Fall Programs for Kids and Teens at Crozet Library


For All Ages

Carved Pumpkin Contest: October 29-30.

Are you handy with a carving knife and a scoop?  Do you have hidden vegetable carving talents?  If so (or if not), enter Crozet’s carved pumpkin contest this October.  Simply drop off your carved pumpkin anytime on Monday, October 29, or before 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 30.  After dark on Tuesday, October 30, drop by to see the illuminated pumpkins.  Entries will be judged by library patrons Tuesday night, with winners announced on Wednesday.  Then take your artistic pumpkin home with you, just in time for Halloween.

Stitches: An Inter-generational Handcraft Group for ages 8 – 108.: Meeting the last Tuesday of every month at 4:30 p.m.: Sept. 25, Oct. 30 and Nov. 27. 

Knitters, beaders, stitchers!  Bring any project you’re working on (or interested in learning) and join this fun group for an hour of handcrafting and sharing. No registration required. Drop-ins are always welcome.

The Giving Tree

Give the gift of reading to a child. Share your love of reading with a child enrolled in Head Start. Select a name from the Giving Tree and buy a picture book to bring to the library by Dec. 3.


For Kids

Tales for Twos: For 2-year-olds and young 3-year-olds. Thursdays, September 6 through October 25, 9:30 a.m.

A fun program of nursery rhymes, songs, stories, and fingerplays designed for 2- to 3-year-olds and an accompanying adult.  Registration is limited to 15.

Alphabet Soup: A Preschool Story Time For older 3-year-olds to 5-year-olds.: Thursdays, September 6 through October 25,  10:30 am.

Enjoy a fun half-hour of stories, songs, flannelboard stories, fingerplays, and more! Designed for older 3-, 4- and 5-year-olds who are ready to enjoy story time on their own, without an accompanying adult or younger siblings. Registration is required.

My, Oh My, What Do You Spy?: Wednesday, September 19, 3 p.m. For ages 7 to 10.

I spy, with my little eye…something fun! Eat your carrots and sharpen your eyesight so you’ll be ready for this after-school program of ‘finding’ fun. Based on the ever popular I SPY and WHERE’S WALDO puzzle books series, we’ll hunt and seek, and create our own visual challenges to share with family and friends. Registration is required.

Dig, Drill and Hammer—It’s Construction Time: Saturday, October 20, 10 a.m.  For ages 4 to 6.

There’s some exciting construction happening around Crozet – like the building of our new library! Come and listen to some great tool-time stories, test your knowledge of construction vehicles, and work on your own building skills. Registration begins Monday, October 1.

Gathering for Games: Friday, October 26, 2–3:30 p.m.. For ages 6 to 11.

School’s Out! Meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for some gaming fun. The library will provide some games. Bring a friend. If you have a favorite game, bring it along to teach and share. Registration begins October 9. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Barefoot Puppets: Trickster Tales!: Saturday, November 3, 10 a.m.  Best for ages 3 and older.

Celebrate African trickster tales with this high-energy puppet show! Registration begins October 15.

LEGO at the Library: Monday, November 5, 2–3 p.m. For ages 5 to 11.

Join other master builders for an hour of open-ended block building fun. The library provides the LEGOs. Bring your imagination! Registration begins October 15.  Drop-ins are always welcome.

Crozet Page Turners Read: The Westing Game: Saturday, November 17, 1 p.m. For ages 8 to 11.

Sixteen interesting and bizarre characters gather to read Mr. Westing’s will. The person who can figure out who was responsible for causing his death will inherit 200 million dollars. Stop by the library to get your free copy of The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Read it on your own to see if you can solve the mystery, then join other Crozet Page Turners for an hour of book club discussion and fun. Registration begins October 29.

Be an Opera Star!: Tuesday, December 4, 4:30 p.m.. For ages 7 and up.

Ash Lawn opera invites you to get a behind-the-scenes look at the famous opera Amahl and the Night Visitors, by Gian Carlo Menotti. Through hands-on and interactive activities, John Visel will use this classic Christmas story to introduce young audiences to the art of opera.  For information about this production, go to ashlawnopera.org. Registration begins November 13. Drop-ins are always welcome.

Book Swap Party, Junior: Saturday,  December 15, 10 a.m. For ages 5 to 7.

Are you a beginning reader who has read and re-read every book you own (until you have memorized all the words)? If so, swap them for new ones at our book swap party. Bring any book(s) that you would like to pass on to others your age and take home some new used reads.  (The library will provide some books to swap also!). Registration begins November 26.

Twelfth Annual Book Swap Party: Saturday, December 15, 1 p.m. For ages 8 to 12.

Tired of those stacks of books you’ve read 10 times?  Swap them for new ones at our book swap party. Simply bring along any book(s) that you would like to pass on to others your age and take home some new used reads.  (The library will provide some books to swap also!)  Stick around afterwards for lots of book loving fun!  Registration begins November 26.

‘Movie’ On Over to the Crozet Library: Thursday, January 3, 1 p.m.  For ages 7 and up.

School’s Out!  It’s a great time to meet up with your friends at the Crozet Library for an afternoon movie (rated G or PG).  We’ll provide the popcorn and drinks. You bring a friend and some get-comfortable-pillows. Call the library for movie details. Registration is requested and begins December 17.


For Teens

Teen Poetry Contest: October 1 – 27

Do you love to write poetry?  Enter the Teen Poetry Contest to celebrate Teen Read Week! Three winners will be chosen, with prizes to be awarded, and the opportunity for the winners to be entered into another teen poetry contest sponsored by the Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) library journal. Contest forms and guidelines will be available at all JMRL locations beginning in mid-September. One entry per person. Winners will be notified by mid-November. Ages 12-18.

Musings: A Teen Writer’s Workshop: First Tuesday of the month: September 4, October 2, November 6, December 4, January 8.  6:30 p.m.

Interested in creative writing? This vibrant group meets monthly to practice writing skills, learn new techniques, share what other teen writers are working on, and hear helpful comments about your own writing. Drop-ins are always welcomed.  Ages 13-18.

Teen Movie Night: Friday, September 14, 6 – 9 p.m.

Celebrate an awesome summer of reading and the start of the school year with a special showing of this new movie based on a popular novel featuring fierce competitors in the ultimate survival game. Popcorn and refreshments provided. This movie is rated PG-13 and geared toward a teen audience in grades 6-12.  Please call the library for more details. Registration is required.

Teen Advisory Board (TAB): Tuesdays, November 13 and December 11. 6:30-7:30 p.m. (No TAB in September or October)

Be a part of the Crozet Library Teen Advisory Board! Help plan teen programs, displays, and activities. Members enjoy yummy snacks and receive volunteer hours for their participation with TAB. It’s your library—make a difference! Registration recommended. Grades 6-12.

Teen TGIF Night: Murder Mystery Whodunit: Friday, November 16. 7-8:30 p.m.

Sharpen your sleuthing skills at Crozet’s 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 the setting is an Anime Convention! Costumes are always encouraged. Required registration begins October 26.  Grades 6-12.

Teen TGIF Night: Gingerbread House Challenge, Teens vs. Parents: Friday, December 7. 7-8:30 p.m.

The 3rd Annual Gingerbread House competition returns with a twist. Gather your candy canes and gumdrops. Parents are invited to challenge the teenagers in this battle of the ages. Who will prevail with the best sugary creation?  The masterpieces will be displayed in the library afterward. Make sure to wear your ugliest holiday sweater in lieu of an apron. All materials provided. Required registration begins November 16.  Grades 6-12.

Crozet Teen Book Club: Tuesdays, November 27 and December 18.  6:30-7:30 p.m. (No book club in September or October)

Join other teens for an out-of-this-world book club featuring lively discussion, activities, and crafts.  Snacks will be served. Registration required and free copy of the book is included.  Limited to 10 participants.  Grades 6-12.

Teen Game Night: Are You the Werewolf?: Monday, December 17. 6-7:30 p.m.

Come learn a new, interactive, role-playing card game. Play a few rounds with friends and enjoy snacks and prizes. Call the Library for more details. Hosted by Crozet’s fantastic Teen Advisory Board. Grades 6-12.