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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 4 | central@jmrl.org

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

The Reference staff will provide one-on-one tutorials on basic computer skills and online job searching and applications. Participants must get a JMRL Library Card. For an appointment call 979.7151 ext 4

DOCUMENTARY FILM SERIES

Films are shown on the 4th Thursday of the month except for December. Come view and discuss documentary films on current issues. Light refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the film email list: central@jmrl.org

After being shown, check the online catalog to borrow the film. Program listings are below.

BLACK AUTHORS READING GROUP

On the third Tuesday of the month join Central Library’s newest monthly book group with a focus on African American authors. Refreshments will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: tduck@jmrl.org

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK GROUP

On the third Thursday of the month bring your lunch and discuss fiction and non-fiction books. Library staff will provide value-added content and lead the discussion. Drinks and desserts will be provided. Sign up to be added to the book email list: central@jmrl.org Program listings are below.

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

No registration required. Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the Central Library for quick & easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • February: Valentines
  • March: Mehndi (part of the BIG READ)
  • April: Collage Poetry
  • May: Blackout Comics

BOOK TASTING - Saturdays

Try it - you may like it! Ravenous readers - take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you will discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards.

part of THE BIG READ - REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

book coverA WALK ACROSS THE SUN by Corban Addison

March 08, 2015
2:30 pm

Orphaned and homeless after a tsunami decimates their coastal India town, 17-year-old Ahalya Ghai and her 15-year-old sister, Sita, are abducted and sold to a Mumbai brothel owner, where they endure a torturous existence before they are helped by a Washington, D.C. attorney who is able to combat human trafficking.
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Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.

CREATIVE WRITING CRITIQUE

March 11, 2015
6:00 pm

Improve your writing by getting feedback from your peers. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others work as well. No registration necessary. For more inquiries, contact ht@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

Brown Baggers Book Group - Part of the Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 12, 2015
12:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
Check the Catalog arrow

Black Authors Reading Group - Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 17, 2015
7:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
Check the Catalog arrow

Virginia Festival of the Book Events

Virginia Book Festival logo.Virginia Festival of the Book Events at Central Library

March 18, 2015

Schedule of Virginia Festival of the Book Events at the Central Library More Information






A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Virginia Book Festival logo.Opening Ceremony: 21st Annual Virginia Festival of the Book

March 18, 2015
12:00 pm

A celebration to launch the 21st Virginia Festival of the Book and its focus on reading, literature, and literacy. The Virginia Center of the Book recognizes Virginia students who received top honors in the statewide Letters About Literature contest. Karen Abbott, author of Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy, is the featured speaker, and she will sign books after the ceremony.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

March 18, 2015
6:00 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment. Registration requested: please e-mail ht@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Virginia Book Festival logo.BOOK CLUB SELECTIOINS: IT'S ALL ABOUT THE BOOKS!

March 21, 2015
10:00 am

Bethanne Patrick, book reviewer for Washingtonian magazine and creator of the #fridayreads hashtag, Jennifer Alluisi, co-organizer of the Good Reads and Good Eats Charlottesville Meetup, and Peter Kleeman, longtime member of the Brown Bagger’s Book Group, will discuss book group formats and choices and offer a variety of library and online resources for book groups. Representatives of Charlottesville area book groups are encouraged to attend.

JMRL Board Meeting

March 23, 2015
1:00 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 usually at the Central Library but the agenda (PDF) will show if the meeting is at a different location.

