Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 9pm*
Wed: 10am-9pm | Thurs: 10am-6pm*
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm*
Sunday: closed
*Please Note: Drive-up window closes 30 min. before the building closes.

Phone: 434. 973.7893
Fax: 434.973.5876
Email Us

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New Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Piedmont Pastelists.

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In the Quiet Room: Watercolors by Janice Edwards .

Programs for Adults

@ YOUR LIBRARY

A program consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Funded by the Friends of the Library. Program listings are below.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Every Monday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm. One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your specific questions about computer use or to learn how to get free audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines for your electronic devices. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month (not December), 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Program listings are below.

WORKFORCE CONNECTION

A monthly program to help you with your job search. Presented in Partnership with the Workforce Center. Call the Information Desk (434-973-7893) to register.

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

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

  • August: Bookmarks
  • September: Tiny Books
  • October: Sugar Skulls
  • November: Holiday Postcards
  • December: Gift Tags

Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

September 01, 2015
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program for iPhone and iPad users on the first Tuesday of each month. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (434.973.7893).

  • September 1: iPhone and iPad Basics
  • October 6: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • November 3: Discovering New Apps
  • December 1:Photo Basics
  • FINANCIAL LITERACY PROGRAMS

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    September 02, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Improve your financial skills at these workshops presented by the Virginia Credit Union. Ages 14+. Registration is ongoing.


    • September 2: Strategies for Eliminating Debt

    • October 14: Money Goals

    • December 9: Building a Better Budget

    GENEALOGY PROGRAM

    family tree.CLIMBING YOUR FAMILY TREE

    September 09, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, databases, to help in your genealogical research. Classes held in our Computer Classroom and include one hour of instruction and one hour of research time.

    • September 9: Accessing Vital Records (Birth, Marriage, and Death Records)Registration is required and will begin August 19. Class size is limited.
    • November 9: Accessing Military Records Registration is required and will begin October 19. Class size is limited.

    COMPUTER WORKSHOPS

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    September 10, 2015
    2:30 pm

    These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. No previous computer experience is required.
    Registration not required.

    • September 10: Email Basics

    • September 17: Intro to Windows

    • September 24: Basics of Web Browsing

    • October 1: Email Basics

    • October 8: Intro to Windows

    • October 15: Intro to Word pt.1

    • October 22: Intro to Word pt.2

    • October 29: Basics of Web Browsing

    WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

    book cover O PIONEERS! by Willa Cather

    September 16, 2015
    7:00 pm

    A young Norwegian immigrant girl works hard for her young brother and their Nebraska land at the expense of everything else. Check the Catalog arrow

    APPY HOUR

    Third Mondays at 7pm Learn about free apps that work on multiple platforms. Light refreshments provided. Registration not required. Program topics are listed below.

    APPY HOUR

    Pardon My French

    September 21, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Learn about the latest apps that make learning a foreign language more convenient-and fun-than ever before.

    MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

    book coverEYE OF THE NEEDLE by Ken Follett

    September 22, 2015
    1:00 pm

    A ruthless enemy assassin known as "The Needle" can guarantee Nazi victory in World War II, but his mission is hampered by a lonely Englishwoman who has fallen in love with him. Check the Catalog arrow

    GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT

    September 22, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites. The session in October will feature a tutorial for Betrayal at House on the Hill.
    Registration not required.

    MEDITATION FOR OPTIMAL WELL BEING

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    September 22, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Meditation can help the body, mind and spirit. Gerry Gorman, will lead this inspiring program. Learn a simple meditation technique that can help you in all aspects of your life. Registration begins September 1.

    In Partnership with the Workforce Center

    handcraftWorkforce Connection

    September 23, 2015
    2:00 pm

    A monthly program highlighting services of the Charlottesville Workforce Center, part of the Piedmont Workforce Network. Registration is ongoing. Call the library or email mgillette@jmrl.org to register.

    • August 26: Make the most of your Workforce Connection.
    • September 23: Get Your Business Out of the Starting Blocks
      Betty Hoge, Director of the Small Business Development Center, discusses a variety of resources that are available to you.
    • October 28: Make Farming Work for You
      Larry Uberte, Farm Placement Specialist with the Virginia Employment Commission, is the man to give you answers.
    • November 18: Get Your Foot in the Door
      Juan Wade will share his knowledge of how to put together a resume that will make an impression on any employer.

    WRITE YOUR PERSONAL STORY: MEMOIR WORKSOP

    October 06, 2015
    6:00 pm

    Join writer and educator Linda Kobert to learn how to write your own personal story in this engaging and constructive writing workshop. Please bring a photo of you and/or your family that evokes a meaningful experience. Limit: 20 participants. Required registration begins September 15.

    @ YOUR LIBRARY

    October 07, 2015
    6:30 pm

    A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+. Listings below:

    • October 7: Knit and Purl
      Get ready for winter by learning how to knit with Judi Church. No experience necessary. All materials provided. Class size is limited. Registration begins September 16.
    • November 4: Inedible Jewelry
      It’s pumpkin pie time of the year. Jessica Partain is back to teach you how to make tiny pie charms out of polymer clay. Class size is limited. Registration begins October 14.
    • December 2: Holiday Craft Extravaganza
      Want to make some gifts for the holidays? We’ll have different stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. We’ll even have some holiday refreshments for you to enjoy. Class size is limited. Registration begins November 12.
    Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

    BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

    book coverTHE WRIGHT BROTHERS by David McCullough

    October 16, 2015
    12:00 pm

    Blending impeccable writing with an absorbing narrative, the author humanizes the two young men from Dayton Ohio whose intelligence, imagination and persistence in pursuit of their dream of flight left a giant footprint on the modern era. Check the Catalog arrow

    APPY HOUR

    Mobile Masterpieces

    October 19, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Find out about the best free apps for exercising your artistic talent.

