Crozet Library

Crozet LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 9am - 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434.823.4050
Fax: 434.823.8399
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Crozet Library


Programs for Adults

CROZET SOIREE

A social gathering in the evening for informal conversation with guest speakers representing the arts, culture, businesses and interests in the Crozet community. Program listings are below. For adults ages 16+.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

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.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, by Henry James

February 02, 2015
7:00 pm

Follows the story of American heiress Isabel as she visits Europe to find her own destiny, is pursued by suitors, and ultimately must make a tragic choice Check the Catalog arrow

Crozet Soiree

soireeSUPERINTENDENT OF THE SHENANDOAH NATIONAL PARK, JIM NORTHUP

February 05, 2015
7:00 pm

Over the course of a 34 year career with the National Park Service, Jim has been privileged to work in some of America’s most beautiful, popular and complex parks, including Shenandoah, Grand Teton, Big Bend, Guadalupe Mountains, Grand Canyon and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks; Cape Hatteras and Fire Island National Seashores, the Buffalo National River and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Enjoy light refreshments with your neighbors, as you listen to our very special guest speak about our nearby national treasure.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up. No registration required.

DEMYSTIFYING DOWNLOADABLES - iPADS AND KINDLES AND NOOKS, OH MY!

February 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Second session: Saturday, February 7, 2pm

Learn how to download free audiobooks, eBooks and magazines for your electronic devices through the library. Call to register for one of these two sessions, starting Monday, December 29.

EVERYTHING AUSTEN

group of people.

February 12, 2015
7:00 pm

Travel back in time to the period of Jane Austen. Step into Jane’s dancing shoes to watch (and learn, if you’d like) a period dance with live music and dance instruction, then spend the evening enjoying games, contests and Austentacious fun. Costumes encouraged, but if you lack ‘formal’ attire, this should not, by any means, dissuade you from attending.

Adults, please. Registration required and begins Tuesday, January 20.
(inclement weather make-up date Thursday, February 19, 7pm.)

Film screening with filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley

MovieSAMBA ON YOUR FEET (2005) directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

February 17, 2015
7:00 pm

Get ready for Mardi Gras with this documentary tracing the influences contributing to the shaping of the music that consecrated one of the most powerful cultural manifestations in Brazil, Carnival. Discussion with filmmaker follows showing.
Adults, please. No registration required.
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SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.SOCIAL MEDIA AND BULLYING

February 23, 2015
7:00 pm

With Lou Hanson, MSW, LSW, and Alphonso Underwood, MSW, LSW of ReadyKids
Adults, please. No registration required.

This evening will be dedicated to discussing teens’ electronic social interactions and how to keep them in check. We will review common issues with social media and helpful strategies to help your teens make safe surfing choices, and address who to turn to for help when your teens are being bullied in the world and on the web.

Part of The Big Read

India Enigma Exhibit, by Michael Petrus

February 24, 2015

An exhibition of photography that explores how ancient traditions collide with the modern and global experiment in India. Michael Petrus is co-founder of Crisman+Petrus Architects.

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

February 24, 2015
4:30 pm

Last Tuesday of the month:
December 30, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26

Come one, come all. 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 and up. No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome.

STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE

fireplace.

February 26, 2015
7:00 pm

Cozy up by the fireplace with your neighbors and a warm drink, and listen to talented readers read selected short stories aloud. A great way to spend a winter’s evening. Adults, please. No registration required.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP- Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 02, 2015
7:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
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Future Readings:


Part of The Big Read

Rupturing the Surface of the Known, with Phoebe Crisman

March 10, 2015
7:00 pm

Just as characters in “The Namesake” were caught between the conflicting cultures of India and America, this talk will examine the reverse: how UVA architecture students going from America to India were inspired by the cultural differences they experienced. Using images and words, the presentation will examine the value of travel in this global age. Phoebe Crisman is Associate Professor of Architecture University of Virginia School of Architecture. No registration required.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Histories of Local Virginians: Their Lives and Their Work

March 18, 2015
7:00 pm

Join authors Kevin Donleavy (“The Irish in Early Virginia: 1600-1860”), Barclay Rives (“William Cabell Rives: A Country to Serve”), and Billy Wayson (“Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter & Plantation Mistress”) as they share stories of local Virginians, from the Crozet tunnel laborers to master craftsmen, a Senator and a plantation mistress. Local writers sharing histories with local impact. No registration required.

A Festival of the Book Event

YA Books for Any Age: From Romantic Suspense to Steampunk

March 19, 2015
7:00 pm

If you've ever wondered why YA books make up the fastest-growing market for publishers, come hear these authors: you'll hear imaginative and compelling stories coupled with beautiful writing. Authors Melissa Marr (“Made For You” and the “Wicked Lovely” series), Diana Peterfreund (“Across a Star-Swept Sea”), and Tiffany Trent (“The Tinker King”) will read from their Young Adult titles, discuss their writing, and answer reader's questions. Moderator: Sarah McGuire.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up. No registration required.

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.CUTTING AND EATING DISORDERS

March 23, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn about two of the toughest symptoms of teens struggling with their emotional health. Learn strategies for supporting teens through these difficult periods, and when it’s time to call for professional help.

Part of The Big Read

Battle of the Book Groups & Book Swap Party

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm

Did your book group read, “The Namesake,” 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 Namesake Trivia Contest. If you read “The Namesake” 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 required and begins Monday, March 2.

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.DRUGS AND PEER PRESSURE

April 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Hear about trending drug habits of teens. We will cover what to look for as parents, tools for drug use prevention, and when to get help, and from whom.

History of Crozet Library

Original Crozet Library
Original Crozet Library

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.

Old Railroad Depot
Crozet Library in Old Depot

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.