Nelson Memorial Library Expansion Update – January 2020

There are some BIG changes underway at the Nelson Memorial Library!

Grow Nelson Library is still taking donations in order to reach the $150,000 fundraising goal to obtain a $100,000 challenge grant from The Perry Foundation by June 1, 2020.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone who has donated so far!

For more information on how to donate and to view pictures of this project, please visit

Belly Bumps & Babes program

Learn more about late pregnancy, birth, and postpartum with Cindy Fargo of Honeybee Doula Services, LLC at the Greene County Library.

The first of the four-part series will be held on January 4 from 9:30-11:30am, focusing on realistic choices and expectations about birth.

Fargo is a professionally trained and certified doula (DONA-Doulas of North America) who provides education, support and care to moms and families living in the greater Charlottesville area.

Belly Bumps & Babes program

“Empowering and encouraging young parents to make well-informed, intentional choices about their own healthcare and, of course, about their children’s healthcare is so important,” Fargo said.

Fargo not only wishes to help the parents-to-be who attend the discussion, but also hopes they carry the conversation further to build a stronger community and support other families.

“My hope is to broach these kinds of topics and open the conversation so it will spark further investigation, questioning and forethought,” she said.

The remaining discussions will be held on February 1, March 7, and April 4.

To learn more about Belly Bumps and Babes, visit

Starting a Minority-Owned Business Program

People interested in starting a minority-owned business (or those already operating one) are invited to attend Northside Library’s ‘Starting a Minority-Owned Business’ program for professional guidance.Starting a Minority-Owned Business (November 19, 2019) (1)

On Tuesday, November 19 from 6-8pm, Quinton Harrell, Founder & CEO of Heritage United Builders, and co-owner of A Taste of Home Southern Cuisine food truck, will lead a panel discussion with:

  • Hollie Lee (City of Charlottesville’s Minority Business Program & Economic Development),
  • Stephen Davis (The Community Investment Collaborative), and
  • Yolunda Harrell (New Hill Development Corporation).

Attendees will learn from an expert panel about an array of existing and emerging resources to help build the foundation and relationships that make a successful business.

The program will also serve as a great networking opportunity.

For more information, visit the JMRL website at