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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 4 | central@jmrl.org

REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

Central Virginia writers discuss their latest works on Sundays at 2pm. Come support the homegrown writers and enjoy an afternoon of discussion. Program listings are below.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES

Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: central@jmrl.org

Want a list of the films already shown? Try Searching the calendar. After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK GROUP

On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: central@jmrl.org (RSS for Events)

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar. Program listings are below.

BLACK AUTHORS READING GROUP

On the third Tuesday of the month join Central Library’s newest monthly book group with a focus on African American authors. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: tduck@jmrl.org

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

No registration required
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Documentary Film Series - in partnership with the Sierra Club

MovieA CHEMICAL REACTION directed by Brett Plymale (2009)

April 24, 2014
6:30 pm

Canada has spoken and toxic lawn and garden pesticides are now banned in most of the nation. A Chemical Reaction examines how Hudson, Quebec, became the first town in North America to ban these products and inspired hundreds of others to follow suit.
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Poetry on the Steps

April 24, 2014
7:00 pm


No registration required. Sign-up to read begins at 7 pm and will be ongoing throughout the evening
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us under the spreading oaks on the Library steps to read some of your favorite poems or something you wrote yourself, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children’s Room.

JMRL Board Meeting

April 28, 2014
1:00 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 usually at the Central Library but the agenda (PDF) will show if the meeting is at a different location.

Central Library Closed

May 01, 2014

Central Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 2nd. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Regional Author Series

book coverTHOMAS JEFFERSON, FROM BOY TO MAN by Jayne D’Alessandro-Cox

May 04, 2014
2:00 pm

If you think you've read it all about our founding father and third president of the United States, then think again! Join author, Jayne D'Alessandro-Cox, as she unlocks the mystery that surrounds one of Virginia’s most beloved sons.Check the Catalog arrow

Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverMR. PENUMBRA'S 24 HOUR BOOKSTORE by Robin Sloane

May 15, 2014
12:00 pm

After a layoff during the Great Recession sidelines his tech career, Clay Jannon takes a job at the titular bookstore in San Francisco, and soon realizes that the establishment is a facade for a strange secret. Check the Catalog arrow

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Regional Author Series

book coverFROM SOUTH BOSTON TO CAMBRIDGE: THE MAKING OF ONE PHILADELPHIA LAWYER by Otis Lee, Jr.

May 18, 2014
2:00 pm

Join Otis Lee, Jr. as he talks about his memoir From South Boston to Cambridge: The Making of One Philadelphia Lawyer, which documents his life's experiences - from his attendance of the Jefferson Elementary School in Charlottesville through his career in law and then back to Albemarle County.
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Black Authors Reading Group

THE OTHER WES MOORE by Wes Moore

May 20, 2014
7:00 pm

Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name born a year apart in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
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part of the SUMMER READING PROGRAM

SUMMER READING CLUB KICK-OFF PARTY

June 07, 2014
10:00 am

The Central Library’s Summer Reading Kick-off party introduces summer reading programs/sign-ups for all ages, including adults. Popcorn, donuts, balloon animals, a mini-book sale from the Friends of the Library, Book character Geronimo Stilton, the JMRL Bookmobile, face painting and more!

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

Meets monthly (Sept - July) on the 1st Monday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please drop in and join us! Readers with gmail accounts can join the mailing list.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar. Program listings are below.

Stitches: A Handcraft Group for Ages 8-108

April 29, 2014
4:30 pm

Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesday of the month: February 25, March 25, April 29, May 27.

Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all! Bring any project you’re working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Crozet Library Closed

April 30, 2014

Crozet Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 1st. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Monday Evening Book Group

book coverHOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

May 05, 2014
7:00 pm

When artifacts from Japanese families sent to internment camps during World War II are uncovered during renovations at a Seattle hotel, Henry Lee embarks on a quest that leads to memories of growing up Chinese in a city rife with anti-Japanese sentiment.Check the Catalog arrow

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Special Program - Local Authors

Phil JamesLynn Coffey

May 07, 2014
7:00 pm

Join authors Phil James and Lynn Coffey for wonderful, heartwarming, and lively stories of the cultural history of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Check the Catalogbullet APPALACHIAN HEART by Lynn Coffey
SECRETS OF THE BLUE RIDGE by Phil James


Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

JOB SEARCH HELP

Sponsored by the Virginia Employment Commission. Make an appointment to meet with a VEC staff member at the Gordon Avenue Library for one-on-one job search assistance. Get help with searching for jobs, writing your resume, interview skills, and more. Contact Ed Stone at 434-984-9928 or george.stone@vec.virginia.gov to set up an appointment.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

Meets at 10 am on the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss literary classics. The group meets from September to May. For further information, contact Eileen Stephens: emstephens@comcast.net Program listings are below.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

This group meets at 7:30 pm, the second Wednesday of each month to share insights on a variety of classic and contemporary fiction. Program listings are below.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

No registration is required
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

For DIY People

handcraftHANDCRAFT GROUP

May 01, 2014
3:00 pm

If you're crafty, this is the group for you. Chat, snack, and meet your neighbors, as we knit, stitch, bead, and sew. 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, or to be added to the handcraft email list.
Meets monthly on Thursdays.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book cover OUT STEALING HORSES by Per Petterson

May 02, 2014
10:00 am

After a meeting with his only neighbor, sixty-seven-year-old Trond is forced to reflect upon a long-ago incident that marks the beginning of a series of losses for Trond and his childhood friend, Jon. Check the Catalog arrow

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Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

May 07, 2014
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wed of every month (except April & November) at 7pm. Come and share original poetry, or just listen. For more information, contact Tony Russell at 293.7838 or go to the society blog.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverFRANCHISE AFFAIR by Josephine Tey

May 14, 2014
7:30 pm

Robert Blair was about to knock off from a slow day at his law firm when the phone rang. It was Marion Sharpe on the line, a local woman of quiet disposition who lived with her mother at their decrepit country house, The Franchise. It appeared that she was in some serious trouble: Miss Sharpe and her mother were accused of brutally kidnapping a demure young woman named Betty Kane.

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Film Adaptations of a Book

pagescreenPAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

May 28, 2014
7:00 pm

A monthly film series which presents a screening of a popular film adaptation of a book, along with light refreshments. Call or visit the Library for details, or to be added to the film email list.
Meets monthly on Wednesdays but no meeting in November and December.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Meets at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month to discuss interesting books chosen by members. Program listings are below.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

This series, which is on the 2nd Friday of the month, is a mix of independent, documentary, and major studio films. Some films have a discussion and speaker afterwards, but all films nights include free coffee and dessert! Come on out - join your friends and neighbors for great thought provoking films on the BIG SCREEN. This FREE series is funded by the Friends of the Greene County Library and the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Program listings are below.

Sponsored by the Virginia Employment Commission

VECJOB SEARCH ASSISTANCE

May 01, 2014
12:30 pm

First Thursday of each month: (12:30pm - 4:30pm) Sign up in advance. Call or visit the Greene County Library (434.985.5227) to register. People who register will be seen in order of sign-up. Walk-ins welcome after those who signed up in advance.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

  • Career Exploration
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Résumé Writing Assistance
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Skills Development
  • Other Work/Career Related Services

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverA SEPARATE PEACE by John Knowles

May 01, 2014
7:00 pm

An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.
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Greene County Library Closed

May 12, 2014

Greene County Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 13th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverAND THEN THERE WERE NONE by Agatha Christie

June 05, 2014
7:00 pm

A killer stalks ten strangers on an isolated island off the Devon coast, in a suspenseful story of murder and retribution set to a sinister nursery rhyme.
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LOUISA COUNTY LIBRARY 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

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.

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.

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.

Louisa Library Closed

April 25, 2014

Louisa Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on April 26th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

April 30, 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

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE SWEETNESS AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PIE by C. Alan Bradley

May 27, 2014
7:00 pm

Eleven-year-old Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is propelled into a mystery when a man is murdered on the grounds of her family's decaying English mansion and Flavia's father becomes the main suspect.
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Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

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.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

Brown Bag Book Club *Please note change

book coverIN THE GARDEN OF BEASTS by Erik Larson

April 28, 2014
12:00 pm

Documents the efforts of the first American ambassador to Hitler's Germany, William E. Dodd, to acclimate to a residence in an increasingly violent city where he is forced to associate with the Nazis while his daughter pursues a relationship with Gestapochief Rudolf Diels. Check the Catalog arrow

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTHE END OF YOUR LIFE BOOK CLUB by Will Schwalbe

May 19, 2014
12:00 pm

Recounts how the author and his mother read and discussed books during her chemotherapy treatments, describing how the activity involved a wide range of literary genres, furthered their appreciation for literature, and strengthened their bond. Check the Catalog arrow
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Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

@ 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

Learn how to use computers and navigate the Internet. Library staff will give FREE tutorials. 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.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

No registration require
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Yoga Mondays

April 28, 2014
1:30 pm

Kris Onuf, certified yoga instructor, offers free yoga instruction on Mondays, 1:30-3:00 PM. No experience necessary. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and don't eat a heavy meal before class. You can bring your own mat, but that's not required. Call to register - 973-7893.

@ Your Library

Inedible Jewelry

April 30, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration begins April 9.
Polymer clay artisan Jessica Partain will help you create inedibly delicious spring cupcake charms.  This is a joint teen/adult program. Class size is limited.  

Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

May 06, 2014
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program on the first Tuesday of each month.
Topic for May: Media Basics
Learn how to access books, music, and movies with your iPhone and
iPad. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (973.7893).

Books Sandwiched In

ONE SUMMER, AMERICA 1927 by Bill Bryson

May 16, 2014
12:00 pm

he award-winning author of A Short History of Nearly Everything recounts the story of a pivotal cultural year in the United States when mainstream pursuits and historical events were marked by contributions by such figures as Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth and Al Capone.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverSWEET TOOTH by Ian McEwan

May 21, 2014
7:00 pm

Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of the government.Check the Catalog arrow

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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One-on-one tutorials can be provided on basic computer and word processing skills Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Participants must have a JMRL Library Card. Registration is required. Please call 434.286.3541 for more information.

SCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

Meets the 3rd Friday of each month (January - November) to discuss a variety of books. Program listings are below.

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

No registration is required
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.