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Get out and explore this fall with one of our nature backpacks!

27 Sep

Explore the fun of fall with one of these handy backpacks! They are full of nature guides, gear, and great fun for the entire family. Check one out, pack the car, and explore the world around you this fall!

Nature Exploration Backpacks

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Each backpack is designed to make any outdoor visit a fun learning experience and can be checked out for 14 days. Contents include:

  • Parking Pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia State Parks
  • Pocket Naturalist guides:
    • Bugs and Slugs
    • Animal Tracks
    • Virginia Birds
    • Mammals
    • Virginia Trees & Wildflowers
  • Port-A-Bug Field Observation Container
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Dip Net
  • Laminated activity cards

Check our catalog for availability and check out your Nature Backpack on reserve today!

Birding Backpacks

birdingbackpacksEach backpack is designed to introduce young children to the joys of birdwatching and checks out for 14 days. Contents include:

  • Pair of child-size binoculars
  • Assorted picture books about birds and birdwatching
  • Easy-to-use field guide of Eastern birds
  • Laminated activity cards

Check our catalog for availability and check out your Birding Backpack on reserve today!

Stop by our children’s departments for your very own starter Birding Life List and information on Henrico parks located on the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail.

World Book Encyclopedia Online

12 Sep

b2ap3_thumbnail_world-book-logoHave you taken a look at the online version of The World Book Encyclopedia lately? The online version provides the same level of coverage you will find in print plus lots more.

You will find three different encyclopedias: Early World of Learning for preschool learners, Kids for early elementary students and Student for everyone else.

There are lots of extras too! Timelines that introduce important dates/people in a wide range of studies and Discover which breaks down subjects into topics for a more browsable experience. They even have a Spanish version, Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazogs.

No matter which option you choose, you will find great information. Maps, illustrations, videos and more! Let The World Book Encyclopedia be one of the first places you visit when starting a report or project.

Back to school!

8 Sep

HomeworkHelp_slider_1xSchool 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:

Online Databases

The library pays for access to these quality resources, which provide up-to-date information that you can trust.

Databases like:

All you need is your library card for access to thousands of articles from newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, and more.

Here are all our databases and our suggested databases for kids.

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 Credo’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.

Your Local Librarians

Don’t forget to visit your closest library when it’s homework time. All of our libraries have books and other resources to help with a wide variety of homework assignments. Best of all we have a great staff who can help connect you with the best resources for any assignment.

You can also get help from HCPL staff from home via email, text or chat with our askHCPL service.

We want this to be a successful school year for everyone so do not hesitate to ask us for help. It’s what we do.

September is National Library Card Sign-Up month!

1 Sep

It’s September. That means it’s National Library Card Sign-Up month!

You can do a lot with your library card. In addition to checking out books and movies it gives you access to:

Library cards are free for Henrico County residents. Many non-residents qualify for a free card too! And in September, we are waiving the cost of replacing lost or damaged cards! Visit your library to find out how to get your own library card and (re)discover all the things you can do at the library.

This year, to commemorate HCPL’s 50th anniversary we have a limited edition card for you while supplies last.

2017 Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Grant

22 Aug Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation Logo

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We are happy to announce that Henrico County Public Library is a recipient of the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation’s (VBCF) Library Program grant this year! The grant is awarded to select libraries in Virginia who apply and is intended to further the VBCF mission to educate the public about breast health and breast cancer.

This grant has financed the purchase of seven great titles on breast cancer and women’s health to be added to our collection. These titles will be placed on display at Sandston Library and, as with our other books, people anywhere in the county may place them on hold.  The grant also supplies large quantities of brochures in English and Spanish about the VBCF, breast cancer health, and getting access to treatment.

As it is the mission of VBCF to educate and advocate, it is our mission to connect people with the information they need. Breast cancer is the most common cancer affecting women worldwide, and we believe providing access to these resources is vital to the well-being of our community.

Zinio for Libraries is now RBdigital

11 Jul

OneClickDigRB-220If you have been using the Zinio for Libraries service to check out and read free digital magazines you will see some changes soon. The Zinio for Libraries app will be phased out over the next two months and be replaced with a new RBdigital app.

The RBdigital app improves the Zinio for Libraries app by giving you the ability to browse, check out and read digital magazines within the app and enhancing the reading experience.

The RBdigital app is compatible with iPads/iPhones, Android phones/tablets, and Kindle Fire tablets and can be found in their app stores. Once you have the app installed, sign in with the same account (email address and password) you used with Zinio for Libraries. All of the magazines you have checked out should be there for you.

The Zinio for Libraries app will continue to work until early September when it will no longer function. Hopefully, you will have switched to the new app by then.

 

Varina Library Earns LEED Silver Certification

14 Apr

InteriorWe are happy to announce that the Varina Library has earned the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification!

The LEED rating system promotes buildings that reduce impact to the environment and improve the indoor environment for building occupants. The project achieved LEED Silver certification in April 2017, becoming Henrico County’s 14th LEED-certified project. To earn LEED certification, a project must meet specific design and construction requirements in the categories of: sustainable site, water efficiency, energy efficiency, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation.

Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce potable water use by nearly 40%, anticipated to save 200,000 gallons of water per year.  Energy-efficient building systems such as the building envelope, HVAC, and lights were designed to reduce energy use by 35% compared to a building that just meets the building energy code.  A variety of building materials include structural steel and metal panels with high recycled content, regionally quarried sandstone on the building exterior, and bio-based wood paneling and linoleum flooring.  The library interior provides abundant daylight and views to the outside, and low-chemical emitting building material selections to improve indoor air quality.

This is Henrico County’s 14th LEED-Certified building! The others are:

  • Holman Middle School, LEED Silver (2011)
  • Glen Allen High School, LEED Gold (2011)
  • Glen Allen Branch Library, LEED Silver (2012)
  • Firehouse 12, LEED Gold (2012)
  • Firehouse 13, LEED Gold (2013)
  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Gayton Branch Library, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Kaechele Elementary School, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Firehouse 7, LEED Silver (2014)
  • Henrico Health Department East Clinic, LEED Gold (2015)
  • Firehouse 3, LEED Silver (2016)
  • Crestview Firehouse 10, LEED Gold (2016)
  • Libbie Mill Library, LEED Silver (2017)