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Getting tired of playing "Let it Go" or even "Shake it Off" on more time? Stop by the library and grab some great kids CDs. Here are some quality Children's music titles that won't drive you crazy in the car. The best part: if these titles do get tiresome, you can just return them and get new ones!

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American Playground by Putumayo Kids - Classic American Folk songs that the whole family will enjoy.

Rhinoceros Tap by Sandra Boynton - Celebrity guests sing silly songs written by beloved children's author Sandra Boynton.

Muppets Most Wanted: An Original Walt Disney Records Soundtrack by Various Artists - Classic Muppets songs and performances by the Cast of the newest Muppets movie.

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New backpack, new sneakers, new pencils—it’s back to school time! With all the wonderful newness of a school year beginning, there often comes the awful age-old problem that stumps parents: how do I protect my child from bullies? Or worse, what do I do if my child is the bully?

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The app features:

  • Conversation starters to help parents open and maintain lines of communication with their children.
  • Tips for preventing bullying, designed for use with different age groups.
  • Warning signs to help parents recognize when a child might be bullying others or being bullied themselves.
  • Going to be driving to a soccer game? The app lets you set reminders to use those conversation starters in the car on the way.  You may also set reminders for different children.
  • Suggestions for handling bullying once it occurs, and working with educators to successfully resolve problem situations.

The app is simple and straightforward with an easily navigable list of resources. Fortunately for parents with school age children, there’s a ton of helpful information here—enough to fill that brand new backpack!

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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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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. Check out the books listed below to learn more about the exciting world of math.

                    

For Younger Readers:

Pigs at Odds: Fun with Math and Games by Amy Axelrod. While trying their luck at various games at the county fair, members of the Pig family find out what the odds are that they will go home as winners. 

How Do You Count a Dozen Ducklings? by In-s*on Ch'ae. Faced with keeping track of twelve ducklings, Mama Duck finds different ways to group them so that they are easier to count.

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Home PriceRobert McCloskey was an award-winning author and illustrator born on September 15, 1914. He wrote eight books including Blueberries for Sal (1948) and One Morning in Maine (1952), runners-up for the Caldecott award, as well as Make Way for Ducklings (1941) and Time of Wonder (1957), which both won the Caldecott award. Aside from his own books, McCloskey also illustrated ten other stories. McCloskey was named a living legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and Make Way for Ducklings was named the official children’s book of Massachusetts in 2003.

            In order to celebrate Robert McCloskey on what would have been his 100th birthday, all Henrico County Public Libraries will be encouraging young readers to visit their local library and share their favorite book of the summer. Those who share will have the opportunity to win a copy of Make Way for Ducklings or Homer Price! Entries will be accepted until the end of September.

                                                                                                                                                           

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Are you looking for fun ways to spice up circle time? Maybe you want some ideas about how to bring storytime home.

You're in luck.

Every second Monday of the month, we'll post a short video with a prop you can make at home. We'll provide the ideas and instructions. You provide the materials and elbow grease. Together, we'll make reading fun for you and your children.

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Go to www.henricolibrary.org.  Select Online Services, then Research Databases, Reference, and click on World Book and choose "For Kids." From here choose the icon that says "Maps and More."     

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Fall is almost here.  Are you planning an apple picking trip?  Just want to celebrate your love of apples?  Check out some of these great titles to share with your preschooler!

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Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry

Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt

Apples by Jacqueline Farmer

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

East

Seven Pines

North

Glen Allen

West

Kaechele

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

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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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Check out some of the authors our librarians saw at the National Book Festival this weekend.

Who do you recognize?

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As far as children are concerned, dinosaurs are right up there with pony rides, no bedtime, and unlimited ice cream.  And what could be better than an app that shows these amazing creatures in action?  Not much.  The app BBC Earth: Walking with the Dinosaurs makes them come to life and children go nuts.

The home page of the app offers three different options: Features, Dinosaur Hunters, and Dinosaurs.

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Features provides:

  • Different screens with general information about dinosaurs and their environment
  • Information about different periods (Jurassic, etc.)
  • Famous discovery sites
  • How fossils are formed and excavated
  • Divisions of dinosaurs

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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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Be sure to enter your information in the 2014 Summer Reading Club before the end of the day on Saturday, August 30. Participants that have reached their goal will automatically be entered in a chance to win an iPad mini and gift cards. Elementary school students that finish the program will also help their school in the Elementary School Trophy Challenge!

