March Diaper Drive

29 Feb

We are accepting diaper donations at all of our libraries during the month of March. All of the diapers will go to the Capital Diaper Bank for distribution to “infants, toddlers and their families who are experiencing a financial crisis due to homelessness, medical challenges, hospitalization and disasters.”

Help keep babies healthy and happy!

Win a copy of One Amazing Thing!

17 Feb

Enter at your library for a chance to win a copy of this year’s All Henrico Reads novel, One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni.

All you have to do is fill out an entry slip and put it in a box.

Drawings will be held at the end of February and March.

Thank you to our friends at Shared Knowledge Literacy Foundation for donating the prize copies of the book.

Library Staff Favorites for 2015

5 Jan

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.

index“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


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“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


station_eleven“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



Veterans Invited to Reading and Discussion Program

22 Dec

Henrico County Public Library is collaborating with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to offer a national Talking-Service-blog200reading and discussion group for veterans called Talking Service.  The first Talking Service program will be held at Libbie Mill Library, located at 2100 Libbie Lake East Street, on Wednesday, January 13 at 7pm.

At Libbie Mill Library, veterans will come together over the course of eight Wednesday night sessions to discuss a variety of readings about military service from the book Standing Down: From Warrior to Civilian, published by the Great Books Foundation. Each selection serves as a jumping off point for vets to reflect on their own experiences in the military and returning home. The discussions will be facilitated by Mike Hatchett, Fairfield Area Library Manager and OIF (Operation Iraqi Freedom) Veteran.

Talking Service is free and open to past and present members of the Armed Forces and the general public. For more information about the program call 804-290-9400 x.5.

Ever wonder how much energy those lights use?

9 Dec


Ever wonder how much energy your holiday decorations use?

We’ve got just the thing to help you figure that out. It’s a Kill A Watt energy meter and we have over a dozen you can check out and use to monitor energy usage.

Just plug the Kill A Watt into an electrical outlet then plug  anything you want to measure the power consumption of (like Christmas tree lights) into the Kill A Watt then use the thing you are measuring normally.

After a few days check the Kill A Watt’s display and write down the information you see when each button is pressed then it’s time to do some math. The Department of Energy has a good explanation of how to translate the information from the Kill A Watt into dollars and cents. The knowledge you’ve just gained may help you save some money.

Take a look at the video below for more about how the Kill A Watt works.


2015 Book Drive for Henrico Christmas Mother

2 Nov
Donate books to any Henrico County Public Library by Nov. 30.

Donate by Nov. 30

The Henrico Christmas Mother donation season is coming up, and our Teen Advisory Boards are asking for your help. They want to be able to deliver A LOT of books this year to the Christmas Mother and would appreciate your donations of new or gently-used books for children and teens.

Who is the Christmas Mother? From their website:

Even in a relatively prosperous county like Henrico, there are many who struggle to provide basic necessities. Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother’s mission has been to provide holiday assistance to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults in the form of food, new clothing, books, toys and other gift items to those we serve.

Henrico County Public Library contributes by receiving your book donations throughout November. When the Christmas Mother starts taking their donations on December 3rd, we deliver the books we have collected to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse, where they will be distributed to people who will appreciate and love them.

All of our libraries have donation boxes where you can bring your children’s and teen books. We’re not picky; as long as they are in good shape, we’ll take them. Please drop off your donation by Monday, November 30.

We hope you will donate a few books this year. They will make someone’s Christmas a little brighter.

Our Friends are awesome!

20 Oct

FriendsHCPL-4CwebIt’s National Friends of the Library Week and we wanted to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of our Friends! They do a lot and make all of our libraries better by volunteering their time and by providing financial support from their book sales and memberships. Some of the things they sponsor are:

Are you a Friend of the Library? Visit to join today!


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