Louisa County Library

Louisa LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 11am - 7pm
Wednesday - Friday: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 4pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 540.894.5853
Fax: 540.894.9810
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Programs for Adults

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning. 30 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Meets monthly (except for December) on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 7-8:30pm. The group will discuss a wide range of titles chosen by members and enjoy refreshments. Program listings are below.

Yoga

Yoga @ Your Library

September 01, 2015

Tuesdays, at 1pm from August 18th- October 6th
Mondays at 6pm from September 14th –September 28th
Join the library for a series of 1-hour yoga sessions taught by Valerie Renwick. If you have a mat please bring it with you, limited mats will be available for those that don´t have them. The class is suitable for all levels, including beginners and people who have done yoga previously. No registration required.

Are You a DIY Person?

handcraftB.Y.O.C. - BRING YOUR OWN CRAFT

September 02, 2015
2:00 pm

Do you knit, bead, make rugs, hand stitch or do any kind of handcraft? Come to share ideas, show off your work and get another crafter's eye and perception. Chat and meet your neighbors while you work on your craft. Bring any project you're working on, or come just to be inspired. All ages and levels of experience welcome. Call or visit the library for details.
Meets every Wednesday

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

book coverRADIANCE OF TOMORROW by Ishmael Bash

September 22, 2015
7:00 pm

In a parable about postwar life in Sierra Leone, two long-time friends return to their ruined home village and struggle to rebuild in the face of violence, scarcity, and a corrupt foreign mining company. Check the Catalog arrow

AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY SEMINAR

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September 26, 2015
10:00 am

Join the library and the Louisa County Historical Society for an in-depth discussion about genealogy with an African American focus. Special Guest: Dr. Shelley Murphy. Call the library or email tduck@jmrl.org to register.

JMRL Board Meeting

September 28, 2015
3:00 pm

The Board of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library usually meets the 4th Monday of every month. Some months this will change. The location is the Louisa County Library at 881 Davis Highway Mineral, VA 23117. The agenda (PDF) will be available a week before the scheduled meeting.

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR MONEY WORKSHOP

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September 29, 2015
6:00 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. Call the library or email tduck@jmrl.org to register.

MocK Trial - Harry Potter

October 01, 2015
4:00 pm

Did you know that Harry Potter is one of the most challenged books of all time? Come out for this community discussion in celebration of Banned Books Week. Join the library and the High School Debate Team as we put Harry Potter and a few friends on trial. All points of view are welcomed in this courtroom!
All ages. No registration required.

WINE GLASS DECORATING

October 03, 2015
1:00 pm

Come decorate your own wine glasses to take home. All materials will be provided.
Registration is required. Call the library or email tduck@jmrl.org to register.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

book coverHOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET by Jamie Ford

October 27, 2015
7:00 pm

A story about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, during the internment in World War II. Check the Catalog arrow

CLASSIC BOOK BINGO

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November 03, 2015
6:00 pm

Enjoy a night of Bingo with the whole family. We will reminisce using the most popular classic books. All Ages. No registration required.


POETRY, PROSE & PIZZA OPEN MIC NIGHT

November 13, 2015
6:00 pm

Join the library and well-known poet Nathan Richardson for a night of freedom, poetry, music, fun, spoken word and more. Bring original artwork to be hung around the room.
No registration required.

USING GOVERNMENT BENEFITS TO YOUR BENEFIT WORKSHOP

November 17, 2015
1:00 pm

Come explore the reason you’ve been paying taxes all these years. Attorney Gelbman will explain MediCARE, MediCAID as well as Veteran’s Benefits and other programs you may benefit from. You’ve been paying taxes all these years. Find out how to get your money’s worth. No registration required.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

book coverTHE STORIED LIFE OF A. J. FIKRY by Gabrielle Zevin

November 24, 2015
7:00 pm

On the faded Island Books sign hanging over the porch of the Victorian cottage is the motto "No Man Is an Island; Every Book Is a World." A. J. Fikry, the irascible owner, is about to discover just what that truly means. Check the Catalog arrow

LOUISA STAFF'S FAVORITE THINGS CONTEST

Contest runs during the month of December. Remember lines, characters, plots, and stories from your favorite books? Are you familiar with the resources that the library has to offer? Take our short library trivia quiz to enter to win one of three lovely baskets that include the Louisa Library staff’s favorite things. All ages.

