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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 - August 31

JMRL's Summer Reading Challenge just for kids. JMRL hosts a summer reading challenge including  prizes, displays and programs especially for kids. It's fun and FREE. more info

All prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

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

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 Mondays - Summer Session: June 13 – ­July 25

Mondays 10:30 am

For 2-5 year-olds with a favorite caregiver caregiver
Play with your preschooler in this lively early literacy class of music, stories, drama, movement, art play, and more.
Registration is required and begins June 1. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session.

Romp & Stomp Wednesdays - Summer Session: June 15 – ­July 27

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. For 2-5 year olds with a favorite caregiver.
Registration is required and begins June 1. Please only register for either the Monday session or the Wednesday session.

Mother Goose Time - Summer Session: June 16 - July 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 - Summer Session: June 16 - July 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.

Dreamtime Storytime

Tuesdays 6:30 pm

For ages 2-5 with a favorite caregiver.
Tuesdays in July at 6:30pm
Pull on your jammies and cozy up with a snuggly as you listen to stories sure to bring you sweet dreams. We’ll share rhymes, music, and dreamy tales to get us ready for a good night’s sleep.

Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

June 28, 2016
10:30 am

Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

July 05, 2016
10:30 am

Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

SPCA Paws to Read

July 07, 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.

Music on the Steps

July 08, 2016
12:00 pm

For the whole family.
Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band or other local groups serenade you while you munch. Rain location: McIntire Room. For the whole family.
June 24: Mississippi Conjure Blues Duo
July 8: CHS Symphony Orchestra's Chestnut Oak String Quartet
July 22: Charlottesville Municipal Band's Saxophone Ensemble (CASE)
August 5: Charlottesville Municipal Band's Brass Quintet

Shark Week with Under the Sea

July 09, 2016
10:30 am

Learn about sharks! Discover how they live and what they eat, their importance in marine ecosystems and how they keep the ocean healthy. Visitors include a live baby shark, a shark egg, and one of the shark's close relatives. A stingray? A skate? Come see!

A View from the Top

July 12, 2016
10:30 am

Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

July 12, 2016
3:30 pm

Ages 9-12.
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.
(Please Note: May 24 meeting starts at 4:15 pm.

Lego Mania

July 14, 2016
4:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings,please
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.

Chess Saturday

July 16, 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 July 2. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register.

After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

July 19, 2016
10:30 am

After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

Mini Makers

July 20, 2016
3:00 pm

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

  • May 25: Tissue Paper Flowers
  • June 22: Pirates
  • July 20: Silly Slime

Harry Potter Film Series

July 21, 2016
2:00 pm

For all ages.
Celebrate the publication of the new Harry Potter book by watching some of the Harry Potter movies.

  • July 21: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, PG, 2 hours 32 minutes
  • July 28: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, PG, 2 hours 41 minutes
  • August 4: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, PG, 2 hours 22 minutes
  • August 11: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, PG-13, 2 hours 37 minutes

  • Zany Animals

    July 22, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For ages 6-10.
    Discover some of the earth's most bizarre and eccentric animals in this class with educators from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of UVA. Hint: there are LOTS of animals with very odd features and habits in Australia! A craft activity is included.
    Registration is required and begins July 1.

    Donuts With Dad

    July 23, 2016
    10:30 am

    For dads, granddads, uncles or buddies with children ages 2-­5.
    A delicious read-­aloud time designed especially for dads to share with their little dumplins. Donuts, coffee, and juice will be served along with storytime fun.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 26, 2016
    10:30 am

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 02, 2016
    10:30 am

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Tech Petting Zoo with Linden Lab (Tween Tech Series)

    August 03, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 10-15.
    Drop by to learn about the latest in virtual reality with special guests from Linden Lab. They will share what they do as virtual entertainment developers and demo the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset. Then try out some of the library’s tech toys like an Ozobot mini-robot and the 3-D Doodle Pen.

    Make It @ the Library - Summer Session

    August 10, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 10-15.
    June 8, August 10
    Kickstart your creativity with the library’s 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.

