Awards

2001 NACo Achievement Award

Make It and Take It

Awarded by the National Association of Counties.

To promote literacy and enhance the quality of day care in Henrico County, the Library formed a partnership with the Henrico County Department of Social Services to develop a series of four “Make It and Take It” hands-on workshops. The Public Library provided the classroom space, the Library’s children’s services staff organized the curriculum and the instructors and applied for a grant from the Henrico County Department of Social Services to cover the cost of materials for each workshop participant. The 75 child care providers who attended the “Make It and Take It” workshop received information about using effective flannel board presentations to enhance the literacy experience after reading picture books to a preschool audience.

2001 NACo Achievement Award

Read and Relax Adult Summer Reading Program 

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

Summer programs to encourage reading for children and teens have been provided for many years by the County of Henrico Public Library. Adults, however, also wanted and needed a summer reading program. The Relax and Read! Program was developed and offered to Henrico County library users during summer 2000. The intention was to design a program that met the busy schedules of adults. A reading log to record reading or listening selections was devised, as well as genre reading suggestions. The reading suggestions took the form of colorful bookmarks that participants could easily pick up and use. Awards for reaching goals were offered by the Friends of the County of Henrico Public Library. The Friends are volunteer library advocates whose donations of time and money benefit libraries at the branch and system-wide levels. Mugs were designed with a theme logo and were earned after reading or listening to eight books. Gift certificates to restaurants located within each library branch community were offered as a grand prize drawing at each of our eleven participating libraries.

2000 NACo Achievement Award

Linking Global Residents to Global Library Resources 

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

To become settled in the County, locate housing, enroll their children in local schools, become familiar with the English language and secure employment, new immigrants must draw on many resources. The Henrico Public Library has used a combination of traditional methods and electronic services to assist immigrants. These have included orientation tours, classes on the Internet and electronic resources, personal assistance with the Library’s catalog, email accounts, Internet access and searching. Library materials in print, video and audio that target language and life skills have been purchased.

2000 NACo Achievement Award

Connect at the Library 

Awarded by the National Association of Counties

The Library worked with Henrico’s Mental Health and Retardation Services’ CONNECT Program to encourage reading and introduce children enrolled in the program to the Library and its services. CONNECT is an after-school, community-based program that provides prevention services to youth in grades K through 8 and their families. CONNECT centers are located in subsidized housing communities with high numbers of juvenile arrests and related problems. Efforts included the Bookmobile involving children in the Summer Reading Program, library visits, Internet experience and registering children for library cards.

1999 NACo Achievement Award

Get in the Game...at Your Library

Awarded by the National Association of Counties.

The County of Henrico Public Library teamed up with the Richmond Braves baseball team to create an exciting summer reading partnership. Books, Braves and baseball were a winning combination in the 1998 summer reading program. A reward for the children who participated in the program was an event called “Library Night at the Diamond.” The event was a huge success as was the summer reading program which showed a dramatic increase in participation over the previous year. “Library Night at the Diamond” succeeded in raising the profile of the Library in the community while spotlighting books and reading for children.