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Snuggle with a Book: Winter Reading Program

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February 1 - March 2 for Children Birth - Age 5

Beginning at birth, what you do every day helps prepare your child to become a successful reader. Complete fun early literacy activities with your child using an activity sheet you can download here or pick up at any JMRL location. Return the completed sheet for a prize.







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.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Winter Session: January 11 - March 15

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 to 5 with a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Winter registration begins January 3. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

Romp & Stomp Thursdays - Winter Session: January 12 - March 16

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 2 - 5 year olds with a a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Winter registration begins January 3. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

January 19, 2017
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Monthly on Thursdays at 4:15-5:15pm
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.

Mother Goose Time - January 9 - April 24

Mondays 9:30 am

Designed for babies from birth to age 2 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.

Twos and Threes Together - January 9 - April 24

Mondays 10:30 am

2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read, and Play.”

Lego Mania

January 26, 2017
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please.
Fourth Thursdays at 4­-5pm
January 26, February 23, March 23 (BIG READ), April 27, May 25

Do you want to get together with other LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; Central Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Welcome Winter Reading: Snuggle up with Stories

January 31, 2017
6:30 pm

For babies through age 5 with a caregiver.
Warm up with toasty stories and songs to chase away the winter blues. Wear your pajamas and bring a favorite snuggly for cozy fun. Join our Winter Reading Program and earn a free book for your child.

Mini Makers

February 02, 2017
3:00 pm

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

  • January 5: Itty Bitty Collage
  • February 2: Sticky Wrists
  • March 2: Graffiti Art (BIG READ)
  • April 6: Slithering Snakes
  • May 4: Forest Fairy Wands

SPCA Paws to Read

February 04, 2017
2:00 pm

For any young reader.
First Saturdays at 2pm
February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6

Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s “Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team,” that’s who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time. For any young reader.

Tinkering With Tech

February 08, 2017
4:30 pm

Ages 10-15.
Second Wednesdays at 4:30pm*
January 11, February 8, March 8 (BIG READ), May 10

No April Meeting*
Kickstart your creativity with the library’s Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on STEAM. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project.

January: Embroidery Headphones/USB Cords

Chess Saturday

February 11, 2017
2:00 pm

Grades 1-7.
Saturday, February 11 between 2-4pm
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.
Registration is required and begins January 28. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register.

Wrapped Up in Books

February 13, 2017

February 13-19, 2017

The Central children's staff has wrapped up some favorite books with only the first line showing. Intrigued? Check one out, unwrap it, and find out if the book lives up to its opening line.

Donuts With Dad

February 18, 2017
10:30 am

For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-­5.
A delicious read-­aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun.

Critter Quest

March 10, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 3-6.
Educators from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA will lead you on a quest to discover hidden traits in some very cool critters from Down Under.
Registration is required and begins on February 24. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register.

All Kinds of Families Storytime (BIG READ)

March 18, 2017
10:30 am

Celebrate the beautiful diversity in all our families. We’ll read stories, sing, and dance. Best for families with children ages 6 and under, but everyone is welcome.

Coding Decoded (BIG READ)

March 18, 2017
2:00 pm

Grades 4-8.
Saturday, March 18 at 2-4pm
Tinker with code; learn basic coding with our Ozobots, try your hand at Scratch coding, and more. No experience necessary. Registration is required and begins February 18. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 29 - April 26

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

Romp & Stomp Thursdays - Spring Session: March 30 - April 27

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

Book Buffet

April 03, 2017

Monday, April 3 between 9am-5pm
Try it - you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about art, architecture and design. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.

Sticky Table Art

April 05, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, all day
Join in April foolishness and help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table.

Día (Diversity in Action) Celebration

April 29, 2017
2:00 pm

Grab a passport and explore the world with games and activities from different countries and cultures. Fun for the entire family.

