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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 Northside Library

Art @ Northside

On the Lobby Display Wall: Selected work by Virginia Thompson

Art. Northside

Programs for Adults


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


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. For more information contact Christine Oots at Program listings are below.


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


Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2-4pm One-on-one tutorials offered twice a week to answer your computer use questions and to learn how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 ext. 4 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial. more info

Mystery Book Group

BOOK COVERINTO OBLIVION by Arnaldur Indridason

March 28, 2017
1:00 pm

Detective Erlendur, who works for the shadowy Marion Briem, investigates the case of a man who may have been thrown from an airplane and a cold case disappearance of a young girl.
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Poetry Workshop Series


April 03, 2017
6:30 pm

Mondays, April 3, 10, & 17 at 6:30pm
Attention rising poets. Want some constructive criticism from other poets? Are you on the hunt for inspiration? Come to this workshop series to work on improving your poetry, and to connect with other rising poets in the area. Registration recommended and begins March 13.



April 04, 2017
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. First and third Tuesdays at 1 pm.

Fairy Houses

April 04, 2017
6:30 pm

A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins March 21.


April 05, 2017
6:30 pm

First Wednesdays at 6:30pm (2nd Wednesday in January & May)
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+.

  • January 11: Origami for Absolute Beginners: Interested in learning how to fold paper into elegant shapes? Just want to get your hands on some origami paper and show off what you can do? Come to learn some classic origami folds and take your creations home.
    Required registration begins December 21.
  • February 1: Foamboard Stars: Learn how to give foamboard the appearance of wood and make stylish decorative stars for your walls. All materials provided.
    Required registration begins January 9.
  • March 1: Relief Printmaking: Learn to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring images and sketches to draw from.
    Required registration begins February 6.
  • April 5: Book Earrings: Wear your favorite book with pride. Learn how to create fun and chic book earrings. Keep them for yourself, or give them as a gift! All materials provided.
    Required registration begins March 13.
  • May 10: Screen Printing: Learn simple screen printing techniques to make a small project to take home. Supplies provided, but feel free to bring personal fabric if desired.
    Required registration begins April 17.

Genealogy Workshop and Scan-a-Thon

April 08, 2017
2:00 pm

Saturday, April 8 at 2-4 pm
Join us for a genealogy workshop conducted by members of the Central Virginia Genealogical Association. Learn how to get the most out of, a genealogical research database available in-library only. In addition, make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides and negatives. Please bring your own USB memory device.
Required registration begins March 13.

AUTHOR VISIT: Beverly Lewis


April 10, 2017
10:00 am

New York Times bestselling author, Beverly Lewis, will be giving a talk about her newest novel, The Ebb Tide, answering questions and signing copies of her books. Books will be available for purchase. Supplies limited.

Tech Tutors


April 11, 2017
1:00 pm

Trevor Williams from Cville Tech Tutors leads a “hands-on” technology program for iPhones and iPads on the first Tuesday of each month (2nd Tuesday in April). Registration is ongoing. Class size is limited.

  • Jan 3: CANCELLED
  • Feb 7: iPhone & iPad Basics (Part 2)
  • Mar 7: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • Apr 11: iPhone & iPad Photography
  • May 2: Discover New Apps for iPhone & iPad

Virginia Wine Today: Lecture & Wine Glass Painting


April 11, 2017
6:00 pm

Tuesday, April 11 at 6-8 pm
Richard Leahy, wine consultant and acclaimed author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, the definitive history of Virginia wines, will offer a fascinating lecture entitled “Virginia Wine Today” focusing on the wine region around Charlottesville. Books available to purchase and have signed. Afterwards, get creative and paint your very own wine glass. Supplies limited.
Call the Information Desk at 973-7893 x4 to register beginning March 20.

What’s in Your Attic?


April 17, 2017
12:00 pm

February 13, March 20, April 17, May 15
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 to donate? To buy or not to buy? Skip Usry will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for him to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

April 19, 2017
7:00 pm

The group will meet to select titles for 2017-2018.


BOOK COVERA SPY AMONG FRIENDS: Kim Philby and the great betrayal by Ben Macintyre

April 21, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Rick Potter, Assistant Professor of History, Mary Baldwin University
A portrait of the notorious twentieth-century spy discusses his rise in MI6, high-profile intelligence friendships, and twenty-year espionage operation that culminated in his 1963 defection to Moscow. Check the Catalogbullet


April 24, 2017
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games to play include classic standards and modern favorites, and each session will feature tutorials for a different game!

