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“There it was again: conscience. Lincoln believed he was acting according to motives higher than the merely political.”

1 month ago
Brown Baggers book club met on Thursday, January 18 at noon to discuss And There Was Light by Jon Meacham. Our readers braved the 720-page tome, then braved very cold and dreary weather to meet. Everyone was impressed by the moving, engaging, and well-researched writing. Meacham has written numerous presidential biographies that have earned him […]
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Resources for Black History Month

1 month ago
2024 Theme: African Americans and the Arts This year’s Association for the Study of African American Life and History Black History Month theme highlights the important contributions of African Americans in visual arts, dance, music, literature, cultural movements, and more. Explore different facets of African American history and culture with resources from JMRL and various other […]
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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

1 month 2 weeks ago
Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (DPIL) is a book gifting organization that sends more than 2 million free books to children around the world each month. The free books are provided by the Dolly Parton Imagination Library Foundation, and local program partners cover the cost of postage.  Children are eligible to receive one book each month […]
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Brown Baggers Book Club: Potluck Selection Party

1 month 3 weeks ago
Brown Baggers book club met Thursday, December 21 to celebrate the end of 2023 with a potluck. As is our December tradition, instead of discussing one book title, we shared lots of book suggestions for our upcoming reading season, which will kick off this June. After profiling almost 40 books, the group voted on their […]
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Dial-a-Story

1 month 4 weeks ago
Dial 833-690-0646 to hear a story read in both English and Spanish.  The Library of Virginia offers a new story each Wednesday—a rotation of recent picture books, fairy tales and folk tales, books highlighting equity, diversity and inclusion, and classic picture books.  This program, available to listeners around the state 24/7, presents an analog opportunity for strengthening […]
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2024 Same Page Community Read

1 month 4 weeks ago
JMRL and Virginia Humanities are pleased to announce that Rachel Beanland’s Florence Adler Swims Forever, winner of the 2020 National Jewish Book Award for Debut Fiction, is the 2024 Same Page Community Read selection.  About Same Page Community Read: Each year, JMRL invites all book lovers to participate in the Same Page Community Read throughout […]
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2023: Another Winning Year 

2 months ago
A library is successful when it is a part of people’s everyday lives. By that measure, 2023 was another winning year for JMRL, building off of 2022’s VLA Library of the Year award. JMRL branches welcomed nearly 713,000 library visitors and issued more than 12,000 new library cards. Library patrons checked out more than 1.6 […]
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Top 10 Checkouts – 2023

2 months ago
In 2023, JMRL cardholders checked out 1,647,297 items from the library. Read on for the Top 10 Checkouts of the year in selected categories. How many have you watched, listened to, or read this year? Magazines in Overdrive/LIBBY eaudiobooks in Overdrive/Libby ebooks in Overdrive/Libby Videos on Kanopy Top DVDs Top Adult Audiobooks on CD Top […]
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“Truthfully, this is the fabric of all my fantasies: love shown not by a kiss or a wild look or a careful hand but by a willingness for research.”

2 months ago
Books on Tap met on Thursday, December 7th at 7 pm at Beer Run to discuss The Giant’s House by Elizabeth McCracken. We talked about books and librarianship, the balance between surrealism and mundanity, the characters, and even the title. As always, opinions varied wildly, and we had a wonderful time actively discussing this title!  […]
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“He still could not understand why he had nothing, and would never have anything, and there was no one who knew and who could tell him. It was the unsolved mystery of his life.”

2 months 4 weeks ago
Brown Baggers book club met Thursday, November 15 at noon to discuss Tobacco Road by Erskine Caldwell. Readers can expect to find an unhappy family of poor sharecroppers in rural Georgia, headed by main character Jeeter Lester, in this southern gothic classic. Jeeter and his wife Ada and their twelve children are “overcome by the […]
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“Imagine if all men took women seriously.”

3 months 1 week ago
The Central Brown Baggers met Thursday, October 19 to discuss Lessons In Chemistry, the 2022 bestselling debut novel by Bonnie Garmus. Set in California in the 1960s, Elizabeth Zott is a lab chemist who becomes a popular TV cooking show host. Fiercely independent and an early feminist, she is determined to live life on her […]
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2023 Adult Poetry Contest Winners

3 months 2 weeks ago
JMRL and WriterHouse teamed up once again to offer an exciting poetry contest for adults. The contest this year was judged by a panel of judges, with finalists judged by UVA Professor Debra Nystrom. This year’s contest theme, “the importance of community,” piqued the interest of many dozens of writers, resulting in wonderful submissions and […]
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