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The Big Read 2017

book cover SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones
In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel. More info.





Poem In Your Pocket Day - Thursday, April 20

Poetry in pocket day.

Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 4 | Email Us

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

CENTRAL 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: Email Us 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: Email Us Program listings are below.

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the lower level of the Central Library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. No registration required.

  • December: Paper Envelopes
  • January: Snowflake Button Bookmark
  • February: Paper Hearts
  • March: Fibonacci Coloring Sheets/Post Secret Post cards
  • April: Bookprint Concrete Poetry
  • May: Mazes

WRITING CRITIQUE GROUP

Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm

  • December 14
  • January 11 & 25
  • February 8 & 22
  • March 8 & 22
  • April 12 & 26
  • May 10 & 24
Improve your writing with peer feedback. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others’ work as well. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

Central Film Series

MovieCOLOR LINE OF SCRIMMAGE directed by Lorenzo Dickerson

February 23, 2017
7:00 pm

The story of segregated Burley High School's 1956 undefeated and un-scored upon football team. These athletes were champions on the field, and during a time in history that was behind color lines. Hear from the players themselves about their experience, and better understand the story of what it took to make champions during that time. Many great teams go undefeated. But how many have you heard of going un-scored upon? more info

In Partnership with the UVA French Film Festival

Movie Adama, le Monde des Souffles (2015) directed by Simon Rouby

February 26, 2017
2:00 pm

Adama, 12, lives in a remote village of West Africa. Beyond the cliffs lies the World of Breaths. Where the Nassaras reign. One night Samba, his elder brother, disappears. Adama, braving the prohibition of the elders, decides to go in search of him. He began, with the unflinching determination of a child becoming a man, a quest that would lead him beyond the seas in the north to the front lines of the First World War. more info

Picturing Family: Community Photo Display - BIG READ

March 01, 2017

March 1 - 31
Submit one photo of what family looks like to you. All images will be displayed at April’s First Friday art event at Central Library; other branches will display selections later in the spring. For more information, including submission guidelines, please check jmrl.org/bigread.

Tech Series

March 01, 2017
6:00 pm

Wednesdays,January 4th, February 1st, March 1st from 6-7pm and Saturday, April 1st from 1-2pm
Adults and teens 14+ learn about various technologies with John LeMasney, a Virginia based artist, designer, and photographer. Topics include: Making Photos Great for Free; Introduction to the Internet of Things and Home Ecosystems; Analytics or the Art of Discovering your Audience; and Design for the Non-Designer. For more inquiries contact Liz at erapp@jmrl.org or call 434.979.7151 x4.

Coding Club

March 02, 2017
6:00 pm

First and Third Thursdays 6-8pm
Adults and teens 14+ who need a workspace can come work on their computer programming projects at the library. They will need to bring their own computer. Open to all experience levels. Novice coders encouraged to attend.

BOOKS ON TAP

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March 02, 2017
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
SILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones
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part of THE BIG READ

picture.FIRST FRIDAYS: #BlackOwnedCville

March 03, 2017
5:00 pm

On display on the third floor Feb-March 2017. Photography exhibit by local documentary filmmaker and photographer Lorenzo Dickerson, contemporary black–owned Charlottesville businesses. Refreshments will be served.

part of THE BIG READ

Our Mothers' Dresses

March 05, 2017
2:00 pm

Local author Leontyne Clay Peck will share her book Our Mothers' Dresses: An Ancestry Tribute to All of my Grandmothers, a book about mothers/daughters and surprising DNA relationships that we can all explore.
Related Exhibit By Alexis Peckof Pecksi Photography & Art featuring a creative fusing of art and photography using images of Black women and girls as a backdrop. Books and artwork will be available for purchase.

I’ve Always Wanted to Read….War and Peace

book coverWAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy

March 14, 2017
7:00 pm

Second Tuesdays at 7 pm
December 13, January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 9, June13
Always wanted to read War and Peace, but feel a little intimidated? Join us for a leisurely paced exploration of the book with tea, pastries, and casual conversation interspersed with screenings of a film adaptation and Russian potluck deliciousness. Registration requested.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Third Wednesdays at 6pm

  • January 18
  • February 15
  • March 15
  • April 19
  • May 17
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non­judgmental environment for writers of any level. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4. Registration requested.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 16, 2017
12:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Book Festival logo.

