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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Thursdays at 2-3pm One-on-one tutorials offered once a week to answer your computer use questions and to learn how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. Call 434-296-5544 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial.
June 01, 2016
Stop by the adult reading area and relax with some coloring on the table size coloring sheet. All materials provided.
June 01, 2016
The Live Poets Society meets the first Wed 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.
June 02, 2016
If you're crafty, this is the group for you. Chat, snack, and meet your neighbors, as we knit, stitch, bead, and sew. Bring any project you're working on, or come just to be inspired. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Call or visit the library for details, or to be added to the handcraft email list.
Meets monthly on Thursdays.
June 06, 2016
I scream, you scream… let’s share some ice cream. It’s time for Gordon Avenue Library’s traditional kick-off for summer fun. Get started in the Summer Reading Program, eat ice cream, listen to music provided by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and get decorated by Expressions! Face Painting. For everyone.
June 08, 2016
Confronting the contemporary experience of aging and dying, the author makes the case that modern medicine fails to deal humanely and wisely with the end of life.
Reviewed by Richard Lindsay, M.D., nationally recognized gerontologist, founder of the Lindsay Institute for Innovations in Caregiving.
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June 20, 2016
Turn a plain mason jar into a beautiful luminary for dinner parties on your porch or patio. All materials are provided. Ages 14+.
Registration is required and begins May 31.
June 22, 2016
Screening of a popular film adaptation of a book on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are served.
July 11, 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. Ages 14+.
Registration is required and begins June 20.
July 13, 2016
A humanities professor describes the impact had by the translation of the last remaining manuscript of "On the Nature of Things" by Roman philosopher Lucretius, which fueled the Renaissance and inspired artists, great thinkers, and scientists. Check the Catalog
July 19, 2016
July 19 & 26; August 2, 9, & 16
Mary Jo Doig will lead the workshop for those interested in writing and sharing stories of their lives. Learn about the rich value of storytelling in this five week workshop.
Registration is required and begins June 28. Limit: 10 participants.
August 01, 2016
We are setting forth a challenge to all LEGO fans to design and build an original structure. Entries will be accepted from August 1-31. All entries will remain on display during month of August. All entrants must complete an entry form.
August 10, 2016
Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
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August 13, 2016
Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun. For all ages.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.