Upcoming Special Programs


Exhibit: Virginia Women in History
Monday, August 20 – Thursday, September 27
This special exhibit from the Library of Virginia recognizes and celebrates eight women—past and present—for their accomplishments in all walks of life. This year’s exhibit includes poet Rita Dove and educator Isabella Gibbons, both from Charlottesville. 


Build Your Cat a Castle
Saturday, September 29, 10:30 a.m.
Come use our supplies to build your cat (or other small pet) a fun castle, inspired by the book Cat Castles by Carin Oliver. Families and adults welcome. Adults will use the sharp tools. 


The Psychology of Immigrants and Refugees
Wednesday, October 3, 7 p.m.

Vamik Volkan, M.D., will discuss the psychology and mental health issues of immigrants and refugees, and of those who cross paths with them, along with the psychology of borders, from the Berlin Wall to Donald Trump. Volkan, an immigrant from Cyprus, is an Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Virginia School Medicine and past president of the International Society of Political Psychology and the American College of Psychoanalysts. His book, Immigrants and Refugees: Trauma, Perennial Mourning, Prejudice, and Border Psychology, was published in 2017.


The Blue Ridge Tunnel
Tuesday, October 9, 2 p.m.

Mary E. Lyons will discuss the 1858 construction of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Tunnel. Led by Claudius Crozet and constructed by Irish immigrants, the tunnel was one of the greatest engineering feats of its time. Lyons lives in Charlottesville and has written nineteen books, including The Blue Ridge Tunnel: A Remarkable Engineering Feat in Antebellum Virginia, published by The History Press in 2014.