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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.

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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Thank you for a memorable eclipse!

22 Aug


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!

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.