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Earlier this morning, the American Library Association released its list of Youth Media Award winners! 

Here are some of the more popular awards for children: 

John Newbery Medal

The most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

Hello, Universe written by Erin Entrada Kelly

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngIt's time to announce the winners of this year's Elementary School Trophy Challenge

Congratulations to these schools!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Harvie Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Laburnum Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Mehfoud

The complete standings can be seen here.

Thank you to everyone who participated. We hope you read some great books, enjoyed a few library programs and had a great summer. Good luck during with school this year!  

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngThis is the last Elementary School Trophy Challenge update before we announce the winners! 

How is your school doing? 

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Laburnum Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Mehfoud

The complete standings can be seen here.

There are still a few weeks left in the challenge so be sure to log how many days you read and the library programs you attend.

We will post the winners in a few weeks! Who will they be? Stay tuned! 

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngWe're in the last month of the Summer Reading Club so there are a few more weeks left in the Elementary School Trophy Challenge! It's time for an update!

How is your school doing? 

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Laburnum Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Mehfoud

The complete standings can be seen here.

There are still a few left in the challenge so be sure to log how many days you read and the library programs you attend.

We will post the next update in a few weeks! Who will be leading then? Stay tuned! 

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We've just completed our first week of Summer Reading Club and wanted to give you a quick update on the Elementary School Trophy Challenge! For the first couple of updates, we'll give you the number of students who have registered at each school. After that, we'll start listing the finishers and let you know which schools are leading. 

Over 500 students have already signed up! Great work everyone!
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Fairfield

School Registered
Adams 3
Arthur Ashe 1
Harvie 5
Highland Springs 1
Ratcliffe

Gayton

School Registered
Carver 2
Gayton 11
Pinchbeck 14
Short Pump 11

Glen Allen

School Registered
Echo Lake 7
Glen Allen 20
Greenwood 8
Longan 5

Libbie Mill

School Registered
Crestview 14
Dumbarton 5
Holladay 7
Johnson 5
Lakeside 9
Trevvett 8

North Park

School Registered
Chamberlayne 2
Glen Lea  
Laburnum  
Longdale 2

Sandston

School Registered
Donahoe 3
Fair Oaks 1
Sandston 2
Seven Pines 1

Tuckahoe

School Registered
Davis 17
Maybeury 29
Pemberton 5
Ridge 10
Skipwith 9
Three Chopt 11
Tuckahoe 23

Twin Hickory

School Registered
Colonial Trail 66
Kaechele 49
Nuckols Farm 18
River's Edge 45
Shady Grove 24
Springfield Park 37
Twin Hickory 31

Varina

School Registered
Baker 4
Mehfoud 9
Montrose  
Varina 3
Ward 4

 

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2017 Elementary School Trophy Challenge

The annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

It is a contest between all Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who meet the Summer Reading Club's reading goal get a big shiny trophy with a brass plate engraved with their school's name to display during the school year.

How does it work?

  1. Henrico County Public School elementary students sign up for the Summer Reading Club.
  2. They log the number of days they read throughout the summer.
  3. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at least 20 days) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. 

We will track progress during the summer and share this with the club participants through email and other methods.  We hope that with this added incentive, we can encourage even more students to participate and finish the summer reading club, and experience the joy of reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

Schools By Library

Fairfield

Adams | Arthur Ashe | Harvie | Highland Springs | Ratcliffe

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The American Library Association has released its list of Youth Media Award winners! There are a lot of good books you may want to check out so we wanted to save you some time and provide links to some of those books in our catalog. We've also got a list of many of them in our eBook collection!

Hope you will enjoy reading these great titles! 

John Newbery Medal

The most outstanding contribution to children's literature.

The Girl Who Drank the Moon written by Kelly Barnhill

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School is in full swing and assignments are rolling in. Whether the project is due tomorrow or you've got plenty of time we've got you covered.

