Nelson Memorial Library

Nelson Memorial LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434. 263.5904
Fax: 434.263.5988
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PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

Fourth Monday of each month (with some exceptions) from 12:00 to 2 pm. Like to Read? Like to Talk? Join us at our Book Club which has been ongoing since 2005. Call the library at 263-5904 for more information. Program listings are below.

MAKE & TAKE ACTIVITIES

Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. For all ages.

  • July: Create a Button for Your Favorite Book
  • August: Library Scavenger Hunt

Make & Take Activities

September 01, 2016

Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • September: Create a Character Folder
  • October: Pumpkin Zentangle
  • November: Vote for your Favorite Genre
  • December: Creative Coloring

Family Movie Matinee

MovieNATIONAL TREASURE (2004) directed by Jon Turteltaub

September 10, 2016
10:30 am

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. more info

Art With Pat

hand drawing.

September 12, 2016
5:00 pm

September 12 & 26. October 3 & 24, November 14 & 18
Pat Saunders will be teaching a series of art lessons using oil pastels, watercolor pencils, pencils, and chalk pastels this fall. This series of lessons is for adults and young adults. Come learn a new art technique.

Movies Made From Books

September 17, 2016


Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTAIL GAIT by Rita Mae Brown

September 26, 2016
12:00 pm

When a popular University of Virginia history professor is found murdered, Harry and her furry entourage disregard the confession of a homeless alum and look for clues in the victim's research about Virginia's revolutionary past.
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Family Movie Matinee

MovieHOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2015 - PG) directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

October 08, 2016
10:30 am

Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
more info

Book Tasting Table

October 11, 2016

Second Tuesdays: October 11, November 8, December 13
Each month you can sample some old and new books that may become a new favorite of yours. All ages welcome.

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTEST OF WILLS by Charles Todd

October 24, 2016
12:00 pm

When a popular Warwickshire colonel is murdered and the prime suspect becomes a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, tormented by shell shock, must maneuver his way through the political minefield to uncover a killer. Check the Catalog arrow

Scan Your Stuff & History Hackathon

October 29, 2016
10:30 am

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. Ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device.

Family Movie Matinee

MovieANNIE
(1982 - PG) directed by John Huston

November 12, 2016
10:30 am

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.
more info

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverBEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande

November 28, 2016
12:00 pm

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. Check the Catalog arrow

Family Movie Matinee

MovieA COAT OF MANY COLORS (2015- TV-G) directed by Stephen Herek

December 10, 2016
10:30 am

Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. more info

Brown Bag Book Club

December 19, 2016
12:00 pm

Cookie Exchange (takes place the third Monday due to the holidays).

Holiday Vacation Family Movie

MovieARTHUR CHRISTMAS
(2011 - PG) directed by Sarah Smith & Barry Cook

December 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. more info

History of Nelson Memorial Library

After the War

Old Presbyterian Church
Old Presbyterian Church

Library service to Nelson County was provided as early as the late 1940’s by volunteers from the Nelson County Garden Club. They maintained a collection of books which had been donated as a memorial to the service men and women of World War II. The books were housed in a former Presbyterian Church (circa 1888) that was owned by the Garden Club.

In 1966, members of the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and other county organizations met with representatives of the Virginia State Library to explore the possibility of organizing a public library and providing bookmobile service. In 1970, the Chamber commissioned the writing of a book which would tell the story of the devastation in Nelson County caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969. Proceeds from the sale of Torn Land were to be used to build a memorial library.

Encouraged by interest in public library service, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee in 1972 to further investigate the possibilities. They discovered that participation in a regional library system would allow Nelson County to tap into funding sources and library resources not otherwise available to them.

Early Days

In September 1972, the Nelson Memorial Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library opened its doors to the public. The white-frame church building on Front Street was an immediate success. The first branch manager was Laura Turner, a former school teacher.

Circulation of books at the Nelson Memorial Library increased dramatically over the years. In 1972-73, there was a circulation of 7,157 books. In 1987-88, circulation was 46,570. Patron usage, program attendance, and bookstock has also shown large increases. It became apparent that the library had outgrown its charming but cramped quarters. The book collection had increased greatly and there was simply not enough room for the books. Attractive programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library often drew crowds of over 100 people.

Looking for a New Home

Around 1980, the County Chamber of Commerce renewed its fund-raising efforts. They actively solicited donations to the Torn Land Fund. In 1985, the C&P Telephone Company donated one of their local buildings. Proceeds from the later sale of this building were added to the fund.

In March 1983, a group of interested volunteers met to organize a local Friends of the Library who sought to push for a new library and increased hours of operation. The Friends also sponsored many programs and fund-raising activities. Land adjacent to Lovingston Elementary School was later donated by the School Board.

In 1986, JMRL and Nelson County were awarded a federal LSCA Title II grant through the Virginia State Library. Other funding was provided by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce, the Torn Land Memorial Trust Fund, the JMRL and Nelson Memorial Friends, the County of Nelson and numerous individuals and businesses. The new building would be a community effort and a source of pride for all.

The New Building

Current building
Current building

Construction began after a formal groundbreaking ceremony in January 1987. In May 1988, the move was made into the new building. In addition to its regular offerings of books, periodicals, videos and books on tape, the Nelson Memorial Branch also provides Internet access to the public, a very popular service initiated by the Nelson County Library Advisory Committee and funded by the Torn Land Memorial Trust Fund. The meeting room, heavily used for public meetings and library programs, doubles as an art gallery with exhibits changing every two months. The Nelson County Visitors Center is located on the lower level of the library and a collection of local history materials and cemetery records is maintained by the Nelson County Historical Society.

Moving Forward

Current building
Current building

Currently, the branch is staffed by one fulltime manager and 3 part time staff members who are assisted by dedicated volunteers.  Approximately 40% of Nelson County residents have a library card. In addition to a collection of 28,000 items, the library offers eBooks through Overdrive for all those patrons who prefer electronic reading or listening. Computers are available for public use as well as wireless internet service. Weekly story times for preschoolers as well as numerous programs are presented for children and young adults.

Since the current building was opened, the collections and services have increased so that the Library has outgrown the available space. The Torn Land Committee and the Nelson County Library Advisory Committee commissioned an architect to assess the current building and to plan for an addition. State requirements indicate that at least double the current space is needed to serve the size of the Nelson County population. A recent community survey reinforced this need, since patrons are asking for more space for computers and seating.

 

Dedicated to the memory of the Nelson County victims of 1969’s devastating Hurricane Camille, the present-day Nelson Memorial Branch Library is a lasting memorial and, as well, a testimonial to the dreams, dedication, and hard work of the people of Nelson County who love and appreciate their library.