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Summer Reading Program for Children Ages 2-11

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  • Register for the Summer Reading Program online.

    Be sure your parents have given their permission for you to participate in the online program!
  • Create an account with a user name and a password - passwords must be at least 4 characters. Families may sign up together under one account.
  • Follow the directions on the page, and you'll have your own personal page to enter everything you read.
  • At the Library, you'll receive a log to be stamped each week to receive a prize. You'll also be entered into a drawing for a free book.
  • Read anything you choose - books, audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers, or magazines! If someone reads to you, that counts, too!
  • Stop by the Library each week to pick up your prize!
  • Register online and be entered into a drawing for a $50 gift card to Best Buy.

Do you prefer the CLASSIC summer reading program?

  • Starting June 9, stop by any JMRL location to pick up a paper reading log. You'll also be entered into a drawing for a free book.
  • Keep track of your reading on the log, and bring it back to the Library once a week to receive a prize.
  • Read anything you choose – books, audiobooks, eBooks, newspapers, or magazines! If someone reads to you, that counts, too!

Central Library: 434.979.7151 ext 3 | childrens@jmrl.org

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

Tales for Twos

Thursdays 10:30 am

For age 2 with a favorite adult
No registration required.
Children must already be 2 in order to attend
A fun-filled program of interactive stories, fingerplays, and flannel board stories that encourage your toddler’s emerging language skills.
Summer Session June 19 - July 24

Helping Paws: Service Dogs Helping People with Disabilities

July 24, 2014
3:00 pm

For rising 3rd graders and up
Registration is required and begins on Thursday, July 10
Learn about the service dogs and what to do when you see them out. Our talented and well-trained dogs will show some of the skills they use to help people, such as picking up objects, opening doors, pushing buttons, and other amazing tasks.
Doggie donations welcome: peanut butter, tennis balls, kongs, and paper towels.

Charlottesville Band Ensemble Lunchtime Concerts

July 25, 2014
12:00 pm

For all ages
Bring your lunch to the library and enjoy a side of Sousa with your sandwich as ensemble players from the Charlottesville Municipal Band serenade you with show tunes, marches and more. Outside weather permitting.

Book Buffet

July 30, 2014
9:00 am

For all ages
No reservations required, just an appetite for good books
Try it; you might like it! Ravenous readers take a seat at the Central Library Book Tasting. We will have menus of books to devour. Comment cards will allow "diners" to share their opinions. Doggy bags available to take home leftovers. Today's specials include generous servings of delicious dog and cat tales.
9 am - 5 pm

Special Tween Movie Matinee

August 12, 2014
3:00 pm

For ages 9 to 12. No younger siblings, please. Rated PG.
Book Bag invites all tweens to a special presentation of the film "Shiloh," based on the Newbery-winning novel by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor. JMRL has chairs, but bring a blanket or pillows if you want to lounge on the floor. Enjoy free fresh popcorn.

Book Bag: A Tween Book Club

August 12, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 9 - 12
Registration is required and is ongoing
Sink your canines into some great summer reads. Join Ms. Karen for snacks, then chat about what you've read. Take home a copy of the book for keeps!



LEGO Mania!

August 14, 2014
3:00 pm

For ages 5 & up. No younger siblings, please.
No registration required.
La-La for LEGO’s? Come to JMRL’s construction zone. All you need to bring is your creativity and building skills for your next great creation. JMRL will provide the blocks!

Crozet Library: 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Anything's Pawsible! Create a Fantastical Creature

July 24, 2014

For ages 4 and up
Stop in the Crozet Library anytime to pick up your starter craft items, add some fun things from home then bring back your creation to be displayed with the other animals both wild and tame, at the library. We'll add your handmade critter to our ever-growing collection of crafy pets.

Paws in Peril

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Please consider donating to our Pet Supply Drive. Supplies will help keep the orphaned pets at the Charlottesville SPCA healthy and happy while they await loving, forever homes.

Items needed to help animals: No clumping or regular cat litter; non-seafood or fish; wet canned food for kittens/cats; spray bottles (32 oz); 1 gallon of bleach; canned dog food; all kinds of dog and cat toys, especially cat wands; squeegees; fleece blankets, dryer sheets to control static; dog and cat treats; dish detergent, hard rubber chew toys, and paper towels. You can drop off donations anytime the library is open in June, July, and August.

