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

“It make one’s mouth hurt to speak with such forced merriment.”

holidays on ice.jpgBooks on Tap read  David Sedaris’s essay collection Holiday’s on Ice  at Champion Brewery on December 5. Originally published in 1997 the dated bigotry leaps from the page in 2019. Overall we found the humor crueler than we expected and liked his personal stories better than his fiction. While we didn’t all finish each essay, we did agree that the popularly staged “Santaland Diaries”  had the funniest moments, especially when performed by Sedaris with his Billie Holiday impersonation. We also recommend listening to Julia Sweeney’s  reading of “Season’s Greetings to our Friends and Family!!!” and seeing Sinterklass in action in the Netherlands. 

Sedaris’ favorite character is his mother, who appears in almost every personal story. His parents are awful in his recounting and we assume Sedaris is using humor to cope. But that is part of the appeal: the universality of the screwed up family and the relief in finding out that ours isn’t the worst. 

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Other humorous authors book mentioned:

Ian Fraser

Woody Allen

Roz Chas

Jenny Lawson

Tina Fey

Dave Barry

Bill Bryson

Trevor Noah


 Books on Tap Information:

  • No January meeting
  • An American Marriage by Tayari Jones (February 6)
  • Same Page Title TBA (March 5)
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren (April 2)
  • There, There by Tommy Orange (May 7)
  • Clock Dance by Anne Tyler (June 4)


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