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
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 Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Judy Townsend .

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Art. Northside
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In the Quiet Room: Alie Cooper.

Northside Art. Northside Art.

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.

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

If you like mysteries and spy thrillers, join like-minded readers in Northside's mystery book group. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1pm-2pm. Registration is recommended but not required. 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.

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.

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.

  • March: Woven Hearts
  • April: Sonnet Madlibs
  • May: Cupcake Liner Flowers

STITCHES

handcraft

May 03, 2016
1:00 pm

Like to knit, crochet, or do needlework? Get together with others who enjoy the same activity. Bring your project and visit while you work.


Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

May 03, 2016
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).

  • April 5: Discovering New Apps
  • May 3: Photo Basics

@ YOUR LIBRARY

bookHandmade Books with Virginia Thompson

May 04, 2016
6:30 pm

Participants will create two book forms, a folded 16-panel book and an accordion pocket book. All materials provided. Registration is required and begins April 12.

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS - First Thursdays- Web Based Topics

computer

May 05, 2016
2:30 pm

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. A library card is required to participate.

  • March 3: Email Basics
  • April 7: Google Drive
  • May 5: Google Maps

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

May 07, 2016

The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.

APPY HOUR

Bon Voyage!

May 09, 2016
7:00 pm

Learn about some of the best free apps to make travelling easier and trip planning less stressful

DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS

family tree.

May 10, 2016
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use the Library edition of Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, databases available on our website, to help you in your genealogical research. Classes will be held in our Computer Classroom and will include one hour of instruction and one hour of research time.
Class size is limited and registration is required.

  • March 9: Census Records. Registration begins February 17.
  • May 10: Crossing the Pond: How to begin searching for ancestors from other countries. Registration begins April 19.

Northside Library Closed

May 11, 2016

Northside Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 12th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Celebrate Astronomy Day

STAR PARTY

May 12, 2016
7:30 pm

Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30 PM. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting)through telescopes set up on the rear patio. The event will conclude around 10:30 PM, or perhaps even later if the skies are clear!
Children must be 10 yrs. or older and accompanied by an adult

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, by Henry James

May 18, 2016
7:00 pm

Follows the story of American heiress Isabel as she visits Europe to find her own destiny, is pursued by suitors, and ultimately must make a tragic choice Check the Catalog arrow

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS - Third Thursdays-Microsoft Word Topics

computer

May 19, 2016
2:30 pm

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. A library card is required to participate.

  • March 17: Editing, Reviewing, and Collaborating
  • April 21: Applying Templates
  • May 19: Headers, Footers, and Tables

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

book coverCONFEDERATES IN THE ATTIC: dispatches from the unfinished Civil War By Tony Horwitz

May 20, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Tom Campbell, career pilot with US Airways and aviation buff
A journalist leads readers on a revealing journey through the Old South, tangling with the forces of white rage, rebel grit, and regional pride in places where the Civil War is more than a memory.
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LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, March 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library 705 W. Rio Road Charlottesville, VA 22901.

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.