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
louisa@jmrl.org

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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.

FAMILY FILM NIGHT

Meets monthly (Sept - May) on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. Because of licensing restrictions, sometimes the title cannot be listed. Program listings are below.

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.

In partnership with PVCC

Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

November 04, 2014
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.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

November 05, 2014
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

CRASH COURSE ON DOWNLOADING

November 13, 2014
2:00 pm

Learn how to get free audiobooks and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library.

FALL FAMILY MOVIES

November 18, 2014
6:30 pm

No registration required.
Bring a blanket and pillows, or even your dinner, and join us for family friendly movies.
Popcorn and drinks provided! No registration required. For all ages. Call 540.894.5853 for titles.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book cover.GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

November 25, 2014
7:00 pm

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

WHITE ELEPHANT SWAP

January 02, 2015
2:00 pm

Bring a wrapped gift to exchange for an afternoon of fun and games for adults. Refreshments will be provided.

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 to the public 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 to the public 22 hours a week with two part-time staff persons. 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. When this was the location of the library, it was open to the public 48 hours per week and had a staff that included a Branch Manager, and 3 full-time and 2 part-time people. The collection grew from 714 volumes in the first year 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, many computers with Internet access, a historical and genealogical collection room, a large meeting room, and 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 the opportunity it affords for 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 ten 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 wide ranging programs for children.