Calling all LEGO enthusiasts! It is time for the 7th annual Twin Hickory LEGO Contest. We are setting forth a challenge to all LEGO fans to design and build an ORIGINAL structure. Entries will be accepted from Friday, April 1st until Saturday, April 9th.
Having a "stay-cation?" Bring your children to the library for these great events:
- Monday, March 28, 2pm - Try Music Time for ages 5-7 @ Twin Hickory Library to enjoy musical games and dance.
- Tuesday, March 29, 1:30pm - Tween and teens will go for a screening of Avengers: Age of Ultron @ Glen Allen Library. Rated PG-13, 141 min.
- Wednesday, March 30, 2pm - Lego Build @ Tuckahoe Library will encourage your child's innovation.
- Thursday, March 31, 3pm - Come watch the film Frozen @ Varina Libary. Rated PG, 102 min.
- Friday, April 1, 2pm - It's time to Party Like a Fool @ North Park Library and release your inner prankster!
For the month of March, all Henrico County Library branches are accepting diaper donations. These diapers will go to the Capital Diaper Bank for distribution to “infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing a financial crisis due to homelessness, medical challenges, hospitalization and disasters.” Your donations should be new, preferably still in original packaging.
Readers who enjoy the "I Survived" series by Lauren Tarshis will gobble up the "Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales" collection. For grades 3-7, a fictionalized Nathan Hale tells the truth about noteworthy events. The graphic format animates in a way that encourages further exploration. Current topics include Harriet Tubman, the Donner Party, the Monitor and Merrimac, World War I battles, and of course, the author's historical namesake. The story of the Battle of the Alamo is coming out in late March!
Visit your library for antics to honor the 112th birthday of the father of modern beginner reader books.
- 3:30pm Busy Hands @ Libbie Mill Library will be making a Cat in the Hat craft, for ages 3-5 with an adult helper.
- 3:30pm Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss @ Varina Library will offer crafts and a variety of activities themed on his stories.
- 7pm Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss @ Fairfield Library will focus on family fun at their festivities.
Here are some books to encourage a child's reading appreciation:
Born Reading: Bringing Up Bookworms in a Digital Age by Jason Boog illustrates a program on how to raise kids from birth to age five, so they will love to read. It includes reading lists and advice from librarians and child development experts.
- Groundhog Day Celebration @ Libbie Mill, Tuesday, February 2, 11am. Preschoolers program includes learning and craft.
- Krafty Kids @ Tuckahoe, Tuesday, February 2, 3:30pm. Craft program for ages 3-9.
- Story Drama Workshop @ Varina, Wednesday, February 17, 11am AND @ Fairfield Thursday, February 18 at 10am. Family program. Register online for this acting workshop conducted by Virginia Repertory Theater.
- Paws to R.E.A.D. @ Tuckahoe, Thursday February 4, 4pm AND at Gayton Saturday February 20, 10:30am. Online registration required.
- Twilight Tales @ Glen Allen, Thursday, February 18, 6:30pm. Ages 3 and older please come hear a wintry mix of stories and make a snowy craft.
- Dominoes @ Twin Hickory, Friday, February 19, 3:30pm. Ages 5 and older will experience math and engineering games using dominoes.
Enlighten and entertain your youngsters with these:
In addition to numerous children's biographies on the Civil Rights hero, Martin Luther King Jr., here are some related titles to help celebrate his life:
- Love Will See You Through is by King's niece, Angela Watkins. For grades 2-6, this highly illustrated picture book provides a simplified version of Dr. King's principles of nonviolence.
- What Was the March on Washington? by Kathleen Krull describes the 1963 gathering helmed by Dr. King, and explains why the march is still important in today's American history. Readers in grades 3-5 will most appreciate this book.
- King's most famous speech is presented in picture book form in I Have a Dream, which is illustrated by artists who had won Coretta Scott King award or honors for their work.
- Outstanding for its simplicity, We March by Shane Evans chronicles an African-American family preparing and attending the famous March on Washington. It's told in first person, with fewer than 60 words, yet captures the mood eloquently.
- For fictional twists, look to King's Courage by Stacia Deutsch for grades 2-4. Time traveling pals experience Selma Alabama and see the human side of a cultural hero. Eleanora Tate's Thank You, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. tells of an elementary school girl's reluctant participation in a Black History Month play at school.
Call #394.261 books cover the holiday itself.
Begin the new year right with these fun library programs.
- PAWS to R.E.A.D. @ Tuckahoe Library 4pm Thursday, January 7 and @ Gayton Library 10:30am Saturday, January 16. Early readers gain confidence by reading aloud to a trained dog. Online registration required.
- Creative Movement for Preschoolers @ Twin Hickory Library 11am Friday, January 8. Ages 3 to 5 will learn concepts and have fun through dance.
- Zentangle Art @ Libbie Mill Library 3:30pm Tuesday, January 12. Elementary aged children are invited to make art out of their initials.
- Make and Play Saturday @ Sandston Library 11am Saturday, January 16. Free play with Lego and snap circuits.
- FROZEN movie sing-a-long @ Glen Allen Library 4pm Thursday, January 28. Dress as your favorite character and "let it go" to sing with all the songs as we watch the movie.
In 2016, special events will take place around the world to mark 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare – playwright, poet and actor. Introduce young readers to his life and stories by sampling these:
Come Fall (Gr 4-7) by A.C.E. Bauer. Fairy tale charm and magic are woven into the everyday struggles of three middle-school children, in a story that expands on a plot line from A Midsummer Night's Dream.
In Wicked Will (Gr 5-7) by Bailey MacDonald, young Viola is masquerading as a boy so that she can travel with her uncle's strolling players. When the troupe arrives in Stratford, 11-year-old Will Shakespeare drives them to distraction with his incessant questions
William Shakespeare's Winters Tale by Bruce Coville and William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet by Barbara Kindermann (both Gr 5-7) are retellings in prose of famed plays....
Get in the holiday spirit at these events!
- Short Pump Symphonette @ Glen Allen Library 7pm Thursday, December 3. This 20-piece orchestra of youth and adult musicians plan an evening of holiday music for you.
- Seasonal Music @ Tuckahoe Library 7pm Thursday, December 3. Bob Wadsworth will perform holiday music on his dulcimer in the library lobby.
- Holiday Concert @ Fairfield Library 7pm Monday, December 7. Local musician Joshua Allen helps celebrate the Yule season with a selection of traditional songs.
- Holiday Jazz @ Fairfield Library 7pm Monday, December 21. Come in for the smooth holiday stylings of Johnny Long and his musical merry makers.
Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother has provided food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults during the holiday season. The volunteer Council Members work year round to ensure each program recipient enjoys a shopping experience characterized by choice and dignity. Volunteers will be setting up the warehouse and helping recipients shop for their families from December 3rd through December 17th. To make an online donation, visit www.henricochristmasmother.org. To sponsor a family, contact Chair Betsy Foster 804-501-5538 or email@example.com.
When a "grown up" holiday approaches, use the library to help your child understand why it's being noted.
Friday, Oct 30th, 5-8pm
Dorey Recreation Center transforms into a creepy camp site to celebrate the hair-raising fun of Halloween! Experience s’mores and spooky stories by a larger-than-life bonfire, show off your costume in a contest of epic proportions, create Halloween crafts to delight the senses, and eat candy and play games ‘til your heart’s content! Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Celebrate the harvest with fun for the whole family. Explore hands-on activities and demonstrations such as candle dipping, apple pressing, tractor rides, and living history exhibits. Enjoy live musical entertainment and the Wild West Medicine Show. Children can pick their own pumpkin to take home from the “Great Pumpkin Patch”. Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: email@example.com
Before you go trick-or-treating, try some of these fascinating information books:
Chocolate from Start to Finish by Samuel Woods discusses the origin, history and ways of preparing and using chocolates.
