The J. Robert Jamerson Memorial Library is a small town library in the heart of historic Appomattox, Virginia. We have been around since 1936, and a part of our longevity is that we give back to the community that we serve.

We do so in many ways, including our annual Summer Reading Program. This program is an educational and entertaining venue that keeps our younger patrons up through high school occupied with a plethora of events, story and craft times, guest speakers, and hands on experiences for an eight week time period. We have been hosting a Summer Reading Program for over 25 years.

We encourage your kids to read, or you to read to them, so they can gain a love for books. We help keep the reading flow going by offering the opportunity to earn “library dollars” for every hour spent reading, up to three hours a week, and to spend them on small prizes. The more you read, the more prizes that are earned. We will have a lot of cool things this year to pick from, all geared toward summer fun. This year’s summer reading program goes from the first day of June to the last day of July.

This year’s state-wide theme, as sponsored by the Library of Virginia is, “It’s Showtime @ Your Library.” We will be hosting two of our “giving back to the community” outreach programs during this time.

At the end of June we will have a carnival like family fun event called “Fun & Craft Day in Abbitt Park.” We will host businesses, clubs, churches, and organizations from the area. They will host games with prizes, give-a-ways, crafts, and other activities in a safe and friendly environment.

Dress to get wet as we will have at least one water feature, and don’t forget to bring a light colored or white T-shirt, 100% cotton works best, and get it tie-dyed! There will be popcorn, hot dogs, bottled water and more. If you, your business, club, or organization wishes to be a part of all the fun, please contact our director Ryan Higginbotham by calling the library.

Our second program will be “Shark in the Park.” We will feature the summer blockbuster “The Meg” on Friday, July 19th starting around 9 p.m. Be sure to bring your blankets and chairs as you enjoy the movie, popcorn, bottled water and snow cones.

The reason we give back by providing event such as these is to remind those living in Appomattox and the surrounding counties that there are local libraries, and they have a lot to offer. We want families to experience a positive and welcoming atmosphere that will encourage patrons to make full use of their local libraries.

This library has internet and Wi-Fi, movie checkouts for a 7-day time period, large print and books on audio CD, magazines and local newspaper subscriptions, plus latest bestsellers, new non-fiction and lots of children’s, juvenile, and young adult items to choose from. So don’t forget your local library during the summer. We may surprise you with all we have got going on to offer the whole family.

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