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!


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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 215 | jmrlya@jmrl.org

Blind Date with a Book

February 10, 2016


February 1-29

Take a chance on love and choose your next book based just on a few hints. You won’t know what it is until after you check it out and unwrap it. Stop by the display in the young adult area to meet and take home a book as your blind date.

Make It @ the Library

February 10, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 10-15.
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4.

Second Wednesdays:
January 13, February 10, March 9, May 11

Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Popup 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. Don’t miss the special Tech Toys session on March 9.

  • 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

Teen Read for a Cause

February 15, 2016

February 15 - March 31

For every book read by a teen during this campaign, the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will donate $1.00 to Read for a Cause, an international charity promoting literacy, up to a maximum donation of $500.

Tell us what you read on this simple form: Read for a Cause
Find out more about this campaign, check out the Teen Read For A Cause Tumblr

Central Teen Book Group

February 17, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Free books for the first 5 to register.

Wednesdays:
January 20, February 17, March 16, April 20, May 18

Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments are served.

Artistic Exploration Inspired by African-American Artists

February 24, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Celebrating Black History Month

Explore a variety of artistic media and techniques used by some noted African-American artists and illustrators like Jean Michel Basquiat, Kara Walker, and Brian Pinkney. The library will provide supplies and examples of graffiti art, scratch art, silhouettes, and fabric art. You provide the creativity for a fun way to celebrate Black History Month.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Central Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

March 02, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Call Angela at 434.979.7151 x4 with questions.

Wednesdays:
January 6, February 3, March 2 & 30, May 4

Take action for literacy by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Central Library. Upcoming projects include the third annual Teen Read For a Cause and an After Hours Life-Size Clue event.

*April meeting moved to last week in March due to Spring Break.

Chess Saturday

March 05, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 3-7.
Registration is required and begins on February 20. Call 434.979.7151 x3.

Part of the BIG READ

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.

Relax with Coloring and Zentangle

March 23, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Part of the BIG READ

Chill out and relieve stress with these fun alternatives to meditation. Color mandalas and geometric patterns or zen out as you doodle. Either way, it’s good for your mental well-being.

Poetry on the Steps

April 21, 2016
7:00 pm


Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us beneath the towering 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.

Create a Book Trailer

April 27, 2016
4:30 pm


Use the library’s iPads and iMovie to create your own short book trailer. Come prepared with a favorite book and ideas for how to convince other teens they just have to read it. Don’t want to do a live-action trailer? Ask Angela about Animoto.

Who Done It?

May 06, 2016
6:00 pm

Best for ages 5+. Teens interested in helping behind the scenes should contact Angela at 434.979.7151 x4.

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

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.

Table Top Games

May 25, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Wednesdays, January 27 & May 25

Whether you prefer old favorites like “Apples to Apples” and “Jenga” or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

A Valentine for That Special Someone

February 10, 2016
1:00 pm

All ages.

1-8 pm

The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. Comeinto the library and make a special something foryour special someone. Supplies will be available all day so you can create a handmade valentine.

ZombieFest

February 19, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins January 29.

Want brains? Drag yourself over to the library for an apocalyptic party of zombie-makeovers, walking-dead games, and a viewing of the movie Warm Bodies. Zombie-licious refreshments served, dress in your undead best, if you dare.

Tabletop Game Scientists

February 20, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and begins January 30.

Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm
Tuesday, March 29 at 6 pm

Try your hand at tabletop games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and more roleplaying fun! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Contact the library for game details.

Zentangle

February 22, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-8.
Registration requested and begins on February 1. Drop-ins welcome.

Zentangle is a fun way of creating beautiful and intricate images by drawing very simple patterns. It takes doodling to a whole new level. You will be creating yours on a 10 inch silk stretched hoop suitable for hanging.

Stitches Handcraft Group

February 23, 2016
4:30 pm

Ages 8+

Last Tuesdays:
January 26, February 23, March 29, April 26, May 31

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

R.A.D. Teen Book Club

February 23, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Tuesdays, January 26 and February 23

Read And Discuss! Free copy of the book included.

  • Jan 26: Jackaby by William Ritter
    Required registration begins December 22.

