Watercolors by Lee Alter on display (3rd floor) April 1-30, 2016.
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
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: Email Us After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.
On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: Email Us Program listings are below.
Join a community discussion sparked by topics in these films, which cover challenges still faced within the black community today. Thirty minutes of discussion will follow the film screening. Refreshments will be available. titles, dates & times listed below.
Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the lower level of the Central Library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. No registration required.
May 05, 2016
First Thursdays at 7pm May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4 Champion Brewing Company The group generally selects the next title at each meeting.
May 07, 2016
The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.
May 10, 2016
Children’s author Anne Marie Pace, author of the acclaimed Vampirina Ballerina series, will teach this workshop on writing picture books. Participants will explore elements of picture books, examine the relationship between text and image, and generate ideas to develop into polished drafts. Participants will receive a discount to a WriterHouse class. Required registration begins April 19.
Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm
May 17, 2016
Central Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 18th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.
Third Wednesdays at 6pm
May 19, 2016
Recounts the story of a pivotal cultural year in the United States when mainstream pursuits and historical events were marked by contributions by such figures as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, and Al Capone.
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May 26, 2016
Murphy's new film, Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman, sifts through the facts and speculation surrounding Lee and both her novels, and includes interviews with Lee's older sister, close friends, and admirers including Oprah Winfrey, Scott Turow, Anna Quindlen, Tom Brokaw, Wally Lamb and more.
May 28, 2016
324 6th St. SE (Champion Brewing Company)
An 8K road race through the Downtown, North Downtown, and Belmont sections of Charlottesville. This race is a memorial to the memory of Philip Weber III, Charlottesville's legendary "Running Man." Proceeds will go to the JMRL book collection. - More info
June 04, 2016
Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library’s annual street party. Swing to the sounds of a Dixieland band, snack on popcorn and donuts, enjoy face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Special appearance by Pete the Cat. Check out the Friends’ mini-book sale, too. For all ages
June 08, 2016
A not so popular young man wants to pledge to a popular fraternity at his historically black college. more info
June 10, 2016
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family.
June 15, 2016
Third Wednesdays at 6pm
De-stress with a night of coloring with company. Coloring pages from books designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils, markers, and crayons will be provided.
June 16, 2016
A strong-willed and intelligent woman refuses to allow the pretensions of her husband's smug English family to ruin her life.
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June 16, 2016
Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St.
Join JMRL staff and local Irish literature lovers for this worldwide annual commemoration and celebration of the life of Irish writer James Joyce. Share your favorite passage by an Irish writer. (2 hr. free parking in the Market St. garage.)
June 20, 2016
Holly Herring of Moxie Hair and Body Lounge will show you to get the most out of your tools and make yourself shine. Bring a friend and your curling or flat iron. Registration required. Ages 13-adult.
July 13, 2016
The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.
July 21, 2016
A socially awkward genetics professor who has never been on a second date sets out to find the perfect wife, but instead finds Rosie Jarman, a fiercely independent barmaid who is on a quest to find her biological father.
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July 21, 2016
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies. For all ages.
July 26, 2016
Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, make notecards, wall art and more. For ages 13-adult.
Required registration begins July 12.
July 28, 2016
Swimming superstar Missy Franklin was destined for greatness at an early age, but it wasn't until the arrival of Veteran Kara Lynn Joyce that those sky-high expectations began to take shape.
August 03, 2016
Just in time for the Olympics, come hear popular sports personality Jay James discuss the highlights and challenges of working in the sports media world. For all ages.
August 10, 2016
Miami pathologist, Dr. Beaumont Rosewood, Jr., finds secrets in people's bodies using his state-of-the-art laboratory equipment.
August 11, 2016
Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. For all ages. Team captains, please register starting July 28.
August 18, 2016
Traces the story of an American rowing team from the University of Washington that defeated elite rivals at Hitler's 1936 Berlin Olympics, sharing the experiences of such contributors as their enigmatic coach, a visionary boat builder and a homeless teen rower. Check the Catalog
August 25, 2016
Four students become fluent in second languages while attending public school, with challenging and delightful results.
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.
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.
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.
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.