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Wee Ones - Winter Session: Winter Session: Jan 4 - Feb 22

Wednesdays 10:30 am

Ages 12-23 months. Birthdate must fall between 1/5/14 and 1/4/15.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please; this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver.
Winter registration begins December 14 at 9am.

Youth Gaming Club

January 18, 2017
6:00 pm

For grades 5-12. Children under age 10 must have an attending caregiver.
Every other Wednesday at 6pm
January 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10, 24

Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and all other tabletop gaming are welcome. Registration recommended, but walk-ins welcome.

Tales for Twos - Winter Session: Jan 5 - Feb 23

Thursdays 9:30 am

For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more.
Winter registration begins at 1pm December 12.

Alphabet Soup - Winter Session: Jan 5 - Feb 23

Thursdays 10:30 am

3 - 5-year-olds
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings.
Winter registration begins at 1pm December 12.

Build a Snowman

January 20, 2017

January 20-21
Oh, the weather outside is frightful. Come to the library and build something delightful! We will have the makings for you to create-and-take your own little snow person.

Paws to Read

January 23, 2017

For any young reader
December 19: 1-2pm ,January 23: 1-2pm, February 13: 4-5pm, March 13: 4-5pm, April 3: 1-2pm
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Along with owner/handler Ellen, the team volunteers as part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA therapy dog program. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

LEGO at the Library

January 23, 2017
2:00 pm

Ages 5-11.
School’s out and it’s time to get building. Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination.
Registration is requested and begins January 3. Drop-ins always welcome.

More Fascinating than Fiction

January 25, 2017
3:30 pm

Ages 5-9.
Wednesdays January 25 & February 22 at 3:30pm
Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and yes, sometimes more fascinating than fiction, it’s NON-FICTION! Come into the library and listen in as we highlight some incredible stories, enjoy an afternoon snack, and chat about books you’ve been reading.
Registration requested and begins on January 9 and February 6 respectively. Drop-ins always welcome.

Talk, Sing, Read, Write, Play

February 01, 2017

February 1 - March 2
In celebration of our Winter Reading Program, explore our Early Literacy Station and shape a reader.

A Valentine for that Special Someone

February 08, 2017
2:30 pm

All ages.
Wednesday, February 8 between 2:30-7:30pm
The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. Come into the library and make a special something for your special someone. Supplies will be available all day to create a unique handmade valentine.

Picture Book Film Fest

February 10, 2017
10:30 am

Ages 2-6.
Friday, February 10 and Saturday, February 11
Bring a blanket and pillows if you’d like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen.
Registration is requested and begins January 23. Drop-ins always welcome.

Little House at the Library

February 18, 2017
2:00 pm

Ages 6-11.
Come celebrate American author Laura Ingalls Wilder’s 150th birthday. We’ll take a peek at her life by playing games and exploring activities that Laura and her friends would have experienced when they were your age. Participants are welcome to wear period clothing and bring related items to share.
Registration is required and begins January 30.

It's Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants & Toddlers

February 24, 2017
10:30 am

Ages 6 - 36 months
Fridays February 24 & April 28 between 10:30-11:30am
Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately.
Registration requested and begins on February 3 and April 7 respectively. Drop-ins always welcome.

Make and Take Art: Post Secret (BIG READ)

March 01, 2017

March 1-31
Unburden yourself by telling your secrets with anonymous postcard art in the vein of PostSecret. All materials provided.

Who’s In Your Family (BIG READ)

March 01, 2017

March 1-31
Pick up a “house canvas” and add your family’s portrait to our art wall.

Wee Ones - Spring Session: Mar 1 - Apr 19

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 12 to 23 month-olds. Birthdate must fall between 3/2/14 and 3/1/15.
A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please; this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver.
Spring registration begins February 8 at 9am.

Tales for Twos - Spring Session: Mar 2 - Apr 27

Thursdays 9:30 am

For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds with an accompanying adult.
A fun half-hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more.
Spring registration begins at 1pm February 13.

