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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Summer Reading Challenge

June 1 - August 31

Summer reading is not just for kids. JMRL hosts a summer reading challenge for all ages, including prizes, contests, displays and programs especially for teens. It's fun and FREE. more info

All prizes are provided by the Friends of the Library.

Central Library 434.979.7151 ext 4 | Email Us

Central Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

June 01, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

First Wednesdays (except August):
June 1 at 4:30 pm;
July 6 at 2 pm

Take action for literacy by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Central Library. Upcoming projects include planning for Star Wars Reads Day in October and a family event in December.

Summer Reading Kickoff Hullabaloo

June 04, 2016
10:00 am

All ages.

Celebrate the sweet start of summer at Central Library's annual street party. Swing to the sounds of a Dixieland band, snack on popcorn and donuts, enjoy face painting, and pick up a JMRL summer challenge sheet. Check out the Friends' mini-book sale, too.

Make It @ the Library

June 08, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 10-15.

Second Wednesdays (except July):
June 8, August 10

Kickstart your creativity with the library’s Pop­up 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.

Teen Book Group

June 15, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration ongoing. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to sign up. Free books for the first 5 to register.

Third Wednesdays at 2pm
Join other teen book lovers to discuss titles chosen by the group. Refreshments are served.

Beginner Zumba

June 18, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration is required and begins June 4. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to register. Limit: 15.

Get moving with an introduction to this aerobic activity that incorporates different styles of dance. Certified instructor Amy Howard will provide background and instruction on basic dance moves.

Let Your Hair Down

June 20, 2016
6:00 pm

Ages 13-adult.
Registration required and begins on June 6. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to register.

Mondays, June 20 & June 27
Holly Herring of Moxie Hair and Body Lounge will show you to get the most out of your tools and make yourself shine. Bring a friend and your curling or flat iron. Registration required.

  • June 20: Beachy Waves. Please bring a curling iron.
  • June 27: Flat Iron Fun. Please bring a flat iron.

Digital Graphic Design Workshop (Tween Tech Series)

June 21, 2016
1:00 pm

Ages 10-15
Registration is required and begins June 6. Limit: 8 participants.

Local artist and graphic designer Mike Uriss will present a workshop for tweens ages 10 to 15. Participants will learn principles of graphic design, the role of technology in graphic design, and have the opportunity to create and save their own digital creation.

Inside Hardware & Software With WillowTree (Tween Tech Series)

June 22, 2016
1:30 pm

Ages 10-15
Join WillowTree staff and take a hands-on tour of hardware and software basics with segments on dissecting a simple machine and learning basic principles of programming.

Table Top Games

June 29, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Whether you prefer old favorites like “Apples to Apples” and “Jenga” or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks.

Central Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

July 06, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

First Wednesdays (except August):
June 1 at 4:30 pm;
July 6 at 2 pm

Take action for literacy by joining the Central Teen Advisory Board. Earn volunteer hours by helping to plan activities and events at the Central Library. Upcoming projects include planning for Star Wars Reads Day in October and a family event in December.

Draw Your Own Manga

July 13, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12
Registration is required and begins June 29. Call 434.979.7151 x4 to register. Limit: 20.

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

Chess Saturday

July 16, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 3-7
Registration is required and begins July 2. Call 434.979.7151 x3 to register. Space is limited.

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.

Harry Potter Movie Series

July 21, 2016
2:00 pm

All ages.
Thursdays at 2pm
July 21, July 28, August 4, August 11
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

Virginia Thompson Paste Paper Workshop

July 26, 2016
6:30 pm

For ages 13-adult.
Required registration begins July 12.

Like finger painting for grownups, paste paper involves creating brilliant, richly colored and textured designs with non-toxic paste pigments on paper using hands, simple tools and found objects. Students complete 3 large sheets that can be used to cover books, wrap gifts, make notecards, wall art and more.

Cupcake Decorating Challenge

July 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is required and begins July 11. 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.

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.

Table Top Games

August 24, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Whether you prefer old favorites like “Apples to Apples” and “Jenga” or would like to try something new, drop by the library for an afternoon of low-tech games and snacks.

