S.5 Ep. 4 — Reading Resolutions



Thank you to JMRL staff members who agreed to be guest stars on today’s podcast!

In order of appearance, they are: 

David Plunkett

Jess Moore

Andrew Grimm

Kayla Payne

Heather Pehnec 

Tish Colvin

Jennifer MacAdam-Miller

 

We talked about the following titles: 

Wayfarers Series by Becky Chambers

The Dire Days of Willowweep Manor by Shaenon Garrity 

A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley 

My Monticello by Jocelyn Johnson 

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro 

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett 

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Milkman by Anna Burns

For Every One by Jason Reynolds

March by John Lewis (graphic memoir)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

Across the Airless Wilds by Earl Swift

 

Consider these tips, discussed in today’s episode,  to read more in 2022! 

Visit the JMRL new books list for what’s new

Read along with the Virginia Festival of the Book

Challenge yourself to the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge

Make a conscious effort to read a genre you don’t normally read

It’s not free like your local library, but you might try the YA owl crate subscription service

Go down author rabbit holes….visit your favorite author’s website, blog, or Goodreads page. What are THEY reading? Try reading what they’re reading, or read a biography ABOUT them. 

And of course, do you use Goodreads? If not, maybe you should! 

 

Tune in next time for more support and encouragement for your reading journey! 

 

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S.5 Ep.3 – Running the Crozet Branch



In this episode, we talked to Hayley about what it’s like to be in charge of an entire library location (spoiler alert: it sounds awesome). We also talked about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Catherine talked about reading:

The Listening Path by Julia Cameron 

My Accidental Jihad by Krista Bremer 

Hayley also talked about what she’s been reading:  

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

The Book of Delights by Ross Gay 

There’s no Such Thing as Bad Weather by Linda McGurk 

What Great Parents Do by Erica Reischer 

Tune in next time to hear a roundup of JMRL staff reading resolutions for 2022! 

Follow JMRL’s progress through the tiers of the JMRL COVID-19 Response Plan

For branch details:

Central

Crozet

Gordon Avenue

Greene County

Louisa County

Nelson Memorial

Northside

Scottsville

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.5 Ep.2 – Tasha Talks Dinovember (and more)



In this episode, we talked to Tasha about life as a children’s librarian at the Central Library.

Abby and Abby also talked about reading:

Tasha also shared what she’s been reading: 

Tune in next time to hear from Hayley Tompkins, Branch Manager of the Crozet Library, to hear what she does, her “why,” and her latest passion projects! 

Follow JMRL’s progress through the tiers of the JMRL COVID-19 Response Plan

For branch details:

Central

Crozet

Gordon Avenue

Greene County

Louisa County

Nelson Memorial

Northside

Scottsville

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.5 Ep.1 – Meet the Abbys



In this episode, we give you a peek into the work we do in the Central Library’s Reference Department. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Abby talked about reading:

Next, we’ll hear a chat about what we do, why we do, and what projects we’re excited about.

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S.4 Ep.17- Automated and Connected Vehicles: A Glimpse at the Vehicle of the Future



In this episode, we hear a recording of a virtual event called Automated and Connected Vehicles: A Glimpse at the Vehicle of the Future. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Abby talked about reading:

  • The Mountains Sing by Ngyun Phan Qué Mai , who has a new book coming out too named Dust Child (and she also mentioned Pachinko by Min Jin Lee)
  • Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Next, we’ll hear a recording of a virtual event called Automated and Connected Vehicles: A Glimpse at the Vehicle of the Future. What once seemed like pure science-fiction – the self-driving vehicle – is now on the brink of becoming everyday reality. In this recording, Amanda Hamm, the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program Manager with the Virginia Department of Transportation, and Marty Miller, a Research Associate in Advanced Vehicle Systems and Interfaces at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, talk about the vehicle technology of the future. Where is the technology at? What is the difference between automated and connected vehicles? How in theory does it work and how will this technology affect our lives? Buckle up for a trip to the future!