We'd like to introduce you to two of our premium resources that will help you and your student when doing research for papers and projects. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_world-book-logo.jpgThe first is one you've probably heard of, The World Book Encyclopedia. The online version provides the same level of coverage you will find in print plus lots more. You will find three different encyclopedias: Early World of Learning for preschool learners, Kids for early elementary students and Student for everyone else. There are also some extras! Timelines that introduce important dates/people in a wide range of studies and Discover which separates subjects into topics for a more browsable experience. They even have a Spanish version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazogs

No matter which option you choose, there will be great information. Maps, illustrations, videos and more! Let The World Book Encyclopedia be one of the first places you visit when starting a report or project.  

b2ap3_thumbnail_eLibrary_icon.gifThe second resource you will want to investigate is eLibrary. It offers a wide range of materials that will help with any research project. Full-text newspapers and magazines from around the world, transcripts from television and radio programs, reference books, maps, pictures and even audio/video recordings. It even has a Topics section where a wide-ranging set of resources has been grouped by specific topics. This is just the beginning of what you can find at eLibrary! It's practically one-stop-shopping for research papers. 

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Each backpack contains:

  1. Pair of child-size binoculars
  2. Assorted picture books about birds and birdwatching
  3. Easy-to-use field guide of Eastern birds 
  4. Laminated activity cards

Looking for more opportunities to learn about your natural surroundings?  Check out a Nature Backpack, too.

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Trophy Challenge Winners!

It's time to announce the winners of the Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

The winning schools are listed below.

How did your school do? (Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.)

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

 Adams  Gayton  Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

 Trevvett  Longdale  Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

 Maybeury  Kaechele  Mehfoud

The final standings can be seen here.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We hope you had a good summer and enjoyed everything you read. 

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Child Care Provider Trainings

Workshops for child care providers are offered monthly at various library locations, from September to May during weekday evenings. Participants earn 1.5 continuing education credit hours per workshop. Registration is free and must be done online with a Henrico County Library card. Please note that each provider must register with their own library card. If you do not have a Henrico County Public Library card, please apply with your photo ID at one of our branches.

Only a few weeks left in the Trophy Challenge! How's your school doing?


We've got another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

There have been three leader changes since the last update! The leading schools are listed below.

How is your school doing? (Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.)

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

 Adams Nuckols Farm Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Longdale Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Mehfoud

The complete standings can be seen here.

There are a little over two weeks left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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Summer Reading Club Finales

The Summer Reading Club finish line is in sight! We'll help you celebrate crossing it with music, magic, movies and more! 

Ninja Training
Thursday, August 11, 1 pm – Gayton
Want to be a ninja? Join us for this training session where we will practice ninja skills like stealth and throwing. Bring your imagination and your favorite ninja costume! 

Chris Campbell
Saturday, August 13, 10:30 am – Varina
Saturday, August 13, 2:30 pm – Tuckahoe
Fun with local musician and ventriloquist Chris Campbell.

Monsters University
Saturday, August 20, 10 am – Sandston
Watch Monsters University on our big screen and play games!

Kim & Jimbo
Saturday, August 20, 2 pm – Glen Allen
Enjoy the music of Kim and Jimbo! Made possible by the Virginia Commission and National Endowment for the Arts. 

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The Halfway Goal drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion is Monday!

Kids and Teens!

If you have logged at least 10 days of reading this summer you have automatically entered into Monday's drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion

If you haven't logged those 10 days yet there's still time! Select one of the buttons below and log your reading!

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It's time for another Trophy Challenge Update!


It's time for another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

There have been a few changes since the last update. The leading schools are listed below.

How is your school doing? (Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.)

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Longdale Sandston

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Kaechele Ward

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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Halfway through summer reading!

It's the midpoint of summer, have you met the summer reading Halfway Goal?

If you have read for at least 1 day, you have earned a frisbee-style flying disc! Come in to your library to pick one up while supplies last.

And kids and teens — you have an extra reason to log your reading online. Enter ten days of reading by August 1, and you’ll be entered into your library’s drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to Kings Dominion!

Log your reading now and visit your library for your disc as soon as you can. 

Happy Reading! 