    Sports Trivia

    August 11, 2016
    6:30 pm

    For all ages.
    Grab a team of 3-5 people and test your sports IQ. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams. Team captains, please register starting July 28.

    Sticky Table Art

    August 16, 2016

    For all ages.
    Help create a wild and crazy collage on a very sticky table.

    Book Buffet

    August 17, 2016
    9:00 am

    For all ages.
    August 17 between 9am-­5pm
    Try it -­ you might like it. Feast on fabulous stories about adventure.
    Check out your favorites. No reservations required, just an appetite for good books.

    Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | Email Us

    Wee Ones - Summer Session - June 16 - July 21

    Thursdays 9:30 am

    For 12 to 23 month-olds. Birthdate must fall between 6/17/14 and 6/16/15.
    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.
    Registration begins May 26 at 9am.

    Alphabet Soup - Summer Session - June 16 – July 21

    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.
    Registration is required and begins May 26 at 9am.M

    Stitches Handcraft Group

    June 28, 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.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 29, 2016
    10:30 am

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Paws to Read

    June 30, 2016
    11:00 am

    For any young reader
    June 16 & 30, July 14 & 28
    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.

    Silly Summer Fun-O-Lympics

    June 30, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 7-11.
    It’s time for the 2016 Summer Olympics, the Silly Summer Fun-O-Lympics, that is! Could you be a silver medalist in the dizzy discus? How about going for a bronze in the synchronized snack toss? Gold in the Chocolate Triathlon? Whatever it is, we’ll put your strengths to the test.
    Registration is required and begins June 13.

    LEGO at the Library

    July 05, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 6-11.
    June 14, July 5
    It’s time to get building! Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs, you bring your imagination!
    Registration is requested and begins May 31. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 06, 2016
    10:30 am

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    The Ever-Changing Butterfly

    July 11, 2016

    For all ages.
    Add your entry to our collaborative observation journal. As we watch caterpillars morph into butterflies, you can help us record their progress.

    Sew Fun

    July 12, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 9-14.
    Looking for something to do on a hot summer afternoon? Come cool off in the library and have a great time learning counted cross stitch and stitching a fun design.
    Registration is required and begins June 20.

    Storycrafters

    July 13, 2016
    10:30 am

    Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them.

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

    July 15, 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 June 24. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Butterfly, Butterfly, Where Do You Go?

    July 19, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Ages 6-12.
    Join Jerry Schneider as he helps us discover the places in nature where you’re likely to find butterflies and their eggs. We’ll also explore the amazing monarch migration to Mexico where butterflies cluster by the thousands in the Oyamel fir trees. Bring a white cotton t-shirt for a magnificent monarch craft!
    Registration is required and begins June 27.

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 20, 2016
    10:30 am

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    “Movie” On Over to Crozet Library

    July 22, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 6-11.
    Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG). JMRL will provide the popcorn – YOU bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the Crozet Library for movie details.
    Registration is requested and begins July 5. Drop-ins are always welcome.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 27, 2016
    10:30 am

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Page Turners Book Group Reads: BFG

    July 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Ages 8-11.
    When Sophie gets carried off in the middle of the night by the Big Friendly Giant, she’s one lucky girl! At least he’s not like all the other bone-crunching giants who usually eat small children for breakfast. Can she and her BFG stop those other kid-munching giants and save all kiddles world-wide? Stop by the library to get your free copy of The BFG by Roald Dahl. Read it on your own and then join other Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.
    Registration is required and begins on June 27.

    Check It Out

    August 01, 2016

    Ages 5–11.
    August
    Checkout library materials during the month of August and you can enter your name to win some cool back-to-school supplies. One entry per visit, please.

    A View from the Top

    August 03, 2016
    10:30 am

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | Email Us

    2's and 3's Together - Mondays at 9:30 - Summer Session

    Mondays 9:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    June 20 - August 1
    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.”
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Reading Rumpus - Summer Session

    Mondays 10:30 am

    For children up to 3 years and accompanying caregiver.
    June 20 - August 1
    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 on July 4.

