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Winter Reading Program for Children Birth - Age 5

JMRL offers a winter reading program from February 2 to March 2 for children birth to age 5. Read to your child every day and participate with an early literacy activity sheet that you can pick up at any JMRL branch library during the month. When completed, return the activity sheet to the library for a free book.



Art Contest: Part of the BIG READ - March 1-26

art logo. Create a piece of art that illustrates how you experience isolation, loneliness, or alienation from others, themes that appear in Carson McCullers’ The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. Pick up entry forms and guidelines at any branch or on the Big Read website. Co-sponsored by Charlottesville Pride Community Network. Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the finale on April 3 at the Haven.



Find and Sign: A BIG READ Scavenger Hunt - March 1-31

sign language. Search the library for signs. Not street signs or store signs but ASL sign language signs. We are highlighting deaf culture and communication as part of our BIG READ Month. Find all the signs, try them with a librarian (if you like) and then earn a prize!



Poem in Your Pocket Day - For all ages

poem in pocket logo. Stop by your local library branch on April 21st and pick out a gift-wrapped poem to carry in your pocket. Unwrap it and read it to yourself, share with someone close, or just tuck it in your pocket for a rainy day.



Central Library: 434.979.7151 ext 3 | Email Central Children's Staff

The Library's storytimes are designed for families. Please call to schedule a personalized storytime for your group.

Mother Goose Time -Winter Session: January 14 – March 10

Thursdays 9:30 am

Designed for babies ages 6-24 months with a caregiver.
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one’s language development followed by time to play and socialize.

Tales for Twos - Winter Session: January 14 – March 10

Thursdays 10:30 am

For children who are already 2 with a favorite adult
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage your 2 year old's emerging literacy skills.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Winter Session: January 13 – March 9

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 to 5 with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required. Winter registration begins December 28. Space is limited Play with your preschooler in this lively class of music, stories, drama, move, art play and more!

Romp & Stomp Mondays - Winter Session: January 11 – March 7

Mondays 10:30 am

For 2 - 5 year olds with a a favorite caregiver
Registration is required. Winter registration begins December 28. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session.
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, play, stories, drama, movement, art, and more.

Romp & Stomp Mondays - Spring Session: March 21 - April 25

Mondays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver caregiver
Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 29. Please only register for either the Monday or the Wednesday
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art, play and more.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 23 - April 27

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver
Registration is required. Spring registration begins February 29. Please only register for either the Monday Session or the Wednesday Session
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art, play, and more.

Mother Goose Time - Spring Session: March 24 - April 28

Thursdays 9:30 am

Designed for babies ages 6 to 24 months with a caregiver
10-15 minutes of simple stories, rhymes, and songs chosen to enhance your wee one's language development followed by time to play and socialize.

Tales for Twos - Spring Session: March 24 - April 28

Thursdays 10:30 am

For children who are already 2 years old with a favorite adult
A fun-filled, participatory half-hour of stories, songs, and rhymes that encourage your 2 year old's emerging literacy skills.

Wrapped Up in Books

February 11, 2016

The Central Children's staff has wrapped up some favorite books with only the first line showing. Intrigued? Check one out, unwrap it, and find out if the book lives up to its opening line.

Lego Mania

February 11, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please
Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and a natural engineering ability. Central Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Drum Call and Friends - Celebrating Black History Month

February 21, 2016
2:00 pm

For all ages
Move and groove to a West African Beat with Whit Whitten and his drum and dance group, Drum Call.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

February 23, 2016
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Registration is required and is ongoing
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month.Join in the fun book-related crafts, activities and snacks. Free books will be provided.

Mini Makers

February 24, 2016
3:00 pm

For all ages with adult help.
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something to take home.

  • January 27: Snow Animals
  • February 24: Sparkly Dough
  • March 23: DIY Musical Instruments - part of THE BIG READ
  • April 27: Spring Fairies
  • May 25: Tissue Paper Flowers
  • Wacky Wednesday

    March 02, 2016

    For all ages.
    Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by spotting some wacky changes in the children’s room and winning a wacky prize!

