Programs for Kids

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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.

Tales for Twos

Thursdays 10:30 am

For age 2 with a favorite adult
No registration required.
A fun-filled program of interactive stories, fingerplays, and flannel board stories that encourage your toddler’s emerging language skills.
Children must already be 2 in order to attend
Spring Session March 27 - April 24

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

No registration require
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Poetry on the Steps

April 24, 2014
7:00 pm

For all ages
No registration required. Sign-up to read begins at 7 pm and will be ongoing throughout the evening
Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us under the spreading oaks on the Library steps to read some of your favorite poems or something you wrote yourself, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children’s Room.

Baby Romp

April 28, 2014
10:30 am

Ages 2 & under & their caregivers
No registration required
Come for sensory and interactive play for your little one, and grown-up conversation for you. What more could you ask? *Don’t miss Baby Buckaroos: Bring your wee wrangler for a cowboy- themed Baby Romp on March 17.

Ga-Ga for Glue!

April 30, 2014
10:00 am

For all ages
No registration required
Help us out with a sticky situation! We have unfinished glue projects galore. Take your pick and make something gloriously glue-y. Drop in anytime between 10 & 11 am.

Mother Goose on the Loose

May 02, 2014
10:00 am

For wee ones up to age 3
Celebrate the magic of nursery rhymes. Bring baby to a morning romp celebrating the magic of Mother Goose with music, movement, and play.

Tissue Paper Party

May 07, 2014
10:00 am

No registration required
Join the library for a tantalizing tissue paper extravaganza! Drop in anytime between 10 & 11 am.

LEGO Mania!

May 08, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up
No registration required.
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!

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

May 20, 2014
4:00 pm

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



Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 5 to May 11

April 24, 2014

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 15. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 24 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: A Handcraft Group for Ages 8 to 108

April 29, 2014
4:30 pm

All ages
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.
Drop-ins are always welcome.
Meets the last Tuesday of every month

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Monkey Business: Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

Designed for independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds but accompanying adults welcome
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, March 25
Come monkey around for this 30 minute program of exciting stories fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories.
Spring Session April 17 - May 22

Drop-In Storytime

Saturdays 11:00 am

All ages
No registration required
Stop by on Saturdays for 30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.

Little Read Saturday Special: Wild West & Wild Reads Saturday, March 15, 11:00 am. Giddy-up and read! Cowboys and cowgirls are taking over our Saturday Drop-In Storytime. Lasso your young’uns and hitch your wagon to 30 minutes of Wild West and wild-er tales. We’ll rustle up a cowboy hat for the first 24 little buckaroos to show themselves.
January 4 - May 24

Mother Goose Time Mondays

Mondays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and a caregiver
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, March 25
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs
Spring Session April 21 - May 19

Reading Rumpus

Mondays 10:30 am

Wee ones up to 3 years with an accompanying caregiver
No registration is required
A lively, drop-in storytime
Spring Session April 21 - May 19

Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and a caregiver
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, March 25
A special program of simple stories, rhymes, and songs for our youngest patrons and an accompanying caregiver.
Spring session April 15 - May 20

2's and 3's Together

Tuesdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 and 3 years
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, March 25
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Spring session April 15 - May 20

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

For all ages and all day
No registration is required
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 5 to May 11

April 24, 2014

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

Peeps Party

April 30, 2014
4:00 pm

For all ages, Peeps builders and fans alike
No registration is required
We will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, make a marshmallow shooter and just hang out with other peeps.

Fairy Houses and Gnome Homes

May 07, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up with an adult or teen partner
Registration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 23
Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, crafter Nancy Campbell will help you and your partner create a little dwelling for the enchanted creatures living in your house or garden. Each child needs to bring a favorite adult or teen to share the magic and build a house together.

Make It and Take It: Fingerprint Pendant

May 08, 2014
3:00 pm

All ages
No registration required
For all the fingerprints mom has had to wipe away, make a special fingerprint for her to treasure every day! Stop by Gordon Avenue Library and make a fingerprint pendant for Mother’s Day.

Play with Your Food

May 14, 2014
4:00 am

For ages 5 and up
Registration is required and begins on Wednesday, April 30
Normally everyone says “Don’t play with your food!”, but for one zany afternoon we are going to do just that. Make food as fun as it is yum!

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

May 14, 2014
10:00 am

For ages 3 - 5
Start with a book and then go look! Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian visits 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.