  • Feb 23: Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore
    Read the book and then meet the writer at the Virginia Festival of the Book Author Panel on March 16 at 7pm at the Crozet Library.
    Required registration begins January 26.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Musings: A Teen Writer's Workshop

March 01, 2016
6:30 pm

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

First Tuesdays:
January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3

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 and receive helpful feedback.

Flashback Friday

March 04, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins February 12.

Part of the BIG READ

You’re cordially invited to kick off the Big Read and party like a kid again with retro games, dancing, coloring books, hula hoops, finger foods, and excellent music! Stay up late to build blanket forts and be prepared for a uniquely entertaining blastfrom-the-past surprise.

Sew Fun

March 08, 2016
4:30 pm

Ages 9-14.
Registration is required and begins February 16.

Abracadabra! Turn a couple handmade pompoms into an adorable rabbit. No prior sewing experience necessary.

Yak & Snack

March 14, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-8.
Required registration begins February 16.

Reading: Feathers by Jacqueline Woodson part of the BIG READ

When a new, white student nicknamed “The Jesus Boy” joins her sixth grade class in the winter of 1971, Frannie’s growing friendship with him makes her start to see some things in a new light. Free copy of book included!

Author Panel Discussion: A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

March 16, 2016
7:00 pm

Did This Author Know My Family?: Sibling Rivalry and Family Dynamics in Writing

As part of the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book, the Crozet Library will host well known young adult authors Hannah Barnaby, Kelly Fiore, and Lamar Giles to participate in a panel discussion about family dynamics and sibling relationships in their literature. Using a variety of experiences from their own work, these authors will engage teens and adults alike in the consideration of what it means to write about family.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

March 22, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration and TAB application required.

Monthly on Tuesdays:
January 19, February 9, March 22, April 12, May 17

We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and help the library plan and lead teen programs, displays, and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It’s your library - Make a difference.

Tabletop Game Scientists

March 29, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and begins January 30.

Saturday, February 20 at 2 pm
Tuesday, March 29 at 6 pm

Try your hand at tabletop games such as Yu-Gi-Oh, Magic the Gathering, and more roleplaying fun! Bring a favorite to share with others or learn something new. Contact the library for game details.

How Do You Haiku?

April 01, 2016

Grades 6-12.

April 1-30.

Submit a haiku around the theme of books, reading, or libraries. The library’s creative writing group, Musings, will vote on their favorites to be featured in a special display.

Teen Film Club

April 06, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested and begins March 15.

It’s Spring Break! Enjoy a movie with friends, popcorn and drinks included. Contact Crozet Library for movie details.

Gathering for Games

April 07, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 5-14.
Registration is requested and begins March 21.

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.

Teen Open Mic Night

April 22, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
If you’d like to perform or submit art, sign up with Allie at the Crozet Library by April 15.

The stage is yours tonight! Share music, poetry, comedy, stories, dance, art, and anything else you wish to perform… or join the audience for an evening of entertainment.

The Literati Book Club

April 26, 2016
6:00 pm

Required registration begins February 23.

Reading: Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Stop by the library for your free copy of the book. Geared toward mature teen readers.

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

Anime Club

May 13, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins April 22.

Calling all anime and manga fans: come share your favorites and watch popular animes with friends.

Teen Book Swap and Book Arts Party

May 24, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins May 3.

Looking for something new and exciting to read? All teens are invited to bring gently used, age-appropriate books to exchange at the annual Teen Book Swap Party. Stick around afterwards as local teen artists lead us in a variety of radical book crafting projects.

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Blind Date with a Book

February 10, 2016


February 1-29

Looking for a great read? Stop by the display and pick out a book wrapped in plain paper with a few descriptive clues. Take the book home as your blind date.

Teen Pathfinder Gaming Group

February 10, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins December 30. Limit: 6 participants.

Twice a month on the following Wednesdays:
February 10 & 24, March 9 & 23, April 6 & 27, May 11 & 25

A beginner's group for 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

February 16, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins January 5. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up.

Third Tuesdays:
January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17

Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided.

