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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

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.

  • October: Magnets
  • November: Origami
  • December: Cards

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.

REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

book coverAPPALACHIAN HEART by Lynn Coffey

November 01, 2014
2:30 pm

Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
LYNN COFFEY discusses her work recording the experiences of the mountain people of Love, Virginia and her latest book Appalachian Heart.
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First Fridays Art Exhibition

picture of cars.ON THE ROAD by Tom Tartaglino

November 07, 2014
5:00 pm

Central Library will host a First Fridays: “On the Road” art opening reception with an exhibition by local artist Tom Tartaglino The main and 3rd floors of the library will be open; light refreshments. The exhibit will be on display until 1/2/15. More information about the artist. .

Recycled Book Crafts - Decorative Wreaths

November 12, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Learn how to make a decorative wreath from recycled books. All supplies provided.

Cartooning in the Digital Age...with UNSHELVED Cartoonist Bill Barnes

Cartoonist, Bill Barnes

November 13, 2014
6:00 pm

Making comic strips...thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to put your work in front of potential readers. Veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here) will show you how to make comic strips, publish them on the web, and maybe make some money too!

1st hour - The Basics of Cartooning: Covers the steps in creating a comic strip - creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, penciling, inking, and coloring.
2nd hour - Technology and Business of Cartooning: Bill describes how he uses computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and describes how he makes money doing it.

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverLITTLE GREEN by Walter Mosley

November 18, 2014
7:00 pm

Surviving a near-fatal car wreck and cruising the streets of the Sunset Strip during the heyday of the late 1960s, Easy Rawlins investigates the disappearance of a young African-American, a case that is complicated by Rawlins's changing perspectives. By the O. Henry Award-winning author of the Socrates Fortlow series.
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CREATIVE WRITING

November 19, 2014
6:00 pm

Come explore a world of creative writing with activities and prompts to get your creative juices flowing. Registration required. Please email ht@jmrl.org or call 434-979-7151 x4

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover. THE GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

November 20, 2014
12:00 pm

Fleeing his violent master at the side of abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-nineteenth-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. Check the Catalog arrow

JMRL Board Meeting

November 24, 2014
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.

Recycled Book Crafts - Card-Making

December 03, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Make a variety of easy holiday cards using recycled book pages.

REGIONAL AUTHOR SERIES

book coverTHE GIFT OF PETS by Bruce Coston

December 07, 2014
2:30 pm

Enjoy light refreshments as authors discuss their works. Books will be available for purchase. No registration required.
A veterinarian shares new stories from his Virginia country practice, recounting his interactions with such colorful patients as a remarkably friendly parrot, a lovable Bull Mastiff, and a rock-eating beagle shepherd mix.
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HOLIDAY CRAFT OPEN HOUSE

December 14, 2014
2:00 pm

Stop by anytime from 2-4 pm to make a variety of holiday crafts including ornaments, greeting cards, and more. No registration required, and open to ages 14+.

Brown Baggers Book Group

No December selection -- meet to pick titles for 2015.

December 18, 2014
12:00 pm

Brown Baggers Book Group

book cover. THE GOLDFINCH by Diana Tartt

January 15, 2015
12:00 pm

A young boy in New York City, Theo Decker, miraculously survives an accident that takes the life of his mother. Alone and abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by a friend's family and struggles to make sense of his new life. In the years that follow, he becomes entranced by one of the few things that reminds him of his mother: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the art underworld. Check the Catalog arrow

Black Authors Reading Group

book coverCONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela

January 20, 2015
7:00 pm

Draws on the author's personal archive of never-before-seen papers to offer unique access to the private world of the incomparable world leader, who worked from prison to end apartheid in South Africa.
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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.

Want to see what has already been read? Try Searching the calendar. Program listings are below.

Monday Evening Book Group

book coverTHE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins

November 03, 2014
7:00 pm

The mysterious appearance of a woman dressed in white leads to the discovery of a complicated plot involving a stolen inheritance and an escape from a mental institution. Check the Catalog arrow

In partnership with PVCC

Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

November 10, 2014
7:00 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.

STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP FOR AGES 8 TO 108

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November 25, 2014
4:30 pm

Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesday of the month:
September 30, October 28, November 25, December 30.

Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all! Bring any project you’re working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Monday Evening Book Group

book coverI KNOW WHY THE CAGED BIRD SINGS by Maya Angelou

December 01, 2014
7:00 pm

A phenomenal #1 bestseller that has appeared on the New York Times bestseller list for nearly three years, this memoir traces Maya Angelou's childhood in a small, rural community during the 1930s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity and courage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, but always affecting picture of the people—and the times—that touched her life. Check the Catalog arrow

IF I HAD A HAMMER - METAL STAMPING Craft Program

metal disc.