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Second Trophy Challenge Update


It's time for the second Elementary School Trophy Challenge update of 2016! 

There has been only one change since the last update. The leading schools are listed below. How is your school doing? Schools are grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library Location.

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Nuckols Farm Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Longdale Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Colonial Trail Ward

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

We will post the next update in a few weeks! Who will be leading then? Stay tuned! 

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Ready, Set, Polka!

Get up and move to the happy sounds of polka music featuring Uncle Mike and his Pint Size Polkas! This engaging and interactive program features a multitude of dance opportunities, including special polka versions of the "Hokey Pokey," the "Chicken Dance," and "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." Fun for all ages!

Tuesday, July 19, 10:30 am - Libbie Mill
Tuesday, July 19, 2:30 pm - Tuckahoe 
Tuesday, July 19, 6:30 pm - Gayton
Wednesday, July 20, 10:30 am - North Park
Wednesday, July 20, 2:30 pm - Twin Hickory
Wednesday, July 20, 6:30 pm - Glen Allen
Thursday, July 21, 10:30 am - Varina 
Thursday, July 21, 2:30 pm - Fairfield
Thursday, July 21, 6:30 pm - Sandston

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First Trophy Challenge Update for 2016!


It's time for the first Elementary School Trophy Challenge update of 2016! This year we have grouped schools by their nearest Henrico County Public Library location. The leading schools are listed below. How is your school doing?

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Nuckols Farm Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Colonial Trail Ward

The complete standings can be seen here. 

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to how many days your read and the programs you attend.

We will post the next update in a few weeks! Will these schools be leading then? Stay tuned! 

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Summer Reading Club Kickoffs

Let the Henrico County Public Library help your family keep in reading shape this summer! 

We've got some special guests to help us kick off the Summer Reading Club!

Enjoy some baseball stories and take part in baseball crafts and activities while getting the chance to meet either Nutzy or Flying Squirrels players (depending upon availability). 

Monday, June 27, 10:30 am - Sandston
Tuesday, June 28, 10:30 am - North Park
Wednesday, June 29, 10:30 am - Glen Allen
Friday, July 8, 10:30 am - Gayton

Sciencetellers will make things fly, spin, move, and soar while telling you a series of stories that will energize your summer. Throw on your lab coat and get ready to experience the science of power and energy! This spectacular adventure is sure to have you laughing, learning and having fun.

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2016 Elementary School Trophy Challenge

The annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

It is a contest between all Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who meet the Summer Reading Club's reading goal get a big shiny trophy with a brass plate engraved with their school's name to display during the school year.

How does it work?

  1. Henrico County Public School elementary students sign up for the Summer Reading Club.
  2. They log the number of days they read throughout the summer.
  3. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at 20 minutes on at least 20 days) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. 

We will track progress during the summer and share this with the club participants through email and other methods.  We hope that with this added incentive, we can encourage even more students to participate and finish the summer reading club, and experience the joy of reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

Schools By Library

We've changed how the trophies will be awarded this year. Schools will be grouped by their nearest Henrico County Public Library location. That means more trophies!!

In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

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An afternoon with Shakespeare!

William Shakespeare died 400 years ago on April 23, 1616 and many people and organizations are celebrating his life this year in many ways. We celebrated it by going back in time and bringing him to 2016 so we could meet him and get to know him better.

We've got proof! The video below is from April 23, 2016 at the Tuckahoe Library. Take a look! 

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The votes are in and we have winners in the 7th Annual Twin Hickory Lego Contest. Thank you to everyone who participated and a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who submitted an entry. There were so many good ones! 

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Metamorphosis at Libbie Mill Library

Our Painted Lady butterflies are emerging from their chrysalises!  After a couple of weeks of anticipation, lots of questions and some excellent shared patron stories of their own experiences with a butterfly kit, four pupae have transitioned into their glorious fourth stage and are making us proud!

