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Let the Summer Reading Fun Begin!  

We're celebrating super heroes, animal heroes and local heroes at your libraries this summer. The reading programs range from preschoolers through adults. Sign up online with your library card  June 1st to August 31st.  Keep track of the books you read (or have read to you) during that period to earn prizes.  Visit your libraries for fun programs like Bill Wellington, and visits by Henrico County firefighter and police heroes.  

There will be raffles at summer's end for those who finish the program and each branch will host a "Cool Treat" finale.

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With research options available for a wide range of ages, World Book Online is a great resource for that research project that's due tomorrow, but you haven't started yet. (Don't worry, we won't judge)

Taking full advantage of tablet technology, World Book Online also works on your tablet, meaning you can put the finishing touches to your project in the car on your way to school. Here's how to get there: 

From Henrico County Public Library's Internet Homepage, click on Kids>Kids Space, then Research a Topic in the middle of the page. From the list of databases, click on World Book and enter your library card number (if you are at home).

Once you enter World Book Online, you will see all of the products available to you:

  • Kids! - The newest section of World Book Online uses image-driven navigation to engage young learners. There are interactive videos, games, as well as informative articles. Interactive features include the World of Animals, Explorable Maps, Important People, and Science Projects.
  • Early World of Learning - Developed by early childhood educators for children ages preschool through grade 2, this resource provides educational games, a story corner, coloring pages, and short video clips.
  • World Book Discover - Designed for middle school students and older, this database contains thousands of easy-to-read articles and a wealth of multimedia resources.
  • InfoFinder - This database is useful for elementary and middle school age students looking for easy-to-read explanations of various topics.  
  • Timelines - Users can explore important moments in sports, world history, science & technology, and more.
  • Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos - A Spanish language reference site for children ages kindergarten through 4th grades, or adults learning the Spanish language. It contains engaging content, rich media, and interactive learning tools - all in Spanish.

With World Book Online your research project will be a success! You may enjoy using it so much, that you will start your research project earlier next time. (Don't worry, we know that's too good to be true. And besides, who are we to judge? This blog post was written the day before it was due!)

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b2ap3_thumbnail_20150519-BusyParents-blog200.jpgWould you like to bring your child to our storytimes but can't attend the normal morning sessions? We've got options for you! Some of our libraries offer evening and Saturday storytimes and programs.

These storytimes are convenient for parents and caregivers who are busy during weekdays and for families who want extra storytimes.

Give these storytimes a try!

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To begin this important selection, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services' website.  You may search licensed facilities by zip code and type of day care to research their hours of operation, capacity, ages served and detailed notes of recent inspections.  Of course, you'll ask for references and make a drop-in visit or two, but this tool can help you narrow the search early on. 


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Love to make things? Love to use your tablet or smartphone? Check out some of these apps for all ages that encourage you to use your imagination!


Toca Builders - Create a whole new world by using six builders. If you can imagine it, you can build it. $.99-2.99. Available for Apple and Android devices.

Tap a Tune-Kids Music Maker - Write your own songs. As you play, the app records your voice, so feel free to sing along! Free. Available for Apple devices.

Our Book by Us - Every family has a story. Listen as SugarLoaf tells her story and then tell your own through drawings and text. Available for Apple and Android devices. Also available in Spanish as Nuestro Libro.