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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.

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

May 02, 2016

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 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 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!

Romp & Stomp Art Day

May 04, 2016
10:30 am

For ages 2-5 with a caregiver
You can never have too much romping. Drop in for a romp craft extravaganza and get artsy with your preschooler. Breeze in for a few minutes to explore just one or two projects, or stay and try them all.

SPCA Paws to Read

May 05, 2016
4:00 pm

For any young reader.
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.

Who Done It?

May 06, 2016
6:00 pm

Best for ages 5 and up.
Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the candlestick? Colonel Mustard in the study with the lead pipe? Help solve the mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library! Planned and run by the Central Teen Advisory Board.

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

For all ages
Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages.

Make It @ the Library

May 11, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 10 to 15.
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly 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. Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4.

  • February: Franken-Art - take it apart and use the parts to create something new.
  • March: Tech Petting Zoo - try out JMRL's teen tech toys
  • May: Tech, T-shirts, and Tape - decorate a t-shirt, try out some tech gadgets, or create a project with Duct or Washi tape

Lego Mania

May 12, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and a natural engineering ability. Central Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

May 24, 2016
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Registration is required and is ongoing
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month.Join in the fun book-related crafts, activities and snacks. Free books will be provided.

Mini Makers

May 25, 2016
3:00 pm

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

  • January 27: Snow Animals
  • February 24: Sparkly Dough
  • March 23: DIY Musical Instruments - part of THE BIG READ
  • April 27: Spring Fairies
  • May 25: Tissue Paper Flowers
  • Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

    Dance, Dance, Dance

    April 29, 2016
    11:00 am

    Ages 2-5.
    Friday, April 29
    Saturday, April 30

    To help us celebrate National Dance Week, Krista Weih, a CMA and Movement Educator, will be here to help us explore the joy of creative dance and movement in a fun and educational environment. A wide variety of props, rhythm instruments, and music will add to the fun and learning.
    Registration is required and begins April 11.

    Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 2 - May 8

    May 02, 2016

    For all ages
    Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal 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 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 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!

    Stitches Handcraft Group

    May 31, 2016
    4:30 pm

    Ages 8+
    Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

    Drop-In Stories & More

    Saturdays 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.

    *Join us March 19 for a special story signed in American Sign Language as part of THE BIG READ.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 9:30 - Spring: April 18 - May 23

    Mondays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    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.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Reading Rumpus - Spring: April 18 -May 23

    Mondays 10:30 am

    For children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver.
    A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement.
    Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30 - Spring: April 18 - May 23

    Mondays 11:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    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.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays - Spring: April 19 - May 24

    Tuesdays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    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.

    2's and 3's Together - Spring: April 19 - May 24

    Tuesdays 10:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    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.”
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Monkey Business - Spring: April 21 - May 26

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

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

    May 02, 2016

    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 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 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!

    Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

    May 04, 2016
    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 invite 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.

    Make It & Take It

    May 04, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For all ages with adult help
    No registration required
    First Wednesdays between 3-5pm

    • January 6: Brilliantly beaded snowflakes to hang around whether days are snowy or sunny. Like Keith Baker’s book, “No Two Alike,” each one will be unique.
    • February 3: Marshmallow Marvels (building with marshmallows)
    • March 2: Heart Art part of THE BIG READ
    • April 6: April Showers Painting
    • May 4: Pom-pom Poppers

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016

    All ages
    The Library is joining Atlas Comics to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. Stop in to get your free comic book...while supplies last.

    SPCA Paws to Read

    May 11, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For grades K-2 with a favorite adult
    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 young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date.

    Block Party: LEGO Gatherings

    Wednesdays 3:30 pm

    For grades K and up.
    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.

    Book Bites: Book Discussion

    May 26, 2016
    3:30 pm

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

    • January 28: Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix Registration begins January 2.
    • February 25: Year of the Dog by Grace Lin Registration begins January 28.
    • March 24: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell part of THE BIG READ. Author will be at Northside March 30. Registration begins February 25.
    • April 28: Great White Sharks by Sandra Markle Registration begins March 24.
    • May 26: Rules by Cynthia Lord Registration begins April 28.

    Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

    Read & Rhyme Time

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    For ages 1-2 with an accompanying adult or caregiver
    This fun class highlights early literacy skills. Enjoy short books, puppets, rhymes, finger plays,a flannel story and exuberant song and movement, using shakers, scarves, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a craft and social playtime. Siblings welcome.

    Storybook Beat

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    For ages 3-5, with or without a caregiver or parent
    Focus on a particular skill important to your child’s emerging literacy. Listen to some great books, enjoy a flannel story, puppets, sing and move to music, using scarves, bean bags, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a craft and social playtime at conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

    Storybook Beat - Summer Sessions

    Thursdays 10:30 am

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

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016

    All ages
    The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.

    Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

    May 19, 2016
    3:30 pm

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

    Third Thursdays (Tuesdays in June & July):
    May 19, *June 21, *July 19, August 18
    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.

    Read and Rhyme Time - Summer Sessions

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
    June 1 - July 6; August 3-17
    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.

    Summer Reading Kickoff Party

    June 06, 2016
    6:00 pm

    All ages welcome.
    Join the Greene County Library for all kinds of fun including a moon bounce, ice cream, face painting, live music, juggling and a petting zoo. Take a balloon animal home with you. Visit with Pete the Cat who always says, “It’s all good.”

    Book Sharks of Greene

    June 07, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.
    Tuesdays, June 7,14, 21, 28 at 3:30-4:30pm
    Read and talk about great books. Do fun activities. Eat snacks. Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book. Open to all guys in grades 4-8.

    How to Toon: A Cartooning Workshop with Joe Wos

    June 21, 2016
    6:30 pm

    Grades 2-8.
    Cartoonist Joe Wos will inspire and entertain as he shows you how to create
    and develop some incredible cartoon characters.
    Registration is required and begins May 30.

    Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics

    July 16, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For grades 4-8.
    Are you ready to have some fun and draw on your inner eccentric? We are on a quest for champions. The library will host four exciting book-based competitions. Prizes will be awarded. Confetti iced cake and lemon berry fizz will be served. Required registration begins June 20 and is limited to 20 participants.

    Books at Bedtime

    Mondays 6:30 pm

    For ages 3-5.
    Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to some great bedtime stories.

    Summer Family Movie

    August 13, 2016
    2:30 pm

    Take a break from all of the rush of getting everyone ready for school. Relax and enjoy the exciting movie Zootopia, rated PG. All ages welcome, (Common Sense Media recommends for ages 8+). Refreshments provided. Registration required.

    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.

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016
    12:30 pm

    All ages welcome.
    Celebrate free comic book day with the library in partnership with Louisa Parks, Recreation, and Louisa Tourism. Fun workshops, artwork on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts photo booth, prizes and more. Don’t forget to enter the Comic book hero art contest for all school age children.

    Friday Family Movies

    June 03, 2016
    1:00 pm

    Every other Friday (June 3 - July 29) at 1pm
    Relax and enjoy a free movie, drinks, and popcorn.
    June 3: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13)
    June 17: Pan (2015, PG)
    July 1: Max (2015, PG)
    July 15:The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015, TV)
    July 29: Zootopia (2016, PG)

    Make & Take Crafts

    June 06, 2016

    Bring in the summer with this lovely and useful craft: button bookmarks. All materials provided.

    Summer Reading Kickoff Olympics

    June 07, 2016
    11:45 am

    Come join the Louisa County Library for our summer program kickoff. The Library Olympics will be held including games such as discus & javelin throw, ring toss, wheelbarrow racing, and more. Athlete registration begins at 11:45am and the torch lighting relay race will be at noon, followed by games and snacks. A medal ceremony for all athletes who participate will be a great photo op for parents.

    Drumming Workshop

    July 11, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Grades 5+.
    Do you love drumming? Join William “Whit” Whitten of Drum Call for an exciting, interactive workshop that explores the sounds of African drumming. Drums will be provided. Limit: 20.
    Required registration begins on June 27.

    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.

    LEGO Wednesdays

    Wednesdays 4:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

    Family Movie Matinee

    May 14, 2016
    10:30 am

    Take a Saturday break, pick up some books and enjoy a movie. Refreshments provided.

