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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.

Romp & Stomp Mondays - Fall Session: September 12 - November 14

Mondays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play, and more. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver. Registration is required and begins August 15. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Fall Session: September 14 - November 16

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. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver.
Registration is required and begins August 15. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session.

Mother Goose Time - Fall Session: September 15 - November 17

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. Designed for babies ages 6-­24 months with a caregiver.

Tales for Twos - Fall Session: September 15 - November 17

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. For children who are already 2 with a favorite adult.

Dreamtime Storytime - November 21 - December 19

Mondays 6:30 pm

For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.
Our regular storytime season has ended, but we have more stories to share. So pull on your jammies and bring a snuggly to cozy up with, and join us for stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We’ll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night’s sleep. Best for ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.

SPCA Paws to Read

September 01, 2016
4:00 pm

For any young reader.
First Thursdays at 4-­4:45pm
September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1
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.

Lego Mania

September 08, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please.
Second Thursdays at 4­-5pm
September 8, October 13, November 10, December 8*
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. For ages 5+. No younger siblings, please.
*December 8 Star Party: Stargazers welcome! Educators from the Virginia Discovery Museum StarLab bring the night sky in all its wonder into the Central Library. Gaze at the stars in VaDM’s fabulous StarLab, build a LEGO spacecraft, and launch a paper rocket into the moon.

All Kinds of Families Storytime

September 17, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 7 and under.
JMRL partners with the Charlottesville Pride Festival in celebrating the beautiful diversity in all our families. We’ll read stories, sing, dance, and create a rainbow craft. Best for families with children ages 7 and under, but everyone is welcome.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

September 20, 2016
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Monthly on Tuesdays 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.

Mini Makers

September 21, 2016
3:00 pm

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

  • September 21: September Suncatchers
  • October 19: Glitter Ghosts
  • November 16: Frosted Pinecones
  • December 21: Solstice Lanterns

Donuts With Dad

September 24, 2016
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. For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-­5.

Chess Saturday

October 01, 2016
1:00 pm

If you’re a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Open to elementary and middle school students. Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x3 for more information, and to register beginning in mid-September.

Star Wars Reads Day

October 08, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
May the force be with you at the Central Library’s third annual Star Wars Reads Day celebration. There will be prizes, crafts, games, food, and fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged!

Make It @ the Library

October 12, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 10-15.
Second Wednesdays at 4pm
October 12, November 9, December 14
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.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

October 18, 2016
10:30 am

Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

Giving Tree

November 07, 2016

November 7-December 5
Share your love of reading with a child. Select a child's name at a participating library and buy a picture book to return unwrapped to the library by December 5. We will wrap them and give them to Head Start and local preschools to give to children in time for winter break. Available at the Central, Crozet, Gordon Avenue, Nelson, Northside, and Scottsville Branches.

Book Buffet: Voting Day Version

November 08, 2016
9:00 am

Tuesday, November 8 between 9am-5pm
School’s out and the votes are coming in. Join in the excitement as you vote for your favorite children’s author or illustrator. Sit a while, sample some of our favorite books, and leave with an “I voted” sticker of your very own.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

November 12, 2016
2:00 pm

Best for Grade 2 and up.
Get creative and explore science, engineering, and technology with hands on activities. Try your hand at controlling an Ozobot. Compete in construction challenges. Take apart tech equipment to see how it works. Activities best for elementary school children and older. Families welcome.

Baby Romp  

November 30, 2016
10:00 am

Open to tots ages 2 and under and their caregivers
Wednesday, November 30 between 10-11am
Sensory and exploratory play for your wee one, and grown-up conversation for you. For tots under the age of 2 and their caregivers.

“Nutcracker Suite” Meet & Greet

December 06, 2016
4:00 pm

For boys and girls ages 3-10.
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 with the Charlottesville Ballet.

Preschool Star Party

December 08, 2016
10:30 am

For children ages 3-5 with a caregiver.
Stargazers welcome! Educators from the Virginia Discovery Museum StarLab bring the night sky in all its wonder into the Central Library. Listen to a star story and gaze at the magical Milky Way and starry constellations in VaDM’s fabulous StarLab. Registration is required and begins November 26.

