Meets monthly (Sept - July) on the 1st Monday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please drop in and join us! Readers with gmail accounts can join the mailing list.
Program listings are below.
Would you like to learn how to create an email account, search for information online, complete an online job application, or download an ebook? Meet with a library staff member for a 45-60 minute tutorial using either a public computer at the library or your own laptop. For an appointment, call 823-4050.
February 17, 2016
Explore the process of writing a life through facilitated discussion and thoughtful writing prompts with a small, intimate group. Gain new understandings about this enjoyable and often therapeutic art form. Facilitator Mary Jo Doig has been associated with Story Circle Network, an international organization devoted to women life writers, since 2001. Beginners welcome.
Class size is limited. Registration is required and begins December 14.
February 23, 2016
Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Ages 8 to adult.
No registration required.
February 24, 2016
Think of it as a live audiobook, only better. Join actors from UVA’s drama faculty and Live Arts as they use their expressive talents to read selected short stories aloud. Light refreshments and friendly, informal fun. Adults, please.
February 29, 2016
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 February 8. For more information call 979.7151 x4.
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.
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.
March 02, 2016
Reading aloud is enjoying an international renaissance. Join in the warmth and camaraderie of sharing good stories and poems aloud. Come to any one or more sessions. Ages 17+.
Registration recommended and ongoing, and begins January 13. Drop-ins welcome.
March 07, 2016
A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
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March 09, 2016
What happens when you have everything you are supposed to want, but you still feel hollow? Writer and retired actor Lisa Jakub talks about her career in LA, her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, and her story of choosing a different path. An entertaining speaker, Lisa encourages others to define their own versions of a successful life.
March 13, 2016
Please note location: Crozet Baptist Church.
The program will include the second movement from Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), a piece featured in the novel, and selected songs from Mahler's Songs of the Wayfarer, one of McCullers’ favorites, with soloist Pamela Beasley, faculty of UVA’s McIntire Department of Music.
March 14, 2016
W. H. Auden wrote, “A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.” Bring several poems to share, either of your own authorship or another’s, then sit back, and enjoy listening to the language of the poet. Ages 18+.
March 16, 2016
Well known young adult authors Hannah Barnaby, Kelly Fiore, and Lamar Giles participate in a panel discussion about family dynamics and sibling relationships in their literature. Using a variety of experiences from their own work, these authors will engage teens and adults alike in the consideration of what it means to write about family.
March 17, 2016
Leap across continents with authors Kathryn Aalto (The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh: A Walk Through the Forest That Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood) and Bland Simpson (Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams) as they share stories of their own travels through well-known landscapes - the picturesque Carolina coast and A.A. Milne’s enchanted “Hundred Acre Wood.”
March 21, 2016
Did your book group read, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, for the Big Read? Bring your book group team, a potluck dessert to share and some books to swap for some new-to-you reads. Your group may take home the Battle of the Book Groups Prize by winning our Book Group Big Read Trivia Contest. If you read The Heart is a Lonely Hunter on your own, come and join the ‘Rogue Readers’ team, or just cheer on the team of your choice. If you haven’t read the book, come for some book swap fun.
Registration is required and begins Monday, February 22.
April 04, 2016
Join Huck and Jim as their boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River lead them into a world of excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Humorous narrative, lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley, and memorable characters.
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April 14, 2016
Get started climbing your family tree with tips from Susan Emert of Central Virginia’s Genealogical Association. Using the library’s computers, you’ll receive a hands-on introduction to Ancestry’s Library Edition and Heritage Quest databases, and will explore specific genealogical record types.
Class size is limited. Registration is required and begins March 24.
May 02, 2016
A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle.
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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.
June 06, 2016
A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast. Check the Catalog
July 11, 2016
Separated by differing ambitions after falling in love in occupied Nigeria, beautiful Ifemelu experiences triumph and defeat in America, while Obinze endures an undocumented status in London until the pair is reunited in their homeland fifteen years later. Check the Catalog
The story of the Crozet Library goes back as far as 1907. Crozet historian Phil James included a chapter on the library's history in his first volume of Secrets of the Blue Ridge (Crozet Gazette Feb 2010).
For 25 years the library was located in the clubhouse of the Women's Club of Crozet. By the late 1940s, when the local library's collection had risen to as many as 3,000 books, it was augmented by visits from the Bookmobile of the McIntire Public Library in Charlottesville. The Bookmobile continued to visit Crozet until, in 1964, a branch of the McIntire Library opened in Crozet for the first time. The library opened on May 6, 1964 in a small building across the street from the old railroad depot. It was open 22 hours each week. After several years, it moved to the building on the square that now houses Crozet Hardware.
During this period, the Crozet Library League was organized, and began raising funds to create a more permanent and suitable home for the library. In 1984, the Perry Foundation provided funding that allowed the old depot to be purchased and renovated for the library. This historic building, standing at the center of town, provided a lovely (but crowded) home for the library until the present building opened.
A new chapter began for the Crozet Library on September 28, 2013 when the doors to the new Crozet/Western Albemarle Library formally opened to the public, following the traditional Crozet Library book brigade , and a Grand Opening celebration.
The Crozet/Western Albemarle Library, now open 52 hours each week, is a permanent public space that encourages and nurtures intellectual freedom and curiosity, and supports JMRL’s mission to help its communities grow, learn and connect. The building is designed to provide a collection of over 75,000 books. In addition to being an anchor for an active, growing community, the library stands as a permanent testament to the County and citizenry's dedication to lifelong learning.
The County of Albemarle funded construction of the new library and the local community raised funds needed to provide all the furnishings and equipment. In 2014 the building was awarded LEED Silver Certification, recognizing the library was designed and built to minimize environmental impact.