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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.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 29 - April 26

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

Romp & Stomp Thursdays - Spring Session: March 30 - April 27

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play and more.
Registration is required. Spring registration begins March 13. Please only register for either the Wednesday session or the Thursday session.

SPCA Paws to Read

April 01, 2017
2:00 pm

For any young reader.
First Saturdays at 2pm
February 4, March 4, April 1, May 6

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. For any young reader.

Book Buffet

April 03, 2017

Monday, April 3 between 9am-5pm
Try it - you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about art, architecture and design. Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.

Mother Goose Time - January 9 - April 24

Mondays 9:30 am

Designed for babies from birth to age 2 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.

Twos and Threes Together - January 9 - April 24

Mondays 10:30 am

2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Stories, songs, movement, and fingerplays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult. Fun ways to develop pre-literacy skills with “Sing, Talk, Read, and Play.”

Sticky Table Art

April 05, 2017

Wednesday, April 5, all day
Join in April foolishness and help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table.

Mini Makers

April 06, 2017
3:00 pm

For all ages with adult help.
First Thursdays between 3-5pm
Makers and Creators, drop by in the afternoon to make something incredible. For all ages with adult help.

  • January 5: Itty Bitty Collage
  • February 2: Sticky Wrists
  • March 2: Graffiti Art (BIG READ)
  • April 6: Slithering Snakes
  • May 4: Forest Fairy Wands

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

April 20, 2017
4:15 pm

Ages 9-12.
Monthly on Thursdays at 4:15-5:15pm
Ravenous readers are invited to read and discuss a different book each month. Join in fun book­-related activities and snacks. Free books will be provided. Limit: 10. Ages 9­-12. Registration is required.

Lego Mania

April 27, 2017
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please.
Fourth Thursdays at 4­-5pm
January 26, February 23, March 23 (BIG READ), April 27, May 25

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

Día (Diversity in Action) Celebration

April 29, 2017
2:00 pm

Grab a passport and explore the world with games and activities from different countries and cultures. Fun for the entire family.

Tinkering With Tech

May 10, 2017
4:30 pm

Ages 10-15.
Second Wednesdays at 4:30pm*
January 11, February 8, March 8 (BIG READ), May 10

No April Meeting*
Kickstart your creativity with the library’s Pop-up MakerSpace. Each month will feature several projects focused on STEAM. Not interested in the theme? All MakerSpace supplies are available at every session, so you can create your own project.

January: Embroidery Headphones/USB Cords

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Wee Ones - Spring Session: Mar 1 - Apr 19

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For 12 to 23 month-olds. Birthdate must fall between 3/2/14 and 3/1/15.
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 begins February 8 at 9am.

Youth Gaming Club

March 29, 2017
6:00 pm

For grades 5-12. Children under age 10 must have an attending caregiver.
Every other Wednesday at 6pm
January 18, February 1, 15, March 1, 15, 29, April 12, 26, May 10, 24

Pokemon, Magic: The Gathering, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and all other tabletop gaming are welcome. Registration recommended, but walk-ins welcome.

Tales for Twos - Spring Session: Mar 2 - Apr 27

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.
Spring registration begins at 1pm February 13.

Alphabet Soup - Spring Session: Mar 2 - Apr 27

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 begins at 1pm February 13.

Magnetic Manipulations

April 01, 2017

April 1-30
Investigate the power of magnetic attraction with hands-on activities.

Paws to Read

April 03, 2017

For any young reader
December 19: 1-2pm ,January 23: 1-2pm, February 13: 4-5pm, March 13: 4-5pm, April 3: 1-2pm
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to Lucy. Lucy is a registered therapy animal with The Alliance of Therapy Dogs. Along with owner/handler Ellen, the team volunteers as part of the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA therapy dog program. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read. For any young reader. Registration is required. Contact the Crozet Library for more details.

Gathering for Games

April 06, 2017
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 20. Drop-ins always welcome.

Book Tasting

April 07, 2017

All ages.
Friday & Saturday, April 7 & 8, all day
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers, take a seat at designated book tasting tables where you can discover delicious new books you may enjoy. Feel free to check them out afterwards. Participants will be entered into a special prize drawing.

Magnets on the Move

April 12, 2017
3:30 pm

Ages 5-9.
Explore the science behind magnetism and create works of art using magnetic attraction.
Registration is requested and begins March 27. Drop-in always welcome.

Fairy Tale Puppet Plays with Sharifa

April 15, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
Join Sharifa Oppenheimer, a Waldorf teacher of 35 years, as she and her puppets bring some of your favorite fairy tales to life.

Charlottesville Ballet Presents Firebird

April 20, 2017

Thursday, April 20 at 4pm: Ages 5+
Friday, April 21 at 11am: Ages 2+
Be transported into this Russian fairy tale combining all the elements of a great story: a handsome prince, a beautiful princess, an evil sorcerer, and a magical bird! Join Charlottesville Ballet for a "Firebird Storytime" as a professional ballerina reads and teaches introductory ballet steps in an interactive storytime experience.
Registration is requested and begins April 3. Drop-ins always welcome.

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

April 28, 2017
10:30 am

Ages 6 - 36 months
Fridays February 24 & April 28 between 10:30-11:30am
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 requested and begins on February 3 and April 7 respectively. Drop-ins always welcome.

Take a Screen Break: There's So Much More to Do! May 1-7

May 01, 2017

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 17. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 20 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 06, 2017

All ages.
Saturday, May 6 at 9am-4pm
Grab some free comics books, browse our favorite graphic novels, and do a make-and-take superhero craft.

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

April Foolishness

April 01, 2017

A week of wacky. Visit the library anytime this week to find zany things. Mark them down and turn in for a silly prize.

Peepapalooza

April 01, 2017

All ages
April 1-29
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 1-29; awards for all age levels and a special Peep Party on Saturday, April 29. See library staff for more information.

Drop-In Stories & More - January 7 - May 27

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.
March 18th: Love is a Family, family themed storytime with family fingerprint tree. (Big Read)

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin

April 05, 2017
10:00 am

Ages 3-5.
First Wednesdays at 10am
February 1, March 1, April 5, May 3
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.

Pop-Art Heart

April 10, 2017

Love your library? Show it by decorating a pop-art inspired heart to add to our mural for National Library Week.

SPCA Paws to Read

April 12, 2017
3:00 pm

For any reader.
Second Wednesdays between 3-4pm
December 14, January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12 and May 10

Improve reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a furry friend from the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA’s pet therapy teams. Come for a fifteen minute turn.
Reading times are limited; registration recommended and begins one month prior to each date.

Creation Station

April 14, 2017
2:30 pm

For all ages.
Second and Fourth Fridays between 2:30-4:30pm
January 27, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 28

Stop by to create with UVA Madison House volunteers. We will have a different project each week to explore, from paper airplanes to sweet sculptures. STEAM ahead with hands on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Twos and Threes Together - Spring: Mondays, April 17 - May 22

Mondays 9:30 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 4.

Reading Rumpus - Spring: April 17 - May 22

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.

Mother Goose Time: Spring: Mondays, April 17 - May 22

Mondays 11:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 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 4.

Mother Goose Time - Spring: Tuesdays, April 18 - May 23

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For children under 24 months and caregiver.
Simple stories, rhymes, and songs for children 6-23 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 4.

Twos and Threes Together - Spring: Tuesdays, April 18 - May 23

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 4.

Monkey Business - Spring: April 20 - May 25

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 3, 4, and 5 year olds.
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 April 4th.

Book Bites: Book Discussion for 3rd and 4th graders

April 20, 2017
3:30 pm

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

Book Batch: Book Discussion for 5th and 6th graders

April 24, 2017
7:00 pm

Fourth Mondays at 7pm
Read some great books, join in the discussion, and enjoy a batch of cookies. Register to get a free copy of the book (limited to 7 copies).

