Programs for Kids

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Central Library: 434.979.7151 ext 3 | childrens@jmrl.org

The Library's storytimes are designed for families. Please call to schedule a personalized storytime for your group.

Mother Goose Time

Mondays 10:00 am

Designed for babies 6 - 24 months with a caregiver
No registration required.
10 - 15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize.
Spring Session March 23 - April 27 (Except April 13)

Romp & Stomp Mondays

Mondays 11:00 am

For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required and begins on January 5. Space is limited.
Play with your preschooler in this lively class of  music, stories, drama, movement, art play, and more!
Spring Session March 23 - April 27 (Except April 13)


Romp & Stomp Wednesdays

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 to 5 with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required and begins on January 5 . Space is limited
Play with your preschooler in this lively class of music, stories, drama, move, art play and more!
Spring session March 25 - April 29

Tales for Twos

Thursdays 10:30 am

For children who are already 2 years old with a favorite adult
No registration required.
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of picture books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel stories that encourage your 2-year-olds emerging literacy skills.
Spring Session March 26 - April 30

SPCA: Read to Paws

April 02, 2015
4:00 pm

For readers in grades K to 2 and a favorite adult
No registration required
Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s “Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team,” that’s who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time.

Charlottesville Ballet’s “The Firebird” Meet & Greet

April 06, 2015
4:00 pm

Ages 2 - 12
No registration required
Ballerinas pirouette into the Central Library for a special interactive reading and dance class. The Firebird fairy tale combines all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and magical creatures.

Earth Day the Australian Way

April 08, 2015
2:30 pm

Earth Day is April 22, and we’re celebrating early. What does the word country” mean to you? Drop in and Investigate how Aboriginal artists use painting to express their relationships with the earth, and make a painting of your own in the “dot painting” style of artists from the Central Desert of Australia.

LEGO Mania

April 09, 2015
4:00 pm

For grades K+. No younger siblings, please.
No registration is required
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation.
March 12:Reaching New Heights: Architectural Inspiration Build
Famous buildings from around the world in photos and LEGOs will inspire us to create our own structures.

Family Movie Matinee

April 19, 2015
2:00 pm

No registration required
Bring the family to Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want
to lounge on the floor.
Tuesday, January 20: “The LEGO Movie”
Sunday, February 15: “Curious George”
Sunday, March 15: “The Tale of Despereaux”
Sunday, April 19: “The Secret Garden”
Sunday, May 3: “The Boxtrolls”

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

April 21, 2015
4:00 pm

For older elementary level readers in Grades 4 - 7.
Registration is required and is ongoing.
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related
crafts, activities, games, and snacks. Free books will be provided.


STEM: Blast Off!

April 28, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 4 - 7
Registration is required and begins on April 7
What can TP rolls and soda straws teach you about outer space? Find out as you create your very own space rocket and launch it to the moon.

Poetry on the Steps

April 30, 2015
7:00 pm

No registration required.Sign-up to read begins at 7pm 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 a few of your favorite poems, or just come to listen. Original poems and old favorites are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children’s Room.

Book Buffet: Free Comic Book Day Edition

May 02, 2015
9:00 am

For all ages
No reservations required, just an appetite for good books
In honor of Free Comic Book Day, the menu at the book tasting tables will feature graphic novels and other illustrated books. Check out your favorites, and then stop by the Children’s Department or the Reference Department for your free comic book, while supplies last.

Romp Dance Day

May 06, 2015
10:30 am

For children ages 2-5 with a caregiver.
No registration required
Jump, wiggle, and jiggle with your romper to a miscellany of music. Dance along as your little one sashays and shimmies with scarves, shaker eggs,
and rhythm instruments.

Tots & Dots at Central Library

May 06, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required and begins on April 29
Join staff from the only museum of Indigenous Australian art in the United States for this early visual literacy class, featuring an introduction to the basic elements of art, multi-sensory object exploration, and an art project. For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Wee Ones: A Toddler Story Time

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For children ages 12 to 24 month olds
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please; this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver.
Spring registration, which is limited, begins at 9am on December 17. Birthdate must fall between 1/7/13 and 1/7/14.
Spring Session March 4 - April 22

Tales for Twos

Thursdays 9:30 am

For 2 year olds and young 3 year-olds with an accompanying adult
Sring Registration, which is limited,begins at 9am on February 12
This is a fun program of nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and fingerplays.
Spring Session: March 5 - April 23

Alphabet Soup

April 02, 2015
10:30 am

Spring registration begins at 9am on February 12
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers Alphabet Soup is a fun half hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings.
Spring Session March 5 -April 23

Study Buddies

March 30, 2015
6:00 pm

Open to grades K-6
Registration requested, but drop-ins are welcome
Need homework help? Let our teen study buddies help you with homework, reading, or math.

