Crozet Library

Crozet LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 1pm - 9pm
Wednesday: 9am - 9pm
Thursday - Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434.823.4050
Fax: 434.823.8399
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Crozet Library

Programs for Adults


Meets monthly (Sept - July) on the 1st Monday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please drop in and join us! Readers with gmail accounts can join the mailing list.

Program listings are below.

Exhibit at Crozet Library

The Work, The People, and The Tunnels Exhibit, by Clann Mohr Illustrating the construction of the Blue Ridge Railroad Project in the 1850’s.


Learn how to create an email account, search for information online, complete an online job application, or download an ebook. Meet with library staff for a 45-60 minute tutorial using either a public computer at the library or your own laptop. For an appointment, call 823-4050.


book cover THE BROTHERS KARAMAZOV by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

September 14, 2015
7:00 pm

A spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, and reason, set against a modernizing Russia, with a plot which revolves around the subject of patricide. Check the Catalog arrow

Thomas Jefferson’s Revolutionary Garden, with Peter Hatch

September 17, 2015
7:00 pm

Thomas Jefferson wrote, "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add a useful plant to its culture," and Monticello's terraced vegetable garden became an experimental laboratory. While growing over 330 vegetable and 170 fruit varieties, Jefferson was also a pioneer in supporting farmer's markets and promoting vegetable cookery. Restored in 1984, the garden and the Jefferson legacy continue to inspire the farm to table movement today. Mr. Hatch is Director of Gardens & Grounds Emeritus for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation. Ages 16+.
No registration required.



September 21, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn how to make smart car-buying decisions and get tips for negotiating the purchase of a new or used car. Virginia Credit Union. Ages 16+.
Registration recommended and begins August 31.


circle of books.

September 23, 2015
7:00 pm

Come and join this new group for relaxed, collaborative reading, listening and sharing. Come to any one, two or three sessions. For ages 17+.
Registration recommended and will begin September 2.

Toe-Tapping with Crozet Jazz Project


September 24, 2015
7:00 pm

Back by popular demand. Enjoy an evening of “chamber jazz” as this quartet of musicians explore tunes from the "Great American Songbook." Guitarist Vince Lewis is a jazz composer, performer, recording artist and educator currently nominated for the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame. Drummer Phil Riddle has appeared with Jazz and Blues artists and is known for his impeccable sense of time and musical sensibilities. Bob Bowen, a bassist who maintains a groove, performs at the Greenbrier and Homestead, and is a mainstay at Virginia jazz clubs. John Jensen served with the US Navy Band Commodores, and currently plays trombone with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra. Ages 15+.
No registration required.

Crozet’s Yesteryears and a Happy Anniversary Today

September 28, 2015
7:00 pm

Travel in time to Crozet’s yesteryears as Phil James, Leonard Sandridge and photographer, Hubert Gentry, speak about the moment captured in the photograph which hangs behind the library’s circulation desk. To help set the mood, Leo Mallek’s Barber Shop Quartet will be on hand to croon a few tunes of the times. Add to the sweetness of the evening by enjoying a slice of cake in celebration of the second anniversary of the opening of the ‘new’ Crozet Library, exactly two years ago. Ages 12+.
Registration recommended, and will begin September 1.



September 29, 2015
4:30 pm

Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Ages 8 to adult.
No registration required.


holiday for troops.

October 01, 2015

Come into the library during the countdown to Veteran’s Day and write a postcard to an anonymous member of the Armed Services. JMRL and Blue Star Families of Central Virginia will see that it reaches its recipient in time for the Winter Holidays. For all ages.


book cover THE JOHNSTOWN FLOOD by David McCullough

October 05, 2015
7:00 pm

A graphic account of the collapse of a poorly constructed dam and the resulting flood which killed 2,000 people and caused a nationwide scandal. Check the Catalog arrow

The Blue Ridge Railroad and Tunnel

book cover.THE BLUE RIDGE TUNNEL by Mary Lyons

October 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Mary Lyons will present a slide show about her new book, “The Virginia Blue Ridge Railroad,” the company that gave birth to the Blue Ridge Tunnel. Lyons will also discuss her book “The Blue Ridge Tunnel.” Her husband, Paul Collinge, a member of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation, will be on hand for questions about the current state of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Greenway. Ages 16+.
No registration required.


October 19, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn how to minimize your risk of identity theft, and what to do if you ever become a victim. Virginia Credit Union. Ages 18+.
Registration recommended and begins September 28.



