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

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Learn how to create an email account, search for information online, complete an online job application or download an eBook by meeting with a staff member one-on-one. Schedule a 45-60 minute tutorial at a public library computer or bring in your own laptop. To make an appointment, call 823.4050.

READ ALOUD CIRCLE

circle of books.

September 07, 2016
7:00 pm

First Wednesdays at 7pm
September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
Join in the warmth and camaraderie of sharing stories aloud. Bring along old favorites or new discoveries for the group to pass around and read: short fiction, nonfiction, poems, and excerpts. Come to any one or more sessions. Ages 18+.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverNOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

September 12, 2016
7:00 pm

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo enacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. Conrad's evocation of the great Latin-American landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and individuals swept up in imperial ambitions has never been bettered. This edition offers new insights into Conrad's masterpiece. Check the Catalog arrow

Job Hunting 101

job applicants

September 14, 2016
2:00 pm

Second Wednesdays at 2pm
September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
Learn the skills of a true employment hunter and achieve success with personalized career coaching Douglas Owens, a goals and vocational development consultant with 25 years of experience. Registration requested and ongoing.

Live Poets, Too

September 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Monthly on Mondays at 7pm
September 19*, October 17, November 14, December 12
Bring several poems to share, either of your own authorship or another’s, then sit back and enjoy listening to the language of the poet. Ages 18+.
*For Sept. 19, join us after a poetry reading by local poet, Sara Robinson, who will discuss her book of poetry.

Poetry Reading with Sara Robinson

September 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Join poet Sara Robinson for a discussion of poetry and a reading of her works. Books will be available for sale. Afterwards, join the Live Poets, Too, to share and discuss poems of your authorship or another’s. Ages 18+.

Banned Books Week Quiz & Photo Booth

September 25, 2016

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. All ages.

JMRL Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, September 26 at 3:00 pm at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932.

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

September 27, 2016
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.


Read Local: Jennifer Ackerman

book cover THE GENIUS OF BIRDS by Jennifer Ackerman

September 28, 2016
6:30 pm

Local author Jennifer Ackerman will discuss her book The Genius of Birds, a fascinating demonstration of how bird brains reveal a whole new way of thinking about intelligence, including their capacity of abstract thinking, problem-solving, and more. Books for sale by Over the Moon Bookstore.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverBETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 03, 2016
7:00 pm

The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future. Check the Catalog arrow

Meet the International Rescue Committee

October 12, 2016
6:30 pm

Over 225 refugees will be resettled by the IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Charlottesville this year. Learn about the worldwide refugee situation, the European response to increased Syrian and North African refugees, how the IRC supports U.S. refugee resettlement and ways to help local refugees adapt to their new lives in our community.

Make and Take: Sugar Skull

skull

October 24, 2016

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

Writing Short Fiction Workshop with Linda Kobert

October 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Writing exercises will get your creative juices flowing as you learn how to use the elements of fiction -- characterization, point of view, plot, structure, dialogue, setting, detail and show not tell -- to create short stories and flash fiction (really short stories). Ages 18+. Required registration begins October 10.

A Night at the Movies

moviePsycho (1960)

October 31, 2016
6:30 pm

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. more info

NaNoWriMo Events

Take the National Novel Writing Month Challenge with the help of the Crozet Library. Can you write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days? It’s entirely do-able; come to an event to help stay on track. More info.

Wreck Your Writer’s Block

November 1-30: Whether you’re working on a NaNoWriMo novel or your own personal writing goals, stop by our display for writing prompts, writer’s block busters, planning worksheets, and a plot bunny adoption center.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party

November 01, 2016
6:00 pm

Head to the Crozet Library for motivation, resources to guide your writing, snacks, and coffee. Find a corner and hunker down, or meet other writers to hold yourself accountable. Experienced WriMos will be on hand to answer all your questions. No experience writing is necessary.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverIN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

November 07, 2016
7:00 pm

Powerful account of the brutal slaying of a Kansas family by two young ex-convicts. Check the Catalog arrow

Scan Your Stuff & Historical Transcription Hackathon

November 09, 2016
6:30 pm

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan, try your hand at transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia. To scan, please bring your own USB memory device. For ages 14+. Registration requested starting October 19, but drop-ins welcome.

Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

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. All ages.

NaNoWriMo Event: Halfway Write In

November 14, 2016
6:00 pm

Celebrate the almost-halfway point of your novel with some word sprints, snacks, and accountability. Feeling behind? Now’s your chance to get caught up!

NaNoWriMo Event: Last Ditch Effort Party

November 30, 2016
6:00 pm

Join others writers in this last ditch effort to finish that novel. Snacks and coffee provided. If you’re already done, come celebrate, pick up a congratulatory pin, and swap tales with other writers who have lived to tell the tale.

Book Tasting

Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2, all day Try it - you might like it! Ravenous readers can take a seat at designated book tasting tables to discover delicious new books. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Participants will be entered into a special prize drawing. All ages.

Make a Gift Craft Workshop

December 03, 2016
2:00 pm

Create beautiful holiday cards, ornaments, and more out of materials all provided by the library while supplies last. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. Ages 14+.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverTHE LAST PICTURE SHOW by Larry McMurtry

December 05, 2016
7:00 pm

a powerful coming-of-age novel set in the American West. In Thalia, Texas, Larry McMurtry epitomizes small-town America and through characters reintroduced in Texasville and Duane’s Depressed, captures the ecstasy and heartbreak of adolescence. Check the Catalog arrow

A Night at the Movies

movieShe's Funny That Way (2014)

December 19, 2016
6:30 pm

On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
more info

Monday Night Book Group

book coverJUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION by Bryan Stevenson

January 09, 2017
7:00 pm

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. Check the Catalog arrow

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.