Northside Library

Northside LibraryHours:
Monday - Tuesday: 12 - 9pm*
Wed: 10am-9pm | Thurs: 10am-6pm*
Friday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm*
Sunday: closed
*Please Note: Drive-up window closes 30 min. before the building closes.

Phone: 434. 973.7893
Fax: 434.973.5876
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New Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Marcia Mitchell.

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In the Quiet Room: Lee Nixon.

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Programs for Adults

@ YOUR LIBRARY

A program consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Funded by the Friends of the Library. Program listings are below.

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

If you like mysteries and spy thrillers, join like-minded readers in Northside's mystery book group. The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 1pm-2pm. Registration is recommended but not required. Program listings are below.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Every Monday and Wednesday from 1-3 pm. One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your specific questions about computer use or to learn how to get free audiobooks, eBooks, and magazines for your electronic devices. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

This group meets the third Wednesday of each month (not December), 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Program listings are below.

APPY HOUR

Third Mondays at 7pm Learn about free apps that work on multiple platforms. Light refreshments provided. Registration not required. Program topics are listed below.

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the library for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • January: Magnets
  • February: Folded Envelopes
  • March: Woven Hearts
  • April: Sonnet Madlibs
  • May: Cupcake Liner Flowers

APPY HOUR

Checklist Champion

February 08, 2016
7:00 pm

Find out about the best free apps for keeping track of your to-do lists and shopping lists and for taking notes on the go.

STITCHES

handcraft

February 16, 2016
1:00 pm

Like to knit, crochet, or do needlework? Get together with others who enjoy the same activity. Bring your project and visit while you work.


WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book coverNO RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT by Lucinda Roy

February 17, 2016
7:00 pm

Chronicles one teacher's efforts to reach out and help the extremely troubled Seung Hui Cho, which were hampered by the school's rules regarding student confidentiality, leading to the April 2007 massacre of thirty-two students at Virginia Tech. Check the Catalog arrow

COMPUTER WORKSHOPS - Third Thursdays-Microsoft Word Topics

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February 18, 2016
2:30 pm

These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. A library card is required to participate.

  • February 18: Formatting Your Document
  • March 17: Using Mail Merge
  • April 21: Applying Templates
  • May 19: Headers, Footers, and Tables

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

book coverDEAD WAKE:THE LAST CROSSING OF THE LUSITANIA by Erik Larson

February 19, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Rick Potter, Associate Professor of History, Mary Baldwin College
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

LIBRARY BOARD OF TRUSTEES MEETING

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, January 25, 2016 at 3:00 pm at the Northside Library 705 W. Rio Road Charlottesville, VA 22901.

GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT

February 22, 2016
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites. The session in January will feature a tutorial for Dead of Winter, and March will feature a tutorial for Tokaido.

AGING GRACEFULLY

February 23, 2016
6:30 pm

Presented by Doris W. Gelbman, Esq. Elder Law Attorney, Gelbman Law Practice PLLC.

  • February 23: Staying in Your Home What are the practical, health, and financial considerations that you need to consider in order to stay in your home as your grow older? What resources need to be researched and planned for?
  • March 22: Independent and Continuing Care Retirement CommunitiesThese communities are springing up all over and many are advertised like luxury, country club living for the rest of your life. Is that the reality? This might be a great option for you and...it might not.
  • April 26: Assisted Living and Nursing Facilities - What’s the Diff?Learn about the differences between Assisted Living and Memory Care, health and rehab facilities and nursing facilities. What are the differences? What does it cost? Who pays?

INTRO TO TINKERCAD

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February 23, 2016
6:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to create and print your own 3D object? Come join us for an introductory class where you will learn how to create and modify your own 3D design using Tinkercad. Ages 12+.
Registration required and begins February 9.

ART CONTEST part of THE BIG READ

March 1 - 26 Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.

POETRY CONTEST FOR ADULTS

poetry. March 1 - March 31 Submit a poem for a chance to win a prize in this contest sponsored by JMRL in partnership with WriterHouse. Contest forms and guidelines will be available at all JMRL locations. Winning entries will be read at Poetry on the Steps on April 21st. Ages 18 and up.

Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

March 01, 2016
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a technology program for iPhone and iPad users on the first Tuesday of each month. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (434.973.7893).

  • February 2: iPhone and iPad Basics Part 2
  • March 1: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • April 5: Discovering New Apps
  • May 3: Photo Basics

  • WRITE YOUR PERSONAL STORY: MEMOIR WORKSOPS

    March 01, 2016
    6:00 pm

    Write Your Personal Story: Memoir Workshops
    Tuesdays at 6-8pm
    Join writer and educator Linda Kobert in this two part series to learn how to write your own personal story.

    • March 1: Memoir Workshop - Explore the art of memoir in this engaging and constructive workshop. Please bring a photo of you and/or your family that evokes a meaningful experience.
      Required registration begins February 9.
    • April 5: Workshop and Critique - Bring a work in progress to share and discuss, and leave with helpful feedback for building upon and improving your writing.
      Required registration begins March 1.

    • @ YOUR LIBRARY

      quilling. Quilling Creations

      March 02, 2016
      6:30 pm

      It's hard to believe that paper strips can be turned into lacey filigree. Quilling involves using strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create designs. Registration is required and begins February 17.

      COMPUTER WORKSHOPS - First Thursdays- Web Based Topics

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      March 03, 2016
      2:30 pm

      These weekly drop-in sessions are designed to build and improve basic computer skills. A library card is required to participate.

      • February 4: Evaluating Internet Resources
      • March 3: Email Basics
      • April 7: Google Drive
      • May 5: Google Maps

      DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS

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      March 09, 2016
      6:30 pm

      Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use the Library edition of Ancestry.com and Heritage Quest, databases available on our website, to help you in your genealogical research. Classes will be held in our Computer Classroom and will include one hour of instruction and one hour of research time.
      Class size is limited and registration is required.

      • March 9: Census Records. Registration begins February 17.
      • May 10: Crossing the Pond: How to begin searching for ancestors from other countries.Registration begins April 19.

      BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

      book coverTHE BILLION DOLLAR SPY: a true story of Cold War espionage and betrayal by David E. Hoffman

      March 11, 2016
      12:00 pm

      Reviewed by Stephen Werner
      Presents the story of a valuable CIA spy in the Soviet Union while also looking at the contributions of the agency's Moscow station in the final years of the Cold War.
      Check the Catalog arrow

      Makerspace Open House - Rescheduled

      March 12, 2016
      3:00 pm

      Northside Library has opened the doors to its Makerspace and Recording Studio. Come learn about the technology available to you with a showcase of the recording studio equipment and Garageband, as well as Tinkercad and our Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D printer. All ages. No registration.

      Irish Music and Dance Celebration

      March 14, 2016
      6:30 pm

      No Registration Required
      Join The Blue Ridge Irish Music School for a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration! BRIMS performers of all ages will perform Irish music, song and dance while also chatting about the tradition, the dancing, the musical instruments (fiddles, flutes, bodhran {the Irish drum}) and more!
      Visit Blue Ridge Irish Music School for more information.

      APPY HOUR

      Music Makers

      March 14, 2016
      7:00 pm

      Turn your phone or tablet into a music studio with these free apps for music creation.

      part of THE BIG READ

      VIRGINIA FESTIVAL OF THE BOOK: STORIES WE WERE MEANT TO WRITE

      March 16, 2016
      4:00 pm

      A panel of authors offer inspirational stories filled with humor and wisdom for navigating the situations life offers, especially including putting pen to paper (or fingertips to the keyboard). Moderated by Stephen Pfleiderer.

