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Another year has come and gone. Our staff has been thinking back on all of the incredible books that came out in 2017. Here is a sampling of the books that we loved this year.

Favorite Staff Picks:

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Windows by Julia Denos (Illus. by E.B. Goodale)
Find this book at your library

Picture Book. This quietly lovely book follows a little boy who could easily be a slightly older Peter from The Snowy Day as he walks his dog through the neighborhood at twilight.  (Preschool - Early Elementary)

Recommended by: 
Pam, Collection Management Librarian
Barbara, Libbie Mill Library
Amy, Tuckahoe Library
Hayley, Twin Hickory Library

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2017-18 Child Care Provider Trainings

Workshops for child care providers are offered monthly at various Henrico County Public Library locations, from September through May. For 2017-18, we will present a mix of evening and Saturday workshops.

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.

Saturday, 9/23/17, 2:00-3:30 p.m

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead! @ Libbie Mill Library

Tuesday, 10/03/17, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngIt's time for another Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! 

This is the second update with the leaders in each group. How is your school doing? 

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Glen Lea Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Kaechele Varina

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still lots of time 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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School has been out for a week and lots of kids have stopped by the library to register for Summer Reading. We want to give you a quick update on the Elementary School Trophy Challenge

Below are the number of students who have registered at each school. Beginning in two weeks, we will start to list the finishers and let you know which schools are leading. 

Over 2,000 students have already signed up! Great work everyone!
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Fairfield

School Registered
Adams 9
Arthur Ashe 4
Harvie 17
Highland Springs 7
Ratcliffe

Gayton

School Registered
Carver 25
Gayton 85
Pinchbeck 49
Short Pump 75

Glen Allen

School Registered
Echo Lake 67
Glen Allen 91
Greenwood 41
Longan 27

Libbie Mill

School Registered
Crestview 58
Dumbarton 16
Holladay 26
Johnson 21
Lakeside 28
Trevvett 34

North Park

School Registered
Chamberlayne 16
Glen Lea
Laburnum  
Longdale 13

Sandston

School Registered
Donahoe 16
Fair Oaks 5
Sandston 7
Seven Pines 23

Tuckahoe

School Registered
Davis 88
Maybeury 85
Pemberton 21
Ridge 20
Skipwith 24
Three Chopt 26
Tuckahoe 72

Twin Hickory

School Registered
Colonial Trail 127
Kaechele 105
Nuckols Farm 92
River's Edge 142
Shady Grove 143
Springfield Park 95
Twin Hickory 121

Varina

School Registered
Baker 10
Mehfoud 23
Montrose
Varina 16
Ward 15

 

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Trophy Challenge Update: One Week Left!!


We've got another Elementary School Trophy Challenge 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 is one week left in the challenge so be sure to record how many days your read and the programs you attend.

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter O!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter N!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter M!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter L!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter K!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter J!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter I!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter H!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter G!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Seuss Madness - The Winner!

The top Dr. Seuss book remains a mystery. Our recent Seuss Madness Final between Green Eggs and Ham and The Lorax resulted in a tie.

We apologize to all of you Dr. Seuss fans who were hoping for some closure on this long-standing question.

Our advice to you: go out and re-read these classics and form your own conclusion.

We want to thank all of you who voted and helped us celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books.

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American Girl Dolls at Libbie Mill Library!

On Monday March 28th, the first day of Spring Break, we will begin a pilot project that will involve lending American Girl ® dolls for in-library use at our Libbie Mill Children's Reference Desk.

This is your chance to have your own historic adventure with a pint-sized friend!

Available dolls include:

ADDY WALKER (1864)

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We apologize for the delay in our Lit Bits video series and want to thank the folks who have patiently waited for: The Letter F!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Seuss Madness!

Celebrate the birthday of Dr. Seuss with
Henrico County Public Library’s SEUSS MADNESS!!!

Our librarians have scoured over countless lists to rank the 16 most popular Dr. Seuss books.  We will match-up these books using an NCAA March Madness approach and you’re invited to help us decide once and for all which Dr. Seuss book is the most beloved!

Voting will begin on Wednesday, March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss! Visit www.henricolibrary.org/seussmadness to cast your votes.

 

Before you vote, visit your Henrico County Public Library to borrow the books and reacquaint yourself with the magic of Dr. Seuss:

  1. Green Eggs and Ham

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Enter to Win - Richmond Symphony Lollipops Tickets

Do you like Green Eggs and Ham?

If you suspect that you might, you will definitely love the Richmond Symphony's musical adaptation of Dr. Seuss’s beloved children’s classic.

The Richmond Symphony has generously donated a set of four tickets to the show (part of their Union Bank & Trust LolliPops series) and you could win them! All you need to do is fill out our ENTRY FORM and drop it off at any Henrico County Public Library by Saturday January 23rd. Winners will be selected by a random drawing and notified on Tuesday January 27th.

You can also enter by visiting our Facebook page and looking for our post on Green Eggs and Ham. Reply or Like our post and we will include you in the drawing.

Limit one entry per person. Regular ticket prices $11 – $17. Concerts are ideal for children ages 5 and up. Visit RichmondSymphony.com for performance details.

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Youth Book Awards Announced!

The American Library Association announced their Youth Media Awards this morning at 8 am EST. Awards included the prestigious Randolph Caldecott Medal for best picture book, the Newbery Medal for best book for children, the Geisel Award for best beginning reader and the Robert F. Sibert Medal for the best informational book.

Put a hold on one of these award winners today!

For a full list of ALA Youth Media Award winners, including Honor Books, visit the Association for Library Services to Children's website here.

Newbery & Caldecott winners 1986-2016

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Our library staff love, love, love to read!! We have pulled together a list of some of the children's titles they were reading and loving in 2015. The first four titles were on more than one staff members top reads of the year!

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Title: Night Animals
Author: Gianna Marino
Find this book at your library

"Hilarious possum. His expressions are priceless." - Melinda G., Glen Allen Branch Library

 

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter E!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Healthy Media Habits

Technology has been recognized as a valuable part of the early education framework. Touch-screens have made digital media truly interactive as never before. That being said, there are a number of technology pitfalls that surround kids and families every day.

The Henrico County Public Library is happy to recommend a handful of Healthy Media Habits to help our families navigate the tricky world of technology:

Make a Media Plan

Get your whole family on board with a technology plan. Setting limits on family tech can help you make sure everyone knows what is expected. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a great list of tips for families to consider when making a plan, you can find it here: Family Media Use Plan

Be a technology role model

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Here is our newest installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter D!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Lit Bits: The Letter C!

Here is our next installment in our Lit Bits series: The Letter C!!!

As always, your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Child Care Provider Learning Opportunity

Hey Child Care Providers!

We just learned about a free learning opportunity for child care providers.

This comes to you from the Virginia Project Learning Tree, a group dedicated to supporting educators working with children on environmental topics:

"We are pleased to present a unique opportunity from Virginia Project Learning Tree (PLT).

Early childhood educators living and/or working in the greater Richmond area can receive PLT’s award-winning educational, professional development, and classroom materials—at no cost beginning September 1, 2015!

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Lit Bits: The Letter B!

We are super-excited to continue our Lit Bits feature this week! Without further ado, allow us to introduce The Letter B!!!

Your Henrico County libraries love helping you get your children ready to read!  For more ideas and book recommendations, please visit our Ready for Kindergarten page or stop by your library today!

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Research Webinar for Homeschoolers

Hey homeschool families!  Did you know we offer online databases that present an alternative to conducting research on the open web? 

Join the folks from Credo Literati for a 45 minute online tour of Literati's e-book collection!  See the best full text reference e-books to help your students with their studies.  They will highlight content appropriate for ages 9 through 17 - all fully accessible from home with a library card.

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015  at 10am EDT

Click to register:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7524818255338821122


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Introducing Lit Bits!!

We are thrilled to introduce a new resource for parents and caregivers: LIT BITS!!

 

Lit Bits are short videos featuring Henrico County Library staff sharing rhymes and songs, along with information about how these activities help your kids get ready for reading success. We will be sharing a new Lit Bit every other week here: henricolibrary.org/LitBits

 

Check out our first Lit Bit: The Letter A!!!

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See Trains in the Wild!!

Building vocabularies and growing curious kiddos is as easy as talking with them about the things you see around you every day!

Our children’s librarians just learned about a very cool, vocabulary-building opportunity happening this weekend in Richmond:

100th Anniversary of the Old Hull Street Railroad Station
Presented by the Old Dominion Chapter of the National Railway Society
102 Hull Street, Richmond, VA
Saturday, July 18
th from 11 am – 5 pm (festivities begin at 1 pm)
For more information, visit:
http://www.richmondrailroadmuseum.org/

There are sure to be tons of train-related things for kids to check out, including an entire room filled with an HO-gauge model-railroad layout! This is going to be an awesome opportunity for little train-crazy kids to see the real trains that inspired the stories about Thomas and his friends.

There are dozens of fantastic train books for kids at your Henrico County Public Library. Here are just a few of our favorites:

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Online Workshops for Child Care Providers from VDSS

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides a wide selection of online courses for child care providers looking to earn some Continuing Education credits. These classes are available all year long through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

You can find more information about these Online Courses here: http://ccwatraining.org/childcare/

If you would like more information about how the Henrico County Public Library can help your child care program, feel free to contact Rick Samuelson, our Youth Services Coordinator, at: rsamuelson@henricolibrary.org

Read-A-Book: A Distance Learning Program for Child Care Providers

 

Child care providers who are looking to earn some credit hours from the comfort of their own home, take notice!

 

Read-A-Book is a distance learning self-study program developed by the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development at the Virginia Department of Social Services.

 

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June 1-6, 2015

There is always something fun happening at your library. Here are just a few events taking place this week:

Wednesday June 3rd

Busy Hands Crafts @ Dumbarton Library
10:30 am
Ahoy Mateys! Stick around after 10 am storytime and make a box to store all your treasure in.
Audience: 3-5 year-olds

Wednesday June 3rd

Busy Hands Crafts @ Sandston Library
11:00 am
Stick around after 10:30 am storytime and join us as we create a ladybug!
Audience: 24 months-5 year-olds

Saturday June 6th

Celebrate Varina! at Dorey Park
4:00 pm
Stop by and say "Hi!" to our Mobile Library Services and Varina Library staff during Celebrate Varina!
Audience: Families

And don't forget to check out our online calendar (www.henricolibrary.org/events) for storytime listings and even more fun happenings at the library!

 

Celebrate Screen Free Week with Henrico County Public Library!

 

May 4-10, 2015 is Screen-Free Week

Presented by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, this week is an opportunity for families to disengage from screens and reconnect with the huge variety of fun activities that sometimes get lost in the electronic shuffle.

If your family is looking for a little fun beyond the screen, look no further. Your Henrico County Public Library has a wide-range of cool events happening all week long. Here is a small sample:

Monday May 4th

Krafty Kids @ Glen Allen Library
3:30 pm
Join us as we make a special Mother's Day craft!
Audience: 3-9 year-olds

Tuesday May 5th

Cinco de Mayo @ Dumbarton Library
3:30 pm
Come celebrate Cinco de Mayo with us! Enjoy crafts, games, and even a fun dance lesson. Space is limited. Groups please call in advance (290-9400).
Audience: 5-11 year-olds

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