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

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  1. Seven Pines
  2. Sandston
  3. Mehfoud

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Kaechele
  2. Colonial Trail
  3. Crestview


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

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Chase away the back-to-school blues with some of these new books!

 

                      

 

Dinosaur vs. School by Bob Shea - Follow along as Dinosaur goes to preschool for the very first time. Watch him make new friends, play dress-up, and eat snacks. But uh-oh! It's clean-up time. Who will win? 

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Before we get deep into the back to school hubbub, and all the many questions, and all the many assignments, enjoy the simple joy of this well loved tune. Skip to the bus stop if you want to.  Big Bird would.

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 Jedi Academy  Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me  Flora & Ulysses: the Illuminated Adventures 

                      The Nuts: Bedtime at the Nut House  The Adventures of Captain Underpants 

 

This year the National Book Festival takes place on Saturday, August 30, 10 am - 10 pm at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Dozens of authors and illustrators will be present all day to speak and sign their books. Some of the notable children’s book authors and illustrators speaking at this year’s festival are:

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It's time for another Trophy Challenge update! How is your school doing?b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.png

East

  1. Seven Pines
  2. Adams
  3. Sandston

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Kaechele
  2. Colonial Trail
  3. Twin Hickory

The complete standings can be seen here. There is one week left in the challenge so be sure to log the books you read and the programs you attend. We will post the last update next week!

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Do you know an elephant in need of some toothpaste? 

Find out how you can help in our last episode of Science Shorts!

 

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Scientists, Even Better Than Magicians!

Kids and parents alike had a great time with Mad Science and their "Spin, Pop, Boom" show at North Park.  Atomic Ali revealed, "Magicians don't reveal secrets - mad scientists do  - and they explain WHY!"  Families learned about disappearing ink, centripetal force, and atoms, which are like "the tiniest Legos in the world that together make molecules."  Thank you Friends of North Park Library for sponsoring another exciting event.

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Summer Reading Club members and their families are invited to the Children's Museum of Richmond, 2626 W. Broad St. on Friday August 22, as we wrap up our Fizz, Boom, READ summer of science. No registration is needed, but please choose only one session to attend. Session I is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm, and Session II is from 6:30 to 7:30pm. See you there!  And, if you are not a member, there's still time to sign up for our Summer Reading Club!

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That's right! There's more! Here's our last batch of awesome science apps for this summer.

Ages 2-5:

      

Lipa Frog Help the frog find his lost crown by catching the correct number of bugs. Free. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Patterns by EdNinja - Can you predict which object comes next? As children progress through the app, the difficulty of the questions will change too, so there will always be something new to play. $.99. Available for Apple devices.

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The Henrico County Health Department is holding back to school immunization clinics on Monday Aug. 25 and Friday Aug. 29.  The Pediatric clinic will see children up to age 5 starting at 8:15am on Monday morning.  All ages are welcome on Monday afternoon, with registration starting at 12pm. On Friday, all ages will be taken, with registration starting at 8am.  Immunizations are free to County residents.  Call 501-4651 for details.

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Mad Science at North Park Library!

Help with the "Spin, Pop, Boom Show" at North Park Library on Sat., Aug. 16 at 4:00pm.  All ages are welcome - and remember - attending COUNTS towards your summer reading goal!!  Kids and teens, complete your goal, log it online, and be in the drawing to win a mini-iPad or a Jumpology gift certificate!

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 Sand, sun, cool waves and good reads - many families head to the beach during the summer.  Here are a few beach reads for kids:

 Preschool:

Duck & Goose Go to the Beach Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach Seven Little Mice Go to the Beach

 *Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills - Duck wants to go on an adventure. Goose doesn't. He doesn't see the point. But then Goose sees the ocean and loves it. Who doesn't? Well, Duck, for one!

 *Scaredy Squirrel at the Beach: by Melanie Watt - Scaredy builds his own safe beach getaway under his nut tree. Still, the lure of the genuine beach is strong -- even a dedicated homebody such as Scaredy can't resist it forever. Can his back-up plans save him from the beach’s perils?