BOOK SWAP

December 19, 2015
11:00 am

Bring your books you are tired of reading and swap for lightly used or new books. All ages. No registration required.

TUESDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

book coverDEAD WAKE by Erik Larson

January 26, 2016
7:00 pm

A chronicle of the sinking of the Lusitania discusses the factors that led to the tragedy and the contributions of such figures as Woodrow Wilson, bookseller Charles Lauriat, and architect Theodate Pope Riddle. Check the Catalog arrow

Genealogy Room Exhibit

Arminius Mill

 

A handmade model of the Arminius Mill building, constructed by Michael Dunn, is on exhibit in the library's genealogy room. The original Mill housed steam powered machinery used to process pyrite ore. Pyrite contained the sulfur used to produce sulfuric acid, a component in many chemical processes. Mineral's rich mining history began in 1830 with gold mining and ended around 1921 with the closing of the pyrite mines.

Local Artists on Display

The Italo Scanga Foundation, a nonprofit trust that promotes the visual arts, has funded a permanent exhibit of original art by local artists. Paintings, sculpture, mosaics, quilts and photography are among the media to be displayed. Here is a sampling:
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Photographer: Richard Hinde
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Artist: Janice Breeden

History of Louisa Library

A Branch in a Former Barber Shop

Original Louisa Library
Original Louisa Library

An early attempt to establish a library in Louisa County took place in 1953,when the Virginia State Library delivered books with a van. In 1971, 50 people turned out for a meeting with Raymond Williams, the Director of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. From this event, a campaign was launched to create a branch in Louisa.

 

Within a year, the dream became reality. The Louisa County Branch Library opened on November 27, 1972, in a former barber shop on Main Street. This 440-square-foot space was rented by the county for $100 a month and was open 22 hours a week with two part-time staff. During the early years an occasional story hour was held in local churches. During the last year in the building, story hours and other children's programs were held in the branch, but due to severe space limitations the library was closed to the public. The library remained in those cramped quarters until October 1979.

More Room for Growth

Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library
Former Girl Scout house becomes Louisa Library

In 1979, Louisa County purchased the charming Girl Scout house on West Street, a 2,252-square-foot building with a 305 square-foot meeting room. This location of the library, was open to the public 48 hours per week and had a staff that included a Branch Manager, 3 full-time and 2 part-time staff. The collection grew from 714 volumes to nearly 30,000 volumes with an annual circulation of over 116,000 items.

 

In 1987, the Louisa County Board of Supervisors created a Library Advisory Board with representatives from each voting district. In October 1988, this Board encouraged the County Supervisors to establish a Library Foundation for the purpose of acquiring a library site and constructing a larger, more modern library building.

A Wonderful New Home

New Louisa Library
New Louisa Library

More than ten years of working, planning and fund-raising resulted in a plan for construction of a new 15,000 square-foot library to be located adjacent to Louisa County Middle and High schools. Plans for the new branch included significantly larger collections, computers with Internet access, a historical and genealogical collection room, a large meeting room, space for tutoring and a law collection.

 

Ground was broken for the new Louisa Library in March 1999, and, on December 12, 1999, the branch was dedicated. Staff and community greeted the opening of the new building and with it, expanded services to the citizens of Louisa County.

 

The Library in the 21st Century

The library has many features of a modern 21st century library with public computers, printers, wireless internet, self checkout, and audiobooks and eBooks to download. The building survived the August 2011 earthquake with little damage, and the staff was able to provide assistance to the Louisa County Schools that sustained extreme damage. Today six school computers remain in the library to give students access to homework assignments.

 

As of 2013, the library houses 60,000 items that include books, books on CD, and DVDs for all ages. A staff of three full time and three part-time employees serve the community with internet tutorials, family film programs, adult and teen book discussion groups, and a wide range of programs for children.