March 22, 2017

Schedule of Festival events at the Central Library .

Central Film Series

MovieMY ARCHITECT (2003) directed by Nathaniel Kahn (BIG READ)

March 30, 2017
7:00 pm

Director Nathaniel Kahn searches to understand his father, noted architect Louis Kahn, who died bankrupt and alone in 1974.
more info

BOOKS ON TAP

book cover

April 06, 2017
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
THE CELLIST OF SARAJEVO by Steven Galloway
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part of THE BIG READ

FIRST FRIDAYS: Picturing Family: Community Photo Display

April 07, 2017
5:00 pm

Refreshments will be served on April 7th. Photographs on display on the third floor April 1-30.

3D Printing Workshop

April 12, 2017
6:30 pm

Curious about 3D printing and design? Come learn more by creating a simple design and printing it with staff assistance. Don’t want to design? Drop in to watch the printer in action. Ages 14+.
Registration required if you want to design and print, and begins March 29.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book coverMORNINGS ON HORSEBACK by David McCullough

April 20, 2017
12:00 pm

Examines the life of Theodore Roosevelt from age ten to twenty-seven, focusing on the influence of his family relationships and experiences on his growth to manhood. Check the Catalogbullet

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poetry. POETRY ON THE STEPS

April 20, 2017
7:00 pm

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us beneath the towering oaks on the library steps to read a few of your favorite poems, or just come to listen. Original poems and old favorites are welcome. Winning entries of the Poetry Contest for Adults will be read aloud. Refreshments will be served.

Rain site: Children’s Room.

Central Film Series - Partnership with Cville Jazz

MovieNIGHTBIRD SONGS (2016) directed by Stephanie J. Castillo

April 27, 2017
7:00 pm

Thomas Chapin, an alto sax and flute master, was nearing the pinnacle of his meteoric rise when leukemia took him at the age of 40 in 1998. Though fame and world recognition have eluded him despite the mark he left on jazz in the '80s and '90s, his passionate life and incandescent music are unforgettable to fans who knew him and musicians who played with him. more info

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 03, 2017

Central Library will be closed on Wednesday, May 3rd for staff training. Central Library will resume its regular schedule on Thursday, May 4th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


FIRST FRIDAYS ART SHOW

picture.Art by Sara Gondwe

May 05, 2017
5:00 pm

On display on the third floor May 2017. Art by award winning artist, Sara Gondwe. A mixed media artist, Gondwe, shaves crayons onto a 2' x 3' canvas and uses a household iron to melt, combine and shape the colors into a design. The side of the iron becomes her brush. Bright colors, along with a 3-D effect culminate in a work of art. Refreshments will be served.

Free Comic Book Day

May 06, 2017

Once again, the Library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics. Stop by to see what’s available -- while supplies last.
All ages.

Charlottesville’s Inaugural How-To Festival

May 06, 2017
10:00 am

There's something for everyone in this fast-paced interactive library takeover event! Drop in to any 15-30 minute session and learn about a variety of topics, from how to raise chickens in the city or brew a perfect cup of coffee to how to prepare for a zombie invasion or learn computer coding. See JMRL's 3D printer in action and pick up a free comic book while you're here. 10 AM - 2 PM.

Find the Voice in Your Memoir

May 11, 2017
6:00 pm

A memoir tells a piece of your personal story. In this workshop, professional writer and educator Linda Kobert uses writing exercises and readings to help participants find the right voice to tell their own story.
Registration is required and begins April 27.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book coverOLD FILTH by Jane Gardam

May 18, 2017
12:00 pm

Sir Edward Feathers has progressed from struggling young barrister to wealthy expatriate lawyer to distinguished retired judge, living out his last days in comfortable seclusion in Dorset. The engrossing and moving account of his life, from birth in colonial Malaya, to Wales, where he is sent as a "Raj orphan," to Oxford, his career and marriage, parallels much of the 20th century's torrid and twisted history. Check the Catalogbullet

Central Film Series

filmBIRDERS: THE CENTRAL PARK EFFECT (2012) directed by Jeffrey Kimball

May 25, 2017
7:00 pm

A diverse group of full-of-attitude New Yorkers reveals how a hidden world of beautiful wild birds in the middle of Manhattan has upended and magically transformed their lives.
more info

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | Email Us

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Learn how to create an email account, search for information online, complete an online job application or download an eBook by meeting with a staff member one-on-one. Schedule a 45-60 minute tutorial at a public library computer or bring in your own laptop. To make an appointment, call 823-4050.

