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“I’d rather die charging like a rhino than bleating like a goat.”

1 day 18 hours ago
Books on Tap met on Thursday, January 5 to discuss The Lioness by Chris Bohjalian. Many of our members are familiar with Bohjalian, who has published 20 novels in the last 30+ years, and most of the group enjoys his literary and historical fiction writing. This book is set in 1964, but does not feel […]
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An extraordinary, ordinary year: A look back at 2022

2 weeks 4 days ago
It was both an extraordinary year and, in many ways, an ordinary one. After operating for more than two years within tiers of service in response to community Covid rates, JMRL gratefully resumed standard operating procedures across all eight branches and the Bookmobile. A “return to normal” may sound unremarkable, but 2022 was definitely not […]
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Top 10 Checkouts – 2022

2 weeks 4 days ago
JMRL cardholders in 2022 checked out 1.6 million items from the library. Read on for the Top 10 Checkouts of the year. How many have you read? young adult fiction 1. We Are Not Free / Traci Chee 2. Firekeeper’s Daughter / Angeline Boulley 3. Shadow and Bone / Leigh Bardugo 4. Six of Crows/ […]
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JMRL/WriterHouse poetry contest results

1 month 3 weeks ago
Writing poetry can be playful, cathartic, celebratory, and immersive. Writing poetry is good for our critical thinking, language skills, and creativity. Writing is also one of the best ways to prompt us to look at the world from a different perspective. Through writing, we build empathy. Today, we are pleased to present our top two […]
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Pick up your library items, day or night

1 month 3 weeks ago
Choose one of JMRL’s new outdoor lockers as your hold pickup location The next time you place library materials on hold, you could pick them up at your convenience—even after hours—by choosing one of JMRL’s new outdoor lockers as your pickup location. The lockers are available 24/7 near the entrance of the following branch locations: Crozet Library, Gordon Avenue Library, Greene County Library, […]
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“They are the we of me.”

2 months 1 week ago
Books on Tap met at Champion Brewing to discuss a classic southern gothic coming-of-age story, The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. This book takes the solitary feeling of growing up to an extreme – Frankie, age 12, “belonged to no club and was a member of nothing in the world.” She is growing […]
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“They are the we of me.”

2 months 1 week ago
Books on Tap met at Champion Brewing to discuss a classic southern gothic coming-of-age story, The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers. This book takes the solitary feeling of growing up to an extreme – Frankie, age 12, “belonged to no club and was a member of nothing in the world.” She is growing […]
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“We had more than any two people in the world.  And then we fell down.”

2 months 3 weeks ago
Central Library Brown Baggers met October 20th to discuss The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain. Set in California during the Great Depression, it is the story of Frank, a wanderer, and his passionate affair with Cora, the wife of Nick (a Greek owner of a diner). In order to start a new life […]
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“We had more than any two people in the world.  And then we fell down.”

2 months 3 weeks ago
Central Library Brown Baggers met October 20th to discuss The Postman Always Rings Twice by James Cain. Set in California during the Great Depression, it is the story of Frank, a wanderer, and his passionate affair with Cora, the wife of Nick (a Greek owner of a diner). In order to start a new life […]
JMRL Central Reference

Be a hunger hero

2 months 4 weeks ago
JMRL Food Drive November 7 – November 19, 2022 Be a hunger hero! Bring an item to the Front Desk of any JMRL location during business hours between Nov 7-19 and receive $1 off overdue fines and late renewal fines for each donated item. Note: Accounts in collections and billed items ineligible for this offer. […]
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Be a hunger hero

2 months 4 weeks ago
JMRL Food Drive November 7 – November 19, 2022 Be a hunger hero! Bring an item to the Front Desk of any JMRL location during business hours between Nov 7-19 and receive $1 off overdue fines and late renewal fines for each donated item. Note: Accounts in collections and billed items ineligible for this offer. […]
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“But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships.”

3 months 1 week ago
Books on Tap met Thursday, October 6, at Champion Brewing Company to discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler. For all but two of our members, who were already loyal fans, this was our first time reading Octavia Butler. For a long time, she stood as a class of one as a black, female, science-fiction writer. Butler […]
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“But then, slavery of any kind fostered strange relationships.”

3 months 1 week ago
Books on Tap met Thursday, October 6, at Champion Brewing Company to discuss Kindred by Octavia Butler. For all but two of our members, who were already loyal fans, this was our first time reading Octavia Butler. For a long time, she stood as a class of one as a black, female, science-fiction writer. Butler […]
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Submit Original Poems to JMRL/WriterHouse Poetry Contest Through Oct. 25

3 months 1 week ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: EJ Dowling, edowling@jmrl.org; or Jennifer MacAdam-Miller, pr@jmrl.org, 434-979-7151 x 6676  Poets ages 18+ are invited to submit one original, unpublished poem, 30 lines or less, to any JMRL branch location, WriterHouse, or via an online form on the JMRL website, by 5pm on Tuesday, October 25.  The poetry contest, now in its sixth year, “perfectly […]
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Submit Original Poems to JMRL/WriterHouse Poetry Contest Through Oct. 25

3 months 1 week ago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: EJ Dowling, edowling@jmrl.org; or Jennifer MacAdam-Miller, pr@jmrl.org, 434-979-7151 x 6676  Poets ages 18+ are invited to submit one original, unpublished poem, 30 lines or less, to any JMRL branch location, WriterHouse, or via an online form on the JMRL website, by 5pm on Tuesday, October 25.  The poetry contest, now in its sixth year, “perfectly […]
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FOTL Fall Book Sale at Albemarle Square Shopping Center, Oct. 15 – 23

3 months 2 weeks ago
Contact: Peter Manno, info@jmrlfriends.org, 434-977-8467 or 434-806-1669 (cell); Jennifer MacAdam-Miller, pr@jmrl.org, 434-979-7151 x 6676  The Friends of the Library Fall book sale will be held at Albemarle Square Shopping Center (300 Albemarle Square) on Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 23, from 10 am – 7 pm each day. Half-price days are planned for Oct. 22  and […]
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FOTL Fall Book Sale at Albemarle Square Shopping Center, Oct. 15 – 23

3 months 2 weeks ago
Contact: Peter Manno, info@jmrlfriends.org, 434-977-8467 or 434-806-1669 (cell); Jennifer MacAdam-Miller, pr@jmrl.org, 434-979-7151 x 6676  The Friends of the Library Fall book sale will be held at Albemarle Square Shopping Center (300 Albemarle Square) on Saturday, October 15 through Sunday, October 23, from 10 am – 7 pm each day. Half-price days are planned for Oct. 22  and […]
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