History of Dumbarton Library: Part 1, Lakeside Library

16 Apr

The Henrico Public Library system traces its roots to the 1960s, when a Citizens’ Committee and the Board of Supervisors began researching contemporary library practices and drawing up strategic plans. The late 1960s saw the opening of libraries in buildings adapted to the purpose: Fairfield Library in a former real estate office, Lakeside Library in the former post office on Lakeside Ave., and Tuckahoe Library in the former Vandervall School (now Pemberton Elementary School). A fourth library, Sandston Branch, joined the county’s library system when the Sandston Women’s Club donated its private library to the county in 1967. Even as these modest locations started serving their communities, long-range planning began for the construction of bigger libraries. In 1973, County voters passed a $1,750,000 bond referendum for new libraries in each of three sections of the county: east, north, and west.

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Lakeside Library building today

The Lakeside Library, located at 6943 Lakeside Ave., occupied the former post office building. The public space was 2,400 square feet. It opened in September 1968, with 69 adults and 42 children signing up for new cards that day. A report from 1974 indicates how tight space had become in just a few years: the branch owned over 33,000 items, but “[b]ecause of limited space, some of the collection is stored in cartons at Tuckahoe.”* Plans indicated that the County could not afford to operate this little library and the new Dumbarton Library, so Lakeside closed on November 19, 1976, a week before Dumbarton opened, having served the neighborhood for nine years.

This series anticipates the opening of north Henrico’s new Libbie Mill Area Library in November 2015.

Full bibliography for this series, here

*[County of Henrico Public Library]. “A Guideline for Expanding Library Services in the County of Henrico 1975-81,” October 22, 1974.

Diaper Drive Results

6 Apr

Thank you so much for donating over 5000 diapers during the month of March!

They will be delivered to the Capital Diaper Bank soon and will be available for babies in the area.

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

March 2015 Diaper Drive

4 Mar

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!

Unknown No Longer

12 Feb

In honor of Black History Month, Dr. Lauranett Lee and Paige Newman of the Virginia Historical Society will demonstrate how to use database, Unknown No Longer: A Database of Virginia Slave Names.

They’ll provide background information about slavery in Virginia; an explanation of how information is extracted; and a question-and-answer session.

Tuckahoe Library – Thursday, February 19, 7pm

Take a look at the video below for more information about the database.

Win a copy of Silver Sparrow!

4 Feb

Enter at your library for a chance to win a copy of this year’s All Henrico Reads novel, Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones.

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.

Our Library Staff Favorites for 2014

5 Jan

This year I asked our Library staff to send their five favorite reads in 2014.  The first five titles below received more than one vote. The rest are #1 picks by our librarians. See the full list of over 75 titles in our catalog.  And our library staff have a lot more recommendations. Come by one of our libraries and ask what they would recommend for you!

The Martian by Andy Weir

No less than Four Librarians listed this in their top 5 for 2014!

“My favorite and the one I’ve recommended most this year.” — Susan S., Gayton Branch Library

“A gripping near-future science fiction novel with a McGyver-style protagonist, that doubles as remarkably informative non-fiction explanation of how we’re likely to colonize Mars.” — Steve C., Tuckahoe Area Library

“Robinson Crusoe meets Apollo 13 — loved, loved, loved it!” — Kate C., Dumbarton Area Library

We Were Liars by Lockhart

THREE librarians chose this as a favorite read from this past year.

“Haunting, sophisticated … a novel so twisty and well-told that it will appeal to older readers as well as to adolescents.” — Wall Street Journal

Eleanor & Park

Tied for second place. THREE librarians voted this as a top read.

“Eleanor & Park reminded me not just what it’s like to be young and in love with a girl, but also what it’s like to be young and in love with a book.” — John Green, The New York Times Book Review

Cress by Marissa Meyer

TWO librarians listed this as a favorite for 2014.

“This is the third in the Lunar Chronicles, my favorite teen series.” -Susan S., Gayton Branch Library

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

TWO Librarians voted this as one of their top reads of 2014.

“Call it The Hunger Games of Thrones. Erika Johansen’s debut novel is a genre mashup: medieval fantasy meets dystopian future … An addictive and enjoyable adventure.” —USA Today

The Stand by Stephen King –“It was not published in this century even, but it blew me away all the same.”  -Katy B., Fairfield Area Library

Where Monsters Dwell by Jorgen Brekke –“An exceptional Thriller/Mystery that has its roots in the 16th century. A rare and gruesome manuscript called the Book of John, links together a library in Trondheim, Norway, with the Poe Museum in Richmond VA and may be the diary of a medieval serial killer.” –Julianne S., Glen Allen Branch Library

The Dead in Their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley

Bollywood Affair by Sonali Dev –“Favorite Romance of the year.” -Alicia A., Library Admin Offices

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore

The Supremes at Earl’s All You-Can-Eat by Edward Moore –“From teens  to adult women dealing with midlife crisis the lives’ of  three girls somehow becomes the focus of a small town.  Seems like the whole community, including those in the afterlife are occupied with the coming and goings of the  Supremes’.  Would love to see it made into a movie!” – Sharon C., Fairfield Library

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Delicious by Ruth Reichl

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth –“An interesting re-telling of Rapunzel set in 16th century Italy/17th century France.” -Mike S., Tuckahoe Area Library

Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt –“I rarely reread books but I’ve read this one twice. It is such a moving story about the transition to adulthood during the 1980’s. –Desiree, Library Admin Offices

Silver Sparrow by Tayari Jones –“The author has a unique and beautiful voice with believable characters.” -Kara R., Library Admin Offices

Snicker Magic by Natalie Lloyd –“Everyone in town has a little bit of their own special magic, and Felicity’s is her ability to see and collect words that shine around people and objects. But she’s going to need a special kind of magic to get her nomadic mother to finally settle down and make a home.” –Awnali, Dumbarton Area Library

The Iron Trial by Holly Black & Cassandra Clare –“This magical middle grade series opener is ideal for fans of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. Give it to your fourth grader, give it to your teen, give it to your grandma–they’ll all love it!” Mandy A., Tuckahoe Area Library

The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo by Tom Reiss

eBook Workshops

22 Dec

ebooksCombo_264x70Did you get a new tablet, smartphone or eReader recently? Yes? Great! Head over to our eBooks page and take a look at all of the FREE eBooks, audiobooks and magazines you can access with your library card. There are tens of thousands of titles for you to checkout, download and read!

If’ you would like to learn more about all of the things you can download from the library come to one of our eBook Workshops in January. Library staff will introduce you to the different ways you can download eBooks, audiobooks and magazines. No registration required! Just bring your curiosity, library card and your device if you have one.

North Park– Monday, January 5, 6pm
Sandston – Thursday, January 8, 2pm
Twin Hickory – Monday, January 12, 6pm
Tuckahoe – Thursday, January 15, 6pm
Dumbarton – Wednesday, January 21, 2pm
Glen Allen – Thursday, January 22, 2pm
Fairfield – Monday, January 26, 2pm
Gayton – Wednesday, January 28, 2pm
Varina – Thursday, January 29, 2pm


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