Join us on Earth Day in the Children’s Department at Libbie Mill for a Butterfly Release Party on Friday, April 22nd, directly following our Plant a Seed program at 2:30 (weather permitting – we can’t set our beauties free in the rain.)  A special craft and some fun games are also on the celebratory agenda… 

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Seuss Madness Finals!!

Seuss Madness continues!!

It's time for the Finals!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss book below!

Finals voting will continue until Tuesday, March 29; The the winning book will be announced Wednesday, March 30.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still want to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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Seuss Madness Semifinals!!

Seuss Madness continues!! The voting is in for Round Two and there are four books left.

It's time for the Semifinals!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Semifinal voting will continue until Tuesday, March 22; The finalists will be announced Wednesday, March 23.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still want to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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Seuss Madness Round Two!!

Seuss Madness continues!! The voting is in for Round One and we've paired off the winners.

It's time for Round Two!! Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Round Two voting will continue until Tuesday, March 15; Round Two winners will be announced Wednesday, March 16.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still need to read? Find them in our Catalog.

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Seuss Madness Round One!!

Let the SEUSS MADNESS begin!! Voting for Round One is open. Pick your favorite Dr. Seuss books below!

Round One voting will continue until Tuesday, March 8; Round One winners will be announced Wednesday, March 9.

 

Are there some Dr. Seuss books you still need to read? Find them in our Catalog.

 

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We're unlocking the library crypt next week and inviting all good little goblins and ghouls to creep out for a party!

b2ap3_thumbnail_9837569463_75f85013a7_m.jpgHalloween Fair @ Glen Allen
Monday, October 26 @ 6:30: Get into the Halloween spirit! Join us for not-too-spooky games and crafts. Trick-or-treating stations will be set up throughout the library, so don't forget your costume! Presented by the Northwest Teen Advisory Board and supported by the Friends of the Library. 

Halloween Dance Party @ Twin Hickory
Tuesday, October 27 @ 6:30 pm: Put on your costume, bring a treag bag and get ready to boogie & gather some treats! For ages 3 and older. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_9835737234_07856f4e9b_m.jpgHalloween Magic Show @ Fairfield
Thursday, October 29 @ 7 pm: Help us celebrate Halloween with a magic show starring the Amazing Mr. B! Halloween treats will be shared at the end of the show. 

Halloween Fair @ Tuckahoe
Saturday, October 31 @ 3 pm
Join us for games, face painting, crafting, storytelling, and more! This free event is great for families looking for a safe and fun indoor Halloween celebration. Costumes encouraged. Hosted by the West End TAB and sponsored by the Friends of the Tuckahoe Library.

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It's time to announce the winners of this year's Elementary School Trophy Challenge!

They are...

East

Seven Pines

North

Kaechele

Near West

Trevvett

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East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Seven Pines
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Lakeside
  3. Holladay

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Davis
  3. Tuckahoe

The complete standings can be seen here.

Be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the winners next week!!

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East

  1. Seven Pines
  2. Mehfoud
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Johnson
  3. Chamberlayne

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Davis
  3. Three Chopt

The complete standings can be seen here.

There are three weeks left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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East

  1. Adams
  2. Seven Pines
  3. Mehfoud

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Holladay
  3. Johnson

Far West

  1. Gayton
  2. Three Chopt
  3. Davis

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Montrose
  3. Seven Pines

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Holladay
  3. Johnson

Far West 

  1. Gayton
  2. Three Chopt
  3. Maybeury

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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East

  1. Mehfoud
  2. Montrose
  3. Adams

North

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Rivers Edge

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Johnson
  3. Holladay

Far West Area

  1. Three Chopt
  2. Davis
  3. Tuckahoe

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in a few weeks!

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Child Care Provider Trainings

Workshops for child care providers are offered monthly at various library locations, from September to May during weekday evenings. Participants earn 1.5 continuing education credit hours per workshop. Registration is free and must be done online with a Henrico County Library card. Please note that each provider must register with their own library card. If you do not have a Henrico County Public Library card, please apply with your photo ID at one of our branches.

