History of Dumbarton Library, Part 6: A Miscellany

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

History of Dumbarton Library: Part 5, the Libbie Mill Area

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

History of Dumbarton Library, Part 3: Changing Collections, Changing Technology

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

History of Dumbarton Library, Part 2: Dumbarton Area Library Opens

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