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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.4 Ep.16 – Managing Stress and Mental Health in a Pandemic



In this episode, we hear a recording of a virtual event called It Has Been a Tough 17 Months: Managing Stress and Mental Health in a Pandemic. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Abby talked about reading:

They also talked about JMRL’s What Do I Read Next? service.

Next, we’ll hear a recording of a virtual event called It Has Been a Tough 17 Months: Managing Stress and Mental Health in a Pandemic.

Over the past 17 months, many of us saw our lives turned upside down as we navigated the uncertainties tied to COVID-19, and the many new stresses and responsibilities that followed. Even as things get “back to normal,” it is natural to still feel like you’re on an emotional roller-coaster. In this virtual presentation, Dr. Bethany Teachman, Professor of Psychology at UVA, talks about strategies to support mental health and manage anxiety, sadness, guilt and anger during this stressful time, as well as ways to seek help for yourself or loved ones

Watch the video of this event here, and find recordings of JMRL’s other virtual programs here.

Find out about upcoming virtual and in-person events here.

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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.4 Ep.15 – The History of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S



In this episode, we hear a recording of a virtual event from last month that focused on The History of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Abby talked about reading:

Next, we’ll hear a recording of a virtual event from May called The History of Anti-Asian Violence in the U.S.

The recent wave of anti-Asian hate crimes, coupled with mass shootings in Atlanta and Indianapolis that targeted a large number of Asian victims, have gained attention in the mainstream media, but the coverage also exposed widespread ignorance of the history of Asian Americans’ presence in the U.S., along with the acts of mass violence, harassment and discrimination that they faced. Professor Sylvia Chong, Director of the Asian Pacific American Studies Program at the University of Virginia, joined us to offer a brief history of anti-Asian violence in the U.S., to help us understand our current moment of crisis

Some of the resources Dr. Chong mentioned in her presentation:

Items in UVA’s catalog available through ILL

Japanese Breakfast (band)

 

Watch the video of this program

Videos of previous JMRL programs

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S.4 Ep.14 – 2021 Summer Challenge Preview



In this episode, we hear a preview of this year’s Summer Challenge. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

In this episode, Abby and Abby talked about reading:

Next, we chat with JMRL Young Adult Services Manager, Tim Carrier, about summer reading and the 2021 Summer Challenge

Tim talked about reading Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

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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.4 Ep.13 – A Q&A with the Cast of ‘Thirty-Seven’



In this episode, we hear a panel discussion with the cast of Leslie M. Scott-Jones’ radio play Thirty-Seven. We also talk about what we’ve been reading.

Abby and Abby talked about poetry

Next, we hear a recording of a virtual panel discussion with local playwright Leslie M. Scott-Jones and the cast of her recent radio play, Thirty-Seven.

Synopsis of Thirty-Seven

A young Black man wrestles with the decision to get involved in the Movement for Black Lives. Armed with intelligence well beyond his 8th grade education, we follow his journey through the everyday struggle of being Black in america. Seth, played by Jamahl Garrison-Lowe, has been told that his entire existence is inconsequential, and he knows that to be a lie. Now he must decide what to do about it, weighing his physical safety against his emotional and spiritual well being. While he ponders these thoughts, he must also survive long enough to put thought to action.

Cast

  • Jamahl Garrison-Lowe as Seth Cornelius Jefferson
  • Bibi Mama as Lillian Martin Wood
  • J.J. Johnson as Arthur Johnson
  • Megan Randall as Caroline Genovese
  • Andy Davis as Paul Dorden

 

Video recording of the panel

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S.4 Ep.12 – Same Page 2021



In this episode, 

Abby and Abby talked about reading Jacqueline Woodson’s:

  • Brown Girl Dreaming and
  • Red at the Bone

We also mentioned several of her other books and recommended further reading.

See jmrl.org/samepage for more information.

Find recordings of past JMRL programs here:

JMRL’s Youtube channel

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

This podcast and the Same Page community read initiative are 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