Consumer Reports Online!

17 Jul

 

Consumer Reports has been a go-to source for unbiased reviews on different products and services for a long time. It’s one of the most popular magazines in our libraries. Because it is so popular in print we decided to subscribe to their website.

You now have the ability to browse and utilize all of the options available at consumerreports.org via our subscription. In addition to reviews you will find buying guides, video reviews, and more. You can access the site by following this link and entering your library card number.

We are happy to offer this new resource and hope it will help you make informed purchasing decisions and save you some money too!

Taiko Drumming!

1 Jul

Tweens and teens are invited to “get their drumming on” with huge Japanese Taiko drums. Tampa Taiko is a professional drumming ensemble and use drums that they made from discarded wine barrels. Audience participation will follow their performances. You will not want to miss this unique event!

Monday, July 7
6:30pm – Dumbarton
Wednesday, July 9
3:00pm – Tuckahoe
6:30pm – Twin Hickory

Help the Central Virginia Food Bank fight hunger!

1 Jul

20140630-02_FoodDrive_screen_f1During the month July, we will be collecting food donations for FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank at any of our locations.

Please help the Central Virginia Food Bank feed children and seniors living in poverty and many others in need in our community. Visit feedmore.org to learn more about the fight against hunger.

Some of the most needed items are:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna and Chicken
  • Canned Green Beans, Corn and Peaches
  • Hamburger Helper
  • Mac ‘n’ Cheese
  • Hot and Cold Cereals
  • Rice

How much power do those appliances use?

27 Jun

Ever wonder how much energy your lamps use? How about your television? Your computer? Want to save some money?

We’ve got just the thing to help you do all of those things. It’s a Kill A Watt energy meter and we have over a dozen you can check out and use to monitor your energy usage.

Just plug the Kill A Watt into an electrical outlet then plug  anything you want to measure the power consumption of (TV, refrigerator, lamp etc.) into the Kill A Watt and use the thing you are measuring normally.

After a few days check the Kill A Watt’s display and write down the information you see when each button is pressed then it’s time to do some math. The Department of Energy has a good explanation of how to translate the information from the Kill A Watt into dollars and cents. The knowledge you’ve just gained may help you save some money.

Take a look at the video below for more about how the Kill A Watt works.

 

Want to learn a new language this summer?

9 Jun

Headed to a foreign country this summer and want to learn some of the language? Just want to learn a new language? We’ve go the resource for you.

Mango Languages is a great way to learn over 60 languages. They have a great system to help you develop the familiarity you need to be comfortable having a conversation in very little time.

You can use Mango on your computer or learn on the go with their apps for Android and Apple devices. And it’s free for you with your Henrico Library card.

To get started, follow this link, create an account (so you can save your progress), pick the language you want to learn and start learning.

Fizz Boom Read!

2 Jun

SRCgroup-300pxSchool is almost done and that means one thing around here. Summer Reading Club! We’ve got lots of activities lined up for your summer and (of course) prizes for reading. The theme for this year’s Summer Reading Club is Fizz Boom Read – Science and Discovery and we want to help you explore and discover new things all summer long. Summer Reading Club runs from Monday, June 2 until Saturday, August 30. You’ve got thirteen weeks to join, read and/or attend library programs and earn prizes.

When you sign up you will be eligible for:

  • A bookmark – to keep track of where you are in the book you are reading
  • A reading log – to keep track of the books you’ve read or library programs you’ve attended
  • One of the following cool treats (varies by library):

Members of the Kids club can collect stickers for their reading logs every week!

Your reading goal…and prizes!

Starting July 5, Kids who have read 10 books and Teens who have read 5 books can pick a prize from the science prize box at their local library. What’s in the box? Read 10 books if you’re a Kid and 5 if you’re a Teen to find out. Adults who read 5 books get a magnifying bookmark and a coupon for a free book at a Friends of the Library book sale. Everyone who draws from the science prize box or gets a magnifying bookmark is also automatically entered into two prize drawings. The first prize drawing is held at each library and the winners will receive:

  • Kids & Teens – Jumpology gift card
  • Adults – Restaurant gift card

The second prize drawing is county wide. There will be a drawing for Kids, Teens and Adults. The three winners will receive an iPad Mini! The prize drawings will be held on Wednesday, September 3.

To Sign up

  1. Visit our Summer Reading Club page then select the club for you (Kids, Teens or Adults).
  2. Select Sign Me Up, enter your library card number then select Get Information. 
  3. Fill in the form then select Save.

To sign up another family member with the same library card, select the Add Member box. Follow the prompts and in a few moments you’ll have the whole family registered! Want more detailed instructions? That’s it! You are signed up and can start logging the books you read or the library programs you attend during the summer. We hope you have a great summer!

Book Recommendations Sent to Your Inbox

27 May

Book Recommendations Sent to Your Inbox

Get some ideas for your vacation reads this summer. Sign up for NextReads book recommendations to be emailed to you regularly based on your likes and even age level. Pick from New York Times Bestsellers, Biography, Picture books, Teen books, Finance, Fitness and more.

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