    SPCA Paws to Read

    March 03, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For any young reader.
    Who has four paws and loves to listen to stories? A dog from Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s “Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team,” that’s who. Drop in to improve your reading/listening skills and make a new four-footed friend at the same time.

    Chess Saturday - part of THE BIG READ

    March 05, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Grades 3-7
    If you’re a chess player or want to learn, stop by the Central Library for some instruction and simultaneous play hosted by the Playing ACES Chess Club. Popcorn will be served, and prizes will be awarded to all participants. Space is limited. Registration required and begins February 20.

    Make It @ the Library

    March 09, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Ages 10 to 15.
    Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on a theme. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project. Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4.

    • February: Franken-Art - take it apart and use the parts to create something new.
    • March: Tech Petting Zoo - try out JMRL's teen tech toys

    Tree Branch Art part of THE BIG READ

    March 15, 2016

    Drop in and branch out by decorating a huge tree branch. Classical music will be your muse.

    Perfectly Pretty Petal Painting part of THE BIG READ

    March 16, 2016
    10:00 am

    For artists of all ages.
    Spring can't come a moment too soon. Enjoy a preview of coming attractions by creating a colorful painting using flower petals as your paintbrush. Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” will provide inspiration.

    part of THE BIG READ

    March 19, 2016
    10:00 am

    All ages.
    Please note location: Charlottesville High School
    Join JMRL to make a heart-shaped craft at the Charlottesville City Schools' Saturday Celebration. Part of the March Art Connections program, student work will be on display along with crafts and demos for all ages.

    Instrument Petting Zoo part of THE BIG READ

    March 22, 2016
    4:00 pm

    March 22: Charlottesville Albemarle Saxophone Ensemble (CHASE)
    March 29: Brass Quintet

    Have you ever tried petting a saxophone or a trombone or a trumpet? You can do just that after a mini concert by ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band.

    Donuts With Dad

    March 26, 2016
    10:30 am

    For dads, grandads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-5
    A delicious storytime designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplin’s. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun.

    Book Buffet

    April 05, 2016
    9:00 am

    Try it - you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about food and families. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.

    Sticky Table Art

    April 06, 2016

    Join in April foolishness and help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table.

    Pictures in Motion

    April 08, 2016
    10:00 am

    10am: children aged 2 - 5 with one adult per family
    11am: children aged 5 - 8 with one adult per family

    Put a little bounce in your spring break. Join the Kluge-Ruhe Staff to learn about joeys - baby kangaroos. Learn how they explore the big world under the watchful eye of their mothers. We will all make a flipbook showing joeys in action. Space is limited. Registration is required and begins March 25.

    Poetry on the Steps

    April 21, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day with an open mic poetry reading. Meet us under the spreading oaks on the library steps to read a few of your favorite poems, or just come to listen. Original poems and old favorites are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Rain site: Children’s Room.

    Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do!

    May 02, 2016

    For all ages
    Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize!

    Romp & Stomp Art Day

    May 04, 2016
    10:30 am

    For ages 2-5 with a caregiver
    You can never have too much romping. Drop in for a romp craft extravaganza and get artsy with your preschooler. Breeze in for a few minutes to explore just one or two projects, or stay and try them all.

    Who Done It?

    May 06, 2016
    6:00 pm

    Best for ages 5 and up.
    Was it Miss Scarlet in the dining room with the candlestick? Colonel Mustard in the study with the lead pipe? Help solve the mystery in an after-hours life-size Clue game using all the rooms in the library! Planned and run by the Central Teen Advisory Board.

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016

    For all ages
    Once again, the library is partnering with Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last. For all ages.

    Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

    Tales for Twos - Winter Session: Jan 7 - Feb 25

    Thursdays 9:30 am

    For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
    A fun half hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. Winter registration, which is limited, begins at 1pm on December 14.

    Alphabet Soup - Winter Session: Jan 7 - Feb 25

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    3 - 5-year-olds
    Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings.
    Winter registration, which is limited, begins at 1pm on December 14.

    Wee Ones - Winter Session: Jan 6 - Feb 24

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    Ages 12-23 months. Birthdate must fall between 1/7/14 and 1/6/15.
    A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please - this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver.
    Winter registration, which is limited, begins Dec. 16 at 9am.

