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

Dreamtime Storytime - November 21 - December 19

Mondays 6:30 pm

For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.
Our regular storytime season has ended, but we have more stories to share. So pull on your jammies and bring a snuggly to cozy up with, and join us for stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We’ll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night’s sleep. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.

“Nutcracker Suite” Meet & Greet

December 06, 2016
4:00 pm

For boys and girls ages 3-10.
Ballerinas pirouette into the Central Library for a special holiday celebration. Experience the wonder of the ballet and participate in a special dance class with a journey to Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets with the Charlottesville Ballet.

Preschool Star Party

December 08, 2016
10:30 am

For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.
Stargazers welcome! Educators from the Virginia Discovery Museum StarLab bring the night sky in all its wonder into the Central Library. Listen to a star story and gaze at the magical Milky Way and starry constellations in VaDM’s fabulous StarLab. Registration is required and begins November 26.

Lego Mania

December 08, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please.
Second Thursdays at 4­-5pm
September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8*
Do you want to get together with other LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; Central Library will have the building blocks for your next creation. For ages 5+. No younger siblings, please.
*December 8 Star Party: Stargazers welcome! Educators from the Virginia Discovery Museum StarLab bring the night sky in all its wonder into the Central Library. Gaze at the stars in VaDM’s fabulous StarLab, build a LEGO spacecraft, and launch a paper rocket into the moon.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

December 13, 2016
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Monthly on Tuesdays at 4:15-5:15pm
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book­-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Limit: 10. Ages 9­-12. Registration is required.

Make It @ the Library

December 14, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 10-15.
Second Wednesdays at 4pm
October 12, November 9, December 14
Kickstart your creativity with the library’s Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project.

  • Nov 9: No-Sew T-Shirt Tote Bags

    Take an old t-shirt that you're not ready to part with, bring it to the library, and turn it into something new. If you do not have one, we can provide you with one.

  • Dec 14: Homemade Ornaments

    Join us in making a festive ornament to decorate your personal space. All supplies provided, you bring the creativity.

All Aboard the Central Express!

December 15, 2016
10:00 am

For all ages.
Chug into the library and make some tracks. Create unique wrapping paper, cards, or frameable artwork by dipping the wheels of train cars in paint and choo-choo-ing them on paper. Clickety-clack!

Life-Size Candyland

December 19, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland. The whole family can be part of this sweet event.

Dazzling December Drop-in

December 20, 2016
3:00 pm

For creators of all ages.
Celebrate the sparkle and magic of the season by creating some of your own dazzle. Make magic with glitter, glue, doilies, ribbons, stencils, sequins and more!

Mini Makers

December 21, 2016
3:00 pm

For all ages with adult help.
Third Wednesdays between 3-5pm
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home. For all ages with adult help.

  • September 21: September Suncatchers
  • October 19: Glitter Ghosts
  • November 16: Frosted Pinecones
  • December 21: Solstice Lanterns

The Snowman: A Marvelous Morning at the Movies

December 29, 2016
10:30 am

All ages welcome.
Come join Central Library for our annual showing of The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs.

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Blankets and Books: Evening Storytimes

December 06, 2016
6:30 pm

For 4 to 6 year olds and an accompanying adult
November 22, 29, and December 6
As we nestle in for the fall season, join us for these special storytimes. Wear your pajamas, bring a special blanket or stuffed animal and get ready to snuggle in and listen to some great stories before bedtime. Drop-ins are welcome.

Crafternoons

December 07, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 7+.
Wednesdays, December 7 & 14
Stitch up a fantastic little something that is present-worthy just in time for the holidays. The following week you’ll print up some original wrapping paper. No prior sewing experience necessary. Registration is requested and begins November 14. Drop-ins are welcome.

Picture Book Film Fest

December 08, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 2-6.
Thursday, December 8 & Saturday, December 10 at 10:30am
Bring a blanket and pillows and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested and begins November 14. Drop-ins are welcome.

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

December 09, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 6-35 months.
September 16, December 9
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Registration requested and begins on August 26 and November 18 respectively. Drop-ins always welcome.

Groovin’ with Lu and Roo

December 17, 2016
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
Join Lucy (Lu) and Rhonda (Roo) for a dance par-tay, preschool-style! Registration is required and begins November 28.

Paws to Read

December 19, 2016
1:00 pm

For any young reader
September 26, October 28, November 23 and December 19
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

“Movie” On Over to the Crozet Library

December 29, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 6-11.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn – YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Crozet Library for movie details. Registration is requested and begins December 12. Drop-ins are welcome.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

Reading Rumpus - Fall session II: Mondays at 10:30 am Nov 21 - Dec 19

Mondays 10:30 am

For children up to 3 years with an accompanying caregiver.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement.

Drop-In Stories & More - Fall Session

December 03, 2016
11:00 am

Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young.
September 24: Bilingual Storytime
November 19: Library Birthday Celebration
No storytime Saturday 12/24/16

Play Pals: Baby Stay & Play

Tuesdays 10:00 am

Ages 0 -2 years
Tuesdays in December: No registration required
“Play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in infants and young children.” J. L. Frost. Stop in for some playtime with developmentally appropriate toys.

Make it & Take it - Fall Session

December 07, 2016
3:00 pm

For all ages with adult help.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something.