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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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It's time for another Trophy Challenge update! How is your school doing?b2ap3_thumbnail_src-trophy.png

East

  1. Sandston
  2. Adams
  3. Seven Pines

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

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

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b2ap3_thumbnail_capital-choices.gifCapitol Choices offers recommendations by librarians, teachers, booksellers, children's literature specialists, and magazine editors in the Washington, D.C. area. This group creates a yearly list of outstanding titles for children and teens.  They consider books and audio books for ages birth through high school years.  They seek not only titles that are obviously remarkable, but also for those whose "charm, art, information, or depth of feeling may enhance a young person's world."

 

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Toca Robot Lab

Toca Robot Lab is a great app for technically minded kids (or anyone who thinks robots are way cool!)  The way the app works is that you build a robot using one of three pieces each for legs, torso, head, and arms.  Then, you test the robot by flying it around the lab collecting stars until a conveyer takes it away to be approved.

The app has great sound effects—screwing and welding noises when the parts are being attached, sputtering flying noises when the robots fly, and satisfying clanks when it gets taken off on the conveyor belt.  The background music is non-intrusive and doesn’t make you want to stab an ice pick in your ear, so that’s a big plus.

There weren’t any glitches during use.  There were enough obstacles in the lab to make flying interesting, and children caught on to what they needed to do to make the robot fly around obstacles very quickly.  The robot parts had enough “wear” on them to make them look like recycled bits, and were satisfyingly interesting to look at, with things that looked like old computer screens, astronaut helmets, pinwheels, old hoses, etc.

There are some free robot lab apps out there, but the in-app purchases can quickly become irritating. Toca Robot Lab was well worth the price at $2.99.

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Research indicates that reading just 5 books over the summer will keep your child from experiencing summer reading loss - a slide in reading achievement - and having to start school 2 or 3 months back in skill level from when school ended for summer vacation. As a parent, your support and involvement are an important part of your child's summer reading success. Here are a few ideas that can help make summer reading a fun and positive experience for your child:

  • Help your child set a realistic goal for number of books read.
  • Set a time for reading, even if only for a few minutes a day. Have the whole family sit down and read during this time. You can also use this time for reading aloud.
  • Share stories with your children, and ask them to share their favorite stories with you.
  • Talk about books together.
  • Let your child select his or her own books, even the ones that may look "too easy."  Like adults, children sometimes want to read books that are fun and effortless.
  • Come to the library often to get new books to read, and dont' forget to join Fizz, Boom, READ this summer!

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Do you have what it takes to smash a straw all the way through a potato?

 

You'll need your muscles for this episode of Science Shorts!

 

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Henrico County Public School buses will be visiting select libraries during the month of August. New Kindergarteners are invited to practice getting on and off a school bus, learn about bus safety, and get a box of crayons! All children must be accompanied by a parent.                                       

School Bus Rules

       

 

        Saturday, August 2, 10:00am at Dumbarton Library

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

East

  1. Adams
  2. Sandston
  3. Arthur Ashe

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Kaechele
  3. Twin Hickory

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

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Watch Miss Rachel make a tinsel orb levitate in this episode of Science Shorts.

Is it magic or science?

 

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math which is the focus of our Fizz, Boom, READ Summer Reading Club. Check out the books listed below to start exploring the fascinating world of science!

           

For Younger Readers:

The Bones You Own by Rebecca Baines. Twenty-seven pages of interesting facts for kids about the human skeleton.

Magic School Bus and the Science Fair Expedition by Joanne Cole. Ms. Frizzle's class learns what it takes to be a scientist, while meeting some of history's greatest minds.

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Fizz Boom Read!

Enjoy any of these amusing science stories:

 

And, BECOME a scientist with these easy do-it-yourself guides! 

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

East

  1. Sandston
  2. Adams
  3. Montrose

North

  1. Glen Allen
  2. Echo Lake
  3. Trevvett

West

  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

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

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There are so many good science apps that we just had to share some more with you! 

 

Ages 2-5:

      

I Love Mountains - Do you know where the tallest mountain on Earth is located? How about the tallest mountain in the galaxy? Discover these and other amazing facts about mountains in this simple yet factual book app. Free. Available for Apple devices.

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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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It's time for our second episode of Science Shorts, our biweekly summer video series.