Stitches Handcraft Group

March 31, 2015
4:30 pm

Ages 8+
No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome
Come one, come all. Bring any handwork project you're working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing

Page Turners Book Group Little Read Event

April 02, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 3 - 5
Registration is required and begins on March 2
Stop by the library to get your autographed free copy
of “Blue Jasmine” by Kashmira Sheth. Read it on your own to see how twelve-year-old Semma handles her family’s move from a small town in India to Iowa City, Iowa and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.

Gathering for Games

April 10, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades K - 5
Registration is requested and begins on March 23
School’s out! Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games, YOU bring a friend. If you have a
favorite game, bring it along to teach and share.

Earth Day the Australian Way

April 22, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 1 - 5
Registration is requested and begins on March 30
What does the word “country” mean to you? Investigate how Aboriginal artists use painting to express their relationship with the earth, and make a painting of your own in the “dot painting” style of artists from the Central Desert of Australia. Outdoors, if weather permits.

Tots & Dots 9:30

April 30, 2015
9:30 am

Ages 2 - 3 with a favorite grown up
Registration is requested and begins on April 6
Join staff from the only museum of Indigenous Australian art in the United States for this early visual literacy program, featuring an introduction to the basic elements of art, multi-sensory object exploration, and an art project.

Tots and Dots 10:30

April 30, 2015
10:30 am

Ages 3 - 5 with a favorite grown-up
Registration is requested and begins on April 6
Join staff from the only museum of Indigenous Australian art in the United States for this early visual literacy program, featuring an introduction to the basic elements of art, multi-sensory object exploration, and an art project.

Take a Screen Break: There’s So Much More to Do!

May 04, 2015

For all ages
Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available
beginning Monday, April 20. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 23 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for
the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing Please visit page 27 to see more for an extra-special prize!

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Drop-In Stories & More

March 28, 2015
11:00 am

No registration required
Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for 30 minutes of stories, movement, and early literacy, Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun.
March 7: Little Read Saturday Special: Color-bration Start with a story and then explore some more.
May 2: Mother Goose on the Loose Special Mother Goose inspired stories and activities to celebrate Mother Goose Day and these important early literacy gems.

Mother Goose Time Mondays 9:30

April 20, 2015
9:30 am

Registration is required and begins on March 31 for spring
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Spring session April 20 - May 18

Reading Rumpus

Mondays 10:30 am

No registration is required.
A lively drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children newborn to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language.
Spring Session April 20 - May 18

Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30

April 20, 2015
11:30 am

Registration is required and begins on March 31 for spring
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Spring Session April 20 - May 18

Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays

April 21, 2015
9:30 am

Registration is required and begins on March 31 for spring
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Spring Session April 21 -May 19

2's and 3's Together

Tuesdays 10:30 am

Ages 2 and 3 with an accompaying adult
Registration is required and begins on March 31 for spring
A 30-minute program of stories, songs and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds.
Spring Session April 21 - May 19

Monkey Business: Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

Designed for independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds but accompanying adults welcome
Registration is required and begins on March 31 for spring
Come monkey around for this 30 minute program of exciting stories fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories.
Spring Session April 23 - May 21

Special: Peepapalooza!

April 01, 2015

For all age levels
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 - 30; awards for all age levels. See library staff for more information.

Wacky Wednesday

April 08, 2015

For all ages
No registration required
Get goofy at Gordon Avenue Library. Stop in today to spot strange and silly stuff to earn a prize.

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

April 08, 2015
10:00 am

For ages 3 - 5
Start with a book and then go look! We visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement.Then the docents invites the youngest art patrons to explore the museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit.To register or find out what exhibits will be highlighted, email museumoutreach@virginia.edu or call 434.243.2050.

SPCA: Paws to Read

April 21, 2015
3:00 pm

Registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date
Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s “Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team.” Come for a fifteen-minute turn between 3-3:45pm and we will have stuffed animals to read to while you wait. K-2 with a favorite adult.

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings

April 22, 2015
3:30 pm

No registration required
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation.
March 11: Reaching New Heights: Architectural Inspiration Build. Famous buildings from around the world in photos and LEGOs will inspire us to create our own structures.