  • Jan 19: Noragami: Stray God Vol. 1 by Adachitoka
  • Feb 16: Itsuwaribito Vol. 1 by Yuuki Linuma
  • Mar 15: So Cute It Hurts Vol. 1 by Go Ikeyamada part of the BIG READ
  • Apr 19: The Devil is a Part-timer Vol. 1 by Satoshi Wagahara
  • May 17: Seraph of the End, vol. 1 by Takaya Kagami

Valentine Murder Mystery Night

February 17, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins February 3.

The Advisory Committee of Teens invites you to a night of clues, sleuthing, and fun. You’ll question suspects, examine evidence, and attempt to solve the mystery. We’ll have prizes and treats.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

March 02, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended and begins December 23.

First Wednesdays*:
January 6, February 3, March 2, April 20, May 4
*Special Wednesday, April 20 meeting.

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.

Minecraft Building Competition

March 11, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration required and begins February 26.

Teens are welcome to compete in a friendly Minecraft building challenge! Attendees will be given a surprise structure theme to build and 1 hour to build it! Judges will vote on the best one and the winner will get a prize.

2015 Super Smash Brothers Tournament

March 16, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration required and begins March 2.

Pit your video game skills against your friends. There can only be one declared winner. A grand prize will be awarded to the winner.

Peepapalooza

April 01, 2016

All ages.

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 and a special Peep Party on Wednesday, April 27. See library staff for more information.

Teen Open Mic Night

April 18, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
If you’d like to perform or submit art, registration is required by April 4.

Teens are welcome to share music, poetry, stories, dance, art, and anything else you wish to perform…or join the audience for an evening of entertainment.

Peepapalooza Party

April 27, 2016
3:30 pm


We will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, and just hang out with other peeps. For all ages, Peeps builders and fans alike.

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

February 10, 2016
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

Monthly on Wednesdays:
January 20 (change from earlier date), February 10, March 9, April 6, May 11

What’s the most fun way to earn volunteer hours? Come to TAB at the Greene County Library, and help plan teen programs. Snacks provided.

Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

February 18, 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:
January 21, February 18, March 17, April 21

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

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

February 24, 2016
3:30 pm

Grades 8-12.
Registration is recommended and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

Fourth Wednesdays:
January 27, February 24, March 23, April 27, May 25

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.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Try Some Tech: Radar and Robotics

April 02, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins March 1 and is limited to 12 participants. Students may attend either or both classes.

Saturdays, April 2 & 9

Join WMHS seniors Joey Boehman and Danial Mateen as they introduce the history of radar on April 2 and robotics April 9, followed by hands on demonstrations of each. Discover how these concepts are not necessarily complicated, as you build your own crystal radio at the radar class, and bristle bot and solar roller at the robotics class.

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Library Lovers Month

February 10, 2016

All ages.
February 1-29.

Stop by and find a new way to show your love for the library.

Anti Valentine's Day

February 12, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Tired of the lovey, dovey Valentine’s nonsense? “Uncelebrate” at the library with crafts, food, and activities.

Make and Take: Kente Cloth

February 16, 2016

Celebrating Black History Month

February 16-20. All day.

Participate in the fun by learning about the beautiful tradition of weaving kente cloth. Make a kente cloth bracelet or bookmark to take home. All materials will be provided.

Movie Screening: Selma

February 20, 2016
1:00 pm

Celebrating Black History Month

Selma (2014) chronicles one of the most significant victories of the Civil Rights Movement. Directed by Ava DuVernay.

Minecraft Challenge Club

February 22, 2016
4:00 pm


Limited computers will be available. Registration suggested if you will not be bringing your own.

Monthly on Mondays:
January 25, February 22, March 28, April 18

Teens are welcome to compete in a Minecraft challenge! Attendees will be given a surprise theme and 1 hour to complete it! Judges will select a winner.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Makerspace for the Tween Scene

March 08, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 4-8.
Registration recommended but not required.

Tuesdays January 12, February 9, March 8, April 12

Tweens are able to participate in a fun project and acquire new skills.

  • January 12: A simple and straightforward knitting lesson. Complete a small projects, such as a hair band, barrette, or bowtie.
  • February 9: Let’s rock out with circuits. We’ll build Makey Makey banana keyboards and paper guitars.
  • March 8: Get ready for spring by making newspaper seedling starters and plant herb seeds to take home.
  • April 12: Experiment with building structures using the 3D doodle pen.

