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Our Featured Title

The Shoemaker's Wife begins in the Northern Alps in 1905 and follows the lives of Ciro and Eduardo Lazzari, brothers who grew up in a convent because their widowed mother could not care for them. It's also the story of Enza Ravanelli and her big-hearted family whose financial struggles come to a fateful bend in the road when Enza decides to go to America to earn money. She would not know until a chance meeting in New York that Ciro, a boy she kissed and thought never to see again, had also traveled to America to seek his fortune. What transpires is a classic immigrant success story, but the tale of Enza and Ciro transcends the commonplace because of their great love.

The novel's real-life back story is as arresting as the one Trigiani creates. It's inspired by the love between the author's grandparents, who grew up in the Northern Alps of Italy but did not meet until they emigrated to the United States.

Adapted from USA Today Book Review by Carol Memmott

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Letter from Henrico County Manager & Superintendent of Schools

Book Discussions

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that aims to encourage a sense of community and promote literacy. Our libraries have lots of opportunities to discuss the All Henrico Reads featured title, The Shoemaker's Wife, before or after the author visits on April 24. We hope you'll join us!

Tue., March 5, 7:00 pm, Glen Allen
Tue., March 12, 3:00 pm, Varina
Wed., March 13, 1:00 pm, Twin Hickory
Tue., March 19, 7:00 pm, Dumbarton
Mon., March 25, 7:00 pm, Twin Hickory
Mon., April 1, 7:00 pm, Tuckahoe
Mon., April 8, 7:00 pm, Sandston
Mon., August 5, 1:00 pm, Gayton
Mon., September 9, 7:30 pm, Gayton

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Author Visit and Book Signing
Wednesday, April 24, 7-8:30 pm
Doors open at 6:15 pm
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road, Glen Allen

In partnership with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, we are proud to host New York Times bestselling author Adriana Trigiani for an informal discussion of her novel and writing career. This event is free and open to the public, and no tickets or admission fee are required. Seating is limited, and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Her novel, The Shoemaker's Wife, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Enter to win gift certificates for restaurants, shopping and more!

Come to our evening event on April 24 and visit the Friends of the Henrico County Public Library table before you find your seat. There you can fill out an entry slip for a chance to win gift certificates to great local restaurants, shopping and more!

Cinema Italiano

Throughout March and April, we will be screening our favorite films about Italy and Italian-American culture. See our Events Calendar for times and descriptions, or ask your branch for more information.

Congratulations to our winners!

Congratulations to all our library members who won a copy of The Shoemaker’s Wife during our February and March chance to win at all our libraries. Special thanks to the Shared Knowledge literacy foundation for donating the copies of the book.

Local Trigiani reader explores family connection to Caruso

Our featured All Henrico Reads book has brought the idea of family history closer to home for a lot of readers. For book club member Hester Abbott, reading about the era of Caruso and the Met reminded her of a famous cousin.
Read more on our blog.


"Before There Was Me"

As a tie-in to this year’s featured book, we are compiling a gallery of photos building on the book’s theme about where we come from, and especially how those before us made their way.

We hope you will share photos of your own parents and relatives from before you were born, or when you were very young. Feel free to include the person’s profession and their relationship to you, first names, place, and/or the year—as little or as much info as you like—that we can include as a caption.

Please email your photos with the Subject “Family Photo” to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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