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Get out and explore this fall with one of our nature backpacks!

27 Sep

Explore the fun of fall with one of these handy backpacks! They are full of nature guides, gear, and great fun for the entire family. Check one out, pack the car, and explore the world around you this fall!

Nature Exploration Backpacks

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Each backpack is designed to make any outdoor visit a fun learning experience and can be checked out for 14 days. Contents include:

  • Parking Pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia State Parks
  • Pocket Naturalist guides:
    • Bugs and Slugs
    • Animal Tracks
    • Virginia Birds
    • Mammals
    • Virginia Trees & Wildflowers
  • Port-A-Bug Field Observation Container
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Dip Net
  • Laminated activity cards

Check our catalog for availability and check out your Nature Backpack on reserve today!

Birding Backpacks

birdingbackpacksEach backpack is designed to introduce young children to the joys of birdwatching and checks out for 14 days. Contents include:

  • Pair of child-size binoculars
  • Assorted picture books about birds and birdwatching
  • Easy-to-use field guide of Eastern birds
  • Laminated activity cards

Check our catalog for availability and check out your Birding Backpack on reserve today!

Stop by our children’s departments for your very own starter Birding Life List and information on Henrico parks located on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

Come see the designs for the new Fairfield Library!

14 Sep

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Last Spring we hosted a series of community meetings with BCWH architects to gather input on the design of the new Fairfield Library from members of the community. They received lots of input and, after working with Henrico County government officials, Library administration, and staff they are ready to unveil their designs!

On Wednesday, September 27 at 7:00 pm at the Eastern Recreation Center BCWH architects will reveal the schematic design for the new Fairfield Library. At this first look at the new library’s design, you can learn details of the new library design from the architects, see how it incorporates the many suggestions they received, and ask any questions you may have.

The new Fairfield Library will open in October of 2019 and will replace the current facility with a 43,000 square foot building at the intersection of Laburnum and Watts Lane.  The new library will have expanded adult and children’s areas, a dedicated teen area, a Digital Media Lab, reservable study rooms and conference rooms, a reservable meeting room, ample parking, landscaped green space, walking paths, and more.

We hope you can make it to this unveiling of the design for the new Fairfield Library, what we hope will become a landmark community resource.

World Book Encyclopedia Online

12 Sep

b2ap3_thumbnail_world-book-logoHave you taken a look at the online version of The World Book Encyclopedia lately? The online version provides the same level of coverage you will find in print plus lots more.

You will find three different encyclopedias: Early World of Learning for preschool learners, Kids for early elementary students and Student for everyone else.

There are lots of extras too! Timelines that introduce important dates/people in a wide range of studies and Discover which breaks down subjects into topics for a more browsable experience. They even have a Spanish version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazogs.

No matter which option you choose, you will find great information. Maps, illustrations, videos and more! Let The World Book Encyclopedia be one of the first places you visit when starting a report or project.

Back to school!

8 Sep

HomeworkHelp_slider_1xSchool is back in session and homework will be rolling in soon. We’ve got great resources to help with all levels of homework needs.

When you’ve got questions take a look at some of these resources:

Online Databases

The library pays for access to these quality resources, which provide up-to-date information that you can trust.

Databases like:

All you need is your library card for access to thousands of articles from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and more.

Here are all our databases and our suggested databases for kids.

Getting (free) LIVE Homework Help from a REAL TEACHER

Teachers are available to help students in grades 3-12 with Reading, Writing, Science and Math using Credo’s Homework Help.

Look for the “Tutoring in Math, Science, English & SAT” box on the right side of the page, then enter your first name, grade level and subject to get started.

Your Local Librarians

Don’t forget to visit your closest library when it’s homework time. All of our libraries have books and other resources to help with a wide variety of homework assignments. Best of all we have a great staff who can help connect you with the best resources for any assignment.

You can also get help from HCPL staff from home via email, text or chat with our askHCPL service.

We want this to be a successful school year for everyone so do not hesitate to ask us for help. It’s what we do.

Congratulations to this year’s Summer Reading Club winners!

5 Sep

Picture of prizesThe Summer Reading Club ended last week, we held our grand prize drawings and the winners are…

  • Grand Prize – $500 Gift Card to Great Wolf Lodge – JT V.
  • Code-A-Pillar – Declan L.
  • Ozobot – Benjamin K.
  • Makey Makey – Michaela C.
  • JBL Clip 2 – John S.

Congratulations to them and thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Club. We hope you read some good books, attended some great library programs, and had a fun summer!

 

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September is National Library Card Sign-Up month!

1 Sep

It’s September. That means it’s National Library Card Sign-Up month!

You can do a lot with your library card. In addition to checking out books and movies it gives you access to:

Library cards are free for Henrico County residents. Many non-residents qualify for a free card too! And in September, we are waiving the cost of replacing lost or damaged cards! Visit your library to find out how to get your own library card and (re)discover all the things you can do at the library.

This year, to commemorate HCPL’s 50th anniversary we have a limited edition card for you while supplies last.

Thank you for a memorable eclipse!

22 Aug

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We would like to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended one of the eclipse parties yesterday! Your enthusiasm, patience, and willingness to share made it a truly memorable celestial event. We are so happy you chose to experience the eclipse with us!