Mercedes and the Chocolate Pilot by Margot Theis Raven is the true story of a German girl and American pilot who help the children of West Berlin by dropping candy-filled parachutes during the Airlift.
How Sweet it Is (and Was) by Ruth Freeman Swain is a brief history of candies and gum, including recipes for sugar paste, fudge and taffy....
While instructing your children on phone etiquette, be sure to include these upbeat Telephone Titles:
Telephone by Mac Barnett - When it's time to come home for dinner, a mother bird passes the message down a line of birds perched on a telephone wire.
Oink-a-Doodle-Moo by Jef Czekaj - A barnyard game of "telephone" goes wild in this jolly read aloud....
The Virginia State Reading Association sponsors an annual contest for students to read 10 listed books, then vote at their schools for one favorite. Each April the winning titles are announced for primary, elementary and middle school readers. Check out the lists for the 2015-2016 school year, or peek at past populars.
Let the Summer Reading Fun Begin!
We're celebrating super heroes, animal heroes and local heroes at your libraries this summer. The reading programs range from preschoolers through adults. Sign up online with your library card June 1st to August 31st. Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) during that period to earn prizes. Visit your libraries for fun programs like Bill Wellington, and visits by Henrico County firefighter and police heroes.
There will be raffles at summer's end for those who finish the program and each branch will host a "Cool Treat" finale.
To begin this important selection, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services' website. You may search licensed facilities by zip code and type of day care to research their hours of operation, capacity, ages served and detailed notes of recent inspections. Of course, you'll ask for references and make a drop-in visit or two, but this tool can help you narrow the search early on.
Saturday, May 2, 1-4pm at Deep Run Park
Join us for juggling shows and clowns! Get your picture taken with the ringmaster on stilts! Meet animals, fly the the air like an acrobat and play games! You may enjoy cotton candy and popcorn giveaways. Concessions available for purchase. Information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Program by Henrico Recreation and Parks.
Explore spring weather and the local floral and fauna with crafts, music, storytelling and games. There will be exhibits and activities led by Henrico Extension. Be sure to stop by the Mobile Library Van! Information: email@example.com. Program by Henrico Recreation and Parks.
Saturday, April 18th, 1-4pm at Twin Hickory Park
Children's librarians are committed to staying in step with new reads, but recalling all the series can be challenging. Our secret weapon? The wonderful link JUVENILE SERIES AND SEQUELS on the website of the Mid-Continent Library of Kansas City is invaluable. You may search by series name, author name, title of one of the books in the series, or even the series subject. Your results will include the series list IN ORDER and links to other series by that author. The catalog page of our website provides a quick link to this service under HOT SITES.
DK Findout! is a kid-friendly way to begin research on topics from animals to math, history and English. Pick a highlighted subject or type in one of your choosing. You'll find the publisher's trademark of solid introductory information and striking photographs that mesmerize browsers and provide project foundation.
Award-winning science teacher Bob Pflugfelder's "Nick and Tesla" series will enchant readers with adventure mysteries. To top it off, each book includes details of how to replicate their working, but wacky, gadgets made from ordinary household items. So far, the 11-year-old siblings investigate in High Voltage Danger Lab, Robot Army Rampage, Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove and Secret Agent Gadget Battle. These are available in audio and downloadable media, so start reading!
Whether it's a rainy day, a party day or you are restless, these imaginative and engaging books share games to suit every need. Start playing!
- Indoor Games by Lisa Regan - Games are formatted by level of difficulty.
- The Ultimate Indoor Game Book: the 200 best boredom busters ever! by Veronika Gunter is jam packed with captivating games.
- Great Big Book of Children's Games by Debra Wise is a perfect antidote to rainy day sulks and backseat boredom.
- Kids' Guide to Classic Games by Sheri Bell-Rehwoldt has well-illustrated instructions.
- Zany Rainy Days by Hallie Warshaw describes weird scavenger hunts and crafts.