All Aboard the Central Express!

December 15, 2016
10:00 am

For all ages.
Chug into the library and make some tracks. Create unique wrapping paper, cards, or frameable artwork by dipping the wheels of train cars in paint and choo-choo-ing them on paper. Clickety-clack!

Life-Size Candyland

December 19, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Celebrate the start of winter vacation with a life-size game of Candyland. The whole family can be part of this sweet event.

Dazzling December Drop-in

December 20, 2016
3:00 pm

For creators of all ages.
Celebrate the sparkle and magic of the season by creating some of your own dazzle. Make magic with glitter, glue, doilies, ribbons, stencils, sequins and more!

The Snowman: A Marvelous Morning at the Movies

December 29, 2016
10:30 am

All ages welcome.
Come join Central Library for our annual showing of The Snowman, based on the book by Raymond Briggs.

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Wee Ones - Fall Session - September 14 - November 2

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 12 to 23 month-olds. Birthdate must fall between 9/15/14 and 9/14/15.
This is a 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. Registration is required and begins 9am August 24.

Tales for Twos - Fall Session: September 15 - November 3

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. Registration is required and begins 9am August 25.

Alphabet Soup - Fall Session - September 15 - November 3

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 sibling. Registration is required and begins 9am August 25.

Blankets and Books: Evening Storytimes

November 22, 2016
6:30 pm

For 4 to 6 year olds and an accompanying adult
November 22, 29, and December 6
As we nestle in for the fall season, join us for these special storytimes. Wear your pajamas, bring a special blanket or stuffed animal and get ready to snuggle in and listen to some great stories before bedtime. Drop-ins are welcome.

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.

You're a Cricketologist

September 06, 2016

September 6-17
Curious about crickets? Stop by and learn a lot about these little insects.

Find the Golden Ticket

September 13, 2016

All day or while supplies last.
How do you celebrate Roald Dahl’s would-be 100th birthday? With chocolate and books, of course. Come to the Crozet Library to get your chocolate bar and see if YOU are a lucky winner.

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

September 16, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 6-35 months.
September 16, December 9
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 August 26 and November 18 respectively. Drop-ins always welcome.

Story Explorers: Dinosaurs Big and Small

September 24, 2016
10:00 am

Ages 2-5.
Stomp into the library for some great stories and fun activities about our prehistoric friends. Registration is required and begins September 6.

Banned Books Week Quiz & Photo Booth

September 25, 2016

For all ages.
September 25 - October 1
Celebrate the freedom to read with Crozet Library’s Banned Books Week Quiz and Photo Booth. Find more information about how banning and challenging books stifles intellectual freedom and get a Freedom to Read button when you complete the Banned Books Quiz. Then take a mugshot with your favorite banned book. Tag your picture #jmrlreads and share to celebrate the freedom to read.

Paws to Read

September 26, 2016
1:00 pm

For any young reader
September 26, October 28, November 23 and December 19
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy. 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.

LEGO at the Library

September 26, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 6-11.
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 September 6.

Three Cheers for Pooh! Celebration

October 05, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 3-6.
“A party for me?” thought Pooh to himself. “How grand!” Join us as we celebrate Winnie-the-Pooh’s 90th birthday with a story, fun games, and a little smackeral of snacks. Registration is required and begins September 14.

Explore Shenandoah National Park with Bubba Jones

October 07, 2016
3:30 pm

Ages 5-12.
Jeff Alt will take us on an adventure based on his new book The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park. Help Bubba Jones and family solve a mystery as you explore Shenandoah and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the area's first inhabitants, and more. Registration is requested and begins September 19. Drop-ins are welcome.

It’s Thumb-body's Birthday

October 15, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 7-11.
This year will be author/illustrator Ed Emberley’s 85th birthday, and the Crozet Library is ready to do thumb celebrating. We’ll learn thumb-inspiring things about this award-winning author, create thumb-amazing art and, of course, eat thumb birthday cake. Registration is required and begins September 26.