Alphabet Soup - Spring Session: Mar 2 - Apr 27

Thursdays 10:30 am

3 - 5-year-olds
Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings.
Spring registration begins at 1pm February 13.

Robotics with WAHS (BIG READ)

March 04, 2017

Ages 8+ (including middle schoolers interested in the WAHS Robotics Team.
Saturday, March 4 at 10am & 11am
Are you interested in robotics and technology? Students from the Western Albemarle High School Robotics Team will be here to lead a 45-minute hands-on workshop where you’ll learn the basics of programming with Spheros and Finch and Hummingbird Robots.
Registration is required and begins February 13.

Page Turners Read: Gone Crazy in Alabama (BIG READ)

March 11, 2017
2:00 pm

Ages 8–11.
When the Gaither sisters head to Alabama to spend the summer with their Big Ma, deep family secrets are revealed. Stop by the library to get your free copy of Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams Garcia. 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 February 6.

It’s All About Family Storytime (BIG READ)

March 25, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 2-5 and their families.
Bring the whole family and enjoy some wonderful stories and songs about families.
Registration is requested and begins March 4.

Magnetic Manipulations

April 01, 2017

April 1-30
Investigate the power of magnetic attraction with hands-on activities.

Gathering for Games

April 06, 2017
2:00 pm

Ages 5-14.
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.
Registration is requested and begins March 20. Drop-ins always welcome.

Book Tasting

April 07, 2017

All ages.
Friday & Saturday, April 7 & 8, all day
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you can discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Participants will be entered into a special prize drawing.

Magnets on the Move

April 12, 2017
3:30 pm

Ages 5-9.
Explore the science behind magnetism and create works of art using magnetic attraction.
Registration is requested and begins March 27. Drop-in always welcome.

Fairy Tale Puppet Plays with Sharifa

April 15, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
Join Sharifa Oppenheimer, a Waldorf teacher of 35 years, as she and her puppets bring some of your favorite fairy tales to life.

Charlottesville Ballet Presents Firebird

April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20 at 4pm: Ages 5+
Friday, April 21 at 11am: Ages 2+
Be transported into this Russian fairy tale combining all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and a magical bird! Join Charlottesville Ballet for a "Firebird Storytime" as a professional ballerina reads and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive storytime experience.
Registration is requested and begins April 3. Drop-ins always welcome.

Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 1-7

May 01, 2017

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 17. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 20 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!

Free Comic Book Day

May 06, 2017

All ages.
Saturday, May 6 at 9am-4pm
Grab some free comics books, browse our favorite graphic novels, and do a make-and-take superhero craft.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings

January 18, 2017
3:00 pm

For grades K and up.
Third Wednesdays between 3-4 pm.
January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19 and May 17

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.

Book Bites: Book Discussion for 3rd and 4th graders

January 19, 2017
3:00 pm

Grades 3-4.
Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided. Limit: 10 readers.

Drop-In Stories & More - January 7 - May 27

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.
March 18th: Love is a Family, family themed storytime with family fingerprint tree. (Big Read)

Twos and Threes Together - Winter: Mondays, January 23 - March 20

Mondays 9:30 am

For ages 2 and 3 years with an accompanying adult.
**No storytime on February 20.**
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 January 10.

Reading Rumpus - Winter: January 23 - March 20

Mondays 10:30 am

For children up to 3 years with an accompanying caregiver.
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.

Mother Goose Time: Winter: Mondays, January 23 - March 20

Mondays 11:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins January 10.
*No storytime on February 20.

Book Batch: Book Discussion for 5th and 6th graders

January 23, 2017
7:00 pm

Fourth Mondays at 7pm
Read some great books, join in the discussion, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Register to get a free copy of the book (limited to 7 copies).

Mother Goose Time: Winter: Tuesdays, January 24 - March 21

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins January 10.

