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Central Library: 434.979.7151 ext 3 | Email Central Children's Staff

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

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays

July 29, 2015
10:30 am

For 2 - 5 year olds with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required and begins on June 1. Please only register for
either the Monday session or the Wednesday session

Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, and movement, art play and more.
Summer Session June 17 - July 29

Tales for Twos

July 30, 2015
10:30 am

For children who are already 2 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 literary skills.
Summer Session June 18 - July 30

Book Buffet

July 28, 2015
9:00 am

No reservations required, just an appetite for good books
Try it - you might like it. Ravenous readers take a seat and sample some delicious books. In honor of Summer Reading theme “Read to the Rhythm” the menu will feature musical titles. Check our your favorites.

Breath to Your Rhythm

July 30, 2015
4:00 pm

For rising 1st grade and up. No younger siblings please
Registration is required and begins on July 16
Join Madeline Zimmer, yoga instructor at Bend Studio to breathe, stretch, bend, and relax. Adults are welcome to stay as long as they participate!

Music on the Steps

July 31, 2015
12:00 pm

No registration required
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and
other local groups serenade you while you munch. Alternate location: McIntire
Room.

Chess Saturday

August 01, 2015
2:00 pm

For grades 3 - 7 Space is limited
Registration required and begins on July 18.
If you’re a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants.

Build it: Cardboard Construction Challenge

August 04, 2015
3:00 pm

For ages 10 - 14
Registration is recommended
Harness your inner architect. What can you build with cardboard and recyclables? Will it be a castle, a bridge, or an apartment building? The only limit is your imagination.

Movie: Harold & the Purple Crown

August 06, 2015
10:30 am

For all ages
No registration required
Watch Harold and that purple crayon go, go, go! Based on the book by Crockett Johnson.

SPCA: Read to Paws

August 06, 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.

A G'day for Clapping Sticks

August 11, 2015
3:00 pm

For all ages
Registration is required and begins on July 28
Australian Aboriginal people keep the beat with beautifully carved or painted clapping sticks. Called bimli or turrurru, clapping sticks accompany singers and didgeridoo players in ceremonies and celebrations. Join staff from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa in this workshop to decorate and learn to play your own pair of clapping sticks!

LEGO Mania

August 13, 2015
4:00 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;Central Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Stitches Handcraft Group

July 28, 2015
4:30 pm

Ages 8 to adult
Drop-ins are always welcome
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: A Book Group for Kids

July 30, 2015
2:00 pm

For ages 8 - 11
Registration is required and begins on July 6
Lily’s great at being a sleuth and keeping secrets, especially the enormous secret she’s kept from nearly everyone for two years. But this summer brings along snooping, stealing, lying Tinny Bridges who has mysteries of her own and maybe even the knowledge of Lily’s mysterious past. Stop by the library to get your free copy of “Secrets of Cicada Summer” by Andrea Beaty. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays

July 28, 2015
9:30 am

Registration is required and begins on June 2
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.
Summer Session June 16 - July 28

2's and 3's Together

July 28, 2015
10:30 am

Registration is required and begins on June 2
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with Sing, Talk,
Read and Play.
Summer Session June 16 - July 28

Drop-In Stories & More

August 01, 2015
11:00 am

No registration required
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.

Summer Shimmy Dance Party

August 13, 2015
10:30 am

Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing.

Family Film Friday

August 14, 2015
2:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required
“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” Rated PG. Read-along together the book that inspired the movie then settle in with popcorn to enjoy the show.

Dinosaur Stomp & Chomp

August 20, 2015
10:30 am

Ages 2 - 5
Registration required and begins August 6
Come down to the swamp; join the dinosaur stomp; snack with a dinosaur chomp! Dino-mite stories, activities and a snack.

SPCA Paws to Read

August 25, 2015
3:00 pm

For readers in grades K to 2 with a favorite adult
Reading times are limited: registration recommended and begins on 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 3:00 and 3:45, and we will have stuffed animals to read to while you wait.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Read and Rhyme Time

July 29, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent
Registration is not required. Siblings welcome
Learn about how to promote early literacy while toddlers and grownups enjoy short books, rhymes, fingerplays, a flannel story, and exuberant song and movemant, using scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a craft and social playtime.

Story Book Beat

July 30, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 3 - 5, with or without caregiver or parent
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.

Beverly Botsford

July 28, 2015
11:00 am

Best for ages 3 and up
Rock to the rhythms as this percussionist weaves music, movement, and the spoken word into a colorful, rhythmic tapestry.

Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

August 20, 2015
3:30 pm

Girls in grades 4-8 are welcome to join at any time
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

Third Thursdays:
June 18, July 16, August 20

Read and discuss great books, and enjoy book-related snacks, crafts and games.The first 15 girls to arrive will receive a copy of next month's book. Girls in grades 4-8 are welcome to join at any time.

Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | Email Us

Preschool Story Time

July 30, 2015
10:30 am

For ages 3 - 5
Come with your child for 30 minutes of fun with stories, flannel board and songs.

Beverly Botsford

July 28, 2015
2:00 pm

Best for ages 3 and up
Rock to the rhythms as this percussionist weaves music, movement, and the spoken word into a colorful, rhythmic tapestry.