    Mother Goose Time Mondays 11:30 - Summer Session

    Mondays 11:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    June 20 - August 1
    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.
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays 9:30am - Summer Session

    Tuesdays 9:30 am

    For children under 24 months and caregiver.
    June 21 - August 2
    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.
    *No storytime July 4.
    Registration is required and begins June 7.

    Monkey Business - Summer: June 23 - August 4

    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 June 7.

    Drop-In Stories & More - Summer Session

    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.

    2's and 3's Together - Tuesdays at 10:30am - Summer Session

    June 28, 2016
    10:30 am

    For 2 and 3 year olds with accompanying adult
    June 21 - August 2
    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 June 7.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 29, 2016
    10:30 am

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Fun for the Young @ The Fralin - Summer Session

    July 06, 2016
    10:00 am

    For ages 3 - 5.
    June 22, July 6, July 20
    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.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 06, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    Make It & Take It

    July 06, 2016
    3:00 pm

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

    • May 4: Pom-pom Poppers
    • June 1: Bejeweled Blue Ribbons
    • July 6: Bodacious Baseballs
    • August 3: Crafty Creations

    Minute to Win It

    July 08, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For Grades 3-6.
    Read to win becomes rush to win. Ready for some wacky games and challenges? You have just 60 seconds to reach success.
    Registration is required and begins June 30.

    Storycrafters

    July 13, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them.

    SPCA Paws to Read

    July 13, 2016
    3:00 pm

    June 8 between 3-4pm
    *July 13 between 4-5pm*
    August 10 between 3-4pm
    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 reader. Reading times are limited; registration recommended.

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 20, 2016
    2:00 pm

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    Block Party: LEGO Gatherings - Summer Session

    July 20, 2016
    4:00 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.

    Games People Played: Frontier Culture Museum

    July 22, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For Ages 5+.
    The Frontier Culture Museum will present an interactive program on historical games and physical education. Get moving and playing while you learn about how kids in the past worked and played!
    Registration is suggested and begins July 8.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 27, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Book Bites: Book Discussion

    July 28, 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.

    LEGO Extravaganza

    August 01, 2016

    For all ages.
    Aug. 1-31
    We are setting forth a challenge to all LEGO fans to design and build an original structure. Entries will be accepted from August 1-31. All entries will remain on display during month of August. All entrants must complete an entry form.

    A View from the Top

    August 03, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Mario Kart 8 Tournament Junior

    August 05, 2016
    11:00 am

    For Grades 1-5. Children under 12 must have a caregiver present.
    Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends.
    Registration required and begins July 22.

    Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    August 06, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For Ages 9-12.
    Do you love books? Splendiferous! Maybe you have what it takes to be a Library Olympics Champion. Join us for fun book-based competitions to get your book brains whirring.
    Registration is required and begins July 23.

    Animals in Pajamas: A Stuffed Animal Sleepover

    August 08, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Bring your favorite stuffed pal for a special evening storytime and let your friend spend the night at the library. What will all the stuffed friends do when the lights go out? Tell stories? Sing songs? Play games? You'll find out when you pick them up the next day.

    Fencing For the Win

    August 13, 2016
    2:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Join us for a fencing demonstration with Blue Ridge Fencing Center. They will be demonstrating the olympic sport of fencing, including historical techniques and some hands on fun.

    Summer Shimmy Dance Party

    August 30, 2016
    10:30 am

    Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing.

    Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | Email Us

    Storybook Beat - Summer Sessions - June 2 - July 7

    Thursdays 10:30 am

    For ages 3 - 5, with or without caregiver or parent
    Enjoy 45 minutes together with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music, using scarves, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a simple craft at conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

    Book Sharks of Greene

    June 28, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.
    Tuesdays, June 7,14, 21, 28 at 3:30-4:30pm
    Read and talk about great books. Do fun activities. Eat snacks. Registered Sharks will receive a free copy of the book. Open to all guys in grades 4-8.

