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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 - August 31

Summer reading is not just for kids. JMRL hosts a summer reading challenge including prizes, contests, displays and programs especially for adults. It's fun and FREE. more info

All prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

The adult program runs concurrently with the children's programs and the teen programs: June 1 - August 31

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

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: Email Us Program listings are below.

MAKE & TAKE CRAFTS

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

  • August: Olympic Magnets
  • September: Banned Bookmarks
  • October: Galactic Crafts
  • November: Six Word Stories
  • December: Paper Envelopes

BOOKS ON TAP

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September 01, 2016
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
MOTHERING SUNDAY by Graham Swift
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Scan Your Stuff & History Hackathon

September 10, 2016
10:00 am

Saturday,between 10am-12pm
Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. For ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device.

I’ve Always Wanted to Read….War and Peace

book coverWAR AND PEACE by Leo Tolstoy

September 13, 2016
7:00 pm

Second Tuesdays at 7 pm
September 13, October 11, November 8, December 13
Always wanted to read War and Peace, but feel a little intimidated? Join us for a leisurely paced exploration of the book with tea, pastries, and casual conversation interspersed with screenings of a film adaptation and Russian potluck deliciousness. Registration requested.

WRITING CRITIQUE GROUP

Second & Fourth Wednesdays* at 6pm

  • August 10
  • August 24
  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 12
  • October 26
  • December 14
  • *No Meetings in November
Improve your writing with peer feedback. Participants will bring copies of work previously written to share with peers, and will help constructively critique others’ work as well. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book cover KING, QUEEN, KNAVE by Vladimir Nabokov

September 15, 2016
12:00 pm

Berlin in the late twenties provides the setting for this novel about a woman's scheme to murder her husband to live on his money with his nephew
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Created Equal Film Discussion

DVD cover BIRTH OF A NATION (2016)

September 15, 2016
6:00 pm

Thursdays at 6pm
September 15, October 20
This two-part lecture series is part of a national series and community-building initiative. Inspired by the 2016 The Birth of a Nation film focused on Nat Turner, the series is presented in conjunction with the Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services at the American Library Association, the United Nations’ Remember Slavery Programme, Fox Searchlight Pictures, and BazanED.

CREATIVE WRITING GROUP

Third Wednesdays at 6pm

  • August 17
  • September 21
  • October 19
  • November 16
  • *No December Meeting
Explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creativity flowing. Feel free to share your work in this non­judgmental environment for writers of any level. For more inquiries, contact Abby at acox@jmrl.org or call 979.7151 x4. Registration requested.

CENTRAL FILM SERIES - In partnership with Cville Pride Community Network

MovieCAROL (2015) directed by Todd Haynes

September 22, 2016
6:00 pm

An aspiring photographer develops an intimate relationship with an older woman in 1950s New York.
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“I Read Banned Books” Photo Booth

September 25, 2016

Drop by the Central Library during Banned Books Week and take a mugshot with your favorite banned book. Tag your picture #jmrlreads and share to celebrate the freedom to read.

In Partnership with the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.

DVD cover DREWARY BROWN DOCUMENTARY

September 28, 2016
7:00 pm

View and discuss the documentary tracing the life of Drewary Brown, Charlottesville civil rights leader, activist and founder of MACAA. Co-sponsored with the Charlottesville Office of Human Rights.

Banned Books Week Reading at Tin Whistle Irish Pub

September 29, 2016
5:00 pm

Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St., 609 E. Market St.
Celebrate Banned Books week by reading excerpts from famous challenged books. Bring your own or our choose from JMRL's selection. (2 hr. free parking in the Market St. garage.)

BOOKS ON TAP

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October 06, 2016
7:00 pm

First Thursdays at 7pm at Champion Brewing Company
THE STRANGE LIBRARY by Haruki Murakami
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Beat Poets Reading at Tin Whistle Irish Pub

October 07, 2016
5:00 pm

Location: Tin Whistle Irish Pub, 609 E. Market St.
Is your favorite Beat poet Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, Lawrence Ferlinghetti or Gregory Corso? Read your favorite selection at this celebration of a movement that is over 60 years old.(2 hr. free parking in the Market St. garage.)

Star Wars Reads Day

October 08, 2016
2:00 pm

May the force be with you at the Central Library’s third annual Star Wars Reads Day celebration. There will be prizes, crafts, games, food, and fun for all ages. Costumes encouraged!