    Wee Ones - Spring Session: Mar 2 - Apr 27

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    For 12 to 23 month-olds. Birthdate must fall between 3/10/14 and 3/9/15.
    A special time for babies and caregivers to read, sing, move, and play! No siblings, please - this is a special one-on-one time. Each baby will need the full attention of his or her caregiver.
    Spring registration which is limited, begins Feb. 11 at 9am.

    Tales for Twos - Spring Session: Mar 3 - Apr 28

    Thursdays 9:30 am

    For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
    A fun half hour that promotes verbal, motor and social skills through the use of stories, songs, rhymes, and more. For 2 year olds and young 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
    Spring registration, which is limited, begins at 1pm on February 8.

    Alphabet Soup - Spring Session: Mar 3 - Apr 28

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    3 - 5-year-olds
    Designed to help grow our next generation of readers, Alphabet Soup is a fun half-hour of stories, songs, dancing and more. This group is for older 3, 4 and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings.
    Spring registration, which is limited, begins at 1pm on February 8.

    It's Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants and Toddlers

    February 19, 2016
    10:30 am

    Ages 6-35 months.
    Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Registration is requested and begins on January 29. Drop-ins always welcome.

    Stitches Handcraft Group

    February 23, 2016
    4:30 pm

    Ages 8+
    Bring any handwork project you’re working on or are interested in learning, and join this group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    More Fascinating than Fiction

    February 24, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Ages 5-9.
    Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and yes, sometimes more fascinating than fiction, it’s NON-FICTION! Come into the library and listen in as we highlight some incredible stories from history and today, enjoy an afternoon snack and chat about books you’ve been reading. Registration is requested and begins February 8. Drop-ins always welcome!

    Picture Book Film Fest

    February 26, 2016
    10:30 am

    For ages 2-6.
    Friday, February 26
    Saturday, February 27

    Bring a blanket and pillows if you’d like and cozy up to watch a few of your favorite stories on the big screen.
    Registration is requested and begins February 1. Drop-ins always welcome!

    Paws to Read

    March 07, 2016
    1:00 pm

    For any young reader
    Jan. 19 & April 4 between 1-2 pm
    Feb. 8 & Mar. 7 between 4-5 pm
    Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy, a therapy dog. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA who volunteers with her owner/handler, Ellen, as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. Registration is required. Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

    Sew Fun

    March 08, 2016
    4:30 pm

    Ages 9–14.
    Abracadabra – turn a couple handmade pompoms into an adorable rabbit. No prior sewing experience necessary.
    Registration is required and begins February 16.

    Page Turners, A Book Group for Kids, Read: El Deafo

    March 19, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 8-11
    “Going to school and making new friends can be tough. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? That requires superpowers!” Stop by the library to get your free copy of El Deafo by Cece Bell. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. part of THE BIG READ
    Registration is required and begins February 22.

    Gathering for Games

    April 07, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 5-14.
    School’s Out! Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games – YOU bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share.
    Registration is requested and begins March 21. Drop-ins always welcome!

    Charlottesville Ballet Presents Snow White Storytime

    April 14, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For ages 5+.
    Find yourself transported into an enchanting storybook world with the fairest of them all...the beautiful Snow White! Join Charlottesville Ballet for a "Snow White Storytime" as a professional ballerina reads the classic fairytale and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive story-time experience!
    Registration is requested and begins March 28. Drop-ins always welcome!

    Charlottesville Ballet Presents Snow White Storytime

    April 15, 2016
    11:00 am

    For ages 2+
    Find yourself transported into an enchanting storybook world with the fairest of them all...the beautiful Snow White! Join Charlottesville Ballet for a "Snow White Storytime" as a professional ballerina reads the classic fairytale and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive story-time experience!
    Registration is requested and begins March 28. Drop-ins always welcome!

    3,2,1 Blastoff! – A STEM Program

    April 20, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Ages 7-11.
    Get ready to rocket to the moon as we explore our Earth’s only natural satellite.
    Registration is required and begins March 28.