Crozet Library 434.823.4050 | Email Us

Stitches Handcraft Group

May 31, 2016
4:30 pm

Ages 8+

Last Tuesdays:
January 26, February 23, March 29, April 26, May 31

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

Collaborative Teen Coloring Page

June 01, 2016

June – August
Pick up a piece of our enormous summer­themed coloring page, add your own artistic flair, and return it to the library to become part of the big picture. The full image will be assembled piece-­by-­piece on display in the teen area.

Dreams in a Jar

June 01, 2016

All ages.

Squibble (write) and illustrate a phizz-whizzing (brilliant) dream in a library provided “jar” and you could win two tickets to see The BFG, in theaters this summer.

Gold Medal Books

June 01, 2016

June – August

Have you read a gold medal-­worthy book? Enter it into our Summer Reading Games! Submissions can be dropped into the gold box in the teen area or emailed to mengland@jmrl.org. Each submission is also an entry into a raffle for a gift certificate. Starting July 25, come to the library to vote on your top choices. Bronze, silver, and gold medal books will be revealed at our End of Summer party on August 16.

Summer Reading Challenge - Go the Extra Mile

June 01, 2016

All ages.

June – August
Go above and beyond the crowd this summer. When you bravely take on and complete ALL 25 JMRL Summer Reading Challenges on any challenge sheet, you’ll be invited to add your picture to our special mural.

Guitar Workshop with Seth Hayes

June 07, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 11 and up.

Bring your own instrument and learn about how to play the guitar with lessons from local instructor Seth Hayes. Ages 11+.

  • June 7: Foundations of Guitar Good for those who know nothing about the guitar, but want to learn. Required registration begins May 24.
  • July 5: Basics of Song-Playing: Chords and Rhythm
    Good for beginners who are ready to take the next step to playing music. Required registration begins June 21.
  • August 2:How to Play Songs You Love on the Guitar Good for students who know how to play some chords and understand basic rhythm and want put it together in a song. Required registration begins July 19.

Musings: A Teen Writer's Workshop

June 07, 2016
6:30 pm

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

First Tuesdays:
June 7, July 5, August 2

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 and receive helpful feedback.

Teen Summer Kickoff Party

June 10, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Get ready for an epic summer with the kickoff of the Library's new Summer Reading Challenge! Join us for a design-your-own superhero contest, snacks, and a viewing of the hit movie Avengers: Age of Ultron to start your summer off right.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

June 14, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration and TAB application required.

Monthly on Tuesdays:
June 14, July 12

We need your ideas! Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board and 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.

Meet Our Makerspace

June 17, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 11+
Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Join us for a hands-on exhibition of all our new makerspace equipment, available to be checked out and used in the library! Record and produce music, film and edit your own movies, and more.

Theatre Games

June 21, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins June 7.

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.

Teen Film Club

June 24, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Monthly on Fridays:
June 24, July 29, August 5

Come cool off at the Crozet Library with a free movie event! Enjoy a film with friends and do a related activity or craft afterward. Film titles TBD.

Stitches Handcraft Group

June 28, 2016
4:30 pm

Ages 8+

Last Tuesdays:
June 28, July 26, August 30

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

R.A.D. Teen Book Club

June 28, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration begins May 30.

Reading: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Read And Discuss this celebrated webcomic in print form! Medieval culture meets modern technology in this hilarious, fast­paced graphic novel. The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served.

Fandom Cupcake Wars

July 08, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Drop­-ins are always welcome.

Join us for an intense battle for cupcake supremacy! Design your own fandom­themed cupcake, add display elements, photograph your creation, and vote for overall best design. Afterwards, if you can bear to say goodbye to your creation, it’s yours to eat.

Sew Fun

July 12, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 9-14.
Registration is required and begins June 20.

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.

Draw Your Own Manga

July 19, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins July 5.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands­on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga. Limit: 20.

Story Games

July 22, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Drop-­ins are always welcome.

