Special Programs for Adults

Memoir Writing
Saturdays, Feb. 15, Feb. 29, March 14, & March 28
10:30 a.m.-12:30 PM

This four-part workshop series conducted by Jo Anne Sabas will help you write about your life and times, a sure legacy you can leave your children and grandchildren. Or, write for your own enjoyment.  Discover how to organize your chapter topics and why a strong opening chapter matters. Learn how to incorporate photographs and about printing your work. Participants are encouraged to bring any of their memoir writings to the first session. Registration required. To register call 540-942-6746 or stop by the front desk.

Screening: Ken Burns Presents The Gene: An Intimate History 
Thursday, March 5
7:00 p.m.

Get an advance peak into this new documentary series before it airs on PBS in April. The series uses science, social history, and personal stories to weave together a historical biography of the human genome while also exploring the stunning breakthroughs in understanding the impact genes play on heredity, disease, and behavior. The documentary is a journey through key genetics discoveries that are some of the greatest achievements in the history of science. Based on the best-selling book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, M.D. and provided through our collaboration with PBS Books. 

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Saturday, March 14
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Friends will open their storage area filled with book bargains as low at 50¢.

Genealogy 101
Wednesdays, March 18 & 25,
1:00 PM 

This two-part class covers how to get started in the search for your family’s history. Learn about the best sources of information, where to find those records, how to organize your findings, and free resources available through the library. Presented by Ramona Gordon, FOL Board Member, along with library staff.  Registration required. To register call 540-942-6746 or stop by the front desk.

An Evening with Thomas Jefferson
Thursday, April 2
6:30 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of two special exhibit with the man of honor himself—Thomas Jefferson—as portrayed by historical actor-interpreter Bill Barker, widely recognized as the nation’s foremost interpreter of Jefferson. After portraying Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg for 26 years as well as around the country and around the world, at sites including the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Palace of Versailles, Barker joined the team at Monticello in 2019. Program is followed by a reception and exhibit viewing.


A Celebration of Black History 
February 3 - 29

This poster exhibit from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History explores various aspects of African American history and accomplishments.

Thomas Jefferson Bicentennial 1743-1943
April 2 – 30

Created and displayed in Washington D.C. for the bicentennial of Jefferson’s birth in 1943, this period exhibit showcases Jefferson’s portraits and architectural work.

Monticello and the Legacies of Slavery 
April 2 -30

This traveling exhibit examines slavery at Monticello as well as its painful legacies, among them the burdens of inequality still carried by many people of color in the United States. It draws heavily from material gathered through the Getting Word Oral History Project, amplifying the voices of descendants of Monticello’s enslaved community. Courtesy of Monticello.

I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story 
May 1 - 30

This poster exhibit from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibit Services and the  Smithsonian's Asian Pacific American Center and celebrates Asian Pacific American history across a multitude of incredibly diverse cultures and explores how Asian Pacific Americans have shaped and been shaped by the course of our nation’s history.