    It's Bin Fun: Sensory Play for Infants & Toddlers

    April 22, 2016
    10:30 am

    Ages 6 - 36 months
    Captivate your little scientist with open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials. Things will get messy, so dress appropriately. Ages 6-35 months.
    Registration is requested and begins on April 1. Drop-ins always welcome!

    Dance, Dance, Dance

    April 29, 2016
    11:00 am

    Ages 2-5.
    Friday, April 29
    Saturday, April 30

    To help us celebrate National Dance Week, Krista Weih, a CMA and Movement Educator, will be here to help us explore the joy of creative dance and movement in a fun and educational environment. A wide variety of props, rhythm instruments, and music will add to the fun and learning.
    Registration is required and begins April 11.

    Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 2 - May 8

    May 02, 2016

    For all ages
    Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize!

    Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

    Monkey Business - Winter: January 28 - March 24

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed.
    Registration is required and begins January 5.

    Drop-In Stories & More

    Saturdays 11:00 am

    Add some brain-building to your errands. Stop by on Saturdays for stories, movement, and early literacy: Sing, Talk, Read and Play fun for the young.

    *Join us March 19 for a special story signed in American Sign Language as part of THE BIG READ.

    Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays - Winter: January 26 -March 22

    Tuesdays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
    Registration is required and begins January 5.

    2's and 3's Together - Winter: January 26 - March 22

    Tuesdays 10:30 am

    For ages 2 and 3 years with an accompanying adult.
    Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read and Play.”
    Registration is required and begins January 5.

    Mother Goose Time: Mondays 9:30 - Winter: January 25 - March 21

    Mondays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
    Registration is required and begins January 5.
    *No storytime February 15.

    Reading Rumpus - Winter: January 25 - March 21

    Mondays 10:30 am

    For children up to 3 years with an accompanying caregiver.
    A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement. Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language.
    *No storytime February 15.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30 - Winter: January 25 - March 21

    Mondays 11:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
    Registration is required and begins January 5.
    *No storytime February 15.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 9:30 - Spring: April 18 - May 23

    Mondays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Reading Rumpus - Spring: April 18 -May 23

    Mondays 10:30 am

    For children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver.
    A lively, drop-in that brings books to life with participation, song, and movement.
    Designed for children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver to encourage early literacy and language.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30 - Spring: April 18 - May 23

    Mondays 11:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays - Spring: April 19 - May 24

    Tuesdays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children under 24 months and caregiver. This special time supports early literacy and language skills by encouraging singing, playing, talking, and reading.

    2's and 3's Together - Spring: April 19 - May 24

    Tuesdays 10:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    Stories, songs, movement and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read and Play.”
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Monkey Business - Spring: April 21 - May 26

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    Come monkey around with exciting stories, fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories. Designed to help independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds practice self-sufficiency and develop early literacy skills to help them be ready to read and succeed.
    Registration is required and begins on April 5.

    Block Party: LEGO Gatherings

    Wednesdays 3:30 pm

    For grades K and up.
    Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; JMRL will have the building blocks for your next creation.

    Book Bites: Book Discussion

    February 25, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For grades 3-4. Limit 10.
    Ravenous readers are invited to snack while discussing a different book read each month. Free books will be provided.

    • January 28: Dexter the Tough by Margaret Peterson Haddix Registration begins January 2.
    • February 25: Year of the Dog by Grace Lin Registration begins January 28.
    • March 24: EL DEAFO by Cece Bell part of THE BIG READ. Author will be at Northside March 30. Registration begins February 25.
    • April 28: Great White Sharks by Sandra Markle Registration begins March 24.
    • May 26: Rules by Cynthia Lord Registration begins April 28.

    Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

    March 02, 2016
    10:00 am

    For ages 3 - 5.
    Start with a book and then go look! We visit The Fralin Art Museum to share stories, music, and movement. Then the docents invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will help enrich the art experience of the current exhibit. To register or find out what exhibits will be highlighted, email museumoutreach@virginia.edu or call 434-243-2050.

