Nelson Memorial Library

Nelson Memorial LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 10 am - 7 pm
Wednesday - Thursday: 10 am - 5:30 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 2 pm
Sunday - Closed

Phone: 434. 263.5904
Fax: 434.263.5988
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Exhibits:

Through January 2017: more info on the exhibit

"Spring Is Coming" JABA Senior Watercolor Exhibit

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In the Display Case through January 2017: Virginian Winter Birds.

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PROGRAMS FOR ADULTS

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

Fourth Monday of each month (with some exceptions) from 12:00 to 2 pm. Like to Read? Like to Talk? Join us at our Book Club which has been ongoing since 2005. Call the library at 263-5904 for more information. Program listings are below.

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmSOUTH PACIFIC (1958)

January 21, 2017
10:30 am

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a young nurse and a secretive Frenchman who's being courted for a dangerous military mission.
more info

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmTHE PRODUCERS (2005) PG-13

January 23, 2017
5:00 pm

After putting together another Broadway flop, down-on-his-luck producer Max Bialystock teams up with timid accountant Leo Bloom in a get-rich-quick scheme to put on the world's worst show.
more info

Book Tasting Table

January 24, 2017

December 13, January 24, February 21, March 28, April 25, May 23
Each month you can sample some old and new books that may become a new favorite of yours. All ages welcome.

Family Movie Matinee

Take a break, have a snack and enjoy a family movie at 10:30 am.

Author Visit:

book coverMarcia Mabee and Naked Mountain

January 30, 2017
5:30 pm

Marcia Mabee, author of the book Naked Mountain, which takes place in Nelson County will be here to do a presentation on her book from 5:30 to 6:30. (Snow date: February 6: 5:30 to 6:30)

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmTHE WIZ (1978)

February 04, 2017
10:30 am

An adaptation of 'The Wizard of Oz' that tries to capture the essence of the African-American experience.
more info

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmFIDDLER ON THE ROOF (1971)

February 07, 2017
3:30 pm

In prerevolutionary Russia, a Jewish peasant contends with marrying off three of his daughters while growing anti-Semitic sentiment threatens his village.
more info

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmDREAMGIRLS (2006) Rated PG-13

February 11, 2017
10:30 am

A trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960s, facing their own personal struggles along the way.
more info

Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmEVITA (1996) PG

February 18, 2017
10:30 am

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
more info

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverNUTSHELL by Ian McEwan

February 27, 2017
12:00 pm

"Trudy has betrayed her husband, John. She's still in the marital home--a dilapidated, priceless London townhouse--but John's not here. Instead, she's with his brother, the profoundly banal Claude, and the two of them have a plan. But there is a witness to their plot: the inquisitive, nine-month-old resident of Trudy's womb.
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Winter Film Series: Musicals

filmCHICAGO (2002) PG-13

February 27, 2017
5:00 pm

Murderesses Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart find themselves on death row together and fight for the fame that will keep them from the gallows in 1920s Chicago.
more info

Focus on Families (BIG READ)

All month long in honor of the Big Read book Silver Sparrow books about families will be featured throughout the library. Fun family activities to pick up at the library for your family are:

  • March 6 to March 11: Shopping BINGO
  • March 13 to March 18: Disney Quote Trivia Game
  • March 20 to March 25: Family Bucket List
  • March 27 to April 1: Family Minute to Win It Game

Adult Film Series

film THE BLIND SIDE (BIG READ) (2009) PG-13

March 11, 2017
10:30 am

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family. more info

Spring Break @The LIbrary

Spend Spring Break with your family @ the library with these great programs:

  • March 27: 2:00 to 4:00 - Board Games and Snacks
  • March 28: 1:00 to 3:00 Celebrate Kate DiCamillo’s March birthday with The Tale of Despereaux movie and activities.
  • March 29: 10:30 to 11:30 Special Storytime for all ages
  • March 30: 1:00 to 3:00 Family Movie Fun with Rio 2
  • March 31 - 1:00 to 3:00 Makerspace Activities

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverSILVER SPARROW by Tayari Jones (BIG READ)

March 27, 2017
12:00 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.
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Secrets of African American Genealogy - BIG READ

March 27, 2017
7:00 pm

Join genealogist and local author, Andi Cumbo-Floyd, for an exploration of African American Genealogy, the secrets it hides and reveals about the past. Andi will discuss enslavement, second families, and the challenges of research. Learn more about the history of Nelson County and Virginia. The talk will include resources for those interested in exploring their own past.