    Read and Rhyme Time - Summer Sessions

    Wednesdays 10:30 am

    For ages 1-2 with an accompanying parent or caregiver.
    June 1 - July 6; August 3-17
    A half hour of fun that promotes verbal, motor and social skills using short books, puppets, fingerplays, and flannel stories. Musical activities with movement, using scarves, shaker eggs, and rhythm instruments. Each class concludes with a short social playtime. Siblings welcome.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 30, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 07, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    A View from the Top

    July 14, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Mr. Lemoncello's Library Olympics

    July 16, 2016
    3:00 pm

    For grades 4-8.
    Are you ready to have some fun and draw on your inner eccentric? We are on a quest for champions. The library will host four exciting book-based competitions. Prizes will be awarded. Confetti iced cake and lemon berry fizz will be served. Required registration begins June 20 and is limited to 20 participants.

    Books at Bedtime - July 18 & 25

    Mondays 6:30 pm

    For ages 3-5.
    Come in your pajamas, snuggle up with your favorite stuffed animal and listen to some great bedtime stories.

    Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

    July 19, 2016
    3:30 pm

    Girls in grades 4-8
    Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

    Third Thursdays (Tuesdays in June & July):
    May 19, *June 21, *July 19, August 18
    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.

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 21, 2016
    2:00 pm

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Storybook Beat - Summer Sessions - August 4-18

    August 04, 2016
    10:30 am

    For ages 3 - 5, with or without caregiver or parent
    Enjoy 45 minutes together with engaging books, flannel stories and puppets. Sing and move to music, using scarves, and rhythm instruments. Enjoy a simple craft at conclusion of the class. Siblings welcome.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 04, 2016
    2:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Summer Family Movie

    August 13, 2016
    2:30 pm

    Take a break from all of the rush of getting everyone ready for school. Relax and enjoy the exciting movie Zootopia, rated PG. All ages welcome, (Common Sense Media recommends for ages 8+). Refreshments provided. Registration required.

    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.

    Drum Call and Friends

    June 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

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

    Friday Family Movies

    July 01, 2016
    1:00 pm

    Every other Friday (June 3 - July 29) at 1pm
    Relax and enjoy a free movie, drinks, and popcorn.
    June 3: Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015, PG-13)
    June 17: Pan (2015, PG)
    July 1: Max (2015, PG)
    July 15:The Lion Guard: Return of the Roar (2015, TV)
    July 29: Zootopia (2016, PG)

    A View from the Top

    July 05, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Drumming Workshop

    July 11, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Grades 5+.
    Do you love drumming? Join William “Whit” Whitten of Drum Call for an exciting, interactive workshop that explores the sounds of African drumming. Drums will be provided. Limit: 20.
    Required registration begins on June 27.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    July 12, 2016
    2:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 19, 2016
    2:00 pm

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 26, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Theater Games with TAB

    August 01, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Recommended for ages 8+.
    Members of the Teen Advisory Board will lead theatre games, improv, and lots more. Whether you are a super star or shy as a mouse, join us for a fun afternoon of games!

    Goodlife Theater Puppets:The Land of Aloha

    August 02, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Puppets, music and the traditional dance of the islands, the hula, bring legends and tales from the Hawaiian islands to joyous life.

    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.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 28, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Summer Fun & Healthy Too

    June 30, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Before the days of modern luxuries, living healthfully was a means of survival, rather than a matter of choice. This interactive, hands-on series presented by Backyard Revolution will explore food traditions cultivated long before present day conveniences. more info

    • June 30: Preservation, Cultures and Fermentation
      Discover the alchemy of preservation, as we “put up” herbs, vegetables, and other food without electricity, while boosting healthfulness.
    • July 14: It All Begins With a Seed
      Learn how the natural process of sprouting skyrockets regular seeds into nutritional powerhouses of superhuman proportions.
    • July 28: Honey, Sorghum, Butter, and Lard
      Follow the foods of our forebearers back in time to a world where everything was organic, locally raised, and non-gmo. Decipher grass-fed vs grain-fed, pasteurized vs raw, organic vs genetically-modified and what it means to you and yours.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 05, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    LEGO Wednesdays

    Wednesdays 4:00 pm

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

    Family Movie Matinee - Summer Session

    July 08, 2016
    2:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Take a break and cool off throughout the summer for some family movie fun.