Join us for an afternoon of snacks and tabletop storytelling games, including Gloom, Once Upon a Time, Tales of the Arabian Nights, and more. Improvise terrible ends for your characters, save the day, or confuse your opponents with the absurd—it’s your story!

Yak & Snack

July 25, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-8.
Registration begins June 27.

Reading: The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett

A scrappy young witch-­to-­be named Tiffany teams up with the Wee Free Men, a clan of fierce, six­-inch-­high blue men, to rescue her baby brother and ward off a sinister invasion from Fairyland. The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served.

The Literati Book Club

July 26, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 9-12.
Registration begins June 27.

Reading: The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

This modern fantasy is a gorgeous combination of dark murder mystery, mystical fantasy, and slow­building romance. The first 15 to sign up will receive a free copy of the book. Snacks are served.

Relief Printmaking Workshop With Virginia Thompson

August 10, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Registration is required and begins July 27.

Learn to create relief prints with carving tools and water-based inks. You’ll leave with your printing block and notecards with your print. All supplies provided, but feel free to bring images and sketches to draw from.

End of Summer Teen Pizza Party

August 16, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Our final hurrah before the end of the summer. Eat pizza, rave about the books you read and shows you watched, give feedback on summer programs, and play minute to win it games. Our bronze, silver, and gold medal-winning books will be revealed at the end.

Gordon Avenue Library 434.296.5544 | Email Us

Advisory Committee of Teens (ACT)

June 01, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration recommended.

First Wednesdays:
June 1, July 6, August 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.

Ice Cream Social

June 06, 2016
6:30 pm

All ages.

I scream, you scream… let’s share some ice cream. It’s time for Gordon Avenue Library’s traditional kick-off for summer fun. Get started in the Summer Reading Program, eat ice cream, listen to music provided by the Jim Howe Jazz Trio, and get decorated by Expressions! Face Painting. For everyone.

Teen Pathfinder Gaming Group

June 08, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins May 25. Limit: 6 participants.

Second & Fourth Wednesdays:
June 8 & 22, July 13 & 27, August 10 & 24

A beginner's group for 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.

Summer Kickoff Teen Lock-In

June 10, 2016
5:00 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration required and begins May 27.

Need to blow off some steam? Ever wanted to have the library all to yourself? Now you can! Please join us after the library closes on Friday for capture the flag. There will be snacks, music, face painting and more.

Teen Obstacle Course Challenge

June 15, 2016
7:00 pm

Registration is required and begins June 1.

Who says you have to be quiet and not run in the library? Help to turn the library into an obstacle course, then time yourself in this fast and fun activity!

Mason Jar Luminaries

June 20, 2016
7:00 pm

Ages 14+
Registration is required and begins May 31.

Turn a plain mason jar into a beautiful luminary for dinner parties on your porch or patio. All materials are provided.

Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel/Manga Book Group

June 21, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins June 7. Free copies of the book for the first 7 to sign up.

Third Tuesdays:
June 21, July 19, August 16

Come and join other teens to discuss and read great graphic novels, manga and more. Light snacks will be provided.

  • Jun 21: The Ancient Magus' Bride by Kore Yamazaki
  • Jul 19: School-Live! by Norimitsu Kaihou
  • Aug 16: Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate

Theatre Games

June 29, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins June 15.

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.

Create a Terrarium

July 11, 2016
7:00 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Registration is required and begins June 20.

Learn how easy it is to add a little green to your indoor space with a terrarium. Please bring your own glass container. All other materials will be provided.

Amiibo Only Wii U Super Smash Bros Tournament

July 15, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration is required and begins July 1.

Nintendo Amiibos are small figures that can be trained in the video games Super Smash Brothers Wii U and Super Smash Brothers 3DS. If you've trained an Amiibo, we invite you to bring it in to test it against other Amiibos in a Single Elimination, 1­-on-­1, and Best of 3 tournament.

Inedible Jewelry

July 20, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins July 6.

Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you’ll make donuts and s’mores. Limit: 12.

Cosplay Cafe Returns

July 23, 2016
2:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins July 9.

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.

