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New library website goes live Monday, February 17!

14 Feb

Using the feedback you gave us a little over a year ago in our online survey we have updated our website to use a more responsive and flexible platform.

While much of the website’s content and layout is the same you will notice some small improvements. We hope the changes will help you access the information you need more easily and we look forward to your feedback after we launch on Monday, February 17th

New digital magazines feature!

7 Oct

2013q3_Zinio_presentIf you have been using our Digital Magazines you may have noticed a new feature…back issues!

Until last week the only issues available to be checked out were current ones. Now you have the option to check out previous issues too.

While you are browsing our digital magazines collection you will see a new ‘Back Issues Available’ option for all of our magazines. That option will show you all previous issues of that magazine you can check out.

There are aren’t many back issues available right now (we’ve only been offering digital magazines for a few months) but the collection will grow. We are very happy to be able to offer this option to you. Hope you like it!

If you haven’t tried out our digital magazines and would like to learn more go here for more information.


Digital Magazines!

2 Aug

We’ve got a new service and can’t wait for you to try it out!

Digital magazines! Yep, thanks to the Library of Virginia, you now have the opportunity to read dozens of magazines on your computer, smartphone and tablet for FREE from the library.

Zinio  is a company that has been offering paid subscriptions to digital magazines for years. They offer a wide variety of cover-to-cover, full digital editions of popular magazines, which are current and released at the same time as their print editions. Some magazines even contain bonus materials that you can’t get in print, like animated diagrams, music, or video. They have apps for most mobile devices (smartphones/tablets) and computers so you can read your magazines just about anywhere you like.

The Library of Virginia and RBdigital (a division of longtime library friend Recorded Books) are now able to make selected Zinio digital magazines available for free to public library patrons across Virginia, including those in Henrico! We subscribe to many digital magazines through Zinio and make them available for you to check out for free through our Digital Magazines site. Check out as many issues as you want, and keep them as long as you like. There are no expiration dates.

Interested? Want to get started? Great! We’ve written some instructions that should help. For more information go here.

We hope you enjoy this new service!

OverDrive App Upgrades and Apple Devices

24 May

Are you an eBook reader? If you read your eBooks on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch there is an important update coming for the OverDrive app you should know about.

We just got an email from OverDrive informing us about an issue you will run into when you update their app. You will need to reauthorize the app with your Adobe ID. According to the email:

Due to a change in Apple’s privacy policies, we’ve had to make changes to the way we handle licensing of EPUB eBooks and MP3 audiobooks. As a result, the OMC for iOS v2.6.5 update will de-authorize every users’ Adobe ID and prompt them to authorize again. Audiobook users will be unaffected unless attempting to download parts from a book that was only partially downloaded prior to the v2.6.5 update.

Resetting an Adobe ID password

If you set up your app a while ago you may have forgotten your password. To check your password visit this site and try to log in with your email address and password. If you were able to log in great! If not you can reset your password.

  • Select the Trouble signing in? link below the Sign in button.
  • Enter the email address for your Adobe ID on the next screen and select the Reset password button.
  • Adobe will send you an email with instructions on how to reset your password.

How to find the email address for your Adobe ID

Can’t remember what email address you used for your Adobe ID? The steps below will help you find it.

  • Open the app.
  • Select Get Books in the upper right corner of the screen.
  • Select the Settings icon at the bottom of the screen.
  • The email address associated with your Adobe ID will be at the top of the screen.

We’ve made a short video showing the steps listed above.

What to expect after the update is installed

After you install the update, the first time you open the app you should see the screen below:


Selecting Sign In will show the Adobe Authorization screen.


The Adobe ID you were using before the update should show up in the top box. Enter your password in the Password box and select Authorize. You should be all set up!

If you need extra assistance feel free to visit any of our libraries.

Information is Power!

23 May

Later this month we will begin checking out Kill-A-Watt energy meter kits to help you monitor your energy usage. These meters can help you get a better idea of how much energy appliances like refrigerators, televisions and anything else you can plug in are using. The kits will be available in our catalog so you can place one on hold and check it out at your favorite Henrico Library. Each kit will have instructions on how to use the meter and what the information means.

To kick off this new program, the Henrico County Energy Manager will be discussing how to review your Dominion Virginia Power bill, basic electricity concepts and the benefits of the Kill-A-Watt meters.

Thursday, May 23 7pm – 8pm @ Tuckahoe

Saturday, June 1 2pm – 3pm @ Dumbarton

Curious about how the meters work? Take a look at the video below.

New OverDrive

9 Apr

Are you an eBook reader? If so,  we have some news for you. OverDrive (one of the companies we work with the provide eBooks) is updating their service. We mentioned this a few months ago but, at that time, we didn’t know when we would be getting the update. Well, now we know. We will be getting the update – The week of April 15th.

What does this mean?

1.Our OverDrive site will look completely different.

To get an idea of what the new site will look like take a look at Chesterfield’s OverDrive site.