  • September 7: Non-edible apple printing
  • October 5: Non-edible candy corn creation
  • November 2: “Sitting Pretty” pumpkin art
  • December 7: Holiday Card making for all
  • January 4: Glittery snow dough

Creation Station

December 09, 2016
2:30 pm

For all ages.
Second & Fourth Fridays* between 2:30-4:30pm
September 23, October 14, October 28, December 9
*No stations in November
Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

SPCA Paws to Read

December 14, 2016
3:00 pm

Second Wednesdays: September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
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. For any reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one month prior to each date.

Book Bites: Book Discussion - Fall Session

December 15, 2016
3:00 pm

Grades 3-4.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. Limit: 10 readers.

  • September 15: Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky Registration begins August 25..
  • October 20: Nightmares by Jason Segal ( This is not a horror book, but a fun adventure book.) Registration begins September 15.
  • November 17: This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen Registration begins October 20.
  • December 15: Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm (This session will include a cartooning activity.) Registration begins November 17.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Read and Rhyme Time - Fall Sessions

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
Session One: September 14 - October 12
Session Two: November 9 - December 14
A half hour of fun that promotes verbal, motor, and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement, using scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome.

Storybook Beat - Fall Sessions

Thursdays 10:30 am

For ages 3 - 5, with or without caregiver or parent
Session One: September 8 - October 13
Session Two: November 10 - December 15
Enjoy 45 minutes together with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets.
Sing and move to music, using scarves, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a simple craft at conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

Sharks: A Boy’s Book Club

December 15, 2016
3:30 pm

Open to all guys in grades 4-­8.
Bi-monthly on Thursdays at 3:30-­4:30pm
First Fall Session: September 15, 29, October 13, and 27.
Second Fall Session: November 17, December 1 and 15.
Read and talk about great books for guys. Do fun activities. Eat snacks. Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book. Pre-registration is required for each session.

Books at Bedtime

December 19, 2016
6:30 pm

For ages 7 and under.
Mondays listed below at 6:30-7pm
October 17, 24 and December 19
Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite animal, and listen to some wonderful bedtime stories. Wear your costume if you choose, and enjoy refreshments on October 24. Siblings welcome.

Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | Email Us

Preschool Read & Rhyme Time

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 with an adult or caregiver.
A fun program highlighting early literacy skills. Enjoy short books, rhymes, fingerplays, flannel stories and songs using shakers, and rhythm instruments. Siblings are welcome.

Lego Block Party

December 10, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Do you want to build with your imagination? Join us at the library, we will supply the bricks and you bring your creativity.

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | Email Us

Stories Out Loud

Wednesdays 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.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 05, 2016

All ages.
Step into the pages of the song, story, and rhyme of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” and explore each day from December 5 to 20.

Holiday Craft Time: Gingerbread Houses

December 06, 2016
4:00 pm

All ages. Limit: 24.
Get creative and build your own “home, sweet, home.” Registration is required and begins November 29.

LEGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays 4:00 pm

For all ages.
First Wednesdays
September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

Family Movie Matinee

December 10, 2016
10:30 am

Second Saturdays
Take a break from the fall rush for some family movie fun.

  • September 10: National Treasure (2004)
  • October 8: Hotel Transylvania (2015)
  • November 12: Annie (1982)
  • December 10: A Coat of Many Colors (2015)

Holiday Vacation Family Movie

December 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Come and relax after the rush of the holidays with the movie Arthur Christmas.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2016
11:00 am

All ages.
Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at this special event.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

Make & Take Crafts

December 03, 2016
12:00 am

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • September: Banned Books Week burning bookmark
  • October: Pumpkins
  • November: Make a house
  • December: Recycled envelopes

Charlottesville Astronomical Society Saturday Morning Outreach Event

December 03, 2016
10:30 am

Steve Layman with the Charlottesville Astronomical Society will present
"Our Night Sky". This is a program for children and adults of all ages. Weather permitting, telescopes will be set up on the back patio.

Charlottesville Ballet Presents: “Nutcracker Suite” Meet & Greet

December 07, 2016
4:00 pm

For dancers ages 3-11.
Ballerinas pirouette into Northside Library for a special holiday celebration. For dancers ages 3-11. Registration required and begins November 23.

Book Bugs Book Group

December 08, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 3-5
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up. Grades 3-5.

Family Art Drop-In - 3:30 to 5:30

December 15, 2016
3:30 pm

For children up to age 12.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. Great art can be messy, so come dressed to create at the library. We’ll pull out all the glitter and glue for loads of fun. For children up to age 12.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

Toddler Time - Fall Session

Wednesdays 10:00 am

September 21 - December 14
A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns, and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories.

Reading Rocks - Fall Session

Wednesdays 10:30 am

An independent activity for children ages 3-5
September 21 - December 14
This 30-minute program introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.

Puppy Love: Ava, the Therapy Dog

Thursdays 12:30 pm

For any young reader.
Make a new friend and improve your reading skills by reading aloud to Ava.

Homeschool History Co-Op

Thursdays 1:00 pm

For elementary students and their caregivers
Join fellow homeschoolers as they study world history, from the end of the Renaissance through 1850. History to be followed by Science on selected TBD dates. Please call Scottsville Library for details.

Saturday Family Matinee

December 17, 2016
2:00 pm

Movies are rated PG. Popcorn will be served.

Rockin' Readers

December 29, 2016
4:00 pm

Final Thursdays at 4pm
A newly-formed book club for grades 3-5 for fun and lively discussion. Pick up a free copy of the book at the circulation desk. Refreshments will be served.