Middle-schooler Chris loves basketball. He’s perfected the art of being the strong, silent type, and even his parents don’t know how much he loves English and how he harbors a secret desire to be a master thief and comic book artist. He’s used to always being the second best behind his straight-A, sports star, Mr. Popularity, big brother Jax.

Then, Jax comes home from college. He’s dropped out of Stanford and seems to be in a downward spiral, drinking and gambling. Chris wants to help his brother, but he’s uncomfortable with the secrets and lies. A canny strategist, Chris quickly becomes a first rate detective as he tries to figure out what’s going on with his brother, not to mention the rash of local burglaries. Now, if he could only figure out Brooke—the girl he really likes in school!

While there is basketball throughout the book, it is by no means the central theme. Chris is complicated and believable. There are interesting side issues, like designer babies (Chris was born to save his brother’s life), shoplifting, and gambling. A surprise twist at the end may catch you off guard, and there are a few laugh-out-loud moments. Obviously, put Stealing the Game in the hands of any kid who liked sports, but it would also appeal to quiet kids, kids who are struggling with their identity, or kids who like mysteries.

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The Virginia State Reading Association sponsors an annual contest for students to read 10 listed books, then vote at their schools for one favorite. Each April the winning titles are announced for primary, elementary and middle school readers.  Check out the lists for the 2015-2016 school year, or peek at past populars.

Find some today at your library!

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The fourth 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 books/hours they read throughout the summer.
  3. 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. 

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 Region

We've added another region to the challenge this year. Schools are now grouped into four regions — East, NorthNear West and Far West — and four trophies will be awarded.  In addition to the trophies, each winning school will receive a Barnes & Noble gift card valued at $50 for the school library.



Near West

Far West

Adams Colonial Trail Chamberlayne Carver
Arthur Ashe Echo Lake Dumbarton Crestview
Baker Glen Allen Holladay Davis
Donohoe Greenwood Johnson Gayton
Fair Oaks Kaechele Laburnum Maybeury
Glen Lea Longan Lakeside Nuckols Farm
Harvie Rivers Edge Longdale Pemberton
Highland Springs Shady Grove Trevvett Pinchbeck
Mehfoud Short Pump   Ridge
Montrose Springfield Park   Skipwith
Ratcliffe Twin Hickory   Three Chopt
Sandston     Tuckahoe
Seven Pines      

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June 1-6, 2015

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

Wednesday June 3rd

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

Wednesday June 3rd

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

Saturday June 6th

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

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


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Music is a great way to break up a long day, encourage conversation or movement, or soothe tired nerves. A great way to add variety to the music you and your child share is to try out some of the world music titles available at your library. Putumayo curates children's CDs with music and moods from around the world. They combine new and fresh arrangements of favorite childhood songs with nursery rhymes and kids songs from lots of other cultures. Try out some of these fun compilations for your next playdate or road trip:

World Sing-Along - Check out this album for singable kids songs from around the world, some familiar and some fresh and new. This upbeat CD features songs in lots of different genre and languages. Listen for "Waltzing Matilda" by Fiddlers Green Bush Band and "Jamaican Farewell" by Dan Zanes featuring Angelique Kidjo. For more in the Sing-Along series try Sing-Along with Putumayo.

Hawaiian Playground - Fun and fast-paced tunes to take playtime to the islands. Check out "Po La'ila'i" by Paiatea! For more in the Playground series try American Playground, European Playground, Caribbean Playground and more!

New Orleans Playground - Fun, upbeat and exciting jazz standards and hits from the Big Easy, this CD is terrific for rainy days and those moments when you just need to dance. Check out "I Like it Like That" by Chris Kenner and "When The Saints Go Marchin' In" by Hack Bartholomew. For more American music genres check out Cowboy Playground and Rock & Roll Playground.