Pet Pics!

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Submit a photo of you and your pet(s) in June and July. Take a come-as-you-are shot or feel free to be as creative as you wish. The library will add your portrait to our Pet Show wall. Keep in mind the theme this summer is "Paws to Read!" Come in over the summer to find your picture and spot some other feathered and furry library lovers.
For full details, call or visit the Crozet Library

Page Turners, A Book Group for Kids, Read: "Poppy" by Avi

July 24, 2014
2:00 pm

For ages 8 to 11
Registration is required and begins on Monday, June 30
Ruled by an intimidating great-horned owl, Mr. Ocax, the small animals of Dimwood forest lives in strict obedience and constant fear. Knowing the way they are treated is unjust, Poppy, a plucky young field mouse sets our to prove that Mr. Ocax is nothing but a spineless bully. Packed with action and adventure, this book is sure to be a page turner! Stop by the library to get your free copy. Read on your own, then join other Crozet Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun.

Give a Hoot!

July 25, 2014
2:00 pm

For ages 6 to 10
Registration is required and begins on Monday, July 7
Join McGuffy artist Susan Northington as she shows you how to create a watercolor painting of an owl, using an old page from a worn out book as your canvas. This is a colorful and popular project for all animal lovers. You don't have to be an artist to enjoy the program!

Stitches: A Handcraft Group for Ages 8 to 108

July 29, 2014
4:30 pm

Ages 8 to 108
Knitters, beaders, stitchers - come one, come all. Bring any project you're working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.
Drop-ins are always welcome!

Super Summer Reading Wrap-Up and Cookie Countdown!

July 29, 2014
6:30 pm

All ages
Come to the grand finale of the Summer Reading Program to celebrate all of the
super-wonderful reading we did this summer! You will be able to hang out with your reading friends, find out whether or not we beat last year’s reading record, enjoy some yummy cookies, and tap your toes to music by the McKenzies!

Gordon Avenue Library: 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Monkey Business: Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

Designed for independent 3, 4, and 5 year olds but accompanying adults welcome
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 3
Come monkey around for this 30 minute program of exciting stories fingerplays, silly songs, and flannel stories.
Summer Session June 19 - July 31

Drop-In Storytime

Saturdays 11:00 am

For all ages
No registration required
Stop by on Saturdays for 30 minutes of stories, songs, rhymes, and fun.
June 7 - August 30

Mother Goose Time: Mondays

Mondays 9:30 am

For ages 6 - 24 months
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 4
A special program of simple stories,rhymes, and songs for our youngest patrons and an accompanying adult
Summer Session June 16 - July 21

Mother Goose Time: Tuesdays

Tuesdays 9:30 am

For ages 6 to 24 months
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 3
A special program of simple stories, rhymes, and songs for our youngest patrons and an accompanying caregiver.
Summer session June 17 - July 29

2's and 3's Together

Tuesdays 10:30 am

For ages 2 and 3
Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, June 3
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and finger-plays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult
Summer session June 17 - July 29

Paws in Peril

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Please consider donating to our Pet Supply Drive. Supplies will help keep the orphaned pets at the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA healthy and happy while they await loving, forever homes. Items needed to help the animals:

Non-clumping or regular cat litter; non-seafood or fish; wet canned food for kitten/cats; spray bottles (32 ounces); gallon bottle of bleach; and canned dog food; all kinds of dog and cat toys, especially cat wands; squeegees; fleece blankets; dryer sheets to control static; dog and cat treats; dish detergent, hard rubber chew toys, and paper towels.

You can drop off donations anytime the library is open.

Petpourri: Pet Pals

July 24, 2014
3:00 pm

For ages 5 and up
No pet at home? Make the easiest pet around. Drop in from 3 to 5 to make a pet that "rocks."

