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

Lee Smith is coming to Henrico!

12 Dec

Lee Smith is coming to Henrico County for All Henrico Reads!

Once again, we have partnered with Henrico County Public Schools and the Friends of Henrico County Public Library to make this event happen. She will be here on, on Wednesday, April 2, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Glen Allen High School. Her novel, Guests on Earth, the featured title, will be available for sale, as well as some of her other novels. She will autograph books following the program.

Lee Smith was born in Grundy, Virginia, a small coal-mining town in the Blue Ridge Mountains. After graduating from St. Catherine’s School in Richmond, VA, she attended Hollins College. Lee Smith is the author of 16 previous books of fiction, including the best-selling novels Fair and Tender Ladies and The Last Girls, winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award. Smith is also the recipient of the 1999 Academy Award in Fiction from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

The narrator of the featured book, Guests on Earth, Evalina Toussaint, is just thirteen when she is admitted to Highland Hospital in Asheville, North Carolina. The year is 1936 and Evalina finds herself in the company of some notable fellow patients, including Zelda Fitzgerald, estranged wife of F. Scott, who takes the young piano prodigy under her wing. Guests on Earth is a mesmerizing novel about a time and a place where creativity and passion, theory and medicine, fact and fiction, are luminously intertwined by a writer at the height of her craft.

All Henrico Reads is a community reading program that provides an opportunity for individuals to come together through a shared reading experience and discussion. This event is free and open to the public. Seating will be first come, first served. Doors will open at 6:15 pm. We will be adding more about the 2014 All Henrico Reads program and related events on our All Henrico Reads site.

American Youth Harp Ensemble Concert

2 Dec

ayhe photoThe Twin Hickory Library will be hosting a trio of young harpists tomorrow night! They are from the the American Youth Harp Ensemble and will be playing a mix of holiday and classical music. The American Youth Harp Ensemble is America’s premier youth harp ensemble and are well known for their musical sophistication and rich sound.  Read more about them here

Twin Hickory Library
Tuesday, December 3

Christmas Mother Book Drive

20 Nov

The Henrico Christmas Mother season starts on December 4th and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year and would appreciate your donations.

20131115_XmasMother_slider_r1All of our libraries have donation boxes where you can bring new or gently used children’s and teen books. We’re not picky. As long as they are in good shape we’ll  take them.When the Christmas Mother starts taking donations of stuff on December 4th, the books you donate will be delivered to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse for distribution to people who will appreciate and love them.Who is the Christmas Mother? From their website:

The Henrico Christmas Mother Program relies on hundreds of volunteers and thousands of donors to provide new clothes, toys, books and food to more than 6,000 Henrico County residents who need our help during the holiday season:

  • Low income families
  • The elderly
  • Adults with disabilities

We hope you will donate a few books this year. They will make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.

Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address

16 Nov

lincoln-addressWhat makes the Gettysburg Address one of the best-known speeches in American history and why was Lincoln moved to give it? Dr. Robert Kenzer of the University of Richmond examines the facts and historical context surrounding this famous speech.

Tuckahoe Library
Monday, November 18

Sponsored by Friends of the Tuckahoe Library.

For more information call 290-9130.

Star Library!

8 Nov

We were recently designated a Star Library system by Library Journal, one of the library field’s leading professional publications.  Libraries earn star ratings by being in the top 30 of their nationwide expenditure peer group based on four per capita statistics:

  • Library visits
  • Check outs
  • Program attendance
  • Public computer use.

Library Journal rated 7,572 public U.S. Libraries and only 263 were given a star rating.  Henrico was among six libraries in Virginia to receive a star rating and one of only three in the state to receive a four star rating.

We concluded fiscal year 2013 with some impressive statistics! Last year, in addition to borrowing over 3.8 million items, customers visited the library system’s ten branches over 2 million times.

“We are proud to receive the star library designation,” said Jerry McKenna, Library Director. “And are grateful to serve a community that values and uses its libraries.”

(Post by Kara @ Library Admin)

Appy Hour at North Park

25 Oct

appyhour_logoToo many apps not enough time?

If you‘re looking for some helpful free apps for your mobile devices but haven’t had time to try them out or are unsure about which ones to try, join us for Appy Hour!

We’ll share some helpful apps that we’ve used and you can share any apps that you’ve used and think others might want to know about. 

North Park Library
Monday, October 28, 7pm

(post by Jess @ North Park)


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