Traveling for the holidays? Check in at your library first.

16 Dec

iStock-509115849-crop.jpgWhether you travel by plane, train, or automobile, at some point on your vacation you’ll probably want something to help you pass the time. We’ve got you covered!

Stop by a Henrico library and pick up some bestsellers or old favorites to bring along. Or use our online catalog first to find and hold the items you want, and pick them up on the way.

Already left town? No problem—you can still browse our virtual shelves for downloadable books, audiobooks, and magazines … and video and music too!

Even if you aren’t traveling, reading is a great way to spend the holidays. So check in with us! We’d love to see you.

So many choices. We can help you shop smart.

14 Nov


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.

2016 Henrico Christmas Mother Book Drive

31 Oct

christmasmother1-blog300The 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 books for children and teens.

Who is the Christmas Mother?

Since 1942, Henrico Christmas Mother has provided food, new clothes, toys, books and other gift items to Henrico families with children, seniors age 65+ and disabled adults during the holiday season.

Henrico County Public Library contributes by receiving your book donations during the month of November. When the Christmas Mother starts taking their donations in December, we deliver the books we have collected to the Christmas Mother’s warehouse, where they will be distributed to children in the county.

During the month of November, bring your donations of new children’s and teen books to any library location. We have donation boxes for collection. Thanks for your support in helping make Christmas a little bit brighter for children in need!

Please drop off your donations by Wednesday, November 30th.

For more information about the program, please visit the Henrico Christmas Mother Website.

National Friends of the Library Week

17 Oct

friendshcpl-4cwebThis week is National Friends of the Library week and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Friends. They are great and do many things for us.

The Friends sponsor our annual All Henrico Reads event, provide prizes for Summer Reading Clubs and much, much more.

There are many ways throughout the year that you can contribute to the Friends – from making a purchase at one of our book sale areas to becoming a member through a tax-deductible donation.

Becoming a Friend is easy and doesn’t take a lot of time. All that is required is a desire to help the library and a modest annual contribution. Visit our Friends of the Library page for more information.


We’re here to help with homework!

6 Sep

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:

Online Databases


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.

Congratulations to our 2016 Summer Reading Club grand prize winners!

2 Sep

Summer Reading Club is over and we hope everyone had a great summer, read some great books and is ready for fall.

Help us make next year even better by filling out our Kids Survey, Teen Survey, and/or Adult Survey.

You can still check in and print your reading list until the end of September – Kids | Teens | Adults

Lots of you met your age group’s reading goal this summer! When you reached that goal you were automatically entered into prize drawings. These random prize drawings were held recently and the winners are…

PreK Grand Prize

$50 World of Mirth Gift Card

Julia N.


K-5 Grand Prize

Disc Golf Set

Makenna D.


Teen Grand Prize

GoPro Hero

Jonathan Y.


Adult Grand Prize

FitBit Charge

Andrea K.


(We’ll add more pictures as we get them)

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month

1 Sep

Library-Card-Month-2015-blogIt’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.