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2018-19 Child Care Provider Trainings

Workshops for child care providers are offered monthly at various Henrico County Public Library locations, from September through May. For 2018-19, we will again present a mix of evening and Saturday workshops.

Unless otherwise noted, 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, 9/29/18, 2:00-3:30 p.m.

High Energy Early Literacy @ Libbie Mill Library

Wednesday, 10/10/18, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngHere is your weekly Elementary School Trophy Challenge update as we enter the home stretch of Summer Reading!

We have three weeks to go. Check the grid below to see if your school is at the head of the pack. Full details have been included in the linked PDF that follows the leader board!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Chamberlayne / Longdale (tie) Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Kaechele Varina

The complete standings can be seen here

There is still plenty of time to help your school take the lead. Be sure to log your days and library programs attended and tell all of your friends to join the Summer Reading fun! 

We will post the next update on Friday August 17th!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngHere is your first Elementary School Trophy Challenge update as we enter the last month of Summer Reading!

We have four weeks to go. Check the grid below to see if your school is at the head of the pack. Full details have been included in the linked PDF that follows the leader board!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Kaechele Varina

The complete standings can be seen here

There is still plenty of time to help your school take the lead. Be sure to log your days and library programs attended and tell all of your friends to join the Summer Reading fun! 

We will post the next update on Friday August 10th!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngThis is our last July Elementary School Trophy Challenge update! Next time we share numbers it will be August. We can't believe summer is passing so quickly!

We have five weeks to go and we're starting to see some shifting around in the leading schools. Check the grid below to see if your school is at the head of the pack. Full details have been included in the linked PDF that follows the leader board!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Crestview Longdale Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis/Maybeury (tie) Rivers Edge Varina

The complete standings can be seen here

There is still plenty of time to help your school take the lead. Be sure to log your days and library programs attended and tell all of your friends to join the Summer Reading fun! 

We will post the next update on Friday August 3rd!

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

We have six weeks to go. Check the grid below to see if your school is leading. Full details have been included in the linked PDF that follows the leader board!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Rivers Edge Varina

The complete standings can be seen here. 

There is still tons of time to help your school take the lead. Be sure to log your days and library programs attended and tell all of your friends to join the Summer Reading fun! 

We will post the next update on Friday July 27th!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngHere is our weekly Elementary School Trophy Challenge update!

We have seven weeks to go. Check the grid below to see if your school is leading. Full details have been included in the linked PDF that follows the leader board!

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Adams Gayton Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Maybeury Rivers Edge Varina

The complete standings can be seen here. 

If your school isn't leading, don't worry. There is still a lot of summer left. Be sure to log your days and library programs attended and tell all of your friends to join the Summer Reading fun! 

We will post the next update on Friday July 20th!

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b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.pngThis is our first official Elementary School Trophy Challenge update, complete with current school standings and everything!

We are just over a month into our Summer Reading Club and still have eight weeks to go. Check the grid below to see if your school is leading in your area. Full details have been included in a linked PDF!

How is your school doing? 

Fairfield

Gayton

Glen Allen

Harvie Short Pump Glen Allen

Libbie Mill

North Park

Sandston

Trevvett Chamberlayne Seven Pines

Tuckahoe

Twin Hickory

Varina

Davis Rivers Edge Varina

The complete standings can be seen here.

There is still a lot of summer left, so be sure to log your days and library programs attended.

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We're just wrapping up the first month of Summer Reading Club and it's time for an Elementary School Trophy Challenge update!

This will be our last registration update of the summer. Starting next Friday, we will share the finishers and let you know which school are leading the contest!

So far, over 2,600 HCPS students have signed up! Wow!
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Fairfield

School Registered
Adams 11
Arthur Ashe 9
Harvie 27
Highland Springs 17
Ratcliffe 5

Gayton

School Registered
Carver 30
Gayton 145
Pinchbeck 63
Short Pump 112

Glen Allen

School Registered
Echo Lake 93
Glen Allen 152
Greenwood 54
Longan 27

Libbie Mill

School Registered
Crestview 58
Dumbarton 28
Holladay 25
Johnson 20
Lakeside 29
Trevvett 46

North Park

School Registered
Chamberlayne 27
Glen Lea
Laburnum 5
Longdale 26

Sandston

School Registered
Donahoe 24
Fair Oaks
Sandston 11
Seven Pines 37

Tuckahoe

School Registered
Davis 77
Maybeury 125
Pemberton 39
Ridge 30
Skipwith 26
Three Chopt 19
Tuckahoe 100

Twin Hickory

School Registered
Colonial Trail 170
Kaechele 152
Nuckols Farm 113
River's Edge 210
Shady Grove 162
Springfield Park 96
Twin Hickory 168

Varina

School Registered
Baker 14
Mehfoud 35
Montrose 8
Varina 24
Ward 28

 

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We've just completed our two weeks 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 1,200 students have already signed up! Great work everyone!
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Fairfield

School Registered
Adams 6
Arthur Ashe 6
Harvie 7
Highland Springs 11
Ratcliffe 2

Gayton

School Registered
Carver 7
Gayton 50
Pinchbeck 29
Short Pump 41

Glen Allen

School Registered
Echo Lake 32
Glen Allen 55
Greenwood 22
Longan 9

Libbie Mill

School Registered
Crestview 36
Dumbarton 12
Holladay 9
Johnson 10
Lakeside 16
Trevvett 23

