The holidays are coming up and if you are looking for a place to help you make gift buying decisions look no further than Consumer Reports.
Your Henrico Library card gives you full access to everything Consumer Reports provides—ratings and reviews, recommendations and buying advice for thousands of products, services, and more.
Consumer Reports is an independent, nonprofit organization that works side by side with consumers to create a fairer, safer, and healthier world. We do it by fighting to put consumers’ needs first in the marketplace and by empowering them with the trusted knowledge they depend on to make better, more informed choices.
For 80 years, we have provided evidence-based product testing and ratings, rigorous research, hard-hitting investigative journalism, public education, and steadfast policy action on behalf of consumers’ interests.
Be sure to take a look at Consumer Reports before you start shopping. It will help make your holiday shopping smarter.
School is back in session and homework will be rolling in soon. We’ve got great resources to help with all levels of homework needs.
When you’ve got questions take a look at some of these resources:
Take a look at our premium online databases.
The library pays for access to these quality resources, which provide up-to-date information that you can trust. All you need is your library card for access to thousands of articles from newspapers, magazines, and scholarly journals.
Here are all our databases and our suggested databases for kids.
Ask a Librarian
Give your library a call; or you can email, text or chat with us via askHCPL.
Getting (free) LIVE Homework Help from a REAL TEACHER
Teachers are available to help students in grades 3-12 with Reading, Writing, Science and Math using Literati’s Homework Help.
Look for the “Tutoring in Math, Science, English & SAT” box on the right side of the page, then enter your first name, grade level and subject to get started.
We recently asked the library staff to give us some of their favorite books they read in 2015. Boy did we get a big response! Over 80 books were listed as favorite reads. We’ll list a few titles here that were mentioned by more than one staff member. You can take a look at the entire list in our catalog.
Interested in books for kids? We’ve also got a list of some favorite books our children’s staff read last year.
“Video games? Check. Alien invaders? Check. Special appearances from world-renowned scientists? Triple-check! Armada by Ernest Cline, has it all.” Barbara B., Libbie Mill Library
“I absolutely loved this book. It makes me want my own taxidermied raccoon. It was so real and so, so funny.” Desiree H. Library Administration
“After a terrible flu strain kills most people, some survive to wander the eart, to live in fast food joints and the airport. And some people spend their lives a a Traveling Symphony, staging entertainments in safe communities. We follow entwined stories of people connected in the Before time and After.” Lisa K. Libbie Mill
I love all of Kate Morton’s books. I just love her stories and they are well written. There is always at least two to three words I have to look up which I also like.” Desiree H. Administration
Black Friday is only a few days away and many of you will be buying gifts for people over the next few weeks.
Why not check Consumer Reports before you start your shopping? In addition to the thorough reviews of many items on your shopping list, you will find buying guides, video reviews and much more.
All you need to access this premium service is your library card!
Getting ready for a big test? Need to brush up on some old skills or want to learn a new one?
Try LearningExpress Library. This premium online resource available with your library card has tests and courses for everything from 4th grade math to air traffic control test preparation and a lot in between. Areas covered include:
- SAT preparation courses and practice exams
- Civil service
- Law enforcement
- Postal services
- Real estate
- U.S. Citizenship
- Much more
Even if you don’t have a specific test to prepare for explore the LearningExpress “School Center” to improve your writing, grammar, vocabulary, spelling or math. Resources are targeted to Elementary, Middle and High School students. There is also help for the GED and ASVAB. Test score reports include explanations of right and wrong answers.
You will need to create a LearningExpress user name and password. They are used to keep track of your progress in courses and as a record for your improvement in test scores.
Give it a try. You’ll be surprised at the things you can learn with LearningExpress!
We have added a new premium online resource to help with homework this school year. All you need is your library card to access it anywhere with an internet connection 24/7.
Homework and research project help for elementary and middle school students.
- More than 40,000 encyclopedia and reference articles
- World Book Biography Center, with more than 10,000 biographies
- Science projects and experiments
- Comprehensive multimedia collections including World Book Explores and geography resource guides
- Thousands of links selected by World Book editors and expert contributors
Atlas, dictionary, life skills and more.
- Research tools including Citation Builder, How to Do Research guides, and personalized My Research account
- Extensive dictionary
- Interactive Earth, including the World Book Atlas, Interactive Maps, Outline Maps and Flags, and more
- Educator tools
General reference especially for younger children.
- Thousands of easy-to-read articles
- Interactive games and activities
- Printable teaching worksheets, lesson plans, and learning activities
Build and share timelines. Use your own events and images or add content and images from World Book.
The Early World of Learning
Resource for preschoolers and children in the early elementary grades.
World Book Spanish/Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
Beginner’s Spanish language reference tool. The site offers World Book’s excellent editorial content, rich media, and engaging features in Spanish.
Text-to-speech capabilities, learning and life skills activities, research tools, multimedia, and interactive video also make World Book Web a great resource for students with language or learning difficulties.
The Online Book Club is an effortless way to discover new authors and sample books. Every day Dear Reader will e-mail you a 5-minute sample. By the end of the week you’ll have read 2 to 3 chapters. If you’re hooked, check out the book at one of our libraries.
Every week the club samples a new book. Monday through Friday, a quick 5 minute read is delivered to your email. At the end of Friday’s read, the ending page number is given, so when you pick up the book from the library, you know where you left off.
Sign up for online book clubs reading fiction, mysteries, romance, nonfiction, teen, classics and more.