Twos and Threes Together - Winter: Tuesdays, January 24 -March 21

Tuesdays 10:30 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
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 January 10.

Monkey Business - Winter : January 26 - March 23

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3 and 4 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed.
Registration is required and begins January 10th.

Bookaroos Book Club: Book Discussion for 2nd graders

January 26, 2017
3:00 pm

Limit 10 readers.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided.
Fourth Thursdays from 3:30-4:30
No Bookaroos in May.

For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided. Register to get a free copy of the book.

Creation Station

January 27, 2017
2:30 pm

For all ages.
Second and Fourth Fridays between 2:30-4:30pm
January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28

Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Book Buddy

February 01, 2017

Books can be friends. Find a new surprise one at the library. Pick out a book buddy, check it out, unwrap to find out what book your new friend might be.

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

February 01, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
First Wednesdays at 10am
February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
Start with a book and then go look! We visit 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.

Make it & Take it

February 01, 2017
3:00 pm

For all ages with adult help.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something.

  • January 4: Glittery snow dough
  • February 1: Scratchboard Art (To celebrate African American illustrator Brian Pinkney)
  • March 1: Celebrate Seuss with hand painting creations.
  • No Make It and Take it in April
  • May 3: DIY shredded paper seed starters.

Lunar New Year

February 04, 2017
11:45 am

All ages.
Come learn about and celebrate the Chinese New Year, Year of the Rooster, with special stories, songs,crafts and nibbles. Special thanks to our partners in this collaboration, The East Asia Center at UVA, Laughing Dragon Kung Fu, The Han Studio and The Charlottesville Chinese School.

Snuggle Up Storytime

February 06, 2017
7:00 pm

For babies through age 5 with a caregiver.
Dress cozy, bring a blanket and a stuffed friend and nestle in for wonderful cuddly stories. Join our Winter Reading Program and earn a free book for your child.

SPCA Paws to Read

February 08, 2017
3:00 pm

For any reader.
Second Wednesdays between 3-4pm
December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12 and May 10

Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s pet therapy teams. Come for a fifteen minute turn.
Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one month prior to each date.

Inspiration Invention

February 18, 2017
2:00 pm

If it weren’t for some inspiring African American inventors, we wouldn’t have many things we use daily. Books and games will bring these inventors and their creations to life. Get a chance to try your hand at invention with the Extraordinaires game.

Family Stories (Big Read)

March 01, 2017

Pick up a storytelling or writing prompt to share the stories of your family at the dinner table, in the car, at the library or anywhere.

Silver Sparrow Search (Big Read)

March 01, 2017

Find all the silver sparrows that have landed in the library. Each one will give you a letter to unscramble a message a little bird told us.

Bibliobop Dance Party: Awesome ‘80s (Big Read)

March 03, 2017
10:30 am

Groove back in time with a beat from the 1980’s. Kids will shake their sillies out with free dance, guided dance and instruments.

Blue Ridge Young Birders: Bird Beak Buffet (Big Read)

March 18, 2017
2:00 pm

Blue Ridge Young Birders will talk about bird adaptation and identifying common birds. Then explore stations for a hands on activity called “Bird Beak Buffet.” Kids will use tools similar to various bird beaks to pick up different types of food.

April Foolishness

April 01, 2017

A week of wacky. Visit the library anytime this week to find zany things. Mark them down and turn in for a silly prize.

Peepapalooza

April 01, 2017

All ages
April 1-29
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 1-29; awards for all age levels and a special Peep Party on Saturday, April 29. See library staff for more information.

Pop-Art Heart

April 10, 2017

Love your library? Show it by decorating a pop-art inspired heart to add to our mural for National Library Week.

Twos and Threes Together - Spring: Mondays, April 17 - May 22

Mondays 9:30 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
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 on April 4.

Reading Rumpus - Spring: April 17 - May 22

Mondays 10:30 am

For children up to 3 years with an accompanying caregiver.
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.