    Make It & Take It

    March 02, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For all ages with adult help
    No registration required
    First Wednesdays between 3-5pm

    • January 6: Brilliantly beaded snowflakes to hang around whether days are snowy or sunny. Like Keith Baker’s book, “No Two Alike,” each one will be unique.
    • February 3: Marshmallow Marvels (building with marshmallows)
    • March 2: Heart Art part of THE BIG READ
    • April 6: April Showers Painting
    • May 4: Pom-pom Poppers

    Minecraft-y

    March 09, 2016

    Minecraft, pixels, Legos-- so much you can make with squares. You build with squares in the virtual world, now what will you make in the real world? We provide the square sticky notes and you create something great.

    SPCA Paws to Read

    March 09, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For grades K-2 with a favorite adult
    Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s “Pawsitive Pet Therapy Team.” Come for a fifteen minute turn. For any young reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one week prior to each date.

    Minecraft Building Competition

    March 17, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For grades 3-5.
    Compete in a friendly Minecraft building challenge. Attendees will be given a surprise structure theme to build and 1 hour to build it. Judges will vote on the best one and the winner will get a prize. Registration required and begins on March 3.

    Baby Sign Storytime part of THE BIG READ

    March 18, 2016
    10:30 am

    For children under 2 and their caregivers.
    Sign language helps verbally developing children communicate their needs and thoughts. It helps nurture the bond between child and caregiver, providing another way to share. We will incorporate some signing with books and songs. Suggestions to introduce signing with your child will also be provided.

    Peepapalooza

    April 02, 2016
    2:00 pm

    All ages
    Get ready to create chapters of chicks. Books of bunnies. Get yourself a whole heap of Peeps marshmallows and create a depiction of a favorite scene or character from a book. Dioramas will be accepted and displayed in the library April 1-30; awards for all age levels and a special Peep Party on Wednesday, April 27. See library staff for more information.

    Exploration Stations: Mighty Math

    April 14, 2016
    10:30 am

    Ages 2 - 6
    You can count on fun and skill-building with math exploration stations based on “Sing Talk Read and Play” Early Literacy. Try out our different math skill building stations with your mini-mathematicians.

    Peepapalooza Party

    April 27, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For all age levels
    For Peep’s builders and fans alike. We will have a gallery tour of Peepapalooza creations, hand out awards for the dioramas, enjoy snacks, and just hang out with other peeps.

    Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do

    May 02, 2016

    For all ages
    Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize!

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016

    All ages
    The Library is joining Atlas Comics to celebrate Free Comic Book Day. Stop in to get your free comic book...while supplies last.

    Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

    Storybook Beat

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    For ages 3-5, with or without a caregiver or parent
    Focus on a particular skill important to your child’s emerging literacy. Listen to some great books, enjoy a flannel story, puppets, sing and move to music, using scarves, bean bags, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a craft and social playtime at conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

    Read & Rhyme Time

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    For ages 1-2 with an accompanying adult or caregiver
    This fun class highlights early literacy skills. Enjoy short books, puppets, rhymes, finger plays,a flannel story and exuberant song and movement, using shakers, scarves, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a craft and social playtime. Siblings welcome.

    Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

    February 18, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Girls in grades 4-8
    Read and discuss great books and enjoy book-related snacks, crafts and games.
    The first 15 girls to arrive will receive a copy of next month’s book.
    Girls in grades 4-8 are welcome to join at any time. Registration is required and ongoing.
    Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016

    All ages
    The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.

    Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | Email Us

    Preschool Read & Rhyme Time

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    For 2-5 with an adult or caregiver.
    A fun program highlighting early literacy skills. Enjoy short books, rhymes, fingerplays flannel stories and songs using shakers, and rhythm instruments. Siblings are welcome.

    Happy Birthday Mo Willems

    February 13, 2016
    2:00 pm

    All ages welcome.
    Celebrate Mo Willems' birthday will cupcake decorating, games and stories by our favorite author. No pigeon will be having hot dogs or driving the bus but might make a visit.

    MAKE & TAKE Celebrating Black History Month

    February 16, 2016

    For all ages.
    Participate in the fun by learning about the beautiful tradition of weaving kente cloth and make a kente cloth bracelet or book mark to take home. All materials will be provided.