Family Film Fridays

August 01, 2014
2:00 pm

For all ages
See movies and ratings below
Kick back and cool off with an afternoon movie. Bring a beach towel or blanket to get comfy. Popcorn will be provided! What’s Showing:
June:"Frozen,"rated PG with sing along fun
July:"Bolt,"rated PG, and make Rhino in a ball
August is Awesome:"The Lego Movie," rated PG, with LEGO build time

Stuffed Animal Pet Show and Sleepover!

August 05, 2014

For all ages
Groom, dress and parade a favorite stuffed animal to Gordon Avenue Library for our first-ever stuffed pet show! We'll have lots of fun with pet activities, a place to show off your pet, books to discover and take home in a doggy bag. The animals can go home at the end of the day or spend an adventurous night at the library. Please bring one stuffed animal per child.

R.E.A.D!

August 05, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 9 and up
Registration is required and ongoing
R.E.A.D: Read, Enjoy, And Discuss! Meet other kids, new books, and old favorites. Free copies of the book for each month while supplies last. Snacks will be provided.
June:"Because of Winn-Dixie,"
July:"Warriors: Into the Wild,"
August:"Love That Dog."

Summer Shimmy Dance Party

August 12, 2014
10:30 am

For ages 5 and under
No registration required
Boogie, rock, shake it all about! A fun-filled active 30 minutes of dancing, dancing, dancing.

Block Party: LEGO Gatherings  

August 21, 2014
4:00 pm

For ages 5 and up
No registration is required
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 will have the building blocks for your next great creation.

Teddy Bear Tea: In the Garden!

August 28, 2014
10:30 am

For ages 2 to 5
Registration is required and begins on Thursday, August 12
Bring a teddy or special stuffed friend for some bear-y good stories (weather permitting) an outdoor tea party. Feel free to dress yourself and/or your friend for the occasion.

Greene Library: 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

For 3 to 5 year olds. Siblings welcome.
No registration required
Join the library for books, songs, finger-plays, and flannel stories. Each week's storytime concludes with a simple craft that your child can make and take home.
Summer Session June 5 - July 31

1's and 2's Together

Wednesdays 10:30 am

Designed for 1 and 2 year olds with an accompanying adult. Siblings welcome.
No Registration is required
A fun filled program of stories, songs ,and finger-plays, for our youngest patrons. Each week's storytime concludes with a simple craft that your child can make and take home
Summer session June 4 - July 30

Pet Supply Drive

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Please consider donating to our Pet Supply Drive. Supplies will help keep the orphaned pets at the Greene-Madison Humane Society healthy and happy while they await loving, forever homes. The Library will also be donating supplies to Molly's Cupboard and the Greene County Animal Shelter.

Items needed to help the animals: non-clumping or regular cat litter; non-seafood or fish; wet canned food for kitten/cats; spray bottles(32 ounces); gallon bottle of bleach; and canned dog food; all kinds of dog and cat toys, especially cat wands; squeegees; fleece blankets; dryer sheets to control static; dog and cat treats; dish detergent, hard rubber chew toys, and paper towels.

Atumpan Tales of the Griot

July 29, 2014
11:00 am

Best for ages 3 and up
Journey to West Africa to the beat of the talking drum with storytellers Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten.

The Book Sharks of Greene! **Led by guys!

August 02, 2014
2:00 pm

Boys ages 9-13 are welcome to join at any time.
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.
Guys will read and discuss boy-oriented books, including high adventure, danger, mystery, and laughs, as well as see some movies and do other activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive the next month’s book free to keep.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

Thursdays 3:30 pm

Girls ages 9 - 13 are welcome to join anytime
Registration is ongoing. Please call 434-985-5227 or stop by the circulation desk at the Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.
The Rapunzels read and discuss great books, then make crafts or play games to go along with them. The first 15 girls to arrive receive a free book.

Louisa Library: 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime

Thursdays 10:30 am

for ages 3 - 5
No registration required
Join us for a fun time of stories, songs, flannel boards, and learning.

Pennies for Puppies!

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

The Library will be collecting pennies and any change to go to the Louisa Animal shelter. Add your change and watch the amount grow. The library will also collect any dog items like dog treats, bags of dog food, flea and tick shampoo, roawhide chews and old clean towels. All items will go to the animal shelter. If you like kitties, you can donate cat items as well.

What's UP with Louisa?

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Where have you gone this summer or what did you do. Send your pictures or postcards to the library at 881 Davis Highway Mineral, VA 23117 and the library will post them on the bulletin board.

Atumpan Tales of the Griot

July 29, 2014
2:00 pm

Best for ages 3 and up
Journey to West Africa to the beat of the talking drum with storytellers Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten.

Nelson Memorial Library: 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Where in the World Are the Nelson Patrons?

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

For all ages
Share a postcard or photo of your summer vacation fun and check out everyone's travels at our display. You may bring it in or mail it to: Nelson Memorial Library, P.0. Box 321, Lovingston, VA 22949

Family Film: "Frozen"

July 30, 2014
10:30 am

No registration required. Popcorn and drinks provided
Watching this Disney animated film might help you cool off on a hot summer day.
Rated PG. 102 minutes

Northside Library: 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Preschool Storytime: Thursday session

Thursdays 10:15 am

For ages 3 - 5 who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own
Registration is required and begins on Monday, May 12
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3,4,and 5 year-olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own.
Summer Session June 12 - July 31

Two's and Three's Together: Wednesday session

Wednesdays 10:15 am

For ages 2 - 3
Registration is required and begins on Monday, May 12
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 2 & 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
Summer Session June 11 - July 30

Two's and Three's Together: Thursday Session

Thursdays 11:00 am

For ages 2 to 3
Registration is required and begins Monday May 12
A 30 minute program of stories, songs and finger-plays designed for 2 and 3 year olds with an accompanying adult.
Summer session June 12 - July 31

Babies and Books

Thursdays 1:30 pm

For babies up to 24 months with accompanying adult
No registration required
A 15 minute program of fingerplays, rhymes, and songs followed by 10 minutes of playtime.
Summer Session June 12 - July 31

Step Up Stories

Mondays 2:30 pm

For rising 1st to 3rd graders
Registration is required and begins one week prior to each storytime.
A 45-minute program of exciting stories for school-aged children.
Summer Session June 16 - July 28

Blankets and Books: A Family Storytime

Tuesdays 6:30 pm

For children of all ages with an accompanying adult
No registration required.
Come in your pajamas and snuggle down with your favorite blanket or stuffed animal for 30 minutes of stories, rhymes, and songs.
June 10: A special glow-in-the-dark storytime that'll really light up the night
July 29: Giant dance party! Put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie.
Summer Session June 10 - July 29 with special events for the first and last week

Preschool Storytime: Wednesday session

Wednesdays 11:00 am

For ages 3 - 5
Registration is required and begins on Monday, May 5
A 30-minute program of stories, songs, and fingerplays designed for 3,4,and 5 year olds who are ready to enjoy storytime on their own.
Summer Session June 11 - July 30

Paws in Peril

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Please consider donating to our Pet Supply Drive. Supplies will help keep the orphaned pets at the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA healthy and happy while they await loving, forever homes.

Items needed to help the animals: non-clumping or regular cat litter; non-seafood or fish; wet canned food for kitten/cats; spray bottles (32 ounces); gallon bottle of bleach; and canned dog food; all kinds of dog and cat toys, especially cat wands; squeegees; fleece blankets; dryer sheets to control static; dog and cat treats; dish detergent, hard rubber chew toys, and paper towels. You can drop off donations anytime the library is open June 9 through July 31.

Atumpan Tales of the Griot

July 24, 2014
3:00 pm

Best for ages 3 and up
Journey to West Africa to the beat of the talking drum with storytellers Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten.

Book Bugs Book Group: Summer Edition Part 2

July 25, 2014
5:30 pm

For bookworms reading at an older elementary level
Registration is required and begins Friday, June 27
July 25:(Special Book Bugs After Hours)"Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library" by Chris Grabenstein

Saturday Stories: A Family Storytime

July 26, 2014
10:30 am

For children of all ages with an accompanying adult
No registration is required
Drop in for 45 minutes of stories, songs and activities your whole family will enjoy.

Happy Birthday, Harry Potter!