October 27, 2015
7:00 pm

With the setting sun as a backdrop and a warm drink to sip, listen to talented local actors read selected short stories aloud. A great way to spend an autumn evening.
Adults only, please.
No registration required.


book cover FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD by Thomas Hardy

November 02, 2015
7:00 pm

Tells the story of Bathsheba Everdene, who must choose among three suitors in Wessex in the 1840s. Check the Catalog arrow

Elephant Sense and Sensibility, with Dr. Michael Garstang

November 04, 2015
7:00 pm

Elephants are presented as sentient beings, differing from humans not so much in kind, as in degree. If elephants think, act, feel and behave in ways we, as humans, recognize, how do we justify our dominion over these animals? Dr. Garstang is a Distinguished Emeritus Research Professor in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia. Ages 16+.
No registration required.

The Giving Tree

November 09, 2015

Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in the local Head Start program. Select a name at a participating library beginning November 9 and buy a gift picture book to return unwrapped to the library by December 4. Available at the Central, Crozet, Gordon Avenue, Nelson, Northside, and Scottsville Branches.



November 09, 2015
7:00 pm

Save time by getting and keeping your financial records organized. Learn what records to keep, what to keep handy in case of a natural disaster, and how to take a home inventory. Virginia Credit Union. Ages 18+.
Registration recommended and begins October 19.

Special Film Program

WHITE: A SEASON IN THE LIFE OF JOHN BORDEN EVANS and Discussion with Filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley

November 12, 2015
7:00 pm

Best Documentary at the 2015 Richmond International Film Festival, “White: A Season in the Life of John Borden Evans” is about an artist, and a way of life. It is about a farm in a place in Virginia. It’s about food, God, love, water, trees, and the relentless relationship between time and oneself. Ages 16+.
No registration required.


book cover UNDER THE BANNER OF HEAVEN, by Jon Krakauer

December 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Traces the 1984 murder of a woman and her child by fundamentalist Mormons, exploring the belief systems and traditions that mark the faith's most extreme factions and what their practices reflect about the nature of religion in America. Check the Catalog arrow

Window Stars Craft Workshop


December 09, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn how to fold colorful paper stars to display in the window for the holidays. All supplies provided. Ages 15+.
Registration required and begins November 18.



December 14, 2015
7:00 pm

Discover effective strategies for saving money, managing spending and improving your credit. Set personal finance goals to gain peace of mind and greater control over your money. Virginia Credit Union. Ages 18+.
Registration recommended, begins November 23.


book cover THE WINTER OF OUR DISCONTENT by John Steinbeck

January 04, 2016
7:00 pm

Ethan Hawley works as a clerk in the grocery store owned by an Italian immigrant. His wife is restless; his teenaged children are troubled and discontented, hungry for the tantalizing material comforts he cannot provide. Then one day, in a moment of moral crisis, Ethan decides to take a holiday from his own scrupulous standards. Check the Catalog arrow

An Evening with Terra Voce

soireeTERRA VOCE, Cello and Flute Duo

January 07, 2016
7:00 pm

Cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill thrill audiences with their virtuosity, engaging, conversational style of presentation, and their genre-expanding programs that explore a wide range of musical styles, traditions, and cross-cultural influence. Their arrangements test the limits of what is possible on just two instruments. Ages 12+.
No registration required.

History of Crozet Library

Original Crozet Library
Original Crozet Library

The story of the Crozet Library goes back as far as 1907. Crozet historian Phil James included a chapter on the library's history in his first volume of Secrets of the Blue Ridge (Crozet Gazette Feb 2010).

For 25 years the library was located in the clubhouse of the Women's Club of Crozet. By the late 1940s, when the local library's collection had risen to as many as 3,000 books, it was augmented by visits from the Bookmobile of the McIntire Public Library in Charlottesville. The Bookmobile continued to visit Crozet until, in 1964, a branch of the McIntire Library opened in Crozet for the first time. The library opened on May 6, 1964 in a small building across the street from the old railroad depot. It was open 22 hours each week. After several years, it moved to the building on the square that now houses Crozet Hardware.

Old Railroad Depot
Crozet Library in Old Depot

During this period, the Crozet Library League was organized, and began raising funds to create a more permanent and suitable home for the library. In 1984, the Perry Foundation provided funding that allowed the old depot to be purchased and renovated for the library. This historic building, standing at the center of town, provided a lovely (but crowded) home for the library until the present building opened.

A new chapter began for the Crozet Library on September 28, 2013 when the doors to the new Crozet/Western Albemarle Library formally opened to the public, following the traditional Crozet Library book brigade , and a Grand Opening celebration.

The Crozet/Western Albemarle Library, now open 52 hours each week, is a permanent public space that encourages and nurtures intellectual freedom and curiosity, and supports JMRL’s mission to help its communities grow, learn and connect. The building is designed to provide a collection of over 75,000 books. In addition to being an anchor for an active, growing community, the library stands as a permanent testament to the County and citizenry's dedication to lifelong learning.

The County of Albemarle funded construction of the new library and the local community raised funds needed to provide all the furnishings and equipment. In 2014 the building was awarded LEED Silver Certification, recognizing the library was designed and built to minimize environmental impact.