December 10, 2014
7:00 pm

Create personalized art with metal stamps. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Call to register starting Monday, November 24. Ages 17+.


Monday Evening Book Group

book coverHIS EXCELLENCY, GEORGE WASHINGTON by Joseph J.Ellis

January 05, 2015
7:00 pm

Draws on the Washington papers from archives at the University of Virginia to chronicle George Washington's military career and presidential years, discussing his struggle to keep an emerging America united and other accomplishments. Check the Catalog arrow

DEMYSTIFYING DOWNLOADABLES - iPADS AND KINDLES AND NOOKS, OH MY!

January 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Second session: Saturday, February 7, 2pm

Learn how to download free audiobooks, eBooks and magazines for your electronic devices through the library. Call to register for one of these two sessions, starting Monday, December 29.

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.

Book Buffet

November 03, 2014

No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers take a seat at the Gordon Avenue Library Book Tasting. We will have menus of books to devour. Comment cards will allow "diners" to share their opinions. Doggy bags available to take home leftovers.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverDAISY MILLER by Henry James

November 07, 2014
10:00 am

Daisy Miller is a novella by Henry James that first appeared in Cornhill Magazine in June–July 1878, and in book form the following year. This meeting will be held at the Central Library, Madison Room. Check the Catalog arrow

FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY BOOK SALE

November 08, 2014
10:00 am

Come to the Friends book sale and stock up on wonderful books for all ages.
November 8-16.


Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverTURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James

November 12, 2014
7:30 pm

An anonymous narrator recalls a Christmas Eve gathering at an old house, where guests listen to one another’s ghost stories. A guest named Douglas introduces a story that involves two children—Flora and Miles—and his sister’s governess, with whom he was in love. Check the Catalog arrow

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverCANDIDE by Voltaire

November 21, 2014
10:00 am

A classic, satiric novel, by the noted 18th century French author and philosopher chronicles the misadventures of the naïve Candide, who continues to manifest her belief that "all is for the best" despite the injustice, despair, and suffering she encounters in life. Check the Catalog arrow

Reading Poetry

LIVE POETS SOCIETY

December 03, 2014
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.

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverLETTERS FROM THE EARTH by Mark Twain

December 05, 2014
10:00 am

Letters from the Earth is one of Mark Twain's posthumously published works. The essays were written during a difficult time in Twain's life; he was deep in debt and had lost his wife and one of his daughters. The book consists of a series of short stories, many of which deal with God and Christianity. Check the Catalog arrow

GIFTS FROM THE KITCHEN

December 06, 2014
2:00 pm

Registration Required
Make a gift of a soup, cookie, or tea mix in mason jars. All supplies provided. Space is limited. Call 434.296.5544 to register starting November 15.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book coverALL THE BIRDS, SINGING by Evie Wyld

December 10, 2014
7:30 pm

Living in voluntary isolation with only a disobedient collie and a flock of sheep for companions, a woman on a storm-battered British island struggles with memories about her haunted past and endures fear of an unknown assailant that has been targeting her sheep. Check the Catalog arrow

Literary Masterpiece Book Group

book coverKIM by Rudyard Kipling

December 19, 2014
10:00 am

Kim, an Irish orphan, journeys throughout India and accompanies a holy man on his quest for a mystic river. Check the Catalog arrow

DOWNLOADING WORKSHOP

January 10, 2015
2:00 pm

Registration Required
Learn how to get free audiobooks and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library. Call 434.296.5544 to register starting December 20.

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. Some films have a discussion and speaker afterwards, but all films nights include free coffee and dessert! Come on out - join your friends and neighbors for great thought provoking films on the BIG SCREEN. 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.

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverTHE MARTIAN CHRONICLES by Ray Bradbury

November 06, 2014
7:00 pm

The tranquility of Mars is disrupted by humans who want to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed Earth. Check the Catalog arrow

Rhythm and Resilience Drum Circle, with Robert Jospe

ANNUAL MEETING OF THE FRIENDS OF GREENE COUNTY LIBRARY

November 13, 2014
7:00 pm

This is the program for the annual meeting of the Friends of Greene County Library. There will be a very short business meeting before the program. Refreshments provided. Members and the public are invited.

Friday Film Series

MovieSTAND UP GUYS directed by Fisher Stevens (2012)

November 14, 2014
7:00 pm

A pair of aging stickup men try to get the old gang back together for one last hurrah before one of the guys takes his last assignment - to kill his comrade.more info

Thursday Night Book Discussion Group

book coverLONGBOURN by Jo Baker

December 04, 2014
7:00 pm

A reimagining of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from the perspectives of its below-stairs servants captures the drama of the Bennet household from the sideline viewpoint of Sarah, an orphaned housemaid. Check the Catalog arrow

Friday Film Series

MovieIDA directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (2013)

December 12, 2014
7:00 pm

Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the Nazi occupation.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.