Leaves are Falling Down

October 17, 2016

October 17-29
Test your nature knowledge. See if you can identify some of the leaves from trees in Crozet’s backyard.

Make and Take: Sugar Skull

October 24, 2016

For all ages.
October 24 - November 5
In honor of Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), decorate a sugar skull with magazine cut-outs and colored pencils.

My Life with Black Bears

October 26, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 7+.
Join 17-year-old Gabriel Mapel, published author of two books about black bears. As an interpretive ranger for Shenandoah National Park, Gabriel will share with you the behavior of these amazing animals and some of his first hand experiences in this interactive presentation. Registration is requested and begins October 3.

Sharing Philosophy with Kids with Marietta McCarty

October 29, 2016
10:00 am

Ages 5-9 and their grown-ups.
Join Marietta McCarty, bestselling author of Little Big Minds: Sharing Philosophy with Kids, who will discuss the importance of simple pleasures, gratitude, and quiet times with the children. Afterwards, the adults will be given tools to encourage their children’s curiosity and delight in asking questions and indulging in rich conversation. Registration is required and begins October 8.

Gathering for Games

November 07, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 6-14.
School’s out! Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for some gaming fun. If you have a favorite game, bring it along. Registration is requested and begins October 17.

Cast Your Vote

November 08, 2016

Who would get your vote to be in charge? Piggie or Gerald? Stop by and cast your choice in the ballot box.

Page Turners: A Book Club for Kids

November 08, 2016
3:00 pm

Ages 8-11.
Stop by the library to get your free copy of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein. Read it on your own then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration is required and begins October 11.

Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

November 14, 2016

All ages.
November 14-30
Scour the library in search of magical species and discover if you have what it takes to be a magizoologist like Newt Scamander, in honor of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

November 19, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 3-6.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL. Registration is requested and begins October 31. Drop-ins are welcome.

Crafternoons

December 07, 2016
4:00 pm

Ages 7+.
Wednesdays, December 7 & 14
Stitch up a fantastic little something that is present-worthy just in time for the holidays. The following week you’ll print up some original wrapping paper. No prior sewing experience necessary. Registration is requested and begins November 14. Drop-ins are welcome.

Picture Book Film Fest

December 08, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 2-6.
Thursday, December 8 & Saturday, December 10 at 10:30am
Bring a blanket and pillows and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen. Registration is requested and begins November 14. Drop-ins are welcome.

Groovin’ with Lu and Roo

December 17, 2016
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
Join Lucy (Lu) and Rhonda (Roo) for a dance par-tay, preschool-style! Registration is required and begins November 28.

“Movie” On Over to the Crozet Library

December 29, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 6-11.
Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn – YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Crozet Library for movie details. Registration is requested and begins December 12. Drop-ins are welcome.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

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 - Fall Session - Mondays at 9:30, Sept 12 - Oct 24

Mondays 9:30 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read and Play.”
Registration is required and begins August 30.
Please note the library will be closed on Monday, October 10.

Reading Rumpus - Fall Session I : Mondays at 10:30 am, Sept 12 - Oct 24

Mondays 10:30 am

For children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver.
A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Please note the library will be closed on Monday, October 10.

Mother Goose Time: Fall Session - Mondays at 11:30, Sept 12 - Oct 24

Mondays 11:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins August 30.
Please note the library will be closed on Monday, October 10.

Mother Goose Time: - Fall Session, Tuesdays 9:30am Sept13 - Oct 25

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
Registration is required and begins August 30.

Monkey Business - Fall Session : Thursdays at 10:30 am, Sept 15 - Oct 27

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 August 30.

Reading Rumpus - Fall session II: Mondays at 10:30 am Nov 21 - Dec 19

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.

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.

Robot Ruckus

September 01, 2016

All day, every day of the month of September.
Read Boy + Bot by Ame Dyckman and imagine what your own robot would look like and do. Build a robot on our robot wall, draw and describe your own robot, and enter to win a free book.