July 31, 2014

Visit Northside Library to test your Potter knowledge with a trivia contest and scavenger hunt (learn about the myths and history that inspired the stories). Come in between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm to catch the Hogwarts Express for more fun and games.

Books on the Big Screen: "Frozen" Sing-Along

August 02, 2014
2:00 pm

No registration required
Escape the heat with the movie based on the beloved fairy tale, "The Snow Queen" by Hans Christian Andersen. Come dressed up and ready to sing along with "Let It Go!" Bring a blanket and pillows to sit on. Popsicles, popcorn, and drinks provided. Rated PG. 108 minutes

Northside Players Drama Club

August 04, 2014
4:00 pm

For rising 4th graders and up
Registration required: May 5 for the June 2 program, June 2 for the July 7 program, and July 7 for the August 4 program
Calling all actors! Join the library for a monthly theater workshop. We'll explore improv, story theater and puppetry, play fun theater games, and much more! No experience necessary; just bring your creativity.

Wacky Wednesday

August 06, 2014

Visit Northside Library to find some wacky changes in the library (or library staff) and take home a wacky prize. Come in between 11:00 am and 12:00 pm and meet Clifford for BIG fun!

Animals, Aliens & Monsters: Creating Characters That Pop

August 07, 2014
3:00 pm

For rising 3rd graders and up
Registration is required begins Friday, July 25
Join Virginia author Jennifer Elvgren as she shows you how authors bring character to life. Create your own timeless character ready to step into a plot and pop from the pages. Please bring a book with your favorite character, notebook and colored pencils.

Lego Mania

August 08, 2014
3:00 pm

Grades K and up
Registration required: June 27 for the July 11 program and July 25 for the August 8 program
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 great creation.

Family Night at the Movies

August 12, 2014
6:30 pm

For all ages
No registration required. All movies rated G
Bring a blanket and pillows and join the library for family friendly movies. Popcorn and drinks provided.
Wednesday, June 11: "Jungle Book" 78 minutes.
Wednesday, July 9: "Clifford's Really Big Movie," 73 minutes
Tuesday, August 12 "Toy Story," 81 minutes

Paws to Read

August 15, 2014
10:30 am

Registration is required and begins one week prior to each session
Improve your reading skills and make a new friend by reading aloud to a therapy dog. Dogs are registered animals with the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPAC who volunteer with their owners/handlers as a team. Sign up for a 15-minute appointment and bring a favorite book to read.

Wiggles & Giggles

August 19, 2014
1:30 pm

For children of all ages with an accompanying adult
No registration required
Each month, we'll hop & bop, jump & jive, and wiggle & giggle with an interactive 45-minute storytime featuring fun stories, silly songs, activities, and lots of moving & grooving!

Scottsville Library: 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Toddler Time

Wednesdays 10:00 am

For ages 2 and under
No registration required
A storytime especially for babies and toddlers emphasizing simple concepts, patterns, and unconditional acceptance. We stress "I Love You" rituals that help optimize your child's brain for success at school and in life. This 20 minute program includes books, songs, fingerplays and flannel board stories.
Summer session June 11 - July 30

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays 10:30 am

An independent activity for children ages 3 - 5
No registration required
This 30 minute program of books, songs, and flannel board stories introduces new concepts and ideas, increases vocabulary, improves listening skills, and promotes reading readiness.
Summer session June 11 -July 30

Scottsville Library Pet Drive

July 24, 2014
12:00 am

Please help the library fill a bin with old clean towels and blankets to be used for bedding in the dog and cat kennels at Almost Home the Humane Society/SPCA of Nelson County. They wouldn't mind a few treats and toys thrown in, too! Everything is greatly appreciated.

Atumpan Tales of the Griot

July 24, 2014
10:00 am

Best for ages 3 and up
Journey to West Africa to the beat of the talking drum with storytellers Corey & LaQuita Marie Staten.

Saturday Family Films

July 26, 2014
2:00 pm

All ages
No registration required. Films are rated PG
June 14:"My Dog Skip," 95 minutes
July 26:"Frozen," 108 minutes

Wacky Wednesday

July 30, 2014

Find some wacky changes in the library and get a prize! Inspired by the book "Wacky Wednesday" by Theo LeSieg.