Solar Panels to be Installed on Roof of Crozet Library

Excellent.

via press release:

Starting Sunday, December 9, 2018, work crews will begin installing solar panels on the roof of Crozet Library. The work is expected to be completed by Friday, December 14th and will not interrupt the library’s regular operations.

This project will place sixty 360-watt solar panels will be placed on the north roof. The panels are expected to produce 31,157 kWh of electricity annually for the library, the equivalent of 13.3 metric tons of (greenhouse gas) CO2 emissions. The panels will not be visible from the street.

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Jefferson Madison Library – 5 Year Plan Survey

We love the library, right? Ours is the Crozet Library, but the system extends throughout the region. Just look at the number of events they have upcoming!

via email

The Jefferson Madison Regional Library (JMRL) has always relied on the support of community partner organizations such as yours to help bring services to all of the citizens of Charlottesville, Albemarle, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson.

JMRL is undergoing a year-long process to develop a strategic plan to guide the library through 2024, and is seeking community feedback in this process. Outreach to library users and non-users alike is bringing in a world of suggestions for improvement to services.

The Jefferson Madison Regional Library is seeking community feedback to help guide the future of library services in the area. Please take a moment to fill out a brief survey on  jmrl.org/future. Thank you for your support.

Survey form in English.

Survey form in Spanish.

If you would like paper copies of the survey to hand out, JMRL would love to provide some! The survey will be open until the end of September.

 

April Adult Events at Crozet Library

So much cool stuff at Crozet Library. The sheer volume of cool and interesting things the Library offers is astonishing.

via email –

We have some great programs lined up for you this April – tomorrow come stretch out with Essentrics at 10am. Don’t forget that you can now register for programs online or register over the phone (+14348234050 )! Next Monday, we’ll have Richard Leahy discussing his book Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, so come learn about Virginia wine-making while you snack on a cheese spread and sparkling drinks.


Age Reversing Essentrics: Stretch & Tone

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Big Sick (and More!) at Crozet Library

Libraries are Awesome. (note: this blog post should print out nicely, if you’re inclined)

We are gearing up for some more great programs at the Crozet Library – come see what January and February have in store for you!
First off, come see The Big Sick for our Night at the Movies at the Crozet Library – tonight 1/22! It’s an awesome comedy, and we’ll be serving up fresh popcorn and drinks for your entertainment needs. As, always, all programs here are FREE. So bring a friend, and make a night of it.
Big news this January: You can now sign up for programs online. Just go to jmrl.org, hover over programs, and click adults (or just click here). If you want to see only programs at Crozet, you can use the check boxes on the left. Just click the green Sign Up button next to the event you want to register for. If an event doesn’t have a button, check the listing; it’s likely open to walk-ins (no registration required) or registration hasn’t started yet. You’re still welcome to call, email me, or come in person if you prefer, though!
In this new year, I’ve got a Reading Challenge 2018 list if you want to expand your horizons and read outside of your comfort zone. No prizes involved, just good old-fashioned reading-for-yourself challenges. Pick up the list the next time you’re in the Library.
Here are upcoming events for the next few months to get onto your calendar:

A Night at the Movies

Monthly on Mondays at 6:30pm*

Join the Crozet Library for a night at the movies with theater-style popcorn and drinks. Refer to ratings for age restrictions.

January 22: The Big Sick [R] (2017)

February 26: I’m Not Racist..Am I? [NR] (2014)* FILM STARTS AT 6PM. Discussion to follow.

March 26: Loving [PG-13] (2016)

April : The Zookeeper’s Wife [PG-13] (2017)

May: The Circle [PG-13] (2017)
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Health Literacy Apps

Monday, January 29 at 6:30pm

Learn about the latest health literacy related apps for your mobile device or tablet. Try out some health apps on the library’s iPads, or bring your own device to get help downloading apps. Registration requested. Ages 14+

Monday Night Book Group

Monthly on Mondays at 7pm

Join this informal group for relaxed and stimulating book discussions. Newcomers always welcome.

February 5: The Gene: An Intimate History by Siddhartha Mukherjee

March 5: What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank by Nathan Englander (Same Page Community Reads)

April 2: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

May 9: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

A Valentine for that Special Someone

Wednesday, February 7 between 3-7pm

The countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. Come into the library and make a special something for your special someone. Supplies will be available to create a unique handmade valentine. All ages.

Tape Resist Paint Party

Monday, February 12 at 6:30pm

Using a tape-resist technique, you’ll create fantastic geometric designs on canvas using any color palette you choose. No artistic skills required and all materials provided. Ages 14+. Required registration starts January 29.

Live Poets, Too

Second Mondays at 7pm

February 12, March 12, April 9, May 14

Bring several poems to share, either of your own authorship or another’s, then sit back and enjoy listening to the language of the poet. Optional writing prompts provided upon group interest. Ages 18+.

Zumba for Older Adults

Friday, February 23 at 10am

Zumba is Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this introductory lower-intensity class that will get your heart pumping, improve your range of motion, and your coordination. No registration required.

Family Zumba Workout

Saturday, February 24 at 2pm

Zumba is a Latin-fusion dance class with easy-to-follow moves. Jennifer Homan will lead this family-friendly class for all ages that will get your body moving and your heart pumping. No registration required.

I’m Not Racist…Am I? Film & Discussion

Monday, February 26 at 6:00pm

Join us for an important community discussion following the screening of this documentary about 12 NYC teenagers who spend a year talking and learning about racism. The discussion will be led by trained facilitators and is in partnership with Beloved Community Cville. Ages 14+. No registration required.

Highlights of Crozet Library Stuff – April/May 2017

I point out the Crozet Library to every single one of my clients, if they’ve not already identified it. We have such a remarkable resource there!

A sampling of events at Crozet Library … via email.

Fake News Information Session
Monday, April 17 at 6:30pm
Make up your own mind about issues that you see in the news. Learn to make informed decisions about the media you consume and identify fake news using recommended resources.  No registration required. All ages.

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Libraries are Awesome

(Part 1 of 2)

Yesterday someone from another state emailed me asking for permission to use this photo. Leaving aside the remarkableness of someone actually asking permission to use something on the internet, the email exchange led to an interesting exchange culminating with this:

I have looked at your new library. It is lovely!  I know you are happy to have such a wonderful community space.  As a realtor, I know you know a good library can be a real asset to a homeowner, create value  in the community, and enhance the quality of life.  I would have been lost without a library when I was a child, since I couldn’t buy all the books I wanted to read.

Yes.

I loved the old Crozet Library. And we love the new one too.

New Crozet Library
New Crozet Library
Old Crozet Library
Old Crozet Library

New Crozet Library Hours

Good stuff can happen when the community raises its voice.

Via press release:

Crozet Library Adapts New Hours

The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved funding for additional open hours at the new Crozet/Western Albemarle Library. The library will now be open Wednesday evenings until 9 p.m. The additional evening hours are designed to better serve students and residents who are unable to visit the library during the day.

The library will now be open 52 hours a week: 1-9 p.m., Mondays and Tuesdays; 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesdays; 9 a.m. -5 p.m., Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Since opening last September, library use in Crozet has increased by 80%, with over 2,000 new registered library users.