    SILENT DINNER part of THE BIG READ

    March 22, 2016
    5:15 pm

    All ages are welcome.
    Join us for a silent dinner and get a chance to learn about deaf culture and practice your signing skills.

    Poetry Workshop with Robert Owens

    April 15, 2016
    4:30 pm

    All ages.
    Join talented Virginia poet, Robert Owens for a hands on workshop. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. The Library will provide snacks.

    POETRY, PROSE & PIZZA OPEN MIC NIGHT

    April 15, 2016
    6:00 pm

    All ages.
    Join the library and well-known poet Nathan Richardson for a night of freedom, poetry, music, fun, spoken word and more. Bring original artwork to be hung around the room.
    No registration required.

    Fancy Nancy Tea

    April 16, 2016
    2:00 pm

    All ages welcome.
    Dress up in your fancy outfit and come to the library for stories and tea. We will be learning how to be fancy and pass the cookies.

    Free Comic Book Day

    May 07, 2016
    12:30 pm

    All ages welcome.
    Celebrate free comic book day with the library in partnership with Louisa Parks, Recreation, and Louisa Tourism. Fun workshops, artwork on display, free comics, raffles, costume contests, crafts photo booth, prizes and more. Don’t forget to enter the Comic book hero art contest for all school age children.

    Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | Email Us

    Stories Out Loud

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    Preschool children will enjoy a fun half hour with engaging books, crafts and activities, as they build their social, creative and early literacy skills.

    Family Movie Matinee

    February 13, 2016
    10:30 am

    For all ages.
    Take a Saturday break, pick up some books and enjoy a movie. Refreshments provided.

    • January 16: MINIONS (2015) directed by Kyle Balda & Pierre Coffin
    • February 13: THE APPLE DUMPLING GANG (1975) directed by Norman Tokar
    • March 12: AN AMERICAN TAIL (1986) directed by Don Bluth
    • April 9: WRECK IT RALPH (2012) directed by Rich Moore
    • May 14: LITTLE WOMEN (1994) directed by Gillian Armstrong

    Book Swap Party

    February 17, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For Grades 1-5.
    Bring in books you are tired of reading and swap them for some new used reads. Stick around afterwards for a game and refreshments.

    Tell A Fairy Tale Day

    February 26, 2016

    Pick up your favorite fairy tale to take home and read to the family. For all ages.

    National Pig Day

    March 01, 2016

    For all ages .
    Did you know that pigs are among the smartest of all the domesticated animals they are even smarter than dogs? Learn more about them on March 1st.

    LEGO Wednesdays

    Wednesdays 4:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

    THE BIG READ Movie

    March 26, 2016
    10:30 am

    Rated PG
    MR. HOLLAND'S OPUS (1995) directed by Stephen Herek

    Spring Break Movie

    March 29, 2016
    4:30 pm

    For all ages.
    “Shaun the Sheep” Rated PG
    Celebrate your Spring Break with us.

    Marshmallow Madness

    March 30, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For Grades 1-5.
    We will be making marshmallow catapults and shooters and building marshmallow towers. Be sure to sip on some hot chocolate (with marshmallows, of course) before you go. Registration is requested and begins March 16.

    Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    April 11, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For Preschool - 4th Grade.
    Your stuffed animal is invited to a sleepover at the library. Stay for stories, a craft and snack before you leave them for a fun filled night. Pick them up on Tuesday, April 12, between 12:00 and 6:00pm and find out all about it. Bring 1 stuffed animal per person. (Make sure it isn’t the animal you need to sleep with!) Registration is requested and begins March 28.

    International Moment of Laughter Day

    April 14, 2016

    For all ages.
    Come share a joke or two with us and enjoy our funny joke book collection.

    Recycled Art - CD Weaving

    May 18, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For Grades 2 - 5.
    Get creative and make a beautiful weaving by repurposing old CDs and yarn.
    Registration is requested and begins May 4.

    Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

    Preschool Pals Thursday - Winter Session: January 14 - March 3

    Thursdays 10:15 am

    For 3 - 5 year olds
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins on January 6.

