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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Teen Poetry Contest

October 1 - November 1, 2014

Ages 12-18.

Do you love to write poetry? Enter the Teen Poetry Contest to Celebrate Teen Read Week. Prizes go to three winners, who have the opportunity to be entered into another Teen Poetry Contest sponsored by the VOICE OF YOUTH ADVOCATES (VOYA) library journal. One entry per person. Contest forms and guidelines are available at all JMRL locations, or download and print a copy.

Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 215 | jmrlya@jmrl.org

Central Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

October 01, 2014
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Call Angela at 434.979.7151 x4 with questions.

First Wednesday of the month:
September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3.

  • Help plan events like Star Wars Reads Day or International Games Day.
  • Create and run a life-sized Candyland for the Children’s Department.
  • Organize and promote a Teen “Read For A Cause” fundraiser for charity.


Central Library TAB is looking for new members! Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Want to help but can’t make the meeting time? We’ll figure out a way to work around your schedule so you can be a part of these projects. Refreshments provided.

Recycled Book Crafts - Mugs

October 01, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up
Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Decorate your new favorite coffee mug with recycled book pages. All supplies provided.

Create It @ The Library: A Teen Pop-Up MakerSpace

October 08, 2014
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12
Drop in.

Second Wednesday of the month:
September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10. 4:30-6 pm
Kickstart your creativity with our monthly project or use supplies on hand to make your own project. From duct tape and washi tape crafts to light-up cards, there's something for everyone.

  • September: Bottle cap magnets and pins.
  • October: Duct tape and washi tape.
  • November: Book cart bling!
  • December: Light-up cards.

Star Wars Reads Day

October 11, 2014
2:00 pm

All ages.
Drop in from 2 to 4 pm

May the force be with you as the Central Library celebrates all things Star Wars. Come in costume for a chance at prizes. There will be crafts, music, food, and fun for all ages!

GSTS -- Graphically Speaking and Then Some Teen Book Group

October 15, 2014
4:30 pm

Content and reading level of the books discussed will be geared toward ages 13 and up.
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Limit: 15 participants. Free copies of the books for the first 8 to register.

Third Wednesday of the month:
September 17, October 15, November 19, December 17. 4:30-5:30 pm

Join other teens in discussing graphic novels and other books. Refreshments served. For the latest updates on books we're reading, check out the GSTS blog.

Table Top Games

October 22, 2014
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Drop in.

Drop by the library for some old-fashioned game fun.

Zombie Peeps

October 29, 2014
4:30 pm

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

Just in time for Halloween, transform peeps into zombies using icing and decorations. Then use them to create horrifying scenes from your favorite scary books or your imagination.

Recycled Book Crafts - Decorative Wreaths

November 12, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up
Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up.

Learn how to make a decorative wreath from recycled books. All supplies provided.

Cartooning in the Digital Age...with UNSHELVED Cartoonist Bill Barnes

November 13, 2014
6:00 pm

Geared toward teens and adults. Participants may attend either or both hours.

Making comic strips...thanks to the Internet, it’s easier than ever to put your work in front of potential readers. Veteran cartoonist Bill Barnes (Unshelved, Not Invented Here) will show you how to make comic strips, publish them on the web, and maybe make some money too!

1st hour - The Basics of Cartooning: Covers the steps in creating a comic strip - creating memorable characters, writing dialog, lettering, penciling, inking, and coloring.
2nd hour - Technology and Business of Cartooning: Bill describes how he uses computers to create and publish comic strips to the Internet, and describes how he makes money doing it.

International Games Day

November 15, 2014
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Drop in.

Join the international celebration of games in libraries! Try old favorites or maybe something new. There will be board games, card games, and even laptops available for limited computer gaming. Drop by the library and see what new games have arrived for this event.

Chess Saturday

November 22, 2014
2:00 pm

Ages 8-12.
Registration required. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register beginning Saturday, November 8.

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.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | crozet@jmrl.org

Musings: A Teen Writer's Workshop

October 07, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 13-18.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

First Tuesday of the month:
September 2, October 7, November 4, December 2. 6:30 pm

Interested in creative writing? 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.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

October 14, 2014
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended.

Tuesdays, September 9, October 14, November 18, December 9.

We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board! Help us 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!

Yak & Snack: A Book Group for Ages 11 to 14

October 21, 2014
6:00 pm

Ages 11-14.
Required registration begins on Tuesday, September 23. Free copy of book included! Limit: 15 participants.

The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen is filled with danger, deceit, and hidden identities. A nobleman devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king’s long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. The sarcastic yet upbeat orphan Sage is forced to become part of his plan. Let your parents have Game of Thrones… you have The False Prince.

Stitches: a Handcraft Group for Ages 8-108

October 28, 2014
4:30 pm

All ages.
Drop-ins are always welcome.

Last Tuesday of the month:
September 30, October 28, November 25, December 30.

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.

Teen Fright Night: Movie and Halloween Party

October 30, 2014
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Thursday, October 2.

Put on your costume and join us for pre-Halloween festivities! There will be a special Living-Dead-Library Trick or Treat, spookalicious activities, the Time Warp dance, and a frightfully cheesy horror movie. Refreshments served.

Murder Mystery Night

November 14, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12. Grades 6-12. Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Friday, October 24.

Channel your inner Sherlock at our annual interactive murder mystery party. Someone’s been murdered! Who did it? Your friend? Your neighbor? …and just where were YOU at the time? Unravel the mystery as you play this game of live Clue all over the Library. This year our setting is a school prom with an Egyptian theme. Dress in your finest!

The Literati: A Book Club for Older Teens

November 25, 2014
6:00 pm

The Literati Book Club is geared toward those ages 14 through 18.
Required registration begins on Tuesday, October 28. Limit: 10 participants.

“One girl’s voice breaks the silence of history…” This month we will chat about a dramatic, moving novel set in the Soviet Union during World War 2, Between Shades of Gray. The Literati Book Club is geared toward those ages 14 through 18. Refreshments served and a free copy of the book is included!

Harry Potter Yule Ball

December 05, 2014
5:30 pm

Grades 6-12
Register and pick up a special required invitation from the sorting hat beginning on November 14.

Wizards and muggles are invited to dust off their brooms and fly over to the Crozet Library for a magical winter celebration, including a showing of the fourth Harry Potter movie. Costumes of all wizarding types are encouraged!

Sew Fun!

December 10, 2014
4:30 pm

Ages 9-14.
Required registration begins on Monday, November 17.

Just in time for the holidays. Join other needle workers in stitching up a fantastic little something that is present-worthy! No prior sewing experience necessary.

Book to Film Club

December 30, 2014
5:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested and begins on Tuesday, December 9.

The Teen Book to Film series features films based on classic and popular books with discussion afterward. Call the library for movie details. Popcorn served.

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | gordon@jmrl.org

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

October 01, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended.

First Wednesday of the month:
September 3, October 1, November 5, December 3.

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.

Pathfinder Gaming Group

October 15, 2014
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, September 3. Limit: 6 participants.

Wednesdays, September 17, October 15, December 17.

A beginner's group for grades 6-12 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.

Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel/Manga Book Group

October 16, 2014
4:00 pm

Grades 7-12.
Required registration begins on Thursday, September 4.

Thursdays, September 18, October 16, November 20.

Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga, and more. Free copies of the book to the first 5 to sign up. Light snacks will be provided.

Teen Screen Saturdays: Teen Movies

October 25, 2014
2:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
No registration required.

Saturdays, September 27, October 25, November 22. 2:30 pm
Saturday, December 13. 1:30 pm
The December movie will be a special showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

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.

Zombie Fest

October 29, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, October 15.

Team up with other teens and learn how to build your own survival kit with a twist. Hunt down zombies and view old movies to learn how others have survived in the past and much more. You can also become a Zombie for a day, take photos, learn a new dance, and eat a zombie inspired menu.

The Doctor Is In

November 19, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, November 5.

Calling all Time Lords and teens…
Does Doctor Who make both your hearts beat faster? Do Weeping Angels keep you from blinking? Do you think bow ties are cool? We are having a Doctor Who Party! Take home your own homemade whovian craft. Come for the trivia, food, cosplay and more!

Teen Screen Saturdays: Teen Movies

December 13, 2014
1:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
No registration required.

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. The December movie will be a special showing of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | greene@jmrl.org

The Book Sharks of Greene **Led by guys! And now meets year 'round!**

October 04, 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.

First Saturday of the month: *Exception* The September meeting is on the 13th. October 4, November 1, December 6.

Sharks will read and discuss boy- oriented books, including high adventure, mystery, danger, and laughs, as well as enjoy snacks and other book related activities. The first 10 boys to arrive receive a copy of next month’s book.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

October 08, 2014
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended but not required. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the circulation desk at Greene County Library to sign up the first time you come.

Second Wednesday of the month:
September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10.

Do you have an idea for the Library? The TAB chooses teen programs, runs a book club, decorates the YA corner, writes book reviews, and more. The Library provides snacks, and participants receive volunteer hours for attending.

The Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

October 16, 2014
3:30 pm

Girls 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.

Third Thursday of the month: September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18.

The Rapunzels read and discuss great books, and enjoy book related snacks, crafts, and games. The first 15 girls to arrive receive a copy of next month’s book.

Solve the Mystery! Rock ‘N’ Roll Over Dead

October 17, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and limited to 20 participants. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the desk at the Greene County Library to sign up.

Tragedy strikes at the “Battle of the Bands.” It’s up to you to solve the crime. Once you’re done, enjoy snacks while the mystery is revealed. Prizes will be awarded for skillful sleuthing.

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

October 22, 2014
3:30 pm

Ages 13-18.
Registration is recommended, but not required. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the desk at the Greene County Library to sign up.

Wednesdays, September 24, October 22, November 26, December 17.

Enjoy an afternoon of book discussion, snacks, and laughs with other Greene County teens. The first 9 teens to arrive at each meeting receive a copy of the next month’s book.

Hack the Holiday Card

December 05, 2014
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and limited to 8 participants. Please call 434.985.5227 or stop by the desk at the Greene County Library to sign up.

Play around with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, the building blocks of the web, with Kim Wilkens of Tech-Girls. Learn to recognize the tags of these languages so you can build your own web page! Then use your new skills to remix the Let It Snow Thimble project. Finish the evening with some holiday refreshments. No previous experience required.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | louisa@jmrl.org

Well Versed Poetry Group

October 20, 2014
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested but not required.

Third Monday of the month:
September 15, October 20, November 17, December 15.

Free form poetry group. Meet to read, write, discuss, and more! Snacks and drinks are provided. New members always welcome.

Pre-Game Movie Night

October 31, 2014
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested but not required.

Join us before the home football game for a movie. Popcorn and drinks will be provided.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

November 10, 2014
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration requested but not required. Please call 540.894.5853 with questions.

Second Monday of the month:
September 8, November 10, December 8.

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

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | nelson@jmrl.org

Bottlecap Necklaces

October 20, 2014
6:00 pm

Ages 9 and up.
Required registration begins on Monday, October 6. Limit: 10 participants.

Use your creativity with a bottle cap, cord, and beads, to make a one of a kind necklace.

Game Night

November 17, 2014
6:00 pm

Ages 9 and up.
No registration required.

Come play some of your favorite board games, Pictionary, Chess, Sorry, or bring one from home and have fun!

Holiday Craft Time

December 08, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 8 and up.
Required registration begins on Monday, November 24. Limit: 15 participants.

Celebrate the season by creating beautiful wooden snowflakes.

Northside Library 434.973.7893 | northside@jmrl.org

Anime Club

October 06, 2014
6:30 pm

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

Monday nights: September 8, October 6, November 3, December 1.

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

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

October 08, 2014
5:00 pm

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

Wednesdays, September 10, October 8, November 12, December 10.

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!

Dream Journals Craft

October 18, 2014
12:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on Saturday, October 4.

At this program you will create your very own dream journal from scratch-from the end pages to the text block! Also, get tips on how to interpret some of your dreams.

Game Night

October 20, 2014
6:30 pm

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

Monday nights: September 15, October 20, November 10, December 8.

Wii, board games, snacks, and more! Come with a friend or meet new people.

NEW! Chapter Chat Book Club

October 27, 2014
6:00 pm

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

Monday nights: September 29, October 27, November 24, December 15.

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks! Books to be read in November and December will be chosen by the group.

NEW! Book Buzz Book Club

October 27, 2014
7:15 pm

Ages 14-18.
Required registration is ongoing. The first 10 registered will receive a free copy of the book!

Monday nights: September 29, October 27, November 24, December 15.

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks! Books to be read in November and December will be chosen by the group.

Make a Star

November 17, 2014
6:30 pm

This is a teen and adult program and space is limited.
Required registration begins on Monday, October 27.

Local artist Virginia Thompson will teach you to weave the elegant Moravian-style star. These make beautiful tree ornaments, window hangings, and table decorations. Supplies provided to create stars in your choice of several sizes, colors, and finishes, as well as materials for hanging.

Cosplay

December 01, 2014
6:30 pm

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

Dress up for this special meeting of Anime Club and enjoy cake and trivia! Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14.

Holiday Treats

December 03, 2014
6:30 pm

This is a joint teen/adult program.
Registration begins on Wednesday, November 12. Class size is limited.

Laurie Blakey, co-owner/operator of Pearl’s Bake Shoppe on West Main Street will teach you to create your own confectionary holiday treats.

Scottsville Library 434.286.3541 | scottsville@jmrl.org

Self-Portrait with Stefanie Newman

October 07, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 11-18.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, September 24. Limit: 15 participants.

There has long been a tradition of artists’ self-portraits - the exploration of one’s own physical and even emotional qualities. Learn the basics of drawing self-portraits in pencil. We explore ways to suggest features as well as ways that one person’s features are distinct from others. No prior artistic experience is necessary.

Inklings: A Book Club for 11-18 Year Olds

October 21, 2014
7:00 pm

Ages 11-18.
Tuesdays, October 21, November 18.

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

The Ancient Art of Henna with Gypsy McMillian

October 28, 2014
6:30 pm

Ages 11-18.
Required registration begins on Wednesday, October 15. Limit: 10 participants.

Henna is a traditional form of decoration and celebration in the Middle East, North Africa, and India. The henna plant is made into a paste, and used as a natural and beautiful dye for hair and temporary tattoos. Explore the history of henna and learn to do your own henna tattoos in this workshop.

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