Varina Branch Library Relocating to New Varina Area Library in June 2016

20 Apr


Everyone is invited to a community celebration in honor of the opening of the Varina Area Library on Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6 – 9 pm.

The current Varina Branch Library will close permanently on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 6 pm. The new library will be located at 1875 New Market Road and will be open for business beginning Thursday, June 2 at 9 am. It will feature:

  • Digital media lab with 3D printers
  • Drive-up service window and book return
  • Large, separate teen area
  • Dedicated children’s area
  • Group collaboration spaces
  • Large meeting room with updated technology
  • Conference room
  • Quiet reading room
  • Study rooms
  • More public use computers and devices
  • Updated collection
  • Demonstration kitchen.

For more information visit or call 290-9000.

Parking with a shuttle service for the opening celebration on June 1 will be located at Varina High School.

Diaper Drive Results

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25768698714_eae72df98d_nThank you so much for donating 6,486 diapers during the March Diaper Drive!!

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

Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Mystery Writers Tell All

1 Mar

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The Central Virginia chapter of Sisters in Crime, a mystery writers group,and Libbie Mill Library collaborated to hold a riveting program, “Paths to Getting Published: Mystery Authors Tell Their Tales,” on February 27th. Bestselling-author Mary Burton moderated a panel of five Virginia authors — Meriah Crawford, Adele Gardner, Teresa Inge, Kristin Kisska, and Vivian Lawry. Burton asked them about their writing trajectories and suggestions for aspiring writers. Advice ranged from setting page goals and finding a writing group to whether or not one should get an agent. Many of the attendees stayed for a book signing – Virginia is for Mysteries, Vol. II was just released – and refreshments. Click here to find both volumes of this collection of mystery short stories in our catalog.

Future program of interest to local authors — beginning or experienced — include:

Henrico Community Author’s Showcase
Thursdays at Fairfield, Libbie Mill, Tuckahoe, and Twin Hickory libraries.

Come out to read, discuss, and connect with other writers and readers in our community. Local authors are invited to sign up and share their books.

Our self-serve program allows you to book a 90-minute time slot on a Thursday evening at one of our larger Area Libraries to read, discuss your writing process, sell, sign, and promote your book.

Creative Writing & Thinking
Saturday, March 12 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. This workshop is designed to explore ways to expand your creativity and make time for writing in the busy every day. Plus, how to experiment with different writing styles and how to explore different avenues for getting published. This is a workshop geared toward expanding your writing interests and finding the time to do so. Register with your library card here.

Family History
Check our online calendar for a workshop on writing family history coming this August and September.

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.