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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


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!

Varina Library Wins Library Architecture and Design Award!

7 Apr


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!

Help us design the new Fairfield Library!

20 Mar

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The architects for the new Fairfield Area Library (BCWH) are looking for input from the community. They have scheduled six meetings and ask that interested people attend and let them know what they’d like to see in the new Fairfield Library. The meetings will be held on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, March 28 at the Fairfield Library

2 pm focus on Seniors

5 pm focus on Teens

7 pm General Meeting for All

Wednesday, March 29 at the Fairfield Library

11 am focus on Parents and Caregivers of Small Children

Wednesday, March 29 at the Eastern Recreation Center

7 pm General Meeting for All

Saturday, April 1 at the Fairfield Library (extra session!)

10 am General Meeting for All

We hope you can attend one of these meetings and let the architects know what you’d like to see in the new Fairfield Library.

You can also take a quick survey (pdf) to provide input.

The architects have provided descriptions of different areas of the library, their functions, goals and general location within the library. These documents have descriptions of library functions in the left column and descriptions of goals and possibilities for the new library in the right column.  You can print these sheets out and highlight ideas in the right column that you would like to see in the new Fairfield library.  If you do not like an idea in the right column, cross it out.  Feel free to write in ideas as well.  Return completed program sheets to any HCPL service desk.

Naturalization Information Sessions

9 Mar

If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a U.S. citizen we will be hosting a series of Naturalization Information Sessions over the next few months. The sessions will be conducted by a representative of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. They will cover:77ipnnzd_400x400

  • Naturalization eligibility requirements
  • The naturalization process
  • The naturalization test
  • Rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship

More information about the sessions and naturalization can be found on the USCIS website.

The dates, times and, locations for the sessions are:




March 2017 Diaper Drive

28 Feb

We are accepting diaper donations at all of our libraries during the month of March. All of the diapers will go to the Capital Diaper Bank for distribution to “infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing a financial crisis due to homelessness, medical challenges, hospitalization, and disasters.”

Help keep babies healthy and happy!

2016 Henrico Christmas Mother Book Drive

31 Oct

christmasmother1-blog300The Henrico Christmas Mother donation season is coming up, and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year to the Christmas Mother and would appreciate your donations of new books for children and teens.

Who is the Christmas Mother?

Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother has provided food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults during the holiday season.

Henrico County Public Library contributes by receiving your book donations during the month of November. When the Christmas Mother starts taking their donations in December, we deliver the books we have collected to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse, where they will be distributed to children in the county.

During the month of November, bring your donations of new children’s and teen books to any library location. We have donation boxes for collection. Thanks for your support in helping make Christmas a little bit brighter for children in need!

Please drop off your donations by Wednesday, November 30th.

For more information about the program, please visit the Henrico Christmas Mother Website.