This week, we'll show you how to make a tornado in your kitchen. (Just remember to clean up when you're done!) 

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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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The third annual Elementary School Trophy Challenge has begun!

What is the Trophy Challenge?

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

How does it work?

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

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

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Who wouldn't want to share a story with a lovable and cute dog? Children can improve literacy skills and build reading confidence by reading aloud to a registered therapy dog. Advance registration is required; time slots will be assigned upon arrival. Walk-ins will be admitted only if space is available. 

Join us Saturday, June 28, 2:30 PM @ Glen Allen

Register online or call Glen Allen @ 290-9500

 

 

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Reading about science isn't always that exciting.

Watching science?

Much more fun.

With that in mind, we've created a five-part video series called "Science Shorts." Every other Wednesday throughout the summer, we'll post a short science video, demonstrating different science concepts and showing you how to recreate these demonstrations at home.

Enjoy!

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Monday, June 16

3:30pm at Dumbarton Library

6:30pm at Fairfield Library

Tuesday, June 17

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Start your summer off with a bang! The following apps are great ways to explore the surrounding world and to continue building science knowledge throughout the summer. Work together as a family or individually for some great science fun.

Ages 2-5:

    

Lipa KnightA scary ogre has kidnapped the princess! Use your prediction skills to help the knight build bridges in order to reach the princess. Free. Available for Apple devices.

Piiig LabsComplete 10 interactive science experiments in a mess-free environment. Make a radio or exploding volcano and then learn about the science behind each activity. $2.99. Available for Apple devices.

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Last Day Blues by Julie Danneberg - During the last week of school, the students in Mrs. Hartwell's class try to come up with the perfect present for their teacher.

When It's the Last Day of School by Maribeth Boelts - A boy tells how he will change his behavior on the last day of school.

The Night Before Summer Vacation by Natasha Wing - In the style of Clement Moore's familiar Christmas poem, tells of a family's last minute preparations for summer vacation.

The Last Day of School by Louise Borden - Matthew Perez, the official timekeeper of Mrs. Mallory's third-grade class, has a special good-bye gift for her.

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Take a walk in any of Henrico County's local parks and you might find (or hear) some frogs hanging out near the water. What better way to celebrate the transition between spring and summer than hopping into your local library to check out some of these great books and activities.

  

Picture Books:

Jump! by Scott M. Fischer - In addition to the rhyming text, Jump! is perfect for antsy toddlers and preschoolers who love to jump. Rather than have children sit for the story, encourage them to act out the plot. They'll jump a lot and have a lot of fun in the process!

Ribbit! by Rodrigo Folguiera - A family of frogs discovers an unexpected visitor one morning when they find a pig in their pond. Lots of animals are introduced as the frogs try to decide what to do with this little pink pig, making this book a wonderful way to practice animal sounds with younger children and talk about friendship with older ones. And, of course, everyone can have fun saying "ribbit!"

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These are some great apps to help preschool children (ages 3-5) get ready to read and write.

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Using paper towel tubes, scotch tape, and paper plates, children built their own marble roller coasters at Tuckahoe's recent Rockin' Roller Coasters program on May 12. Kids designed creations with twists and turns, funnels, and tunnels, and some of which are displayed above. They factored in gravity and speed in order to create exciting yet safe roller coasters.

In addition to designing a coaster, kids had the chance to race marbles, use the library's iPads, and play with two paper roller coasters. Take a look!

 

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All around the world, museums celebrate International Museum Day on May 18.

While no museums are celebrating locally, check out some of the museums nearby you can explore with your young children.

Children's Museum of Richmond - With three locations, CMOR is open daily from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., with the central location extending their hours after Memorial Day. Create a craft and play with the interactive exhibits. Admission is $8 a person.

Science Museum of Virginia - Located near CMOR, the Science Museum of Virginia has several permanent exhibits about space, the human body, and animals. Open every day except Monday, the museum also features live science demonstrations. Admission is $10 for ages 4 to 12, and $11 for ages 13 and up.

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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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Take a peek at these and see how YOUR Mama style is fairing.  Even Mamas can tweak their strategies to assure that everyone is well cared for and happy - Mama MOST of all!

  • Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting by Noel Janis-Norton - when you tell your children what to do, often they are barely listening; when your children tell you what they need to do, they are much more likely to remember to do it; also, peek at the checklists within to learn how to reduce sibling squabbling, monitor screen time, and to motivate kids to tidy up after themselves.
  • Family Whispering by Melissa Blau & Tracy Hogg - learn to balance the "we" and the "I" - end the "chore wars" and enlist help so that you are not always "the designated doer."
  • Surviving Your Child's Adolescence by Carl Pickhardt - invite your child to start to think maturely (and partially mother themselves).  Have your child always ask these 3 questions of themselves BEFORE they act: "Why would I want to do this?," "How might I get hurt?," and, "Is it worth the risk?." 
  • Mindful Parenting by Kristen Race - schedule a day with NO schedules; ideas included for the lost art of merely 'hanging out' (including games).
  • Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us by Christine Gross-Loh - learning to do chores is a predictor of success in life - kids that can pull their own weight become adults that can do the same.  In addition, offering children more autonomy paired with high expectations can help create confident, self-directed kiddos.  Learn from successful mamas in Finland, Sweden, Japan, China, Germany, and more. 

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Check out these books for some spring-inspired reads.

     

 

Preschool:

Plant a Little Seed by Bonnie Christensen - Two friends plant seeds in their community garden, then water, weed, wait, and dream as the plants grow until they can be harvested. Includes facts about gardening and harvest festivals.

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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 picture books are guaranteed to make you laugh. Check one out from your local library today!

Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin - While Raccoon is eating pizza at his secret pizza party, he sees a masquerade party going on in the house next door to him and joins the fun.

Here Comes the Easter Cat! by Deborah Underwood - When Cat tries to replace the Easter Bunny, he soon learns that the job is much harder than he expected--and does not allow time for naps.

Duck, Duck, Moose! by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen - Duck and Duck busily prepare for a party, while their housemate, Moose, only gets in the way.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_parenting.jpgThe Fairfield, Libbie MillTuckahoe and Twin Hickory libraries offer Family Resource Centers.

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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It’s getting STEAMy at Dumbarton Library!  STEM and STEAM library programs focus on the subjects of science (S), technology (T), engineering (E), art (A) and math (M) and offer wonderful hands-on educational and fun activities for children.

Join preschool storytime presenter, Awnali Mills, as she STEAMs up Dumbarton’s storytime room with her special Science and Stories programs. Science and Stories will be held once per storytime session and will involve different activities and stories relating to STEAM concepts. As with regular storytimes, there is no registration required and each storytime will last about 30 minutes.

Storytime themes and dates:

Bath time/ Water (Sink or Float) - Wednesday, May 21 at 10 am 

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Early Literacy Practices are things you can do with your child on a daily basis to help them get ready to read and write.          

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Personally my favorite practice is playing. There is nothing more fun and beneficial than spending time with a little one and helping them explore the world. Play helps build social skills, vocabulary, and motor skills. 

If you want to learn more about play and your child join us at the Gayton Branch Library on Wednesday, April 9 at 4pm for our newest program Play, Learn and Grow. For children 6-24 months. 

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Looking for something fun to do over spring break? Look no farther than your local library! Programs are open to all ages, no registration necessary.

Fairfield Library

LEGO/Block Build Monday, April 14 at 2 pm

Movie Tuesday, April 15 at 2 pm

Games Wednesday, April 16 at 2 pm

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Spring has just begun, which means summer and the deadlines for summer camp registration are quickly approaching.

Henrico County will again be offering free Summer Blast and Teen Scene camps for Henrico County residents who have completed grades K-4 or 5-8 last school year. Camps run Monday-Thursday, June 23-August 12 from 8:30am-2:30pm. 

Registration begins at 8am on April 12, either online or in-person at Belmont, Deep Run, or Eastern Henrico Recreation Center.

For more information, visit the Summer Blast and Teen Scene website.

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

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

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

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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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Thursday, March 20th, 3:30pm at Glen Allen join us for a Llama Llama Red Pajama Party as we celebrate Anne Dewdney's lovable series!

We'll have crafts, fun activities and share a story too!

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You know you cannot get that infectious song out of your head - including the parodies that are on YouTube.

Even though Richmond has seen a seemingly eternal winter, have you and your family watched the Oscar award-winning Frozen? Whether you are watching it for the first time (or the umpteenth time), you are welcome to check out other versions of Hans Christian Andersen's tale from which Frozen was adapted.