    Twos and Threes Together: Thursday - Winter Session: January 14 - March 3

    Thursdays 11:00 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Registration begins on January 6.

    Babies and Books - January 14 - April 28

    Thursdays 1:30 pm

    For babies up to 24 months with an accompanying adult
    Caregivers and babies are invited for stories, songs and fingerplays. For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult.

    Twos and Threes Together: Wednesday - Winter Session: January 13 - March 2

    Wednesdays 10:15 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Registration begins on January 6.

    Preschool Pals Wednesdays - Winter Session: January 13 - March 2

    Wednesdays 11:00 am

    For 3 - 5 year olds
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins on January 6.

    Awesome Afternoons - January 13 to April 27

    Wednesdays 1:30 pm

    For ages six months to five years
    Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement.

    Twos and Threes Together: Wednesday - Spring Session: March 9 - April 27

    Wednesdays 10:15 am

    For ages 2 to 3 with an accompanying adult.
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Spring registration begins on February 24.

    Preschool Pals Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 9 - April 27

    Wednesdays 11:00 am

    For 3 - 5 year olds
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins on February 24.

    Preschool Pals Thursday - Spring Session: March 10 - April 28

    Thursdays 10:15 am

    For 3 - 5 year olds
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3, 4, and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy independent learning. Registration is required. Registration begins on February 24.

    Twos and Threes Together: Thursday - Spring Session: March 10 - April 28

    Thursdays 11:00 am

    For ages 2 to 3 with an accompanying adult.
    30 minutes of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Registration is required. Spring registration begins on February 24.

    Book Bugs Book Group

    February 11, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Grades 3-5
    Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books will be provided to the first 20 kids to sign up.

    • January 14: Savvy by Ingrid LawRegistration begins December 17.
    • February 11: Tuck Everlasting by Natalie BabbittRegistration begins January 14.
    • March 10: El Deafo by Cece Bell part of THE BIG READ. Registration begins February 11.
    • April 14: Duke by Kirby Larson Registration begins March 10.
    • May 12: 11 Birthdays by Wendy MassRegistration begins April 14.

    Northside Minecraft Club

    February 16, 2016
    4:15 pm

    For Grades 3-5.
    Third Tuesdays at 4:15 pm.
    Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. The server will be open for approved users to build, explore, and hang out with fellow Minecrafters. Featuring a common spawn-point, participants can mine, build, and craft in the library's world in a safe, enjoyable environment. To play, stop by the Children’s Desk to pick up an application. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Registration required and begins two weeks before event date.

    Become a Film Star

    February 29, 2016
    6:30 pm

    For grades 4-12.
    You’ve always wondered what you would be like in a movie...now you can find out! Join local actor Jon Emm from the Actor’s Training Studio for a workshop; have your performance filmed and watch it on the big screen. You may be surprised! Registration required and begins Wednesday, February 17.

    Youth Art Month Art Collaboration

    March 01, 2016

    All ages.
    Stop by the children’s desk and decorate a popsicle stick. At the end of the month they will be pieced together as a beautiful piece of collaborative art.

    LEGO Mania

    March 03, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For ages 5+
    First Thursdays at 4 pm
    Do you want to get together with LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability; we supply the building blocks!

    Family Night at the Movies

    March 08, 2016
    6:30 pm

    All ages
    Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided.

    • December 8 Charlotte’s Web (PG)
    • February 9: Curious George (G,2006)
    • March 8: Big Hero 6 (PG, 2014)
    • April 12: Finding Nemo (G, 2003)
    • May 10: Jumanji (PG, 1995)
      • Makerspace Open House - Rescheduled

        March 12, 2016
        3:00 pm

        All ages.
        Northside Library has opened the doors to its Makerspace and Recording Studio. Come learn about the technology available to you with a showcase of the recording studio equipment and Garageband, as well as Tinkercad and our Makerbot Replicator Desktop 3D printer. All ages. No registration.

