JMRL Teen Page

If you’re a teenager in grades 6 - 12, or a parent, teacher, or other adult who works with teens, Young Adult Services at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has you covered!


Current Programs

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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 215 | jmrlya@jmrl.org

Music on the Steps

July 31, 2015
12:00 pm

No registration required.

Fridays: July 10, 17, 24, & 31

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

Grades 3-7.
Registration required and begins on July 18. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to sign up.

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. Space is limited.

Build It: Cardboard Construction Challenge

August 04, 2015
3:00 pm

Ages 10-14.
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4 beginning July 20 to sign up.

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.

Drop In Games

August 05, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm
Wednesday, August 5 at 4:30 pm

Drop by the library for an afternoon of board and card games. Play old favorites or try something new. Snacks provided, of course.

Create Eye Catching Cover Art for Comic Books and Manga

August 07, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Tuesday, July 21. Limit: 20 participants.

Join artist Derek Yancey in this hands-on workshop. We will explore the parts of a cover, why a cover is important, discuss title design, and how to create a cover composition based on a story. You will create a comic book/manga design that you can take home.

Make It @ the Library

August 12, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Second Wednesdays at 2 pm:
June 10, July 8, August 12

Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Start with our monthly project or use supplies on hand to make your own project.

  • June 10: Guitar Pick Jewelry
  • July 8: Makey Makeys
  • August 12: Fun with LEDs

Central Teen Book Group

August 19, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants. Free books for the first 8 to register.

Wednesdays, June 17 & July 15 at 2pm
Wednesday, August 19 at 4:30pm

Join other teens in discussing graphic novels and other books. Refreshments served.

Crazy Crafternoon

August 26, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Drop in.

Drop by the library to see what you can create with supplies from the Pop-up Makerspace.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Musings: A Teen Writer's Workshop

August 04, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

First Tuesdays: June 2, July 7, August 4.

Join other teen writers every month to stretch the imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Feel free to bring any of your writing with you: this is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, share your work, and receive helpful feedback. July 7 will be our Lyric Lab songwriting workshop.

Teen Film Club

August 12, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Come cool off at the Crozet Library with a free movie event! Enjoy a film with friends and chat about it afterward. Refreshments served.

  • Thursday, June 18 at 2pm: “Into the Woods” rated PG (125 min)
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm: Vote on a music-themed movie
  • Friday, July 17, at 2pm: TBA
  • Wednesday, Aug 12, at 6pm: Vote on a new release movie

Stitches: A Handcraft Group

August 25, 2015
4:30 pm

Ages 8 and up.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesdays: June 30, July 28, August 25

Bring any project you’re working on, or interested in learning, and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

August 05, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended and begins on May 20.

First Wednesdays: June 3, July 1, August 5

Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It’s your chance to make the library your own.

Teen Writer's Guild

August 06, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins on May 28.

Monthly on Thursdays:
June 11, July 9, August 6

Come explore a world of creative writing with fun activities, games and a free exchange of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

Cosplay Cafe

August 08, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins July 25.

Dress in your favorite cosplay and prepare to be served by the teen staff at our charming Library Cosplay Café. Enjoy an array of great manga, tea, Japanese inspired snacks and big screen AMVs (Anime Music Videos). End your afternoon with our costume contest.

Gordon Avenue Pathfinder Gaming Group

August 12, 2015
6:30 pm

Ages 12-17.
Registration required and begins on Wednesday, May 27. Limit: 6 participants.

Second and Fourth Wednesdays: June 10 - August 26

A beginner's group for ages 12-17 playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Game). Materials and snacks provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity and dice if you've got them.

Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel/Manga Book Group

August 20, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins on June 4.

Third Thursdays:
June 18, July 16, August 20

Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Free copies of the book to the first 7 to sign up.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Create Eye Catching Cover Art for Comic Books and Manga

July 31, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required. Limit: 20 participants.

Join artist Derek Yancey in this hands-on workshop. We will explore the parts of a cover, why a cover is important, discuss title design, and how to create a cover composition based on a story. You will create a comic book/manga design that you can take home.

Book Sharks of Greene

August 01, 2015
2:00 pm

Boys in Grades 4-9.
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

First Saturdays*: June 6, June 27, August 1
*July’s Meeting will be on June 27.