  • View the BBC's The Snow Queen.
  • Instead of Disney's Anna and Elsa, read about Gerda and Kay in The Snow Queen, retold by Naomi Lewis and illustrated by Christian Birmingham..
  • Or The Snow Queen, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline.

I think we all will agree - these glittering fairy tale versions beat the real-life polar vortex version anytime!

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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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The Strange Case of Origami Yoda         The Popularity Papers         Melonhead         Clueless McGee         Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life   

                                   Big Nate: In A Class By Himself         Tales From a Not-So-Fabulous Life        Spaceheadz

 

The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger– As the first book of Angleberger’s Origami Yoda series, this book encourages readers to ponder, “Is Origami Yoda real?” as an eccentric sixth grader baffles his classmates when his Yoda finger puppet offers sage advice. Read the case files filled with pictures and side notes to find out what happens.

Research for the Social Improvement and General Betterment of Lydia Goldblatt & Julia Graham-Chang by Amy Ignatow. Meet Lydia and Julia, two girls determined to crack the code of popularity before they enter middle school. The Popularity Papers series is written in a visually graphic scrapbook style sure to keep readers' attention.

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Happy Birthday- Seussville

This Sunday, March 2nd, marks the birthday of one of our favorite authors - Dr. Seuss! In celebration, four different Henrico County libraries will be having their very own Dr. Seuss birthday parties. At each party there will be stories, crafts and other activities geared towards Dr. Seuss and his wonderful books. The specific events are listed below:  

 Dr. Seuss- Seussville Author Study  Varina Library: Saturday, March 1 @ 3:30 PM

   Dumbarton Library: Monday, March 3 @3:30 PM

   Tuckahoe Library: Monday, March 3 @6:30 PM    

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Browse The Brown Bookshelf and learn what inspires some of today's most exceptional writers and artists of color. 

Enjoy info on a great one for each day of February!  Favorites include Daniel Beaty and his Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream (Day 13), and Christopher Myers, and his H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination (Day 18).  Also view Academy Award winning Octavia Spencer and her first novel, The Case of the Time Capsule Bandit (Randi Rhodes Ninja Detective) (Day 3).  View the author as she tells you about becoming a writer and how it all started with her being a "little nosy kid"!

View all 28 suggestions at Shining the Spotlight.

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Still hoping for more snow? 

Have fun with these great iPad apps.  All the fun, none of the cold!

Make a Scene: Polar Adventure $2.99

Make a variety of pictures using polar animals and backgrounds.  Includes realistic animal sounds. Ages 2 and up.

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We're here to help! The resources below are available through HCPL and many can't be found using Google. You know when you use the resources below they are from trusted and accurate sources.

Homework Help from Literati

Live help from a teacher with math, reading or writing. Homework Help tab will be at the right of your screen. 

Grades 3-12
Mon.-Thu. 3 PM-9 PM
Sat. 9 AM-3 PM

Research a Topic

Find trusted articles and information using research databases provided courtesy of HCPL.

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We read, discussed, and voted online for our picks for the 2014 Newbery, Caldecott, and Printz Book Awards!

Compare our selections with the winners below, which were announced by the American Library Association at the Midwinter Conference in Philadelphia on January 27.

Congratulations to local Richmond author Meg Medina on her Pura Belpre Author Award for Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick your A**! Author award, presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.
(Photo credit: Petite Shards Productions)

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Newbery Medal

Our 2014 picks in the HCPL Catalog

  1. Doll Bones by Holly Black
  2. Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan
  3. Twerp by Mark Goldblatt
  4. The Thing About Luck by Cynthia Kadohata
  5. Jinx by Sage Blackwood

And the official winners are......

Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo

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

African-American

Beginning Readers

Family Favorites

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>> or hold your own storytime


Printable Schedule

Groups, please call your library to
schedule an appointment.

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

Every Child Ready to Read

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

Choosing the Right Storytime for your child

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

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

Evening and Weekend Storytimes

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

Come Early

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

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School Readiness Begins at Birth!

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

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

Help your child get ready to read with these simple activities

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Talking

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

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

Books for Babies

Books for Toddlers

Books for Preschoolers

Books for Kindergarteners

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