A Place of Our Own” video workshops will be offered over the course of two weekends in November, 2015. Participants may earn 3 CE credit hours for each workshop attended.  There is a $5 fee for each video workshop.

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The fourth annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

Trophy

It is a contest between all Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who meet the Summer Reading Club's reading goal get a big shiny trophy with a brass plate engraved with their school's name to display during the school year.

How does it work?

  1. Henrico County Public School elementary students sign up for the Summer Reading Club.
  2. They log the books/hours they read throughout the summer.
  3. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at least 10 books, or for 10 hours) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. 

We will track progress during the summer and share this with the club participants through email and other methods.  We hope that with this added incentive, we can encourage even more students to participate and finish the summer reading club, and experience the joy of reading as a lifelong pursuit. 

Schools By Region

We've added another region to the challenge this year. Schools are now grouped into four regions — East, NorthNear West and Far West — and four trophies will be awarded.  In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

East

North

Near West

Far West

Adams Colonial Trail Chamberlayne Carver
Arthur Ashe Echo Lake Dumbarton Crestview
Baker Glen Allen Holladay Davis
Donohoe Greenwood Johnson Gayton
Fair Oaks Kaechele Laburnum Maybeury
Glen Lea Longan Lakeside Nuckols Farm
Harvie Rivers Edge Longdale Pemberton
Highland Springs Shady Grove Trevvett Pinchbeck
Mehfoud Short Pump   Ridge
Montrose Springfield Park   Skipwith
Ratcliffe Twin Hickory   Three Chopt
Sandston     Tuckahoe
Seven Pines      
Varina      
Ward      

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These storytimes are convenient for parents and caregivers who are busy during weekdays and for families who want extra storytimes.

Give these storytimes a try!

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Thank you so much for donating over 5000 diapers during the month of march!

They will be delivered to the Capital Diaper Bank soon and will be available for babies in the area.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated! 

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Would you like to try it out? You can at the library! We are happy to be able to provide access to ABC Mouse when you visit any of our libraries. 

Just log on to one of our computers and visit our Kids page then click the ABC Mouse link. You will be asked to create an account so you will be able to log in next time you visit the library and continue using the site where you left off. 

We hope you will enjoy this new service and try it out the next time you visit the library. 

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We love our regular storytimes at the library! But throughout the year, we take breaks so we can plan new programs to keep our storytimes fun.

When storytime is on break you can continue to enrich your child's life in literature with some of these free resources.

Online

  • TumbleBooks is a collection of interactive, animated, talking picture books! It helps young children explore the joys of reading in a format they'll love. There are also puzzles and games!
  • VA Lit Day by Day provides early literacy activities for every day. You will find topic-specific songs, app recommendations, stories and suggestions of simple activities to reinforce the day’s concept.
  • Our Librarians have reviewed lots of fun educational apps.
  • Check our events calendar for special activities likes crafts and Family Fun!

At the library

  • You are always welcome to keep your library routine by visiting the library. You can present your own storytime by reading with your children at the library or check out materials to take home and share. While visiting you and your children can play with materials in our early literacy centers.
  • ABCMouse.com - With 3,500+ interactive books, educational games, puzzles and other learning activities, ABCMouse.com's award-winning online curriculum is free for use at our library locations for young learners (ages 2-6+). From Age of Learning, Inc.
  • Check out one of our Read-To-Me Kits. These preschool "discovery packs" contain a theme in an easy to carry book bag. There are many themes to choose from, including seasons, holidays, trains and concepts such as alphabet, counting, colors and shapes. Each bag contains a mix of books, simple toys and DVDs that focus on the bag's theme. They are available at many libraries and can be placed on hold. 

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It's time to announce the winners of this year's Elementary School Trophy Challenge

East

Seven Pines

North

Glen Allen

West

Kaechele

Congratulations to these schools! The complete final standings can be seen here. 

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Next week we will announce the winners of this year's Trophy Challenge. There have been some changes since the last update! The leaders this week are:

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  1. Seven Pines
  2. Sandston
  3. Mehfoud

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Kaechele
  2. Colonial Trail
  3. Crestview


The complete standings can be seen here. There is still time to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will announce the winners next week!!

