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Central Library: 434.979.7151 ext 3 | childrens@jmrl.org

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

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

Chess Saturday

November 22, 2014
2:00 pm

For ages 8 to 12
Registration is required and begins on Saturday, November 1. Space is limited
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.

Book Buffet

November 26, 2014
9:00 am

For all ages
No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers take a seat at the Central Library Book Tasting. We will have menus of books to devour. Comment cards will allow "diners" to share their opinions. Doggy bags available to take home leftovers. Today’s specials include generous servings of delicious stories featuring food and family.

Romp Play Day

December 01, 2014
10:00 am

For children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver
Registration requested
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.

Romp Dance Day

December 03, 2014
10:30 am

For children ages 2 to 5 with a caregiver
Registration requested
Jump, wiggle, and jiggle with your romper to a miscellany of music. Dance along as your little one sashays and shimmies with scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments.

Dazzling December Drop-In Craft

December 08, 2014
10:00 am

For all ages
No registration required
Tis the season to create captivating cards and wondrous wrapping paper. Drop in the Children's Room anytime between 10 and 11 am

Bend and Stretch

December 10, 2014
10:30 am

For children ages 2 - 6
Registration if registration is required and begins on Monday, December 1
Escape the holiday madness and get all the kinks out with playful, invigorating, and oh-so-restoring yoga exercises led by an instructor from Bend Yoga. Activities include games, music, and imaginative play.

LEGO Mania!

December 11, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up
No registration required.No younger siblings, please
La-La for LEGO’s? Come to JMRL’s construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. JMRL will provide the blocks!

Baby Romp  

December 15, 2014
10:30 am

Open to tots ages 2 and under and their caregivers
No registration required
Come for movement and interactive play for your little one, and grown-up conversation for you. What more could you ask?

Charlottesville Ballet Academy Presents: The “Nutcracker Suite” Meet & Greet!

December 15, 2014
4:00 pm

For boys and girls ages 2 to 12
No registration is required
Please arrive early. Doors will close at 4:10 pm
Ballerinas pirouette into the Central Library for a special holiday celebration. Experience the wonder of the ballet and participate in a special dance class with a journey to Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets.  

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

December 16, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 9 - 12
Registration is required and is ongoing. Space is limited
Fall into some great reads and join Ms Karen in snacking and chatting about a different book each month. Take home a copy of the book for keeps!


Life-Size Candyland Game

December 22, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland! The whole family can be part of the sweet event.

Family Movie Matinee

December 28, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages.
No registration required.
It's back! Join Central Library for free fresh popcorn and fabulous films on the big screen. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor.
Sunday, September 7, 2pm: Disneynature Bears
Sunday, October 26, 2pm: The Iron Giant
Tuesday, November 4, 2pm: The Neverending Story
Sunday, December 28, 2pm: Frozen

A Marvelous Morning at the Movies

December 30, 2014
10:30 am

Fun for the entire family
No registration is required
He's Back! Come join us for our annual showing of THE SNOWMAN based on the book by Raymond Briggs

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Blankets and Books: Evening Storytimes

November 25, 2014
6:30 pm

For 4 to 6 year olds and an accompanying adult
No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome
As we nestle in for the fall season, join us for three special storytimes Tuesday nights in November. Wear your pajamas, bring a special blanket or stuffed animal and get ready to snuggle in and listen to some great stories before bedtime.
Note:  There will not be a Blankets and Books Storytime on Tuesday, November 11.

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book of return to the library by Friday, December 5

Crozet Page Turners Read: The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity

November 22, 2014
2:00 pm

For ages 8 to 11
Registration is required and begins on Monday, October 27
An avid reader of the Bailey Brothers mystery series, aspiring detective Steve Brixton has just stumbled into a bizarre and dangerous case. Involving undercover librarians, national espionage, and a mysterious and dangerous Mr. E.,this zany first book in the Brixton Brothers series is definitely a page turner. Stop by the library to get your free copy of “The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity” by Mac Barnett. Read it on your own to see if Steve is able to solve his first case, then join other Crozet Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.

Stitches: A Handcraft Group

November 25, 2014
4:30 pm

For ages 8 to 108
No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you’re working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Star in the Opera

December 02, 2014
4:30 pm

For ages 7 and up
Registration is required and begins on Monday, November 10. Drop-ins are always welcome
Back by popular demand, Ash Lawn Opera takes you behind-the-scenes to look at the famous opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. Teaching Artist, John Visel, uses hands-on and interactive activities as a springboard to introduce young audiences to the art of opera. For information about this production go to Ash Lawn Opera

SPCA Paws to Read

December 04, 2014
4:00 pm

For any young reader
Registration is required and begins one week prior to each session
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Dogs are registered therapy animals with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteer with their owners/handlers as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read.

