Take a Hike with Our New Nature Exploration Backpacks

22 Jul

Thanks to a partnership between the Library of Virginia, Virginia State Parks and the Science Museum of Virginia. Henrico County Public Library now has Nature Exploration Backpacks available for check out.  Each backpack checks out for 14 days and contains information and materials to make a trip to one of Virginia’s 36 state parks a fun learning experience for the entire family.NatureKitContents

Each Backpack contains the following:

  • Parking Pass for free parking/entrance to all Virginia State Parks
  • Pocket Naturalist Bugs and Slugs Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Animal Tracks Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Birds Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Mammals Guide
  • Pocket Naturalist Virginia Trees & Wildflowers Guide
  • Port-A-Bug Field Observation Container
  • Big Foot Leave No Trace Ethics Card
  • Magnifying Lens
  • Dip Net
  • Activities

Check our catalog for availability and check out your backpack on reserve today.

July Food Drive

13 Jul

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We will be collecting food donations for FeedMore’s Central Virginia Food Bank at any of our locations until July 31.

Some of the most needed items are:

  • Peanut Butter
  • Canned Tuna and Chicken
  • Low Sodium Veggies
  • Fruits Packed in Juice
  • Spaghetti Sauce (no glass)
  • Canned or Dry Beans
  • Hot & Cold Cereals
  • Whole Grain Snacks

Hooray for Hoopla!

12 Jun

hoopla Icon HiResWe’re excited to offer a new service! It’s called hoopla and it gives you the ability to borrow movies, videos and music straight from your browser, tablet, or smartphone!

We’ve never offered a service like this before and we think you’ll like it!

Hoopla give you access to thousands of popular music artists, hit movies and tv shows and all you need is your library card. Best of all…NO HOLDS!

Hoopla works on most mobile devces via the free hoopladigital app and on computers via the four major web browsers. Get the app from your device’s app store or point your computer’s browser to www.hoopladigital.com/login to get started!

Visit our eBooks page for more information and more detailed getting started instructions.

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 www.henricolibrary.org/newvarina 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!