Bookaroos Book Club: Book Discussion for 2nd graders

April 27, 2017
3:30 pm

Limit 10 readers.
Fourth Thursdays from 3:30-4:30
No Bookaroos in May.

For those younger book wranglers who love to snack and discuss a different book each month. Free books will be provided. Register to get a free copy of the book.

Peepapalooza Party

April 29, 2017
2:30 pm

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

Blooms Among Books

May 01, 2017

Get your green thumb going in the children’s room. Plant a seed and watch it grow at your house or in our library window.

Make it & Take it

May 03, 2017
3:00 pm

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

  • January 4: Glittery snow dough
  • February 1: Scratchboard Art (To celebrate African American illustrator Brian Pinkney)
  • March 1: Celebrate Seuss with hand painting creations.
  • No Make It and Take it in April
  • May 3: DIY shredded paper seed starters.

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings

May 17, 2017
3:00 pm

For grades K and up.
Third Wednesdays between 3-4 pm.
January 18, February 15, March 15, and May 17

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.
No session on April 19 due to Staff Training Day.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Read and Rhyme Time

Wednesdays 10:30 am

For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
Session One: January 4 - February 8
Session Two: March 1 - April 5

A half hour of fun that promotes verbal, motor, and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Get moving with musical activities using scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome.

LEGO Mania

March 29, 2017
3:30 pm

For grades K - 5.
Tuesdays, January 10 and February 7 and Wednesday March 29 (BIG READ) at 3:30 - 4:30pm
Do you want to get together with other LEGO-minded people to build great things? All you need to bring is your creativity and natural engineering ability. Greene County Library will have the building blocks for your next creation.

Storybook Beat

Thursdays 10:30 am

For ages 3-5, with or without a caregiver or parent
Session One: January 5 - February 9
Session Two: March 2 - April 6
Session Three: April 27 - June 1

Enjoy 45 minutes together in this early literacy class with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music, using scarves and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a simple craft at the conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

Tabletop Games

April 11, 2017
3:30 pm

Grades 3 - 6. Grades 3 - 6.
Whether you prefer old favorites like“Jenga” or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks. Registration is required and begins April 1.

Sharks: A Boy’s Book Club - Session Two

April 27, 2017
3:30 pm

Open to all guys in grades 4-­8.
March 16, March 30 and April 13, April 27
Read and talk about great books for guys. Do fun activities. Eat snacks.
Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book.
Pre-registration is required for each session.

Saturday Family Matinee

May 06, 2017
3:00 pm

All ages welcome.

Relax, enjoy popcorn and the movie Moana rated PG

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

May 18, 2017
3:30 pm

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 the next month’s book. Girls in grades 4­-8 are welcome to join at any time. Registration is required and ongoing.

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

May 31, 2017
10:30 am

Ages 6-36 months.
Join the Greene County Library for a special storytime. Captivate your little scientist with an open-ended, child-led play which engages the senses. The children will explore bins containing a variety of sensory materials.

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.

Poetry Creation Station

April 01, 2017

All Ages
April 1- 30
Celebrate National Poetry Month by visiting our Poetry Creation Station. View, create, and share original poems on our board. Inspiration words provided.

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | Email Us

Poetry Read Aloud Contest with Nelson County Public Schools

April 03, 2017

In honor of Poetry Month the students from Nelson County Public Schools will be participating in a Poetry Read Aloud Contest at Nelson Memorial Library this week.

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.
(BIG READ) March 15 - Join us for a family themed program

LEGO Wednesdays

April 05, 2017
4:00 pm

All ages.
First Wednesdays, 4-5pm
January 4, February 1, March 1 (BIG READ), April 5, May 3

Bring your creativity and imagination. We will supply the rest.

Grass Heads - Science and Art

April 18, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades K-5.
How fast does grass grow? Make a crazy hair person and find out.
Registration is required and begins April 4. Space is limited.

