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

BLACK AUTHORS READING GROUP

Black Authors Book Club is going digital! Can't make it to the book group but would like to follow along? There will be many interactive discussions and polls about books online as well as discussions about classic books and new releases. All meetings will now take place through email and via JMRL's Blog. Email Tiffany for details.
A Life in Motion by Misty Copeland (January)
Saint Monkey by Jacinda Townsend (February)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson Mc Cullers (Big Read Book- March)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (April)
An Untamed State by Roxanne Gay ( May)

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK GROUP

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.

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.

  • January: Quilled penguins
  • February: Scratch art
  • March: Woven hearts
  • April: Sonnet Madlibs
  • May: Tissue paper flowers

Created Equal: A Film-Based Discussion Series on Civil Rights

DVD cover BOYZ N THE HOOD (1991) written and directed by John Singleton

February 11, 2016
6:00 pm

Join a community discussion sparked by topics in this film, which cover challenges still faced within the black community today. Thirty minutes of discussion will follow the film screening. Refreshments will be available.
more info

BOOKS ON TAP

First Thursdays at 7pm January 7, February 4, March 3, April 7, May 5 Champion Brewing Company The group generally selects the next title at each meeting.

Love Between the Covers Film Screening

DVD coverLOVE BETWEEN THE COVERS directed by Laurie Kahn

February 13, 2016
2:00 pm

JMRL and the Virginia Romance Writers (VRW) offer this special screening of a documentary about the community of writers and readers of the ever-popular romance novel. Discussion to follow by a panel of romance writers of VRW.
more info

In Partnership with the UVA French Film Festival

MovieJACK AND THE CUCKOO-CLOCK HEART - "Jack et la mécanique du coeur" (2013) directed by Stéphane Berla and Mathias Malzieu

February 14, 2016
2:00 pm

A 19th-century drama about a man whose heart was replaced with a clock when he was born. more info

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Third Wednesdays at 6pm

  • February 17
  • March 16*
  • April 20
  • May 18
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment. Registration requested. For more inquiries, contact Hayley at ht@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4. *March 16 with be a registration required workshop on Mindful Writing. See below for more information. Registration requested.

Brown Baggers Book Group -Celebrating Black History Month

book cover RADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Beah

February 18, 2016
12:00 pm

In a parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone, two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity, and a corrupt foreign mining company.
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WRITING CRITIQUE GROUP

Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm

  • February 10
  • February 24
  • March 9
  • March 23
  • April 27
  • May 11
  • May 25
No meeting on second Wednesday in April. Improve your writing by getting feedback from your peers. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others work as well. No registration necessary. For more inquiries, contact Hayley at ht@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES - Celebrating Black History Month

DVD coverTHE COACHMAN (2014) written by Lorenzo William Dickerson, Angela Rae Smith, directed by Lorenzo William Dickerson

February 25, 2016
7:00 pm

with director Lorenzo Dickerson and local genealogy groups
"The Coachman" is a documentary short film about the life (1887 - 1946) of a local African-American domestic worker in Albemarle County, Virginia for one of the area's most distinguished estates. He came from slaves,
held a position of prestige, enjoyed love, and endured heartache and loss. He lived through Jim Crow, The Great Depression, Great Migration, WWI, and WWII. And though he died with a less than glamorous social status,
he built a family of people willing to work hard and strive for greater heights. This film is about researching the past and getting to know your ancestry. Better understand the sometimes difficult, yet rewarding life
of Warren Dickerson (The Coachman), and the legacy he left behind.
more info

part of THE BIG READ

BIG READ KICKOFF

February 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Listen to local officials read the proclamation announcing the official start of the 10th annual Big Read. Free copies of the book will be available.

part of THE BIG READ

KICKOFF AFTER PARTY @ Champion Brewery

February 27, 2016
3:00 pm

Please note location: Champion Brewing Company

Sample the limited-edition Lonely Hunter Pale Ale and pick up a copy of the book.

POETRY CONTEST FOR ADULTS

poetry. March 1 - March 31 Submit a poem for a chance to win a prize in this contest sponsored by JMRL in partnership with WriterHouse. Contest forms and guidelines will be available at all JMRL locations. Winning entries will be read at Poetry on the Steps on April 21st. Ages 18 and up.

ART CONTEST part of THE BIG READ

March 1 - 26 Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

THE ART IS A LONELY HUNTER part of THE BIG READ

March 1 - 31 An exhibition of artworks by On Our Own is a Peer Support Recovery Center for people with mental health challenges.

BOOKS ON TAP

book cover

March 03, 2016
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
THE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers Check the Catalog arrow



part of THE BIG READ

FIRST FRIDAYS: ON OUR OWN EXHIBIT

March 04, 2016
5:00 pm

An exhibition of artworks by On Our Own is a Peer Support Recovery Center for people with mental health challenges.

part of THE BIG READ

READING YOUR OWN DREAMS: HOW TO REMEMBER & INTERPRET THOSE IMPORTANT NIGHTTIME MESSAGES

March 06, 2016
2:00 pm

We all dream - every night - even if we don't think we do. In this interactive workshop with Pat Belisle of Edgar Cayce’s Association for Research and Enlightenment, you will learn how to remember your dreams and come to understand them as a practical tool to help you guide your life. Instead of seeming random and confusing, you will experience them as full of meaning and insight. You will leave today with an easy-to-use technique for understanding your dreams as well as your very own dream journal.

part of THE BIG READ

INSIGHTS INTO DEAF CULTURE

March 07, 2016
7:00 pm

Are shifts in technology and inclusive education affecting the transmission of Deaf Culture to the new generations? Join panelists from the community and the Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind for a discussion on the changing nature of Deaf Culture.