Mario Kart 8 Tournament

August 05, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 5-12
Registration required and begins July 22.

Are you awesome at Mario Kart? Do you rule the Rainbow Road? Come show off those driving skills in a chance to win some prizes. All gaming materials will be provided. Players may remain for the entire tournament and cheer on their friends.

Fencing for the Win

August 13, 2016
2:00 pm

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.

Teen Murder Mystery: Causality Carnival

August 17, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 5-12.
Registration required and begins on August 3.

The Advisory Committee of Teens invites you to a night of clues, sleuthing, and fun. You’ll question suspects, examine evidence, and attempt to solve the mystery. We’ll have prizes and treats.

Greene County Library 434.985.5227 | Email Us

Summer Reading Kickoff Party

June 06, 2016
6:00 pm

All ages.

Join the Greene County Library for all kinds of fun including a moon bounce, ice cream, face painting, live music, juggling and a petting zoo. Take a balloon animal home with you. Visit with Pete the Cat who always says, “It’s all good.” All ages welcome.

Sharks: A Boy's Book Club

June 07, 2016
3:30 pm

Boys 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.

Tuesdays, June 7, 14, 21, 28

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.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

June 08, 2016
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration is recommended and ongoing. New members are always welcome.

Monthly on Wednesdays:
June 8, July 13, August 10

What’s the most fun way to earn volunteer hours? Come to TAB at the Greene County Library, and help plan teen programs. Snacks provided.

Cosplay Game Afternoon

June 15, 2016
3:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

“Read for the Win” by playing your choice of board games with friends. Play one of the library’s or bring a favorite from home. Character costumes are encouraged. Who knows, you might win for best costume! Summery snacks will be provided.

Rapunzels: A Book Group for Tween Girls

June 21, 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.

Bibliophiles: A Teen Book Club

June 22, 2016
3:30 pm

Grades 8-12.
Registration is recommended and ongoing. New members are always welcome.

Monthly on Wednesdays:
June 22, July 27, August 24

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.

Balloon Animal Bonanza

June 27, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins June 13.

Learn how to make your own balloon animals. George Buckley of Mirth-­n-­Magic Entertainment will show you the art of balloon sculpting, and you’ll get to take home your own creations. Materials provided.

Draw Your Own Manga

July 11, 2016
5:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins June 27.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands­­­on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga. Limit: 20.

Duct Tape Crafts

August 03, 2016
3:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins July 20.

Back by popular demand. Make something fun and colorful using your choice of duct tape. Instructions for a variety of items will be available.

Louisa County Library 540.894.5853 | Email Us

Friday Family Movies

June 03, 2016
1:00 pm

Every other Friday (June 3 - July 29)

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)

Make & Take Crafts

June 06, 2016


Bring in the summer with this lovely and useful craft: button bookmarks. All materials provided.

Summer Reading Kickoff Olympics

June 07, 2016
11:45 am


Come join the Louisa County Library for our summer program kickoff. The Library Olympics will be held including games such as discus & javelin throw, ring toss, wheelbarrow racing, and more. Athlete registration begins at 11:45am and the torch lighting relay race will be at noon, followed by games and snacks. A medal ceremony for all athletes who participate will be a great photo op for parents.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

June 10, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Second Fridays (NEW DAY):
June 10, July 8, August 12

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 will receive volunteer hours for their participation in TAB. Please call the library with questions.

Tie-Dye and Ice Cream with TAB

June 10, 2016
4:00 pm


Join the TAB for a fun and colorful Tie Dye Workshop. Bring your own t-shirt, shorts, socks, pillowcase or other 100% cotton, linen, wool, or silk item. We'll be working outside weather permitting.

Breakdance

June 20, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on June 6.

Join instructor Kangyoon Bae in an introduction to this exciting style of dance. Find outhow it began and enjoy the routines as you learn some basic dance moves. No experience required. Limit: 20.

Picnic Lunch with Shakespeare

July 09, 2016
2:00 pm

Enjoy an indoor picnic style lunch while watching the renowned Quill Theatre perform selected scenes and monologues from Shakespeare.