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book cover GRAY MOUNTAIN by John Grisham

October 20, 2016
12:00 pm

Losing her job at New York City's largest law firm in the weeks after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Samantha becomes an unpaid intern in a small Appalachian community, where she stumbles upon dangerous secrets.
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CENTRAL FILM SERIES

MovieA BALLERINA'S TALE (2015) directed by Nelson George

October 27, 2016
7:00 pm

A feature documentary on African American ballerina Misty Copeland that examines her prodigious rise, her potentially career ending injury alongside themes of race and body image in the elite ballet world.
more info

Read Local: Panel and Author Fair

November 05, 2016
10:00 am

Join us for a celebration of local authors. The day begins with a discussion about writing in Virginia by a small panel of local authors. An author fair featuring a variety of authors in the area will follow the panel discussion.

COME WRITE IN: A NaNoWriMo Workspace

November 08, 2016
6:00 pm

Tuesdays in November at 6-8pm
November 8, 15, 22, & 29
Drop in to the Madison Room for a quiet space to work on your National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) challenge. More info.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead

November 12, 2016
2:00 pm

Get creative and explore science, engineering, and technology with hands on activities. Try your hand at controlling an Ozobot. Compete in construction challenges. Take apart tech equipment to see how it works. Activities best for elementary school children and older. Families welcome.

Book Making Workshop with Virginia Thompson

November 16, 2016
6:30 pm

Learn how to make both a folded-X book and a paper bag keepsake book. All supplies provided. Ages 14+.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

book coverTHE ROUND HOUSE by Louise Erdrich

November 17, 2016
12:00 pm

When his mother, a tribal enrollment specialist living on a reservation in North Dakota, slips into an abyss of depression after being brutally attacked, fourteen-year-old Joe Coutz sets out with his three friends to find the person that destroyed his family. Check the Catalogbullet

Make a Gift Craft Workshop

December 03, 2016
2:00 pm

Create beautiful holiday cards, ornaments, and more out of materials all provided by the library while supplies last. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. Ages 14+.

HOUR OF CODE

December 08, 2016
6:00 pm

Have you always wanted to try coding? Come learn the basics and gain some experience with help from library staff. Bring your laptop or use one of ours. For ages 14+.

BROWN BAGGERS BOOK CLUB

December 15, 2016
12:00 pm

Meet to select books for 2017

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CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

Learn how to create an email account, search for information online, complete an online job application or download an eBook by meeting with a staff member one-on-one. Schedule a 45-60 minute tutorial at a public library computer or bring in your own laptop. To make an appointment, call 823.4050.

STITCHES HANDCRAFT GROUP

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August 30, 2016
4:30 pm

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 to adult.
No registration required.


READ ALOUD CIRCLE

circle of books.

September 07, 2016
7:00 pm

First Wednesdays at 7pm
September 7, October 5, November 2, December 7
Join in the warmth and camaraderie of sharing stories aloud. Bring along old favorites or new discoveries for the group to pass around and read: short fiction, nonfiction, poems, and excerpts. Come to any one or more sessions. Ages 18+.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverNOSTROMO by Joseph Conrad

September 12, 2016
7:00 pm

One of the greatest political novels in any language, Nostromo enacts the establishment of modern capitalism in a remote South American province locked between the Andes and the Pacific. Conrad's evocation of the great Latin-American landscapes, the ferocity of its politics, and individuals swept up in imperial ambitions has never been bettered. This edition offers new insights into Conrad's masterpiece. Check the Catalog arrow

Job Hunting 101

job applicants

September 14, 2016
2:00 pm

Second Wednesdays at 2pm
September 14, October 12, November 9, December 14
Learn the skills of a true employment hunter and achieve success with personalized career coaching Douglas Owens, a goals and vocational development consultant with 25 years of experience. Registration requested and ongoing.

Live Poets, Too

September 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Monthly on Mondays at 7pm
September 19*, October 17, November 14, December 12
Bring several poems to share, either of your own authorship or another’s, then sit back and enjoy listening to the language of the poet. Ages 18+.
*For Sept. 19, join us after a poetry reading by local poet, Sara Robinson, who will discuss her book of poetry.

Poetry Reading with Sara Robinson

September 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Join poet Sara Robinson for a discussion of poetry and a reading of her works. Books will be available for sale. Afterwards, join the Live Poets, Too, to share and discuss poems of your authorship or another’s. Ages 18+.

Banned Books Week Quiz & Photo Booth

September 25, 2016

Celebrate the freedom to read with Crozet Library’s Banned Books Week Quiz and Photo Booth. Find more information about how banning and challenging books stifles intellectual freedom and get a Freedom to Read button when you complete the Banned Books Quiz. Then take a mugshot with your favorite banned book. Tag your picture #jmrlreads and share to celebrate the freedom to read. All ages.

