Formerly Albemarle Family, "An Interactive Magazine and Resource for the Families of Charlottesville/Albemarle" - In other words, if you are looking for something family related in the Central Virginia area, chances are you will find it at this site. It's updated weekly, so there's always something new to discover.
Boys often have to read books they donít really like. They donít get to choose what they want to read. And what they do like to read, people sometimes tell them is not really reading. So the National Ambassador for Young Peopleís Literature, Jon Scieszka (perhaps best known as the Stinky Cheese Man), founded this wonderful non-profit organization to help remedy the situation. Listen to what Jon told Peter when he stopped by the Tell Us A Tale studios.
Jefferson Madison Regional Library System
While the staff at all eight branches of the Jefferson Madison Regional Library System have probably all wished I would move away at one time or another due to all the "holds" I request, there could not be a finer group of people or libraries to visit. Now with the ability to do everything on-line, except download the books (although some e-books are now possible), I can lessen the load those folks once had to do for me, right from my own computer!
Virginia Festival of the Book
The idea of celebrating authors and their books is one that could only come from Charlottesville, Virginia; the city that can boast "the top-ranked US Area of Dominant Influence by Percent of households engaged in the activity (of book reading)"; or in other words, the highest percentage of its citizens reading books. I have been a part of the Festival for the last six years, and I look forward to continuing that tradition well into the future.
Virginia Folklife Program
From the bluegrass gatherings of Galax to the ceremonial Hmong Dances of Arlington, from the intricately carved snake sticks of the Shenandoah to the duck decoys of the Eastern Shore, the forms of folklife in Virginia are diverse varied as those communities which create them. Whether sung or told, hand-crafted or performed, a group's folklife refers to those "arts of everyday life" that signify a tangible sense of traditional knowledge, communal belonging and shared identity. Folklife is in the songs we sing, the stories we tell, the stews we cook, and the crafts we create. Folkways are not simply surviving relics of past ways, but are constantly evolving, given new life and cultural relevance as they engage new tradition bearers.
There is no other station like WTJU anywhere in the United States. Where else can you find Classical, Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and World music, not to mention Public Affairs and Children's Programming, all on one station? There are no playlists to work from, so the listener will more often than not get to hear music, or stories and music in the case of my program, that they would almost decidedly not have the chance to discover anywhere else. The entire on-air talent are all volunteers, so you know the work is being done as a labor of love. The station is now available on-line.
Have you ever wondered why burps happen? How about ice cream headaches? This is the site that will break down those explanations in a way children, and adults who don't understand all those scientific terms, will understand. Run by the fine folks at Discovery.com, it is the place on the Internet I visit when I have a question that falls under the heading of science.
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