The Great American Read

17 May

we-can-do-itOn May 22nd PBS is premiering The Great American Read. The first episode introduces the 100 books most loved by Americans. The book list was released just a few weeks ago and it contains a broad range of fiction both new and old. Some of our favorites include Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon, and Ghost by Jason Reynolds. Check out the whole list on the PBS website.

You will be able to vote online for your favorite book on the list after the premiere episode on May 22nd, and there will be voting kiosks in the library.

Henrico County Public Library has been awarded a grant from the American Library Association and PBS to provide programs to accompany the series. We have partnered with local PBS station WCVE The Community Idea Stations to promote The Great American Read and related library programs. Throughout the summer we will have discussions and film screenings based on the 100 books from the program. The Great Reads Make Great Films series will take place on the second Tuesday of the month, featuring classic film adaptations of selected titles with time for discussion afterwards. Book discussions will be held at Fairfield, Libbie Mill, Tuckahoe, Twin Hickory, and Varina. Check our online calendar and Facebook for more information about the upcoming programs.

We also want to hear from you on social media! Join the discussion on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and let us know what your top read is by using #HenricoGreatRead and #GreatReadPBS. Each month the top post using #HenricoGreatRead will be awarded a $25 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble.

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Announcing the Winners of Twin Hickory’s Lego Contest!

11 May

Voting ended Monday and we are happy to announce the winners of Twin Hickory’s 2018 Lego Contest! Check out these awesome designs:

A-10 Package Delivery Drone and Base

Category A: Ages 6 and younger

B-3 Wipeout: Car Edition

Category B: Ages 7 to 10

C-2 Modern Tank Warfare

Category C: Ages 11 to 14

D-1 Exodus 14:14

Category D: Ages 15 and older

Thank you to all who participated. Everyone submitted fantastic work! All entries can be found in our Flickr Album.

Snapshot Virginia 2018

30 Apr Storytime at Glen Allen Library. Librarian is reading Chugga Chugga Choo Choo to an attentive crowd of young children and caregivers.

Snapshot Virginia is a statewide initiative from the Virginia Library Association and the Library of Virginia intended to provide a “snapshot” of a day in the life of the library. On April 24th, we participated in Snapshot Virginia, and it is clear that Henrico County Public Libraries are important and highly valued institutions in the county.

Young boy (left) is creating a splatter painting while his caregiver (right) is watching in the Busy Hands program at Twin Hickory Library

Busy Hands at Twin Hickory

On that day, over 7,000 visited and checked out, on average, at least one book a piece. More than 300 people participated in a library program, came to storytime, or attended a class. We also asked you “Why do you love your library?” Here are a few of the answers we received:

"I work from home but I love working at the library because it helps me focus and I have a favorite study room with big windows! I love the light and feeling surrounded by nature!" - Elena A.

Two young teens studying with laptops in the teen space at Tuckahoe Library

Teen Study Space at Tuckahoe Library

"This is the loveliest location in Varina to read, be still, and enjoy the county. Better than a visit to Starbucks!" - Mary Beth A.

Three teens playing video games on separate desktop computers.

Gaming in the Teen Space at Tuckahoe Library

"I absolutely love Varina Library. I come here almost daily to write my novel's first draft. Been coming almost 1 year. The staff is so friendly and the space is beautiful." - Keba S.

Thank you to everyone who visited us that day and everyday!

Bereavement Groups and Death Cafes

23 Apr

Lone Woman, Widowed, Divorced, or Lonely, Contemplating Grief, Sadness, Depression

Everyone experiences death at some point in their lives. For those grieving, Henrico County Public Library is offering monthly Bereavement Groups at Tuckahoe Area Library and Sandston Branch Library. The Bereavement groups are safe spaces to work through your loss in a group setting. Join Alane Ford from James River Home Health and Hospice at 6pm on the second Monday of the month at Sandston or at 2pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at Tuckahoe.

For a lighter conversation about death and dying, Ms. Ford will also be leading discussion groups as part of the Death Cafe series. The next one will be at Twin Hickory Area Library on Monday, May 7th at 7pm, followed the next month at Fairfield Area Library on Monday, June 9th at 1pm.

All programs are free and open to the public.

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For further reading:

Life After Life by Jill McCorkle
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
One Summer by David Baldacci
The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce
Tinkers by Paul Harding
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

Non-Fiction / Memoir
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
A Grief Observed by C.S. Lewis
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
The Light of the World by Elizabeth Alexander
When Bad Things Happen to Good People by Harold S. Kushner
Healing Grief, Finding Peace by Louis LaGrand
On My Own by Diane Rehm
Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala
Her by Christa Parravani
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande
The Long Goodbye by Meghan O’Rourke
The Widow’s Story by Joyce Carol Oates

For Sharing with Children
Grandma’s Gloves by Cecil Castellucci (author) and Julia Denos (illustrator)
Always Remember by Cece Meng
The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr
Ida, Always by Caron Levis

It’s National Volunteer Week!

16 Apr

NVW-Heart-SqMany tasks are completed by volunteers here at Henrico County Public Library, from shelving to helping with library programs. Last year 1,272 volunteers spent a total of 6,805 hours making our libraries a better place. If you are interested in volunteering with us you can learn more here.

We also have several ways teens can volunteer with us. Find out how at our Teenscene page. It has all the details on how you can earn Community Service hours for school, as well as other great volunteering opportunities in the area.

Thank you to all of our hard working volunteers!

Thank you for attending All Henrico Reads with Reyna Grande!

12 Apr

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Thank you to the hundreds of Henrico area residents who attended All Henrico Reads with Reyna Grande last night.  Reyna gave a masterful talk that began by describing what the “distance” in The Distance Between Us meant for her.  In the end, Reyna brought all of us closer together by focusing on not just the metaphorical distance, but what all of us share.  She discussed such common values as family, passing our heritage and history on to our children, and the importance of education.

We were also lucky to hear a new essay by the author entitled “A Migrant’s Story.”  The essay drew a parallel between the journeys of Monarch butterflies and our country’s many immigrants, including Ms. Grande, and chronicled moments between the author and her daughter that were heartfelt and hopeful.

We hope that you had as great an experience as we did at this year’s All Henrico Reads.  Many thanks to all attendees, Reyna Grande, the Friends of Henrico County Public Library, Henrico County Public Schools, and to our library staff workers.

See you next year!


National Library Week 60th Anniversary

6 Apr

April 8-14 is National Library Week, and this year’s theme is “Libraries Lead.”  National Library Week was founded sixty years ago, in 1958, in order to celebrate the contributions of libraries and library workers, and to affirm support for libraries.  National Library Week is administered by the American Library Association.


Within National Library Week, we observe the following days (from

Celebrations during National Library Week

  • Monday, April 9: State of America’s Libraries Report released, including Top Ten Frequently Challenged Books of 2017.
  • Tuesday, April 10: National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers. #nlwd18
  • Wednesday, April 11: National Bookmobile Day, a day to recognize the contributions of our nation’s bookmobiles and the dedicated professionals who make quality bookmobile outreach possible in their communities. #bookmobileday2018
  • Thursday, April 12: Take Action for Libraries Day#fundlibraries

Celebrate with us this year by visiting your local Henrico Library, attending a program or class, checking out a book, or voicing your support for libraries among friends and colleagues or social media.

We know that Henrico libraries lead because of the support of our community.  We would like to celebrate you, our library users, during this week as well.

Happy National Library Week from HCPL!