Documentary Film Series - Part of The Big Read

MovieCROSSING LINES

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm

“Crossing Lines” is about an Indian American woman’s struggle to stay connected to India after the loss of her father. Like most second-generation ethnic Americans, Indira Somani has struggled with identity issues, since her parents migrated to the U.S. in the 1960s. Being born and brought up in the U.S. Indira led an American life, but at home, her world was Indian because of her father’s immense love for India and Indian culture. This film takes you on a journey to India, where Indira visits her father’s extended family for the first time after his death. The film explores how Indira tries to stay connected to Indian culture and her extended family, despite the loss of her father. It is the story of how one daughter pays tribute to her father in all that he’s taught her about India, Indian culture and family. more info

In partnership with the Rivanna Conservation Society

Survival and Primitive Skills Workshop

April 04, 2015
11:00 am

This workshop, presented by the Rivanna Conservation Society, covers primitive fire making, shelter, cordage, finding safe water, basic traps and general survival tips. Please bring snacks/water and wear clothes that will get dirty. Workshop proceeds in light rain, but canceled for heavy rain. Registration begins March 21.
Call 434-979-7151 ext 4.
Please Note Location: Scheier Natural Area

Film Partnership with Sierra Club

MovieWHITE WATER, BLACK GOLD (2011) directed by David Lavallee

April 09, 2015
6:30 pm

“White Water, Black Gold” is an investigative point-of view documentary that follows David Lavallee on his three-year journey across western Canada in search of answers about the activities of the world’s thirstiest oil industry: the Tarsands. more info


REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES - Meet the Author Events

book coverVARIOUS TITLES BY Andy Straka

April 12, 2015
2:30 pm

Charlottesville mystery writer will discuss his books, including his Frank Pavlicek series which follows a private investigator and falconer in Charlottesville. Check the Catalog arrow

Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.

Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverA VISIT FROM THE GOON SQUAD by Jennifer Egan

April 16, 2015
12:00 pm

Working side-by-side for a record label, former punk rocker Bennie Salazar and the passionate Sasha hide illicit secrets from one another while interacting with a motley assortment of equally troubled people from 1970s San Francisco to the post-war future. Check the Catalog arrow

Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa

Milmitjpa Manikay (Evening Songs)

April 16, 2015
7:00 pm

Australian Aboriginal artist, elder, and musician Wandjuk Marika once said “there is no real distinction for us between art and life.” How can art, music, and poetry fit into the daily rhythms of our busy lives? Join us in exploring Australian Aboriginal art and music to find inspiration for your own writing. Bring your favorite pen and notebook. Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa in celebration of National Poetry Month.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up.
Registration required, and begins Monday, March 23.
Call 434-979-7151 ext 4.

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverJUNETEENTH by Ralph Ellison

April 21, 2015
7:00 pm

Shot on the Senate floor by a young black man, a dying racist senator summons an elderly black Baptist minister from Oklahoma to his side for a remarkable dialogue that reveals the deeply buried secrets of their shared past and the tragedy that reunites them. Check the Catalog arrow

Documentary Film Series - in partnership with Cville Jazz Society & Cville NOW

MovieTHE GIRLS IN THE BAND (2011) directed by Judy Chaikin

April 23, 2015
7:00 pm

The untold stories of female jazz and big band instrumentalists and their journeys from the late 1930's to the present day.more info



Hypertufa Planters Craft Workshop

planters.

April 29, 2015
6:30 pm

Make hypertufa planters that will look great in your garden. All supplies are provided. Dress to get messy. Ages 14 and up.
Class size is limited.
Registration begins April 15. Call 434-979-7151 ext 4.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logoPoem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poetry. POETRY ON THE STEPS

April 30, 2015
7:00 pm

Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us under the spreading oaks on the Central Library steps to read a few of your favorite poems, or just come to listen. Original poems and old favorites are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
No registration required.
Sign-up to read begins at 7 pm and will be ongoing throughout the evening.
Rain site: Children’s Room.

Book Buffet - Free Comic Book Day Edition

May 02, 2015
9:00 am

Try it - you might like it. Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated Book Tasting tables, where you will discover delicious new books you may enjoy. In honor of Free Comic Book Day, the menu will feature graphic novels and other illustrated books. Check out your favorites, and then stop by the Children’s Department or the Reference Department for your free comic book…while supplies last. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books. All ages.

Window Stars Craft Workshop

star.

May 06, 2015
6:30 pm

Learn how to fold colorful paper stars to display in the window. All supplies are provided. Ages 14 and up. Class size is limited. Registration begins April 22nd. Call 434-979-7151 ext 4.

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverBOY, SNOW, BIRD by Helen Oyeyemi

May 19, 2015
7:00 pm

A modern reimagining of the Snow White fairy tale follows the experiences of a woman who marries a Massachusetts single father and succumbs to vanity when the birth of her baby reveals her husband to be a light-skinned African American.
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Brown Baggers Book Group

book coverTHE READER by Bernard Schlink

May 21, 2015
12:00 pm

At the age of fifteen, Michael Berg falls in love with a woman who disappears, and while observing a trial as a law student years later, he is shocked to discover the same woman as the defendant in a horrible crime.
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Future Readings:

Documentary Film Series

MovieMAIDENTRIP (2013) directed by Jillian Schlesinger

May 28, 2015
7:00 pm

14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to become the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. more info



Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

CROZET SOIREE

A social gathering in the evening for informal conversation with guest speakers representing the arts, culture, businesses and interests in the Crozet community. Program listings are below. For adults ages 16+.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

Meets monthly (Sept - July) on the 1st Monday of each month 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please drop in and join us! Readers with gmail accounts can join the mailing list.

Program listings are below.

Inclement Weather Closing

The Crozet Library closed at 12 PM today, Thursday, March 5th due to inclement weather.

March 05, 2015

Part of The Big Read

India Enigma Exhibit, by Michael Petrus

March 05, 2015

An exhibition of photography that explores how ancient traditions collide with the modern and global experiment in India. Michael Petrus is co-founder of Crisman+Petrus Architects.

Part of The Big Read

Rupturing the Surface of the Known, with Phoebe Crisman

March 10, 2015
7:00 pm

Just as characters in “The Namesake” were caught between the conflicting cultures of India and America, this talk will examine the reverse: how UVA architecture students going from America to India were inspired by the cultural differences they experienced. Using images and words, the presentation will examine the value of travel in this global age. Phoebe Crisman is Associate Professor of Architecture University of Virginia School of Architecture. No registration required.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Histories of Local Virginians: Their Lives and Their Work

March 18, 2015
7:00 pm

Join authors Kevin Donleavy (“The Irish in Early Virginia: 1600-1860”), Barclay Rives (“William Cabell Rives: A Country to Serve”), and Billy Wayson (“Martha Jefferson Randolph: Republican Daughter & Plantation Mistress”) as they share stories of local Virginians, from the Crozet tunnel laborers to master craftsmen, a Senator and a plantation mistress. Local writers sharing histories with local impact. No registration required.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

YA Books for Any Age: From Romantic Suspense to Steampunk

March 19, 2015
7:00 pm

If you've ever wondered why YA books make up the fastest-growing market for publishers, come hear these authors: you'll hear imaginative and compelling stories coupled with beautiful writing. Authors Melissa Marr (“Made For You” and the “Wicked Lovely” series), Diana Peterfreund (“Across a Star-Swept Sea”), and Tiffany Trent (“The Tinker King”) will read from their Young Adult titles, discuss their writing, and answer reader's questions. Moderator: Sarah McGuire.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up. No registration required.

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.CUTTING AND EATING DISORDERS

March 23, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn about two of the toughest symptoms of teens struggling with their emotional health. Learn strategies for supporting teens through these difficult periods, and when it’s time to call for professional help.

Part of The Big Read

Battle of the Book Groups & Book Swap Party

March 26, 2015
7:00 pm

Did your book group read, “The Namesake,” for the Big Read? Bring your book group team, a potluck dessert to share and some books to swap for some new-to-you reads. Your group may take home the Battle of the Book Groups Prize by winning our Book Group Namesake Trivia Contest. If you read “The Namesake” on your own, come and join the ‘Rogue Readers’ team, or just cheer on the team of your choice. If you haven’t read the book, come for some book swap fun. Registration required and begins Monday, March 2.

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

March 31, 2015
4:30 pm

Last Tuesday of the month:
December 30, January 27, February 24, March 31, April 28, May 26

Come one, come all. Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Ages 8 and up. No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book cover THE SPACE BETWEEN US by Thrity Umrigar

April 06, 2015
7:00 pm

Captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair. Check the Catalog arrow

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.DRUGS AND PEER PRESSURE

April 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Hear about trending drug habits of teens. We will cover what to look for as parents, tools for drug use prevention, and when to get help, and from whom.

Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa

Milmitjpa Manikay (Evening Songs)

April 21, 2015
7:00 pm

Australian Aboriginal artist, elder, and musician Wandjuk Marika once said “there is no real distinction for us between art and life.” How can art, music, and poetry fit into the daily rhythms of our busy lives? Join us in exploring Australian Aboriginal art and music to find inspiration for your own writing. Bring your favorite pen and notebook. Sponsored by the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVa in celebration of National Poetry Month.
Adults and Young Adults, aged 14 and up.
Registration required, and begins Monday, March 30.
Call 434-823-4050.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book cover DESTINY OF THE REPUBLIC by Candice Millard

May 04, 2015
7:00 pm

A dramatic narrative account of the 20th President's political career offers insight into his distinguished background as an impoverished wunderkind scholar and Civil War hero, his battles against the corrupt establishment and Alexander Graham Bell's failed attempt to save him from an assassin's bullet. Check the Catalog arrow

SAVVY PARENTS – Trending Topics for Parents of Teens

group of teens.SEX AND HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS

May 18, 2015
7:00 pm

We will discuss what dating teens need to know, and how parents can talk about this serious subject. We will also talk about healthy versus unhealthy communication in romantic relationships, and how to help teens recognize each type.

MONDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book cover THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

June 01, 2015
7:00 pm

Captures the delicate balance of class and gender in contemporary India as witnessed through the lives of two women--Sera Dubash, an upper middle-class housewife, and Bhima, an illiterate domestic hardened by a life of loss and despair. Check the Catalog arrow


Future Readings:

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

Meets at 10 am on the first and third Fridays of each month to discuss literary classics. The group meets from September to May. For further information, contact Eileen Stephens: emstephens@comcast.net Program listings are below.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

This group meets at 7:30 pm, the second Wednesday of each month to share insights on a variety of classic and contemporary fiction. Program listings are below.

For DIY People

handcraftHANDCRAFT GROUP

March 05, 2015
3:00 pm

If you're crafty, this is the group for you. Chat, snack, and meet your neighbors, as we knit, stitch, bead, and sew. 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, or to be added to the handcraft email list.
Meets monthly on Thursdays.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverAFTER MANY A SUMMER DIES THE SWAN by Aldous Huxley

March 06, 2015
10:00 am

A Hollywood millionaire with a terror of death, whose personal physician happens to be working on a theory of longevity-these are the elements of Aldous Huxley's caustic and entertaining satire on man's desire to live indefinitely. With his customary wit and intellectual sophistication, Huxley pursues his characters in their quest for the eternal, finishing on a note of horror. Check the Catalog arrow

Part of The Big Read

WHAT’S IN A NAME?

March 07, 2015
3:00 pm

Vasantha Reddi will share the importance of names and special traditions in India surrounding naming babies. Learn more about the relationship of official names and family names that is such an important theme in “The Namesake”.

Wednesday Evening Book Group - Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 11, 2015
7:30 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
Check the Catalog arrow

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverWISE BLOOD by Flannery O’Connor

March 20, 2015
10:00 am

Meeting at the Central Library
The passengers on the train to Taulkinham show mixed reactions when Hazel Moses questions their belief in Jesus. Check the Catalog arrow

PEEPAPALOOZA

peeps.

April 01, 2015

Get a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1-30; awards for all age levels. Call 434-296-5544 for more information.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverTHE OPTIMIST'S DAUGHTERby Eudora Welty

April 03, 2015
10:00 am

Laurel Hand is forced to face her Southern past when she returns to Mississippi for her father's funeral
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PLEASE NOTE: Due to renovations at Gordon Avenue, the group will meet in the Madison Room at the Central Library.
Future Readings:


  • April 17: short stories by Alice Munro. Readers' choice.
  • May 1: Tales of Genji. Meeting place TBA.
  • May 15: Tales of Genji

PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

pagescreen

April 22, 2015
7:00 pm

Screening of a popular film adaptation of a book on the 4th Wednesday of the month. Light refreshments are served.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

May 06, 2015
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wed of every month (except April & November) at 7pm. Come and share original poetry, or just listen. For more information, contact Tony Russell at 293.7838 or go to the society blog.

Hypertufa Planters Craft Workshop

planters.

May 20, 2015
6:39 pm

Make hypertufa planters that will look great in your garden. All supplies are provided. Dress to get messy. Ages 14 and up.
Class size is limited.
Registration begins April 29. Call 434-296-5544.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

THURSDAY NIGHT BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP

Meets at 7pm on the first Thursday of each month to discuss interesting books chosen by members. Program listings are below.

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

This series, which is on the 2nd Friday of the month, is a mix of independent, documentary, and major studio films. See a great film with your neighbors, on the big screen in surround sound. Coffee and desserts served. Folks meet afterwards at “Vinny’s Pizza” in Ruckersville for film discussion. This FREE series is funded by the Friends of the Greene County Library and the Friends of Jefferson-Madison Regional Library. Program listings are below.

Inclement Weather Closing

The Greene County Library closed at 10:30 AM today, Thursday, March 5th due to inclement weather.

March 05, 2015

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group - Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 05, 2015
7:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
Check the Catalog arrow

FRIENDS OF THE GREENE COUNTY LIBRARY

March 11, 2015
7:00 pm

Learn how to support your local public library by attending a meeting of the “Friends”. All interested folks are welcome; it’s not just for Board members.

Friday Film Series -Part of The Big Read

MovieTHE NAMESAKE (based on the book by Jhumpa Lahiri) Directed by Mira Nair, Drama. 2006 (India)

March 13, 2015
7:00 pm

American-born Gogol, the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways.more info

Part of The Big Read

The Benefits of Hatha Yoga Practice

March 16, 2015
6:30 pm

Greene County yoga teacher, Kumud Vanderveer, will talk about how to improve your health and flexibility through yoga, as well as demonstrate and assist audience members in trying some basic yoga poses that most people can do right away. Wear loose clothing and bring a towel or yoga mat for padding.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Tales from the Appalachians: Fact and Fiction

March 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Authors Sue Eisenfeld (Shenandoah: A Story of Conservation and Betrayal) and Brian King (The Appalachian Trail: Celebrating America's Hiking Trail) share stories of Appalachian families, life-long connections to the land, and the sheer beauty of the mountains and trails in our backyard. Hear about how this "history haunted landscape" has taken hold of lives past and present, inspiring conservators and adventurers, yet also displacing thousands of families. Refreshments provided.

Friday Film Series

MovieSTORIES WE TELL directed by Sarah Polley, 2012 (Canada).

April 10, 2015
7:00 pm

A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. more info


Author Visit

The Story Behind the Writing of “Brotherhood”

April 17, 2015
7:00 pm

“The year is 1867, and Richmond, Virginia, lies in ruins.” Virginia author, A.B. Westrick, will talk about her 2014 Jefferson Cup Award winning book “Brotherhood” and the family history that led her to write this historical novel for ages 10 and up. Refreshments provided. Registration not required. more info

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Friday Film Series

MovieTHE LUNCHBOX directed by Ritesh Batra 2013 (India).

May 08, 2015
7:00 pm

A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. more info


LOUISA COUNTY LIBRARY 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

COMPUTER TUTORIALS

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Would you like help with creating a resume; setting up an email account; searching online databases; installing software on a laptop; making a copy of files or pictures? Meet with a library staff member for up to an hour of one-on-one help using either a public computer at the library or your own laptop. Advance registration is required. Call 540-894-5853 or visit the circulation desk at the library to sign up.

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.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

March 11, 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

Part of The Big Read

Genealogy 101

March 14, 2015
2:00 pm

Ever thought about discovering your family’s history but don’t know where to start? Come out to the library for an in-depth genealogy lesson and get some tips on how to get started. Special Guest: Elaine Taylor- Louisa County Historical Society.

Part of The Big Read

Taste of India Family Event

March 22, 2015
3:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun and a dive into traditional Indian culture. Enjoy food, dancing, crafts, and an interactive henna demonstration!
All ages.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group - Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 24, 2015
7:00 am

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
Check the Catalog arrow

In partnership with PVCC

Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

March 31, 2015
6:30 pm

Denise McClanahan, PVCC Outreach Manager discusses PVCC degrees and certificates (many you can complete in less than two years), resources to help you succeed in the classroom and beyond, PVCC placement tests (receive free practice test materials!) and financial aid opportunities. For more information, contact Denise McClanahan at 434.961.5275 or dmcclanahan@pvcc.edu.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE HUSBAND'S SECRET by Liane Moriarty

April 28, 2015
7:00 pm

Discovering a tattered letter that says she is to open it only in the event of her husband's death, Cecelia is unable to resist reading the letter and discovers a secret that shatters her life and the lives of two other women.
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Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Free Comic Book Day Extravaganza

May 02, 2015
10:00 am

Celebrate free comic book day at the library. There will be workshops, costume contests, crafts, food and more. Register between April 13-24th to receive your free Swag Bag and Tickets that can be redeemed for pizza and drinks.
All ages welcome.

Homeschool Idea Swap

May 17, 2015
2:00 pm

It’s an open forum. Come swap ideas, curriculums, books, and anything that has helped you homeschool your children. This is an opportunity to talk about what has worked or has not worked for you and get to know other families who homeschool.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

May 26, 2015
7:00 pm

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
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Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

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.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar.

CREATIVE CRAFT PICK UP CORNER

Each month we will have a weekly creative craft corner activity that is available for all ages.

  • February 17-21: Origami
  • March 16-21: Mandalas for India (part of The Big Read)
  • April 20-25: Altered book craft
  • May 11-16: Paper flowers

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB - - Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 23, 2015
12:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
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SAMPLINGS

March 26, 2015

You are invited each month to a Samplings’ buffet of books. Come enjoy the smorgasbord of delightful new and older books on the last Thursday of each month.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

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April 01, 2015
3:30 pm

On April 1 come read your favorite poem at our Open Mic. Please register by March 25 if you would like to read a poem or just come by and support everyone who is brave enough to share a poem.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

Free Comic Book Day

May 02, 2015

May 2 has been declared Comic Book Day. Who is your favorite comic book character? Maybe your favorite comic book character will show up? We will have free comic books while supplies last.

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@ YOUR LIBRARY

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

Make & Take Crafts

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

  • January: Bookmarks
  • February: Valentines
  • March: Mehndi
  • April: Blackout poetry
  • May: Magnets

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Virginia Book Festival logo.The Stories We Were Meant to Write

March 18, 2015
4:00 pm

Authors Stuart Burkhalter (Catawampus: The Fertility Process from a Man’s Perspective), Kate Gray (Carry the Sky), Thomas Hansen (Remembering Our Oneness: Who We Are, Where We Came From, And How We Got Here), and Ella Murphy (All About Hope) discuss the stories of their books.

A Virginia Festival of the Book Event

Virginia Book Festival logo.Skyline 2015: Celebrating Central Virginia Writers

March 18, 2015
6:00 pm

Readings and discussions of regional critique groups, writing classes, writing retreats, and iBooks by contributors to the annual Skyline 2015 anthology of prose and poetry. Contributers Jody Hobbs Hesler, Linda Levokove, Deborah M. Prum, and Leonard Tuchyner are featured.


