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Solar Eclipse Parties!

1 Aug

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People are getting excited about the eclipse on Monday, August 21! We are too! Did you know some of our libraries are hosting Eclipse Viewing Parties on that day too?

On the day of the eclipse, some of our libraries are hosting Eclipse Viewing Parties where people of all ages can learn about the science behind eclipses and view the eclipse with a pair of solar viewing glasses (free while supplies last).

The Eclipse Viewing Parties will be from 2 pm – 3:30 pm at the following libraries:

Eclipse glasses will be available at all Henrico Library locations in limited quantities on August 21, beginning at 1:30 pm.

This program is offered as part of the NASA@ My Library initiative to engage public audiences nationwide in informal and lifelong learning with the excitement of NASA exploration and discovery. 

UPDATE: Safety first! Take a look at these safety tips for the day of the eclipse.

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

Varina Library Earns LEED Silver Certification

14 Apr

InteriorWe are happy to announce that the Varina Library has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification!

The LEED rating system promotes buildings that reduce impact to the environment and improve the indoor environment for building occupants. The project achieved LEED Silver certification in April 2017, becoming Henrico County’s 14th LEED-certified project. To earn LEED certification, a project must meet specific design and construction requirements in the categories of: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by nearly 40%, anticipated to save 200,000 gallons of water per year.  Energy-efficient building systems such as the building envelope, HVAC, and lights were designed to reduce energy use by 35% compared to a building that just meets the building energy code.  A variety of building materials include structural steel and metal panels with high recycled content, regionally quarried sandstone on the building exterior, and bio-based wood paneling and linoleum flooring.  The library interior provides abundant daylight and views to the outside, and low-chemical emitting building material selections to improve indoor air quality.

This is Henrico County’s 14th LEED-Certified building! The others are:

  • Holman Middle School, LEED Silver (2011)
  • Glen Allen High School, LEED Gold (2011)
  • Glen Allen Branch Library, LEED Silver (2012)
  • Firehouse 12, LEED Gold (2012)
  • Firehouse 13, LEED Gold (2013)
  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Gayton Branch Library, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Kaechele Elementary School, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Firehouse 7, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Henrico Health Department East Clinic, LEED Gold (2015)
  • Firehouse 3, LEED Silver (2016)
  • Crestview Firehouse 10, LEED Gold (2016)
  • Libbie Mill Library, LEED Silver (2017)

Varina Library Wins Library Architecture and Design Award!

7 Apr

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We are so happy to let you know that the Varina Library won the prestigious AIA/ALA Library Building Award!

The library, designed by Richmond architecture firm BCWH and Tappe Architects of Boston, was one of eight American and European libraries to be recognized.  The Library Building Award is presented by the American Institute of Architects in conjunction with the American Library Association and is the only award that recognizes whole library buildings for their design.

Varina Library was noted for “[bridging] its rural and historic context with the contemporary ambitions of the community.”  The design was praised for its variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, supporting collaboration, communal activity, quiet study, project production, self-directed access to information, and appreciation of the natural landscape.

This is a great award and we are happy to be able to provide such a wonderful facility for you. If you haven’t visited the Varina Library yet we hope you will soon!

More Hoopla!

3 Apr

Last June we launched Hoopla, a service that gave everyone the option to borrow digital movies, television shows, and music. We are happy to let you know that we have added more formats to our Hoopla collection!

You can now borrow eBooks, audiobooks, comic books and graphic novels from Hoopla! Best of all, everything you see in Hoopla is always available. NO HOLDS!

Hoopla provides access to thousands of books, movies, shows and music – and all you need is a library card. It works on most mobile devices via the Hoopla Digital app and on computers with a web browser. Get the app from your device’s app store or go to hoopladigital.com to get started!

Visit our eBooks & More page for more detailed information and instructions for getting started.

We hope you will enjoy all the Hoopla!