Tween/Teen Screen Saturdays

April 25, 2015
2:30 pm

Relax and enjoy a free movie and popcorn each month just for tweens/teens. You choose and vote on what we watch. Check with the library to see what movie will be playing

Make it & Take it: Peep Pop

April 29, 2015
3:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Haven’t made a Peeps Diorama yet? Want to make another Peep project? Get inspired by the book inspired Peeps scenes on display and make your own Peep Art.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Poem Pursuit

April 30, 2015

For all ages
No registration required
When you come for your poem for your pocket, stay and go on a poetry hunt from Mother Goose to Shel Silverstein. Find and read poems hidden throughout Gordon Avenue Library

Mother Goose on the Loose

May 01, 2015

For all ages
May 1 is Mother Goose Day! And Mother Goose was shaking a tail-feather at Gordon Avenue Library and left behind some eggs. Crack them open to find and share some wonderful Mother Goose rhymes for all times.

Take a Screen Break: There’s So Much More to Do

May 04, 2015

For all ages
Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available
beginning Monday, April 27. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 16 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for
the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize!

May Movie: “The Boxtrolls”

May 06, 2015
3:30 pm

For all ages
Bring a blanket, grab a “box” of snacks, and cozy down for an afternoon showing of “The Boxtrolls,” rated PG.

Candy Construction

May 13, 2015
3:30 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Use gumdrops, marshmallows and toothpicks to build a sweet structure. See how well engineered you can build it to be bigger, taller, stronger.

Make it & Take it: Key Create

May 27, 2015
3:00 pm

No registration required
The key to a great summer vacation: a unique handcrafted key chain. Stop in to make one to keep or give to someone you love.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Read and Rhyme Time

April 01, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 1-2, with an accompanying caregiver caregiver or parent
No registration is required. Siblings welcome
Learn how to promote early literacy while toddlers and grownups enjoy short books,rhymes,fingerplays, a flannel story, and exuberant song and movement using scarves, shaker eggs,and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a craft and social playtime.
No classes in May

Story Book Beat

April 02, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 3-5 with or without caregiver or parent
No registration required. Siblings welcome
Focus on a particular skill important to your child’s emerging literacy, highlighted for parents each week by our presenter. Listen to some books, enjoy a flannel story, sing and move to music, using scarves, bean bags, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a craft and social playtime at conclusion of the class.
No classes in May

The Book Sharks of Greene!

April 04, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 4 - 9
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up for the first time you come
Guys will read and discuss boy-oriented books, as well as snacks and do other book-related activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a copy of next month’s book.



Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

April 16, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 4-8.
Registration is required and is ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

Monthly on the third Thursday
January 15, February 19, March 19, April 16, May 21.

The Rapunzels read and discuss great books, eat book-related snacks, and make crafts or play games. The first 15 girls to arrive receive a copy of the next month's book.


Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Spring Gardens

April 18, 2015
2:00 pm

For all ages
We will read springtime stories and get our hands dirty planting some seed for our gardens.

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza

May 02, 2015
10:00 am

All ages welcome
Celebrate Free Comic Book Day with workshops,costume contests, crafts, food and more. Register between April 13-24 to receive your free swag bag and tickets for pizza and drinks

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Stories Out Loud

April 01, 2015
10:30 am

Preschool children will enjoy a fun half hour with engaging books, crafts and activities, as they build their social, creative and early literacy skills.
January 7 - May 27

April is National Poetry Month

April 01, 2015
3:30 pm

Please register by March 25 if you would like to read a poem or just come by and support everyone who is
brave enough to share a poem.

LEGO Wednesdays

April 01, 2015
4:00 pm

Bring your creativity and imagination. The library will supply the rest.

Author Birthday Shelf

April 06, 2015
9:00 am

Come check out the library’s new feature. There will be an author’s work on display each month, in
celebration of their birthday. Stop by the first week of the month for a fun handout related to the author’s books.
January: Rosemary Wells / January 29, 1943
February: David Wiesner / February 5, 1957
March: Mem Fox / March 5, 1946
April: Martin Waddell / April 10, 1941
May: Don Wood / May 4, 1945

Creative Craft Pick Up Corner

April 20, 2015

All ages
Each month the library will have a weekly creative craft corner activity that is available for all ages.
January 12-17: Altered book craft
February 17-21: Origami
March 16-21: Mandalas
April 20-25: Altered book craft
May 11-16:Paper flowers

Family Movie

April 25, 2015
10:30 am

Bring a pillow or blanket and join the library for a snack and the movie “The Boxtrolls” (Rated PG.)

