JMRL Teen Page

If you’re a teenager in grades 6 - 12, or a parent, teacher, or other adult who works with teens, Young Adult Services at the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library has you covered!


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Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 215 | jmrlya@jmrl.org

Central Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

July 01, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Wednesdays, June 3 at 4:30 pm and July 1 at 2 pm. No meeting in August.

Call Angela at 434.979.7151 x4 with questions.

Central TAB is looking for new members. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. The primary project for the summer is hosting the After Hours Life-sized Clue event on June 19.

Make It @ the Library

July 08, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Second Wednesdays at 2 pm:
June 10, July 8, August 12

Kickstart your creativity with our monthly Pop-up MakerSpace. Start with our monthly project or use supplies on hand to make your own project.

  • June 10: Guitar Pick Jewelry
  • July 8: Makey Makeys
  • August 12: Fun with LEDs

Music on the Steps

July 10, 2015
12:00 pm

No registration required.

Fridays: July 10, 17, 24, & 31

Lunch to the rhythm as ensembles from the Charlottesville Municipal Band and other local groups serenade you while you munch. Alternate location: McIntire Room.

The Art of Henna

July 14, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 30. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 10 participants.

Experience the ancient art of henna in this hands-on workshop led by Ginny Sieminski of Expressions! Face Painting and Body Art. You’ll leave with your own temporary design and a henna kit to take home.

Central Teen Book Group

July 15, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants. Free books for the first 8 to register.

Wednesdays, June 17 & July 15 at 2pm
Wednesday, August 19 at 4:30pm

Join other teens in discussing graphic novels and other books. Refreshments served.

Film: A Birder's Guide to Everything

July 16, 2015
7:00 pm


David Portnoy, a 15-year-old birding fanatic, thinks that he's made the discovery of a lifetime. So, on the eve of his father's remarriage, he escapes on an epic road trip with his best friends to solidify their place in birding history. Rated PG-13.

Cupcake Decorating Challenge

July 18, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins July 1. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Space is limited.

The library will provide cupcakes and a variety of supplies for garnishing and decorating them. You provide the creativity for an edible masterpiece.

Drop In Games

July 22, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm
Wednesday, August 5 at 4:30 pm

Drop by the library for an afternoon of board and card games. Play old favorites or try something new. Snacks provided, of course.

Teen Movie Afternoon

July 29, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Drop in.

Drop by the library for fun with fractured fairy tales. Then watch the movie, “Into the Woods” (Movie rating PG). There will be popcorn, drinks and fairy tale-themed activities.

Chess Saturday

August 01, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 3-7.
Registration required and begins on July 18. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to sign up.

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.

Build It: Cardboard Construction Challenge

August 04, 2015
3:00 pm

Ages 10-14.
Registration recommended. Call 434.979.7151 x4 beginning July 20 to sign up.

Harness your inner architect. What can you build with cardboard and recyclables? Will it be a castle, a bridge, or an apartment building? The only limit is your imagination.

Drop In Games

August 05, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Wednesday, July 22 at 2 pm
Wednesday, August 5 at 4:30 pm

Drop by the library for an afternoon of board and card games. Play old favorites or try something new. Snacks provided, of course.

Central Teen Book Group

August 19, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants. Free books for the first 8 to register.

Wednesdays, June 17 & July 15 at 2pm
Wednesday, August 19 at 4:30pm

Join other teens in discussing graphic novels and other books. Refreshments served.

Crazy Crafternoon

August 26, 2015
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Drop in.

Drop by the library to see what you can create with supplies from the Pop-up Makerspace.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Stitches: A Handcraft Group

June 30, 2015
4:30 pm

Ages 8 and up.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesdays: June 30, July 28, August 25

Bring any project you’re working on, or interested in learning, and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing.

Crozet Teen Book Club

June 30, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins June 2.

Reading: Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. A new “Rippermania” descends upon modern-day London and teen Rory Deveaux gets caught up in the eerie investigation. This supernatural thriller captivates with clever characters, humorous dialogue, and a page-turning mystery. A free copy of the book is included for each participant. Snacks served.

TAB Hangout Night: Crozechella

July 06, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested.

From gaming and crafts, to movies and pop culture discussion, the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board will host evening "hangouts" over the summer.

July 6: Let's talk music! Share your favorite songs or bring with you anything you have written or performed.

Musings: A Teen Writer's Workshop

July 07, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

First Tuesdays: June 2, July 7, August 4.