Drop-In Stories & More - Fall Session

September 03, 2016
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.
September 24: Bilingual Storytime
November 19: Library Birthday Celebration
No storytime Saturday 12/24/16

Make it & Take it - Fall Session

September 07, 2016
3:00 pm

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

  • September 7: Non-edible apple printing
  • October 5: Non-edible candy corn creation
  • November 2: “Sitting Pretty” pumpkin art
  • December 7: Holiday Card making for all
  • January 4: Glittery snow dough

2's and 3's Together - - Fall Session - Tuesdays at 10:30am, Sept 13 - Oct 25

September 13, 2016
10:30 am

For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read and Play.”
Registration is required and begins August 30.

SPCA Paws to Read

September 14, 2016
3:00 pm

Second Wednesdays: September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
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 and begins one month prior to each date.

Book Bites: Book Discussion - Fall Session

September 15, 2016
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.

  • September 15: Horses of the Dawn by Kathryn Lasky Registration begins August 25..
  • October 20: Nightmares by Jason Segal ( This is not a horror book, but a fun adventure book.) Registration begins September 15.
  • November 17: This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen Registration begins October 20.
  • December 15: Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm (This session will include a cartooning activity.) Registration begins November 17.

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings - Fall Session

September 21, 2016
3:00 pm

For grades K and up.
Third Wednesdays: September 21, October 19, November 16
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.

Bookaroos Book Club: Book Discussion for 2nd graders

September 22, 2016
3:00 pm

For 2nd graders. Limit 10 readers.
For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided.

Creation Station

September 23, 2016
2:30 pm

For all ages.
Second & Fourth Fridays* between 2:30-4:30pm
September 23, October 14, October 28, December 9
*No stations in November
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.

Microscopic Monsters

October 01, 2016

All day every day of October.
Everyday things can look monstrous when enlarged up to 2 million times. Play our guessing game and see if you can figure out the everyday item in the electron microscope image and win your own mini-magnifier.

Youth Artists Display

October 01, 2016

Interested in having your school’s art work displayed? See a children’s librarian.
October: Albemarle High school student photography
December: Venable Elementary school student art work

Saber Force Academy

October 01, 2016
11:45 am

Saber Force Academy takes the fun of light sabers, and puts them into teaching martial arts skills to students. Come watch and participate with some basic saber techniques. Registration starts 9/1/16.

Breathe, Bend and Books: A Yoga Storytime

October 06, 2016
3:00 pm

For Grades K-2.
Books come alive in a whole new way as we read, stretch our bodies, play games and learn the fun of yoga. Bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Registration starts 9/6/2016.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

October 14, 2016
10:30 am

Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL.

Explore Shenandoah National Park with Bubba Jones

October 22, 2016
3:30 pm

For ages 5-12.
Jeff Alt will take us on an adventure based on his new book The Adventures of Bubba Jones: Time Traveling Through Shenandoah National Park. Help Bubba Jones and family solve a mystery as you explore Shenandoah and come face to face with extinct creatures, endangered species, the area’s first inhabitants, and more.

Book Discussion: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

October 24, 2016
7:00 pm

For Grades 5-6.
Read and discuss this National Book Award winner. Then come and meet the author on November 16 at NaNoWriMo Author Panel. Plenty of snacking and lively chatting. Limited free copies of the books are available. Registration required and begins September 19.

Family Halloween Movie

October 28, 2016
11:00 am

All ages.
Come join us for a showing of a Halloween movie favorite, Hocus Pocus (1993) rated PG. Halloween night will never be the same after three 17th century witches are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem.

Spooky Search

October 31, 2016

All Day.
See how many “scary” surprises you can uncover. Extra prize, if you participate in costume.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

‘I Am Thankful’ Tree

November 01, 2016

All month the children’s desk will have materials available to create your own ‘I am thankful’ messages. We will decorate a special tree and walls with these messages of gratitude for all of our patrons to enjoy.

Giving Tree

November 07, 2016

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library beginning November 7 and buy a gift picture book to return unwrapped to the library by December 5. Available at the Central, Crozet, Gordon Avenue, Nelson, Northside, and Scottsville Branches.

Potato Chip Voting

November 08, 2016

All ages.
All Day.
Exercise your right to vote for the best flavor. Taste one or taste them all and vote for your favorite.

“I Voted”

November 08, 2016

All Day.
Rock the vote, library style. Stop in and vote for your favorite book character candidate and get a special “I Voted” sticker.

Happy Birthday, Gordon Avenue!

November 19, 2016

All Day.
Nifty, nifty, Gordon Avenue is 50. There is so much to celebrate. Come by to join the festivities including a special birthday storytime at 11am and drop in fun throughout the day for all ages.

Construction Zone

November 22, 2016
10:30 am

For Ages 2-5.
Backhoes and books, saws and songs, hammers and humor. It is all in the works for a construction storytime filled with building fun and activities. Registration required and begins November 8.

Decemberly

December 01, 2016

All day, every day in December.
We are celebrating the amazing Ed Emberley as we decorate Gordon Avenue Library for the winter weather. Make thumbprint snowflakes, string cotton ball garland, and learn to draw an Emberly style snowperson. Turn in a decoration to make our library a winter wonderland and get a chance to win a free book.

Play Pals: Baby Stay & Play

Tuesdays 10:00 am

Ages 0 -2 years
Tuesdays in December: No registration required
“Play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in infants and young children.” J. L. Frost. Stop in for some playtime with developmentally appropriate toys.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Storybook Beat - Fall Sessions

Thursdays 10:30 am

For ages 3 - 5, with or without caregiver or parent
Session One: September 8 - October 13
Session Two: November 10 - December 15
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.

Read and Rhyme Time - Fall Sessions

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
Session One: September 7 - October 12
Session Two: November 9 - December 14
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.

Sharks: A Boy’s Book Club

September 15, 2016
3:30 pm

Open to all guys in grades 4-­8.
Bi-monthly on Thursdays at 3:30-­4:30pm
First Fall Session: September 15, 29, October 13, and 27.
Second Fall Session: November 17, December 1 and 15.
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.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

September 15, 2016
3:30 pm

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: September 15, October 20, and November 17 (There will be no December meeting)
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. Registration is required and ongoing.

Books at Bedtime

October 17, 2016
6:30 pm

For ages 7 and under.
Mondays listed below at 6:30-7pm
October 17, 24 and December 19
Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite animal, and listen to some wonderful bedtime stories. Wear your costume if you choose, and enjoy refreshments on October 24. Siblings welcome.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

Fall Family Movie

November 05, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages welcome.
Relax and enjoy the exciting movie The Jungle Book, rated PG.
Buttered popcorn provided.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

November 17, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 3+.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to Greene County Library.

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.

Twixt Book Group

August 31, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 4-8.
Wednesdays:
August 31, September 28, October 26, November 30

Join us to discuss some great stories, dark mysteries and interesting characters. Collect a library of your own!

Curiosity Day

September 17, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Curious George is curious, how about you? Come to the library and have fun learning about magnification, games and stories.

Silent Dinner

September 20, 2016
5:15 pm

All ages.
Join the Louisa County Library for a silent dinner. That’s right, no talking during this dinner. It will be a great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. All ages are invited and families are most welcome.

Make & Take Crafts

September 26, 2016

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the library for quick
and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • September: Banned Book Week (Sept. 26 - Oct. 1)Bookmarks
  • December: Book Print Mugs

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

October 01, 2016

Month of October.
Fun for everyone! Decorate a pumpkin as your favorite literary character.
Rules: Please decorate the pumpkin and DO NOT carve. Turn in pumpkins by October 22 to enter the contest. Voting begins Monday the 24th for various age brackets. Good luck!

Chivalry School: For aspiring princes, princesses, and knights

October 08, 2016
2:00 pm

Join us for games, snacks, and dragon slaying. A knighting ceremony and sword in the stone will be available for the most gallant and truest of heart. Registration is required.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

October 20, 2016
10:30 am

Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL.

Skeleton Program

October 22, 2016
2:00 pm

Come create a life size map of your skeletal system unique to you just in time for Halloween. Spooky snacks, games, and crafts makes this program the perfect introduction to engage and educate younger children about their own skeletal system.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

It's Election Time!

November 01, 2016

All ages.
November 1-8
Stop by the library to cast your vote for your favorite books and characters.

SECRET AGENTS

November 12, 2016
2:00 pm

Secret agent trainees requested. Details classified. Double agents need not apply.

Lego Block Party

December 10, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Do you want to build with your imagination? Join us at the library, we will supply the bricks and you bring your creativity.

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.

Author Birthday Shelf

September 01, 2016

An author’s work displayed each month, in celebration of their birthday. Stop by the first week of each month for a fun handout related to the author’s books.

  • September: Jim Arnosky / Sept. 1, 1946
  • October: David Shannon / Oct. 5, 1959
  • November: Lois Ehlert / Nov. 9, 1934
  • December: Mercer Mayer / Dec. 30, 1943

Make & Take Activities

September 01, 2016

Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • September: Create a Character Folder
  • October: Pumpkin Zentangle
  • November: Vote for your Favorite Genre
  • December: Creative Coloring

One Book, One Community

September 01, 2016

In conjunction with Tye River Elementary School and Rockfish River Elementary School we begin a yearlong process to choose one book for our community to celebrate. Check by often to engage in the fun.

LEGO Wednesdays

Wednesdays 4:00 pm

For all ages.
First Wednesdays
September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

Family Movie Matinee

September 10, 2016
10:30 am

Second Saturdays
Take a break from the fall rush for some family movie fun.

  • September 10: National Treasure (2004)
  • October 8: Hotel Transylvania (2015)
  • November 12: Annie (1982)
  • December 10: A Coat of Many Colors (2015)

Roald Dahl Day

September 13, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Tuesday, September 13.
Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday is today. Activities await you as we celebrate this storyteller.

Mayflower Day

September 16, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Friday, September 16.
Celebrate the beginning of the voyage of the Mayflower as it set sail for a New World.

Johnny Appleseed Day

September 26, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Monday, September 26.
Did Johnny Appleseed really wear a pot on his head? Come find the answer and discover more interesting facts about the man, the myth, and the apple that he loved.

Mad Hatter Day

October 06, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Thursday, October 6.
Come enjoy some great hats and a little of Alice and Wonderland, too.

National Dessert Day

October 14, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Friday, October 14.
Recipe books galore will be ready for you to look over and find that special dessert to enjoy today.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

November 01, 2016
4:00 pm

All ages.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL.

King Tut Day

November 04, 2016

All ages.
Discover treasures from Ancient Egypt on a book display and try our special quiz.

Take a Hike

November 15, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades K-5. Limit: 12.
National “Take a Hike Day” is in two days. Come and get prepared. We will be decorating walking sticks and making trail mix. Registration is required and begins November 1.

Take a Hike Day

November 17, 2016

All ages.
All Day, Thursday, November 17.
Get prepared for a fall hike in the woods. We will have information on hiking in the area and some special tips to make your hike great.

The Twelve Days of Christmas

December 05, 2016

All ages.
Step into the pages of the song, story, and rhyme of the “Twelve Days of Christmas” and explore each day from December 5 to 20.

Holiday Craft Time: Gingerbread Houses

December 06, 2016
4:00 pm

All ages. Limit: 24.
Get creative and build your own “home, sweet, home.” Registration is required and begins November 29.

Holiday Vacation Family Movie

December 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Come and relax after the rush of the holidays with the movie Arthur Christmas.

Noon Year’s Eve Party

December 31, 2016
11:00 am

All ages.
Say goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017 at this special event.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

Twos and Threes Together: Wednesdays - Fall Session: Sept. 14 - Nov. 16

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. Registration for the 10-week session is required and begins August 31.

Preschool Pals Wednesdays - Fall Session: Sept. 14 - Nov. 16

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. Registration for the 10-week session is required and begins August 31.

