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!

History of Dumbarton Area Library, Part 7: Farewell

8 Oct

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. Roache was instrumental in the establishment of Dumbarton Library. Contemporary needs demand a contemporary building, so as they had in 1973, in 2005 Henrico County citizens showed their enthusiastic support of their public library system by passing a bond referendum to raise money for public library improvements. A new area library to replace Dumbarton was part of this long-term plan.

Library Board member M.O. Roache

Library Board member M.O. Roache, 1975

As it had been in the 1970s, choosing a site was a challenging process, but the offer to be part of the Libbie Mill development off Staples Mill and Bethlehem Roads was too good to pass up. Gumenick Properties, the project developer, donated a 3-acre site as part of an agreement with Henrico County. BCWH Architects of Richmond and Tappé Architects of Boston designed the new Libbie Mill Library building. County officials will seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification status for it. The LEED program, operated by the U.S. Green Building Council, recognizes facilities that are environmentally friendly.

Libbie Mill Library has many features citizens clamor for: collaborative work spaces, places to plug in their laptops and other devices, study rooms, and spacious, dedicated rooms for teen and children’s materials. We also know people will enjoy the variety of quiet places to sit and read — especially the chairs with views of the Libbie Mill Lake! Join us on October 29th at 6:00 p.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Libbie Mill Library, the latest in the chain of libraries to serve the people of north Henrico.


This series anticipates the opening of north Henrico’s new Libbie Mill Area Library.

Full bibliography for this series, here


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