Join other teen writers every month to stretch the imagination with new techniques and diverse prompts that will inspire your creative writing process. Feel free to bring any of your writing with you: this is a great opportunity to hone your writing skills, share your work, and receive helpful feedback. July 7 will be our Lyric Lab songwriting workshop.

TAB Hangout Night: Teen Book Challenge Games

July 08, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested.

From gaming and crafts, to movies and pop culture discussion, the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board will host evening "hangouts" over the summer.

July 8: Bring your favorite book(s) and join us for an evening of literary challenges: The First Sentence Game, Blindfolded Book Challenge, What Character Am I?, and many more!

The Game Scientists

July 11, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested and begins June 1.

Saturdays: June 13, June 20, July 11

Join other teens to experiment with a different themed board game or puzzle challenge at each meeting. Come learn new games, challenge yourself and friends, and win prizes! Snacks served.

One World Drumming Workshop

July 13, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins June 22. Limit: 15 participants.

Join musician and performer extraordinaire, Jim Gagnon, for an interactive drumming class (especially designed for beginning and advanced drummers alike). Using djembes, doumbecks and congas, we will explore some exciting rhythms from West Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, and beyond! Drums will be provided.

Theatre Games

July 14, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 30. Limit: 20 participants.

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.

Teen Film Club

July 17, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Come cool off at the Crozet Library with a free movie event! Enjoy a film with friends and chat about it afterward. Refreshments served.

  • Thursday, June 18 at 2pm: “Into the Woods” rated PG (125 min)
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm: Vote on a music-themed movie
  • Friday, July 17, at 2pm: TBA
  • Wednesday, Aug 12, at 6pm: Vote on a new release movie

Yak & Snack

July 20, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-9.
Registration required and begins on Monday, June 22.

Reading: Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. After evil scientists abduct the youngest member of their group, the "bird kids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose. Fast-paced and action-packed. A free copy of the book is included for each participant. Snacks served.

The Literati Book Club

July 21, 2015
6:00 pm

Geared toward mature readers. Suggested range: Grades 9-12.
Registration required and begins June 23.

Reading: Paper Towns by John Green. Where is Margo? Dive into the enigmatic mystery of her disappearance through a quirky cast of characters, a crazy all-night adventure, and a hilarious road trip. Read the book before you see the movie!A free copy of the book is included for each participant. Snacks served.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

July 28, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended.

Tuesday, June 16 at 6:30-8pm*
Tuesday, July 28 at 6:30pm

We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board: Help the library plan and lead teen programs, displays, and activities. Members will enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It’s your library - Make a difference.

*June 16: New Member Mixer & Fairy Tale Evening Redux.

Teen Film Club

August 12, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Come cool off at the Crozet Library with a free movie event! Enjoy a film with friends and chat about it afterward. Refreshments served.

  • Thursday, June 18 at 2pm: “Into the Woods” rated PG (125 min)
  • Tuesday, June 23 at 6pm: Vote on a music-themed movie
  • Friday, July 17, at 2pm: TBA
  • Wednesday, Aug 12, at 6pm: Vote on a new release movie

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

July 01, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended and begins on May 20.

First Wednesdays: June 3, July 1, August 5

Be a part of something big. Plan teen stuff for the library, create displays, share good books, and more. Snacks will be provided and members can receive volunteer hours for participation. It’s your chance to make the library your own.

Gordon Avenue Pathfinder Gaming Group

July 08, 2015
6:30 pm

Ages 12-17.
Registration required and begins on Wednesday, May 27. Limit: 6 participants.

Second and Fourth Wednesdays: June 10 - August 26

A beginner's group for ages 12-17 playing Pathfinder RPG (Role Playing Game). Materials and snacks provided, so all you need to bring is your creativity and dice if you've got them.

Teen Writer's Guild

July 09, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins on May 28.

Monthly on Thursdays:
June 11, July 9, August 6

Come explore a world of creative writing with fun activities, games and a free exchange of ideas to get your creative juices flowing.

LARP (Live Action Role Playing) Scavenger Hunt

July 11, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration required and begins on June 27.

Come dressed in your favorite period costume as we scour through time searching for clues to unlock the secrets of the library.

Theatre Games

July 15, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on July 1. Limit: 20 participants.

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.

Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel/Manga Book Group

July 16, 2015
4:00 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins on June 4.