Drumming Workshop

July 11, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 5+.
Required registration begins on June 27.

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.

Beach Glass Pendant Workshop

July 23, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Required registration begins July 1.

Create gorgeous pendants with beach glass and wire wrapping. Use on a necklace for a summer look, or create a set of wine charms; it’s up to you. All materials will be provided.

Theater Games With TAB

August 01, 2016
2:00 pm

Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Members of the TAB 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!

Nelson Memorial Library 434.263.5904 | Email Us

Make & Take Activities

May 27, 2016
12:00 am

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, or take them to go. Materials are provided.

  • January: Woven Snowflakes from Recycled Book Pages
  • February: “Take A Look! We’re in a Great Book” Quiz
  • March: Create one of Tom Angleberger’s Star Wars characters
  • April: It’s Spring . . . Let’s Color
  • May: Book Character Word Search

Make & Take Activities

June 01, 2016


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

  • June: Create a Bookface
  • July: Create a Button for Your Favorite Book
  • August: Library Scavenger Hunt

Young Adult Author Focus

June 01, 2016

  • June: Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • July: Oscar Hammerstein II
  • August: J.K. Rowling

Summer Snack Location

June 06, 2016
11:00 am


Any child under the age of 18 will be able to get a free snack from 11am to 1pm Monday through Friday at Nelson Memorial Library. Sponsored by the Blue Ridge Food Bank and the Virginia No Kid Hungry program.

Summer Reading Kickoff

June 06, 2016
4:00 pm

All ages.

“Read for the Win” is the theme for the Summer Reading Challenge. Face painting, art projects, lots of activities, snacks and information abound as this program begins.

Art with Pat

June 13, 2016
4:00 pm

For adults & teens.

June 13 & 16, July 7 & 21

Pat Saunders will be teaching four art sessions on sketching and using watercolor pencils for adults and young adults this summer.

Batteau Day

June 20, 2016

All ages.

The batteaux arrive in Wingina today on their eight day journey from Lynchburg to Richmond. Stop by the library on your way to Wingina and discover some interesting facts about Nelson County and the batteau.

Inedible Jewelry

June 22, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 7-12.
Required registration begins June 8.

Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you’ll make pizza slices. Limit: 12.

Family Movie Matinee

June 24, 2016
2:00 pm

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

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

Get Out of the Doghouse Day

July 18, 2016

All ages.

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

Draw Your Own Manga

July 18, 2016
4:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins July 2.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands-­­­on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga. Limit: 20.

Harry Potter Party

August 01, 2016
4:00 pm

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.

Celebrate 100 Years of the National Park Service

August 25, 2016

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

Northside Makerspace

May 28, 2016
10:30 am

Ages 11+; patrons 11-­15 must be accompanied by adult 16 or older.
Registration required.

Tuesdays at 6-­8pm, Thursdays at 3­-5pm, & Saturdays 10:30am-­12:30pm

Northside’s makerspace includes a 3D printer studio with Makerbot software & a recording studio. Recording equipment includes a microphone, amp, keyboard, and laptops with GarageBand loaded on them. Both spaces are free to use. Contact the Teen Desk for more information.

Northside Makerspace

May 31, 2016
6:00 pm

Ages 11+; patrons 11-­15 must be accompanied by adult 16 or older.
Registration required.

Tuesdays at 6-­8pm, Thursdays at 3­-5pm, & Saturdays 10:30am-­12:30pm

Northside’s makerspace includes a 3D printer studio with Makerbot software & a recording studio. Recording equipment includes a microphone, amp, keyboard, and laptops with GarageBand loaded on them. Both spaces are free to use. Contact the Teen Desk for more information.

Make & Take Crafts

June 01, 2016

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

  • June: Collaborative Coloring
  • July: Paper Mosaic
  • August: Olympic Magnets

Teen Commotion Corner

June 01, 2016

Grades 6-12.
Feeling bored? Need something to distract you from summer homework? There will be a new craft and activity each month in the teen room. Materials are provided.

