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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

book cover.THINGS FALL APART by Chinua Achebe

September 18, 2014
12:00 pm

A classic novel about the confrontation of African tribal life with colonial rule tells the tragic story of a warrior whose manly, fearless exterior conceals bewilderment, fear, and anger at the breakdown of his society. Check the Catalog arrow


JMRL Board Meeting

September 22, 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.

Documentary Film Series

MovieMEGASTORM AFTERMATH (2013) (60 min.)

September 25, 2014
7:00 pm

In October 2012, Megastorm Sandy cut a path of devastation across the Caribbean and the East Coast, killing hundreds and doing tens of billions of dollars in damage. To many, it was a wake-up call. Now, one year after Sandy's deadly strike, NOVA follows up on the 2012 film "Inside the Megastorm" with a fresh investigation of the critical questions raised by this historic storm.

Guest speaker: Allison Farole, Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator with the Charlottesville-UVA-Albemarle Emergency Communications Center. Ms. Farole will provide information on emergency kit items and local emergency information resources.
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READING IS GRAND

book coverLET'S COOK!

October 04, 2014
11:00 am

Bring your grandchild to the library for a read-aloud, a craft and a chance to share a family recipe that you provide. Then come to PB&J to cook and eat chili and cornbread together. The recipes and art will be printed in a book and mailed to your home! Ingredients, cooking instructions and materials provided.

Registration is required by September 25. Space is limited. Please contact Tiffany Duck at 434-979-7151 ext. 305 or tduck@jmrl.org to register.

CREATIVE WRITING

October 15, 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. I AM MALALA by Malala Yousafzai

October 16, 2014
12:00 pm

Documents the educational pursuits of the Nobel Peace Prize nominee who became an international symbol of hope and inspiration when she challenged the traditions of her Pakistan community, offering insight into the influential role of her courageous father. Check the Catalog arrow


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Black Authors Reading Group

book coverDREAMS FROM MY FATHER by Barack Obama

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm

The son of an African father and white American mother discusses his childhood in Hawaii, his struggle to find his identity as an African American, and his life accomplishments.
Check the catalogbullet

Future Readings:

  • November 18: LITTLE GREEN by Walter Mosley
  • December: No Meeting
  • January 20: CONVERSATIONS WITH MYSELF by Nelson Mandela
  • Documentary Film Series

    MovieKOCH (2014) (90 min.)

    October 23, 2014
    7:00 pm

    This event is a collaboration with P.O.V., PBS’ award-winning nonfiction film series.
    New York City mayors have a world stage on which to strut, and they have made legendary use of it. Yet few have matched the bravado, combativeness and egocentricity that Ed Koch brought to the office during his three terms from 1978 to 1989. As Neil Barsky's Koch recounts, Koch was more than the blunt, funny man New Yorkers either loved or hated. Elected in the 1970s during the city's fiscal crisis, he was a new Democrat for the dawning Reagan era—fiscally conservative and socially liberal. Koch finds the former mayor politically active to the end (he died in 2013)—still winning the affection of many New Yorkers while driving others to distraction.
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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.

    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.

    STITCHES: A HANDCRAFT GROUP FOR AGES 8 TO 108

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    September 30, 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 coverMOUNTAINS BEYOND MOUNTAINS by Tracy Kidder

    October 06, 2014
    7:00 pm

    Traces the efforts of Harvard-educated Dr. Paul Farmer to transform healthcare on a global scale, documenting his visits to some of the world's most impoverished regions and the unconventional methods that enabled him to improve and save lives. Check the Catalog arrow

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    Crozet Soiree

    soireeJOEL KOVARSKY, The True Geography of Our Country: Jefferson’s Cartographic Vision

    October 09, 2014
    7:00 pm

    Cartographic Vision, Dr. Kovarsky charts the importance of geography and maps as foundational for Jefferson’s lifelong pursuits. Although the world had already seen the Age of Exploration and the great sea voyages of Captain James Cook, Jefferson lived in a time when geography was of primary importance, prefiguring the rapid specializations of the mid- to late-nineteenth-century world. In his illustrated exploration of Jefferson’s passion for geography, Kovarsky reveals how geographical knowledge was essential to the manifold interests of the Sage of Monticello. For adults, ages 16 and over.

    Future Programs:

    • November 13: Col. Edwin Dooley,Claudius Crozet:Educator and
      Engineer
    • January 14: Terra Voce, Cello and Flute Duo
    • February 5: Jim Northup, Superintendent, Shenandoah National Park
    • March 18 & 19: Join us for two Festival of the Book Events.

    IF I HAD A HAMMER - METAL STAMPING Craft Program

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    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+.


    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.

    Literary Masterpiece Book Group

    book coverTHE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK by Doris Lessing

    September 19, 2014
    10:00 am

    Anna is a writer, author of one very successful novel, who now keeps four notebooks. In one, with a black cover, she reviews the African experience of her earlier year. In a red one she records her political life, her disillusionment with communism. In a yellow one she writes a novel in which the heroine reviles part of her own experience. And in the blue one she keeps a personal diary. Finally, in love with an American writer and threatened with insanity, Anna tries to bring the threads of all four books together in a golden notebook. Check the Catalog arrow

    Film Adaptations of a Book

    pagescreenPAGE TO SCREEN MOVIE NIGHT

    September 24, 2014
    7:00 pm

    A monthly film series which presents a screening of a popular film adaptation of a book, along with light refreshments. Call or visit the Library for details, or to be added to the film email list.
    Meets monthly on Wednesdays but no meeting in November and December.

