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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.

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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!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ng2.jpg    Visit our online databases to access National Geographic Kids.

Fun and substantive, National Geographic Kids offers amazing adventures in science, nature, culture, archaeology, and space. Reputable, authoritative, and age-appropriate content for young students brings them the world in a way they've never seen it before. Includes National Geographic Kids magazine 2009-present (3 month embargo), 200 National Geographic Kids books, and kid-friendly, downloadable images. If prompted for a password, use your library card number.

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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 mbfosterva@yahoo.com.

 

 

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Friday, Oct 30th, 5-8pm

 Dorey Recreation Center 

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: bog09@henrico.us

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Sat, Oct 17 Noon-4pm Meadow Farm Museum

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: tru08@henrico.us

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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.

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Wrap up summer with a picnic, and get inspired by these titles:

 

Picture Books

Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies - Join the bats for a beach picnic; don't forget your moon-tan lotion!

The Simples Love a Picnic by J.C. Phillipps - Nothing goes right during this family of four's humorous outing.

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While instructing your children on phone etiquette, be sure to include these upbeat Telephone Titles:

 

Picture Books

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.

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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.

Find some today at your library!

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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.

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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. 

 

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Saturday, May 2, 1-4pm at Deep Run Park

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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: bog09@henrico.us.  Program by Henrico Recreation and Parks.

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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: sic@henrico.us.  Program by Henrico Recreation and Parks.

Saturday, April 18th, 1-4pm at Twin Hickory Park

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Saturday, April 4, 10am-1pm at Dorey Park

Let's go fly a kite in honor of National Kite Month!  

Spend the day kite flying and sampling tasty treats from your local food trucks.  For information: gru16@henrico.us. Program by Henrico Recreation and Parks.

 

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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.

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Happy Birthday, Theodore Geisel

Join us in activities to honor the superstar author!

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  • Read Across America @ Gayton Library. Monday, March 2 at 3pm, a family program for all ages.

  • Dr. Seuss Night @ Tuckahoe Library, Monday, March 2 at 6:30pm. Family stories, games and a craft.

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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.

Try the new link at our Research a Topic Homework Help site as well as with our Research Databases

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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!

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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!

 

 

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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."

 

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  • Family Craft Tuesday February 10, 7:30pm & Wednesday, February 11, 11:30am, Varina 

 Valentine's Day  

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  • 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              

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Keep track of your checkouts using the My Account link on the toolbar of your library catalog.  Enter your card number and pin in the upper right corner, then click "Keep track of my previous checkouts."  The history begins the day you activate this feature. Trying to remember the name of your child's favorite book two months ago? Does a title sound familiar but you're not sure you've read it? This feature is for you!

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Superhero Party for elementary school aged children @ Dumbarton Library, Thursday January 22, 3pm.

 

 

 

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 If you have concerns about your young child's development, contact our county's Early Intervention staff for guidance and referrals for services like speech therapy, occupational therapy and physical therapy.

 Timely assistance will made a big difference.

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  • 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 LibraryJoin us for family time as we ring in the new year a little early with fun activities for everyone.

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New program series this fall!

 

Join us for an inclusive play time for children of all abilities, ages 6-36 months.

 

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Musica para la familia! 

 

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with bilingual, musical fun for all with award winning singer-songwriter Andrés Salguero

 

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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.

 

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October is Fire Safety Month! The Henrico County Fire Department will visit with preschoolers to talk about fire safety. A fire truck may be available if not out on call.
 
Wednesday, October 1, 10:30am - North Park
Tuesday, October 7, 10:30am - Glen Allen
Wednesday, October 15, 10:30am - Varina
Tuesday, October 28, 11:30am - Gayton 

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Parade, fair, and cornhole tournament!
Live music and demonstrations on two stages.
Kids' activities and food and refreshments, too.
Free admission and parking. Pet friendly!
 
Be on the look out for our Mobile Library in the parade and during the fair. 
 
Saturday, September 20 - 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

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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.

 

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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. 

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Dancing encouraged! Join us for music, balloon sculptures, face painting, and refreshments.

7pm on the Twin Hickory Library Lawn

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Sat, Aug 9, 10am-1pm at The Armour House and Gardens

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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.

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Come help open the new Twin Hickory Park!

Check out these exciting new facilities and join us for water games, music, refreshments and SO much more!

Parking at Deep Run High School

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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.

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Monday, June 16

3:30pm at Dumbarton Library

6:30pm at Fairfield Library

Tuesday, June 17

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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

 

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C'mon over!

Tuesday, May 13 at 7pm - preschool puppet show and craft at Varina Library

Thursday, May 15 at 6:30pm - Family Time Movie at North Park Library

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Saturday, May 3rd starting 1pm at Deep Run Park, Henrico Recreation & Parks sponsors a day in the park for families!

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.  

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Family Craft Programs

 

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These nooks include picture books, parenting books and dvds on specific topics from breast feeding to discipline. There are also toys nearby that will occupy your little one while you make selections.

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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.

Mother's Tea Party @ Fairfield. 

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: 

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Check out some of the latest poetry titles for children!

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Little Poems for Tiny Ears by Oliver Lin

It Doesn't Need to Rhyme to be a Poem, Katie by Fran Manushkin

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Busy Hands - crafts for ages 3-5, with an adult helper.

 

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Thursday, April 10th, 8am-4pm and again 6-8pm at YOUR school.

Bring appropriate documents!

 

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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.

 

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We are accepting diaper donations at all of our libraries for one more week. All diapers 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.”

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Upcoming Conferences in Our Area

VAHomeschoolers 2014 Conference & Resource Fair will be held March 21-24 at the Glen Allen Cultural Arts Center. 

Home Educators of Virginia will hold its 31st annual convention June 5-7 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

Browsing our shelves? 

Go to call number 371.042 for homeschooling materials.

Valuable websites:

Searching for a group in your area?  Look to Homeschool in Richmond.   

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