Summer Reading Midpoint

15 Jul

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We’ve reached the midpoint of this year’s Summer Reading Club-and there is a prize if you have met the Midpoint Goal!

If you have read for at least ten days (or 2 books for adults) and logged your reading, you’ve reached the goal and are eligible for the Midpoint Prize!

What is the Midpoint Prize? A Henrico Library sport pack and an entry into a drawing for a 4-pack of tickets to see the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

Stop by your library and pick up your sport pack while supplies last!

Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital

11 Jul

OneClickDigRB-220If you have been using the Zinio for Libraries service to check out and read free digital magazines you will see some changes soon. The Zinio for Libraries app will be phased out over the next two months and be replaced with a new RBdigital app.

The RBdigital app improves the Zinio for Libraries app by giving you the ability to browse, check out and read digital magazines within the app and enhancing the reading experience.

The RBdigital app is compatible with iPads/iPhones, Android phones/tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets and can be found in their app stores. Once you have the app installed, sign in with the same account (email address and password) you used with Zinio for Libraries. All of the magazines you have checked out should be there for you.

The Zinio for Libraries app will continue to work until early September when it will no longer function. Hopefully, you will have switched to the new app by then.

 

July 2017 Food Drive

3 Jul

FoodDrive-200pxPlease 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.

We will be collecting food donations for FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank at any of our locations until July 31.

Some of the most needed items are:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna and Chicken
  • Low Sodium Veggies
  • Fruits Packed in Juice
  • Spaghetti Sauce (no glass)
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Hot & Cold Cereals
  • Whole Grain Snacks

Build A Better World with us in Summer Reading Club this year!

1 Jun

It’s June 1st and that means we’re kicking off Summer Reading Club at your Henrico County Public Libraries!  We sincerely hope you will join in on the fun with us this year.  To participate, sign up online or at your local library.  Log the books or days you read over the summer, and the library programs you attend, and you will be entered to win awesome prizes!

The theme for 2017 Summer Reading Club is “Build A Better World,” and the idea is to highlight the way libraries, learning, and literacy can support the creative lives of our patrons.  At the library this summer, you can learn how to create with 3D printers, grow a kitchen garden, build a pinhole camera, use Photoshop software, improve your Minecraft skills, speak another language, do weekend home improvements, fix your car, and so much more.  Check out our searchable events calendar here, and get personalized, online book recommendations here!

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There are so many ways to make, learn, and grow at your library.  Come Build a Better World with us!

There are amazing prize drawings happening all summer long to give participants incentive to keep reading and attending library programs.  Visit henricolibrary.org/src to learn more, and visit your local library to pick up a reading log, check out a program or class, and get some great reading recommendations from your HCPL librarians.

Happy Summer Reading!

We’ve got the cure for your Summertime (book) Blues

23 May

You can check out e-books and stream materials anywhere with our online offerings, and with Hoopla, there are no holds!  

Summer Reading season is coming up quick, and if you are like us, you are looking forward to getting more time (and daylight!) to read and relax outside, and possibly on vacation.  Some outings you might have all planned out, with your library books ready to go, and your eBooks pre-downloaded on your Kindle or iPad… but what about those impromptu Sunday afternoon excursions?  Or, what if everything you want to read or listen to is on hold?

Enter Hoopla, a new offering from Henrico County Public Library, that allows you to download or stream eBooks, eAudiobooks, music, movies, and TV free with your library card.  Best of all, there are no holds with Hoopla materials – so if you see something you like, it’s yours!  Just be mindful of your monthly checkout limit of seven items/month.  There are great materials on Hoopla for all ages, from family friendly movies, to cool graphic novels for teens.  Everyone can find something they want on Hoopla, and get it right away.books-918521_960_720.jpg

To learn more about getting started with Hoopla, visit our eBooks & More page for detailed help guides and FAQs.  You’ll also find Zinio, a free digital magazine resource that allows you to browse issues of popular magazines on your computer, tablet, or phone, and Tumblebooks, which provides great e-Picture Books for kids.  Pack light for your vacations – just bring your computer, tablet, eReader, or phone and load it up with great, free reads (and music and movies!) from HCPL.

Happy Summer Reading!

Twin Hickory Lego Contest Winners Announced!

11 May

The winners of the annual Twin Hickory Lego Contest have been announced!  Congratulations to the winning designers and to all who entered – we had more entries than ever before, and so many incredible creations.  Here are this year’s winners:

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Thanks again to all who participated!  We hope you’ll join in the fun next year!

Great Free Legal Resources

3 May

Henrico County Public Library’s Government & Law Library Manager Benjamin Almoite has written up some of the best free legal resources you can access online and through our website.  Read about local and state laws, learn about your rights, and access free legal forms with the databases and sites listed below!

LegalForms — available using your Henrico library card
This comprehensive database contains “thousands of legal forms” covering “hundreds of legal subjects and issues.” In addition, LegalForms includes a national attorney directory, links to tax forms from all 50 states, a database of legal definitions, and a legal “Q & A”. Here is a tip: The database also includes a huge number of nonlegal sample letters that can help users with their business and/or personal correspondence. Type “nonlegal” in the search box at the top of the homepage to get the entire list.

Henrico County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
The Clerk’s Office website presents much information on its services, including handling marriage licenses, recording land records, registering business names, and processing permits to carry a concealed weapon. There are also quick links to related sites, such as the Virginia Judicial System’s court forms that can be filled out online. It is a great place to start if one plans to visit or do business at the Circuit Court.

Henrico County Municipal Code
These are two sites where you can find the Henrico County code online. The code as maintained by the County Attorney’s website is presented as PDFs. The code is also available at Municode.com and is easier to navigate, including a basic search feature for users.

Code of Virginia
While Henrico County’s larger Area libraries and the Municipal Government & Law Library all have official print copies of the state code, the official online version can be accessed here. Also included at the Code of Virginia homepage are links to the Virginia Administrative Code, the Virginia Assembly and the Constitution of Virginia.

VALegalAid.org
This website is geared to assist low-income individuals, but the information it offers can be very helpful to everyone. It covers many legal issues such as evictions, guardianships, and workers’ compensation. There is even an interactive “do-it-yourself divorce” interview module, to see if one’s circumstances might be appropriate for filing a divorce pro se, or without an attorney.