Samplings

April 30, 2015
10:00 am

You are invited each month to a samplings’ buffet of books. Come enjoy the smorgasbord of delightful new and older books on the last Thursday of each
month.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Two's and Three's Together: Wednesday session

April 01, 2015
10:15 am

Registration required and begins on December 17
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
Spring Session March 25 - May 6

Preschool Pals Wednesdays

April 01, 2015
11:00 am

designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning enjoy independent learning.
Registration required and begins on December 17
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays.
Spring Session March 25- May 6

Tiny Tots

April 01, 2015
1:30 pm

For children 12-24 months
No registration is required
Toddlers enjoy 15 minutes of language-based activities, rhymes, songs, and stories followed by 15 minutes of play and social time.
THE SPRING SESSION OF TINY TOTS IS CANCELLED

Preschool Pals Thursdays

April 02, 2015
10:15 am

designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning enjoy independent learning.
Registration required and begins on December 17
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays.
Spring session March 26 - May 7

Two's and Three's Together: Thursday session

April 02, 2015
11:00 am

Registration required and begins December 17
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
Spring Session March 26 - May 7

Babies and Books

Thursdays 1:30 pm

For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult
No registration required
A 15 minute program of fingerplays, rhymes, and songs followed by 10 minutes of playtime.
Spring Session March 26 - May 7

Author Presentation: Kashmira Sheth

March 31, 2015
6:00 pm

All ages
Registration is recommended but not required
Meet the author of “Boys Without Names,” “Keeping Corner” and “Blue Jasmine.” This presentation will focus on Sheth’s middle grade and young adult titles, and the author will be able to answer questions from the audience.

New Northside Library Scavenger Hunt

April 01, 2015

For all ages with adult assistance
No registration required
Learn about the brand-new Northside Library with a fun scavenger hunt available at the Children’s Desk and find all the new nooks and crannies of your new library. Be prepared for a hidden surprise!

LEGO Mania

April 02, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades K - 5
No registration required, but space is limited
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded thepeople to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; the library will supply the building blocks!

Northside Players Drama Club

April 06, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 3-5
No experience necessary
Calling all actors, join the library for a monthly theater workshop where we explore improv, story theater, and puppetry, play fun theater games, and much more! No experience necessary; just bring your creativity.
February 2: Puppet Pals. Registration required and begins on January 5.
No March meeting due to library move
April 6: Poetry Play. Registration required and begins on March 2.
May 4: Star Wars Day. Registration required and begins on April 6.

Minute to Win It

April 09, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 3-5
Registration required and begins on March 26
Compete in Minute to Win It challenges inspired by the TV game show. Bring your quick reflexes for a fast afternoon of games. Snacks will be provided.

Family Night at the Movies

April 14, 2015
6:30 pm

No registration required
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided. All
films rated G.
January 13: “Winnie the Pooh,” 63 min
February 10: “Curious George,” 86 min
No March movie due to library move
April 14: “Disneynature Earth,” 90 min
May 12: “Ratatouille,” 111 min

Wiggles & Giggles

April 21, 2015
1:30 pm

For children of all ages with an adult accompanying
No registration required
Each month, we'll hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with 45-minutes of fun stories, silly songs,, and crafts.

Mind Math With Beads

April 23, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades K - 5
Registration required and begins on April 9
Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math. Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A program for parents and children together. Abacuses will be provided for use.

Book Bugs Book Group

April 30, 2015
4:00 pm

For bookworms reading at an older elementary level (best for grades 4 and 5)
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, as well as enjoying snacks and fun games. Books will be provided for first 15 kids to sign up.

January 29, 4:00 PM: “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead. Registration required and begins Thursday, December 4.

No February meeting due to library move

March 26: “Blue Jasmine” by Kashmira Sheth. Registration required and begins on January 29

A Special “Meet the Author” on Tuesday, March 31 at 6pm.

April 30: “The Mysterious Benedict Society” by Trenton Lee Stewart. Registration required and begins
on March 26.

May 28: “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” by Rodman Philbrick. Registration required and
begins April 30

Vintage Game Time

April 30, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 5 - 8
Registration is recommended but not required
Celebrate National Screen Free week with special vintage style games. Play a number of old school games and get prizes while enjoying snacks and drinks.

Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do

May 04, 2015

For all ages
Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available
beginning Monday, April 27. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 16 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for
the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Toddler Time

Wednesdays 10:00 am

For ages 2 and under
No registration required
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing includes simple concepts, patterns, and unconditional
acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories.

Reading Rocks

April 01, 2015
10:30 am

An independent activity for children ages 3-5.
No registration required
This 30-minute program introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.

Monday Afternoon Adventures: Yoga

March 30, 2015
4:00 pm

Required registration begins March 16
Limited to 10 participants.Yoga promotes flexibility and focus. Breathe deeply and learn the joy of yoga with teacher Tay Strauss.

Take a Screen Break

May 04, 2015
9:00 am

For all ages
There’s so much more to do! Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 20.
Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 23 and receive a free book. Show us that you turned off all screens for the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize.