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 All HCPL locations will be closed Wednesday, June 19 in observance of Juneteenth.

Exploration and Literacy Kits

We offer curated kits to promote learning experiences that help build reading skills. From Nature Kits and Birding Backpacks that encourage you to explore the outdoors, to 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Kits and Read to Me sets that facilitate reading as a part of family time - these convenient kits are grab-and-go options for busy caregivers to provide fun and educational activities. We've done the planning so you can enjoy quality time together with your little ones.

Nature Kits

Perfect for a family hike or outdoor adventure, Nature Backpacks contain field guides, observation tools (like a dip net and magnifying glass!), discovery activities, and a parking pass for free entry to all Virginia State Parks.

Birding Backpacks

Designed for children and families curious about birds and the natural world, our Birding Backpacks can be used anywhere, from the backyard to the Blue Ridge, and come equipped with binoculars, field guides, and activities.

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

These engaging backpacks contain ten unique, librarian-selected books perfect for young readers that can be used toward reaching your goals and earning prizes in our early literacy reading challenge. Visit our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten page to learn more!

Read To Me Kits

Build literacy with educational activities you can enjoy during busy weeks, over the weekend, or on a rainy afternoon! Each curated kit includes three books, a puzzle, a DVD, and an activity sheet to keep littles ones learning and entertained.