Come in out of the cold and enjoy...
- Chinese New Year Celebration at Tuckahoe Library, Wednesday, February 18th, 6:30pm. It's the Year of the Sheep! Join us for family crafts and activities.
- Family Movie at North Park Library, Thursday, February 26th, 6:30pm. Let's watch Elsa and Anna in this animated feature film based on Hans Christian Andersen's "Snow Queen."
Black History Month
- Family Craft Tuesday February 10, 7:30pm & Wednesday, February 11, 11:30am, Varina
- Toddler/Preschool Craft Wednesday, February 4 at 11am, Sandston
- Early Elementary Craft Monday, February 9 at 3:30pm, Glen Allen
- Preschool Craft Thursday, February 12 at 3:30pm, Tuckahoe
- Elementary Craft Thursday, February 12 at 3:30pm, Twin Hickory
Chinese New Year
- You may return Henrico Public Library materials at any of our branches, regardless of where you checked out.
- Extend loans of renewable materials online via the My Account tab on our website.
- We have blogs for teens and parents, and a family e-newsletter.
- We provide free online magazine subscriptions for you.
- If you have not tried ebooks through your library, download the Overdrive app and click here for instructions!
- SNOWMEN STORYTIME - Thursday, December 11, 6:30 PM at Glen Allen Library
- HOLIDAY PARTY - Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 PM at Fairfield Library. Join us for our annual holiday party! Play games, make a craft, and visit with Santa!
- HOLIDAY COMEDY - Thursday, December 18, 6:30 PM at North Park Library Enjoy this film where elves raise an orphan who stowed away in Santa’s toy sack. (PG, 90 min)
- GINGERBREAD PARTY - Tuesday, December 30, 2:00 PM at Dumbarton Library. Decorate a giant gingerbread house for the library, and make your own to take home.
- MOVIE SING-A-LONG IN YOUR PAJAMAS -Tuesday, December 30, 2:00 PM at Twin Hickory Library. Come to the library in your pajamas to sing along to a 2013 movie inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen!
- HAPPY NOON YEAR - Wednesday, December 31, 11:00 AM at Tuckahoe Library. Join us for family time as we ring in the new year a little early with fun activities for everyone.
These parenting books from 2014 give tips toward contentment for all.
- Family Whispering: the Baby Whisperer's Commonsense Strategies for Communicating and Connecting with the People You Love and Making Your Whole Family Stronger, by Melinda Blau
- Mindful Parenting: Simple and Powerful Solutions for Raising Creative, Engaged, Happy Kids in Today's Hectic World by Kristen Race
- The Dolphin Way: a Parent's Guide to Raising Healthy, Happy and Motivated Kids--Without Turning into a Tiger by Shimi Kang
- Is That Me Yelling? A Parent's Guide to Your Kids to Cooperate Without Losing Your Cool by Rona Renner
......and on the lighter side of the topic
New program series this fall!
Join us for an inclusive play time for children of all abilities, ages 6-36 months.
2-4pm Sunday, October 5 - Free Event
All aboard! Head to Confederate Hills to celebrate trains! Finger puppet craft station, riding the Fun Time Train, train races on the lawn, Play-Doh train designs and cookie decoration (while supplies last) For information call 737-2859.
Live music and demonstrations on two stages.
Kids' activities and food and refreshments, too.
Free admission and parking. Pet friendly!
Come to your library for "A Place of Our Own" workshops. This is a 5-part PBS video series for child care providers, offering continuing education credits for each session attended.
Online registration is required for each program, and a $5 fee is payable by cash or check the day of each workshop.