Mother Goose Time: Spring: Mondays, April 17 - May 22

Mondays 11:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins on April 4.

Mother Goose Time - Spring: Tuesdays, April 18 - May 23

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins on April 4.

Twos and Threes Together - Spring: Tuesdays, April 18 - May 23

Tuesdays 10:30 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
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 on April 4.

Monkey Business - Spring: April 20 - May 25

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
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 April 4th.

Peepapalooza Party

April 29, 2017
2:30 pm

For all ages
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 Peep’s builders and fans alike.

Blooms Among Books

May 01, 2017

Get your green thumb going in the children’s room. Plant a seed and watch it grow at your house or in our library window.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Read and Rhyme Time

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
Session One: January 4 - February 8
Session Two: March 1 - April 5
Session Three: April 26 - May 24

A half hour of fun that promotes verbal, motor, and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Get moving with musical activities using scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome.

Storybook Beat

Thursdays 10:30 am

For ages 3-5, with or without a caregiver or parent
Session One: January 5 - February 9
Session Two: March 2 - April 6
Session Three: April 27 - June 1

Enjoy 45 minutes together in this early literacy class with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music, using scarves and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a simple craft at the conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

January 19, 2017
3:30 pm

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

Sharks: A Boy’s Book Club - Session One

January 26, 2017
3:30 pm

Open to all guys in grades 4-­8.
January 12, January 26 and February 9, February 23
Read and talk about great books for guys. Do fun activities. Eat snacks.
Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book.
Pre-registration is required for each session.

LEGO Mania

February 07, 2017
3:30 pm

For grades K - 5.
Tuesdays, January 10 and February 7 and Wednesday March 29 (BIG READ) at 3:30 - 4:30pm
Do you want to get together with other LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability. Greene County Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Sharks: A Boy’s Book Club - Session Two

March 16, 2017
3:30 pm

Open to all guys in grades 4-­8.
March 16, March 30 and April 13, April 27
Read and talk about great books for guys. Do fun activities. Eat snacks.
Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book.
Pre-registration is required for each session.

StarLab

March 21, 2017
4:00 pm

For children grades 3 - 6.
Educators from the Virginia Discovery Museum will bring the night sky in all its wonder into the Greene County Library. Gaze at the magical Milky Way and starry constellations in VaDM’s fabulous StarLab, enjoy a star related story and craft.
Registration is required and starts March 1.

Tabletop Games

April 11, 2017
3:30 pm

Grades 3 - 6. Grades 3 - 6.
Whether you prefer old favorites like“Jenga” or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks. Registration is required and begins April 1.

It’s Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

May 31, 2017
10:30 am

Ages 6-36 months.
Join the Greene County Library for a special storytime. Captivate your little scientist with an open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials.

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.

Make and Take Chinese Lanterns

January 23, 2017

January 23-28
Celebrate a lucky and prosperous Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster by creating your own paper lantern to take home.

Pajama Party

February 02, 2017
10:30 am

Wear your favorite pj’s to the library for a special story time to kick off the winter read.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

February 03, 2017

Drop off a stuffed animal on Thursday, February 3. Library staff will entertain them over night. You make pick your friend up on Friday and find out about the fun adventures they had while the library was closed.

Life Sized Candyland

February 10, 2017

Friday, February 10 at 4pm and Saturday, February 11 from 10am-3pm
The whole family can enjoy this sweet classic board game… with a twist.

Post Secret

February 27, 2017

February 27- March 25
Create your own post secret card to take home. Or anonymously slip it into the book drop and it may be displayed in the library.

Space Camp (Big Read)

March 11, 2017
2:00 pm

Grades K-5
Kids in grades K-5 will learn what it takes to be an astronaut at our unique Space Camp. An afternoon full of experiments, space exploration, and out of this world adventures.