        Irish Music and Dance Celebration

        March 14, 2016
        6:30 pm

        All Ages
        No Registration Required
        Join The Blue Ridge Irish Music School for a pre-St. Patrick's Day celebration! BRIMS performers of all ages will perform Irish music, song and dance while also chatting about the tradition, the dancing, the musical instruments (fiddles, flutes, bodhran {the Irish drum}) and more!
        Visit Blue Ridge Irish Music School for more information.

        Make Music with a Makey Makey

        March 29, 2016
        5:00 pm

        For ages 9 and up.
        Use a Makey Makey invention kit to create musical mayhem. Turn the whole world into a keyboard and experiment with conductivity fun. Registration required and begins March 15.

        Meet the Author: Cece Bell - part of THE BIG READ

        March 30, 2016
        6:00 pm

        For all ages.
        Meet the author of the Newbery Medal winning El Deafo, I Yam a Donkey!, the Sock Monkey books, Bee-Wigged, and more. The author will be able to answer questions from the audience.

        Act it Out!

        April 18, 2016
        6:30 pm

        For Grades 4-12.
        Join us for some theater fun as we bring a script to life. We will read it, rehearse it and perform it all in one evening. Registration required and begins Wednesday, April 6.

        Gardening with Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

        April 21, 2016
        4:00 pm

        For grades 1 and up.
        Learn about Virginia’s most famous gardener, Thomas Jefferson, from the experts at Monticello and start your garden with a little piece of history: an heirloom seed. Learn more about Monticello’s programs at www.monticello.org. Registration required and begins Thursday, April 7.

        Mind Math With Beads

        April 28, 2016
        4:00 pm

        For grades K and up.
        Presented by Ashwati Nayar: ALOHA Mind Math Charlottesville.
        Learn to calculate faster and better with the abacus. A workshop for caregivers and children together. Abacuses will be provided for use. Registration required and begins Thursday, April 14.

        National Screen-Free Week

        May 02, 2016

        For all ages.
        Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 25. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 14 and receive a free book.

        Celebrate Astronomy Day

        May 12, 2016
        7:30 pm

        For all ages
        Come to our Star Party and celebrate Astronomy Day! Astronomy presentations by Charlottesville Astronomical Society members will start at 7:30 PM. Following the presentations, attendees will be able to observe the night sky (weather permitting)through telescopes set up on the rear patio.

        Fairy Houses

        May 17, 2016
        6:30 pm

        A child must sign up with an adult to build one house together. Using mosses, sticks, acorns, and other natural materials, create a little dwelling for the fairy living in your house or garden. Registration required and begins May 3.

        Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

        Toddler Time

        Wednesdays 10:00 am

        A program for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns, and unconditional acceptance. This 20-minute activity includes books, songs, fingerplays, and flannel board stories.

        Reading Rocks

        Wednesdays 10:30 am

        An independent activity for children ages 3-5
        This 30-minute program introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.

        Homeschool History Co-Op

        Thursdays 1:00 pm

        For elementary students and their caregivers
        Join fellow homeschoolers as they study world history, from the Fall of Rome through the Renaissance.

        Homeschool Game Day

        February 12, 2016
        10:00 am

        All ages welcome.
        Meet other homeschoolers at the library for gaming fun. Build skills through exciting and innovative educational board games focusing on logic, strategy, and analytical thinking. Games will be provided.

        Spanish Story Time

        March 07, 2016
        11:00 am

        All ages welcome.
        Encouraging literacy and global mindfulness through children’s stories and songs in Spanish.

        “El Deafo” by Cece Bellpart of THE BIG READ

        March 21, 2016
        4:30 pm

        For 3-5 graders.
        Pick up a free copy of the book and come join in a discussion about it.
        “This funny, perceptive graphic novel memoir about growing up deaf is also an unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.” Limit of 10 free books. Author will be at Northside March 30. In association with The BIg Read and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.

        Take a Screen Break

        May 02, 2016

        For all ages
        Fill out a nifty Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 18. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 21 and receive a free book! Show us that you turned off all screens for the entire week, and you’ll be entered in a drawing for an extra-special prize!

        Free Comic Book Day

        May 07, 2016

        All ages
        The Library is joining Atlas Comics by handing out free comics at all branches. Stop by to see what's available -- while supplies last.