JMRL Board of Trustees

The Library Board of Trustees will meet Monday, September 26 at 3:00 pm at the Crozet Library, 2020 Library Avenue, Crozet, VA 22932.

Read Local: Jennifer Ackerman

book cover THE GENIUS OF BIRDS by Jennifer Ackerman

September 28, 2016
6:30 pm

Local author Jennifer Ackerman will discuss her book The Genius of Birds, a fascinating demonstration of how bird brains reveal a whole new way of thinking about intelligence, including their capacity of abstract thinking, problem-solving, and more. Books for sale by Over the Moon Bookstore.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverBETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

October 03, 2016
7:00 pm

The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future. Check the Catalog arrow

Meet the International Rescue Committee

October 12, 2016
6:30 pm

Over 225 refugees will be resettled by the IRC (International Rescue Committee) in Charlottesville this year. Learn about the worldwide refugee situation, the European response to increased Syrian and North African refugees, how the IRC supports U.S. refugee resettlement and ways to help local refugees adapt to their new lives in our community.

Make and Take: Sugar Skull

skull

October 24, 2016

In honor of Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead), decorate a sugar skull with magazine cut-outs and colored pencils. All ages.

Writing Short Fiction Workshop with Linda Kobert

October 24, 2016
6:30 pm

Writing exercises will get your creative juices flowing as you learn how to use the elements of fiction -- characterization, point of view, plot, structure, dialogue, setting, detail and show not tell -- to create short stories and flash fiction (really short stories). Ages 18+. Required registration begins October 10.

A Night at the Movies

moviePsycho (1960)

October 31, 2016
6:30 pm

A Phoenix secretary steals $40,000 from her employer's client, goes on the run and checks into a remote motel run by a young man under the domination of his mother. more info

NaNoWriMo Events

Take the National Novel Writing Month Challenge with the help of the Crozet Library. Can you write a 50,000-word novel in just 30 days? It’s entirely do-able; come to an event to help stay on track. More info.

Wreck Your Writer’s Block

November 1-30: Whether you’re working on a NaNoWriMo novel or your own personal writing goals, stop by our display for writing prompts, writer’s block busters, planning worksheets, and a plot bunny adoption center.

NaNoWriMo Kickoff Party

November 01, 2016
6:00 pm

Head to the Crozet Library for motivation, resources to guide your writing, snacks, and coffee. Find a corner and hunker down, or meet other writers to hold yourself accountable. Experienced WriMos will be on hand to answer all your questions. No experience writing is necessary.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverIN COLD BLOOD by Truman Capote

November 07, 2016
7:00 pm

Powerful account of the brutal slaying of a Kansas family by two young ex-convicts. Check the Catalog arrow

Scan Your Stuff & Historical Transcription Hackathon

November 09, 2016
6:30 pm

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan, try your hand at transcribing historical documents for the Library of Virginia. To scan, please bring your own USB memory device. For ages 14+. Registration requested starting October 19, but drop-ins welcome.

Harry Potter’s Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

November 14-30: Scour the library in search of magical species and discover if you have what it takes to be a magizoologist like Newt Scamander, in honor of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. All ages.

NaNoWriMo Event: Halfway Write In

November 14, 2016
6:00 pm

Celebrate the almost-halfway point of your novel with some word sprints, snacks, and accountability. Feeling behind? Now’s your chance to get caught up!

NaNoWriMo Event: Last Ditch Effort Party

November 30, 2016
6:00 pm

Join others writers in this last ditch effort to finish that novel. Snacks and coffee provided. If you’re already done, come celebrate, pick up a congratulatory pin, and swap tales with other writers who have lived to tell the tale.

Book Tasting

Thursday & Friday, December 1 & 2, all day Try it - you might like it! Ravenous readers can take a seat at designated book tasting tables to discover delicious new books. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Participants will be entered into a special prize drawing. All ages.

Make a Gift Craft Workshop

December 03, 2016
2:00 pm

Create beautiful holiday cards, ornaments, and more out of materials all provided by the library while supplies last. Registration requested but walk-ins welcome. Ages 14+.

Monday Night Book Group

book coverTHE LAST PICTURE SHOW by Larry McMurtry

December 05, 2016
7:00 pm

a powerful coming-of-age novel set in the American West. In Thalia, Texas, Larry McMurtry epitomizes small-town America and through characters reintroduced in Texasville and Duane’s Depressed, captures the ecstasy and heartbreak of adolescence. Check the Catalog arrow

A Night at the Movies

movieShe's Funny That Way (2014)

December 19, 2016
6:30 pm

On the set of a playwright's new project, a love triangle forms between his wife, her ex-lover, and the call girl-turned-actress cast in the production.
more info

Monday Night Book Group

book coverJUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION by Bryan Stevenson

January 09, 2017
7:00 pm

The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama recounts his experiences as a lawyer working to assist those desperately in need, reflecting on his pursuit of the ideal of compassion in American justice. Check the Catalog arrow

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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

September 01, 2016
3:00 pm

First Thursdays:
September 1, October 6, December 1
Bring any handwork project you’re working on and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

PINCHER MARTIN by William Golding

September 02, 2016
10:00 am

A British navy officer is blown off his ship by a German torpedo and must try to survive alone on a small, rocky island in the North Atlantic.
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Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

September 07, 2016
7:00 pm

The Live Poets Society meets the first Wednesday 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.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

BLUE NIGHTS by Joan Didion

September 14, 2016
7:30 pm

Shares the author's frank observations about her daughter as well as her own thoughts and fears about having children and growing old, in a personal account that discusses her daughter's wedding and her feelings of failure as a parent.
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CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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Thursdays at 2-3pm One-on-one tutorials offered once 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 434-296-5544 to sign up for a half-hour tutorial.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

book coverDAVID COPPERFIELD by Charles Dickens

September 16, 2016
10:00 am

A young boy endures hardships as a child laborer in this partly autobiographical classic reflecting social conditions in nineteenth-century England. Check the Catalog arrow

Banned Books Week Display

September 25-October 1

Scan Your Stuff & History Hackathon

September 26, 2016
6:00 pm

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan, you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. Ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device for the scanning.

PAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

pagescreen

September 28, 2016
7:00 pm

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

What’s in Your Attic?

clutter

October 03, 2016
12:00 pm

First Mondays: October 3, December 5
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 donate? To buy or not to buy. Quinn’s will help you answer these questions and more. Feel free to bring a treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction staff to review. Items will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Registration is recommended and is ongoing.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

book coverA VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE by Arthur Miller

October 07, 2016
10:00 am

Eddie Carbone is a Brooklyn longshoreman, a hard-working man whose life has been predictable. He hasn't counted on the arrival of two of his wife's relatives, illegal immigrants from Italy; nor has he recognized his true feelings for his beautiful niece, Catherine.
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WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

stranger THE STRANGER by Albert Camus
stranger THE MEURSAULT INVESTIGATION by Kamel Daoud

October 12, 2016
7:30 pm

Through the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach, Camus explored what he termed "the nakedness of man faced with the absurd." Check the Catalogarrow
A tour-de-force reimagining of Camus’s The Stranger, from the point of view of the mute Arab victims. Check the Catalogarrow

Pumpkin Decorating

pumpkins.

October 17, 2016
7:00 pm

Make your fall decorations sparkle by adding some glitz and glamour to permanent pumpkins. All materials will be provided, including pumpkins and a variety of craft materials. You supply the creativity. Ages 14+. Registration required and begins September 26.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

book coverJULUIS CAESAR by William Shakespeare

October 21, 2016
10:00 am

Shakespeare's drama about the conspiracy to assassinate Julius Caesar.
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Family Halloween Movie

dvd cover.Hocus Pocus (1993) rated PG

October 28, 2016
11:00 am

Come join us for a showing of a Halloween movie favorite. Halloween night will never be the same after three 17th century witches are accidentally conjured up in present-day Salem where they brew a hilarious cauldron of mischief and mayhem. All ages.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

NOTES ON THE STATE OF VIRGINIA by Thomas Jefferson

November 04, 2016
10:00 am

Meeting at Northside Library
Thomas Jefferson's one book, Notes on the State of Virginia… has been the touchstone for understanding his ideas about republican government, the environment, education, race and slavery, and Native-white relations. Check the Catalog arrow

Potato Chip Voting

November 08, 2016

All Day.
Exercise your right to vote for the best flavor. Taste one or taste them all and vote for your favorite. All ages.

WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

OUR MAN IN HAVANA by Graham Greene

November 09, 2016
7:30 pm

Follows the plight of Wormold, a former vacuum cleaner salesman, who becomes a slave to the expensive whims of his thirteen-year-old daughter, Milly, and takes on a job for MI6 as Secret Agent 5920015 to pay for them. Check the Catalogarrow

Read Local: NaNoWriMo Author Panel

November 16, 2016
7:00 pm

It’s National Novel Writing Month. Local authors Hannah Barnaby (Some of the Parts), Kathryn Erskine (The Badger Knight), Kristen-Paige Madonia (Invisible Fault Lines), Morganna Villaman (Death Match) and Allyson Johns will be here to answer your questions about the writing process and have a book signing.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

book coverGILEAD by Marilynne Robinson

November 18, 2016
10:00 am

As the Reverend John Ames approaches the hour of his own death, he writes a letter to his son chronicling three previous generations of his family, a story that stretches back to the Civil War and reveals uncomfortable family secrets. Check the Catalog arrow

Special Event

birthday cupcake.Happy Birthday, Gordon Avenue!

November 19, 2016
11:00 am

Nifty, nifty, Gordon Avenue is 50. There is so much to celebrate. Come by to join the festivities including a special birthday storytime at 11am and drop in fun throughout the day for all ages.

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

ROMAN FEVER by Edith Wharton

December 02, 2016
10:00 am

The story of two women, Grace Ansley and Alida Slade, who reminisce about their earlier lives. The story begins with their comparing their two daughters. As their conversation continues, Slade reveals that she had written a letter to Mrs. Ansley many years ago signing it Delphin Slade who was Mrs. Slade's fiancé.
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WEDNESDAY EVENING BOOK GROUP

book coverHOLIDAYS ON ICE by David Sedaris

December 14, 2016
7:30 pm

A best-selling classic features six additional works on the joys and embarrassments of favorite holidays, in a volume that includes tales of tardy trick-or-treaters, the difficulties of explaining the Easter Bunny to another culture, and a barnyard Secret Santa scheme gone awry. Check the Catalog arrow

LITERARY MASTERPIECE BOOK GROUP

THE CLASSIC TALES OF BRER RABBIT by Joel Chandler Harris

December 16, 2016
10:00 am

Brer Rabbit was the sassiest critter in ten counties. Brer Fox couldn't take it anymore and stirred up a gooey, sticky Tar Baby for Brer Rabbit to run into. This whimsical tale of Brer Rabbit outsmarting his nemesis is one of the world's best-loved folktales. Check the Catalog arrow

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GREENE COUNTY LIBRARY ADULT BOOK CLUB

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

SECOND FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Join your neighbors and friends for an evening of thought-provoking entertainment. Catch indies, foreign films, documentaries, and the latest feature films on the big screen and enjoy complimentary coffee and dessert.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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One-on-one sessions offered to answer your computer use questions. Topics can include basic computer skills, MSOffice programs, online job applications, and learning how to use library resources to download eBooks, audiobooks, and magazines to your mobile devices. 45-60 minute sessions are scheduled by appointment. more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverME BEFORE YOU by JoJo Moyes

September 01, 2016
7:00 pm

Taking a job as an assistant to extreme sports enthusiast Will, who is wheelchair bound after a motorcycle accident, Louisa struggles with her employer's acerbic moods and tries to demonstrate to him that life is still worth living.Check the Catalog arrow

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Movie 45 Years (2015) directed by Andrew Haigh

September 09, 2016
7:00 pm

A married couple preparing to celebrate their wedding anniversary receives shattering news that promises to forever change the course of their lives.
more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverAND THE MOUNTAINS ECHOED by Khaled Hosseini

October 06, 2016
7:00 pm

The best-selling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns presents a story inspired by human love, how people take care of one another and how choices resonate through subsequent generations. Check the Catalog arrow

Scan Your Stuff and History Hackathon

October 11, 2016
6:00 pm

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting for your turn to scan you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. Ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device.

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Movie Brooklyn (2015) directed by John Crowley

October 14, 2016
7:00 pm

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

November 03, 2016
7:00 pm

Meet to select the next slate of books

NaNoWriMo “Write-In”

November 07, 2016
6:30 pm

Mondays in November between 6:30-7:30pm
Are you participating in “National Novel Writing Month” this year? Come to the library for the support of a regular weekly quiet space where you can get your daily word count in. Snacks & hot beverages provided. Join a nightly “word sprint,” partake of other encouragements, and meet other writers if you choose. Ages 13+.

FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Movie Wadjda (2013)directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour

November 18, 2016
7:00 pm

An enterprising Saudi girl signs on for her school's Koran recitation competition as a way to raise the remaining funds she needs in order to buy the green bicycle that has captured her interest. more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverThe Boston Girl by Anita Diamont

December 01, 2016
7:00 pm

Recounting the story of her life to her granddaughter, octogenarian Addie describes how she was raised in early-twentieth-century America by Jewish immigrant parents in a teeming multicultural neighborhood.
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FRIDAY FILM SERIES

Movie Bridge of Spies (2015) directed by Steven Spielberg

December 09, 2016
7:00 pm

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.more info

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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.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

August 31, 2016
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

Make & Take Crafts

September 01, 2016

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.

  • September: Banned Book Week Bookmarks
  • December: Book Print Mugs

Therapeutic Craft Day

September 09, 2016
10:30 am

Enjoy crafts? Stop by the library for a therapeutic craft to do at your own pace. Materials are provided.

Silent Dinner

sign language.

September 20, 2016
5:15 pm

Join the Louisa County Library for a silent dinner. That’s 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 most welcome.

WINE GLASS DECORATING

glasses.

September 24, 2016
1:00 pm

Come decorate your own wine glasses to take home. All materials will be provided.
Registration is required. Call the library or email tduck@jmrl.org to register. Space is limited.

Quinn’s Auction Presents: What’s in Your Attic?

clutter

September 26, 2016
12:00 pm

September 26, October 24, November 28
Quinn’s Auction Presents: What’s in your attic?
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. Feel free to bring a
treasured item that you would like to learn more about for the auction
staff to review.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book cover HOW TO BE A GOOD WIFE by Emma Chapman

September 27, 2016
7:00 pm

When she starts having visions that make her question everything she knows, Marta, who has always done everything she can to be a good wife--as advised by a manual given to her by her husband's mother on their wedding day--must confront her past to regain her sanity. Check the Catalog arrow

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

pumpkins.

October 01, 2016

Fun for everyone! Decorate a pumpkin as your favorite literary character.
Rules: Please decorate the pumpkin and DO NOT carve. Turn in pumpkins by October 22 to enter the contest. Voting begins Monday the 24th for various age brackets. Good luck!

Scan Your Stuff & History Hackathon

October 17, 2016
5:30 pm

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. Ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book cover STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

October 25, 2016
7:00 pm

The sudden death of a Hollywood actor during a production of "King Lear" marks the beginning of the world's dissolution in a story told at various past and future times from the perspectives of the actor and four of his associates. Check the Catalog arrow

It's Election Time!

November 01, 2016

November 1-8
Stop by the library to cast your vote for your favorite books and characters. All ages.

Come Write In: A NaNoWriMo Workspace

November 01, 2016
3:00 pm

November 1 and 15 between 3-7pm
Use our quiet space to write that novel, picture book, or poem that you always wanted to write. Coffee and writing resources provided. All ages.

Read Local: Panel and Author Fair

November 05, 2016
1:00 pm

Be inspired! Hannah Barnaby, author of Wondershow, along with other local authors will share their writing stories. Read, discuss, and connect with other writers and readers in our community. Local authors can sign-up and share their books with others. Please call or email Tiffany Duck at tduck@jmrl.org or 540-894-5853. Local author registration is required.

Tuesday Evening Discussion Group

book cover ARCADIA by Iain Pears

November 29, 2016
7:00 pm

Traces the fantastical intersections between a 1960s Oxford professor who dabbles in espionage, a psychomathematician from a dystopian future world, and a scholar's apprentice in a pastoral land. Check the Catalog arrow


History Forum: World War II

December 03, 2016
1:00 pm

Calling all history buffs! Enjoy this historical discussion about World War II and help us commemorate the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. There will be speakers, displays, food, and more.

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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.

MAKE & TAKE ACTIVITIES

Enjoy fun activities but short on time? Stop by the activity table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided. For all ages.

  • July: Create a Button for Your Favorite Book
  • August: Library Scavenger Hunt

Make & Take Activities

September 01, 2016

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

  • September: Create a Character Folder
  • October: Pumpkin Zentangle
  • November: Vote for your Favorite Genre
  • December: Creative Coloring

Family Movie Matinee

MovieNATIONAL TREASURE (2004) directed by Jon Turteltaub

September 10, 2016
10:30 am

A historian races to find the legendary Templar Treasure before a team of mercenaries. more info

Art With Pat

hand drawing.

September 12, 2016
5:00 pm

September 12 & 26. October 3 & 24, November 14 & 18
Pat Saunders will be teaching a series of art lessons using oil pastels, watercolor pencils, pencils, and chalk pastels this fall. This series of lessons is for adults and young adults. Come learn a new art technique.

Movies Made From Books

September 17, 2016


Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTAIL GAIT by Rita Mae Brown

September 26, 2016
12:00 pm

When a popular University of Virginia history professor is found murdered, Harry and her furry entourage disregard the confession of a homeless alum and look for clues in the victim's research about Virginia's revolutionary past.
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Family Movie Matinee

MovieHOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (2015 - PG) directed by Genndy Tartakovsky

October 08, 2016
10:30 am

Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel.
more info

Book Tasting Table

October 11, 2016

Second Tuesdays: October 11, November 8, December 13
Each month you can sample some old and new books that may become a new favorite of yours. All ages welcome.

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverTEST OF WILLS by Charles Todd

October 24, 2016
12:00 pm

When a popular Warwickshire colonel is murdered and the prime suspect becomes a decorated war hero and close friend of the Prince of Wales, Scotland Yard Inspector Ian Rutledge, tormented by shell shock, must maneuver his way through the political minefield to uncover a killer. Check the Catalog arrow

Scan Your Stuff & History Hackathon

October 29, 2016
10:30 am

Make digital copies of your old photos, important documents, film slides, and film negatives at this scanning program. While waiting your turn to scan you have the opportunity to transcribe historical documents for the Library of Virginia. Ages 14+. Please bring your own USB memory device.

Family Movie Matinee

MovieANNIE
(1982 - PG) directed by John Huston

November 12, 2016
10:30 am

A young orphan girl's adventures in finding a family that will take her.
more info

Brown Bag Book Club

book coverBEING MORTAL: MEDICINE AND WHAT MATTERS IN THE END by Atul Gawande

November 28, 2016
12:00 pm

A prominent surgeon argues against modern medical practices that extend life at the expense of quality of life while isolating the dying, outlining suggestions for freer, more fulfilling approaches to death that enable more dignified and comfortable choices. Check the Catalog arrow

Family Movie Matinee

MovieA COAT OF MANY COLORS (2015- TV-G) directed by Stephen Herek

December 10, 2016
10:30 am

Based on the inspiring true story of living legend Dolly Parton's remarkable upbringing, this once-in-a-lifetime movie special takes us inside the tight-knit Parton family as they struggle to overcome devastating tragedy and discover the healing power of love, faith and a raggedy patchwork coat that helped make Dolly who she is today. more info

Brown Bag Book Club

December 19, 2016
12:00 pm

Cookie Exchange (takes place the third Monday due to the holidays).

Holiday Vacation Family Movie

MovieARTHUR CHRISTMAS
(2011 - PG) directed by Sarah Smith & Barry Cook

December 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Santa's clumsy son Arthur gets put on a mission with St. Nick's father to give out a present they misplaced to a young girl in less than 2 hours. more info

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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.

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. For more information contact Christine Oots at Christine_Oots@msn.com Program listings are below.

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.

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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

STITCHES

handcraft

September 06, 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. First and third Tuesdays at 1 pm.



Tech Tutors

technology

September 06, 2016
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. Registration is ongoing. Class size is limited.

  • September 6: iPhone and iPad Basics
  • October 4: Organizing Your Digital Life
  • November 1: Discovering New Apps
  • December 6: Photo Basics

DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS

family tree.

September 14, 2016
6:30 pm

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

  • September 14: Crossing the Pond Part 2: Websites to help take you home.Registration is required and begins on August 24.
  • November 9: Looking For Your Female Ancestors. Registration is required and begins on October 19.

What’s in Your Attic?

clutter

September 19, 2016
12:00 pm

September 19, October 17, November 21
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

book coverSULA by Toni Morrison

September 21, 2016
7:00 pm

The intense friendship shared by two Black women raised in a Ohio town changes when one of them leaves to roam the countryside and returns ten years later.
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GROWN-UP GAME NIGHT - Fall Session

September 26, 2016
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!

  • September 26: Compounded: This board game has players take on the role of chemists, racing against each other to build chemical compounds atom by atom before inevitable lab fires and explosions.
  • October 24: Evolution: Become a guiding force of nature as you assign traits to emerging species, in order to create the most successful species on the planet. Watch out for other players’ carnivores.
  • November 28: Betrayal at House on the Hill: Widow’s Walk. In this expansion to the popular horror game, players are exploring a haunted house. You must discover rooms and try to strengthen your position as best you can, because at some point, one of you will betray the others and unleash a supernatural horror.

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

book coverDEATH AT LA FENICE by Donna Leon

September 27, 2016
1:00 pm

During intermission at the famed La Fenice opera house in Venice, a notoriously difficult conductor is poisoned, and suspects abound. Brunetti, a native Venetian, sets out to unravel the mystery behind the high-profile murder. Check the Catalogbullet

Making and Printing 3D Objects

September 28, 2016

September 28 at 6:30-8:45pm
November 19 at 2:30-4:45pm
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.

AGING GRACEFULLY

September 28, 2016
6:30 pm

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

  • September 28: 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?
  • October 26: Independent and Continuing Care Retirement Communities
    These 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 be.
  • December 7: 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?

@ YOUR LIBRARY

October 05, 2016
6:30 pm

First Wednesdays at 6:30pm
A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs. Ages 14+.

  • October 5: Build a Website: Learn how to set up a free Wordpress website with help from library staff. You'll create an account and customize the theme and other page details. Required registration begins September 14.
  • November 2: Book Crafts: Up-cycle, re-create, and enjoy again! Join us for our first project. We’re re-purposing an old book into a memory box. Perfect for your treasures, or to give as a gift. Come prepared to craft! All materials provided. Required registration begins October 12.
  • December 7: Holiday Craft Extravaganza: Want to make some gifts for the holidays? We’ll have different stations with different craft choices. Make one or make them all. We’ll even have some holiday refreshments for you to enjoy. Required registration begins November 16.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverALL THE KING'S MEN by Robert Penn Warren

October 19, 2016
7:00 pm

Willie Stark's obsession with political power leads to the ultimate corruption of his gubernatorial administration. Check the Catalog arrow

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERPRINCES AT WAR by Deborah Cadbury

October 21, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Rick Potter, Assistant Professor of History, Mary Baldwin College.
British author Cadbury explores the many layers involved in the abdication crisis of 1936, which ceded the British crown to the seemingly least prepared of the four sons of George V, George VI, aka Bertie, who revealed himself in the subsequent crisis of war to be the most suitable and stalwart of all.Check the Catalogbullet

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

BOOK COVERA COFFIN FOR DIMITRIOS by Eric Ambler

October 25, 2016
1:00 pm

While vacationing in Istanbul, English novelist Charles Latimer decides to investigate the intriguing past of one of Europe's most sinister criminals, the notorious Dimitrios, a search that will lead him into a shadowy web of espionage, drugs, intrigue, and assassination. Check the Catalogbullet

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverBETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME by Ta-Nehisi Coates

November 16, 2016
7:00 pm

The author presents a history of racial discrimination in the United States and a narrative of his own personal experiences of contemporary race relations, offering possible resolutions for the future. Check the Catalog arrow

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

book coverNOTHING TO ENVY by Barbara Demick

November 18, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Ron Dimberg, Emeritus, Department of History, UVa.
An analysis of North Korea throughout the past 15 years as reflected by the lives of six everyday citizens traces their struggles for survival under totalitarian governance, including coverage of the death of Kim Il Sung, the rise of Kim Jong Il and the famine that has killed countless people.Check the Catalogbullet

MYSTERY BOOK GROUP

BOOK COVERTHE LIGHTHOUSE by P.D. James

November 22, 2016
1:00 pm

Commander Adam Dalgliesh and his team are called on to solve a sensitive high profile case on Combe Island off the Cornish coast of England at a time when Dalgliesh is dealing with his uncertain future with Emma Lavenham.Check the Catalogbullet

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

November 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..

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERVALIANT AMBITION by Nathaniel Philbrick

December 16, 2016
12:00 pm

Reviewed by Matthew Costello, Assistant Professor & Assistant Editor, Washington Papers, UVa.
Presents an account of the complicated middle years of the American Revolution that shares insights into the tragic relationship between George Washington and Benedict Arnold.Check the Catalogbullet

BOOKS SANDWICHED IN

BOOK COVERTHE INNOVATORS by Walter Isaacson

January 20, 2017
12:00 pm

Reviewed by: Tony Townsend, Information Security Analyst, UVa
A revelatory history of the people who created the computer and the Internet discusses the process through which innovation happens in the modern world, citing the pivotal contributions of such figures as Ada Lovelace, Alan Turing, Bill Gates, and Tim Berners-Lee.Check the Catalogbullet

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HANDCRAFT GROUP

handcraft

September 08, 2016
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.



QUILTING AND NEEDLECRAFT GROUP

quilting.

September 12, 2016
1:00 pm

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

Saturday Family Matinee

MovieTHE JUNGLE BOOK (2016)

September 17, 2016
2:00 pm

After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther, Bagheera, and free spirited bear, Baloo.more info

Saturday Family Matinee

MovieTHE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE (2016)

December 17, 2016
2:00 pm

Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it's up to three unlikely outcasts - Red, Chuck and Bomb - to figure out what the pigs are up to.
more info