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24-hour book kiosk arrives in Nellysford

Nelson Memorial Library patrons can find a new 24-hour kiosk under the awning at Valley Green Shopping Center in Nellysford. Jefferson-Madison Regional Library and Nelson County officials unveiled the machine during a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday.

The library kiosk contains a “lucky day” collection of in-demand books for readers of all ages, and patrons can use their library cards to browse and borrow hundreds of titles. There also is a book return.

A JMRL library card is required if you’d like to borrow books from the new kiosk, so stop by Nelson Memorial Library or any other JMRL branch to set up an account. Learn more at

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library offers the following events in the coming week:

10:30 a.m. Thursday at Louisa County Library: Story Time with Charlottesville Ballet will focus on “Snow White” through an interactive dance class and storytime featuring Charlottesville Ballet dancers. The free event is for ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers, and registration is required.

3:30 p.m. Thursday at Scottsville Library: Stuffed Animal Clinic gives children a chance to bring their favorite stuffed animals along for interactive checkups. Each child will receive a certificate of health for his or her stuffed animal.

6 p.m. Thursday at Northside Library: Adult Movie Night, for adults and teens, will include a screening of “Loving” (2016) in honor of Women’s History Month. The film focuses on a famous court case that changed Virginia’s marriage laws.

1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Louisa County Library: AARP Foundation Tax-Aide will offer free tax preparation, especially for taxpayers ages 50 and older who cannot afford tax preparation. Make an appointment at

3:15 p.m. Friday at Gordon Avenue Library: Ballet & Books, a program led by University of Virginia students, is part of an eight-week class for ages 6 to 9. Participants will learn to improve literacy skills through a combination of dance instruction and dialogic reading. To register, email

10 a.m. Saturday at Central Library: “Meeting Grief and Death with Compassion: Learning from a Death Doula” is a conversation led by Dana Wheeles, of Hospice of the Piedmont, a local author, artist and death doula.

1 p.m. Saturday at Nelson Memorial Library: Instructor Deborah Harvey will lead a genealogy class focusing on how to use wills and probate records to fill in family trees.

2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Avenue Library: “All Girls STEM: Circulatory System,” for third-graders through fifth-graders, is an interactive workshop led by University of Virginia students that gives young students a chance to explore science, math, physics and technology. There will be crafts and prizes. Registration is required.

2 p.m. Saturday at Louisa County Library: “Bees Are Friends” will help children plan for welcoming bees and other pollinator friends to the garden.

2:30 p.m. Saturday at Crozet Library: Students ages 5 to 11 and their families can join Jerry Carchedi, whose trail name is O-Positive, at Harmony Place, the grassy lot behind the library, to learn outdoor skills. The hands-on, interactive program will include learning such skills as hanging food bags, purifying water and setting up tents. Inclement weather will move the program indoors. Registration is requested.

2 p.m. Sunday at Central Library: Learn about water safety in a Same Page Community Read event. It’s a good time to learn about identifying and reducing safety risks in aquatic activities.

6 p.m. Tuesday at Greene County Library: The Teen Read Drop-In, recommended for ages 14 and older, will focus on “We Deserve Monuments” by Jas Hammonds. Register to receive a free copy of the book, while supplies last. The event is a Same Page Community Read gathering.

To learn more about events for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, go to


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