S.3 Ep. 4 – Aviation History with John Doyon



On this episode we hear a recording of an event that explores aviation history and explains how flying went from being a rich man’s novelty to a basic mode of mass transportation. We also talk about what we’re reading.

Next we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside library last month. In it, John Doyon, airline pilot, and former flight instructor and aviation history professor at Vermont Technical College, reveals the fascinating evolution of air travel.

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website. The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale is happening now from Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 10.


S.3 Ep.3 – Author Sofia Samatar on Sci Fi and Fantasy



On this episode we hear a recording of an event with author Sofia Samatar exploring the world of contemporary science fiction and fantasy literature. We also talk about what we’re reading.

Next we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside library with Sci-Fi and Fantasy author Sofia Samatar. It it, she explores the landscape of contemporary science fiction and fantasy literature and offers a glimpse into her own creative process for her works, including A Stranger in Olondria and Monster Portraits.

She mentions:

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website. The Friends of the Library’s Fall Book Sale is coming up soon from Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 10.


S.3 Ep.2 – News from JMRL’s Louisa County and Scottsville Library Branches



On this episode we chat with our Louisa County and Scottsville Library Branch Managers to find out about exciting updates from their branches.

Next we hear a recording of chat with Louisa County Library Branch Manager Ophelia Payne about some new renovations and the grand re-opening of that branch. 

She mentioned the following programs:

Ophelia is reading Maid by Stephanie Land.

Then we chat with Scottsville Library’s new Branch Manager, Megan England, about what it’s like to step into that role and what Scottsville Library users can expect in the coming months.

Megan mentioned the following programs

You can also listen to an earlier episode featuring the recording from her book release party for The Disasters. Her next book,  Spell Hacker, will be released on 1/21/2020.

Megan is reading The Mighty Heart of Sunny St James by Ashley Herring Blake.

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.3 Ep.1 – Women’s Health and Empowerment



On this episode we hear a recording of panel on Women’s Health & Empowerment that took place at the Northside Library in August.

Katie read The Travelers by Regina Porter and Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

Abby read Circe by Madeline Miller

Next we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside Library in August. Representatives from The Women’s Initiative, UVA’s Women’s Center, Sentara Martha Jefferson, the Sexual Assault Resource Agency, and the Shelter for Help in Emergency discuss their organization’s services and pertinent current issues concerning women’s health and empowerment. 

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.2 Ep. 20 – Local Author Margaret Edds



On this episode we hear a recording of a library event discussing the South’s most influential grassroots legal team that challenged racial segregation in mid-century America.

Katie read Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland by Patrick Radden Keefe

Abby read Hot Dog Girl by Jennifer Dugan and Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Next we hear a recording of an author event that took place at the Northside Library in July.  Journalist and historian, Margaret Edds discusses her latest book We Face the Dawn, the story of Virginians Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the legal team that dismantled Jim Crow. 

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website. A special thanks to our friends at Virginia Humanities and the With Good Reason team for allowing us access to their equipment to improve our sound. Be sure to subscribe to With Good Reason to catch all of their fascinating episodes.


S.2 Ep.19 – Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage Reflections



On this episode we hear a recording of a library event featuring the reflections of several participants in the 2018 Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage.

Next, we have a recording of an event that took place at the Northside Library during June. We hear from six participants of the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage last summer as well as one of the organizers, Dr. Jalane Schmidt. 

Resources related to the Charlottesville Community Civil Rights Pilgrimage

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.2 Ep.18 – Summer Challenge Preview



On this episode we hear answer questions about summer reading and JMRL’s Summer Challenge. We also talk about what we’re reading.

  • Katie read Lost and Wanted by Nell Freudenberger
  • Abby read Shout By Laurie Halse Anderson (and mentioned her debut novel, Speak.)

Next, we sit down with Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, to talk about JMRL’s summer challenge.

  • You can read more about the Summer Challenge here. You can download the first summer challenge sheet in English, Spanish, or Farsi.
  • Tim also talked to us about a book he enjoyed – Lovely War by Julie Berry.

 

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.2 Ep.17 – Music and Poetry with Devon Sproule and Laura Eve Engel



On this episode we hear a recording of an event at the Northside library featuring local singer-songwriter Devon Sproule and poet Laura Eve Engel. We also talk about what we’re reading.

Next, we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside Library on Tuesday, March 19th. Local acclaimed singer-songwriter Devon Sproule and poet Laura Eve Engel performed their work.

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.2 Ep.16 – Local Heroes



*CONTENT WARNING* This episode contains descriptions of thoughts of self-harm.

On this episode we hear a recording of a panel of local veterans from various wars, moderated by Captain Bob Abbott, host of WINA’s Coming Home Well. We also talk about what we’re reading.

Next, we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside Library on Thursday, November 8th. Captain Bob Abbott, the host of WINA’s Coming Home Well, moderated a panel discussion with local veterans from various wars over the past 60 years who shared their stories of the challenges of war the trials of returning home. We are sharing it now due to the upcoming re-dedication of the Dogwood Vietnam Memorial during the Dogwood Festival.

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.


S.2 Ep.15 – Nathaniel Star: African American music history and performance



On this episode we hear a recording soul singer and songwriter Nathaniel Star discussing the rich history of African-American music and performing his original songs. We also talk about what we’re reading.

Katie read Vox by Christina Dalcher ( we mentioned the VA Festival of the Book event featuring Christina Dalcher)

Abby listened to A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

Next, we hear a recording of an event that took place at the Northside Library on Tuesday, February 19. Nathaniel Star, a soul singer and songwriter discusses the rich history of African-American music and the artists who influenced his own unique sound. He also performs some of his original songs.

Find out more about Nathaniel Star:

If you have books you’d like to recommend we read and discuss please email us at podcast@jmrl.org.

This podcast is made possible through generous support from the Friends of the Library. If you’d like to learn more or join the friends please head to their website.