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


A social gathering in the evening for informal conversation with guest speakers representing the arts, culture, businesses and interests in the Crozet community. Program listings are below. For adults ages 16+.


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.

Part of The Big Read

India Enigma Exhibit, by Michael Petrus

March 04, 2015

An exhibition of photography that explores how ancient traditions collide with the modern and global experiment in India. Michael Petrus is co-founder of Crisman+Petrus Architects.

Part of The Big Read

Rupturing the Surface of the Known, with Phoebe Crisman

March 10, 2015
7:00 pm

Just as characters in “The Namesake” were caught between the conflicting cultures of India and America, this talk will examine the reverse: how UVA architecture students going from America to India were inspired by the cultural differences they experienced. Using images and words, the presentation will examine the value of travel in this global age. Phoebe Crisman is Associate Professor of Architecture University of Virginia School of Architecture. No registration required.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Histories of Local Virginians: Their Lives and Their Work

March 18, 2015
7:00 pm

Join authors Kevin Donleavy (“The Irish in Early Virginia: 1600-1860”), Barclay Rives (“William Cabell Rives: A Country to Serve”), and Billy Wayson (“Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter & Plantation Mistress”) as they share stories of local Virginians, from the Crozet tunnel laborers to master craftsmen, a Senator and a plantation mistress. Local writers sharing histories with local impact. No registration required.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

YA Books for Any Age: From Romantic Suspense to Steampunk

March 19, 2015
7:00 pm

If you've ever wondered why YA books make up the fastest-growing market for publishers, come hear these authors: you'll hear imaginative and compelling stories coupled with beautiful writing. Authors Melissa Marr (“Made For You” and the “Wicked Lovely” series), Diana Peterfreund (“Across a Star-Swept Sea”), and Tiffany Trent (“The Tinker King”) will read from their Young Adult titles, discuss their writing, and answer reader's questions. Moderator: Sarah McGuire.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up. No registration required.

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens


March 23, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn about two of the toughest symptoms of teens struggling with their emotional health. Learn strategies for supporting teens through these difficult periods, and when it’s time to call for professional help.

Part of The Big Read

Battle of the Book Groups & Book Swap Party

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm

Did your book group read, “The Namesake,” for the Big Read? Bring your book group team, a potluck dessert to share and some books to swap for some new-to-you reads. Your group may take home the Battle of the Book Groups Prize by winning our Book Group Namesake Trivia Contest. If you read “The Namesake” on your own, come and join the ‘Rogue Readers’ team, or just cheer on the team of your choice. If you haven’t read the book, come for some book swap fun. Registration required and begins Monday, March 2.



March 31, 2015
4:30 pm

Last Tuesday of the month:
December 30, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26

Come one, come all. 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 and up. No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome.


book cover THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar

April 06, 2015
7:00 pm

Captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens


April 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Hear about trending drug habits of teens. We will cover what to look for as parents, tools for drug use prevention, and when to get help, and from whom.

Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa

Milmitjpa Manikay (Evening Songs)

April 21, 2015
7:00 pm

Australian Aboriginal artist, elder, and musician Wandjuk Marika once said “there is no real distinction for us between art and life.” How can art, music, and poetry fit into the daily rhythms of our busy lives? Join us in exploring Australian Aboriginal art and music to find inspiration for your own writing. Bring your favorite pen and notebook. Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa in celebration of National Poetry Month.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up.
Registration required, and begins Monday, March 30.
Call 434-823-4050.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens


May 18, 2015
7:00 pm

We will discuss what dating teens need to know, and how parents can talk about this serious subject. We will also talk about healthy versus unhealthy communication in romantic relationships, and how to help teens recognize each type.

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.