Crozet Book Brigade volunteers pass books under the railroad tracks toward the new library

Nearly 300 people formed a human chain through Downtown Crozet last week.

Passing books from one person to the next, The Book Brigade, which snaked along Railroad and Crozet avenues before turning left into the Square and jutting down the alley behind Crozet Hardware, hauled the remainder of Crozet Library’s catalog to its new location.

“There’s something for almost everybody,” said Bill Schrader, Chairman of the Build Crozet Library Fundraising Committee. “We’ve tried to treat it as a community center and a library.”

At approximately 18,000 square feet, the new building will house the first early literacy room in the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library System, Schrader said. This space will offer children the opportunity to explore age-appropriate books as their parents look on. Additionally, the new structure has a large community room, space for homeschool students to meet with tutors, and 12 computers.

“It’s something the community can be very proud of and something that will serve them for decades to come,” John Halliday, Director of the JMRL, said.

The next step, Schrader said, is to increase the library’s book collection from 33,000 volumes to 75,000.

The library opens Wednesday, September 4, and an official ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Saturday, September 28.

Local musician gives to City schools  

Students at Walker Upper Elementary, Buford Middle, and Charlottesville High schools will now have access to private music, tennis, and academic lessons. Charlottesville City Schools reported last week that the Boyd C. Tinsley Fund at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation provided a $75,000 grant for students who would otherwise be unable to afford things like tennis lessons, tuition to summer music camps, and one-on-one tutors.

Tinsley, who has made gifts to CCS for 11 years, is a 1982 graduate of CHS, a member of the Dave Matthews Band, and an avid tennis fan who sponsors the Boyd Tinsley Women’s Clay Court Classic in Charlottesville each year.

“We are so fortunate for Boyd’s generous gift,” said orchestra director Laura Thomas. “It gives many students an opportunity to excel in a variety of areas and, as a CHS alumnus, Boyd serves as an inspiration to musicians, scholars, and athletes.”