Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 11am - 7pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday: 1pm - 5pm

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Programs for Adults

COMPUTER TUTORIALS

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Would you like help with creating a resume; setting up an email account; searching online databases; installing software on a laptop; making a copy of files or pictures? Meet with a library staff member for up to an hour of one-on-one help using either a public computer at the library or your own laptop. Advance registration is required. Call 540-894-5853 or visit the circulation desk at the library to sign up.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Meets monthly (except for December) on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. The group will discuss a wide range of titles chosen by members and enjoy refreshments. Program listings are below.

ADULT READING CONTEST: Beat the Librarian

Come participate in a beginning of the year (January 1-31) read off with the librarian. How can you participate?

  • Register and grab a reading log from the library
  • Complete the book or audio-book/eBook for it to count (audio-books will be converted over to pages)
  • Turn in your reading logs by Feb 5
  • There will be two winners who will be chosen by total number of pages read
  • BLIND DATE WITH A BOOK

    During the month of February, we'd like to 'fix you up' with a blind date. Donít forget to rate your date for a chance to win brunch for two at . Obrigados.

    CELEBRATING AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

    MovieHE WAS A BUFFALO SOLDIER

    February 03, 2015
    6:00 pm

    Join us for an intriguing presentation by George Grady, Sr on the Buffalo Soldiers, the first peacetime all black regiment of the United States Army.


    Are You a DIY Person?

    handcraftB.Y.O.C. - BRING YOUR OWN CRAFT

    February 04, 2015
    2:00 pm

    Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter's eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. 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.
    Meets every Wednesday

    Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

    book coverTHE INVENTION OF WINGS by Sue Monk Kidd

    February 24, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Traces more than three decades in the lives of a wealthy Charleston debutante who longs to break free from the strictures of her household and pursue a meaningful life; and the urban slave, Handful, who is placed in her charge as a child before finding courage and a sense of self.
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    Part of The Big Read

    Genealogy 101

    March 14, 2015
    2:00 pm

    Ever thought about discovering your familyís history but donít know where to start? Come out to the library for an in-depth genealogy lesson and get some tips on how to get started. Special Guest: Elaine Taylor- Louisa County Historical Society.

    Part of The Big Read

    Taste of India Family Event

    March 22, 2015
    3:00 pm

    Join us for an afternoon of fun and a dive into traditional Indian culture. Enjoy food, dancing, crafts, and an interactive henna demonstration!
    All ages.

    Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group - Part of The Big Read

    book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

    March 24, 2015
    7:00 am

    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:

    In partnership with PVCC

    Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

    March 31, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Denise McClanahan, PVCC Outreach Manager discusses PVCC degrees and certificates (many you can complete in less than two years), resources to help you succeed in the classroom and beyond, PVCC placement tests (receive free practice test materials!) and financial aid opportunities. For more information, contact Denise McClanahan at 434.961.5275 or dmcclanahan@pvcc.edu.

    Genealogy Room Exhibit

    Arminius Mill

     

    A handmade model of the Arminius Mill building, constructed by Michael Dunn, is on exhibit in the library's genealogy room. The original Mill housed steam powered machinery used to process pyrite ore. Pyrite contained the sulfur used to produce sulfuric acid, a component in many chemical processes. Mineral's rich mining history began in 1830 with gold mining and ended around 1921 with the closing of the pyrite mines.

    Local Artists on Display

    The Italo Scanga Foundation, a nonprofit trust that promotes the visual arts, has funded a permanent exhibit of original art by local artists. Paintings, sculpture, mosaics, quilts and photography are among the media to be displayed. Here is a sampling:
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    Photographer: Richard Hinde
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    Artist: Janice Breeden

    History of Louisa Library

    A Branch in a Former Barber Shop

    Original Louisa Library
    Original Louisa Library

    An early attempt to establish a library in Louisa County took place in 1953,when the Virginia State Library delivered books with a van. In 1971, 50 people turned out for a meeting with Raymond Williams, the Director of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. From this event, a campaign was launched to create a branch in Louisa.

     

    Within a year, the dream became reality. The Louisa County Branch Library opened on November 27, 1972, in a former barber shop on Main Street. This 440-square-foot space was rented by the county for $100 a month and was open 22 hours a week with two part-time staff. During the early years an occasional story hour was held in local churches. During the last year in the building, story hours and other children's programs were held in the branch, but due to severe space limitations the library was closed to the public. The library remained in those cramped quarters until October 1979.

    More Room for Growth

    Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library
    Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library

    In 1979, Louisa County purchased the charming Girl Scout house on West Street, a 2,252-square-foot building with a 305 square-foot meeting room. This location of the library, was open to the public 48 hours per week and had a staff that included a Branch Manager, 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff. The collection grew from 714 volumes to nearly 30,000 volumes with an annual circulation of over 116,000 items.

     

    In 1987, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors created a Library Advisory Board with representatives from each voting district. In October 1988, this Board encouraged the County Supervisors to establish a Library Foundation for the purpose of acquiring a library site and constructing a larger, more modern library building.

    A Wonderful New Home

    New Louisa Library
    New Louisa Library

    More than ten years of working, planning and fund-raising resulted in a plan for construction of a new 15,000 square-foot library to be located adjacent to Louisa County Middle and High schools. Plans for the new branch included significantly larger collections, computers with Internet access, a historical and genealogical collection room, a large meeting room, space for tutoring and a law collection.

     

    Ground was broken for the new Louisa Library in March 1999, and, on December 12, 1999, the branch was dedicated. Staff and community greeted the opening of the new building and with it, expanded services to the citizens of Louisa County.

     

    The Library in the 21st Century

    The library has many features of a modern 21st century library with public computers, printers, wireless internet, self checkout, and audiobooks and eBooks to download. The building survived the August 2011 earthquake with little damage, and the staff was able to provide assistance to the Louisa County Schools that sustained extreme damage. Today six school computers remain in the library to give students access to homework assignments.

     

    As of 2013, the library houses 60,000 items that include books, books on CD, and DVDs for all ages. A staff of three full time and three part-time employees serve the community with internet tutorials, family film programs, adult and teen book discussion groups, and a wide range of programs for children.