North Park

School Registered
Chamberlayne 10
Glen Lea  
Laburnum
Longdale 7

Sandston

School Registered
Donahoe 12
Fair Oaks  
Sandston 6
Seven Pines 21

Tuckahoe

School Registered
Davis 33
Maybeury 66
Pemberton 13
Ridge 10
Skipwith 11
Three Chopt 10
Tuckahoe 35

Twin Hickory

School Registered
Colonial Trail 105
Kaechele 97
Nuckols Farm 56
River's Edge 77
Shady Grove 93
Springfield Park 34
Twin Hickory 96

Varina

School Registered
Baker 2
Mehfoud 15
Montrose
Varina 11
Ward 7

 

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2018 Elementary Trophy Challenge

The annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge is back!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

It is a contest between all Henrico County Public School 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.

Check back often to see how your school is doing!

Registration updates will take place on June 15 and June 29.
Progress updates will take place weekly, every Friday between July 6 and August 24.
The final announcement of the Trophy Challenge winners will take place on Tuesday September 4!

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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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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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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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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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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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With 2016 drawing to a close, we asked our children's library staff to share their favorite books of the year. The response we got was phenomenal. Our library staff love to read nearly as much as they love helping families find the perfect book!

Sharing is also a favorite activity of ours, so here is every single title that made us do the happy dance this year, starting with the books that received multiple recommendations:

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Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
Find this book at your library

Recommended by:
Chris, Mobile Library Service
Courtney, North Park Library

Picture Book. A family car trip takes a turn for the interesting in this gorgeous picture book. Perfect for every child who has asked "Are we there yet?" (Preschool-Grade 3)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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I can and I will.

Peek at these titles that underscore that perseverance and ingenuity pay off.

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone (Juv Bio Liston) by Russell-Brown, Katheryn - learn about a young musician who grew up to play, write, and arrange music with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington, and Quincy Jones; often she was the only girl in the band; as a a master musician, her music took her across America and the world

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah (Juv Bio Yeboah) by Thompson, Laurie - this child from Ghana was born with one leg, yet he became long distance cyclist; so renowned for his grit, he eventually carried the Olympic torch, and became an advocate for the rights of the disabled; his message, disability does not mean inability

New Shoes (Easy) by Meyer, Susan - enterprising gals Ella Mae and Charlotte launch their own used shoe store after they were unjustly prevented from trying shoes on in a store during segregation

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

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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. 

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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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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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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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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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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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Why not spend a few moments over Labor Day weekend sharing stories about careers with a child? The books listed below explore all different types of jobs through clever storytelling and illustrations.

            

Clothesline Clues to Jobs that People Do by Kathryn Heling
This book invites readers to guess different professions based on the uniform and equipment required for each.

How to Get a Job, by Me, the Boss by Sally Lloyd-Jones
A young girl describes in detail how to decide on an interesting job and then tells exactly how to go about getting it.

Night Shift by Jessie Hartland
Late at night after children have gone to bed, people who work the night shift, like street sweepers, window dressers, newspaper printers, road workers, and donut bakers, are doing their jobs.

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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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Remember, Reading Club ends on Monday - so add this event to your online log, along with those final books read to earn your prizes! 

By the way, did you know that motorcycle policemen have a history of being heroic?  In fact, the Make-a-Wish Foundation was co-founded by an Arizona motorcycle policeman by the name of Frank Shankwitz. It all started when Officer Frank helped a seven year old boy named Chris become an honorary policeman and earn his motorcycle officer's wings.  That was over 30 years ago and since then thousands of wishes have been granted - and - it all started with the generosity of a few creative public servants - and one motorcycle policeman.

And where did I learn this fact? Check out Heroes for My Son, or the accompanying Heroes for My Daughter, each by Brad Meltzer.  

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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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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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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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Even older sisters, brothers, and cousins can test out their budding mother's-helper babysitting knowledge with this series of books:

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Babysitting Basics: Caring for Kids (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Rules: A Guide for When You're in Charge (J 649.1024 Browning)
Babysitting Activities: Fun with Kids of All Ages (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Safety: Preventing Accidents and Injuries (J 649.1024 Mehlman)
Babysitting Skills: Traits and Training for Success (J 649.1024 Mattox)
Babysitting Jobs: The Business of Babysitting (J 649.1024 Mehlman)

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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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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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There’s always that one kid, isn’t there? That kid who loosens the lid of the salt shaker, puts plastic wrap over the toilet seat, or short sheets the beds. In the book The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, prankster Miles Murphy is beyond such small time pranks—he’s the king of pranksters! At least, that’s what he thinks until he moves to Yawnee Valley and discovers his new rival, Niles Sparks. Everyone thinks Niles is “the good kid,” the principal’s pet, but Miles knows better. Niles’ pranks are sheer genius, but Miles is determined to be even better.  Niles wants to team up, but Miles wants to be the prankster king, not somebody’s partner. Will Niles be able to persuade Miles to team up and pull off the biggest prank in history? 

Kids who enjoy Big Nate and Diary of a Wimpy Kid books will enjoy this laugh-out-loud tale.  Also available as an e-book.

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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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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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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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