Wednesday Evening Book Group- Part of The Big Read

book coverTHE NAMESAKE by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 18, 2015
7:00 pm

A portrait of the immigrant experience follows the Ganguli family from their traditional life in India through their arrival in Massachusetts in the late 1960s and their difficult melding into an American way of life.
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GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT

March 24, 2015
6:30 pm

Connect with other adults during an evening of board games and refreshments. Games will include classic standards and modern favorites. Sessions in March and May will feature tutorials for a different game each month.

@ YOUR LIBRARY

March 25, 2015
6:30 pm

A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Listings below:

  • Wine Glass Painting: Wednesday, February 4. A reprise of our popular fall program, except this time you’ll be painting red wine glasses. Registration begins January 14. Class size is limited.
  • Climbing Your Family Tree: Wednesday, March 25. (part of the BIG READ) Susan Emert, Central Virginia Genealogical Association, will teach you how to use Ancestry.com, a database that can be used in the library, to help you in your genealogical research.
  • Pressed Flowers: Wednesday, April 1. Nature crafter Nancy Campbell has been collecting and pressing leaves and flowers. In this workshop we’ll use them to create a collage worthy of framing. Registration begins March 19. Class size is limited. Ages 14 and up.
  • Hypertufa Planters: Wednesday, May 6. Make hypertufa planters that will look great in your garden. All supplies are provided. Dress to get messy. Registration begins April 15. Class size is limited. Ages 14 and up.
Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

book coverBEHND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS by Katherine Boo

March 27, 2015
12:00 pm

Speaker: Mehr Farooqi, Associate Professor, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Virginia.

Profiles everyday life in the settlement of Annawadi as experienced by a Muslim teen, an ambitious rural mother, and a young scrap metal thief, illuminating how their efforts to build better lives are challenged by religious, caste, and economic tensions.Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

  • April 17: TBA
  • May 15: TBA

Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

April 07, 2015
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.

  • January 6: iPhone and iPad Basics Part 1.
  • February 3: iPhone and iPad Basics Part 2
  • April 7: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • May 5: Discovering New Apps
Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (434.973.7893).

WEB WORKSHOPS @ YOUR LIBRARY

April 09, 2015
2:00 pm

Join us for a monthly meeting in the computer classroom to learn the basics of a variety of web-related tools and programs.
April 9: Email Basics
May 14: Getting Started with Social Media

Wednesday Evening Book Group

April 15, 2015
7:00 pm

Picking books for 2015-2016.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

April 21, 2015
6:30 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non-judgmental environment. Call the Information Desk (434-973-7893) or email acox@jmrl.org to register.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

May 13, 2015
6:30 pm

Presented by The International Rescue Committee. Learn about U.S. citizenship and the steps to becoming a citizen. Call the library (434-973-7893) to register.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverMAYFLOWER: A STORY OF COURAGE... by Nathaniel Philbrick

May 20, 2015
7:00 pm

A fresh and vivid account of our most sacred national myth: the voyage of the Mayflower and the settlement of Plymouth Colony. From the Mayflower's arduous Atlantic crossing to the eruption of King Philip's War between colonists and natives decades later, Philbrick reveals in this electrifying history of the Pilgrims a fifty-five-year epic, at once tragic and heroic, that still resonates with us today. Check the Catalog arrow

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HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

March 05, 2015
10:00 am

If you’re crafty, this is the group for you. Come swap ideas, learn new skills, or just enjoy the conversations. Bring a project in progress, or the supplies you need to get started.


CLASSIC MOVIE MATINEE

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March 06, 2015
1:00 pm

Join your neighbors for the screening of popular classic movies. Bring some snacks, sit back, and enjoy.

QUILTING AND NEEDLECRAFT GROUP

quilting.

March 09, 2015
1:00 pm

Bring your quilting or other needlework and enjoy conversations with old and new friends.

SCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY BOOK GROUP

book club logo

March 10, 2015
1:00 pm

Come join a friendly group of book lovers who discuss a variety of books.
The group meets to discuss recent books of interest rather than reading specific titles.

Celebrating National Poetry Month

poem in pocket logo.Poem In Your Pocket Day

April 30, 2015

Stop by the library today and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share it with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.