Third Thursdays:
June 18, July 16, August 20

Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Free copies of the book to the first 7 to sign up.

Teen Screen

July 17, 2015
2:30 pm

Grades 5-12.
No registration required.

Third Fridays: June 19, July 17

Relax and enjoy a free movie and popcorn each month just for teens. You choose and vote on what we watch. Check with the library to see what movie will be playing.

  • June 19: “Pitch Perfect” (2012) 112 min.
  • July 17: “Hairspray” (2007) PG-13 117 min.

Special Page to Screen Family Movie Night

July 22, 2015
7:00 pm

All ages.
No registration required.

Bring the family as folktale characters escape the pages and break into song in the film version of the Broadway musical, “Into the Woods”. Rated PG.

Artist Guild

July 29, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins on July 15.

The guild offers a meeting place for the beginner or budding artists to try new mediums. Featuring different art “tastings” and individual projects. Future activities of the Guild include but not limited to group projects and workshops.

Cosplay Cafe

August 08, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins July 25.

Dress in your favorite cosplay and prepare to be served by the teen staff at our charming Library Cosplay Café. Enjoy an array of great manga, tea, Japanese inspired snacks and big screen AMVs (Anime Music Videos). End your afternoon with our costume contest.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

July 08, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended but not required. Please call or stop by the circulation desk at Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

Second Wednesdays: June 10, July 8, August 12

Do you want to have fun and earn volunteer hours at the same time? Join TAB and help make decisions about the teen programs at the Greene County Library. Snacks provided.

Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

July 16, 2015
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:
June 18, July 16, August 20

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.

Draw Your Own Manga - CANCELED

July 18, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on July 3. Limit: 20 participants.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga.

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

July 22, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 8-12.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up.

Fourth Wednesdays:
June 24, July 22, August 26

Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. The first 9 teens to arrive at each meeting receive a copy of the next month’s book.

Book Sharks of Greene

August 01, 2015
2:00 pm

Boys in Grades 4-9.
Registration is required and ongoing. Please call or stop by the circulation desk to sign up the first time you come.

First Saturdays*: June 6, June 27, August 1
*July’s Meeting will be on June 27.

Led by guys, Sharks will read and discuss boy-oriented books, as well as enjoy snacks and other book related activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a free copy of the next book. Boys grades 4-9 are welcome to join at any time.

Summer Memory Ceramics

August 07, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 8. Limit: 15 participants.

Celebrate the summer by decorating a mug or other item with your own design using oil-based sharpies. Don’t know what to draw? Some images will be provided to inspire your mug-decorating muse.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Draw Your Own Manga - CANCELED

July 06, 2015
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 22. Limit: 20 participants.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga.

Teen Advisory Board

July 13, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Monthly on the following Mondays:
June 8 at 3:00pm
July 13 and August 10 at 3:30pm

This is your chance to be heard when it comes to programming at the Louisa County Library. Help plan teen programs and participate in activities. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants will receive volunteer hours for their participation in TAB.

Beat the Heat Movie Matinee

July 17, 2015
2:00 pm

Third Fridays: June 19, July 17.

Relax and enjoy a free movie, drinks, and popcorn.

  • June 19: “Annie”
  • July 17: “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1”

Young Writers' Group

July 20, 2015
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Third Mondays:
June 15, July 20, August 17

A free form group that meets to read, write, discuss, and more. Snacks and drinks are provided. New members always welcome.

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Celebrate America

July 03, 2015

All ages.

Enjoy books and information for all ages as we celebrate the birthday of our country.

Make & Take Creative Crafts

July 06, 2015

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the pick-up craft table for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • June 15-20: Folding Rose
  • July 6-11: Intricate Coloring Page
  • August 17-22: Old Book Heart Design

Theatre Games

July 13, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 29. Limit: 20 participants.

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.

Family Summer Movie Matinee

July 18, 2015
10:30 am


Various Saturdays at 10:30am

Cool off on selected Saturdays in the summer with popcorn and a movie for your family to enjoy.

  • June 13: “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” Rated PG
  • June 27: “Annie” Rated PG
  • July 18: “Into the Woods” Rated PG
  • August 8: “The Princess and the Frog” Rated G
  • August 29: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” Rated PG

Sharpie Pen Science

July 20, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Using a piece of fabric, sharpie pens, and your imagination create a work of science and art all in one.

Wacky Wednesday

July 22, 2015

All ages.

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

Creative Construction Challenge

August 03, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Use everyday objects to create unusual structures.

Vesuvius Day

August 24, 2015

All ages.

Learn all about volcanoes with interesting media of all types.

National Trail Mix Day

August 31, 2015

All ages.
Enjoy a sample of trail mix and ideas to help you hit the trail this fall as we close out our programs for the summer.

Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Make & Take Crafts

June 30, 2015
12:00 am

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the information desk for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • April: Blackout poetry
  • May: Magnets
  • June: Zendoodle
  • July: Pinwheels
  • August: Bookmarks

Craft Creators' Corner

July 01, 2015
12:00 am

Enjoy crafts but short on time? Stop by the teen services desk the following Wednesdays this summer for quick and easy projects to do at your own pace. Materials are provided.

  • June 10: Paper flowers
  • June 17: Paper birds
  • June 24: Pom pom bookmarks
  • July 1: Design your own owl
  • July 8: Guitar pick jewelry/keychains
  • July 15: Zendoodle
  • July 22: Upcycled CDs
  • July 29: Collage
  • August 5: Duct tape fun
  • August 12: Washi tape pencils

@ Your Library

July 01, 2015
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
First Wednesdays: June 3, July 1, August 5

A program series consisting of a variety of craft and informational programs.

  • June 3: Sugar Scrub.
    Create a homemade sugar scrub and leave with a great addition to your beauty routine.
    Required registration begins May 13.
  • July 1: Red, Wreath, and Blue Workshop.
    Learn to make a variety of paper shapes to create a patriotic wreath or decorative star.
    Required registration begins June 10.
  • August 5: Bath Bombs.
    Learn how to make fun and fizzy homemade bath bombs from just a few ingredients.
    Required registration begins July 15.

Anime Club

July 06, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monthly on Mondays: June 8, July 6, August 17

Watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends while enjoying snacks and pocky. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14.

Northside Teen Advisory Board

July 08, 2015
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Second Wednesdays: June 10, July 8, August 12

We need your help. Come be a part of the Northside Teen Advisory Board. Help create displays, plan programs and activities while earning volunteer hours. Enjoy snacks and meet new people.

Game Night

July 13, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended but not required.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 15, July 13, August 24

Wii, XBox Kinect, board games, and snacks. Come with a friend or meet new people.

Chapter Chat Book Club

July 20, 2015
6:00 pm

Ages 11-14.
Required registration is ongoing. The first 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 22, July 20, August 31

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books will be chosen by the group.

Book Buzz Book Club

July 20, 2015
7:15 pm

Ages 14-18.
Required registration is ongoing. The first 8 registered will receive a free copy of the book.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 22, July 20, August 31

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks. Books will be chosen by the group.

Printmaking: Make Your Own Note Cards

July 27, 2015
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on July 13. Limit: 12 participants.

Artist Virginia Thompson will show you how to create relief prints based on a design of your choice. Bring your own images or sketches up to 4” x 6” in dimension and learn how to make note cards using easy-cut printing blocks and carving tools. You’ll leave with your printing block and a series of original prints. Carving involves the use of sharp tools. Materials provided.

Fave Fandoms

July 30, 2015

Last Thursdays, all day
June 25, July 30, August 27

Celebrate your favorite fandoms by testing your knowledge with trivia and creating a craft while enjoying themed snacks.

  • June: Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit
  • July: Doctor Who
  • August: Hunger Games

Cupcake Decorating Challenge

August 03, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins July 20.

The library will provide cupcakes and a variety of supplies for garnishing and decorating them. You provide the creativity for an edible masterpiece.

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Scottsville Teen Movie Club

July 07, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Monthly on Tuesdays: June 9, July 7

Popcorn will be served.

  • June 9: “Beetlejuice” (1988) Rated PG
  • July 7: “The Theory of Everything” (2014) Rated PG-13

Pastel Drawing Class Taught by Local Artist Stephanie Newman

July 14, 2015
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration per class and begins July 1. Limit: 10 participants.

Tuesdays, July 14 & 28

Pastel is capable of producing rich, layered effects similar to painting. For students of all levels of experience. Landscape drawing will be explored.

Inklings: A Book Club

July 21, 2015
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Third Tuesdays: June 16, July 21, August 18.

Join the Scottsville Library’s long-running teen book club, The Inklings, for a fun and lively conversation. Pick up your free book at the circulation desk.

All programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library.