Gordon Avenue Library

Gordon LibraryHours
Monday: 9am - 9pm | Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 12 -9pm | Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434.296.5544
Fax: 434.295.8737
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Programs for Adults


Meets at 10 am on the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss literary classics. The group meets from September to May. For further information, contact Eileen Stephens: emstephens@comcast.net Program listings are below.


This group meets at 7:30 pm, the second Wednesday of each month to share insights on a variety of classic and contemporary fiction. Program listings are below.


book coverJULUIS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

October 21, 2016
10:00 am

Shakespeare's drama about the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar.
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October 26, 2016
7:00 pm

Screening of a popular film adaptation of a book on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are served.

Family Halloween Movie

dvd cover.Hocus Pocus (1993) rated PG

October 28, 2016
11:00 am

Come join us for a showing of a Halloween movie favorite. Halloween night will never be the same after three 17th century witches are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. All ages.



November 04, 2016
10:00 am

Meeting at Northside Library
Thomas Jefferson's one book, Notes on the State of Virginia… has been the touchstone for understanding his ideas about republican government, the environment, education, race and slavery, and Native-white relations. Check the Catalog arrow

Potato Chip Voting

November 08, 2016

All Day.
Exercise your right to vote for the best flavor. Taste one or taste them all and vote for your favorite. All ages.


OUR MAN IN HAVANA by Graham Greene

November 09, 2016
7:30 pm

Follows the plight of Wormold, a former vacuum cleaner salesman, who becomes a slave to the expensive whims of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Milly, and takes on a job for MI6 as Secret Agent 5920015 to pay for them. Check the Catalogarrow

Read Local: NaNoWriMo Author Panel

November 16, 2016
7:00 pm

It’s National Novel Writing Month. Local authors Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts), Kathryn Erskine (The Badger Knight), Kristen-Paige Madonia (Invisible Fault Lines), Morganna Villaman (Death Match) and Allyson Johns will be here to answer your questions about the writing process and have a book signing.


book coverGILEAD by Marilynne Robinson

November 18, 2016
10:00 am

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets. Check the Catalog arrow

Special Event

birthday cupcake.Happy Birthday, Gordon Avenue!

November 19, 2016
11:00 am

Nifty, nifty, Gordon Avenue is 50. There is so much to celebrate. Come by to join the festivities including a special birthday storytime at 11am and drop in fun throughout the day for all ages.

For DIY People


December 01, 2016
3:00 pm

First Thursdays:
September 1, October 6, December 1
Bring any handwork project you’re working on and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.


ROMAN FEVER by Edith Wharton

December 02, 2016
10:00 am

The story of two women, Grace Ansley and Alida Slade, who reminisce about their earlier lives. The story begins with their comparing their two daughters. As their conversation continues, Slade reveals that she had written a letter to Mrs. Ansley many years ago signing it Delphin Slade who was Mrs. Slade's fiancé.
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What’s in Your Attic?


December 05, 2016
12:00 pm

First Mondays: December 5
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don’t want it, and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn’s Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or donate? To buy or not to buy. Quinn’s will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction staff to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

Reading Poetry


December 07, 2016
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wednesday of every month (except April & November) at 7pm. Come and share original poetry, or just listen. For more information, contact Tony Russell at 293.7838 or go to the society blog.


book coverHOLIDAYS ON ICE by David Sedaris

December 14, 2016
7:30 pm

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry. Check the Catalog arrow



December 16, 2016
10:00 am

Brer Rabbit was the sassiest critter in ten counties. Brer Fox couldn't take it anymore and stirred up a gooey, sticky Tar Baby for Brer Rabbit to run into. This whimsical tale of Brer Rabbit outsmarting his nemesis is one of the world's best-loved folktales. Check the Catalog arrow

History of Gordon Avenue

The Gordon Avenue Library opened for public service on November 19, 1966. It was the McIntire Library's first addition built expressly for library purposes since 1921. The construction was funded by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, which had been contributing to the operation of the Bookmobile since 1946 and had joined smaller branches in Scottsville (1960) and Crozet (1964) to the city's system.

At the time, this new branch was sorely needed to serve a growing population west of the city, to ease crowded conditions at the McIntire Library (which occupied the building now housing the Albemarle County Historical Society), and to provide a headquarters for the Bookmobile operations.

Gordon Avenue Library
Gordon Avenue Library

Designed by the architectural firm of J. Russell Bailey in Orange, Virginia, the two-story red-brick trim 12,384 square foot building was designed to hold 25,000 volumes (with an additional 10,000 in the Bookmobile "garage" downstairs), seated 38 in the Adult Room and 26 in the Children’s Room and boasted three public meeting rooms, seating 134 in all. The original architect’s rendering can be seen hanging on the wall behind the circulation desk.

The Perry Foundation donated the site. Forty-five percent of the construction costs or $120,262 was provided by Federal Library Aid through the Commonwealth. Charlottesville and Albemarle County appropriated $75,000 each. Additional funds were donated by individuals and groups, notably the America Association of University Women, who helped equip the meeting rooms, and the Friends of the Library who purchased a film projector and screen.

A Time of Growth and Change

Gordon Avenue interior
Gordon Avenue interior

When the Central Library opened in May 1981, Sunday hours were dropped at the branch, and budget cuts in 1982 made further cuts necessary. The book collection continued to grow, however, and by 1988 the library had squeezed in 54,000 volumes, twice its designed capacity. The South Room, one of the public meeting spaces, and the Bookmobile area were given to the Friends of the Library in 1984 for storage and sales space for their successful annual book sales. Gordon Avenue Library now serves as a donation center for the Friends of the Library in addition to hosting the book sales twice a year.

Gordon Avenue Children's program
Gordon Avenue Children's program

With the opening of the Northside Library in 1991, Gordon Avenue Library lost its role as the largest branch, but it retained its reputation as a welcoming, accessible neighborhood library. Programs for children are varied and well-attended, and the strong collection and flexibility of a smaller branch allow for innovative programming. As many as eight programs a week are offered for infants, preschoolers, school-age children and teens, including a drop-in storytime every Saturday morning. Adults, as well, enjoy a variety of programs such as book discussions, movies, and community groups for handcrafts or games.

Celebrating Almost 50 Years of Service to the Community

A bestseller collection to allow quick access to the most popular books; the African-American collection, named for Roland Beauford, an original staff member; and a well-appreciated jazz cd collection; are some of the successful offerings at Gordon Avenue Library. Now, the public computer workstations and public wireless access are used for everything from job searching to social media, educational research and communication.

 Gordon Avenue Library sits as an integral part of this vibrant neighborhood alive with preschools, Venable Elementary School, businesses, homes and the University. Filled with natural light and a cozy atmosphere, it is a place for students, families, retired people and anyone to stop and stay awhile, discovering favorites old and new.