Meeting Places: Artist Talk

February 22, 2017
7:00 pm

“Book art” is an art form where text, image, and structure join to create a unique book and art experience. Join Lyall Harris as she discusses the collaborative book art made with fellow book artist and printmaker, Patricia Silva, in Meeting Places/Luoghi d’incontro, on display at Crozet Library from January 31 - March 14.

A Night at the Movies

movieGood Hair (2009) directed by Jeff Stilson (BIG READ)

February 27, 2017
6:30 pm

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.
more info Ages 18+

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

February 28, 2017
4:30 pm

Last Tuesdays at 4:30pm
December 27, January 31, February 28, March 28, April 25, May 30
Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Ages 8 to adult.

Make and Take Art: Post Secret (BIG READ)

March 1-31
Unburden yourself by telling your secrets with anonymous postcard art in the vein of PostSecret. All materials provided.

READ ALOUD CIRCLE

circle of books.

March 01, 2017
7:00 pm

First Wednesdays at 7pm
December 7, January 4, February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
Join in the warmth and camaraderie of sharing good stories and poems aloud. Bring along old favorites or new discoveries for the group to pass around and read: short fiction, nonfiction, poems, and excerpts. Come to any one or more sessions. Ages 18+.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 06, 2017
7:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

WOMEN'S LIFE WRITING WORKSHOP - BIG READ

March 07, 2017
6:30 pm

March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4
Explore the process of writing your life through facilitated discussion and thoughtful writing prompts with a small, intimate group. Facilitator Mary Jo Doig will lead this engaging five-week workshop. Participants will register for all five sessions. Required registration begins February 14.

Lost and Found: Upcycled Book Workshop with Lyall Harris (BIG READ)

March 08, 2017
6:30 pm

Generate ideas and create art using “found” content from discarded book pages which you’ll transform into an original book using a Japanese stab binding process. Techniques we’ll explore include erasure poetry, collage, drawing, and free association. Ages 14+. Required registration begins February 22.

Live Poets, Too

March 13, 2017
7:00 pm

Monthly on Mondays at 7pm
December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8
Bring several poems to share, either of your own authorship or another’s, then sit back and enjoy listening to the language of the poet. Ages 18+.

A Night at the Movies

movieBarbershop: The Next Cut (2016) directed by Malcolm D. Lee (BIG READ)

March 20, 2017
6:30 pm

As their surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, the crew at Calvin's Barbershop come together to bring some much needed change to their neighborhood.
more info Ages 18+

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Book Festival logo.

March 22, 2017

Schedule of Festival events at the Crozet Library .

Finding Your Roots: Genealogy Workshop (BIG READ)

family tree.

March 27, 2017
6:30 pm

Explore your family history with this workshop led by genealogy professional Dr. Shelley Murphy. This class will provide you with resources and guidelines to aid your research. Bring your own laptop or borrow one from the library (supplies limited). Required registration begins March 6.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverBROOKLYN by Colm Toibin

April 03, 2017
7:00 pm

Leaving her home in post-World War II Ireland to work as a bookkeeper in Brooklyn, Eilis Lacey discovers a new romance in America with a charming blond Italian man before devastating news threatens her happiness.
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Book Tasting

Friday & Saturday, April 7 & 8, all day.
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you can discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Participants will be entered into a special prize drawing. All ages.

