Shopping with Consumer Reports

19 Nov

Black Friday is only a few days away and many of you will be buying gifts for people over the next few weeks.

Why not check Consumer Reports before you start your shopping? In addition to the thorough reviews of many items on your shopping list, you will find buying guides, video reviews and much more.

All you need to access this premium service is your library card!

Star Library!

13 Nov

We have recently been designated as a five-star library by Library Journal! This is the second year in a row we’ve received a star rating and our first year with a five stars! Four other library systems in Virginia and 258 library systems in the United States were recognized in 2014.

The other Virginia library systems are Mary Riley Styles Public Library in Falls Church, Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, and Williamsburg Regional Library in Williamsburg.

The ratings are based on national rankings that consider per-capita check-outs, visits, program attendance and public computer use. For information on the Star Library ratings, take a look at Library Journal.

Thank you to our staff and to YOU for making us a five-star library!

Study for certifications and tests or improve your reading, math or writing skills

3 Nov

Getting ready for a big test? Need to brush up on some old skills or want to learn a new one?

Try LearningExpress Library. This premium online resource available with your library card has tests and courses for everything from 4th grade math to air traffic control test preparation and a lot in between. Areas covered include:

  • SAT preparation courses and practice exams
  • Civil service
  • Cosmetology
  • EMS
  • Firefighter
  • GED
  • Law enforcement
  • Military
  • Postal services
  • Real estate
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Much more

Even if you don’t have a specific test to prepare for explore the LearningExpress “School Center” to improve your writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling or math. Resources are targeted to Elementary, Middle and High School students. There is also help for the GED and ASVAB. Test score reports include explanations of right and wrong answers.

You will need to create a LearningExpress user name and password. They are used to keep track of your progress in courses and as a record for your improvement in test scores.

Give it a try. You’ll be surprised at the things you can learn with LearningExpress!

2014 Book Drive for Henrico Christmas Mother

31 Oct
Christmas Mother 2014 Book Drive

Donate at your library by November 29.

The Henrico Christmas Mother donation season is coming up, and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year to the Christmas Mother and would appreciate your donations of new or gently-used books for children and teens.

Who is the Christmas Mother? From their website:

Even in a relatively prosperous county like Henrico, there are many who struggle to provide basic necessities. Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother’s mission has been to provide holiday assistance to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults in the form of food, new clothing, books, toys and other gift items to those we serve.

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A Songwriter’s Journey Through American Music

23 Oct
Angela Easterling

Angela Easterling at Sandston and Glen Allen Libraries

Angela Easterling, raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains near Greenville, SC, is a 2009 & 2010 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2011 Telluride Troubadour, and a 2012 Wildflower Performing Songwriter Finalist. She will a perform a combination of her own original songs interspersed with selections of classic folk, roots, country, and rock tunes.

As part of her performance, she discusses the craft of songwriting and tells the
stories behind her songs and how they came to be, weaving in some of the history of roots music and the artists who have influenced her writing. Angela Easterling has presented this program as a part of the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.”

She will be accompanied by accomplished guitarist Brandon Turner, who has played with such well-known artists as Ricky Skaggs, Emmylou Harris and Sierra Hull.

Thu. Nov. 6, 7:00 pm
Sandston Branch Library
23 E. Williamsburg Rd. • (804) 290-9900

Sat. Nov. 8, 2:30 pm
Glen Allen Branch Library
10501 Staples Mill Rd. • (804) 290-9500

Friends of the Library Week

21 Oct

Made possible by the Friends

National Friends of the Libraries Week is October 19-25 and is a great opportunity to recognize all our Friends do for the Library!

The Friends of the Henrico County Public Library make a positive contribution to the Library by volunteering their time and by providing financial support from their book sales and memberships.

All Henrico Reads

Some of the things they sponsor are:

Visit henricolibrary.org/friends to join today!

Summer Reading Club

World Book Online is More Than Just an Encyclopedia

18 Sep

We have added a new premium online resource to help with homework this school year. All you need is your library card to access it anywhere with an internet connection 24/7.

World Book Online is divided into six modules:

World Book WebInfo Finder

Homework and research project help for elementary and middle school students.

  • More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
  • World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies
  • Science projects and experiments
  • Comprehensive multimedia collections including World Book Explores and geography resource guides
  • Thousands of links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors

Discover

Atlas, dictionary, life skills and more.

  • Research tools including Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research account
  • Extensive dictionary
  • Interactive Earth, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
  • Educator tools

For Kids

General reference especially for younger children.

  • Thousands of easy-to-read articles
  • Interactive games and activities
  • Printable teaching worksheets, lesson plans, and learning activities

Timelines

Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.

The Early World of Learning

Resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.

World Book Spanish/Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos

Beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.

Text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video also make World Book Web a great resource for students with language or learning difficulties.

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