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Discover the science behind the April 8 eclipse at JMRL's Northside Library

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library branches will be offering the following events in the coming week:

10:30 a.m. Thursday at Gordon Avenue Library: Storytime with Charlottesville Ballet offers children ages 2 to 8 and their caregivers time to enjoy an interactive dance class and storytime with professional dancers. Registration is required.

10:30 a.m. Thursday at Greene County Library: Indoor storytime for ages 1 and 2 with accompanying parents or caregivers builds literacy skills with stories, songs and movement. It will be followed by a short social playtime with toys provided by Friends of the Greene County Library. Siblings are welcome.3:30 p.m. Thursday at Central Library: Tinkering with Tech, for ages 9 to 11, is a hands-on exploration that will involve building with Cubelet Robot Blocks and mastering a robot obstacle course.4:30 p.m. Thursday at Louisa County Library: Writing Group is an informal gathering on the fourth Thursday of the month that includes reading, writing, sharing, writing games and discussions of habits and strategies.5 p.m. Thursday at Central Library: Homework Help for ages 11 to 18 features volunteers from the University of Virginia’s Madison House. There also will be snacks.1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Louisa County Library: AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax preparation by appointment only for people of any age, especially those older than 50 who cannot afford paid tax preparation. Make appointments at p.m. Friday at Crozet Library: Lego at the Library is for ages 5 to 11. The library will provide the Lego bricks. Registration is required.

3:15 p.m. Friday at Gordon Avenue Library: Ballet & Books, for ages 6 to 9, requires registration. UVa students lead the program of dance instruction and dialogic reading.2 p.m. Saturday at Gordon Avenue Library: All-Girls STEM: Engineering Structure Design is for third-through fifth-graders of all genders. UVa students will lead STEM activities in science, math, physics, technology, DNA and engineering. Registration is required.3:30 p.m. Saturday at Northside Library: A Teen Read-In in Northside’s Teen Room offers free copies of “We Deserve Monuments” by Jas Hammonds. Registration is not required, but books are limited, so call (434) 973-7893, Ext. 7430.Central Library will be closed Sunday in observance of Easter.1 to 6 p.m. Monday at Louisa County Library: Register in advance at or call (800) RED-CROSS.

7 p.m. Tuesday at Northside Library: “Eclipse Chasers: Discovering the Science Behind the April 8 Solar Eclipse” for ages 8 to adults includes Claire Thilenius, a NASA affiliate eclipse ambassador, leading a presentation that’ll include a hands-on demonstration of moon phases and modeling an eclipse. Registration is required. A limited number of eclipse glasses will be distributed to people who register and attend. Sign up at or call (434) 973-7893, Ext. 4.Central Library also has started offering three hours of free parking in the Water Street or Market Street parking garages. The first hour is free for everyone, but library patrons with validated tickets will get three free hours, courtesy of Friends of JMRL.


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