A Night at the Movies

movieAmelie (2001) directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

April 24, 2017
6:30 pm

Amélie is an innocent and naive girl in Paris with her own sense of justice. She decides to help those around her and, along the way, discovers love.
more info Ages 18+

Monday Night Book Group

rebeccaREBECCA by Daphne Du Maurier

May 01, 2017
7:00 pm

At the great Cornwall estate of Manderley, Maxim de Winter and his frightened new wife try to live with the haunting legacy of Maxim's first wife, the beautiful and cold Rebecca, who died in a sailing accident. Check the Catalog arrow

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 04, 2017

Crozet Library will be closed for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 5th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.



Free Hearing Screenings by Hearing Health Associates

May 15, 2017
4:00 pm

Monday, May 15 at 4-6pm
Hearing loss is the third most common physical condition in America after arthritis and heart disease, yet many Americans still go undiagnosed. Stop into the library for a 10-15 minute free hearing screening and learn how to prevent further hearing loss. Hearing screenings provided by Hearing Health Associates. Register for a 15-minute block starting May 1.

A Night at the Movies

movieThe Girl on the Train (2016) directed by Tate Taylor

May 22, 2017
6:30 pm

A divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life.
more info Ages 18+

Monday Night Book Group

book coverAMERICAN PASTORAL by Philip Roth

June 05, 2017
7:00 pm

A former athletic star, devoted family man, and owner of a thriving glove factory, Seymour "Swede" Levov finds his life coming apart during the social disorder of the 1960s, when his beloved daughter turns revolutionary terrorist out to destroy her father's world. Check the Catalogbullet

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PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

pagescreen

February 22, 2017
7:00 pm

Screening of a popular film adaptation of a book on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are served.

Silver Sparrow Search (Big Read) - March

Find all the silver sparrows that have landed in the library. Each one will give you a letter to unscramble a message a little bird told us.

Family Stories (Big Read)

March
Pick up a storytelling or writing prompt to share the stories of your family at the dinner table, in the car, at the library or anywhere.

Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

March 01, 2017
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wednesday 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

March 02, 2017
3:00 pm

First Thursdays:
January 5, February 2, March 2, May 4
Bring any handwork project you’re working on and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

BOOK COVERTHE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF THE LIFE AND DEATH OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS by Christopher Marlowe

March 03, 2017
10:00 am

Based on the German story Faust, in which a man sells his soul to the devil for power, experience, pleasure and knowledge.
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What’s in Your Attic?

clutter

March 06, 2017
12:00 pm

First Mondays from 12-2pm
January 9 CANCELLED, February 6, March 6, May 1
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don’t want it, and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn’s Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or donate? To buy or not to buy. Quinn’s will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction staff to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 08, 2017
7:30 pm

PLEASE NOTE: Location has changed to the Albemarle Health & Rehab Center. Call Gordon Avenue Library (434-296-5544) for more information.

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

THE BACCHAE by Euripides

March 17, 2017
10:00 am

Classic Greek tragedy concerns the catastrophe that ensues when the King of Thebes imprisons Dionysus and attempts to suppress his cult. Full of striking scenes, frenzied emotion, and choral songs of great power and beauty, the play is a fine example of Euripides' ability to exploit Greek myth to probe human psychology.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Book Festival logo.

March 22, 2017

Schedule of Festival events at the Gordon Avenue Library .

PEEPAPALOOZA

peeps.Get ready to create chapters of chicks! Books of bunnies. Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1-29; awards for all age levels and a special Peep Party on Saturday, April 29. See library staff for more information.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

BOOK COVERTHE GOOD SOLDIER by Ford Madox Ford

April 07, 2017
10:00 am

When John Dowell and his wife befriend Edward and Leonora Ashburnham, they appear to be the perfect couple. He is a distinguished soldier and she is beautiful and intelligent. However, what lies beneath the surface of their marriage is far more sinister and their influence leads John into a tragic drama that threatens to destroy everything he cares about.
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Pop-Art Heart

April 10-15
Love your library? Show it by decorating a pop-art inspired heart to add to our mural for National Library Week.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

BOOK COVERNIGHT FILM by Marisha Pessl

April 12, 2017
7:30 pm

When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.
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LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

April 19, 2017

Gordon Avenue Library will be closed for staff training on Wednesday, April 19th. Regular hours will resume on April 20th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

BOOK COVERPASSAGE TO INDIA by E.M.Forster

April 21, 2017
10:00 am

In a scathing indictment of British imperialism, Forster's once controversial novel portrays two Englishwomen who experience misunderstanding and cultural conflict after they travel to India. Check the Catalog arrow

Gardening with Seed Balls Workshop

April 22, 2017
2:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day by creating seed balls using a seed mixture of flowers that will attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Also create a ball to hang from a tree for birds to enjoy. Come prepared to get dirty. All materials provided.
Registration is required and begins April 1.

Peepapalooza Party

peeps.

April 29, 2017
2:00 pm

We will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, and just hang out with other peeps. For all ages, Peep’s builders and fans alike.

Blooms Among Books

May
Get your green thumb going in the children’s room. Plant a seed and watch it grow at your house or in our library window.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

BOOK COVERTHE HEART OF THE MATTER by Graham Greene

May 05, 2017
10:00 am

the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity.
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Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr

May 10, 2017
7:30 pm

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast. Check the Catalog arrow

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group

BOOK COVERGO TELL IT ON THE MOUNTAIN by James Baldwin

May 19, 2017
10:00 am

Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a Pentecostal storefront church in Harlem.
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Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | Email Us

SECOND FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Join your neighbors and friends for an evening of thought-provoking entertainment. Catch indies, foreign films, documentaries, and the latest feature films on the big screen and enjoy complimentary coffee and dessert.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Book Festival logo.

February 22, 2017

Schedule of Festival events at the Greene County Library .

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. 45-60 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment. more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 02, 2017
7:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

movieGood Hair (2009) directed by Jeff Stilson (BIG READ)

March 10, 2017
7:00 pm

Chris Rock explores the wonders of African-American hairstyles.
more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverFATES AND FURIES by Lauren Groff

April 06, 2017
7:00 pm

Marrying in a glamorous whirlwind amid predictions of future greatness, Lotto and Mathilde are shaped throughout a subsequent shared decade by complications, secrets and powerful creative drives.
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Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverEAST TO THE DAWN: THE LIFE OF AMELIA EARHART by Susan Butler

May 04, 2017
7:00 pm

A comprehensive biography recounts Earhart's varied life as a social worker, fashion plate, wife, and pilot, and dispels the myths surrounding her disappearance in 1938.
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LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 08, 2017

Greene Library will be closed Monday, May 8th for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 9th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


LOUISA COUNTY LIBRARY 540.894.5853 | Email Us

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

computer

 

One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning. 30 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment.

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. Contact Tiffany Duck to be added to the email list: tduck@jmrl.org. Program listings are below.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

February 22, 2017
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

Big Read Kick Off Event

Hidden Figures: African American Mathematicians at NASA (Big Read)

February 25, 2017
2:00 pm

Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson did groundbreaking work on Project Mercury, Apollo 11 and other projects. Johnson and other African American female colleagues are profiled in the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and the upcoming movie of the same name starring Taraji P. Henson.

Post Secret

February 27- March 25
Create your own post secret card to take home. Or anonymously slip it into the book drop and it may be displayed in the library.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

BOOK COVERHIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly

February 28, 2017
7:00 pm

An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
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Side Families (Big Read)

family tree.

March 07, 2017
6:00 pm

Local genealogist, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, will explore the search for hidden branches of family trees.


Movie Matinee : Annie - BIG READ

MovieANNIE (2014 - PG) directed by Will Gluck

March 13, 2017
2:00 pm

Enjoy an indoor drive-in for children as we view Annie for part of the 2017 Big Read. Car hops, popcorn, and a cardboard car decorating contest will make the event fun for kids of all ages. Come into the Louisa County Library to see an example car on display before the event.

Silent Dinner Potluck

sign language.

March 21, 2017
5:00 pm

Third Tuesdays at 5pm
January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16
Join the Louisa County Library for a silent dinner. That’s right, no talking during this dinner. It will be a great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. All ages are invited and families are welcome. Please consider bringing a dessert or side dish to share.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 28, 2017
7:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

Poetry Creation Station

April 1- 30 All Ages
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Louisa Library by visiting our Poetry Creation Station. View, create, and share original poems on our board. Inspiration words provided.

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 11, 2017

Louisa Library will be closed Thursday, May 11th for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 12th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


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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.

Family Movie Matinee

Take a break, have a snack and enjoy a family movie at 10:30 am.

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTHE GUNS OF AUGUST by Barbara Wertheim

February 27, 2017
12:00 pm

A definitive Pulitzer Prize-winning recreation of the powderkeg that was Europe during the crucial first thirty days of World War I traces the actions of statesmen and patriots alike in Berlin, London, St. Petersburg, and Paris.
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Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmCHICAGO (2002) PG-13

February 27, 2017
5:00 pm

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
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Focus on Families (BIG READ)

All month long in honor of the Big Read book Silver Sparrow books about families will be featured throughout the library. Fun family activities to pick up at the library for your family are:

  • March 6 to March 11: Shopping BINGO
  • March 13 to March 18: Disney Quote Trivia Game
  • March 20 to March 25: Family Bucket List
  • March 27 to April 1: Family Minute to Win It Game

Adult Film Series

film THE BLIND SIDE (BIG READ) (2009) PG-13

March 11, 2017
10:30 am

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. more info

Spring Break @The LIbrary

Spend Spring Break with your family @ the library with these great programs:

  • March 27: 2:00 to 4:00 - Board Games and Snacks
  • March 28: 1:00 to 3:00 Celebrate Kate DiCamillo’s March birthday with The Tale of Despereaux movie and activities.
  • March 29: 10:30 to 11:30 Special Storytime for all ages
  • March 30: 1:00 to 3:00 Family Movie Fun with Rio 2
  • March 31 - 1:00 to 3:00 Makerspace Activities

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 27, 2017
12:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
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Secrets of African American Genealogy - BIG READ

March 27, 2017
7:00 pm

Join genealogist and local author, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, for an exploration of African American Genealogy, the secrets it hides and reveals about the past. Andi will discuss enslavement, second families, and the challenges of research. Learn more about the history of Nelson County and Virginia. The talk will include resources for those interested in exploring their own past.

Book Tasting Table

March 28, 2017

December 13, January 24, February 21, March 28, April 25, May 23
Each month you can sample some old and new books that may become a new favorite of yours. All ages welcome.

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

April 05, 2017

Nelson Memorial Library will be closed Wednesday, April 5th for staff training. Regular hours will resume on April 6th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


Adult Film Series

film SUFFRAGETTE (2015) PG-13

April 08, 2017
10:30 am

The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. more info

Art With Pat

hand drawing.

April 17, 2017
5:00 pm

April 17 and 24
Pat will be teaching a two part art lesson using a variety of art techniques. These sessions are for adults and young adults.

3D Printing Demonstration

May 08, 2017
4:00 pm

Curious about 3D printing? Stop in to see how a 3D printer works and take home a small printed item.

Adult Film Series

film THE INTERN (2015) PG-13

May 13, 2017
10:30 am

70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
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@ 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. For more information contact Christine Oots at Christine_Oots@msn.com Program listings are below.

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.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your computer use questions and to learn how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 ext. 4 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

Film and Lecture

MovieTHE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (1947)

February 22, 2017
6:00 pm

Join us as we welcome University of Virginia Associate Professor, Dr. Carmenita Higginbotham, for a lecture entitled "American Film Noir meets The Lady from Shanghai.” Afterwards we will screen Orson Welles’s 1947 thriller, featuring the riveting “hall of mirrors” finale. Light refreshments will be served. The movie is Not Rated. Registration recommended beginning January 30.
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partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

February 22, 2017
6:30 pm

Wednesdays, February 22 & May 24 at 6:30pm
Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register.

JMRL Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, February 27 at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library, 705 West Rio Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901

GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT

February 27, 2017
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games to play include classic standards and modern favorites, and each session will feature tutorials for a different game!

  • January 23: Mysterium: Solve a murder as part of a team of psychics interacting with the ghost of the murder victim, who communicates through cryptic pictures.
  • February 27: Pandemic: Work together with other players in specialized roles to save the world from the ravages of four deadly diseases.
  • March 27: Viticulture: Place your workers strategically to produce wine more efficiently than the other players!
  • April 24: Shadows Over Camelot: Play cooperatively as a member of the Knights of the Round Table to better Camelot through successfully completing quests. But beware the traitor in your midst!
  • May 22: Flash Point Fire Rescue: Work together with the other players to save people from a burning building! Watch out as the building starts to collapse!

Mystery Book Group

BOOK COVERA COLD DAY IN PARADISE Steve Hamilton

February 28, 2017
1:00 pm

As ex-Detroit cop Alex McKnight searches for the killer of a bookmaker, he begins to receive a series of mysterious and ominous messages, seemingly from a man imprisoned for life for the murder of Alex's former partner.
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@ YOUR LIBRARY

March 01, 2017
6:30 pm

First Wednesdays at 6:30pm (2nd Wednesday in January & May)
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+.

  • January 11: Origami for Absolute Beginners: Interested in learning how to fold paper into elegant shapes? Just want to get your hands on some origami paper and show off what you can do? Come to learn some classic origami folds and take your creations home.
    Required registration begins December 21.
  • February 1: Foamboard Stars: Learn how to give foamboard the appearance of wood and make stylish decorative stars for your walls. All materials provided.
    Required registration begins January 9.
  • March 1: Relief Printmaking: Learn to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring images and sketches to draw from.
    Required registration begins February 6.
  • April 5: Book Earrings: Wear your favorite book with pride. Learn how to create fun and chic book earrings. Keep them for yourself, or give them as a gift! All materials provided.
    Required registration begins March 13.
  • May 10: Screen Printing: Learn simple screen printing techniques to make a small project to take home. Supplies provided, but feel free to bring personal fabric if desired.
    Required registration begins April 17.

STITCHES

handcraft

March 07, 2017
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. First and third Tuesdays at 1 pm.


Tech Tutors

technology

March 07, 2017
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a “hands-on” technology program for iPhones and iPads on the first Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in April). Registration is ongoing. Class size is limited.

  • Jan 3: CANCELLED
  • Feb 7: iPhone & iPad Basics (Part 2)
  • Mar 7: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • Apr 11: iPhone & iPad Photography
  • May 2: Discover New Apps for iPhone & iPad

Monticello’s Family Tree with Cinder Stanton (BIG READ)

March 07, 2017
6:30 pm

Cinder Stanton discusses her groundbreaking work on the tangled family lines of Jefferson's Monticello.

DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS

family tree.

March 08, 2017
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use 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.

  • January 11: Beginning Genealogy: Getting Acquainted with Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Other Online Sources. Registration is required and begins on December 19.
  • March 8: Where Did They Go? Using the Genealogical Research Technique, the FAN Principle, to Find Lost Ancestors. (BIG READ)
    Registration is required and begins on February 13.
  • May 10: Finding Your Ancestors Using Online Military Records.
    Registration is required and begins on April 17.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 15, 2017
7:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
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BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERHIDDEN FIGURES: the American dream and the untold story of the black women mathematicians who helped win the space race by Margot Lee Shetterly

March 17, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Lisa Woolfork, Associate Professor of English, UVa
An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.Check the Catalogbullet

Meet the Author - Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 17, 2017
6:00 pm

UVA Professor Lisa Woolfork interviews Tayari Jones, author of the March 2017 NEA Big Read selection Silver Sparrow.

What’s in Your Attic?

clutter

March 20, 2017
12:00 pm

February 13, March 20, April 17, May 15
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don’t want it and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn’s Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or to donate? To buy or not to buy? Skip Usry will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for him to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

Virginia Festival of the Book

Virginia Book Festival logo.

March 22, 2017

Schedule of Festival events at the Northside Library .

Mystery Book Group

BOOK COVERINTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason

March 28, 2017
1:00 pm

Detective Erlendur, who works for the shadowy Marion Briem, investigates the case of a man who may have been thrown from an airplane and a cold case disappearance of a young girl.
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Poetry Workshop Series

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April 03, 2017
6:30 pm

Mondays, April 3, 10, & 17 at 6:30pm
Attention rising poets. Want some constructive criticism from other poets? Are you on the hunt for inspiration? Come to this workshop series to work on improving your poetry, and to connect with other rising poets in the area. Registration recommended and begins March 13.