Musical Instrument Petting Zoo

March 15, 2016
4:00 pm

Part of the BIG READ

Discover your passion for music. Musicians will bring instruments for you to hear and try.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

March 21, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested but not required. Please call the library with questions.

Mondays, January 11, February 8, March 21, April 11, May 2

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

Redefining Success With Lisa Jakub

March 21, 2016
5:00 pm

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

What happens when you have everything you are supposed to want, but you still feel hollow? Writer and retired actor Lisa Jakub talks about her career in LA, her struggles with anxiety and panic attacks, and her story of choosing a different path. An entertaining speaker, Lisa encourages others to define their own versions of a successful life.

Silent Dinner

March 22, 2016
5:15 pm

Part of the BIG READ

Join the Louisa County Library and Louisa County Parks, Recreation and Tourism for a silent dinner. It will be a great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. All ages are invited and families are most welcome. This dinner brings to life some of what we are reading in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers during the month of the Big Read.

Poetry Workshop with Robert Owens

April 15, 2016
4:30 pm

All ages.

Join talented Virginia poet, Robert Owens for a hands on workshop. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Library will provide snacks.

Poetry, Prose, and Pizza - Open Mic Night

April 15, 2016
6:00 pm

All ages.
No registration required.

Join the library and well-known poet Nathan Richardson for a night of freedom, poetry, music, fun, spoken word and more. Bring original artwork to be hung around the room.

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza Prep

May 05, 2016
3:30 pm


Thursday, May 5 & Friday, May 6

TAB and friends will be prepping for our extravaganza.

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza

May 07, 2016
1:00 pm

All ages.

Celebrate Free Comic Book Day at the library in partnership with Louisa County Parks and Recreation. There will be workshops, art work on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts, a photo booth and more.
Special guest via Skype: Chris Claremont, creator of Gambit and best known for his work on Marvel’s X-men series. Don’t forget to enter into the Comic Book Hero Art Contest for all school-aged children.

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Make & Take Activities

February 10, 2016
12:00 am

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.

  • January: Woven Snowflakes from Recycled Book Pages
  • February: “Take A Look! We’re in a Great Book” Quiz
  • March: Create one of Tom Angleberger’s Star Wars characters
  • April: It’s Spring . . . Let’s Color
  • May: Book Character Word Search

Family Movie Matinee

February 13, 2016
10:30 am

All ages.

Monthly on Saturdays:
January 16, February 13, March 12, April 9, May 14

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

Tell a Fairy Tale Day

February 26, 2016

All ages.

Pick up your favorite fairy tale to take home and read to the family.

Altered Altoid Tin

February 29, 2016

Grades 6-12.

All day.

Create a beautiful box out of an altoid tin box to keep your little things safe.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

National Pig Day

March 01, 2016

All ages.

Did you know that pigs are among the smartest of all the domesticated animals? Did you know they are even smarter than dogs? Learn more about them on March 1st.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

March 02, 2016
3:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
The TAB meets at Nelson County High School in the library.

First Wednesdays:
January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4

Want to help out at the library? Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Members can receive volunteer hours for participation.

Signing Art

March 21, 2016
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

In honor of the Big Read create a piece of art by using the standard symbols used in sign language.

Big Read Movie

March 26, 2016
10:30 am

Part of the BIG READ

Showing: Mr. Holland’s Opus, rated PG.

Spring Break Movie

March 29, 2016
4:30 pm

All ages.

Showing: Shaun the Sheep, rated PG.

Celebrate your Spring Break with us.

International Moment of Laughter Day

April 14, 2016

All ages.

Come share a joke or two with us and enjoy our funny joke book collection.

Poetry Reading Contest

April 25, 2016
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and begins April 18.

April is National Poetry Month. Pick your favorite poem and practice reading it in your best voice. Then come and share it with a panel of judges to win a special prize.

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

Candy Sushi, Again

May 16, 2016
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and begins May 1.

Back by popular request. Come make candy sushi with us.

Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

February 10, 2016
5:00 pm

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

Monthly on Wednesdays:
January 13, February 10, March 9, April 20, May 18

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.

