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
crozet@jmrl.org

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Crozet Library


Programs for Adults

CROZET SOIREE

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+.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

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.

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

December 30, 2014
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.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book coverHIS EXCELLENCY, GEORGE WASHINGTON by Joseph J.Ellis

January 05, 2015
7:00 pm

Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments. Check the Catalog arrow

DEMYSTIFYING DOWNLOADABLES - iPADS AND KINDLES AND NOOKS, OH MY!

January 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Second session: Saturday, February 7, 2pm

Learn how to download free audiobooks, eBooks and magazines for your electronic devices through the library. Call to register for one of these two sessions, starting Monday, December 29.

AN EVENING OF POETRY: Readings by Crozet Elementary School Third Graders

January 08, 2015
6:30 pm

Celebrate poetry as you enjoy listening to selected published and original poetry recited by local students. No registration required.

Pass the Popcorn – It’s Movie Night

DVD coverSEABISCUIT (2003) directed by Gary Ross. PG-13

January 09, 2015
7:00 pm

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.
Adults, please. No registration required.

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Crozet Soiree

soireeTERRA VOCE, Cello and Flute Duo

January 14, 2015
7:00 pm

An encore performance! Performing as Terra Voce, cellist Andrew Gabbert and flutist Elizabeth Brightbill seek to explore their interest in musical expression from many different places and times...They have delighted audiences with their virtuosity, diverse and innovative programming, and engaging, conversational style of presentation. For adults, ages 16 and over.

Future Programs:

  • February 5: Jim Northup, Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park
  • March 18 & 19: Join us for two Festival of the Book Events.

STORIES BY THE FIRESIDE

Cozy up by the fireplace with your neighbors and a warm drink, and listen to talented readers read selected short stories aloud. A great way to spend a winter’s evening. Adults, please. No registration required.

  • Thursday, January 22, 7pm.
  • Thursday, February 26, 7pm

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

TALK TO ME

January 29, 2015
7:00 pm

With Lou Hanson, MSW, LSW, and Alphonso Underwood, MSW, LSW of ReadyKids
Adults, please. No registration required.

Tonight’s focus will be the nuances of communication between parents and their teens. Hear about the good, bad, and the ugly of these communications, and learn skills to improve and enhance parent-teen communication.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, by Henry James

February 02, 2015
7:00 pm

Follows the story of American heiress Isabel as she visits Europe to find her own destiny, is pursued by suitors, and ultimately must make a tragic choice Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:


EVERYTHING AUSTEN

February 12, 2015
7:00 pm

Travel back in time to the period of Jane Austen. Step into Jane’s dancing shoes to watch (and learn, if you’d like) a period dance with live music and dance instruction, then spend the evening enjoying games, contests and Austentacious fun. Costumes encouraged, but if you lack ‘formal’ attire, this should not, by any means, dissuade you from attending.

Adults, please. Registration required and begins Tuesday, January 20.
(inclement weather make-up date Thursday, February 19, 7pm.)

Film screening with filmmaker Eduardo Montes-Bradley

MovieSAMBA ON YOUR FEET (2005) directed by Eduardo Montes-Bradley

February 17, 2015
7:00 pm

Get ready for Mardi Gras with this documentary tracing the influences contributing to the shaping of the music that consecrated one of the most powerful cultural manifestations in Brazil, Carnival. Discussion with filmmaker follows showing.
Adults, please. No registration required.
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SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

SOCIAL MEDIA AND BULLYING

February 23, 2015
7:00 pm

With Lou Hanson, MSW, LSW, and Alphonso Underwood, MSW, LSW of ReadyKids
Adults, please. No registration required.

This evening will be dedicated to discussing teens’ electronic social interactions and how to keep them in check. We will review common issues with social media and helpful strategies to help your teens make safe surfing choices, and address who to turn to for help when your teens are being bullied in the world and on the web.

History of Crozet Library

Secrets of the Blue Ridge: The Library of Crozet
by Phil James (Crozet Gazette Feb 2010)

A Branch Library

Original Crozet Library
Original Crozet Library

The possibility of a branch library for Crozet was first discussed publicly at the November 1963 meeting of the Crozet Lion’s Club; Raymond Williams, then director of the McIntire Library spoke on the subject. Williams noted in his talk that the area had been served for the previous ten years by the bookmobile.

On January 3, 1964, the Crozet Library committee was established with Roy Patterson as chairman. The purpose of the group was to establish a library until financial support could be secured through the county during the new fiscal year beginning July 1. The library opened its doors on May 6, 1964 in a small building across the street from its current location.

Looking for a Home

When, after several years, the Olive Tree building proved too small to house the growing collection, the books were moved into what is now Crozet Hardware. This site, too, had to be abandoned, however, in order to accomodate the current business when the development of Windham forced it out of its old quarters.

As a temporary measure, the library was housed in a portion of the building that now contains the Green Olive Tree, though quarters were so cramped that almost a third of the collection had to be stored off-site. The library was open 22 hours a week.

Mary Plum, previous Branch Manager, recalls,“There were boxes, carts and stacks of books everywhere that couldn’t fit on the shelves. Someone would come in looking for a particular cook book and I would say, ‘’Check that pile.’”

The Crozet Library League was organized, and worked to raise funds and bring the community’s attention to this situation.

A New Old Building

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Old Railroad Depot

In 1984, the Perry Foundation purchased and restored the railroad depot, abandoned for years, as a home for the library. The new facility was opened in May of that year with festivities that included the Court Square Dancers and the Crossroads String Band. The building itself had a long history.

The railroad line serving Crozet was opened in the 1850s. Originally known as the Virginia Central Railroad, this line pushed from Gordonsville west into the Shenadoah Valley through a tunnel engineered by Claudius Crozet, the French engineer for whom the town is named. In 1858, the first train rolled through the tunnel into the valley.

The first wooden frame depot was built to serve nearby Miller School, and Crozet grew up around it, encouraged by the region’s flourishing fruit industry. Plans were drawn for a new brick depot as early as 1916, but World War I delayed the start of construction. The building now occupied by the library was built in 1923 at a cost of $16,000.

The Library Today

New Children's Furniture
Public Internet Terminals

When the automated catalog and record-keeping system was installed in 1987, circulation doubled. The growth of the community and library business continued apace. Presently, the Crozet branch has a staff of five: three full-time and two part-time employees, circulates about 10,000 items each month, and is open for 48 hours each week.



Looking Toward the Future

Since the library is the fourth busiest branch of the JMRL system, and the Crozet area has experienced rapid growth, more space is needed for the Crozet Library to serve its population. Once again, the library will be on the move to a new home. (see above)