Family Movie Matinee

April 29, 2017
10:30 am

Nelson Reads: One Book, One Community

May 01, 2017
4:30 pm

This evening we will reveal the winning book chosen by the elementary students in Nelson County to receive the first “Nelson Reads” award. It will also be the opening event of art illustrations created by students for this year long project.

Marble Run Mania

May 16, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades 2-5.
Are you ready for an engineering challenge? We will be working in teams to transform our supplies into marble runs.
Registration is required and begins May 2. Space is limited.

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

Twos and Threes Together: Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 1 - April 5

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm

Preschool Pals: Wednesdays - Spring Session: March 1 - April 5.

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Preschool Pals: Thursdays - Spring Session: March 2 - April 6

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Twos and Threes Together: Thursdays - Spring Session: March 2 - April 6

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. Please call the Northside children’s desk at (434) 973-7893 ext. 5 to register. Spring registration begins on February 21 at 12pm.

Babies and Books: January 19 - April 6.

Thursdays 1:30 pm

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

Fairy Houses

April 04, 2017
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 March 21.

LEGO Mania

April 06, 2017
4:00 pm

For ages 5 to 11
January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4
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

April 11, 2017
6:30 pm

Second Tuesdays at 6:30pm
Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for family friendly movies. Snack and juice box provided.

Northside Minecraft Club

April 18, 2017
4:30 pm

Grades 3-12.
Third Tuesdays at 4:30-5:30pm
January 17, February 21, March 21 (BIG READ), April 18

Minecrafters, join us for a different challenge each month. To play, stop by a youth services desk to pick up an application. Parent/guardian's signature is required. Participants must have their own computer Minecraft account. Xbox and iPad Minecraft accounts are incompatible with the server. Registration to play in the teen room on a limited number of guest accounts begins two weeks before event date.

Book Bugs Book Group

April 20, 2017
4:00 pm

Grades 3-5
Join us for a 45-minute session of chatting about books, snacks, and a fun activity. Books provided.

National Screen-Free Week

May 01, 2017

For children birth to age 11
Fill out a Screen Break Pledge Sheet, pledging to reduce your normal amount of TV viewing and screen time. Plan to unplug from digital entertainment and spend all that free time playing, daydreaming, creating, exploring and connecting with family and friends! Pledge sheets will be available beginning Monday, April 25. Bring your completed pledge sheet in by Saturday, May 13 and receive a free book.

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

Toddler Time: January 11-May 31

Wednesdays 10:00 am

An early literacy class 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: January 11-May 31

Wednesdays 10:30 am

Ages 3-5
Designed to encourage independent children ages 3-5 cultivate literacy. Followed by a tea party where siblings are invited to attend and engage in learning manners and hospitality.

Puppy Love: Ava, the Therapy Dog

Thursdays 12:30 pm

For any young reader.
Make a new friend and improve your reading skills by reading aloud to Ava.

Homeschool History Co-Op

Thursdays 1:00 pm

For elementary students and their caregivers
Join fellow homeschoolers as they study world history, from the end of the Renaissance through 1850.

Rockin' Readers

March 30, 2017
4:00 pm

Final Thursdays at 4pm
A book club for grades 3-5. Pick up a free book at the circulation desk. Come share in a book discussion with a great group of your peers.

Monday Afternoon Adventures

April 03, 2017
4:00 pm

For Grades 1-5
February 6: Make an imaginary friend. Sketch a creature on fabric and bring it to life. Paint it, cut it out, sew it, stuff it and cuddle up with it and read a book to it.
April 3: Create a tiny house for a tiny pet. We provide the pets and items from nature to build a little nest for your pet.

Saturday Family Matinee

April 15, 2017
2:00 pm

Movies are rated PG. Popcorn will be served.

LEGO Enthusiasts:

May 20, 2017
11:00 am

For Grades K+.
11am-3pm - January 21, March 18 (BIG READ), May 20
We supply the LEGOs . All you need to bring is your creativity, engineering abilities and friends and family for hours of fun.