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2023 Same Page Community Read Explores
Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights

“I came up with a handful of rules: write a delight every day for a year; begin and end on my birthday, August 1; draft them quickly; and write them by hand. The rules made it a discipline for me. A practice. Spend time thinking and writing about delight every day.” – Ross Gay, The Book of Delights

This month, JMRL invites all Central Virginians to explore Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights, the Same Page Community Read selection. The annual region-wide reading initiative is coming to a JMRL branch near you. Pick up a free paperback copy of The Book of Delights at a Same Page kickoff celebration or while supplies last. Then participate in book discussion groups and a whole host of Same Page events and activities throughout the month! Learn more at the link below.

Kickoff Events
Wed., March 1, 9:30am-5pm  Nelson Memorial Library
Fri., March 3, 3-5pm  Crozet Library
Fri., March 3, 3-5pm  Scottsville Library
Sat., March 4, 11am-1pm Central Library
Mon., March 6, 10am-9pm  Northside Library
Thurs., March 9, 10am-6pm  Greene County Library
Sat., March 11, 2-4pm  Gordon Avenue Library
Tue., March 14, 5-6:30pm  Louisa County Library

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What’s Happening


Early interest in the ticketed event A Conversation with Ross Gay at The Jefferson School has been very strong. At this time, the public is encouraged to join the waiting list at the link above. An on-site simulcast in Carver Recreation Center will accommodate overflow seating from the waiting list in the same room where book sales and the Ross Gay book signing will occur. The program will also be livestreamed, and virtual viewings will be available at some JMRL branch locations.

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JMRL Calendar of Events
@ your library

Kids: 3/15 Was the Book Better? Family Book Club; 3/18 Children's Author Event: Janasha Bradford; 3/29 Picking Up STEAM 
Tweens: 3/11 D&D Club
Teens: 3/14 Treat Your Shelf: Teen Book Club
Teens & Adults: 3/4 Elements of Poetry: An Interactive Workshop; 3/19 Charley Speaks: Living As a Black Trans Man in the South
Adults: 3/12 Mini Meditation Retreat
All Ages: 3/25 JMRL Annual Book Swap

More at Central

Kids: 3/14 Bet You Can't Eat Just One; 3/17 Lego at the Library 
Tweens: 3/13 Tween Movie Night and Sing-A-Long 
Teens: 3/18 So You Want to be a Dungeon Master; 3/21 Dungeons & Dragons
Adults: 3/15 Game Night for Grown-Ups 
Ages 8 to Adult: 3/28 Stitches Handcraft Group
All Ages: 3/31 Ecotherapy Nature Walk

More at Crozet

Kids: 3/4 Change Sings: All Ages Book Group; 3/8 Storytime at the Garden; 3/21 Creation Station
Tweens: 3/14 Book Dragons 
Teens & Adults: 3/28 ProCraftinating; 3/29 Silent Book Club, 4/5 Deadly Knits

More at Gordon

Kids: 3/8 Raising Readers; 3/9 Wiggle Time; 3/9 LEGO Challenge; 3/13 Book Bats: The One Thing You’d Save
Teens & Adults: 3/21 Cookbook Bookclub: Eat Joy
Adults: 3/2 First Thursdays Book Club: The Book of Delights

More at Greene

Kids: 3/7 Baby-Toddler Time; 3/9 Read and Rhyme Storytime
Teens: 3/6 Teen Crafternoon; 3/7 YA Book Club
Adults: 3/10 AARP Tax-Aide; 3/14 Board Game Night, 4/1 Stomp the Spread of Spotted Lanternfly
All Ages: 3/18 Spring Fling

More at Louisa

Kids: 3/8 Little Bookworms Storytime; 3/28 Make & Take Peter Rabbit Decoupage Egg 
Teens: 3/21 Teen Crafting Program
Adults: 3/17 Folder Friday: Women’s History Month; 3/27 Brown Bag Book Club: The Book of Delights
All Ages: Schoolhouse Rock Is 50
Closed Tuesday 3/7 for Staff Training Day

More at Nelson

Kids: 3/11 Pagemasters: Graphic Novel Edition; 3/25 Bilingual Storytime
Teens: 3/4, 3/25 Teen Anime Club; 3/6, 3/20 Teen Dungeons & Dragons Club
Adults: 3/7 Harmony with Nature: The Mindset of Sustainability; 3/7 An Evening with Taylor Harris; 3/16 Black Wine Ventures in Central Virginia

More at Northside

Kids:  3/29 LEGO IT! ;
Tweens: 3/23 Tween Time Book Club: The One Thing You’d Save 
Adults: 3/7 Everything You Wanted to Know About Hiking; 3/6 (bi-weekly) Quilting and Knitting Gathering; 3/23 The Good Life Book Club: The Book of Delights
All Ages: 3/4, 3/18 Scottsville Saturday Cinema

More at Scottsville
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