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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:

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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We have a variety of family resources for every sort of child and each unique family.  We can all benefit from professional guidance - parenting is complex and always changing. Take a peek at these:
The Survival Guide for Kids with Autism Spectrum Disorders (and Their Parents) (Verdick, Elizabeth)

The Behavior Survival Guide For Kids with Behavior Challenges: How To Make Good Choices and Stay Out of Trouble (McIntyre, Tom)

The Survival Guide for Kids with LD (Learning Differences) (Fisher, Gary)

The Gifted Kids' Survival Guide (Galbraith, Judy)

The Survival Guide for Making and Being Friends (Crist, James) 


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


  1. Mehfoud
  2. Montrose
  3. Seven Pines


  1. Colonial Trail
  2. Twin Hickory
  3. Kaechele

Near West

  1. Trevvett
  2. Holladay
  3. Johnson

Far West 

  1. Gayton
  2. Three Chopt
  3. Maybeury

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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Online Workshops for Child Care Providers from VDSS

The Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development at the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) provides a wide selection of online courses for child care providers looking to earn some Continuing Education credits. These classes are available all year long through the Community College Workforce Alliance.

You can find more information about these Online Courses here:

If you would like more information about how the Henrico County Public Library can help your child care program, feel free to contact Rick Samuelson, our Youth Services Coordinator, at: