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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

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

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

  • November: Origami
  • December: Cards

BOOK TASTING - Saturdays

Try it - you may like it! Ravenous readers - take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you will discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards.

JMRL Board Meeting

November 24, 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.

Recycled Book Crafts - Card-Making

December 03, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Make a variety of easy holiday cards using recycled book pages.

REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

book coverTHE GIFT OF PETS by Bruce Coston

December 07, 2014
2:30 pm

Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
A veterinarian shares new stories from his Virginia country practice, recounting his interactions with such colorful patients as a remarkably friendly parrot, a lovable Bull Mastiff, and a rock-eating beagle shepherd mix.
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HOLIDAY CRAFT OPEN HOUSE

December 14, 2014
2:00 pm

Stop by anytime from 2-4 pm to make a variety of holiday crafts including ornaments, greeting cards, and more. No registration required, and open to ages 14+.

CREATIVE WRITING

December 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

No December selection -- meet to pick titles for 2015.

December 18, 2014
12:00 pm

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover. THE GOLDFINCH by Diana Tartt

January 15, 2015
12:00 pm

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Check the Catalog arrow

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverCONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela

January 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Draws on the author's personal archive of never-before-seen papers to offer unique access to the private world of the incomparable world leader, who worked from prison to end apartheid in South Africa.
Check the catalogbullet

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. For adults ages 16+.

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.

Program listings are below.

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book of return to the library by Friday, December 5

STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP FOR AGES 8 TO 108

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November 25, 2014
4:30 pm

Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesday of the month:
September 30, October 28, November 25, December 30.

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.

Monday Evening Book Group

book coverI KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou

December 01, 2014
7:00 pm

A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people—and the times—that touched her life. Check the Catalog arrow

IF I HAD A HAMMER - METAL STAMPING Craft Program

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December 10, 2014
7:00 pm

Create personalized art with metal stamps. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Call to register starting Monday, November 24. Ages 17+.


Monday Evening Book Group

book coverHIS EXCELLENCY, GEORGE WASHINGTON by Joseph J.Ellis

January 05, 2015
7:00 pm

Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments. Check the Catalog arrow

DEMYSTIFYING DOWNLOADABLES - iPADS AND KINDLES AND NOOKS, OH MY!

January 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Second session: Saturday, February 7, 2pm

Learn how to download free audiobooks, eBooks and magazines for your electronic devices through the library. Call to register for one of these two sessions, starting Monday, December 29.

Crozet Soiree

soireeTERRA VOCE, Cello and Flute Duo

January 14, 2015
7:00 pm

An encore performance! Performing as Terra Voce, cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill seek to explore their interest in musical expression from many different places and times...They have delighted audiences with their virtuosity, diverse and innovative programming, and engaging, conversational style of presentation. For adults, ages 16 and over.

Future Programs:

  • 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.

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverCANDIDE by Voltaire

November 21, 2014
10:00 am

A classic, satiric novel, by the noted 18th century French author and philosopher chronicles the misadventures of the naďve Candide, who continues to manifest her belief that "all is for the best" despite the injustice, despair, and suffering she encounters in life. Check the Catalog arrow

Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

December 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

December 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.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverLETTERS FROM THE EARTH by Mark Twain

December 05, 2014
10:00 am

Letters from the Earth is one of Mark Twain's posthumously published works. The essays were written during a difficult time in Twain's life; he was deep in debt and had lost his wife and one of his daughters. The book consists of a series of short stories, many of which deal with God and Christianity. Check the Catalog arrow

GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN

December 06, 2014
2:00 pm

Registration Required
Make a gift of a soup, cookie, or tea mix in mason jars. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Call 434.296.5544 to register starting November 15.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverALL THE BIRDS, SINGING by Evie Wyld

December 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep. Check the Catalog arrow

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverKIM by Rudyard Kipling

December 19, 2014
10:00 am

Kim, an Irish orphan, journeys throughout India and accompanies a holy man on his quest for a mystic river. Check the Catalog arrow

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverPOETRY by Pablo Neruda

January 02, 2015
10:00 am

A collection of poems by the Nobel Prize-winning author features translations, many of them specially commissioned, of almost six hundred works. Selections TBA Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

  • January 16 Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  • February 6: The Book of Ruth from the Old Testament
  • February 20: The Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
  • March 6: After Many a Summer Dies the Swan by Aldous Huxley
  • March 20: Wise Blood by Flannery O'Connor. Meeting at the Central Library
  • April 3: TBA. Meeting at the Central Library
  • April 17: short stories by Alice Munro. Readers' choice.
  • May 1: Tales of Genji. Meeting place TBA.
  • May 15: Tales of Genji

DOWNLOADING WORKSHOP

January 10, 2015
2:00 pm

Registration Required
Learn how to get free audiobooks and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library. Call 434.296.5544 to register starting December 20.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverGILEAD by Marilynne Robinson

January 14, 2015
7:30 pm

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:


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.

Just in Time for the Holiday: The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

November. Share your love of reading with the gift of a book for a child in the Greene County Preschool. Each child will receive a hardback picture book of their own to keep in December.

One-on-One Computer Assistance

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Want to improve your computer skills or just get a little extra help? Meet with a library staff member for up to 45 min of one-on-one help using a computer. Call 434-985-5227 to schedule an appointment, or ask in person.more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverLONGBOURN by Jo Baker

December 04, 2014
7:00 pm

A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid. Check the Catalog arrow

Friday Film Series

MovieIDA directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (2013)

December 12, 2014
7:00 pm

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.more info

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.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book cover.GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

November 25, 2014
7:00 pm

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

  • December: No Meeting
  • Are You a DIY Person?

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

    November 26, 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

    FALL FAMILY MOVIES

    December 16, 2014
    6:30 pm

    No registration required.
    Bring a blanket and pillows, or even your dinner, and join us for family friendly movies.
    Popcorn and drinks provided! No registration required. For all ages. Call 540.894.5853 for titles.

    WHITE ELEPHANT SWAP

    January 02, 2015
    2:00 pm

    Bring a wrapped gift to exchange for an afternoon of fun and games for adults. Refreshments will be provided.

    Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

    book cover.MRS.LINCOLN'S DRESSMAKER by Jennifer Chiaverini

    January 27, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Presents a fictionalized account of the friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and her dressmaker Elizabeth Keckley, a former slave. Check the Catalog arrow

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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

    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

    BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

    "FREE READ"

    December 15, 2014
    12:00 pm

    Annual Cookie Exchange(bring 4 doz. or more, take 4 doz. or more!!!!)
    For more information, call 434.263.5904.

    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.

    In Partnership with the Toy Lift Charities

    "Books Lift Kids" Drop Off Spot

    November 21, 2014

    Northside Library is an official "Books Lift Kids" drop off spot. Help us support the Toy Lift Charities by donatating new or gently used "like new" books.

    The Giving Tree

    November 21, 2014

    Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

    Books Sandwiched In

    book coverTHE LOST ART OF DRESS: THE WOMEN WHO ONCE MADE AMERICA STYLISH by Linda Przybyszewski

    November 21, 2014
    12:00 pm

    A prize-winning dressmaker and history professor discusses how modern women have lost the fashion sense and ability to dress professionally, appropriately, and flatteringly. Check the Catalog arrow

    YOGA MONDAYS

    December 01, 2014
    1:30 pm

    Registration Required
    Kris Onuf, a 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. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 434.973.7893 for more information. Classes begin October 27.

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    Holiday Treats

    December 03, 2014
    6:30 pm

    Registration Required
    Laurie Blakey, co-owner/operator of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe on West Main Street will teach you to create your own confectionary holiday treats. Registration begins November 12. Class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

    Books Sandwiched In

    book coverROT, RIOT, AND REBELLION: MR. JEFFERSON'S STRUGGLE TO SAVE THE UNIVERSITY THAT CHANGED AMERICA by Rex Bowman & Carlos Santos

    December 12, 2014
    12:00 pm

    Today, the University of Virginia is among America's elite public institutions, but, as journalists Bowman and Santos point out in this sometimes workmanlike, yet often gripping, chronicle of "Mr. Jefferson's university," the institution's first two decades were fraught with violence generated by restless, riotous, and rebellious students. Check the Catalog arrow

    OVERDRIVE TUTORIALS

    December 27, 2014
    2:00 pm

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

    • Saturday, December 27, 2-4 pm
    • Tuesday, December 30, 6-8 pm

    Tech Tutors

    technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

    January 06, 2015
    1:00 pm

    Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program for iPhone and iPad users on the first Tuesday of each month.
    Topic for January: iPhone & iPad Basics
    Discover apps that allow you to create photo projects on your iPhone and iPad. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (973.7893).

    Wednesday Evening Book Group

    book cover.THE GRAPES OF WRATH by John Steinbeck

    January 21, 2015
    7:00 pm

    Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression. Check the Catalog arrow


    Future Readings:


    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.

    The Giving Tree

    November 21, 2014

    Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5