Fairy Houses

April 04, 2017
6:30 pm

A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins March 21.

Genealogy Workshop and Scan-a-Thon

April 08, 2017
2:00 pm

Saturday, April 8 at 2-4 pm
Join us for a genealogy workshop conducted by members of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Learn how to get the most out of Ancestry.com, a genealogical research database available in-library only. In addition, make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides and negatives. Please bring your own USB memory device.
Required registration begins March 13.

AUTHOR VISIT: Beverly Lewis

author

April 10, 2017
10:00 am

New York Times bestselling author, Beverly Lewis, will be giving a talk about her newest novel, The Ebb Tide, answering questions and signing copies of her books. Books will be available for purchase. Supplies limited.


Virginia Wine Today: Lecture & Wine Glass Painting

glasses.

April 11, 2017
6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 11 at 6-8 pm
Richard Leahy, wine consultant and acclaimed author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the definitive history of Virginia wines, will offer a fascinating lecture entitled “Virginia Wine Today” focusing on the wine region around Charlottesville. Books available to purchase and have signed. Afterwards, get creative and paint your very own wine glass.
Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register beginning March 20.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

April 19, 2017
7:00 pm

The group will meet to select titles for 2017-2018.

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERA SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Kim Philby and the great betrayal by Ben Macintyre

April 21, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Rick Potter, Assistant Professor of History, Mary Baldwin University
A portrait of the notorious twentieth-century spy discusses his rise in MI6, high-profile intelligence friendships, and twenty-year espionage operation that culminated in his 1963 defection to Moscow. Check the Catalogbullet

Mystery Book Group

DRY BONES by Peter May

April 25, 2017
1:00 pm

The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d'Administration, who trained some of France's best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet-one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to a cold case.

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 01, 2017

Northside Library will be closed Monday, May 1stfor staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 2th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


National Meditation Month

meditation.Meditation for Total Wellness

May 03, 2017
2:00 pm

Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator for this lively and engaging workshop. There will even be a chance to practice this technique.

3D Printing 101

May 06, 2017

Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 6 at 2:30pm

Curious about the library’s 3D printer, but aren’t sure where to begin? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using TinkerCAD or select an object using Thingiverse and then print it using the library’s 3D printer. Be sure to bring your questions! Registration is recommended and begins 3 weeks prior to the program.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverTHE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

May 17, 2017
7:00 pm

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Check the Catalogbullet

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERWHITE TRASH: the 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg and HILLBILLY ELEGY: a memoir of family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance BOOK COVER

May 19, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Grace Hale, Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History, UVa
A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party. Check the Catalogbullet
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. Check the Catalogbullet

Mystery Book Group

BOOK COVERTHE RIDDLE OF THE SANDS by Erskine Childers

May 23, 2017
1:00 pm

Carruthers is summoned to the Baltic by his friend, an accomplished yachtsman, who reveals his suspicions concerning German activity in the North Frisian Islands.
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QUILTING AND NEEDLECRAFT GROUP

quilting.

February 27, 2017
1:00 pm

Bring your quilting or other needlework and enjoy conversations with old and new friends.

Climate Change Class

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February 28, 2017
7:00 pm

Tuesdays 7-8pm -- Feb 14-Mar 28
Taught by UVa Professor, Andy Wilson
This course will examine several important results of climate change, and study what can be done to slow or halt climate change. We will read the book, “Field Notes From a Catastrophe” by Elizabeth Kolbert.
Class is geared to high school students, but all interested folks are welcome!
Call the Scottsville branch 434-286-3541 for more information or to register.

Saturday Family Matinee

MovieTHE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS (2016) PG directed by Stephen Herek

April 15, 2017
2:00 pm

12-year-old wisecracking Gilly Hopkins finds herself shuffled from foster home to foster home until she meets Maime Trotter.
more info

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

April 21, 2017

Scottsville Library will be closed Friday April 21st for staff training. Regular hours will resume on April 22nd. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.