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“A feeling long smothered had blazed up in her—had become a conviction. She had never heard the thing said before, never put it into words. It was the owning that was wrong, the relation itself, no matter how convenient or agreeable it might be for…

1 week 3 days ago
Central Library’s Brown Baggers book group discussed Willa Cather’s final novel Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1940) in May. Set on a smaller Virginia farm and mill west of the Blue Ridge in 1856, the title character Sapphira is a wheelchair bound middle aged woman of a slave-owning family who marries “down” to Henry, a […]

A Scottsville gem: Library celebrates 65th anniversary

2 weeks 5 days ago
“The only thing that you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” – Albert Einstein In the Town of Scottsville, VA, the library isn’t hard to find. Just two blocks north of Main Street, the Scottsville branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library sits in the heart of town. Families routinely walk to […]

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

3 weeks 3 days ago
Books on Tap discussed All the Pretty Horses, the first book in Cormac McCarthy’s Border Trilogy on May 2nd.  For some of our members it was their first time reading a book by McCarthy, but we also had at least two well-read McCarthy fans who greatly enhanced our discussion.  McCarthy’s books are apparently known for […]

Summer adventures at your library

1 month ago
Your adventure starts here! The adventure begins at your library’s Summer Kickoff Party! Join the fun—with activities, games, performances, special treats, and more—at your local JMRL branch:Nelson Memorial Library Thursday, May 30, 2 – 4pmGreene County Library Monday, June 3, 6 – 7:30pmLouisa County Library Tuesday, June 4, 2-4pmCentral Library Saturday, June 8, 10am – […]

“A journey is a person itself; no two are alike.”

1 month 1 week ago
Brown Baggers read and discussed John Steinbeck’s “Travels with Charley: In Search of America” in April with two group members facilitating the discussion.  This non-fiction title describes the adventures of Steinbeck and his poodle named Charley as they road-tripped across 1960 America in a specially made camper.   Steinbeck was in failing health just prior to […]

6th Annual How-To Festival!

1 month 3 weeks ago
Learn 30 things in 3 hours in a fast-paced library takeover event! Location: Central Library, 201 E. Market St, Charlottesville, VA The How-To Festival is FREE and open to everyone. Bring the family and tell your friends! There’s something for all ages—drop-in to workshops inside and outside the building on a range of topics from […]

“Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit.”

1 month 4 weeks ago
Books on Tap met on Thursday, April 4 at 7 pm to discuss The Monkey Wrench Gang by Edward Abbey. Edward Abbey was an author known for passionate advocacy of environmental issues and support of anarchist political views. The summary of his colorful life took longer than for most authors that the group discusses, but […]

Celebrate National Poetry Month with JMRL

2 months ago
National Poetry Month, a celebration of poetry which takes place each April, was introduced in 1996 and is organized by the Academy of American Poets as a way to increase awareness and appreciation of poetry in the United States. JMRL is celebrating poetry throughout the month! Look for displays of poetry books in your local […]

““When we share our grief, we validate the fact that the person we have loved and lost made a lasting impression on our lives.”

2 months 3 weeks ago
This month both the Central Brown Baggers and the Books on Tap book groups read and discussed this year’s Same Page Community Read ” Florence Adler Lives Forever” (2020) by Rachel Beanland. Every March JMRL partners with the Virginia Humanities/Virginia Festival of the Book to read and host an author as part of the Book […]

Get ready for the 2024 Eclipse at JMRL!

2 months 3 weeks ago
Virginia will not be in the path of totality, but we should still get quite the spectacle during the total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024. Find out more about this fascinating phenomenon—and how to view it safely— with programs and activities offered at your local JMRL branch. Featured programs include presentations from NASA affiliate eclipse […]

How-To Festival Call for Participation

3 months ago
JMRL invites individuals, community organizations and businesses to participate in the 6th annual How-To Festival on Saturday, May 4th from 10am-1pm. Share your knowledge/skills/services and promote your business, organization or cause. The How-To Festival is a drop-in Library takeover event, inside and outside Central Library, with short presentations and demos on a variety of topics. […]

“Strangely enough I was not at all afraid at this moment.  Instead I found myself thinking as I stood there in the middle of the wreckage, So this is how it is.”

3 months 1 week ago
JMRL Brown Baggers met Thursday, Feb. 15th to discuss “My People: Five Decades of Writing About Black Lives”  by Charlayne Hunter-Gault 2022.  Consisting of a collection of articles and essays and divided into six thematic parts, some of our readers had trouble finishing or staying engaged with this month’s selection.  The collected essays were from […]

“It is so easy to have principles. Far, far harder to live by them.”

3 months 2 weeks ago
Books on Tap met Feb. 1st at Beer Run to discuss “How Long ‘Til Black Future Month”, a 2018 collection of 22 short stories by N. K. Jemisin.  A few new faces joined us due to their interest in this particular author, some of whom had read her Broken Earth trilogy. Many of the stories […]
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