Gordon Avenue Library

Gordon LibraryHours
Monday: 9am - 9pm | Tuesday: 9am - 6pm
Wednesday: 12 -9pm | Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434.296.5544
Fax: 434.295.8737
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Programs for Adults


peeps.Get ready to create chapters of chicks! Books of bunnies. Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1-29; awards for all age levels and a special Peep Party on Saturday, April 29. See library staff for more information.

For DIY People


April 06, 2017
3:00 pm

First Thursdays:
January 5, February 2, March 2, May 4
Bring any handwork project you’re working on and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group


April 07, 2017
10:00 am

When John Dowell and his wife befriend Edward and Leonora Ashburnham, they appear to be the perfect couple. He is a distinguished soldier and she is beautiful and intelligent. However, what lies beneath the surface of their marriage is far more sinister and their influence leads John into a tragic drama that threatens to destroy everything he cares about.
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Pop-Art Heart

April 10-15
Love your library? Show it by decorating a pop-art inspired heart to add to our mural for National Library Week.

Wednesday Evening Book Group


April 12, 2017
7:30 pm

When the daughter of a cult horror film director is found dead in an abandoned Manhattan warehouse, investigative journalist Scott McGrath, disbelieving the official suicide ruling, probes into the strange circumstances of the young woman's death.
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LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

April 19, 2017

Gordon Avenue Library will be closed for staff training on Wednesday, April 19th. Regular hours will resume on April 20th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group


April 21, 2017
10:00 am

In a scathing indictment of British imperialism, Forster's once controversial novel portrays two Englishwomen who experience misunderstanding and cultural conflict after they travel to India. Check the Catalog arrow

Gardening with Seed Balls Workshop

April 22, 2017
2:00 pm

Celebrate Earth Day by creating seed balls using a seed mixture of flowers that will attract butterflies and birds to your garden. Also create a ball to hang from a tree for birds to enjoy. Come prepared to get dirty. All materials provided.
Registration is required and begins April 1.



April 26, 2017
7:00 pm

Screening of a popular film adaptation of a book on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are served.

Peepapalooza Party


April 29, 2017
2:00 pm

We will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, and just hang out with other peeps. For all ages, Peep’s builders and fans alike.

Blooms Among Books

Get your green thumb going in the children’s room. Plant a seed and watch it grow at your house or in our library window.

What’s in Your Attic?


May 01, 2017
12:00 pm

First Mondays from 12-2pm
January 9 CANCELLED, February 6, March 6, May 1
Everyone has too much stuff and no one knows what to do with it. Your kids don’t want it, and Craigslist is too much work. Let the staff at Quinn’s Auction Galleries offer tips and tricks to help you with the difficult process of downsizing. To keep or not to keep? To paint or to refinish? To sell or donate? To buy or not to buy. Quinn’s will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction staff to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

Reading Poetry


May 03, 2017
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wednesday of every month (except April & November) at 7pm. Come and share original poetry, or just listen. For more information, contact Tony Russell at 293.7838 or go to the society blog.

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group


May 05, 2017
10:00 am

the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. Scobie is bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity.
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Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE by Anthony Doerr

May 10, 2017
7:30 pm

A blind French girl on the run from the German occupation and a German orphan-turned-Resistance tracker struggle with their respective beliefs after meeting on the Brittany coast. Check the Catalog arrow

The Literary Masterpiece Book Group


May 19, 2017
10:00 am

Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy's discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a Pentecostal storefront church in Harlem.
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History of Gordon Avenue

The Gordon Avenue Library opened for public service on November 19, 1966. It was the McIntire Library's first addition built expressly for library purposes since 1921. The construction was funded by the City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County, which had been contributing to the operation of the Bookmobile since 1946 and had joined smaller branches in Scottsville (1960) and Crozet (1964) to the city's system.

At the time, this new branch was sorely needed to serve a growing population west of the city, to ease crowded conditions at the McIntire Library (which occupied the building now housing the Albemarle County Historical Society), and to provide a headquarters for the Bookmobile operations.

Gordon Avenue Library
Gordon Avenue Library

Designed by the architectural firm of J. Russell Bailey in Orange, Virginia, the two-story red-brick trim 12,384 square foot building was designed to hold 25,000 volumes (with an additional 10,000 in the Bookmobile "garage" downstairs), seated 38 in the Adult Room and 26 in the Children’s Room and boasted three public meeting rooms, seating 134 in all. The original architect’s rendering can be seen hanging on the wall behind the circulation desk.

The Perry Foundation donated the site. Forty-five percent of the construction costs or $120,262 was provided by Federal Library Aid through the Commonwealth. Charlottesville and Albemarle County appropriated $75,000 each. Additional funds were donated by individuals and groups, notably the America Association of University Women, who helped equip the meeting rooms, and the Friends of the Library who purchased a film projector and screen.

A Time of Growth and Change

Gordon Avenue interior
Gordon Avenue interior

When the Central Library opened in May 1981, Sunday hours were dropped at the branch, and budget cuts in 1982 made further cuts necessary. The book collection continued to grow, however, and by 1988 the library had squeezed in 54,000 volumes, twice its designed capacity. The South Room, one of the public meeting spaces, and the Bookmobile area were given to the Friends of the Library in 1984 for storage and sales space for their successful annual book sales. Gordon Avenue Library now serves as a donation center for the Friends of the Library in addition to hosting the book sales twice a year.

Gordon Avenue Children's program
Gordon Avenue Children's program

With the opening of the Northside Library in 1991, Gordon Avenue Library lost its role as the largest branch, but it retained its reputation as a welcoming, accessible neighborhood library. Programs for children are varied and well-attended, and the strong collection and flexibility of a smaller branch allow for innovative programming. As many as eight programs a week are offered for infants, preschoolers, school-age children and teens, including a drop-in storytime every Saturday morning. Adults, as well, enjoy a variety of programs such as book discussions, movies, and community groups for handcrafts or games.

Celebrating Almost 50 Years of Service to the Community

A bestseller collection to allow quick access to the most popular books; the African-American collection, named for Roland Beauford, an original staff member; and a well-appreciated jazz cd collection; are some of the successful offerings at Gordon Avenue Library. Now, the public computer workstations and public wireless access are used for everything from job searching to social media, educational research and communication.

 Gordon Avenue Library sits as an integral part of this vibrant neighborhood alive with preschools, Venable Elementary School, businesses, homes and the University. Filled with natural light and a cozy atmosphere, it is a place for students, families, retired people and anyone to stop and stay awhile, discovering favorites old and new.