      Film Program: part of THE BIG READ

      MovieThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter (1968) directed by Robert Ellis Miller

      March 19, 2016
      2:00 pm

      When deaf mute Singer moves to a small city to be near his only friend confined in a hospital, he grows attached to his landlady's sensitive 16-year-old daughter. more info


      WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP part of THE BIG READ

      book coverTHE HEART IS A LONELY HUNTER by Carson McCullers

      March 23, 2016
      7:00 pm

      A quiet, sensitive girl searches for beauty in a small, but damned Southern town.
      Check the Catalog arrow

      part of THE BIG READ

      SPOTLIGHT ON MENTAL HEALTH WITH CREIGH DEEDS

      March 25, 2016
      3:00 pm

      Deeply affected by the mental illness of his son, State Senator Deeds will discuss his work on the reformation of mental health care in Virginia.

      partnership with the International Rescue Committee

      Citizenship Information Session

      March 30, 2016
      6:30 pm

      Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen.
      Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register..

      @ YOUR LIBRARY

      Monogram Fun

      April 06, 2016
      6:30 pm

      We’ll provide Modge Podge and magazines, or you can bring your own photos to decorate the letter of your choice. Registration is required and begins March 16.

      THURSDAYS AFTER SIX

      April 07, 2016
      6:30 pm

      Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy the music of “The Flashbacks”, a 20 piece band associated with the Charlottesville Senior Center that plays jazz and big band music from the 20’s to the 60’s. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot!

      APPY HOUR

      Phone Books

      April 11, 2016
      7:00 pm

      Get a quick introduction to the different apps for downloading digital library materials to your phone or tablet.

      WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

      April 27, 2016
      7:00 pm

      The group meets to select titles for 2016-2017.

      @ YOUR LIBRARY

      bookHandmade Books with Virginia Thompson

      May 04, 2016
      6:30 pm

      Participants will create two book forms, a folded 16-panel book and an accordion pocket book. All materials provided. Registration is required and begins April 12.

      FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

      May 07, 2016

      The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.

      APPY HOUR

      Bon Voyage!

      May 09, 2016
      7:00 pm

      Learn about some of the best free apps to make travelling easier and trip planning less stressful

      Celebrate Astronomy Day

      STAR PARTY

      May 12, 2016
      7:30 pm

      Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30 PM. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting)through telescopes set up on the rear patio.

      WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

      THE PORTRAIT OF A LADY, by Henry James

      May 18, 2016
      7:00 pm

      Follows the story of American heiress Isabel as she visits Europe to find her own destiny, is pursued by suitors, and ultimately must make a tragic choice Check the Catalog arrow

      History of Northside Library

      Northside Library
      Original Northside Library
      (circa 1991)

      Albemarle County's first branch library to serve residents living north of Charlottesville opened in a rented 15,500-square-foot space at Albemarle Square Shopping Center in 1991. The building once housed a Drug Fair discount pharmacy. As a library, the building was an immediate success, becoming Jefferson-Madison Regional Library's busiest branch. By 1998 it was clear the library required more space, so the Library Board of Trustees made a larger Northside Library one of its top goals.

      Phillips Building
      Phillips Building Supply

      Realizing the need for a larger library, and after pursuing several options, in 2012 Albemarle County entered into a contingent contract to purchase property owned by Martha Jefferson Hospital at 705 West Rio Road, formerly known as the Phillips Supply Building. In 2013 the contract was finalized, several community planning meetings were held, and HBM Architects was hired to design the new library. One of the reasons for the selection of HBM Architects was the firm's experience with re-purposing buildings to provide public library services.

      Northside Library
      Northside Library

      Renovation of the Phillips Supply Building began in March 2014 and was completed in February 2015. The new library opened March 16, 2015. Highlights of the new building include a maker space with a 3-D printer, a drive-up service window, dozens of Internet computers, and multiple public meeting rooms.

      The library is open 51 hours a week and offers a collection of about 100,000 items.