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
Email Us

Jump to: Adult Programs | Teen Programs | Kids Programs | Volunteer

Programs for Adults

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

computer

 

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. Contact Tiffany Duck to be added to the email list: tduck@jmrl.org. Program listings are below.

Silent Dinner Potluck

sign language.

February 21, 2017
5:00 pm

Third Tuesdays at 5pm
January 17, February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16
Join the Louisa County Library for a silent dinner. Thatís right, no talking during this dinner. It will be a great environment to practice some signing skills and learn more about deaf culture. All ages are invited and families are welcome. Please consider bringing a dessert or side dish to share.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

February 22, 2017
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

Big Read Kick Off Event

Hidden Figures: African American Mathematicians at NASA (Big Read)

February 25, 2017
2:00 pm

Presidential Medal of Freedom winner and NASA research mathematician Katherine Johnson did groundbreaking work on Project Mercury, Apollo 11 and other projects. Johnson and other African American female colleagues are profiled in the book Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly and the upcoming movie of the same name starring Taraji P. Henson. Katherine Moore, Ms. Johnson's daughter, will discuss her mother's life and share videos.

Post Secret

February 27- March 25
Create your own post secret card to take home. Or anonymously slip it into the book drop and it may be displayed in the library.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

BOOK COVERHIDDEN FIGURES by Margot Lee Shetterly

February 28, 2017
7:00 pm

An account of the previously unheralded but pivotal contributions of NASA's African-American women mathematicians to America's space program describes how they were segregated from their white counterparts by Jim Crow laws in spite of their groundbreaking successes.
Check the Catalog arrow

Side Families (Big Read)

family tree.

March 07, 2017
6:00 pm

Local genealogist, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, will explore the search for hidden branches of family trees.


Movie Matinee : Annie - BIG READ

MovieANNIE (2014 - PG) directed by Will Gluck

March 13, 2017
2:00 pm

Enjoy an indoor drive-in for children as we view Annie for part of the 2017 Big Read. Car hops, popcorn, and a cardboard car decorating contest will make the event fun for kids of all ages. Come into the Louisa County Library to see an example car on display before the event.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 28, 2017
7:00 pm

In 1980s Atlanta, two teenage girls become friends, with only one knowing that they are in fact both daughters of the same bigamist father, and as their friendship develops their father's secret begins to unravel.
Check the Catalogbullet

Poetry Creation Station

April 1- 30 All Ages
Celebrate National Poetry Month at the Louisa Library by visiting our Poetry Creation Station. View, create, and share original poems on our board. Inspiration words provided.

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 11, 2017

Louisa Library will be closed Thursday, May 11th for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 12th. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.


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:
photo
Photographer: Richard Hinde
art
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.