Black Authors With Black Characters Diverse books serve both as mirrors and windows of different human emotions and experiences. They offer a powerful opportunity to build community, increase empathy, and push back against bias and prejudice. These books were chosen for this list because they also feature cover representation. It is so powerful to see faces and bodies that look like your own reflected back to you on a book cover. Enjoy!
Literary Masterpieces Book Group (Gordon) A book group that meets regularly to discuss literary classics. New members and visitors are welcome. This group currently meets on the first Thursday of the month via Zoom. This virtual program can be accessed both by Zoom online and by a toll-free phone number. Sign up to receive details.
Virginia Festival of the Book 2022 Virginia Festival of the Book will be held March 16-20 this year as a hybrid event, both in person and virtual. There is a full schedule of engaging discussions for all ages and interests. Check https://www.vabook.org/ for full details.
Here is a list of books and authors you will find featured during the festival. Most of these books are available in multiple formats. If you're interested in large print, an ebook, audiobook, or a book on CD, search for the desired title in the catalogue search bar, and your results will include all formats.
Environmental Titles for Earth Day Celebrate Earth Day Every Day on April 22 and beyond! This list of fiction and nonfiction titles tackles environmental issues and plant-based eating, as well as climate and eco fiction. If you like this list, you may also want to check out our list titled "Climate Change Nonfiction": https://hestia.jmrl.org/findit/MyResearch/MyList/576
The Golden Collection 15 plays by prominent Black playwrights, donated in honor of Jeremy O. Harris. Learn more about the Golden Collection here: https://slaveplaybroadway.com/resources/
Mental Health Resources Books (and a few movies) on depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, addiction, and other mental health concerns. This list includes fiction, poetry, memoirs, and nonfiction.
Great Library Bake Off - Baking Books and DVDs For those participating in the Great Library Bake Off, or anyone who feel the urge to create something delicious! We have much more than this, so we hope you'll make an appointment to browse the shelves at one of our libraries.
Virginia Festival of the Book 2021 Virtual event March 13-26, 2021.
Most of these books are available in multiple formats. If you're interested in large print, an ebook, audiobook, or book on CD, search for the desired title in the catalogue search bar, and your results will include all formats.
Self Care Information and methods related to self care, including: yoga, meditation, anti-anxiety practices, stress management, easy recipes, soothing hobbies, and more!
The Undefeated More information about the people featured in The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson.
Humorous Fiction Get your happy on with a chuckle or an outright belly laugh with some humorous fiction. This list includes humor in tough situations, romantic comedy, satire, and more. Look for the tags!
Historical Fiction - African Americans This list contains older classic historical fiction titles and some newer titles. In all of them the main characters and the themes of the book focus on African Americans and their history and culture.
Philosophy Book Club List Books covering works written by philosophers, as well as books about philosophy, or philosophical concerns such as happiness, meaning and freedom.
Virginia Genealogical Resources Resources for genealogical researchers available for viewing at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society Reading Room.
NaNoWriMo Resources NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) takes place every November, and challenges participants to write a novel in a month. This list should inspire and guide you all year long as you write. We've collected resources on craft, editing, and even marketing and selling your work.
Breathing for Health These materials relate to breathing and meditation for health and wellbeing. Check out this list for books on how the smallest changes can make big impacts.
LatinX Experience Adult Fiction During Latinx Heritage Month, JMRL is proud to highlight the cultures, contributions and resilience of Latinx, Hispanic and Latino-identified communities around the world.
The Story of US Immigration (Adult Non-Fiction ) In honor of Welcome Week 2020, which aimed to: “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.
The Story of US Immigration (Adult Fiction) In honor of Welcome Week 2020, which aimed to: “affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity.” Check out this selection of titles to learn more about the story of immigration in the United States.