Northside Teen Minecraft Club

February 16, 2016
5:15 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

Third Tuesdays:
January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17

Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved teen 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 Teen Desk to pick up an application. Parent/guardian’s signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server.

Chapter Chat Book Club

February 22, 2016
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:
January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books to be read in February, April and May will be chosen by the group.

Novel Noise Book Club (Formerly Book Buzz)

February 22, 2016
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:
January 25, February 22, March 28, April 25

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books to be read in February, April and May will be chosen by the group.

Intro to Tinkercad

February 23, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 12+
Registration required and begins February 9.

Have you ever wanted to create and print your own 3D object? Come join us for an introductory class where you will learn how to create and modify your own 3D design using Tinkercad.

Become a Film Star

February 29, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 4-12.
Registration required and begins on February 17.

You’ve always wondered what you would be like in a movie...now you can find out! Join local actor Jon Emm from the Actor’s Training Studio for a workshop; have your performance filmed and watch it on the big screen. You may be surprised!

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

What Your Dreams Are Actually Trying to Tell You

March 05, 2016
1:00 pm

Part of the BIG READ

We all dream - every night - even if we don't think we do. Did you know that your dreams are trying to give you important messages about YOUR life? Just like Harry Potter or the Jedi knights, you have this force within YOU. Join Pat Belisle of Edgar Cayce's Association for Research and Enlightenment for this fun (and funny) experience where you will get to practice "dream reading" by using other people's dreams and learning how your own dreams are secretly trying to guide you every night. (You'll get your own FREE Dream Journal, too!)

Anime Club

March 07, 2016
6:30 pm

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

First Mondays:
January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2

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

Makerspace Open House - Rescheduled

March 12, 2016
3:00 pm

All ages.
Northside Library has opened the doors to its Makerspace and Recording Studio. Come learn about the technology available to you with a showcase of the recording studio equipment and Garageband, as well as Tinkercad and our Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D printer. All ages. No registration.

Irish Music and Dance Celebration

March 14, 2016
6:30 pm

All Ages
No Registration Required
Join The Blue Ridge Irish Music School for a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration! BRIMS performers of all ages will perform Irish music, song and dance while also chatting about the tradition, the dancing, the musical instruments (fiddles, flutes, bodhran {the Irish drum}) and more!
Visit Blue Ridge Irish Music School for more information.

Into the Unknown: Planning for College & Life After Your Teen Years

March 16, 2016
6:00 pm

As part of the 2016 Virginia Festival of the Book, Carol Christen, author of What Color is Your Parachute? For Teens, and Dr. Granville Sawyer, Jr., author of College in Four Years: Making Every Semester Count, will participate in this discussion about education and life planning for teens and parents.

Teen Game Night

March 21, 2016
6:30 pm

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

Monthly on Mondays:
January 11, February 8, March 21, April 11, May 9

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

Make Music with a Makey Makey

March 29, 2016
5:00 pm

Ages 9+
Registration required and begins March 15.

Part of the BIG READ

Use a Makey Makey invention kit to create musical mayhem. Turn the whole world into a keyboard and experiment with conductivity fun.

Meet the Author: Cece Bell

March 30, 2016
6:00 pm

All ages.

Part of the BIG READ

Meet the author of the Newbery Medal winning El Deafo, I Yam a Donkey!, the Sock Monkey books, Bee-Wigged, and more. The author will be able to answer questions from the audience.

Act It Out!

April 18, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 4-12.
Registration required and begins April 6.

Join us for some theater fun as we bring a script to life. We will read it, rehearse it and perform it all in one evening!

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

Celebrate Astronomy Day

May 12, 2016
7:30 pm

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.

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Inklings: A Book Club

February 16, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Third Tuesdays:
January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17

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.

Art Contest

March 01, 2016

All ages.
Part of the BIG READ

March 1 - 26.

Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

Scottsville Teen Movie Club

March 22, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Tuesdays, March 22 and April 26

Popcorn will be served. Discussion follows the viewing.

  • March 22: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968)
  • April 26: On the Waterfront (1954)

Free Comic Book Day

May 07, 2016

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.

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