    Reading Poetry

    LIVE POETS SOCIETY

    October 01, 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.

    For DIY People

    handcraftHANDCRAFT GROUP

    October 02, 2014
    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 cover THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER & QUEEN OF SPADES by Aleksandr Pushkin

    October 03, 2014
    10:00 am

    THE CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER: Pushkin's version of the historical novel in the style of Walter Scott, this final prose work also reflects his fascination with and research into Russian history of the 18th century. During the reign of Catherine the Great, the young Grinev sets out for his new career in the army and en route performs an act of kindness by giving his warm coat to a man freezing in a blizzard. Check the Catalog arrow

    Wednesday Evening Book Group

    book coverTHE OCEAN AT THE END OF THE LANE by Neil Gaiman

    October 08, 2014
    7:30 pm

    Presents a modern fantasy about fear, love, magic, and sacrifice in the story of a family at the mercy of dark forces, whose only defense is the three women who live on a farm at the end of the lane. Check the Catalog arrow

    Literary Masterpiece Book Group

    book coverTRAVELS WITH MY AUNT by Graham Greene

    October 17, 2014
    10:00 am

    The story of Hanry Pulling, a retired and complacent bank manager who meets his septuagenarian Aunt Augusta for the first time at what he supposes to be his mother's funeral. She soon persuades Henry to abandon his dull suburban existence to travel her way—winding through Brighton, Paris, Istanbul, and Paraguay. Check the Catalog arrow
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    Metal Stamping

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    October 18, 2014
    2:00 pm

    Metal stamping - create personalized art with metal stamps.
    Registration begins September 27. Call 434-296-5544 for more information.

    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

    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 GOOD LORD BIRD by James McBride

    October 02, 2014
    7:00 pm

    Fleeing her violent master at the side of legendary abolitionist John Brown at the height of the slavery debate in mid-19th-century Kansas Territory, Henry pretends to be a girl to hide his identity throughout the historic raid on Harpers Ferry in 1859. By the best-selling author of The Color of Water. Check the Catalog arrow

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    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.

    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

    book cover.THE MERMAID CHAIR by Sue Monk Kidd

    September 23, 2014
    7:00 pm

    Jessie Sullivan is summoned home to tiny Egret Island, where she meets Brother Thomas, a monk who is about to take his final vows, and encounters the legend of a mysterious chair dedicated to a saint who had originally been a mermaid. Check the Catalog arrow

    Are You a DIY Person?

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

    September 24, 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

    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 coverTHE YEAR OF MAGICAL THINKING by Joan Didion

    September 22, 2014
    12:00 pm

    An autobiographical portrait of marriage and motherhood by the acclaimed author details her struggle to come to terms with life and death, illness, sanity, personal upheaval, and grief.
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    BROWN BAG BOOK CLUB

    book coverA DELICATE TRUTH by John LaCarre

    October 27, 2014
    12:00 pm

    Three years after the launch of a delicate counter-terrorist operation organized to capture a high-value jihadist arms buyer, a disgraced Special Forces soldier delivers a message that raises questions about the operation's success and a possible cover-up. Check the Catalog arrow

    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

    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.

    Books Sandwiched In

    EIGHTY DAYS: NELLIE BLY AND ELIZABETH BISLAND'S HISTORY-MAKING RACE AROUND THE WORLD by Matthew Goodman

    September 19, 2014
    12:00 pm

    Armchair travelers will delight in this richly detailed account of the famous 1889 competition that sent two women journalists around the world attempting to beat Verne’s 80 days. Reviewed by Julie Arbelaez, owner, Peace Frogs Travel/Outfitters. Check the catalog arrow

    @ Your Library

    PAINTING WINE GLASSES

    October 01, 2014
    6:30 pm

    In celebration of harvest, come paint two wine glasses. All supplies provided. Class size is limited. Registration begins September 10.

    Tech Tutors

    technologyHANDS ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

    October 07, 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 October: Photoediting Basics
    Class size is limited. Register at the Information Desk or call the Library (973.7893).

    @ Your Library

    MEDITATION FOR STRESS REDUCTION

    October 08, 2014
    7:00 pm

    Join Gerry Gorman as he discusses the effect of meditation to reduce stress-related responses, improve concentration, and enhance clarity of thought. Meditation technique will also be presented. Registration begins September 17.

    Wednesday Evening Book Group

    book cover.THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald

    October 15, 2014
    7:00 pm

    A young man, newly rich, tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact that she has married. Check the Catalog arrow

    Books Sandwiched In

    book coverTHE BROTHERS: JOHN FOSTER DULLES, ALLEN DULLES AND THEIR SECRET WORLD WAR by Stephen Kinzer

    October 17, 2014
    12:00 pm

    A well-documented and shocking reappraisal of the legacy of two of the major players in 20th century American foreign policy. Reviewed by Earl C. Dudley Jr., Professor of Law Emeritus, UVa. Check the Catalog arrow

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    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

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    Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

    CONNECTING @ YOUR LIBRARY

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    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

     

    October 21, 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.