks sitting and reading newspapers, and many reference services all happening at once in the space."

Reflecting on her cross training experience at Scottsville Library, Perry said it enhanced her sense of being part of a regional team. "Whether the building size is big or small, the love of books and information sharing is boundless," she said.

In the first year of the cross training program, the goal is for all JMRL staff to work a shift focused on learning the ins and outs of circulation at another branch. 

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