FAMILY FILM NIGHT

Meets monthly (Sept - May) on the 3rd Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30pm. Because of licensing restrictions, sometimes the title cannot be listed. Program listings are below.

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.

In partnership with PVCC

Getting Started at Piedmont Virginia Community College

November 04, 2014
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.

Are You a DIY Person?

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

November 05, 2014
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

CRASH COURSE ON DOWNLOADING

November 13, 2014
2:00 pm

Learn how to get free audiobooks and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library.

FALL FAMILY MOVIES

November 18, 2014
6:30 pm

No registration required.
Bring a blanket and pillows, or even your dinner, and join us for family friendly movies.
Popcorn and drinks provided! No registration required. For all ages. Call 540.894.5853 for titles.

Tuesday Evening Book Discussion Group

book cover.GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn

November 25, 2014
7:00 pm

When a beautiful woman goes missing on her fifth wedding anniversary, her diary reveals hidden turmoil in her marriage and a mysterious illness; while her husband, desperate to clear himself of suspicion, realizes that something more disturbing than murder may have occurred. By the best-selling author of Dark Places. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:

WHITE ELEPHANT SWAP

January 02, 2015
2:00 pm

Bring a wrapped gift to exchange for an afternoon of fun and games for adults. Refreshments will be provided.

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.

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

book coverZEALOT: LIFE & TIMES OF JESUS OF NAZARETH by Reza Aslan

November 24, 2014
12:00 pm

Presents a meticulously researched biography of Jesus that draws on biblical and historical sources to place his achievements and influence against the turbulent backdrop of his time. Check the Catalog arrow

BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

"FREE READ"

December 15, 2014
12:00 pm

Annual Cookie Exchange(bring 4 doz. or more, take 4 doz. or more!!!!)
For more information, call 434.263.5904.

Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

@ 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

Learn how to use computers and navigate the Internet. Library staff will give FREE tutorials. 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.

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

YOGA MONDAYS

November 03, 2014
1:30 pm

Registration Required
Kris Onuf, a certified yoga instructor, offers free yoga instruction on Mondays, 1:30-3:00 pm. No experience necessary. Wear loose, comfortable clothing, and don’t eat a heavy meal before class. You can bring your own mat, but that’s not required. Sign up at the Information Desk or call 434.973.7893 for more information. Classes begin October 27.

Tech Tutors

technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

November 04, 2014
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.
Topic for November: Creating Photo Gifts
Discover apps that allow you to create photo projects on your iPhone and iPad. Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (973.7893).

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Arm Knitting

November 05, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration Required
Come try your hand...err, um...arm at arm knitting and create a beautiful scarf to take home! All supplies will be provided. No previous knowledge of knitting necessary. Registration begins October 15. Class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

partnership with the International Rescue Committee

Citizenship Information Session

November 12, 2014
6:30 pm

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

MAKE A STAR

November 17, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration Required
Local artist Virginia Thompson will teach you to weave the elegant Moravian-style star. These make beautiful tree ornaments, window hangings, and table decorations. Supplies provided to create stars in your choice of several sizes, colors, and finishes, as well as materials for hanging. Registration begins October 27. This is a joint adult/teen program, and class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

Wednesday Evening Book Group

book cover.SAINT MAYBE by Anne Tyler

November 19, 2014
7:00 pm

Ian Bedloe's life is forever affected by an event that took place years before--the night, in 1967, when he told his older brother, Dan, that Dan's wife had been cheating on him and that the baby son Dan had come to love was not his own. Check the Catalog arrow

Future Readings:


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Holiday Treats

December 03, 2014
6:30 pm

Registration Required
Laurie Blakey, co-owner/operator of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe on West Main Street will teach you to create your own confectionary holiday treats. Registration begins November 12. Class size is limited. Call 434.973.7893 for more information.

OVERDRIVE TUTORIALS

December 27, 2014
2:00 pm

Learn how to get audio books and eBooks for your electronic devices from the library. Call the Information Desk - 434-973-7893 - to sign up for a half-hour tutorial.

  • Saturday, October 25, 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, December 27, 2-4 pm
  • Tuesday, December 30, 6-8 pm

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

computer

 

One-on-one tutorials can be provided on basic computer and word processing skills Tuesday evenings and Thursday afternoons. Participants must have a JMRL Library Card. Registration is required. Please call 434.286.3541 for more information.

Book Discussion Group

book club logoSCOTTSVILLE LIBRARY BOOK CLUB

 

November 18, 2014
1:00 pm

The group meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month (January - November)to discuss recent books of interest rather than reading specific titles.