- EARLY ACADEMICS @ Twin Hickory Library 9:30am Saturday, October 11th
- SPECIAL NEEDS @ Twin Hickory Library 1:30pm Saturday, October 11th
- SOCIAL SKILLS FOR TODDLERS @ Fairfield Library 6:30pm Monday, November 10th
- BEHAVIOR AND EMOTIONS @ Dumbarton Library 9:30am Saturday, December 6th
- HEALTH AND NUTRITION @ Dumbarton Library 1:30pm Saturday, December 6th
September 2 - October 11
October 27 - December 13
All storytimes are drop-in; no registration is needed, but we are limited to groups of 25, so don't be late! We have evening and weekend storytimes for parents who work outside the home during the day....
Escape to the Armour House and Gardens as the grounds are transformed into a backyard water park. Sprinklers, slides, and snow cones will help you beat the heat and celebrate the end of summer. Information: 270-2161.
Capitol Choices offers recommendations by librarians, teachers, booksellers, children's literature specialists, and magazine editors in the Washington, D.C. area. This group creates a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens. They consider books and audio books for ages birth through high school years. They seek not only titles that are obviously remarkable, but also for those whose "charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person's world."
Fri, Jul 4, 1-5pm at Crump Park/Meadow Farm Museum
Henrico Recreation and Parks presents a spectacular event in celebration of America’s Independence! Wear your red, white and blue and enjoy the holiday by spending a day at the park.
There will be patriotic activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Both the Meadow Farm Museum and Orientation Center will be open for visitation. NEW IN 2014: Sail the high seas and prepare to get wet in the Pirate Play Area.
Concessions will be available for purchase. Information: 270-2161.
Children ages 5-11 and their families are in for a big treat! Join us for a musical kickoff to our 2014 Summer Reading Program--Fizz, Boom, READ! with the fantastic Hope Harris and her award-winning show! Seating is limited, so please come early to avoid disappointment.
Monday, June 16
3:30pm at Dumbarton Library
6:30pm at Fairfield Library
Tuesday, June 17...
Thanks to Henrico Recreation and Parks, treat your family to delicious free Bruster’s ice cream while listening to the music of the Henrico Concert Band, making homemade ice cream, and playing your favorite backyard games. Tours will also be available.
For more information, call 652-3409 or 261-6898.
Sunday May 18, 4-6pm, Clarke-Palmore House Museum
Sunday, June 15, 4-6pm, Walkerton Tavern
Children of all ages can try their hand at a game on carnival row, take a thrilling ride down the inflatable slide, battle through the obstacle course, dance to their favorite music, explore the Bookmobile, check out educational displays, pet a monkey, meet animals at the “Children’s Farm,” and enjoy much more at this kid-tailored event! Concessions for purchase.
Join us at 2:30pm for tea with the King and Queen of the Fairies, be presented at court, and get your sparkle on! Fairy dress or Sunday best encouraged. Sign up with your library card beginning on April 3.
It's a 3pm tea party celebrating moms. Enjoy crafts and activities before tea is served. Dressy attire and jewels are welcomed. Registration begins April 1.
Here are some wonderful picture books featuring tea parties:...
Primary colored blocks with bumps=fun! Get ready for these upcoming LEGO events at your libraries:
- Entries accepted March 29-April 5 for the 5th annual Twin Hickory Library LEGO Contest. We challenge all LEGO fans to design and build an original structure. Prizes awarded in various age groups. All entries remain on display at the library during April, and the winners will be determined by public vote. All entrants must complete an entry form.
- Dumbarton Library is hosting Fun with LEGO from 3-4pm on Saturday May 10th for ages 5 and older.
- Come to Fairfield Library on July 1 and 29 from 3:30-4:30pm for free play with all types of blocks: LEGO, Lincoln Logs, wood and foam.
- July 12th at 2pm is LEGO Saturday at Tuckahoe Library. All you need to bring is your imagination for an afternoon of fun.
- Registration is required for Engineering Art with LEGO at Dumbarton Library. This event for 7-9 year olds will is 6:30-7:30pm on July 31.
In the meantime, get inspiration at call #688 in children's and adult collections of Henrico County Public Library.
Upcoming Conferences in Our Area
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Go to call number 371.042 for homeschooling materials.
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