Movie Matinee : Annie (Big Read)

March 13, 2017
2:00 pm

Come enjoy an indoor drive-in for children as we view Annie for part of the 2017 Big Read program. Car hops, popcorn, and a cardboard car decorating contest will make the event fun for kids of all ages. Come into the Louisa County Library to see an example car on display before the event.

Poetry Creation Station

April 01, 2017

All Ages
April 1- 30
Celebrate National Poetry Month by visiting our Poetry Creation Station. View, create, and share original poems on our board. Inspiration words provided.

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.
(BIG READ) March 15 - Join us for a family themed program

Snowman Treats

January 24, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades K - 5
We will be building some sweet snowman treats to eat and share.
Registration is required and begins January 10. Space is limited.

Family Movie Matinee

January 28, 2017
10:30 am

LEGO Wednesdays

February 01, 2017
4:00 pm

All ages.
First Wednesdays, 4-5pm
January 4, February 1, March 1 (BIG READ), April 5, May 3

Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

Bird Feeders

February 21, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades K-5.
Which birds winter in our area? We will make some simple bird feeders to take home and you’ll be able to watch all the wonderful birds that come to eat.
Registration is required and begins February 7. Space is limited.

The Big Read: Focus on Families

March 06, 2017

All month long in honor of the Big Read book Silver Sparrow books about families will be featured throughout the library. Fun family activities to pick up at the library for your family are:

  • March 6 to March 11: Shopping BINGO
  • March 13 to March 18: Disney Quote Trivia Game
  • March 20 to March 25: Family Bucket List
  • March 27 to April 1: Family Minute to Win It Game

Nelson Reads: One Book, One Community

March 07, 2017

Battle of the Books

Coding for Kids (BIG READ)

March 21, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades 2-5.
Learn some basic computer programming skills at our interactive workshop. Laptops will be provided.
Registration is required and begins March 7. Space is limited.

Spring Break @The LIbrary

March 27, 2017

Spend Spring Break with your family @ the library with these great programs:

  • March 27: 2 pm - 4 pm - Board Games and Snacks
  • March 28: 1 pm - 3 pm Celebrate Kate DiCamillo’s March birthday with The Tale of Despereaux movie and activities.
  • March 29: 10:30 am - 11:30 am Special Storytime for all ages
  • March 30: 1:00 - 3:00 Family Movie Fun with Rio 2
  • March 31: 1 pm - 3 pm Makerspace Activities

Poetry Read Aloud Contest with Nelson County Public Schools

April 03, 2017

In honor of Poetry Month the students from Nelson County Public Schools will be participating in a Poetry Read Aloud Contest at Nelson Memorial Library this week.

Grass Heads - Science and Art

April 18, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades K-5.
How fast does grass grow? Make a crazy hair person and find out.
Registration is required and begins April 4. Space is limited.

Nelson Reads: One Book, One Community

May 01, 2017
4:30 pm

This evening we will reveal the winning book chosen by the elementary students in Nelson County to receive the first “Nelson Reads” award. It will also be the opening event of art illustrations created by students for this year long project.

Marble Run Mania

May 16, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades 2-5.
Are you ready for an engineering challenge? We will be working in teams to transform our supplies into marble runs.
Registration is required and begins May 2. Space is limited.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

Twos and Threes Together: Wednesdays - Winter Session: Jan 18 - Feb 22

Wednesdays 10:15 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Winter registration begins on January 4 at 10am.

Preschool Pals: Wednesdays - Winter Session: Jan 18 - Feb 22

Wednesdays 11:00 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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Winter registration begins on January 4 at 10am.

Preschool Pals: Thursdays - Winter Session: Jan 19 - Feb 23

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Winter registration begins on January 4 at 10am.

Twos and Threes Together: Thursdays - Winter Session: Jan 19 –- Feb 23

Thursdays 11:00 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Winter registration begins on January 4 at 10am.

Babies and Books: January 19 - April 6.