LEGO at Louisa

August 04, 2015
2:00 pm

All ages welcome
Enjoy your last days before school starts with our fun time making lego creations. JMRL will have the blocks for your next creation provided.

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | Email Us

Stories Out Loud

July 29, 2015
10:30 am

No registration required
Preschool children will enjoy a fun half hour with engaging books, crafts, and activities, as they build their social, creative and early literacy skills.
July 29: Story Time on a School Bus
Join us on a big yellow bus for this week’s Stories Out Loud. It will be a fun way to give children experience with the bus before they start school.

LEGO Wednesdays

August 05, 2015
4:00 pm

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

Family Summer Movie Matinee

August 08, 2015
10:30 am

Cool off on selected Saturdays in the summer with popcorn and a movie for your family to enjoy.June 13: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day" Rated PG
June 27: “Annie” Rated PG
July 18: “Into the Woods” Rated PG
August 8: “The Princess and the Frog” Rated G
August 29: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” Rated PG

Make & Take Creative Crafts

August 17, 2015

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the pickup craft table for quick and easy projects to do at your
craft table for quick and easy projects to do at own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.
June 15-20: Folding Rose
July 6-11: Intricate Coloring Page
August 17-22: Old Book Heart Design

Vesuvius Day

August 24, 2015

For all ages
Learn all about volcanoes with interesting media of all types.

National Trail Mix Day

August 31, 2015

For all ages
Enjoy a sample of trail mix and ideas to help you hit the trail this fall as we close out our programs for the
summer.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

Two's & Three's Together Wednesdays

July 29, 2015
10:15 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Registration required and begins on May 18
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays.
Summer Session June 10 - July 29

Preschool Pals Wednesdays

July 29, 2015
11:00 am

Designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds
Registration required and begins on May 18
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays who are ready to enjoy independent learning.
Summer Session June 10 - July 29

Preschool Pals Thursdays

July 30, 2015
10:15 am

Designed for 3,4, and 5 year olds
Registration required and begins on May 18
30 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays who are ready to enjoy independent
learning.
Summer Session June 11 - July 30

Two's & Three's Together Thursdays

July 30, 2015
11:00 am

Designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Registration required and begins on May 18
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays.
Summer Session June 11 - July 30

Babies and Books

July 30, 2015
1:30 pm

For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult
No registration is required
Babies enjoy 15 minutes of nursery rhymes, simple stories, fingerplays and songs followed by 15 minutes of play and social time.
Summer Session June 11 - July 30

Monticello's Historic Dance Workshop

July 30, 2015
2:00 pm

Recommended for ages 6 and up; adults welcome to accompany children
Registration required and begins on July 16
Have you ever wanted to dance at a ball? Join Susan Woodward from Monticello to explore historic dance from the days of Thomas Jefferson. Learn about the minuet, and then try out the dance steps of Mony Musk, one of Jefferson’s favorite tunes.

Book Bugs Book Group: Summer Edition

July 31, 2015
3:00 pm

For bookworms reading at an older elementary level (best for grades 4 and 5
Join the library for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, as well as snacks and games. Books will be provided.
June 26:"One Dog and His Boy" by Eva Ibbotson.
Registration required and begins on May 30
July 31:"The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity"
(Brixton Brothers)Registration required and begins on June 26

Books on the Big Screen: "Alexander and the Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"

August 01, 2015
2:00 pm

No registration required but space is limited
It’s the very worst kind of day for Alexander, but there is a lot of humor too in this adaptation of the the classic book by Judith Viorst. Bring a blanket and pillows to sit on. Popsicles, popcorn, and drinks provided.
Rated PG,108 minutes

Northside Players Drama Club

August 03, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 3 - 5
Registration required for each workshop and begins one month prior
Calling all actors, join us for a monthly theater workshop. We’ll explore improv, story theater, and puppetry, play fun theater games, and much more! No experience necessary: just bring your creativity.

Wacky Wednesday

August 05, 2015

Find some wacky changes in the library (or library staff), and take home a
wacky prize.

LEGO Mania

August 06, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades K-5
No resistration required, but space is limited
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; we will have the building blocks for your next great creation!

Family Night at the Movies

August 11, 2015
6:30 pm

No registration required but space is limited
Bring a blanket and pillows and join the library for family friendly movies.
Popcorn and drinks provided. All films rated G.
June 9"Trumpet of the Swan" 74 minutes
July 14"Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective,"80 minutes
August 11"Disney's Robin Hood," 83 minutes

Searching For...A Place Where Sunflowers Grow

August 13, 2015
3:00 pm

Grade 3 - 5. Adults welcome to accompany children
Registration required and begins on July 30
Interested in WWII? The Japanese American internment? Art as a means for solace and self expression?
Amy Lee-Tai, local author of award winning picture book, “A Place Where Sunflowers Grow,” will be doing a reading and discussing the source of her inspiration -- her family’s experiences while living in a Japanese American internment camp. Author available for book signing after the program.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

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.
Summer Session June 10-July 29

Reading Rocks

July 29, 2015
10:30 am

An independent activity for children ages 3-5.
No registration required
An independent activity for children ages 3-5. This 30-minute program introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.
Summer Session June 10 - July 29

Wacky Wednesday

July 29, 2015

Find some wacky changes in the library and get a wacky prize. Inspired by the book"Wacky Wednesday" by Theo LeSieg.