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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 4 | central@jmrl.org

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

After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. 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

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverMOM & ME & MOM by Maya Angelou

September 16, 2014
7:00 pm

The celebrated author shares the intimate story of her relationship with her mother, relating the events that prompted her mother to send young Angela to Arkansas to live with her grandmother and the complicated fallout that shaped their family life.
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In partnership with the International Rescue Committee

International Rescue Committee Logo. CITIZENSHIP FAIR

September 17, 2014
4:00 pm

U.S. legal permanent residents (“green card” holders) as well as others interested in learning more about the process of naturalizing as a United States citizen and the community resources available to support that effort are invited to attend. Information will be provided on opportunities for civics education to help applicants prepare for the citizenship test as well as low-cost resources available to the general public to assist with the actual application process.

CREATIVE WRITING

September 17, 2014
6:00 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Registration required. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434-979-7151 x4

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover.THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

September 18, 2014
12:00 pm

A classic novel about the confrontation of African tribal life with colonial rule tells the tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society. Check the Catalog arrow


JMRL Board Meeting

September 22, 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.

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover. I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai

October 16, 2014
12:00 pm

Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father. Check the Catalog arrow


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Black Authors Reading Group

book coverDREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm

The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.
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Future Readings:

  • November 18: LITTLE GREEN by Walter Mosley
  • December: No Meeting
  • January 20: CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela
  • Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

    CROZET SOIREE

    A social gathering in the evening for informal conversation with guest speakers representing the arts, culture, businesses and interests in the Crozet community. Program listings are below.

    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.

    Monday Evening Book Group

    book cover THE GOLDFINCH by Donna Tartt


September 08, 2014
7:00 pm

Taken in by a wealthy family friend after surviving an accident that killed his mother, thirteen-year-old Theo Decker tries to adjust to life on Park Avenue.
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Crozet Soiree

soireeNATHAN WILLIAMSON, Images from the Amazon to Africa

September 10, 2014
7:00 pm

Nathan Williamson is a documentary cinematographer and freelance photo engineer from Free Union.  He is currently filming in Gabon with National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence and conservationist Mike Fay. Nathan will show his work from the Bolivian Amazon to his recent work on Fay’s current project to protect the wild lands of Gabon.  Nathan’s videos from Africa will feature the lions of the Serengeti, where his work with photographer Nick Nichols broke new visual ground using remote imaging to give them an unobtrusive way to make images up close and at low angles. Nathan’s passion is to make wildlife photography and videography provocative and stimulating to a wide audience.

Monday Evening Book Group

book coverMOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder

October 06, 2014
7:00 pm

Traces the efforts of Harvard-educated Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives. Check the Catalog arrow

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Crozet Soiree

soireeJOEL KOVARSKY, The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision

October 09, 2014
7:00 pm

Cartographic Vision, Dr. Kovarsky charts the importance of geography and maps as foundational for Jefferson’s lifelong pursuits. Although the world had already seen the Age of Exploration and the great sea voyages of Captain James Cook, Jefferson lived in a time when geography was of primary importance, prefiguring the rapid specializations of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century world. In his illustrated exploration of Jefferson’s passion for geography, Kovarsky reveals how geographical knowledge was essential to the manifold interests of the Sage of Monticello.

Future Programs:

  • November 13: Col. Edwin Dooley,Claudius Crozet:Educator and
    Engineer
  • January 14: Terra Voce, Cello and Flute Duo
  • February 5: Jim Northup, Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park
  • March 18 & 19: Join us for two Festival of the Book Events.

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

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.

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.

Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

September 03, 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.

For DIY People

handcraftHANDCRAFT GROUP

September 04, 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.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverGIRL IN HYACINTH BLUE by Susan Vreeland

September 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Chronicles the history of a painting and the lives with which it intersects, from the artist's inspiration to its admiration by two art scholars three hundred years later. Check the Catalog arrow

Film Adaptations of a Book

pagescreenPAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

September 24, 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.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

October 08, 2014
7:30 pm

Presents a modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, and sacrifice in the story of a family at the mercy of dark forces, whose only defense is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane. Check the Catalog arrow

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverTURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James

November 12, 2014
7:30 pm

An anonymous narrator recalls a Christmas Eve gathering at an old house, where guests listen to one another’s ghost stories. A guest named Douglas introduces a story that involves two children—Flora and Miles—and his sister’s governess, with whom he was in love. Check the Catalog arrow

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.

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.

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE RIGHT HAND SHORE by Christopher Tilghman

September 04, 2014
7:00 pm

While visiting the dying owner of the family's estate in order to secure his inheritance, Edward hears stories about his family and land.Check the Catalog arrow

Friday Film Series

MovieTHE TRIPLETS OF BELLEVILLE directed by Sylvain Chomet (2003)

September 12, 2014
7:00 pm

When her grandson is kidnapped during the Tour de France, Madame Souza and her beloved pooch Bruno team up with the Belleville Sisters--an aged song-and-dance team from the days of Fred Astaire--to rescue him.
more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

October 02, 2014
7:00 pm

Fleeing her violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. By the best-selling author of The Color of Water. Check the Catalog arrow

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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.

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.

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.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

September 03, 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

Family Film NIght

September 16, 2014
6:30 pm

No registration required.
While on a grand world tour, some of our favorite characters find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a famous Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick.

Bring a blanket and pillows and join us. Popcorn and drinks provided.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book cover.THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd

September 23, 2014
7:00 pm

Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to tiny Egret Island, where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a mysterious chair dedicated to a saint who had originally been a mermaid. Check the Catalog arrow

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

book coverTHE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

September 22, 2014
12:00 pm

An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.
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BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

book coverA DELICATE TRUTH by John LaCarre

October 27, 2014
12:00 am

Three years after the launch of a delicate counter-terrorist operation organized to capture a high-value jihadist arms buyer, a disgraced Special Forces soldier delivers a message that raises questions about the operation's success and a possible cover-up. Check the Catalog arrow

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

book coverZEALOT: LIFE & TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Reza Aslan

November 24, 2014
12:00 pm

Presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Check the Catalog arrow

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.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book cover.THE WHISTLING SEASON by Ivan Doig

September 17, 2014
7:00 pm

Hired as a housekeeper to work on the early 1900s Montana homestead of widower Oliver Milliron, the irreverent and perpetually whistling Rose and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris, endeavor to educate the widower's reluctant sons while witnessing local efforts on a massive irrigation project Check the Catalog arrow

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book cover.THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

October 15, 2014
7:00 pm

A young man, newly rich, tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact that she has married. Check the Catalog arrow

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book cover.SAINT MAYBE by Anne Tyler

November 19, 2014
7:00 pm

Ian Bedloe's life is forever affected by an event that took place years before--the night, in 1967, when he told his older brother, Dan, that Dan's wife had been cheating on him and that the baby son Dan had come to love was not his own. Check the Catalog arrow

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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.

Book Discussion Group

book club logoSCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

 

September 16, 2014
1:00 pm

The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month (January - November)to discuss recent books of interest rather than reading specific titles.