Thursdays 1:30 pm

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

LEGO Mania

February 02, 2017
4:00 pm

For ages 5 to 11
January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
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 supply the building blocks!

Saber Force Academy

February 08, 2017
5:30 pm

Ages 6-11.
Using techniques and maneuvers from a plethora of reality-based martial arts, Saber Force Academy teaches all Force sensitives true light saber combat. With a blend of physical and mental exercise, they aim to better themselves and the world at large. They train knights with sabers of light!
Registration required and begins two weeks before event date.

Book Bugs Book Group

February 09, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades 3-5
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books provided.

Northside Minecraft Club

February 21, 2017
4:30 pm

Grades 3-12.
Third Tuesdays at 4:30-5:30pm
January 17, February 21, March 21 (BIG READ), April 18

Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. To play, stop by a youth services 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. Registration to play in the teen room on a limited number of guest accounts begins two weeks before event date.

Youth Art Month Art Collaboration (BIG READ)

March 01, 2017

March 1-31
Stop by the children’s desk and decorate a popsicle stick. At the end of the month they will be pieced together as a beautiful piece of collaborative art.

Twos and Threes Together: Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 1 - April 5

Wednesdays 10:15 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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm

Preschool Pals: Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 1 - April 5.

Wednesdays 11:00 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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Preschool Pals: Thursdays - Spring Session: March 2 - April 6

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Twos and Threes Together: Thursdays - Spring Session: March 2 - April 6

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Robotics Demo from AHS Team Vertigo (BIG READ)

March 04, 2017
2:00 pm

For grades K+ (including middle schoolers interested in the AHS Robotics team.)
Are you interested in robotics and technology? Students from the Albemarle High School’s Robotics Team will host an exciting presentation about robots, playing and creating with technology, and what you do on a robotics team. Robot demo included! Registration begins February 18.

Family Art Drop-In (BIG READ) - 3:45 - 5:15pm

March 23, 2017
3:45 pm

For children up to age 12
Celebrate our Big Read selection by listening to 80s music and decorating a foam frame for a treasured family photo.

Fairy Houses

April 04, 2017
6:30 pm

A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins March 21.

National Screen-Free Week

May 01, 2017

For children birth to age 11
Fill out a Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends! Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 25. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 13 and receive a free book.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

Toddler Time: January 11-May 31

Wednesdays 10:00 am

An early literacy class 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: January 11-May 31

Wednesdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5
Designed to encourage independent children ages 3-5 cultivate literacy. Followed by a tea party where siblings are invited to attend and engage in learning manners and hospitality.

Puppy Love: Ava, the Therapy Dog

Thursdays 12:30 pm

For any young reader.
Make a new friend and improve your reading skills by reading aloud to Ava.

Homeschool History Co-Op

Thursdays 1:00 pm

For elementary students and their caregivers
Join fellow homeschoolers as they study world history, from the end of the Renaissance through 1850.

LEGO Enthusiasts:

January 21, 2017
11:00 am

For Grades K+.
11am-3pm - January 21, March 18 (BIG READ), May 20
We supply the LEGOs . All you need to bring is your creativity, engineering abilities and friends and family for hours of fun.

Rockin' Readers

January 26, 2017
4:00 pm

Final Thursdays at 4pm
A book club for grades 3-5. Pick up a free book at the circulation desk. Come share in a book discussion with a great group of your peers.

Introduction to Dance

February 03, 2017
11:00 am

For ages 3-7
Local dance teacher will introduce basic dance and movement.

Monday Afternoon Adventures

February 06, 2017
4:00 pm

For Grades 1-5
February 6: Make an imaginary friend. Sketch a creature on fabric and bring it to life. Paint it, cut it out, sew it, stuff it and cuddle up with it and read a book to it.
April 3: Create a tiny house for a tiny pet. We provide the pets and items from nature to build a little nest for your pet.

Saturday Family Matinee

February 18, 2017
2:00 pm

Movies are rated PG. Popcorn will be served.