2. New Filtered Search

The search experience has been improved. You will have the ability to narrow searches by format, subject, publisher, language and by age.

3. One-step check out

One of the improvements we like is the in the checkout process. Currently, you have to choose the format you want then check out the title. The new system reverses that. You check out the book then select the format.We think this is an improvement that should make things a little easier.

4.New READ format

OverDrive is introducing a new eBook format, called READ, in addition to the current eBook formats they currently offer. It is browser based so you don’t have to download the eBook to a computer or the OverDrive app to read. Not all of the eBooks in our collection will be available in this format but most will be.

More info & a demo

OverDrive has placed the image to the right on our OverDrive site to let people know that things will be changing soon. Clicking on it will take you to a page that explains things.

If you want a quick explanation take a look at the video below.

Find It Virginia

15 Mar

Our library app is moving to the Find It Virginia app in April.

Be sure to switch over before then. We will be discontinuing our app in April in favor of the Find It Virginia app. You can find it in your app store or by visiting

What is the Find It Virginia app?

It’s an app that gives you mobile access to every public library in Virginia!

It was developed by the Library of Virginia and Boopsie, the same company we worked with to develop our app. They have done a great job.  It works on most mobile operating systems so you should be able to install it on just about any smartphone or tablet.

Much like our app, you can:

  • Browse the catalog
  • Place holds
  • See what you have checked out
  • Renew material
  • View our calendar of events
  • Locate the nearest library

Plus you get some new features!

  • Complete integration with our OverDrive eBooks and downloadable audiobooks
  • Search the catalog by scanning the barcodes of books, DVDs and more
  • Access all Public libraries in Virginia

We think it’s a great app and think you will like it. Give it a try!

eBook Clinics and Consultations

19 Dec

eBooks ImageAre you planning to buy a tablet, smartphone or eReader for someone this holiday season? Do you think you may be getting a tablet, smartphone or eReader?

Yes? Maybe?

One of the first things you should do with your shiny new gadget is head over to our eBook page and see what you can get FOR FREE from the library. We have thousands of FREE eBooks and downloadable audiobooks you can checkout and read (or listen to) on most of those shiny gadgets!

For anyone new to library eBooks we will be holding a series of eBook Clinics and Consultations during the months of January, February and March.

The eBook Clinics will be informal workshops where our staff will demonstrate how to use the library’s eBook resources on a variety of devices. If you’d like a quick introduction to the library’s eBooks then you may want to attend one of these sessions. No need to register, just bring your gadget and your questions.

The eBook Consultations are one on one sessions with our Emerging Technologies Librarian. He will help answer questions specific to you and your device. Space is limited for these so register as soon as you can.

We want to help you get the most out of your new device. Using the library’s free eBook services are just one way to do that.

OverDrive Changes

11 Dec

If you are an eBook reader or downloadable audiobook listener then we have some news for you. The people at OverDrive have been working hard on upgrading their service and are in the process of rolling it out. We don’t know exactly when we will get the upgrade but wanted you to know that it was coming and what to expect.

They are calling it The Next Generation Digital Library Platform. It will be a significant change.

The first thing you’ll notice is the look of the site. It will look completely different so it may take a while to get used to it. The North Carolina Digital Library was upgraded yesterday. When our site is upgraded it will be similar to theirs.

The other big change is how books can be read. They are introducing a browser based system for reading that should simplify the reading process for many people. They call it OverDrive Read. It works in most internet browsers so it should work on computers, tablets and smartphones very well. All of the current options for reading eBooks from the library will still be available too.

OverDrive has made an introductory video explaining many of the new features. Once our site is upgraded you will be able to use all of these features!

Try it before you buy it!

21 Nov

Looking for gift ideas for the kids in your life or need ideas for books to check out at the library?  The list below has some great ideas.  And, as always, our library staff are a great resource for book suggestions for all ages. For a printable list with even more titles click here.

Picture Books

1-2-3 Peas – Baker, Keith

Baby Bear Sees Blue – Wolff, Ashley

Bear Has a Story to Tell – Stead, Philip Christian

Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – Willems, Mo

Olivia and the Fairy Princess – Falconer, Ian

Sleep Like a Tiger – Logue, Mary

Snow Day for Mouse – Cox, Judy

Underground - Fleming, Denise

Squeak! Rumble! Whomp! Whomp! Whomp! – Marsalis, Wynton


Penny and Her Song – Henkes, Kevin

Let’s Go for a Drive – Willems, Mo

Juvenile Fiction

Liar & Spy – Stead, Rebecca

Third Wheel (Diary of a Wimpy Kid) – Kinney,  Jeff

Spindlers – Oliver, Lauren

Twelve Kinds of Ice – Obed

Who Could That Be At This Hour – Snicket, Lemony

Wonder - Palacio

Juvenile Nonfiction

Beetle Book – Jenkins, Steve

The Lego Book – Lipkowitz, Daniel


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