    • January 16: MINIONS (2015) directed by Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin
    • February 13: THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG (1975) directed by Norman Tokar
    • March 12: AN AMERICAN TAIL (1986) directed by Don Bluth
    • April 9: WRECK IT RALPH (2012) directed by Rich Moore
    • May 14: LITTLE WOMEN (1994) directed by Gillian Armstrong

    Recycled Art - CD Weaving

    May 18, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For Grades 2 - 5.
    Get creative and make a beautiful weaving by repurposing old CDs and yarn.
    Registration is requested and begins May 4.

    Author Birthday Shelf

    June 01, 2016

    There will be an author’s work displayed each month, in celebration of their birthday. Stop by the first week of each month for a fun handout related to the author’s books.
    June: Richard Scarry / June 5, 1919
    July: Laura Joffe Numeroff / July 14, 1953
    August: Tasha Tudor / August 28, 1915

    Make & Take Activities

    June 01, 2016

    For all ages.
    Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

    • June: Create a Bookface
    • July: Create a Button for Your Favorite Book
    • August: Library Scavenger Hunt

    Summer Snack Location

    June 06, 2016
    11:00 am

    Any child under the age of 18 will be able to get a free snack from 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday at Nelson Memorial Library. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Food Bank and the Virginia No Kid Hungry program.

    Summer Reading Kickoff

    June 06, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For all ages.
    “Read for the Win” is the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge. Face painting, art projects, lots of activities, snacks and information abound as this program begins.

    Meet the Nelson County Community Orchestra

    June 07, 2016
    3:00 pm

    “Come play with us!” say the Wandering Minstrels of the Nelson County Community Orchestra. Meet some of the instruments that make up an orchestra in our “petting zoo,” find out where they came from and how they make music. Sing along and play along with percussion instruments to Memorial and Flag Day patriotic tunes.

    Wintergreen Nature Foundation

    June 08, 2016
    10:30 am

    For All Ages.
    Join Naturalist Kathie Driscoll of the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen and discover the world of squirrels. Through active play and a visit from a lively flying squirrel, you’ll quickly learn that these forest friends are playful and a bit squirrely.

    Competition in Nature

    June 10, 2016
    10:30 am

    Competition is not just a sport, sometimes it’s about survival. Trees do it, squirrels do it, even snakes do it. Join Kathie Driscoll of the Nature Foundation at Wintergreen and a few of her lively friends and discover competition… nature’s way.
    Registration required and begins May 27. Limit: 25 participants.

    Batteau Day

    June 20, 2016

    For all ages.
    The batteaux arrive in Wingina today on their eight day journey from Lynchburg to Richmond. Stop by the library on your way to Wingina and discover some interesting facts about Nelson County and the batteau.

    Family Movie Matinee - Summer Session

    June 24, 2016
    2:00 am

    For all ages.
    Take a break and cool off throughout the summer for some family movie fun.

    • June 24: The Peanuts Movie (2015)
    • July 8: The Good Dinosaur (2015)
    • July 22: Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)
    • August 5: Norm of the North (2016)

    Summer Fun & Healthy Too

    June 30, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Before the days of modern luxuries, living healthfully was a means of survival, rather than a matter of choice. This interactive, hands-on series presented by Backyard Revolution will explore food traditions cultivated long before present day conveniences. more info

    • June 30: Preservation, Cultures and Fermentation
      Discover the alchemy of preservation, as we “put up” herbs, vegetables, and other food without electricity, while boosting healthfulness.
    • July 14: It All Begins With a Seed
      Learn how the natural process of sprouting skyrockets regular seeds into nutritional powerhouses of superhuman proportions.
    • July 28: Honey, Sorghum, Butter, and Lard
      Follow the foods of our forebearers back in time to a world where everything was organic, locally raised, and non-gmo. Decipher grass-fed vs grain-fed, pasteurized vs raw, organic vs genetically-modified and what it means to you and yours.

    Get Out of the Doghouse Day

    July 18, 2016

    For all ages.
    Take a look at the many ways that you can get out of or maybe in the doghouse.

    Wacky Wednesday

    July 20, 2016

    For all ages.
    Visit the Nelson Memorial Library, find some wacky changes in the library (or the library staff) and win a wacky prize.

    Storytime on a School Bus

    July 27, 2016
    10:30 am

    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.

    Harry Potter Party

    August 01, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For all ages.
    In honor of J.K. Rowling’s new book release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II you are invited to a Harry Potter Party. Come dressed in your Hogwarts finest (of course you don’t have to dress the part) and celebrate with games, activities, and snacks.

    Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

    August 25, 2016

    For all ages.
    Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a display and activities for the day.

    Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

    National Screen-Free Week

    May 02, 2016

    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 25. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 14 and receive a free book.

    LEGO Mania

    May 05, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For ages 5+
    First Thursdays at 4 pm
    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 supply the building blocks!

    Family Night at the Movies

    May 10, 2016
    6:30 pm

    All ages
    Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided.

    • December 8 Charlotte’s Web (PG)
    • February 9: Curious George (G,2006)
    • March 8: Big Hero 6 (PG, 2014)
    • April 12: Finding Nemo (G, 2003)
    • May 10: Jumanji (PG, 1995)
      • Book Bugs Book Group

        May 12, 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.

        • January 14: Savvy by Ingrid LawRegistration begins December 17.
        • February 11: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittRegistration begins January 14.
        • March 10: El Deafo by Cece Bell part of THE BIG READ. Registration begins February 11.
        • April 14: Duke by Kirby Larson Registration begins March 10.
        • May 12: 11 Birthdays by Wendy MassRegistration begins April 14.

        Celebrate Astronomy Day

        May 12, 2016
        7:30 pm

        For all ages
        Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30 PM. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting)through telescopes set up on the rear patio. The event will conclude around 10:30 PM, or perhaps even later if the skies are clear!
        Children must be 10 yrs. or older and accompanied by an adult

        Northside Minecraft Club

        May 17, 2016
        4:15 pm

        For Grades 3-5.
        Third Tuesdays at 4:15 pm.
        Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up an application. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Registration required and begins two weeks before event date.

        Fairy Houses

        May 17, 2016
        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 May 3.

        Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

        Toddler Time

        Wednesdays 10:00 am

        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

        Wednesdays 10:30 am

        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.

        Toddler Time - Summer Session - June 8 - August 10

        Wednesdays 10:00 am

        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 - Summer Session - June 8 - August 10

        Wednesdays 10:30 am

        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.

        Take a Screen Break

        May 02, 2016

        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 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 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!

        Spanish Story Time

        May 02, 2016
        11:00 am

        All ages welcome.
        Encouraging literacy and global mindfulness through children’s stories and songs in Spanish.

        Homeschool History Co-Op

        Thursdays 1:00 pm

        For elementary students and their caregivers
        Join fellow homeschoolers as they study world history, from the Fall of Rome through the Renaissance.

        Free Comic Book Day

        May 07, 2016

        All ages
        The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.

        Homeschool Game Day

        May 13, 2016
        10:00 am

        All ages welcome.
        Meet other homeschoolers at the library for gaming fun. Build skills through exciting and innovative educational board games focusing on logic, strategy, and analytical thinking. Games will be provided.

        Make & Take Activities

        June 01, 2016

        For all ages.
        Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace. Materials provided.

        • June only: Traditional Brazilian game, Cinco Marias.

        • June-August: Rainbow Loom bracelets.

        Monday Afternoon Adventure: On Your Mark

        June 06, 2016
        4:00 pm

        For grades K-5.
        This summer the Olympic Games are being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The summer reading challenge theme at JMRL is “Read for the Win.” Fun is the object of our spin on the ancient games. Compete in indoor “races” with feathers, balloons and spoons.

        Saturday Family Matinee

        June 18, 2016
        2:00 pm

        For all ages.
        Animated film program for the whole family.

        • June 18: The Good Dinosaur (2015)

        • July 16: Zootopia (2016)

        Monday Afternoon Adventure: Collaged Post Card

        June 20, 2016
        4:00 pm

        For grades K-5.
        Use old magazines to cut out pictures and glue them on a postcard telling a story about a fun event. Stamps will be provided to post them in the US mail.

        Theatre Games

        June 28, 2016
        7:00 pm

        Grades 4-9.
        Professional actor and musician Koda Kerl will present an acting workshop featuring theatre games, improv, stage combat, and lots more. You never know when a star will be born. Limit: 20.
        Registration begins June 14.

        Get Ready, Set, Read! Book Talk

        July 25, 2016
        4:00 pm

        For grades 3-7.
        Reading: Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
        A wild twelve year old from Brazil and a spirited filly find moving to a New York racetrack a challenging journey. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk.