November-December 2016: Display of art by refugees from eight countries who now live in Charlottesville. Drawings by a refugee Girl Scout troop, members of the Michie Drive community and students of the International Rescue Committee Charlottesville office. Thirty three drawings depict homelands with images of people, animals, garments, buildings and landscapes. Facilitated by Susan Patrick. Framing materials and labor donated by Fastframe.
The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4
Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: Email Us After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.
On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: Email Us Program listings are below.
Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the lower level of the Central Library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. No registration required.
Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm
October 27, 2016
A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.
November 03, 2016
November 04, 2016
Opening reception for a display of art by refugees from eight countries who now live in Charlottesville. Drawings by a refugee Girl Scout troop, members of the Michie Drive community and students of the International Rescue Committee Charlottesville office. Thirty three drawings depict homelands with images of people, animals, garments, buildings and landscapes. Facilitated by Susan Patrick. Framing materials and labor donated by Fastframe.
November 05, 2016
Join us for a celebration of local authors. The day begins with a discussion about writing in Virginia by a small panel of local authors. An author fair featuring a variety of authors in the area will follow the panel discussion.
November 08, 2016
Tuesdays in November at 6-8pm
November 8, 15, 22, & 29
Drop in to the Madison Room for a quiet space to work on your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. More info.
November 08, 2016
Second Tuesdays at 7 pm
September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13
Always wanted to read War and Peace, but feel a little intimidated? Join us for a leisurely paced exploration of the book with tea, pastries, and casual conversation interspersed with screenings of a film adaptation and Russian potluck deliciousness. Registration requested.
November 12, 2016
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.
Third Wednesdays at 6pm
November 16, 2016
Learn how to make both a folded-X book and a paper bag keepsake book. All supplies provided. Ages 14+.
Required registration begins November 1.
November 17, 2016
When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Check the Catalog
December 01, 2016
December 08, 2016
Have you always wanted to try coding? Come learn the basics and gain some experience with help from library staff. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. For ages 14+.
December 15, 2016
Meet to select books for 2017
The first known library in downtown Charlottesville was created in 1823 by a group of citizens that included Thomas Jefferson. The “Albemarle Library Society” boasted an initial collection of 238 titles. This village library was located at “Number Nothing” in Court Square (a site now occupied by 224 Court Square). A public subscription library, the society was incorporated by the Virginia General Assembly and lasted at least until 1834. It was not until 1919 and the generosity of Paul Goodloe McIntire that a truly public library was formed. McIntire donated not only the land and the construction costs, but the furniture and the first 5,000 books for the new library as well. The cornerstone was laid in November, 1919, and the new “Charlottesville Public Library” opened its doors to the public on May 30, 1921.
With the development of bookmobile service to Albemarle County in 1947, the name of the library was changed to the “Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Library”. In 1958, six years after the death of Mr. McIntire, the main library building and the system itself became known as the “McIntire Library.”
Additional branches in Scottsville, Crozet, and on Gordon Avenue in Charlottesville took some of the pressure off of the small McIntire Branch in the early 1960s, and, in 1972, with the addition of branches in Louisa and Nelson counties, the library system became the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Greene County joined the system in 1974.
In October 1977, the Market Street Post Office building was purchased by Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Under Director Christopher Devan, a 17-month renovation project took place. Total cost of the project reached $2.25 million. After moving the McIntire collection of 90,000 volumes into the building on Market Street, the new Central Library opened on February 2, 1981 to patrons eager for a larger facility. Along with administration and technical services, the third floor of the new building offered the community three meeting rooms, one of them dedicated to Mr. McIntire.
In May 1987, the Albemarle County Historical Society's Library and the Central Virginia Genealogical Association consolidated their resources with those of the Central Library and moved the newly formed Charlottesville-Albemarle Historical Collection to the mezzanine of the Central Library where it remained until 1994. That year, after extensive restoration and renovation, the Historical Collection moved out of the Central Library and into the former McIntire Library.
In the late 80s, the Library Board and Director Bill Swinson had committed the library system to obtaining the benefits of emerging modern technology. By February 1989, under Director Donna Selle, the card catalogs at all branches were replaced with on-line computer catalogs for the public and JMRL fully implemented its automated circulation system.
In order to continue to integrate technology into the library system, the Central Library was again renovated in 1995. The opening of a public computer lab for internet access and the development and implementation of a community information network, Monticello Avenue, were initiated. The public lab currently houses many internet stations and access is also available in the Central Reference Department where extensive electronic resources complement the print and microform collections.
Current Director John Halliday oversees the entire JMRL system from his office on the third floor of the Central Library.