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East

  1. Sandston
  2. Adams
  3. Seven Pines

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

The complete standings can be seen here. There are three weeks left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in two weeks!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngIt's been two weeks since our last update and there have been some changes in the standings!

East

  1. Adams
  2. Sandston
  3. Arthur Ashe

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

The complete standings can be seen here. There are five weeks left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the next update in two weeks!

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It's time for an update in the Elementary School Trophy Challenge! The top three schools in each region are:

East

  1. Sandston
  2. Adams
  3. Montrose

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

The complete standings can be seen here. There is still plenty of time for the standings to change so keep reading, attending library programs and entering them in your reading logs. We will continue to post updates throughout the summer so stay tuned. 

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The third annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge has begun!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

Trophy

It is a contest between all of Henrico County's Elementary schools. The schools with the highest percentage of students who met the Summer Reading Club's reading goal got a big shiny trophy they could display during the school year.

How does it work?

Henrico County Public School elementary students who participate in the Summer Reading Club will be tallied by school. The school with the highest percentage of finishers (having read at least 10 books, or for 10 hours) will receive a trophy to keep on display for one year. The trophy will have a brass plate on the base, engraved with the winning school’s name and the year.

Schools are grouped into three regions—North, East, and West—and three trophies will be awarded.  In addition to the trophies, each school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.

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Mother Goose Time booklet
Looking for some nursery rhymes for your little one? Look no further!

We've put together a handy Mother Goose Time booklet full of rhymes and fingerplays you can do with your child. Take a look at it! There are lots of old favorites and some new ones too. 

Pick one up at your library, or print it out and take it with you.
 

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Booklists for children by topic. Recommended and compiled by Henrico Library children's staff. 

African-American

Beginning Readers

Family Favorites

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StorytimeON 2x

>> or hold your own storytime


Printable Schedule

Groups, please call your library to
schedule an appointment.

When in session, storytimes are weekly, except as noted and when closed for holidays.
Printable Schedule
All storytimes are drop-in, registration is not required.

Every Child Ready to Read

Our storytimes are designed to help young children acquire the skills they need to start school ready to learn. We emphasize pre-literacy skills at storytime and use research-based best practices to help children learn them through fun activities. Learn more about early literacy and the Five Early Literacy Practices.

Choosing the Right Storytime for your child

Storytimes are designed for specific age and development levels. Choose the best-fit storytime for your child for maximum fun and learning!

  • Lapsit Lambs storytimes is for infants and pre-walkers 
  • Mother Goose is for 6 - 24 months
  • Toddler Time is for 24 - 36 months
  • Preschool is for 3 - 5 years 
  • Family storytime is for any age
  • Cuentos Bilingües (Bilingual Storytime) en español e ingles. Todas las edades (in Spanish and English. All ages)
  • Sensory Storytime engages children through movement, music, stories, sensory activities and play. This welcoming, encouraging and supportive program is smaller and more adaptive than other storytimes. An early intervention professional will assist.

Evening and Weekend Storytimes

Many of our libraries offer storytimes during alternate times for families who are busy during weekdays.

Come Early

Space is limited due to room capacity. Show up early to make sure you find a spot. We are unable to accommodate group visits at storytimes. Please call your library to arrange something special for your group.

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School Readiness Begins at Birth!

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write. Your child has been learning about language and literacy since birth!

When you spend time reading, talking, singing and playing together with words and language you are helping to get your child ready for kindergarten. As a parent, you are your child's first and best teacher - and the key to your child's school success!

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities

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Talking

Your child learns to talk by listening to you and others around him. By the time your child is school age, he or she will understand at least 3000 words.  Learning lots of new words will help your child recognize written words and understand them when reading begins.

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Booklists for children by age and grade. Recommended and compiled by Henrico Library children’s staff.

Books for Babies

Books for Toddlers

Books for Preschoolers

Books for Kindergarteners

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