  • June: Pinwheels & Scavenger Hunt
  • July: Papercrafts & Scrabble
  • August: Glass Magnets & Unplugged Gaming

Travel Writing Workshop

June 01, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Registration is required and begins May 11.

Professional writer and educator Linda Kobert guides participants in writing creatively about their travel experiences. Please bring writing materials and a photograph that evokes a meaningful travel experience.

Northside Makerspace

June 02, 2016
3:00 pm

Ages 11+; patrons 11-­15 must be accompanied by adult 16 or older.
Registration required.

Tuesdays at 6-­8pm, Thursdays at 3­-5pm, & Saturdays 10:30am-­12:30pm

Northside’s makerspace includes a 3D printer studio with Makerbot software & a recording studio. Recording equipment includes a microphone, amp, keyboard, and laptops with GarageBand loaded on them. Both spaces are free to use. Contact the Teen Desk for more information.

Anime Club

June 06, 2016
6:30 pm

Monthly on Mondays:
June 6, July 11, August 1

Explore Japanese culture and watch episodes of your favorite anime with friends while enjoying snacks and Pocky. Show ratings range from TV-G to TV-14.

Cosplay Party

June 06, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Join us for a special edition of Anime Club. Dress up as your favorite character, or borrow one of the library’s yukata for the evening. For those who come in costume, there will be a contest to determine the winner of a fabulous prize. There will special games and snacks to celebrate Tanabata, a photobooth, and anime of course!

Northside Summer Reading Kickoff

June 07, 2016
6:00 pm

Join us for a family dance party featuring some of your favorite tunes, an appearance by Pete the Cat, and face painting donated by Metamorphosis.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB)

June 08, 2016
5:00 pm

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

Monthly on Wednesdays:
June 8, July 13, August 10

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.

Girls of Summer with Charlottesville Junior League

June 11, 2016
10:00 am

All ages.

The Junior League of Charlottesville present a celebration of girls, summer, and books. This popular Richmond program is returning to Charlottesville and will feature YA authors Hannah Barnaby and Kristen-Paige Madonia. Join us for book signings, sweet treats, and fun book-related activities!

Color Me Happy

June 11, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 14+
Second & Fourth Saturdays

Discover the joy of adult coloring books. We’ll provide the coloring sheets and the colored pencils. Come relax for awhile or for the whole time. Hot and cold drinks will be provided.

Game Night

June 13, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 13, July 18, August 8

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

Family Night at the Movies

June 14, 2016
6:30 pm

All ages.

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

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

Wired Wednesday

June 15, 2016
5:00 pm

Ages 11 and up
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

Monthly on Wednesdays
Interested in Northside’s Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session.

  • June 15 at 5pm: Makey Makey Mayhem Program and use MaKey MaKey micro-controllers during this hands-on (and a little bit messy) workshop.
  • July 27 at 2pm: GarageBand Join expert Trevor Williams of Cville Tech Tutors to learn how to use GarageBand.
  • August 17 at 5pm: TinkerCAD Learn the basics of designing for 3D printing with TinkerCAD, an easiest-to-use (and free!) CAD program, and leave the program with a self-designed keychain file.

Thursdays After Six

June 16, 2016
6:00 pm


Bring your chair to the back patio, and enjoy some live music from local musicians. This is a program for all ages. You can even dance in the parking lot! In case of inclement weather or extreme heat, the program will be moved indoors to the meeting room.

  • June 16: Rivanna Winds
  • July 21: TBA
  • August 18: Jim Howe Trio

Mystery Party: Death Takes a Red Card

June 17, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit 20.

Can you figure out who killed the star soccer player, and why? Join us after hours for an evening of dark secrets and sleuthing. Pizza and enigmas will be provided.

Northside Minecraft Club

June 21, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 3-12.
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.

Third Tuesdays:
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.

Theatre Games

June 22, 2016
2:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

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.

Urban Survival 101: Self-Defense Workshop with IBBCV

June 22, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Waiver required. Limit: 18 participants.

In Northside’s Meeting Room.