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings  

May 21, 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; we will have the building blocks for your next great creation.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

Designed for 3,4,and 5 year olds. Siblings welcome.
No registration required
Are you ready for some fun? Enjoy great books, songs, fingerplays and flannel stories. Have fun with music and movement using scarves and shaker eggs. Each week’s storytime concludes with a craft that your child can make and take home, and playtime. ** There will be an Egg Hunt on April 17. **
January 2 - April 24

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
A fun filled program of stories, songs, fingerplays, flannel stories and movement to music. Each week’s storytime concludes with a simple craft and playtime. ** There will be an Egg Hunt on April 16. **
January 8 - April 30

The Book Sharks of Greene! **Led by guys! And now meets year ‘round!**

May 03, 2014
2:00 pm

Boys ages 9-13 are welcome to join at any time.
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.
Meets the first Saturday of the month: March 1, April 5, and May 3
Guys will read and discuss boy-oriented books, including high adventure, danger, mystery, and laughs, as well as see some movies and do other activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive the next month’s book free to keep.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

Thursdays 3:30 pm

Girls ages 9 - 13 are welcome to join anytime
Registration is ongoing. Please call 434-985-5227 or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.
Snack, chat about fantastic books, and join in book related activities with your friends. The first 15 Rapunzels to arrive at meetings receive next month’s book free.
Meets the 3rd Thursday of the month:January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15

Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

for ages 3 - 5
No registration required
Join us for a fun time of stories, songs, flannel boards, and learning.

Screen Break: There’s So Much More To Do! April 28 to May 4

April 28, 2014

For all ages
Fill out a pledge sheet to turn off your screens for this week and get a free book. Show us that you turned off your screen and did other things and get entered in a drawing for an extra prize. Pledge sheets provided.

Tea for Mom and Me

May 10, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
Reservations required and begins on Thursday, May 1
You know your mother is the best. So come to the library to share stories about your mom. Tea and refreshments will be served.

Family Film Night

May 20, 2014
6:30 pm

For all ages
No registration is required
Come join us for free family-friendly movies. Free popcorn and drinks provided.

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.
Winter Session January 8 - May 28

LEGO Mondays

May 05, 2014
5:00 pm

Ages 5 and up
No registration is required
Want to build with your imagination? Come to the library's program where JMRL supplies the blocks and you bring your creativity.
February 3, March 3, April 7, and May 5

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime: Thursday session

Thursdays 10:15 am

For ages 3 - 5 who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own
Registration is required and begins on Thursday,March 13
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3,4,and 5 year-olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own.
Spring Session March 27 - May 8

Two's and Three's Together: Thursday session

Thursdays 11:00 am

For ages 2 - 3 with an accompanying adult
Registration is required and begins on Thursday, December 19
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own.
Spring Session March 27 - May 8

Babies and Books

Thursdays 1:30 pm

For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult
No registration required
A 15 minute program of fingerplays, rhymes, and songs followed by 10 minutes of playtime.
Winter Session January 30 - May 8
No storytime on March 20

Two's and Three's Together: Wednesday session

Wednesdays 10:15 am

Ages 2 - 3 with an accompanying adult
Registration is required and begins Thursday March 13
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
Spring Session March 26 - May 7

Preschool Storytime: Wednesday session

Wednesdays 11:00 am

For ages 3 - 5 who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own
Registration is required and begins on Thursday, March 13
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3,4,and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own.
Spring Session March 26 - May 7

National Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More To Do! April 28 to May 4!

April 24, 2014

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 21. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 10 and receive a free book!

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

For all ages.
No registration require
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.

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

April 24, 2014

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 22.Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 11 and receive a free book.

LEGO Mania  

April 24, 2014
4:00 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 supply the building blocks.

  • Thursday, February 27, 4 pm. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, February 13
  • Thursday, April 24, 4 pm. Registration is required and begins Thursday, April 10
  • Thursday, May 15, 4 pm. Registration is required and begins on Thursday, May l

Children’s Book Week, May 12 to May 16

May 12, 2014

For all ages
Book it to Northside Library anytime this week to participate in our characters contest and enter for your chance to win a free book!

Family Night at the Movies

May 13, 2014
6:30 pm

For all ages
No registration required
Bring a blanket and pillows and join JMRL for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided. Films rated G.

  • Tuesday, February 11: BALTO 78 minutes
  • Tuesday, April 15: GNOMEO AND JULIET 84 minutes
  • Tuesday, May 13: CINDERELLA 74 minutes

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Poem in Your Pocket Day

April 24, 2014

For all ages
No registration is required
Pick a gift-wrapped poem for your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to your mom, your little brother, or a librarian - or keep it in your pocket for a rainy day.