  • January 23: Mysterium: Solve a murder as part of a team of psychics interacting with the ghost of the murder victim, who communicates through cryptic pictures.
  • February 27: Pandemic: Work together with other players in specialized roles to save the world from the ravages of four deadly diseases.
  • March 27: Viticulture: Place your workers strategically to produce wine more efficiently than the other players!
  • April 24: Shadows Over Camelot: Play cooperatively as a member of the Knights of the Round Table to better Camelot through successfully completing quests. But beware the traitor in your midst!
  • May 22: Flash Point Fire Rescue: Work together with the other players to save people from a burning building! Watch out as the building starts to collapse!

Mystery Book Group

DRY BONES by Peter May

April 25, 2017
1:00 pm

The brilliant teacher at the École Nationale d'Administration, who trained some of France's best and brightest as future prime ministers and presidents, vanished ten years ago, presumably from Paris. This ten-year-old mystery inspires a bet-one that Enzo Macleod, a biologist teaching in Toulouse, France, instead of pursuing a brilliant career in forensics back home in Scotland, can ill afford to lose. The wager is that Enzo can find out what happened to Jacques Gaillard by applying new science to a cold case.

LIBRARY CLOSED for Staff Training

training graphic. Branch Staff Training Day

May 01, 2017

Northside Library will be closed Monday, May 1st for staff training. Regular hours will resume on May 2nd. For assistance, call any other branch of JMRL.

National Meditation Month

meditation.Meditation for Total Wellness

May 03, 2017
2:00 pm

Meditation is being prescribed by many medical practitioners and has been widely recognized as a means to enhance one’s health and reduce stress. Throughout the nation meditation has become a positive force for health and well-being. Join Gerry Gorman, long time meditator for this lively and engaging workshop. There will even be a chance to practice this technique.

3D Printing 101

May 06, 2017

Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30pm
Saturday, May 6 at 2:30pm

Curious about the library’s 3D printer, but aren’t sure where to begin? Join library staff as they demonstrate how to create an object using TinkerCAD or select an object using Thingiverse and then print it using the library’s 3D printer. Be sure to bring your questions! Registration is recommended and begins 3 weeks prior to the program.


family tree.

May 10, 2017
6:30 pm

Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use 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.

  • January 11: Beginning Genealogy: Getting Acquainted with Ancestry, Heritage Quest, and Other Online Sources. Registration is required and begins on December 19.
  • March 8: Where Did They Go? Using the Genealogical Research Technique, the FAN Principle, to Find Lost Ancestors. (BIG READ)
    Registration is required and begins on February 13.
  • May 10: Finding Your Ancestors Using Online Military Records.
    Registration is required and begins on April 17.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverTHE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah

May 17, 2017
7:00 pm

Reunited when the elder's husband is sent to fight in World War II, French sisters Vianne and Isabelle find their bond as well as their respective beliefs tested by a world that changes in horrific ways. Check the Catalogbullet


BOOK COVERWHITE TRASH: the 400-year untold history of class in America by Nancy Isenberg and HILLBILLY ELEGY: a memoir of family and culture in crisis by J.D. Vance BOOK COVER

May 19, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Grace Hale, Commonwealth Professor of American Studies and History, UVa
A history of the class system in America from the colonial era to the present illuminates the crucial legacy of the underprivileged white demographic, citing the pivotal contributions of lower-class white workers in wartime, social policy, and the rise of the Republican Party. Check the Catalogbullet
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a powerful account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class. Check the Catalogbullet

Mystery Book Group


May 23, 2017
1:00 pm

Carruthers is summoned to the Baltic by his friend, an accomplished yachtsman, who reveals his suspicions concerning German activity in the North Frisian Islands.
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partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

May 24, 2017
6:30 pm

Wednesdays, February 22 & May 24 at 6:30pm
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.

Free Hearing Screenings with Advanced Hearing Group

May 26, 2017
12:00 pm

Friday, May 26 from 12-5pm
May is Better Hearing Month. Join us for a free hearing screening with Dr. Anne Delaney from the Advanced Hearing Group. Screenings will be conducted on a first-come first-served basis. No appointments necessary. Screenings take approximately 5 minutes.

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.