Led by guys, Sharks will read and discuss boy-oriented books, as well as enjoy snacks and other book related activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a free copy of the next book. Boys grades 4-9 are welcome to join at any time.

Summer Memory Ceramics

August 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 8. Limit: 15 participants.

Celebrate the summer by decorating a mug or other item with your own design using oil-based sharpies. Don’t know what to draw? Some images will be provided to inspire your mug-decorating muse.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

August 12, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended but not required. Please call or stop by the circulation desk at Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

Second Wednesdays: June 10, July 8, August 12

Do you want to have fun and earn volunteer hours at the same time? Join TAB and help make decisions about the teen programs at the Greene County Library. Snacks provided.

Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

August 20, 2015
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:
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.

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

August 26, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 8-12.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up.

Fourth Wednesdays:
June 24, July 22, August 26

Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. The first 9 teens to arrive at each meeting receive a copy of the next month’s book.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Teen Advisory Board

August 10, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Monthly on the following Mondays:
June 8 at 3:00pm
July 13 and August 10 at 3:30pm

This is your chance to be heard when it comes to programming at the Louisa County Library. Help plan teen programs and participate in activities. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their participation in TAB.

Young Writers' Group

August 17, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Third Mondays:
June 15, July 20, August 17

A free form group that meets to read, write, discuss, and more. Snacks and drinks are provided. New members always welcome.

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Creative Construction Challenge

August 03, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Use everyday objects to create unusual structures.

Family Summer Movie Matinee

August 08, 2015
10:30 am


Various Saturdays at 10:30am

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 pick-up craft table for quick and easy projects to do at your 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

All ages.

Learn all about volcanoes with interesting media of all types.

National Trail Mix Day

August 31, 2015

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 | northside@jmrl.org

Make & Take Crafts

July 31, 2015
12:00 am

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

  • April: Blackout poetry
  • May: Magnets
  • June: Zendoodle
  • July: Pinwheels
  • August: Bookmarks

Cupcake Decorating Challenge

August 03, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins July 20.

The library will provide cupcakes and a variety of supplies for garnishing and decorating them. You provide the creativity for an edible masterpiece.

Craft Creators' Corner

August 05, 2015
12:00 am

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the teen services desk the following Wednesdays this summer for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace. Materials are provided.

  • June 10: Paper flowers
  • June 17: Paper birds
  • June 24: Pom pom bookmarks
  • July 1: Design your own owl
  • July 8: Guitar pick jewelry/keychains
  • July 15: Zendoodle
  • July 22: Upcycled CDs
  • July 29: Collage
  • August 5: Duct tape fun
  • August 12: Washi tape pencils

@ Your Library

August 05, 2015
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
First Wednesdays: June 3, July 1, August 5

A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs.

  • June 3: Sugar Scrub.
    Create a homemade sugar scrub and leave with a great addition to your beauty routine.
    Required registration begins May 13.
  • July 1: Red, Wreath, and Blue Workshop.
    Learn to make a variety of paper shapes to create a patriotic wreath or decorative star.
    Required registration begins June 10.
  • August 5: Bath Bombs.
    Learn how to make fun and fizzy homemade bath bombs from just a few ingredients.
    Required registration begins July 15.

Northside Teen Advisory Board

August 12, 2015
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Second Wednesdays: June 10, July 8, August 12

We need your help. Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people.

Anime Club

August 17, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monthly on Mondays: June 8, July 6, August 17

Watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends while enjoying snacks and pocky. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14.

Game Night

August 24, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 15, July 13, August 24

Wii, XBox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people.

Fave Fandoms

August 27, 2015

Last Thursdays, all day
June 25, July 30, August 27

Celebrate your favorite fandoms by testing your knowledge with trivia and creating a craft while enjoying themed snacks.

  • June: Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
  • July: Doctor Who
  • August: Hunger Games

Chapter Chat Book Club

August 31, 2015
6:00 pm

Ages 11-14.
Required registration is ongoing. The first 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 22, July 20, August 31

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books will be chosen by the group.

Book Buzz Book Club

August 31, 2015
7:15 pm

Ages 14-18.
Required registration is ongoing. The first 8 registered will receive a free copy of the book.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 22, July 20, August 31

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books will be chosen by the group.

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Inklings: A Book Club

August 18, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Third Tuesdays: June 16, July 21, August 18.

Join the Scottsville Library’s long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for a fun and lively conversation. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk.

All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.