As Henrico Libraries turn 50 this year, here at Glen Allen Branch Library we’re celebrating our community’s past and our place in it. Thanks to the Friends of Glen Allen Library, prints of scenes from old Glen Allen have been newly framed and hung. We’ll celebrate their arrival at an event on… Read More Glen Allen Branch Library: An Expanded Definition of Library
Through its 39 years of service, Dumbarton Area Library has been an active, beloved hub of its region. We improved it whenever we could, whether with fresh paint, an upgrade to the electricity to support computers, or with the furniture donated in memory of library board member M. O. “Moe” Roache, Jr., in 2003. Mr.… Read More History of Dumbarton Area Library, Part 7: Farewell
This month, we pause in the narrative of Dumbarton Library’s history for a few trivia tidbits. For instance, how many of these items do you remember checking out? Items Henrico County Public Library has loaned: Framed art prints LPs (records) Polaroid cameras VHS and Beta tapes Book and cassette tape kits Filmstrips Compact discs (CDs),… Read More History of Dumbarton Library, Part 6: A Miscellany
Developer Gumenick Properties named its project at Staples Mill and Bethlehem Roads “Libbie Mill” to emphasize the way the development links together Libbie Avenue and Staples Mill Road. Libbie Avenue, in turn, took its name from Libbie Freeman Thompson, wife of a local businessman. Staples Mill Road is named for the grist mill belonging to… Read More History of Dumbarton Library: Part 5, the Libbie Mill Area
The name of our new library, Libbie Mill Library, brings together two local street names. Dumbarton Library, too, seems to be named for a street, but there is a little more to it than that. From the 1830s, the land in the vicinity of current-day Dumbarton Road and Staples Mill Road was known for the… Read More History of Dumbarton Library, Part 4: What’s in a Name?
In 1977, Dumbarton’s first full year of operation, Henrico Library patrons checked out books and magazines, of course — and also LP records, audio cassette tapes, and even art prints! A constant theme in public library services is keeping up with changing technologies. Accordingly, in 1978, Henrico Libraries began circulating video tapes; and in 1983… Read More History of Dumbarton Library, Part 3: Changing Collections, Changing Technology
As Henrico County moved forward on its late 1960s plans to establish a library system, finding an appropriate spot for a large library for the Northside proved controversial. Disagreements revolved around the former Dumbarton Elementary School, located on Staples Mill Rd. and Penick Rd. A modern Dumbarton Elementary opened in September 1971. The old building… Read More History of Dumbarton Library, Part 2: Dumbarton Area Library Opens