Adult Film Series

film SUFFRAGETTE (2015) PG-13

April 08, 2017
10:30 am

The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State. more info

Art With Pat

hand drawing.

April 17, 2017
5:00 pm

April 17 and 24
Pat will be teaching a two part art lesson using a variety of art techniques. These sessions are for adults and young adults.

3D Printing Demonstration

May 08, 2017
4:00 pm

Curious about 3D printing? Stop in to see how a 3D printer works and take home a small printed item.

Adult Film Series

film THE INTERN (2015) PG-13

May 13, 2017
10:30 am

70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.
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History of Nelson Memorial Library

After the War

Old Presbyterian Church
Old Presbyterian Church

Library service to Nelson County was provided as early as the late 1940’s by volunteers from the Nelson County Garden Club. They maintained a collection of books which had been donated as a memorial to the service men and women of World War II. The books were housed in a former Presbyterian Church (circa 1888) that was owned by the Garden Club.

In 1966, members of the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and other county organizations met with representatives of the Virginia State Library to explore the possibility of organizing a public library and providing bookmobile service. In 1970, the Chamber commissioned the writing of a book which would tell the story of the devastation in Nelson County caused by Hurricane Camille in 1969. Proceeds from the sale of Torn Land were to be used to build a memorial library.

Encouraged by interest in public library service, the Nelson County Board of Supervisors appointed a committee in 1972 to further investigate the possibilities. They discovered that participation in a regional library system would allow Nelson County to tap into funding sources and library resources not otherwise available to them.

Early Days

In September 1972, the Nelson Memorial Branch of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library opened its doors to the public. The white-frame church building on Front Street was an immediate success. The first branch manager was Laura Turner, a former school teacher.

Circulation of books at the Nelson Memorial Library increased dramatically over the years. In 1972-73, there was a circulation of 7,157 books. In 1987-88, circulation was 46,570. Patron usage, program attendance, and bookstock has also shown large increases. It became apparent that the library had outgrown its charming but cramped quarters. The book collection had increased greatly and there was simply not enough room for the books. Attractive programs sponsored by the Friends of the Library often drew crowds of over 100 people.

Looking for a New Home

Around 1980, the County Chamber of Commerce renewed its fund-raising efforts. They actively solicited donations to the Torn Land Fund. In 1985, the C&P Telephone Company donated one of their local buildings. Proceeds from the later sale of this building were added to the fund.

In March 1983, a group of interested volunteers met to organize a local Friends of the Library who sought to push for a new library and increased hours of operation. The Friends also sponsored many programs and fund-raising activities. Land adjacent to Lovingston Elementary School was later donated by the School Board.

In 1986, JMRL and Nelson County were awarded a federal LSCA Title II grant through the Virginia State Library. Other funding was provided by the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce, the Torn Land Memorial Trust Fund, the JMRL and Nelson Memorial Friends, the County of Nelson and numerous individuals and businesses. The new building would be a community effort and a source of pride for all.

The New Building

Current building
Current building

Construction began after a formal groundbreaking ceremony in January 1987. In May 1988, the move was made into the new building. In addition to its regular offerings of books, periodicals, videos and books on tape, the Nelson Memorial Branch also provides Internet access to the public, a very popular service initiated by the Nelson County Library Advisory Committee and funded by the Torn Land Memorial Trust Fund. The meeting room, heavily used for public meetings and library programs, doubles as an art gallery with exhibits changing every two months. The Nelson County Visitors Center is located on the lower level of the library and a collection of local history materials and cemetery records is maintained by the Nelson County Historical Society.

Moving Forward

Current building
Current building

Currently, the branch is staffed by one fulltime manager and 3 part time staff members who are assisted by dedicated volunteers.  Approximately 40% of Nelson County residents have a library card. In addition to a collection of 28,000 items, the library offers eBooks through Overdrive for all those patrons who prefer electronic reading or listening. Computers are available for public use as well as wireless internet service. Weekly story times for preschoolers as well as numerous programs are presented for children and young adults.

Since the current building was opened, the collections and services have increased so that the Library has outgrown the available space. The Torn Land Committee and the Nelson County Library Advisory Committee commissioned an architect to assess the current building and to plan for an addition. State requirements indicate that at least double the current space is needed to serve the size of the Nelson County population. A recent community survey reinforced this need, since patrons are asking for more space for computers and seating.

 

Dedicated to the memory of the Nelson County victims of 1969’s devastating Hurricane Camille, the present-day Nelson Memorial Branch Library is a lasting memorial and, as well, a testimonial to the dreams, dedication, and hard work of the people of Nelson County who love and appreciate their library.