Sew Fun

December 10, 2014
4:30 pm

For ages 9 to 14
Registration is required and begins on Monday, November 24
Just in time for the holidays. Join other needle workers and stitch up a fantastic little something that is present worthy! No prior sewing experience necessary.

Fourteenth Annual Book Swap Party

December 13, 2014
2:00 pm

For ages 8 - 12
Registration is required and begins on Monday, November 24.
Tired of those stacks of books you've read 10 times? Swap them for new ones at our book swap party. Simply bring along any book(s) that you would like to pass on to others your age and take home some new used reads. (The library will provide some books to swap also!) Stick around afterwards for a game and lots of book loving fun.

"Movie" On Over to the Crozet Library

January 02, 2015
1:00 pm

For ages 7 and up
Registration is requested and begins on Monday, December 15. Drop-ins are always welcome.
Schools out! It's a great time to meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn and drinks – YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Library for movie details.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Drop-In Storytime

Saturdays 11:00 am

For all ages
No registration required
Stop by on Saturdays for 30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.
September 6 - January 3

Reading Rumpus

Mondays 10:30 am

Wee ones up to 3 years
No registration is required.
A lively, drop-in storytime designed for young children with accompanying caregiver.
Fall Session November 24 - December 29

PlayPals: A Baby Stay and Play Program

November 25, 2014
10:00 am

For infants and toddlers
No registration required
Oh, the weather outside is frightful but playing is so delightful. Drop-in at Gordon Avenue Library to enjoy a cozy place to play with your little one with our regular storytime toys and a special sensory experience each week.

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

Make It And Take It: Thankful Thoughts

November 26, 2014
3:00 pm

No registration is required
Stop in at the library to share thoughts of thankfulness. Add to our library chain of things we are grateful for or make your own to decorate your home. Or write your thankful thoughts on painted stones to keep or share.

Star in the Opera

December 03, 2014
4:00 pm

For grades 2 and up
Registration is required and begins on November 19
Back by popular demand, Ash Lawn Opera takes you behind-the-scenes to look at the famous Christmas opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” by Gian Carlo Menotti. Teaching Artist, John Visel, uses hands-on and interactive activities as a springboard to introduce young audiences to the art of opera.
For information about this production, go to
Ash Lawn Opera

SPCA: Paws to Read

December 09, 2014
3:00 pm

Registration is suggested and begins one week prior to each session.
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a dog from Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA's "Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team." Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read.

Make It And Take It: Sweet Friends

December 10, 2014
3:00 pm

No registration is required
Stop in at the library to decorate gingerbread friends. One to eat and one to keep!

Block Party: LEGO Gathering  

December 17, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 5 and up
No registration is 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: JMRL will have the building blocks for your next great creation.

Paddington Day

December 22, 2014
9:00 am

For all ages
No registration is required
"PLEASE LOOK AFTER THIS BEAR. THANK YOU." Celebrate Paddington Bear's winter birthday (did you know he is so special, he has two birthdays?)by stopping by to enjoy some Paddington Bear fun.

Let It Snow

December 29, 2014
2:00 pm

Registration is required and begins on December 15
Learn to make beautiful paper snowflakes. Make some for home and some to put up in the library.

Movie Madness

December 30, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Bring a pillow or blanket, get comfy, and munch popcorn with a favorite Disney villain in "Maleficent," a PG-rated movie.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

1's and 2's Together

Wednesdays 10:30 am

Designed for 1 and 2 year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome.
No Registration is required
Our storytime classes encourage growth of motor, cognitive, and pre-literacy skills
A fun filled program of stories, songs, and finger-plays, for our youngest patrons. We learn while having fun with scarves, shaker eggs, nursery rhymes, bean bags and movement to music. Your child can make a simple craft to take home. Each week’s storytime concludes with time to socialize and play.

Fall session September 3 - November 26

Just in Time for the Holiday: The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

For all ages
Look for the tree and tags available in the library during late October through November. Share your love of reading with the gift of a book for a child in the Greene County Preschool. Each child will receive a hardback picture book of their own to keep in December.

The Book Sharks of Greene! **Led by guys!

December 06, 2014
2:00 pm

Boys ages 9-13 are welcome to join at any time.
Sharks will read and discuss boy-oriented books, including high adventure, mystery, danger, and laughs,as well as enjoy snacks and other book related activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a copy of next month’s book. Check the kid’s page on the JMRL website (jmrl.org/kids) to see what books will be discussed.
First Saturday of the month: *Exception* The September meeting is on the 13th. October 4, November 1, December 6.

Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

December 18, 2014
3:30 pm

Girls ages 9 - 13 are welcome to join anytime
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come
The Rapunzels read and discuss great books, and enjoy book-related snacks, crafts and games. The first 15 girls to arrive receive a copy of next month’s book. Check the kid’s page on the JMRL website (jmrl.org/kids) to see what books will be discussed.
Third Thursday of the month: September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18.

Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 - 5
No registration required.
Join the library for a fun time of stories, songs, and learning.

The Holidays are Coming

December 13, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
No registration is required
Celebrate the season with stories and a craft. Sing holiday songs and enjoy the season.

Fall Family Movies

December 16, 2014
6:30 pm

All ages
No registration required.
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided.

It's a LEGO World

January 17, 2015
2:00 pm

For all ages
Back by popular request! This will be a great way to end your winter. Come join the group to build fun things out of LEGO blocks. All you need to bring is your creativity and building abilities.

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 3 - 5
No registration required
Join JMRL for 30 minutes of storytime fun.

LEGO Time

November 25, 2014
5:00 pm

For ages 5 and up
Want to build with your imagination? Come to the Nelson Memorial Library's program
where the library supplies blocks and you bring our creativity.

Holiday Craft Time

December 08, 2014
6:30 pm

For ages 8 and up
Registration is required and begins Monday, November 24. Limit: 15 participants
Celebrate the season by creating beautiful wooden snowflakes.

Morning Movie

December 31, 2014
10:30 am

For all ages
No registration is required
Walt Disney's "Chicken Little." "This time the sky is really falling!" Rated G

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5

Saturday Stories: A Family Storytime

November 22, 2014
10:30 am

For children of all ages with an accompanying adult
No registration is required
Drop in for 45 minutes of stories, songs and activities your whole family will enjoy.
Special Storytimes
September 27: Fire Safety Storytime with the Seminole Trail Fire Department
December 27: Winter Wonderland Dance Party

Gingerbread House Display

December 01, 2014

Bring in your gingerbread creation for the library's sweet display. We'll display your creation and every entrant will be eligible for a raffled basket of goodies. Gingerbread kits are welcome, and family entries are very much encouraged. Guidelines are available at the library beginning November 10 and creations may be dropped off during the month of December (1-23) Ask at the Information Desk for more details.

Northside Players Drama Club

December 01, 2014
4:00 pm

For grades 3 and up
Calling all actors! Join the library 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.
Note: The September workshop will take place on the second Monday of the month

September 8:Registration is required and begins
Monday,August 4
October 6: Registration is required and begins
Monday, September 8
November 3: Registration is required and begins
Monday,October 6
December 1: Registration required and begins
Monday, November 3

Family Night at the Movies

December 02, 2014
6:30 pm

For all ages
No registration is required
Bring a blanket and pillows and join the library for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided. All films are rated G.
September 9: "Emperor's New Groove," 78 min.
October 7: "Monsters University," 104 min.
November 4: "Disney's Peter Pan," 77 min.
December 2: "Wall-E," 98 min.

Book Bugs Book Group

December 04, 2014
4:00 pm

For bookworms reading at an older elementary level (best for grades 4 and 5
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, as well as enjoying snacks and fun games. Books will be provided for first 15 kids to sign up.  

September 25, 4:00 PM: “Rooftoppers” by Katherine Rundell.
Registration required and begins Thursday, August 28.

October 23, 4:00 PM: “Jinx” by Sage Blackwood.  
Registration required and begins Thursday, September 25.

December 4, 4:00 PM: “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle.
Registration required and begins Thursday, October 23.

January 29, 4:00 PM: “When You Reach Me” by Rebecca Stead.
Registration required and begins Thursday, December 4.

Charlottesville Ballet Presents: A "Nutcracker Suite" Meet & Greet

December 11, 2014
4:00 pm

For dancer ages 3 to 11
Registration required and begins November 20
Ballerinas pirouette into Northside Library for a special holiday celebration. Experience the wonder of the ballet and participate in a special dance class with a journey to Lands of Snowflakes and Sweets.

Life-Size Candy Land

December 13, 2014
2:00 pm

A family activity
No registration required
Join the library in a life-size version of Candy Land. Take a stroll through King Kandy's kingdom and spend time with Princess Lolly and Queen Frostine. Do your best to avoid Lord Licorice!

Wiggles & Giggles

December 16, 2014
1:30 pm

For children of all ages with an accompanying adult
No registration required
Each month, we'll hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving!

Gingerbread House Workshop

December 18, 2014
4:00 pm

For children ages 5 and up
Registration is required and begins December 4
Decorate a graham cracker gingerbread house nice enough to make Hansel and Gretel incredibly jealous.

Books On The Big Screen

December 26, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Kick back and relax with an afternoon movie, "Tale of Despereaux," about a small hero with a big heart. Bring a blanket and pillows to sit on. Popcorn and drinks provided. Rated G, 93 minutes.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

The Giving Tree

November 21, 2014

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library in early November and buy a picture book to return to the library by Friday, December 5