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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 - August 31

JMRL's Summer Reading Challenge just for kids. JMRL hosts a summer reading challenge including  prizes, displays and programs especially for kids. It's fun and FREE. more info

All prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

The program runs concurrently with the adult and teen programs: June 1 - August 31

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.

Mother Goose Time - Summer Session: June 16 - July 28

Thursdays 9:30 am

Designed for babies ages 6 to 24 months with a caregiver
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one’s language development followed by time to play and socialize.

Tales for Twos - Summer Session: June 16 - July 28

Thursdays 10:30 am

For children who are already 2 years old with a favorite adult
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage your 2 year old's emerging literacy skills.

Harry Potter Film Series

July 28, 2016
2:00 pm

For all ages.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies.

  • July 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, PG, 2 hours 32 minutes
  • July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, PG, 2 hours 41 minutes
  • August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, PG, 2 hours 22 minutes
  • August 11: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, PG-13, 2 hours 37 minutes

  • Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 02, 2016
    10:30 am

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Tech Petting Zoo with Linden Lab (Tween Tech Series)

    August 03, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 10-15.
    Drop by to learn about the latest in virtual reality with special guests from Linden Lab. They will share what they do as virtual entertainment developers and demo the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Then try out some of the library’s tech toys like an Ozobot mini-robot and the 3-D Doodle Pen.

    Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

    August 09, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Ages 9-12.
    Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Limit: 10. Ages 9-12.
    Registration is required.
    (Please Note: May 24 meeting starts at 4:15 pm.

    Make It @ the Library - Summer Session

    August 10, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 10-15.
    June 8, August 10
    Kickstart your creativity with the library’s 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.

    Sports Trivia

    August 11, 2016
    6:30 pm

    For all ages.
    Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Team captains, please register starting July 28.

    Sticky Table Art

    August 16, 2016

    For all ages.
    Help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table.

    Book Buffet

    August 17, 2016
    9:00 am

    For all ages.
    August 17 between 9am-­5pm
    Try it -­ you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about adventure.
    Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.

    Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

    Paws to Read

    July 28, 2016
    11:00 am

    For any young reader
    June 16 & 30, July 14 & 28
    Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

    Page Turners Book Group Reads: BFG

    July 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 8-11.
    When Sophie gets carried off in the middle of the night by the Big Friendly Giant, she’s one lucky girl! At least he’s not like all the other bone-crunching giants who usually eat small children for breakfast. Can she and her BFG stop those other kid-munching giants and save all kiddles world-wide? Stop by the library to get your free copy of The BFG by Roald Dahl. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.
    Registration is required and begins on June 27.

    Check It Out

    August 01, 2016

    Ages 5–11.
    August
    Checkout library materials during the month of August and you can enter your name to win some cool back-to-school supplies. One entry per visit, please.

    A View from the Top

    August 03, 2016
    10:30 am

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Stitches Handcraft Group

    August 30, 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

    Monkey Business - Summer: June 23 - August 4

    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 June 7.

    Drop-In Stories & More - Summer Session

    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.

    2's and 3's Together - Mondays at 9:30 - Summer Session

    Mondays 9:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    June 20 - August 1
    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.”
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Reading Rumpus - Summer Session

    Mondays 10:30 am

    For children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver.
    June 20 - August 1
    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.
    *No storytime on July 4.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30 - Summer Session

    Mondays 11:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    June 20 - August 1
    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.
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays 9:30am - Summer Session

    Tuesdays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    June 21 - August 2
    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.
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Book Bites: Book Discussion

    July 28, 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.

    LEGO Extravaganza

    August 01, 2016

    For all ages.
    Aug. 1-31
    We are setting forth a challenge to all LEGO fans to design and build an original structure. Entries will be accepted from August 1-31. All entries will remain on display during month of August. All entrants must complete an entry form.

    2's and 3's Together - Tuesdays at 10:30am - Summer Session

    August 02, 2016
    10:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    June 21 - August 2
    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 June 7.

    A View from the Top

    August 03, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Make It & Take It

    August 03, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For all ages with adult help
    Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something. For all ages with adult help.
    First Wednesdays between 3-5pm

    • May 4: Pom-pom Poppers
    • June 1: Bejeweled Blue Ribbons
    • July 6: Bodacious Baseballs
    • August 3: Crafty Creations

    Mario Kart 8 Tournament Junior

    August 05, 2016
    11:00 am

    For Grades 1-5. Children under 12 must have a caregiver present.
    Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends.
    Registration required and begins July 22.

    Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    August 06, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For Ages 9-12.
    Do you love books? Splendiferous! Maybe you have what it takes to be a Library Olympics Champion. Join us for fun book-based competitions to get your book brains whirring.
    Registration is required and begins July 23.

    Animals in Pajamas: A Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    August 08, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Bring your favorite stuffed pal for a special evening storytime and let your friend spend the night at the library. What will all the stuffed friends do when the lights go out? Tell stories? Sing songs? Play games? You'll find out when you pick them up the next day.

    SPCA Paws to Read

    August 10, 2016
    3:00 pm

    July 13 between 4-5pm
    August 10 between 3-4pm
    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 reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended.

    Fencing For the Win

    August 13, 2016
    2:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun.

    Block Party: LEGO Gatherings - Summer Session

    August 17, 2016
    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 have the building blocks for your next creation.

    Summer Shimmy Dance Party

    August 30, 2016
    10:30 am

    Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing.

    Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    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.

    Storybook Beat - Summer Sessions - August 4-18

    August 04, 2016
    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.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 04, 2016
    2:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    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.

    Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

    August 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 (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.

    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.

    Friday Family Movies

    July 29, 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)

    Theater Games with TAB

    August 01, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Recommended for ages 8+.
    Members of the Teen Advisory Board will lead theatre games, improv, and lots more. Whether you are a super star or shy as a mouse, join us for a fun afternoon of games!

    Goodlife Theater Puppets:The Land of Aloha

    August 02, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Puppets, music and the traditional dance of the islands, the hula, bring legends and tales from the Hawaiian islands to joyous life.

    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.

    Summer Fun & Healthy Too

    July 28, 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.

    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.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 02, 2016
    2:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    LEGO Wednesdays

    Wednesdays 4:00 pm

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

    Family Movie Matinee - Summer Session

    August 05, 2016
    2:00 pm

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

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

    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

    Preschool Pals Thursday - Summer Session: June 16 - July 28

    Thursdays 10:15 am

    For 3 - 5 year olds
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Twos and Threes Together: Thursday - Summer Session: June 16 - July 28

    Thursdays 11:00 am

    For ages 2 to 3 with an accompanying adult.
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Babies and Books - June 16 - July 28

    Thursdays 1:30 pm

    For babies up to 24 months with an accompanying adult
    Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays followed by playtime.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 04, 2016
    4:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Family Art Drop-In

    August 05, 2016
    10:30 am

    For children up to age 12.
    Stop by anytime between 10:30 and noon to mold and design your own Olympic medal! All materials provided.

    Terrific Tuesdays with Agnor-Hurt Teachers

    Tuesdays 3:00 pm

    Ages 4 - 11
    Tuesdays at 3:00, starting on June 14 until August 16, excluding July 26.
    Agnor-Hurt teachers will present stories, songs, and poems in English and other languages, to children ages 4 to 11. Each teacher will make his/her own program, so every Tuesday will be a surprise! No registration required.

    Family Night at the Movies

    August 09, 2016
    6:30 pm

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

    • May 10: Jumanji (PG, 1995)
    • June 14: Inside Out (PG, 2015)
    • July 12: Aladdin (G, 1992)
    • August 9: Minions (PG, 2015)

    Wacky Wednesday

    August 10, 2016

    Find some wacky changes in the library (or library staff) and take home a wacky prize.

    Book Bugs Book Group

    August 11, 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.

    Books on the Big Screen

    August 13, 2016
    2:00 pm

    All ages
    Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book to movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided.

    • June 25: Cinderella (PG, 2015)
    • July 23: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG, 2001)
    • August 13: Goosebumps (PG, 2015)

    Northside Minecraft Club - Summer Session

    August 16, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Grades 3-12.
    Third Tuesdays at 4-5:30pm
    June 21, July 19, August 16
    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. Registration required to play in the computer classroom and begins two weeks before program date. Additional open server hours will be announced throughout the summer.

    Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

    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.

    Make & Take Activities

    July 28, 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.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    10:00 am

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Goodlife Theater Puppets:The Land of Aloha

    August 04, 2016
    10:00 am

    Puppets, music and the traditional dance of the islands, the hula, bring legends and tales from the Hawaiian islands to joyous life.