Preschool Pals Thursdays - Fall Session: Sept. 15 - Nov. 17

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 10-week session is required and begins August 31.

Twos and Threes Together: Thursdays - Fall Session: Sept. 15 - Nov. 17.

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 10-week session is required and begins August 31.

Babies and Books : Fall Session -Sept 15 - Nov 17

Thursdays 1:30 pm

For babies up to 18 months with an accompanying adult
Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 18 months with accompanying adult.

Make & Take Crafts

September 01, 2016
12:00 am

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • September: Banned Books Week burning bookmark
  • October: Pumpkins
  • November: Make a house
  • December: Recycled envelopes

LEGO Mania

September 01, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5+
September 1, October 6, November 3, December 1
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!

Book Bugs Book Group

September 08, 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. Grades 3-5.

Ones and Twos Together: Fall Session - Sept. 14 - Nov. 16

Wednesdays 1:30 pm

For one and two year olds with an accompanying adult.
Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement designed for one and two year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome.

International Talk Like a Pirate Day

September 19, 2016

Don’t just talk like a pirate, look like one! Drop by the Children’s or Teen Desks to pick up a (temporary) tattoo.

Northside Minecraft Club

September 20, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 3-12.
September 20, October 18, November 15
Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month from the comfort of home. The server will be open for approved users. 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.

Fairy Houses

September 27, 2016
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 September 13.

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

September 29, 2016
4:00 pm

Suggested for ages 3-6.
Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to JMRL.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

Charlottesville Ballet Presents: “Nutcracker Suite” Meet & Greet

December 07, 2016
4:00 pm

For dancers ages 3-11.
Ballerinas pirouette into Northside Library for a special holiday celebration. For dancers ages 3-11. Registration required and begins November 23.

Family Art Drop-In - 3:30 to 5:30

December 15, 2016
3:30 pm

For children up to age 12.
Families are invited to make a non-edible gingerbread house. Great art can be messy, so come dressed to create at the library. We’ll pull out all the glitter and glue for loads of fun. For children up to age 12.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

Reading Rocks - Fall Session

Wednesdays 10:30 am

An independent activity for children ages 3-5
September 21 - December 14
This 30-minute program introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.

Toddler Time - Fall Session

Wednesdays 10:00 am

September 21 - December 14
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.

Make & Take Activities

August 26, 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.

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. History to be followed by Science on selected TBD dates. Please call Scottsville Library for details.

Puppy Love: Ava, the Therapy Dog

Thursdays 2:30 pm

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

Saturday Family Matinee

September 17, 2016
2:00 pm

Movies are rated PG. Popcorn will be served.

LEGO Enthusiasts

September 24, 2016
11:00 am

For Grades K+.
Saturdays: September 24, October 15
We supply plenty of LEGOs. All you need to bring is your creativity,engineering abilities and friends and family for hours of fun.

Rockin' Readers

September 29, 2016
4:00 pm

Final Thursdays at 4pm
A newly-formed book club for grades 3-5 for fun and lively discussion. Pick up a free copy of the book at the circulation desk. Refreshments will be served.

Minecraft Perler Beads

October 22, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 6+.
Craft your very own animals, mobs, potions, weapons, armors and much more.

Trick or Treat at the Library

October 31, 2016

Ages 0-12.
Children are invited to stop by any JMRL branch on Halloween day for a special treat. Each child will receive a coupon for a free children's book from the upcoming Friends of the Library Fall Book Sale.

Make & Take Activities

November 01, 2016

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.

  • November: Pokemon and Minecraft Coloring Sheets
  • December: Duct Tape Crafts

Peter Jones, “The Pied Piper of Charlottesville”

November 02, 2016
11:00 am

Radio personality and versatile storyteller Peter Jones, of “Tell Us A Tale” fame, brings his own special brand of lively storytelling to Scottsville.

VOTE! Election Day at the Library

November 08, 2016

All Day.
Cast your ballot for your favorite Mo Willems character and get a sticker and bookmark. Who is your favorite candidate? Piggie, Pigeon, Trixie, Gerald?