    • June 24: Zoo (2015)
    • July 8: The Good Dinosaur (2015)
    • July 22: Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)
    • August 5: Norm of the North (2016)

    A View from the Top

    July 12, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Get Out of the Doghouse Day

    July 18, 2016

    For all ages.
    Take a look at the many ways that you can get out of or maybe in the doghouse.

    Drum Call and Friends

    July 19, 2016
    2:00 pm

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

    Wacky Wednesday

    July 20, 2016

    For all ages.
    Visit the Nelson Memorial Library, find some wacky changes in the library (or the library staff) and win a wacky prize.

    Goodlife Theater Puppets:The Land of Aloha

    July 26, 2016
    2:00 pm

    Puppets, music and the traditional dance of the islands, the hula, bring legends and tales from the Hawaiian islands to joyous life.

    Storytime on a School Bus

    July 27, 2016
    10:30 am

    Join us on a big yellow bus for this week’s Stories Out Loud. It will be a fun way to give children experience with the bus before they start school.

    Harry Potter Party

    August 01, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For all ages.
    In honor of J.K. Rowling’s new book release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Parts I and II you are invited to a Harry Potter Party. Come dressed in your Hogwarts finest (of course you don’t have to dress the part) and celebrate with games, activities, and snacks.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 02, 2016
    2:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

    August 25, 2016

    For all ages.
    Help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service with a display and activities for the day.

    Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | Email Us

    Step-Up Stories - Summer Session - June 13 - July 25

    Mondays 2:30 pm

    For grades 1-3
    Exciting stories for school-aged children.

    Twos and Threes Together: Wednesday - Summer Session: June 15 - July 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 for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Preschool Pals Wednesdays - Summer Session: June 15 - July 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 for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Preschool Pals Thursday - Summer Session: June 16 - July 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 for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Twos and Threes Together: Thursday - Summer Session: June 16 - July 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 for the 7-week session is required and begins June 1.

    Babies and Books - June 16 - July 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 followed by playtime.

    Awesome Afternoons - June 15 - July 27

    Wednesdays 1:30 pm

    For ages 1-5.
    Ready to bounce on up from Babies and Books? Enjoy a mix of stories, music, and movement.

    Terrific Tuesdays with Agnor-Hurt Teachers

    Tuesdays 3:00 pm

    Ages 4 - 11
    Tuesdays at 3:00, starting on June 14 until August 16, excluding July 26.
    Agnor-Hurt teachers will present stories, songs, and poems in English and other languages, to children ages 4 to 11. Each teacher will make his/her own program, so every Tuesday will be a surprise! No registration required.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 30, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Family Art Drop-In Friday

    July 01, 2016
    10:30 am

    For children up to age 12.
    Stop by anytime between 10:30 and noon and let your creativity shine! Decorate a foam visor to keep cool this summer. All materials provided. No registration is required.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 07, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    Family Night at the Movies

    July 12, 2016
    6:30 pm

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

    • May 10: Jumanji (PG, 1995)
    • June 14: Inside Out (PG, 2015)
    • July 12: Aladdin (G, 1992)
    • August 9: Minions (PG, 2015)

    Storycrafters

    July 13, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Nationally recognized storytellers stop by to tell tales focusing on the joy of traditional stories and bringing alive all the fun you can have with them.

    A View from the Top

    July 14, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Dancing Lions and Laughing Dragons

    July 15, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For all ages.
    The Laughing Dragon Kung Fu Lion Dance Troupe will be presenting a traditional Chinese lion dance and dragon dance, with a 50’ dragon!