Brown Baggers Book Group part of THE BIG READ

book coverTHE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

March 10, 2016
12:00 pm

Please note: March 10th is the second Thursday of the month.
A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
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part of THE BIG READ

VAGRANT NATION: POLICE POWER, CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE, AND THE MAKING OF THE 1960s

March 15, 2016
6:00 pm

Please note location: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
Risa Goluboff (Vagrant Nation: Police Power, Constitutional Change, and the Making of the 1960s), John Allan Love Professor of Law at the UVa School of Law and newly-appointed dean of the law school, discusses her book. Hosted by the University of Virginia, Alumni and Parent Engagement.

MINDFUL WRITING - part of THE BIG READ

TRANSFORMING STORIES WORKSHOP

March 16, 2016
6:00 pm

Writer and educator Linda Kobert will guide participants in shaping an experience into a narrative that helps them to understand and transform their personal stories. Participants need only bring writing materials. Required registration begins March 2.

part of THE BIG READ

GAY & SOUTHERN: LIVING, WRITING, AND DEALING WITH DISCRIMINATION

March 18, 2016
12:00 pm

Please note location: City Space
Reading and discussion from authors in the anthology, Crooked Letter i: Coming out in the South, and Doug Meyer (Violence Against Queer People: Race, Class, Gender, and the Persistence of Anti-LGBT Discrimination). Sponsored by Cville Pride Community Network.

part of THE BIG READ

HOPE AND CRITICISM IN THE PRACTICE OF MENTAL HEALTH

March 18, 2016
2:00 pm

Zack Bonnie, (Dead, Insane, or In Jail: A CEDU Memoir), and Todd Kashdan, (The Upside of Your Dark Side), will discuss their personal experiences and research in mental health. Hosted by Mental Health America.

part of THE BIG READ

AN EVENING WITH BRYAN STEVENSON

March 19, 2016
8:00 pm

Please note location: The Paramount Theater (tickets required)
Bryan Stevenson (Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption) will speak about his experiences as a social justice lawyer and how these continue to influence his life-long work to support criminal justice system reform as well as anti-poverty and anti-discrimination efforts. John Grisham will join Stevenson on stage for discussion of these issues. Sponsored by The Project on Lived Theology, UVa Department of Politics, Paul and Susan Yesawich, and an anonymous donor.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES part of THE BIG READ

MovieLOST AND SOUND (2012) directed by Lindsey Dryden

March 24, 2016
7:00 pm

Imagine waking up in the morning to find that the world sounds utterly different -- and music is suddenly unrecognisable. All the songs you loved and all the songs you've yet to discover are suddenly out of reach. Could you find a way to get music back again... and could music find you?
more info

part of THE BIG READ

BIG READ FINALE

April 03, 2016
2:00 pm

Please note location: The Haven
Join us for a celebration of Carson McCullers’ work. Local musician Blue O’Connell will perform and the winners of the Big Read art contest will be announced.

PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR: THE BASICS

watercolor

April 06, 2016
6:00 pm

Try your hand at this fun medium as artist and teacher Lee Alter teaches watercolor basics. No prior experience needed. All supplies will be provided. For more about the artist, please visit leealterartist.com. Space is limited to 10. Required registration begins March 16.

SHAKESPEARE READINGS at Tin Whistle Irish Pub

Shakespeare.

April 19, 2016
5:00 pm

Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St.
All the world's a stage, especially when celebrating the Bard of Avon. Come read or listen to Shakespearean sonnets, monologues, or short scenes to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. Check the Catalog arrow

Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverTHE NARROW ROAD TO THE DEEP NORTH by Richard Flanagan

April 21, 2016
12:00 pm

Haunted by the death of his wife while attending brutally sick and injured soldiers at a World War II Japanese POW camp, surgeon Dorrigo Evans receives a letter that irrevocably shapes the subsequent decades of his life in Australia.
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DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES -with UVA Food Collaborative & Sierra Club

MovieJUST EAT IT (2015) directed by Grant Baldwin

April 21, 2016
6:30 pm

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping and survive only on discarded food. What they find is truly shocking. Doors open at 6 pm.
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Celebrating National Poetry Month

poetry. POETRY ON THE STEPS

April 21, 2016
7:00 pm

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us beneath the towering oaks on the library steps to read a few of your favorite poems, or just come to listen. Original poems and old favorites are welcome. Winning entries of the Poetry Contest for Adults will be read aloud. Refreshments will be served.
br> Rain site: Children’s Room.

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES with Cville Jazz Society

MovieMARY LOU WILLIAMS: THE LADY WHO SWINGS THE BAND (2015) directed by Carol Bash

April 28, 2016
7:00 pm

A feature documentary on the life and music of this renowned jazz pianist, composer and arranger.
more info

CREATE A TERRARIUM

terrarium.

May 04, 2016
7:00 pm

Learn how easy it is to add a little green to your indoor space with a terrarium. Please bring your own glass container. All other materials will be provided.
Required registration begins April 20. For more information call 979.7151 x4.


FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

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.

Writing Children’s Picture Books: A Workshop - in partnership with WriterHouse

May 10, 2016
6:30 pm

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.

Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 by Bill Bryson

May 19, 2016
12:00 pm

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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DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES

MovieHARPER LEE: FROM MOCKINGBIRD TO WATCHMAN (2015) directed by Mary McDonagh Murphy

May 26, 2016
7:00 pm

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.
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Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverHOWARD'S END by E.M. Forster

June 16, 2016
12:00 pm

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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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.