Nelson Memorial Library

Nelson Memorial LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 8pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10am - 5:30pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm | Saturday: 10am - 2pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434. 263.5904
Fax: 434.263.5988
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Exhibits:

Through August 2015: more info on the exhibit

Art by Brenda McFaden of Tobacco Row Mountain Art.

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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.

Holiday Celebration

FLAGCELEBRATE AMERICA

July 03, 2015

Enjoy books and information for all ages as we celebrate the birthday of our country.
For all ages.

Craft Program

Make & Take Creative Crafts

July 06, 2015

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the pick-up craft table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • June 15-20:Folding Rose
  • July 6-11: Intricate Coloring Page
  • August 17-22: Old Book Heart Design


Family Summer Movie Matinee

MovieINTO THE WOODS (2014 - PG) directed by Rob Marshall

July 18, 2015
10:30 am

A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree.more info


part of the SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

wacky Wednesday sign.WACKY WEDNESDAY

July 22, 2015

Visit the Nelson Memorial Library, find some wacky changes in the library (or the library staff) and win a wacky prize. For all ages.

SAMPLINGS

July 23, 2015

You are invited each month to a Samplings’ buffet of books. Come enjoy the smorgasbord of delightful new and older books on the last Thursday of each month.

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

book coverBENEDICTION by Kent Haruf

July 27, 2015
12:00 pm

A terminally ill cancer patient is attended throughout his final days by his wife and daughter while the trio contemplates their relationships with an estranged son, a situation that stirs up painful memories for a new next-door neighbor who has recently lost her mother.
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Author Visit

Lynn CoffeyAN EVENING WITH LYNN COFFEY

July 27, 2015
6:30 pm

Join us for an evening of stories from author Lynn Coffey as she introduces her new book “Mountain Folk: More Oral Histories of Appalachian People.” For all ages.
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Family Summer Movie Matinee

MovieTHE PRINCESS AND THE FROG
(2009 - G) directed by Ron Clements and John Musker

August 08, 2015
10:30 am

A waitress, desperate to fulfill her dreams as a restaurant owner, is set on a journey to turn a frog prince back into a human being, but she has to face the same problem after she kisses him.
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Special Program

volcano.VESUVIUS DAY

August 24, 2015

Learn all about volcanoes with interesting media of all types. For all ages.

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BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

book coverTHE GREATER JOURNEY by David McCullough

August 24, 2015
12:00 pm

Relates the story of the American artists, writers, and doctors who traveled to Paris in the nineteenth century, fell in love with the city and its people, and changed America through what they learned there.
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JMRL Board Meeting

August 24, 2015
3:00 pm

The Board of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library usually meets the 4th Monday of every month. Some months this will change. The location is the Nelson Memorial Library at 8521 Thomas Nelson Highway, Lovingston, VA. The agenda (PDF) will be available a week before the scheduled meeting.

Family Summer Movie Matinee

MoviePLANES: FIRE AND RESCUE (2014 - PG) directed by Roberts Gannaway

August 29, 2015
10:30 am

When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.
more info


End of Summer

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRDNATIONAL TRAIL MIX DAY

August 31, 2015

Enjoy a sample of trail mix and ideas to help you hit the trail this fall as we close out our programs for the summer. For all ages.

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.