Learn the basics of self-­defense with the International Black Belt Center of Virginia. The IBBCV has operated in Charlottesville since 1992, and offers classes in traditional taekwon­do.

Books on the Big Screen

June 25, 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)

Novel Chat Book Club

June 27, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Required registration begins on the first of the month.

Monthly on Mondays:
June 27, July 25

Come discuss books and do a related activity while enjoying free snacks.

Crafternoon: Duct Tape Edition

June 29, 2016
3:30 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit: 12 participants.

Get daring with duct tape! Learn the basics of crafting with duct tape, or design your own indestructible masterpiece. All materials will be provided.

Light Up Your World

July 06, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Registration is required and begins June 15.

Using Mod Podge or paint, create a set of four votive candle holders to enjoy or give as a gift. All materials are supplied.

Dancing Lions and Laughing Dragons

July 15, 2016
3:30 pm

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!

Urban Survival 101: Where's the Money? Resume Workshop

July 25, 2016
4:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

In the Computer Classroom at Northside.

Master resume writing and job searching skills with Jennifer Johnson of the Workforce Center, and you may find yourself a job (and cash) sooner than you think!

He's Back! Harry Potter Celebration

July 26, 2016
3:30 pm

All ages.

Join us in a celebration of all things Harry Potter, including themed activities, crafts and a scavenger hunt. Costumes encouraged.

Wired Wednesday

July 27, 2016
2:00 pm

Ages 11 and up.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

Monthly on Wednesdays
Interested in Northside’s Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session.

Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

Interested in Northside’s Makerspace? Learn how to use a different piece of tech or software each session.

  • June 15 at 5pm: Makey Makey Mayhem Program and use MaKey MaKey micro-controllers during this hands-on (and a little bit messy) workshop.
  • July 27 at 2pm: GarageBand Join expert Trevor Williams of Cville Tech Tutors to learn how to use GarageBand.
  • August 17 at 5pm: TinkerCAD Learn the basics of designing for 3D printing with TinkerCAD, an easiest-to-use (and free!) CAD program, and leave the program with a self-designed keychain file.

Inedible Jewelry

July 27, 2016
2:30 pm

Grades 7-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date. Limit: 12 participants.

Miniatures artist Jessica Partain will cover basic techniques in working with polymer clay to make food items and turn them into earrings or necklaces. At this session you’ll make burgers and fries.

Money Adventure: Financial Literacy Workshop with UVA Community Credit Union

August 03, 2016
5:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration required and begins two weeks before program date.

Part of the Urban Survival 101 series. It's important to learn about money at a young age; and one of the best ways to learn is through a fun activity. Money Adventure gives teens a taste of the real world, complete with a career, salary, and even kids! The adventure begins when they have to buy a
house, food, and pay for child care. They may make mistakes, but this is the best place for them to learn from them!

Stick Binding Postcard Book

August 03, 2016
6:30 pm

Ages 14 and up.
Registration is required and begins July 13.

Postcards are visually beautiful and help us relive happy memories, but organizing them in a way that enables us to easily access and enjoy them is another matter. Using a simple stick binding method, you will bind your collection into an attractive and artistic book you will be proud to read and share with others. Bring your own postcards.

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Teen Advisory Board

June 21, 2016
6:30 pm

Grades 6-12.

Monthly on Tuesdays:
June 21, July 19, August 23

Help plan teen programs. Come 30 minutes before the Inklings book club meeting to voice your concerns and wishes.

Inklings: A Book Club

June 21, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Monthly on Tuesdays:
June 21, July 19, August 23

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

Theatre Games

June 28, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 4-9.
Registration begins June 14.

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.

Teen Movie Club

July 12, 2016
7:00 pm

Grades 6-12.

Tuesdays, July 12, August 16.

Popcorn will be served. Discussion follows the viewing.

  • July 12: Ghostbusters
  • August 16: Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

Draw Your Own Manga

July 26, 2016
6:00 pm

Grades 6-12.
Registration begins July 12.

Join artist Michelle Nevarr in this introductory hands­­-on workshop where you’ll learn how to create your own manga. Limit: 20.

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