Central Library

Central Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday : 9am - 9pm
Friday - Saturday : 9am - 5pm
Sunday - 1pm - 5pm
(Closed Sundays Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day)

Phone: 434.979.7151
Fax: 434.971.7035
central@jmrl.org

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Programs for Adults

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES

Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: central@jmrl.org

After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.

BLACK AUTHORS READING GROUP

On the third Tuesday of the month join Central Library’s newest monthly book group with a focus on African American authors. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: tduck@jmrl.org

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

No registration required. Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the Central Library for quick & easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • October: Magnets
  • November: Origami
  • December: Cards

BOOK TASTING - Saturdays

Try it - you may like it! Ravenous readers - take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you will discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards.

in partnership with the Charlottesville Fire Dept.

Fire Prevention Week

October 07, 2014
4:00 pm

Come see the fire truck in Lee Park! Charlottesville City Fire Department will help your family prevent household fires with a smoke alarm program and an extinguisher simulator.

In partnership with PVCC

Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

October 08, 2014
6:30 pm

Denise McClanahan, PVCC Outreach Manager discusses PVCC degrees and certificates (many you can complete in less than two years), resources to help you succeed in the classroom and beyond, PVCC placement tests (receive free practice test materials!) and financial aid opportunities. For more information, contact Denise McClanahan at 434.961.5275 or dmcclanahan@pvcc.edu.

Star Wars Reads Day

October 11, 2014
2:00 pm

Drop in from 2 to 4 pm

May the force be with you as the Central Library celebrates all things Star Wars. Come in costume for a chance at prizes. There will be crafts, music, food, and fun for all ages!

REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

book coverAPRON STRINGS by Mary Morony

October 12, 2014
2:30 pm

Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
MARY MORONY discusses Apron Strings, a work of fiction set in Charlottesville in the late 1950s.
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CREATIVE WRITING

October 15, 2014
6:00 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Registration required. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434-979-7151 x4

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover. I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai

October 16, 2014
12:00 pm

Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father. Check the Catalog arrow


Future Readings:

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverDREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm

The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.
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Future Readings:

  • November 18: LITTLE GREEN by Walter Mosley
  • December: No Meeting
  • January 20: CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela
  • Documentary Film Series

    MovieKOCH (2014) (90 min.)

    October 23, 2014
    7:00 pm

    This event is a collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
    New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky's Koch recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city's fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era—fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Koch finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013)—still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.
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    JMRL Board Meeting

    October 27, 2014
    1:00 pm

    The Board of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library usually meets the 4th Monday of every month. Some months this will change. The location is usually at the Central Library but the agenda (PDF) will show if the meeting is at a different location.

    REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

    book coverAPPALACHIAN HEART by Lynn Coffey

    November 01, 2014
    2:30 pm

    Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
    LYNN COFFEY discusses her work recording the experiences of the mountain people of Love, Virginia and her latest book Appalachian Heart.
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    Recycled Book Crafts - Decorative Wreaths

    November 12, 2014
    6:30 pm

    Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

    Learn how to make a decorative wreath from recycled books. All supplies provided.

    Cartooning in the Digital Age...with UNSHELVED Cartoonist Bill Barnes

    Cartoonist, Bill Barnes

    November 13, 2014
    6:00 pm

    Making comic strips...thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to put your work in front of potential readers. Veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here) will show you how to make comic strips, publish them on the web, and maybe make some money too!

    1st hour - The Basics of Cartooning: Covers the steps in creating a comic strip - creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, penciling, inking, and coloring.
    2nd hour - Technology and Business of Cartooning: Bill describes how he uses computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and describes how he makes money doing it.

    Recycled Book Crafts - Card-Making

    December 03, 2014
    6:30 pm

    Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

    Make a variety of easy holiday cards using recycled book pages.

    REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

    book coverTHE GIFT OF PETS by Bruce Coston

    December 07, 2014
    2:30 pm

    Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
    A veterinarian shares new stories from his Virginia country practice, recounting his interactions with such colorful patients as a remarkably friendly parrot, a lovable Bull Mastiff, and a rock-eating beagle shepherd mix.
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    HOLIDAY CRAFT OPEN HOUSE

    December 14, 2014
    2:00 pm

    Stop by anytime from 2-4 pm to make a variety of holiday crafts including ornaments, greeting cards, and more. No registration required, and open to ages 14+.

    History of McIntire and Central Library

    Albemarle Library Society
    Charlottesville Public Library c. 1922

    The first known library in downtown Charlottesville was created in 1823 by a group of citizens that included Thomas Jefferson. The “Albemarle Library Society” boasted an initial collection of 238 titles. This village library was located at “Number Nothing” in Court Square (a site now occupied by 224 Court Square). A public subscription library, the society was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly and lasted at least until 1834. It was not until 1919 and the generosity of Paul Goodloe McIntire that a truly public library was formed. McIntire donated not only the land and the construction costs, but the furniture and the first 5,000 books for the new library as well. The cornerstone was laid in November, 1919, and the new “Charlottesville Public Library” opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1921.

    The Regional Library Evolves

    Original site of the library, now the Historical Society
    Original site of the library, now the Historical Society

    With the development of bookmobile service to Albemarle County in 1947, the name of the library was changed to the “Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Library”. In 1958, six years after the death of Mr. McIntire, the main library building and the system itself became known as the “McIntire Library.”

    Additional branches in Scottsville, Crozet, and on Gordon Avenue in Charlottesville took some of the pressure off of the small McIntire Branch in the early 1960s, and, in 1972, with the addition of branches in Louisa and Nelson counties, the library system became the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Greene County joined the system in 1974.

    Market St. Post Office Building
    Market St. Post Office Building

    In October 1977, the Market Street Post Office building was purchased by Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Under Director Christopher Devan, a 17-month renovation project took place. Total cost of the project reached $2.25 million. After moving the McIntire collection of 90,000 volumes into the building on Market Street, the new Central Library opened on February 2, 1981 to patrons eager for a larger facility. Along with administration and technical services, the third floor of the new building offered the community three meeting rooms, one of them dedicated to Mr. McIntire.

    In May 1987, the Albemarle County Historical Society's Library and the Central Virginia Genealogical Association consolidated their resources with those of the Central Library and moved the newly formed Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection to the mezzanine of the Central Library where it remained until 1994. That year, after extensive restoration and renovation, the Historical Collection moved out of the Central Library and into the former McIntire Library.

    Beyond the Printed Page

    In the late 80s, the Library Board and Director Bill Swinson had committed the library system to obtaining the benefits of emerging modern technology. By February 1989, under Director Donna Selle, the card catalogs at all branches were replaced with on-line computer catalogs for the public and JMRL fully implemented its automated circulation system.

    In order to continue to integrate technology into the library system, the Central Library was again renovated in 1995. The opening of a public computer lab for internet access and the development and implementation of a community information network, Monticello Avenue, were initiated. The public lab currently houses many internet stations and access is also available in the Central Reference Department where extensive electronic resources complement the print and microform collections.

    Current Director John Halliday oversees the entire JMRL system from his office on the third floor of the Central Library.