    MUSIC OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ERA

    October 20, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Come join in experiencing some of the most tumultuous songs in history as local musician Blue O’Connell leads an interactive presentation exploring the music of the Civil Rights Movement. Registration not required.

    WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

    book coverTHE 100 YEAR OLD MAN WHO CLIMBED OUT THE WINDOW AND DISAPPEARED by Jonas Jonasson

    October 21, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Confined to a nursing home and about to turn 100, Allan Karlsson, who has a larger-than-life back story as an explosives expert, climbs out of the window in his slippers and embarks on an unforgettable adventure involving thugs, a murderous elephant and a very friendly hot dog stand operator. Check the Catalog arrow

    Charlottesville Astronomical Society Saturday Morning Outreach Event

    October 24, 2015
    10:30 am

    Attendance is limited and registration is required. Children must be ten years or older and accompanied by an adult.

    • October 24: “Astronomy, A Brief Introduction” by CAS member, Rich Drumm, followed by solar observation (weather permitting) on the patio using Hydrogen-Alpha and special solar-filter equipped telescopes. Registration begins October 3.

    • November 14: “The Sun - Our Star” by CAS member, Steve Layman, followed by solar observation (weather permitting) using Hydrogen-Alpha and special solar-filter equipped telescopes. Registration begins October 24.

    • December 5: “The Moon” by CAS member, Ed Preston, followed by solar and lunar observation (weather permitting) on the patio using Hydrogen-Alpha and special solar-filter equipped telescopes. Registration begins November 14.

    NaNoWriMo Events

    November is National Novel Writing Month, and the Northside Library will have writing resources available all month for those who accept the NaNoWriMo challenge to write a novel in 30 days. More info

    NaNoWriMo Kick-off Party

    November 02, 2015
    6:00 pm

    Celebrate the beginning of the NaNoWriMo challenge by picking up writing prompts and exercises, worksheets, and other writing resources while enjoying light refreshments. Dive right into your novel while you’re here, or just relax and connect with other writers. No registration required.

    AGING GRACEFULLY

    November 09, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Presented by Doris W. Gelbman, Esq. Elder Law Attorney, Gelbman Law Practice PLLC
    Talking to family members about matters related to healthcare and estate plans is fraught with concern and is often avoided for far too long. As families gather for the holiday season this is a good opportunity to think about having "The Conversation." Gelbman will offer experience and advice about what to talk about and how to overcome resistance to planning and discussing end of life matters. Registration is ongoing.

    APPY HOUR

    Money Matters

    November 16, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Take a tour of a few money management apps that can help you finish the year with your finances in order.

    TECH PETTING ZOO

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    November 17, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Come practice with a few different e-readers before you decide to purchase one. We will have a Kindle Fire, iPad mini, Nook Glowlight, and a Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook available for you to try. Registration is ongoing.

    WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

    book coverALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT by Erich Maria Remarque

    November 18, 2015
    7:00 pm

    The testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the savagery and futility of war. Check the Catalog arrow

    BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

    book coverGRANDMA GATEWOOD’S WALK: THE INSPIRING STORY OF THE WOMAN WHO SAVED THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL by Ben Montgomery

    November 20, 2015
    12:00 pm

    The remarkable story of the unassuming but gutsy Emma Gatewood who, at age 67 in 1955, became the first woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone thus becoming a national sensation which brought attention to the sorry condition of the AT and other trails. Check the Catalog arrow

    NaNoWriMo Wrap-Up Celebration

    December 01, 2015
    6:00 pm

    Now that NaNoWriMo is over and you’ve lived to tell the tale, ease back into real life by celebrating the end of the month with other WriMos. Stop by to swap stories about your successes and failures, enjoy treats, and relax without worrying about your word count. All NaNoWriMo participants are welcome, regardless of the final status of your novel. No registration required.

    partnership with the International Rescue Committee

    Citizenship Information Session

    December 07, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
    Call the library to register.

    APPY HOUR

    What’s APPening?

    December 21, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Join us for a roundup of some of the best free apps released in 2015.

    OVERDRIVE TUTORIALS

    December 30, 2015
    6:30 pm

    Learn how to get audio books and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial.

    History of Northside Library

    Northside Library
    Original Northside Library
    (circa 1991)

    Albemarle County's first branch library to serve residents living north of Charlottesville opened in a rented 15,500-square-foot space at Albemarle Square Shopping Center in 1991. The building once housed a Drug Fair discount pharmacy. As a library, the building was an immediate success, becoming Jefferson-Madison Regional Library's busiest branch. By 1998 it was clear the library required more space, so the Library Board of Trustees made a larger Northside Library one of its top goals.

    Phillips Building
    Phillips Building Supply

    Realizing the need for a larger library, and after pursuing several options, in 2012 Albemarle County entered into a contingent contract to purchase property owned by Martha Jefferson Hospital at 705 West Rio Road, formerly known as the Phillips Supply Building. In 2013 the contract was finalized, several community planning meetings were held, and HBM Architects was hired to design the new library. One of the reasons for the selection of HBM Architects was the firm's experience with re-purposing buildings to provide public library services.

    Northside Library
    Northside Library

    Renovation of the Phillips Supply Building began in March 2014 and was completed in February 2015. The new library opened March 16, 2015. Highlights of the new building include a maker space with a 3-D printer, a drive-up service window, dozens of Internet computers, and multiple public meeting rooms.

    The library is open 51 hours a week and offers a collection of about 100,000 items.