    Northside Minecraft Club - Summer Session

    July 19, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Grades 3-12.
    Third Tuesdays at 4-5:30pm
    June 21, July 19, August 16
    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. Registration required to play in the computer classroom and begins two weeks before program date. Additional open server hours will be announced throughout the summer.

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 21, 2016
    4:00 pm

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    Books on the Big Screen

    July 23, 2016
    2:00 pm

    All ages
    Bring a blanket and pillows and join us for these book to movie adaptations. Popcorn and drinks provided.

    • June 25: Cinderella (PG, 2015)
    • July 23: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (PG, 2001)
    • August 13: Goosebumps (PG, 2015)

    He's Back! Harry Potter Celebration

    July 26, 2016
    3:30 pm

    For all ages.
    Join us from 3:30-5:30pm for a celebration of all things Harry Potter, including themed activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    4:00 pm

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Juggler Jonathan Austin

    August 04, 2016
    4:00 pm

    What do you get when you cross a juggler, magician, comedian and unicyclist? The one and only Jonathan Austin! Join JMRL for this fun-filled event as he amazes and delights with his incredible talent and humor.

    Family Art Drop-In

    August 05, 2016
    10:30 am

    For children up to age 12.
    Stop by anytime between 10:30 and noon to mold and design your own Olympic medal! All materials provided.

    Wacky Wednesday

    August 10, 2016

    Find some wacky changes in the library (or library staff) and take home a wacky prize.

    Book Bugs Book Group

    August 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.

    Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | Email Us

    Toddler Time - Summer Session - June 8 - August 10

    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 - Summer Session - June 8 - August 10

    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.

    Make & Take Activities

    June 27, 2016

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

    • June only: Traditional Brazilian game, Cinco Marias.
    • June-August: Rainbow Loom bracelets.

    Theatre Games

    June 28, 2016
    7:00 pm

    Grades 4-9.
    Professional actor and musician Koda Kerl will present an acting workshop featuring theatre games, improv, stage combat, and lots more. You never know when a star will be born. Limit: 20.
    Registration begins June 14.

    Ball in the House (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    June 30, 2016
    10:00 am

    Totally Vocally: Five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking a cappella to the next level with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, these musicians create a sound that’s hard to believe.

    Illstyle and Peace (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 07, 2016
    10:00 am

    Hip-hop Added Up: Find math hidden in the patterns and rhythms of hip-hop dance and music, and see math in a whole new light.

    A View from the Top

    July 14, 2016
    10:00 am

    Take a peek into the lives of birds of prey, the animal kingdom’s most successful hunters, and even meet one in person! The Wildlife Center of Virginia will present about the fantastic tools these magnificent predators have and reveal what they can teach us about the world they inhabit.

    Saturday Family Matinee

    July 16, 2016
    2:00 pm

    For all ages.
    Animated film program for the whole family.

    • June 18: The Good Dinosaur (2015)
    • July 16: Zootopia (2016)

    After Jack (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 21, 2016
    10:00 am

    After Jack is what happens when you combine Appalachian music, gospel, songwriting, folk, mountain music, and a little bit of country. These three talented young women perform some of America’s earliest music and combine it with traditional Appalachian Jack Tales.

    Get Ready, Set, Read! Book Talk

    July 25, 2016
    4:00 pm

    For grades 3-7.
    Reading: Wild Girl by Patricia Reilly Giff
    A wild twelve year old from Brazil and a spirited filly find moving to a New York racetrack a challenging journey. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk.

    Pirates of the Pan (Young Audiences of Virginia)

    July 28, 2016
    10:00 am

    Listen for the sounds of Caribbean steel drums in Virginia! Audiences will explore how the drums and pans became the popular instruments they are today and learn about the West Indies, our island neighbors to the south.

    Goodlife Theater Puppets:The Land of Aloha

    August 04, 2016
    10:00 am

    Puppets, music and the traditional dance of the islands, the hula, bring legends and tales from the Hawaiian islands to joyous life.